The Worst 2014-2018 Silverado 1500 Problems

  1. A/C Condenser Leaking

    GM used leaky air conditioners that buckle under pressure in many 2014-2017 trucks and SUVs. Whether it's busted hoses or leaky condensors, thousands of GM owners are showing up to work with sweat stains down their back. It's such a widespr…

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  2. Chevy Shake

    When traveling above 35mph, GM's full size trucks and SUVs are experiencing cabin vibrations along with terribly loud noises from buffeting wind that is making owners sick. GM says these vibrations are within their acceptable vibration rang…

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What Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

3rd Generation Silverado 1500 Key Numbers

  1. 5 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  2. 586 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  3. 77th in reliability

    Overall reliability rank out of 80 eligible generations.

Recent 3rd Generation Silverado 1500 News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

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    A lawsuit says a failed vacuum pump in GM’s brake boosters can make the brake pedal extremely hard to push, leading to longer stopping distances and accidents.

    While investigating a rear-end collision involving the lead plaintiff ”GM told her she should read the manual to understand how the brakes worked.” Nothing says “we value our customers” like accusing them of not knowing how brakes work. GM promised to fix the plaintiff’s bumper in exchange for confidentiality. Obviously this didn’t go over well.

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    Low voltage is temporarily disabling the power steering in more than 1 million GM trucks and SUVs, prompting a massive recall for the 2015 model year.

    A near carbon-copy recall was made for similar vehicles back in August 2017. The major difference? It was 2014 model year.

    Is anyone staffing the shoulda seen that coming department over at GM?

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    GM is recalling 23,000 vehicles because the a seat belt pretensioner cable may no longer be attached.

    The automaker had been monitoring the field for signs of pretensioner cables wearing down in 2014-2016 trucks and SUVs and monitoring warranty data, leading the automaker to open an internal investigation.

    GM says the cables fatigue because the driver [can sit on the] pretensioner and cable guide in a sliding motion while entering the vehicle.

    Let that be a lesson to us owners to … stop sitting in our cars?

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    KSBH is Kansas City has a story about a frustrated Chevrolet owner who is tired of his truck's excessive vibrations, especially on the highway.

    [Mike] Hollingsworth said the shaking began within weeks of purchasing the truck. Because he bought it new, Hollingsworth said he didn't take it for a test drive ... That was the biggest mistake I made," he said.

    Like many owners, Mr. Hollingsworth is being told by Chevy technicians that the shaking is within what's considered an acceptable range. GM needs to adjust its scale.

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    GM is recalling nearly 4,800 new trucks and SUVs, and telling their owners to stop driving until their front upper control arms can be repaired.

    GM blames the problem on a bad weld near the control arm bushing, a problem the automaker discovered on a GMC Yukon XL Denali. The faulty weld can cause the control arm to change shape and eventually separate.

    Once again, there is a stop-driving order for owners of the 2016-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe, and 2016 Chevrolet Suburban. If you own one of these vehicles you need to make a service appointment right away.

    While you're on the phone, ask them about getting a tow for repairs and how to get a loaner vehicle in the meantime.

    GM said they'll send out a "please stop driving" notice in May 2016, and then a second notice when the recall actually begins.

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    Turns out the flexible steel cables GM used to connect its seat belts to the body of their trucks might be a little too flexible.

    (The) cable can break over time due to a driver repeatedly getting into the seat, causing the cable to bend and eventually separate. GM says it discovered the seat belt problem by looking at warranty data, but no accidents or injuries have been reported.

    More than 1 million Chevy and GMC trucks will need to be repaired.