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Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, GMC Yukon Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#303 of 332 Re: Problems i have had with my 2008 Yukon Hybrid [chrisd24]
Dec 21, 2009 (6:53 am)
I've had only two issues with my 2008 Hybrid.
1. The door locks wouldn't work with the remote for one day, and of course couldn't be replicated.
2. I had the same issue with the dash lights. I was driving down the road at about 25K miles and realized I didn't know how fast I was going. It was odd because of the lights worked (ie: the fuel), but most of them didn't (ie. the speedometer). They were able to replace something and it worked. Perhaps your dealer can check with mine to see what the problem was. I use Lively GMC in Longview, TX.
#304 of 332 Re: Problems i have had with my 2008 Yukon Hybrid [chrisd24]
Dec 21, 2009 (8:30 am)
Sorry about all of your problems. I have to tell you that I have since fallen in love with this vehicle, when I would have traded it in in a heartbeat about one year ago. It does, however, sound as though you got a lemmon, so you still may want to get rid of it. I believe that I do have a few answers for you, but will be no help on the transmission leak - good luck with that. The brake issue is standard, and something that you will need to get used to. When braking, you are actually generating power for the battery, that's how it charges. The lighting issue in the DVD and GPS is merely a setting for the screen, somewhere in the menu section. When dimming, it thinks that it is dark outside and automatically provides a screen that is less bright. You need to change the setting to make it think that it is daylight outside, all of the time, and I believe that you can do that. Also, you didn't mention it, but it sounds like you are in a cold climate and so am I. You will notice the gas mileage increase significantly in the warm months (i.e., 21 22 mpg) versus the cold months at 18.5 mpg, on average. This is also natural I am told, as cars require more gas when the air is cold and thinner. Good luck to you. As mentioned, I would buy another one for sure. See if they will trade it in for another, you will like it.
#305 of 332 Re: Problems i have had with my 2008 Yukon Hybrid [concerned10]
Dec 21, 2009 (9:28 pm)
I am aware of how the truck works as i have now owned it for almost a year and have also driven other Yukon Hybrids as well. As for the brake issue its a feeling i get when at a complete stop. It feels as if someone is tapping the back of the brake pedal and it also comes and goes. Now for the dimming of the dash and entertainment lights, like i have stated we have now owned the truck for a year and this only happened the one time. Something was definely not right, we've used the dvd system frequently with three kids. Thank god it has only happened the once.
ps: the gas mileage issue was someone elses post, but thanks anyways.
#306 of 332 Re: Problems i have had with my 2008 Yukon Hybrid [chrisd24]
Feb 07, 2010 (7:05 pm)
I have to tell you with 45000 miles on my hybrid, I could not be more impressed. Yes I have had to replace 2 front door locks, but that is not hybrid related. I continually get 20 plus mpg in the summer, 18 in the winter. People need to be aware that the batteries when cold are just as susceptible to low amps, so less boost from the electric motor. THat is where the mileage comes from. I do have a seeking problem from around 30 to 38 miles per hour that indicates that the engine doesn't know what gear to go to. But it happens without a major interruption. One problem in the tuning I have found is on hard acceleration, the rev limiter is hit, and the engine shuts down, not fun when trying to merge in a foreign area, such as jumping a light change to get into another lane. But the rest of the vehicle is great. BUT... for the cost, not electric tailgate lift, no fog lights, not roof top carrier, and since I drive long miles in the night, the headlights suck. And where is the leather?
Still, the hybrid is working for me, but the worry of what will go wrong lingers, and forget about tradein value, there is no apparent resale in this economy. Oh Well. Still love the hybrid technology. Great truck, great mileage, no real worries so far. KNOCK ON WOOD!
#307 of 332 Re: Problems i have had with my 2008 Yukon Hybrid [elkapower]
Feb 08, 2010 (7:45 am)
The only real problem I've had is my door locks as well. Twice on one back door, and once on the the passenger front and back. So far, GM continues to cover them although I am past 36K miles.
