2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid User Reviews
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- $21,710 - $23,779
- great fuel economy, luxurous inside, all the bells and whistles
- nothing worth mentioning
Purchased As New
Have 2000 miles so far. Mileage is as promised, 21-23 for both city and hy. Have all the toys and love the backup camera. navigation system, On-Star, climate control, etc. No problems thus far. Its a big luxury car and you don't have to feel guilty about the mileage.
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- huge improvement over previous years
- it's hazadous to your life
The people at Santa Monica Chevrolet are really very nice. But that’s a lot more than I can say about the Tahoe Hybrid. On the 9th day we got the car the Break System Failed, in the middle of an intersection with our 3 kids in the car. It scared the wife half to death (she was driving).We got lucky she didn’t hit anything. After we had the car towed to the dealer it took them 8 days to figure out what’s even wrong with this new system. They are now sure “it will never happen again”, God help us if they are wrong AGAIN. Besides, the car has half of the amenities than the japanese competiotion offers for the same price, with a better resale value and much more reliability. You have No Spare Tire, No Memory Seats, the Electric Seats are a Joke, a 4 speed transmission instead of 5 speed, the Sound System is NOTHING like the one on the Japanese cars, the doors are covered with molded plastic instead of leather on the Japanese cars. And no fog lamps.
And the gas mileage is a sham, we only get about 14.5 MPG. For 2 miles per gallon better mileage we paid $7500.00 for this engine. It probably takes 50 years longer than we own this car to pay for the investment. On top of everything judging by their stock value, you never know if they’ll be around long enough to even honor their Much Needed Warranties. So Roll the Dice if you think you can afford it.
The GM Corp. has been buying and retiring public transportation systems to sell their junk to us, but they just handed the Auto business over to the Japanese and the Germans. If we buy from them, we'll never have public transportation that works.
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- Nice Car to look at at
- lots of flaws, no spare tire, no lift gate, no luggage rack, doors are light weight
Be careful when buying this car, the good looks are deceiving. (1) the second row seats will injure you or cause an accident when folded over, (2) no spare tire for that off road mountain home, (3) no liftgate window so you can stuff the extra's in, and (4) shut a door and listen to the window bounce all over (not a great sound and one that says "how long before I have to pay to repair it?). By the way, there is no fix for second row seats. Test drive it with one seat up, the other down, then think of having your kid there!...read morehide
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- Good fuel economy, Power when you need it, very comfortable
- Been in the shop four times with approx 6000 miles, HYBRID STICKERS EVERYWHERE
My wife and I purchased this vehicle about four months ago. We decided to trade in her Mitsubishi Outlander because we have a horse trailer and it didn't make sense to have another vehicle to pull it.
We have used the Tahoe to tow the trailer loaded with 2 1000 lbs horses, and had no problems. We didn't get the hybrid gas mileage, but we knew that going in. Most of the trip to our desitination was uphil, with the Tahoe walking up about 65 miles per hour. I was very impressed wit the towing capacity. Overall, I think I am pretty happy, but that could change soon.
After having the vehicle for three days, the check engine light came on. We had to take it to the dealer to readjust the regenerative brake system. We were trouble free for about three months when GM called to inform us of a recall and software upgrade.
I had noticed we weren't getting the best gas mileage anymore and took it in for the recall and upgrade. When we got it back, we were getting even worse gas mileage. We took it back the next week, and were informed an oxygen sensor in the exhaust pipe needed to be replaced. This was done and our gas mileage improved greatly.
Today, my wife informs me the driver's side door does not unlock when using the remote. The truck will be back in the shop to get it fixed.
Without the air conditioner, we can average 26 miles per gallon, but, since we live in Las Vegas, that isn't something we will see in the summer time. Our average gas mileage ranges between 21 and 22 mpg. When you step on the gas, the power is there, but you do have to learn to drive all over again.
The driver has to learn to use the pressure of a feather when taking off, otherwise, the motor jumps right to V8 and you lose all the gas mileage. This took us about a month to really get it down.
