really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,903 miles

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problem #14

Jun 122019

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 184,000 miles
While driving on I 81 the truck went into reduced power mode and violently went from 70 miles per hour to 10 miles per hour. This mode is very dangerous! forty percent of the traffic on I 81 is tractor trailer. IżM scared to drive this vehicle. The mechanic tells me this is very expensive to repair as there are many things that an cause this condition to occur!!

- Rogersville, TN, USA

problem #13

Jan 212018

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While at a red light, the vehicle idled roughly and the check engine and stability control warning indicators illuminated. The contact called rick hendrick Chevrolet charleston (1500 savannah hwy, charleston, SC 29407, (843) 300-1232) and was informed to purchase a new vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #12

Jul 262017

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 49,750 miles
At 75mph on toll road at night, suddenly the lights (all external & internal) went dark. Hazard light would not work, engine quit, bell went off (door-key in ignition bell), RPM surged. Was able to get off road and waited 10 minutes and truck started. Drove off, got to 60 and same thing happened. Waited 30 minutes and truck was ok except when brakes applied -door/key bell went off. Dealer had truck for three days and could not duplicate. Went to utube and typed in electrical problems-2009 Silverado and several pages of the exact same problem appeared.called dealer told them to replace the battery ground cable and to check the mega fuse. So far the truck is running ok (incident happened in July 2017) seems like the back yard mechanics know more about how to fix this problem. This is serious, driving at night at 75 and losing all electrics is an accident waiting to happen. The manufacture needs to be held accountable for the poor quality ground cables; this should be a recall!!!

- Chambersburg, PA, USA

problem #11

Dec 052016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
I have seen youtube video's/forums online about the 2009 model year Silverado's instrument gauge cluster failing while driving, as well as my own. Very unsafe and scary. Happens on startup, driving, and parked. Never know when it will do it.

- Waldoboro, ME, USA

problem #10

Sep 072016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 105,000 miles
The truck was sitting parked in the driveway and my neighbor noticed that the lights and wipers came on (truck was not on, no keys were in it, nobody was in it or near it!). smoke then began to billow out from under the hood and a fire started. My neighbor was able to disconnect the battery and put out the fire. I had the truck towed to a garage where they told me that the fuse panel caught on fire. They called GM and was told there was no recall for the part. Dealing with insurance now.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

problem #9

Mar 022016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • miles
So about 4 months ago I replaced the battery truck was running fine till about month three. I was driving my truck and all of a sudden all the electrical started freaking out on me. I popped the hood and pushed the negative wire for the battery down and it stopped for a good two months so today (June 7th, 2016)I was on my way to autozone to have them check the battery for me and on my way over to them truck thre a temper tantrum and started with the freaking out then I was almost there and it just completely shut off on me in the middle of traffic I was luckly in the turning lane to turn into the autozone. It also fid it when I was coming over the mountain freaking out with the electrical. Then just completly came to a stop at the intersection as I was turning left almost got hit by another Silverado 2500 that was right behind me. But every once in a while it'll be okay then all of a sudden just start up again.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #8

May 312016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 171,500 miles
While traveling 70 mph on the interstate everything goes crazy at once: Doors lock and unlock, engine cuts and goes back on, stabilitrak light comes on and goes off, transmission kicks out of gear and then downshifts sending the engine to over 5,000 RPM, radio goes off and on off and on. This event lasts for about 5 to 7 seconds then everything goes back to normal. The problem has occurred intermittently and may not happen again for several months. This problem sounds very similar to NHTSA id #10871399. It is an extremely scary event and when in traffic going 70 and the vehicle downshifts and the speed drops to 50 like you slammed on the brakes, but the brakes have not been touched. It almost caused me to be hit this morning. I purchased the vehicle in February 2014 with 114,000 miles, this first happened in 2014 with approx. 118,000 miles. The vehicle currently has 171,500.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 172015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 48,000 miles
The vehicle first started having electrical troubles when we were traveling down the interstate. The door locks were cycling rapidly, the gauges were bouncing all over the dials, we lost power, the lights on the dash were flashing, and the transmission stopped working, and we were coasting - on an interstate. We pulled over and shut it off for a few moments, started it up and took off again, with no trouble. Got home and I looked it up on the internet, and found many similar/identical stories. We took it to the dealership and they said they could find nothing wrong. They charged us $200, and the problem seemed fixed, for a whole two months, just like everyone else said in their posts. It has done it at least 7 times over the past year, and we have resorted to pushing in the fuses, which wiggle loose - and it seems to fix it, albeit temporarily. Until today. It started happening on the interstate again, and we pulled over, opened the hood, took off the cover, and pushed down the fuses, but none were loose. It acted up about 3 more times on the way back home, and we had to turn around to get the truck in the driveway before it just died altogether. We missed an appointment with a customer (we do construction) because of it. It's not safe to drive - we're worried about getting into an accident because of the loss of power. GM says they're sympathetic, but that doesn't fix it. We don't need sympathy, we need results! they also say they've not heard of the problem - bull----. they know of the problem, they just don't want to do anything about it. Thus far, I don't think anyone has been killed, so the bean counters aren't rattled yet. So far, no lawsuits that I know of - they get to ride off into the sunset with our money and all we get is a junk truck that you can't rely upon even though it only has 58,000 miles.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #6

