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7.2

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$568.00
Average Mileage:
88,621 miles
Total Complaints:
41 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (24 reports)
  2. drop tank & replace sending unit (9 reports)
  3. install new fuel gauge at tank (6 reports)
  4. replace sensor (1 reports)
  5. replace the fuel pump and sending unit (1 reports)
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2001 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #21

Jun 012009

Silverado Sl 2500 Hd Crew 8.1L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

We pay good money to drive these piles of junk. I called gm about the brake problem and they told me my truck wasn't part of that recall even though it does what the other trucks do that are now on that recall. They say they are in the salt belt - well let's see, here in SYR. NY we get a hell of a lot of snow if that's not the salt belt I don't know what is (I don't know if you are to do one at a time for complaints but that's my b___h!!!!)

- , Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #20

Jan 012004

Silverado LS 1500 4.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

The fuel tank in my Silverado 1500 has been flaky for quite a long time. i have to pay attention to mileage to estimate amount of gas in tank. Risky business but i have been pretty lucky so far. I have to replace the sensor again

- , Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #19

Mar 302008

Silverado LS 5.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I bought this truck a year and a half ago and everything was fine then all of a sudden one day driving down the highway the damn gas gauge started fluctuating between full and empty and the tank was full and this has been an ongoing problem ever since ive had the truck and Chevy or gm needs to come up with a solution to fix this problem or they will loose a customer and i will change my choice of trucks and im a die hard Chevy fan but i know many people with this same problem and its really annoying

- , Washington, NC, USA

problem #18

Jul 012007

Silverado LS 5.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Gas gauge shows empty on a full tank of gas, after the gas gets used maybe a gallon or 2 it starts to register on the gauge but bounces back and forth between empty and full.

- , Wichita, KS, USA

problem #17

Feb 072007

Silverado EXT CAB LT 4.8L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

I've been living with this for over two years, have yet to take it to the shop only because I KNOW it's going to be very expensive to fix. I use my trip meter and always fill the tank, and luckily there have been just a few times when I was sweating bullets until I reached the next gas station.

Where this seems to happen on so many Chevy trucks, I would think it would be a recall! I'm looking at a new FORD for my next vehicle!

- , Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #16

Feb 142007

Silverado 1500 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles

This shut down at the airport in the winter on our way home. It did this again the other day and GM refuses to acknowledge there is a problem!

- , Shawnee, OH, USA

problem #15

Sep 122007

Silverado LS 1500 Z71 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

when i fill up the tank the gage moves to Empty and is constantly moving to Full and its really frustrating to have this problem.

- , Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 112007

Silverado LS 4.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,500 miles

The gas gauge has begun to fluctuate between empty and full. It does this now constantly whether in park and idling or driving down the highway. I was told that Chevrolet's were notorious for the gas gauge going out and the tank would have to be removed to fix it. I feel that this is a safety hazard, that doesn't appear to be an isolated incident but is sure prevalent in their vehicles.

- , Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #13

Mar 212008

Silverado 1500 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

the gas gauge has begun to fluctuate between empty and full. The first time it happened I thought someone had stolen my gas but then it went back up. It does this now constantly whether in park and idling or going 70 MPH down the highway. I was told by a garage mechanic that Chevrolet's were notorious for the gas gauge going out and the tank would have to be removed to fix it at a cost of over $600. I feel that this is a safety hazard as I could be left stranded on the side of the road. Chevrolet should be made to correct this problem since it does not seem to be an isolated incident but is pretty prevalent in their vehicles.

- , Whitesboro, TX, USA

problem #12

Apr 012008

Silverado 1500 5.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Does anyone know how to start a class action law suit or initiate a request for recall for the gas gauge (fuel sending unit) problem? It's a problem in so many trucks it's ridiculous. Thanks

- , Boston, MA, USA

problem #11

Apr 012003

Silverado 1500 5.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This is a very common problem in Silverados of '99-'03. Why hasn't Chevy offered to fix this problem? It's a relatively cheap part. Labor is about 3 hours.

