Here is everything that went wrong and right with this one-owner 2005 Chevy Tahoe Z71 after 16 years. My friend, Destin, brings by his dad’s Tahoe to share the good and bad.
The Tahoe belongs to his dad who purchased it new at the dealership. This Tahoe spent most of its life in the Colorado mountains. Its original 5.3-liter V8 runs like a clock. It has its original battery. Yes, the original battery. The truck’s engine block heater and battery tender were used, and this Tahoe is in excellent mechanical shape after 147,000+ miles.
The body and the interior are also in very good shape with the exception of the rusty front and rear bumpers. The leather seats and the dash are all in very good shape, so the interior is holding up very well. This Z71 off-road model has a G80 rear locking differential and several other unique components. The wheels, side steps, and the roof rack make the Z71 stand out from other Tahoes.
That was the good, now let’s get to the bad.
This Tahoe is suffering from many electrical gremlins. Some of the gauges are not working – they are known to fail and need to be redone. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) has been acting up for some time. The digital trip meter that switches over to show the odometer sometimes does not work.
If the bumpers are fixed or replaced and the main cluster is electrically redone – this would be one great 4×4 full-size SUV. Check out all the details in the video below.