10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,398 miles

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problem #18

May 232005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,200 miles
Lost power steering and power breaks while driving vehicle

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #17

Jan 102005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,770 miles
Was backing a trailer into a barn on level ground, power steering and power brakes failed with no warning. Repair has not been done yet.

- Sedgewickville, MO, USA

problem #16

Mar 232004

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,800 miles
I was backing out of my garage and my 2000 Silverado 2500hd didn't steer and I couldn't steer it. There was power steering oil on my garage floor I have 31800 miles on the 6 liter engine.

- Great Falls, MT, USA

problem #15

Aug 012002

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Vehicle turns fine to the left. Power steering fails every time you turn to the right. There is a "whining" noise inside the cab when you turn to the right.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #14

Jan 312004

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
This occurred on Saturday, 1/31/04. Vehicle make: 2500 Chevrolet Silverado, 3/4 ton, 6' bed, 6L engine description: I had to make a tight right hand turn from a gas station onto the main road in syracuse, New York as opposing traffic was coming at me. After I completed the turn and started to head South on the main four lane road I immediately found out that the power steering was quite rough. Quite rough was not the word for it as there was no power steering! about a block from that point I had to brake and found out that there were no power assisted brakes on the vehicle. No idiot lights came on at all and this presented quite a serious problem especially with the snow plow attached. Both the fluid in the master brake and power steering cylinders were right up to normal levels and the serpentine belt was relatively new and intact! trust me that I am not happy about this at all from a vehicle that has only 30,000 miles on it and has been plagued with various major problems throughout its somewhat youthful history including two (2) full brake jobs to date. I'm just thankful that no one was hurt including myself. I want this letter to be relayed to the Chevrolet zone manager and I would like their input on the issues that have been presented. As a consumer there is no way that both the power steering and brakes should have gone at the same time, plus, the fact that there were no indications of a major problem from the message center or dashboard. There very easily could have been a different ending to this story especially with the type of winter weather and road conditions we have been having as of late here in upstate New York.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #13

May 272003

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,403 miles
While driving the power steering fluid leaked which made the vehicle difficult to steer. The brake pedal also went to the floor and the brakes did not respond. The consumer believes the power steering failure caused the brakes to fail.

- Hillsdale, MI, USA

problem #12

Jul 112002

Silverado 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 45mph the power steering went out. This could have caused loss in steering. Cause unknown. Dealer notified. Consumer stated there is a broken shaft and a failed power steering pump.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #11

Jun 052001

Silverado 2500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While parking vehicle in driveway, power steering broke and lost all braking ability. Had no prior warning of any problems. Contacted dealership/service manager and manufacturer. Was informed steering and brakes on same system. Power steering pump was replaced due to a broken shaft in power steering.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #10

May 122001

Silverado 2500

  • miles
While traveling at 5 mph power steering and power brakes went out at same time. Dealership examined vehicle and determined that there was a broken shaft in power steering pump that caused a loss of these two power assisted systems. Conusmer states he was advised by dealership that this is a common problem with these types of vehicle's.

- Shingle Springs, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 132001

Silverado 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was backing vehicle out of garage when something happened to power assist on steering. Also, had no power brakes. Everything had locked up. Noticed steering fluid on garage floor. Contacted dealership, and was informed by service manager vehicle will be towed. Dealer stated that consumer may have had foot on brake and went through safety zone on hydro booster cauing fluid to foam up and cause this problem.

- Maple Valley, WA, USA

problem #8

Feb 132001

Silverado 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was backing vehicle out of garage when something happened to power assist on steering. Also, had no power brakes. Everything had locked up. Noticed steering fluid on garage floor. Contacted dealership, and was informed by service manager vehicle will be towed. Dealer stated that consumer may have had foot on brake and went through safety zone on hydro booster cauing fluid to foam up and cause this problem.

- Maple Valley, WA, USA

problem #7

Jan 082001

Silverado 2500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power steering went out/transmission rebuilt/ tires were wearing unevenly/rear springs had to be reinstalled the power steering pump failure resulted in a loss of power assist to brakes causing accident. There were no injuries but the passenger door caved in.

- Columbus, WI, USA

problem #6

Sep 272000

Silverado 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On 09/27/2000 I was slowing down for a dip, with my foot on the brake. As I crossed the hit the dip and/or just after the dip, I heard a noise come from the left front drivers side of truck. At the same time the left front of truck dropped a little. I was still rolling and didn't think anything was wrong, so I rolled on about 100 ft. To a right curve. When I tried to turn the vehicle it only turned from a 2 oclock position to a 4 oclock position. Truck went into ditch, and stopped on the other side. The front wheel was broken off with lug nuts, studs, and other pieces of metal still in the left front tire under the truck. When the wrecker came, I got into the truck to try to guide it as they pulled it out. I put my foot on the brakes before I tried to start the truck, and there was no brake pressure at all. The brake pedal went all the way to the floor. The tie rod had snapped at the knuckle, but 80 % was shine and about 20% was tarnished and grease looing like the tie rod had been cracked a long time. On your search engine site for recalls the only 3500 is listed as 3500hd. In the year 2000 Chevrolet didn't make a 3500hd. They only made 3500's that had some heavy duty equipment on them, such as heavy duty transmission, etc.

- Big Spring, TX, USA

problem #5

Dec 072000

Silverado 2500 4WD

  • miles
Power steering stops functioning intermittently. Wheel can only be turned with great effort when vehicle is sitting still.. can occur at any time but most often if vehicle is facing downhill. Chevrolet say this is the nature of the beast and will not fix it. I lhad identical problems with a 98 truck and it was fixed by replacing the steering gear box with a heavy duty box from a 3/4 ton truck.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 082000

Silverado 2500

  • miles
Driver had lost control of vehicle hit a telephone pole head-on with a 50-65 mph impact, and then drove into a field. Upon impact, dual airbags did not deploy, but seatbelts were on at the time. As a result, passenger had cracked sternum, and driver had mild whiplash.

- Port Allegany, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 102000

(reported on)

Silverado 2500

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Manvel, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 162000

Silverado 2500

  • miles
While driving on a "slick" road due to an earlier rain vehicle proceeded to go through a green light, and spun around at least twice. Then, it stopped and went straight through the light. Dealer was not contacted.

- Nacogdoches, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 172000

Silverado 2500

  • miles
Power steering squeals when you turn to the left. This happens turning the wheel to the left from center, not when you hit the lock all the way to left. And, it only happens after the truck has warmed up. I have taken the truck back to the dealer and was told that this was the fifth one thay had seen with this problem. I was told that they could not repair the squealing and I would have to wait at least two months before GM would have a solution. I find this unacceptable. Please contact GM and push for a solution sooner than that. Thank you.

- A, TX, USA