- , Boston, MA, USA

problem #10

Feb 012007

Silverado LS 4.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

I can't believe that GM does not recall the gas gauge problem in their pickup trucks. II I have a 2001 Silverado 4x4 that the gas gauge goes crazy on. Even my neighbor who has a 1999 has the same problem. I have also heard of several other people having the same problem with their trucks. I guess customers that have already purchased vehicles are not as high of a priority as selling new ones. I wish someone would disclose how to fix this problem but you first have to admit there is a problem I have been a Chevy fan for 35 years but who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks. My son has a couple of nice dodges and he has a pickup his wife is turning in on lease in a couple of months. Sounds Good!!!

- , Hillsboro, NH, USA

problem #9

Sep 242007

Silverado LS V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

Sounds like a problem with more than just a few gauges. It is hard to believe that Chevy and GM has not stepped up to take care of a problem of this size.

How can we get the attention of this company to take action.

I have always loved Chevy's, but if this is the way they are going to handle problems I might have to look for another brand.

- , Portland, OR, USA

problem #8

Oct 102007

Silverado 1500 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

Fuel gauge is not working and ELECTRIC MOTORS FOR WINDOWS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED AT 35000 MILES

- , Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #7

May 252007

(reported on)

Silverado 1500 4.3L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,000 miles

My father in law & I drove 2 trucks off the lot at the same time. About 1 1/2 - 2 years later, both started having this problem within a week of each other. I can't believe there is no recall. He asked the dealership about it while in for service. He was told if they dropped the gas tank & the wires to the sending unit were chaffed, warranty would cover. If not, he would have to pay for repair & it wouldn't be cheap.

- , High Point, NC, USA

problem #6

Nov 022007

(reported on)

Silverado 2500HD 6.0L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,637 miles

i work in the construction business and that keeps me very busy. i'm a general contractor and i ride around a lot placing bids, getting materials, and bidding other jobs....i need my fuel gauge to read correctly because i don't want to get caught in the middle of something and run out of gas because my indicator wasn't reading right

- , Augusta, GA, USA

problem #5

Oct 052007

(reported on)

Silverado 4.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

the problem started soon after refill on a uphill grade the fuel guage would flash to empty then flash back to full. It became gradually worse to when would show empty as well as the fuel low light. It was weird I could shift to Neutral and the meter would then register, that still works most of the time. I just fill it up and wait till after about 70 miles for a continuous reading of the fuel level. One time it read 1/8th tank, then I parked for a bit, proceeded to drive on a different destination and the gauge read 1/4 full. After a short bit of driving the gauge went below the original 1/8th which would of been correct and showed nearly empty. Faulty ground wire, the sending unit in the fuel tank is what I believe could be the issue.

- , Harker Heights, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 252007

(reported on)

Silverado 4.8L V8

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,235 miles

This only started happening since my last fill-up. The fuel gauge went down to empty with the bright low fuel light shining. It only happened a couple of times when I was still close to full. It didn't happen again until I filled up again yesterday. Now it will go to empty while I'm idling, as I accelerate, as I slow down...... doesn't seem to matter when. It just happens a lot more often. I have also had the gauge go to the half full mark and just stay there. Sometimes it will go back to full or empty, I usually just turn the truck off and restart it, then it goes back to full. I really hope a recall does come from this issue soon.

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 182007

(reported on)

Silverado LS 4.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Had to fight tooth and nail just to get Chevy to pay for a part they recalled less than 10 miles north and west of me (ABS sensor that they finally recalled in KY about 9 months later) so it's getting to be a real problem to see everyone having the same issues and Chevy not backing up their #1 truck line. My fuel gauge just started going to empty when I stop at lights after filling up. Most of the time it comes right back up when i take off but sometimes it does not. Just waiting for it to shut off for good. I use to defend Chevy to the end but now I'm rethinking my next purchase. (it's paid off next year)

- , Burlington, KY, USA

problem #2

Jul 132007

(reported on)

Silverado LS 4.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Gas gauge drops off to empty and low fuel lite comes on intermittently when the tank is full and until it goes below half full. The trouble is less frequent below half full. I haven't had it looked at yet so can't help with a fix. Also, I know of others with the same problem.

- , Whitman, MA, USA

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