By on June 5, 2017

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

Customized and limited edition SUVs are nothing new to regular readers of Rare Rides. The striking Funkmaster Flex Expedition clouded eyes with tears of joy. Neiman Marcus once modified a Lincoln Blackwood, showing just how easily versatility and usefulness can be stripped from a Ford truck.

After those Ford and Lincoln examples, I think it’s time we took a look at a General Motors offering — perhaps a Tahoe. A supercharged, racing Tahoe.

Our subject today is a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, dressed with Joe Gibbs Limited Edition special sauce. The first thing to say is how well it would sit in a garage next to a GMT360 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS. Their exterior treatments are remarkably similar. According to the listing (no longer active), Mr. Gibbs is a Super Bowl-winning football coach who also ran a successful team in NASCAR.

Your author doesn’t follow either of those sports, so someone in the B&B can fill us in on the accuracy of those statements.

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

As mentioned above, there are some SS-style changes with the front bumper.

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

Nobody will doubt you’re driving a Joe Gibbs Performance Tahoe, as the badges festooning the car are massive.

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

Special side skirts are also here, replacing the running boards you’d commonly find on almost all GMT800 vehicles.

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

Note the rear bumper, which has been taken from a Yukon Denali model of similar vintage. The D-pillar panels were taken from an Escalade.

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

The door handles bother me, so let’s talk about those briefly. Only base or LS models were available with matte black door handles. LT and LTZ trims had color-matched gloss handles. Modifying a vehicle to make it sporting and luxurious would make more sense if you used one of the versions which already contained luxury features.

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

Some sporty five-spoke deep-dish rims help the overall look here.

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

Under the hood, Mr. Gibbs has added a supercharger to the 5.3-liter LS V8, adding 100 extra horsepower (according to the ad copy). With 395 horsepower and fat tires, it should be decently quick.

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

You’ll find some interior modifications once you open the front door. The front seats have additional bolstering (these seem legitimately custom-made) and have suede inserts in the center portion. That’s for when you’re hammering this beast around the track! The modified seats require manual back adjustment, limited lower cushion adjustments, and there’s no power lumbar. No heated seats, either.

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

The middle seats get the same suede treatment, but do not have the embroidery like the front.

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

It’s not clear whether this third-row seat is a replacement or the original, but the ruching indicates it’s from a truck made between 2000 and 2002. For 2003, GMT800 models switched to a smooth-style seat with defined panels rather than ruching. There’s also a subwoofer that’ll be bouncing around back here, for reasons unknown.

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

You also get some white gauges, replacing the standard black ones.

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

In the dash, there’s an aftermarket Sony GPS unit, as well as a signed placard where there would normally be a small cubby. Below, there’s some hookup for an ancient cellular telephone from The Matrix II or something.

Image: 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Edition Chevrolet Tahoe, image via Ebay

The Tahoe has covered almost 135,000 miles and seems well maintained. The eBay listing ended early, claiming the item was “no longer available.” So, expect to see it back online shortly.

What do you think this truck is worth?

[Images via eBay]

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22 Comments on “Rare Rides: The 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Tahoe Is Fast and Confused...”


  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/282508968127

    Now relisted, seller is asking $14,995.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    I normally don’t care for “sporty” lowered SUVs on big wheels, but this thing nails the look. The wheel/tire proportion and design is absolutely spot on, the interior is tasteful looking (as tasteful as a somewhat crappily screwed together GMT800 gets anyways) and the lowering/ground effects look well integrated and still functional from a clearance perspective (for street driving).

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      I think a black interior with suede inserts would’ve been a better choice, and upper trims also gave you contrasting door inserts, so it wasn’t all grey in there.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I’m trying to fathom who would be a big enough fan of Joe Gibbs to buy this sucker. He may have won a Super Bowl but he’s no Vince Lombardi or Paul Brown.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    Re: Joe Gibbs’ Bona Fides: “During his first stint in the National Football League, he coached the Redskins for 12 seasons and led them to eight playoff appearances, four NFC Championship titles, and three Super Bowl titles. In 1996, Gibbs was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was one of the winningest coaches in NFL history, at that time having a record of 124 wins and 60 losses, and a post-season record of 16 wins and five losses. His combined winning percentage of .683 was third all-time (behind Vince Lombardi and John Madden).

    After retiring at the end of the 1992 season, he switched focus to his NASCAR team, Joe Gibbs Racing, which has won four Sprint Cup championships under his ownership.” From Wikipedia

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    I’m generally not a fan of barge-sized SUVs like this, but one that is tricked out for speed is another story, particularly in all-black. And that carbon-fiber engine cover is cool.

    Fifteen grand seems a bit ambitious, though.

    • 0 avatar
      MeaMaximaCulpa

      I do think that a bit of engine room carbon fibre can be sweet looking but a material that you use for light weight feels a bit of in a truck weighting about the same as the moon.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Only 400 HP? LULZ

  • avatar
    newenthusiast

    I like the overall look of the exterior, although I’d get rid of the Gibbs badging. The wheels and tires, surprisingly, aren’t at donk levels of alloy to rubber ratio, although I would prefer a little more sidewall.

    The interior is clean and functional, but the cell adapter and the sub-woofer must be removed, or in the case of the latter, better integrated.

    I’d own it and drive it almost as is (assuming the mileage is legit and it has its service records), but not for $15k. If it was 10k or less, that would be better. Mr. Gibbs was a great coach, and as far as I can tell a successful NASCAR team owner (I don’t follow NASCAR), but that isn’t enough of a significant provenance for the asking price, in my opinion.

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    Still has the factory receiver hitch and 7 pin connector which is all the matters. Put a set of decent wheels and tires on it and you would actually have a truck you could get little work/purpose out of. Unless it’s a 2WD, then it is still somewhat useless.

    • 0 avatar
      SirRaoulDuke

      It’s a 4×4. This would be pretty badass to tow a boat with. I like these a LOT more than the new Tahoes, and good luck finding a clean one around here, where they are used in the winter.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    I’m guessing this had chrome door handles and someone along the way replaced them with the matte black materials. It is very easy to swap the handles out. Dude, I murdered out my ride.

    The little bit I could see in the interior with electronic climate control, center console, and steering wheel controls, this doesn’t look like GMT800 LS level trim. If it is, it was equipped stupidly a the LT version would have likely been cheaper versus checking off the boxes to equip it this way.

    GM had some serious stupidity on the GMT800 seats they provided customizers. I remember the North Face Edition Avalanche didn’t have heated seats, power tilt, or power lumbar. The reason was they used a lower level seat frame for the customized trim, that negated these options. I’m sure some bean counter thought this was a very good idea.

    The Vortec 5.3L V8 takes to forced induction very well — the stock 4-speed automatic if it isn’t the HD model can take the HP, my question is what is the torque number. Bad things start to happen if you approach 450-475 pound feet. IIRC this was around 340 pound feet of torque out of the box NA.

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      I agree it’s stupidly optioned. But you’d have a hard time finding an LT with monotone door panels, and no heated memory seats, but with a sunroof. I think they used a base.

  • avatar
    SuperCarEnthusiast

    I think it worth around $225K but I would only pay $18K for it now!


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