Mar 172014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 88,986 miles
While driving the stabilitrak light came on and then the ABS light. It stayed on, so I took it to a mechanic who determined it was the brake switch and he replaced it. It has been fine until recently, when it came on again and my brake lights were sticking on, so I replaced the brake switch again. So, far it's stayed off. My concern is that my truck my start having the same issues as our other GM vehicle, which also involves the stabilitrak/traction control/reduced power lights coming on. Reduced power is dangerous while driving, especially on the interstate in heavy traffic. I have read GM forums and have found that this problem has been happening as far back as 6 years, and GM still has not figured out how to fix it.

- Mapleton, IL, USA

problem #5

Nov 012014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 65,000 miles
I have had this problem occasionally since I bought the truck new, but recently it started to do the same thing on a regular basis. Start the truck and it's fine, but go to shift into gear and the service engine, service traction control, and service ABS lights and messages come on the dash. Today, I pressed the brakes while driving it and heard a click when I did so, so I pulled over and checked and found that if I push my brake pedal very far, my brake lights went out. I just had my vehicle serviced and inspected at the GM dealership about 9 months/5,000 miles ago. Hopefully this truck doesn't get me or my wife into a fatal accident...

- Mineral Wells, WV, USA

problem #4

Apr 172014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Several times while driving at various speeds the stability control warning light would flash, the door locks would cycle and the gauges would stop working. After a few seconds the warning light would go off and the truck would return to normal. I took the vehicle to the dealer and I was informed that both battery cables had high resistance and needed to be replaced. It is ridiculous that battery cables need to be replaced at 62000 miles. The service adviser made a comment that this was a common problem but it usually happens while the vehicle is still under warranty.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #3

Jan 132010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Service traction control, service stabilitrak, traction control off, stabilitrak off, loss of control.

- Lake George, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 262011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
I was at 60 to 65 mph on an interstate and the truck powered the motor down. The electronic stability control module light came on and the service engine light. I was able to get off at the last safe exit for quite a way. Onstar recommended not driving it to the dealer. The dealer did the diagnostic and at 28000 miles told me it was the throttle body assembly. It took 5 days to get a "new" one.( aprox 1/26/11) on aprox 12/15/11 an almost identical thing happened, mileage 50,000. Out of warranty I took it to a local shop. Their computer test concluded a throttle body assembly malfunction. $450 to repair. Call the dealer " no that is under warranty" dealer concluded that it "just needed cleaned". prior to service (I rely on this truck for work, I can not get a ride, I can not ride a bus) I was able to "reset " the stabilitrack ( the button would not turn it off) by pulling 4 fuses under the hood fuse block. But boy when it had enough the truck would power the motor down and within 15 seconds the truck would die right where it was. 5 mph, or 15 mph no power nothing, brakes, steering gone.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #1

Mar 152011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 37,400 miles
While driving 60mph on a highway, the truck suddenly lurched and two warnings came on the dash; service stabilitrac and service traction control. The truck also operated under reduced power and I had no control over the accelerator. Going up hills was an adventure. This is a serious safety hazard for this to happen while driving at anytime anywhere. Did extensive research online, and found this is a common problem with GM stabilitrac. Brought truck to dealer for repair and they said this is the first one they had seen with this condition. Truck had 37,400 miles. Dealer replaced throttle control body for free under the powertrain warranty. Truck currently runs fine, but the truck does not idle as well as it used to, slight vibration and stutter, dealer said GM said this is common and not a problem, it is set electronically and cannot be adjusted. Do we really need all this electronic crap?

- East Sandwich, MA, USA