I do try to be careful in parking lots since at low speeds most people don't hear me coming. I've seen a lot of surprised looks.
I have friends that have the Toyota Prius. Glad I bought American!
#308 of 332 Still loving the '08 hybrid after 50,000 miles
Apr 05, 2010 (9:55 am)
Just passed 50,000 miles and two years with the Tahoe Hybrid. Have to say I've been nothing short of impressed with vehicle ownership. Thus far, I have not had a single mechanical problem - not with the lights, electric, door locks, etc. Everything has worked great. I consistently get 18+ mpg in the winter and 20+ in the summer...nothing has changed there despite my inefficient driving style which probably shaves 1mpg or so.
Probably the best part that no one seems to mention is the low cost of ownership. I've had to do several oil changes and some maintenance but never has it cost me more than $200. That's a huge plus because my wife has an Acura MDX and it seems like no matter how basic the job being done (oil change) we end up paying at least $150 each time in various maintenance needs.
When I bought the Tahoe Hybrid I was thinking of keeping it two years and then trading it in for a new one, but frankly this thing still runs and looks just as good as when I took it off the lot so I'm going to see how long I can hang on to this thing.
Overall I'm an extremely satisfied owner.
#309 of 332 Re: Still loving the '08 hybrid after 50,000 miles [bbooze]
Apr 05, 2010 (2:25 pm)
Good to hear the vehicle has worked out well for you - thanks for sharing any may you enjoy many more miles of satisfied ownership.
#310 of 332 Tahoe Hybrid is Great Except for.....
Apr 16, 2010 (2:00 pm)
I have a 2008 Tahoe Hybrid. The vehicle is great most of the time. The most annoying problem I have is a slight jerking/surging problem between 45 and 50 MPH. The problem only occurs occasionally and typically when in cruise control on a slight downward incline (no load). There have been two occurrences when the check engine light has come on. I have taken the vehicle back to the dealer several times but of course it never happens for them although they can see that there has been some engine misfires . They even hooked up a computer monitoring device to see if it could record a fault message when it happened while I was driving. I live in Phoenix AZ and about the time they put the device on the car the temps drop from over 100 to the low 90's and the problem seemed to go away. The temps are starting to come back up and I staring to feel the problem starting up again.
The only other problem I'm having is that the back doors do not always unlock. The problem will switch between the right to left back doors. I have not taken the vehicle back to the dealer for this problem yet.
Other than these problems the vehicle is great. I normally get 23+ MPG (have got as high as 26 MPG) if I drive carefully. I have a 20 foot bass boat which it pulls with no problems (gas mileage drops do to about 18 MPG)
Any advice is appreciated.
#311 of 332 Re: Tahoe Hybrid is Great Except for..... [chuckc4]
Apr 16, 2010 (2:25 pm)
I am from GM Customer Service. How long has the issue with the surging been going on? Has the dealership looked at the locks as well? Please email me with more information. Thank you,
Mariah GM Customer Service
#312 of 332 Re: Tahoe Hybrid is Great Except for..... [gmcustsvc]
Apr 18, 2010 (10:50 am)
I bought the vehicle in Dec 2008. I started to notice the problem in spring of 2009. I've taken the vehicle in several times for the problem but it is one of those intermittent ones that never shows up when the dealer is looking at it. As I stated before, there have been two occurrences when the check engine light has come on. The dealer has been able to see that there has been a misfire but it does not show what caused it. The last time they put some sort of monitoring device on the vehicle that I was told to push a button when the problem occurred. At that time the temperature in the Phoenix AZ area was starting to cool down and the problem did not occur. I've been noticing the jerking starting up again as its getting hotter here. It is very slight - one of those things only the driver can feel. It typically happens around 46 MPH while on cruise control. It seems to happen when going down a slight hill (no load).
I have not taken the vehicle in for the door lock problem yet. It sounds like there may be a general issue with this.
Thanks for any help. Overall the vehicle is great but these minor problems really bother me.