The hybrid stickers are EVERYWHERE. The first thing we did when we got it home was take them off the windshield and rear window. This left the two stickers on the side, that were removed after our first visit to the shop....read morehide
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- Good Looks, Great Hybrid Design, Wonderfull to Drive
- 2nd row 40/60 seats, when folded over, rock as car is being driven, crashing into drivers seat
Completely fold over the 40/60 second row seats, and watch them rock forward and back as you start/stop your drive. When they rock back, they can crush anything placed below them (consider your kid in the 40 side as the 60 side slams down. Then when you stop, the seat crashes forward into the back of the drivers seat, transferring an unbeleiveable amount of force.
Regional Chevy Representative states "their inconvenient", not a safety defect problem....read morehide
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- Good fuel economy and very comfortable ride
- Nothing too really complain about except the decals but they easily come off
I have now owned this vehicle for about a month and can say that it is everything I expected and more. The vehicle is actually measuring in at 21.2 mpg according to the trucks computer and is extremely comfortable. The big plus is with all the power you can sometimes forget this is a hybrid. Definitely worth the investment!...read morehide
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- Excellent economy in an attractive package
- the decals are remiscent of an 80s era economy car
The new chevy Tahoe is a beautifully packaged hybrid that sort of changes the way people look at hybrids. Instead of a statement, the tahoe proves that a hybrid can also not look like an easter egg. the ride is excellent, heavy and secure feeling. almost tanklike wile getting amazing freeway mileage. Also the motor is not wimpy, nor undersized. Best of all its a chevy...whars not to love?...read morehide
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- Great Fuel Economy in City, Smooth Ride, Excellent Quality, and Comfort.
I have had the Tahoe Hybrid for about a month and this is a very impressive vehicle. I owned a Tahoe before and I have the same quality, comfort, performance, and safety features in the Hybrid. the difference is the gas mileage. In combined city and highway driving, I am averaging about 19 mpg but in "city" driving I am getting around 22 mpg. Anytime you are going 30 mph or less, the vehicle is running on either the electric motor, or a combination of the electric and gas motor. Any time you are coasting or braking, the battery which runs the electric motor is recharging. Additionally, the engine has cylinder deactivation so when you are driving along at a relatively steady speed, or if you are coasting, the engine only uses 4 of the 8 cylinders and your gas mileage really goes up. When you do need the power to tow or pass, it is defeintely there. The really cool thing is on the navigation screen you see a real time description of what mode you are in. The only thing that is a little strange is hearing a slight whine from the electric motor when you are accelerating slowly fom a stop - which I love because people turn and look and eventually ask questions. 4 people have approached my so far - all with positive things to say. Between all the comfort, safety features and the OnStar, I think this is a great vehicle....read morehide
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- Good Reviews from OWNERS
If you are considering purchasing this vehicle take into consideration the comments of those people that actually own the Tahoe hybrid. I do not own this vehicle but I do own a two year old GM vehicle and it works great, very reliable, good on gas etc, etc. I am proud to say that I own a GM and when I go to purchase my next one and assuming the reviews of the tahoe hybrid continue to be as good as what I'm reading on this board then I already know what my next purchase is going to be.
Way to go GM..another homerun!!!...read morehide
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- As my 9 year old daughter says..."its so smooth"
- Lots and lots of decals
I have owned the 4X4 Tahoe for about 2 weeks now and love it. Most of, if not all my friends thought I was crazy. However, they al seem to want to ride in it now that I have it. The first two weeks have yielded a 17mpg with all in town stop and go driving. I would guess as summer gets closer the mileage will increase and during the winter I may as well be driving my old tahoe.
The drive is smooth and a no one but the driver would know when the engine is running or is off. In town I notice the V4 running more then the V8. One thing that I was a little disapointed with is the how soon under rather low acceleration the engine kicks in. Around 10mph from a slow start. If you want o run on batterey power only you have to have the foot of a mouse. Still, with less then 300 miles on the vehicle and getting 17mpg I am very happy. It will be very interesting when the LION batteries are available to produce even more power. Cuddos to GM....read morehide
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