really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,667 miles

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problem #3

Feb 012013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 38,500 miles
2009 Chevy Silverado lost traction on highway during slippery road conditions, vehicle spun out and hit a metal roped fence head on and also went across the median and slammed the front end of vehicle into a guard rail stopping it instantly from going into on coming traffic. The vehicles damage was on the front end directly in the center causing a wedge into the radiator, engine and bent the front of the frame. The impact was very loud and solid. The impact caused the truck to stand on the front of vehicle, slamming the back end of the vehicle on the ground with great force. The airbag didn't deploy which at the speed of around 60 mph and the place the vehicle was hit in, makes me very concerned on the safety of this vehicle. My 5 year old son said his right arm was hurting after the accident and with in the hour of having the accident myself ended up in the hospital with a stiff neck and a very soar and bruised back, I was released with minor injuries and I consider myself lucky. Please let me know if anything can be done about this situation and the safety of myself and my son.

- Quincy, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 152011

Silverado 2500 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

problem #1

May 042010

Silverado 2500

  • 1,101 miles
While driving normally (35-40 mph on a residential road) in dry conditions, the check engine light illuminates and the onboard error message reads "service traction control, service stabilitrak, engine power down." Consequently, the vehicle will not travel faster than approximately 40 mph and steering sharply becomes difficult. This error has occurred twice in the 11 weeks we have had our new 2009 Silverado 2500 hd. With the first repair (odometer 1101 miles), they could not find anything wrong with the truck. They just reset the computer. The second repair was 4 days ago (3948 miles). They found the "I/P to body harness connector corroded, cleaned the terminals, and applied dielectric grease." We are extremely fearful that this defect will occur again while we are towing a 5500 pound travel trailer. Without steering, stability and engine power a serious accident could occur. When my concerns were explained to the local GM dealership, the general manager stated that he could not guarantee that they could fix our truck or guarantee it would be safe to tow a trailer.

- Saint Albans, WV, USA