1st Generation (1999—2006) Silverado 2500 Problems

Silverado 2500 owners with a 1999—2006 model year have the most problems with the brakes (24%), engine (15%), and the hvac (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Brakes Failed 4 complaints at an average of 101,332 miles in the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500.
  2. Brake Lines Not Protected 5 complaints at an average of 91,875 miles in the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500.
  3. Brake Line Broke and No Brakes 3 complaints at an average of 55,770 miles in the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500.

What Silverado 2500 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Chevrolet model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2006 25 11 657 7.67
2005 17 15 687 5.11
2004 25 16 628 5.69
2003 31 14 648 14.01
2002 12 17 513 4.05
2001 24 17 518 7.87
2000 2 23 302 0.91
1999 0 19 248 0.0

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