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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
51,069 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Nov 022008

Silverado 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The speedometer and oil gauge fail to work on the instrument panel. Occasionally, the speedometer gets stuck on zero or goes all the way to 120 mph. The oil gauge does not move at all and the dial becomes stuck all the way at the bottom. The contact called the dealer and they refused to inspect the vehicle for free. The manufacturer stated that they were aware of the failure, but they have not yet issued a recall. Through online research, she discovered numerous consumers experiencing the same failure and believes that it should be recalled. The failure mileage was 90,000 and current mileage was 105,000. Updated 02-23-09 updated 02/24/09.

- Sulphur, LA, USA

problem #37

Jan 062008

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Speedometer doesn't function properly. Registers at 70mph when standing still.

- Blanco, TX, USA

problem #36

Apr 082006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Instrumentation cluster premature failure.

- Vernal, UT, USA

problem #35

Mar 012008

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles


Erratic speedometer readings. Started with just reading a few miles over. Now 9 times out of 10 it says I'm doing 20 to 30mph when I start the truck. Checked online and many other people are having the same problem. How many does it take before a recall?

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #34

Jul 182007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Beginning at around 80,000 miles my speedometer stopped reporting my speed correctly. It will stay at 0 mph or 30 mph then after turning off the vehicle a few times it would reset. It didn't happen again until a couple of months later. But it only happened intermittently with no way to diagnose the problem. Today (85,000miles) I was driving on the interstate and my speed stopped at 30 mph and wouldn't go to zero. I stopped tried to get it to reset and then it stuck at 80mph. I was not going that fast. Now it is not reading my speed correctly at all. It will either stay at 30, or it says I'm going 20 when I know I am going at least 60. This a definite safety issue. Diagnostics don't seem to locate the problem.

- Wilsonville, OR, USA

problem #33

Jan 152007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 40 mph, the instrument panel gauges displayed inaccurate readings. The dealer stated that they were aware that the failure may occur in some 2003-2004 Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles. However, because his vehicle was over 70,000 miles, he would have to repair it at his own expense. The vehicle was not repaired. He filed a formal complaint with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 54,000 and current mileage was 81,000.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #32

Jun 152007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles


Speedometer and all other gauges on instrument cluster do not work properly the speedometer reads 120 mph sometimes, the volt meter needle is pointing straight down, this is on my 2003 Silverado, on my 2004 Suburban the tachometer reads wrong all the time and im worried that the speedometer will do the same on it, this is the primary vehicle my wife and kids use every day.

- Collinsville, OK, USA

problem #31

Apr 182006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Speedometer erratic. Sometimes reads 35-60 mph in park, sometimes 120 mph when traveling at 30-60 mph. Then will not work at all, but rests at 120 mph. Only way to reset is to turn vehicle on and off 6-12 times over a 30 min period. In Feb 07 took to jack schmitt Chevy dealer and paid $97 for diagnostics and was told estimated cost of repair would be approximately $500. This is a safety hazard and a recall needs to be issued asap.

- O Fallon, IL, USA

problem #30

Nov 212007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Speedometer was fluttering and sticking since purchase of this vehicle, particularly in cold weather. Typically, after it warmed up, the speedometer would become somewhat functional again. Through discussions with GM dealership, it was discovered that a service bulletin and letters of notification have been sent out to warn owners of this problem. This web site shows complaints of this problem dating back to Dec of 2005. A 70,000 mile limit has been set for GM to cover repairs. My speedometer finally became totally inoperable at 105,000 miles, and I took it to the dealership for repairs. A month later, I see this notice. How can GM set a mileage limit on safety" this should be a total recall! at $500. To fix, most operators are obviously like me. You fix the things on your vehicle as you can afford to or if it makes the vehicle totally inoperable. I put over 20,000 miles a year on my truck. Like an above owner stated, why am I being penalized for driving more than 10K miles a year? why am I being penalized for using this truck on long hauls. It has been a great truck, and I have very few other complaints. However, GM knows that they put a defective and unsafe and faulty instrument cluster in these trucks. Now they want us, their consumers to pay for it" please NHTSA, this issue needs to be turned into a recall.

- Northglenn, CO, USA

problem #29

Nov 302006

Silverado 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,324 miles
Speedometer jumping all over. Started over a year ago at around 65,000mi. When problem started it would occur about once a week. Now it happens every other day.

- Uniontown, OH, USA

problem #28

Nov 202007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The instrument panel would intermittently malfunction. The gauges would drop while the vehicle was started. The dealer stated that the electronic control module needed to be reprogrammed. The manufacturer sent a letter stating that there was no recall; however, the warranty was extended to 70,000 miles for this failure. The failure mileage was 100,000 and current mileage was 102,000. Updated 01-10-08. Updated 12/31/07

- Troy , VA, USA

problem #27

Dec 222005

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,500 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving 50 mph, the speedometer dropped to zero. The failure occurred after driving for one mile. The dealer replaced the instrument cluster. The failure mileage was 99,500 and current mileage was 116,000. Updated 03-05-08

- Sutherland , OR, USA

problem #26

Aug 302007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. Two months ago, the contact received a letter for the speedometer cluster. The notice stated that only vehicles less than 7 years old and under 70,000 miles would be repaired. His vehicle had 90,000 miles at the time; however, the speedometer displayed incorrect speeds. The dealer refused to repair his vehicle. The contact filed a complaint with the manufacturer. The recall number was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 90,000. Updated 11/29/07.

- Tillatoba, MS, USA

problem #25

Oct 282007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,150 miles
Speedometer ranges from 70-120 won't come back down.

- Albany, TX, USA

problem #24

Oct 232007

Silverado 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have 12,000 miles on my 2003 Silverado and my speedometer constantly fails giving me readings of 120 mph to total failure. This is a serious safety concern. The vehicle has technical bulletins associated with this complaint but there is no recall. Please advise before an incident associated to this speedometer failure occurs.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #23

Feb 102005

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The speedometer in my 2003 Chevrolet Silverado has not worked since the truck had 45,000 miles on it. It registers 0 mph at all speeds, unless it is raining, when it will register an incorrect speed.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #22

Oct 132007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,847 miles
I have a 2003 Chevy Silverado. Today the speedometer malfunctioned. At first it registered zero. Later in registered but only went up until it finally went past 120 and off the scale. This is clearly a malfunction that is dangerous.

- Folsom, LA, USA

problem #21

Aug 282007

Silverado 6-cyl

  • miles
Speedometer on my 2003 Silverado sticks and gives inaccurate measure intermittently. This is extremely dangerous; you never know if the reading is correct or not. GM should have a recall on this one!

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #20

Jan 142006


  • miles
Had a 2003 Silverado the cluster driving home one night and the cluster went from 40 mph all the way to 110. It was like this for a week took it to the dealer and the said this was a normal thing cost me over $300 to fix it.

- Friendship, WI, USA

problem #19

May 152007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the instrument panel operates intermittently. When the instrument panel is not illuminated, the contact is unable to determine the gear in which the vehicle is placed. The vehicle has not been inspected by the dealer. The current mileage was 50,000 and failure mileage was 33,000. Updated 01-14-08. Updated 12/12/07.

- Wellington , FL, USA

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