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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,968 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 body / paint problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 012013

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 85,777 miles


Was hooking up trailer and started to move touched the brake and pedal went to floor. Left rear brake line rusted completely into. All brake lines very rusty. Because of rust I have replaced all 4 rotors, all 4 calipers all 4 shocks, always parked in garage.the truck frame is total rust. The rims had to be painted because of rust the spare is solid rust.

- Nashville, IN, USA

problem #6

Mar 012010

Silverado 1500

  • 82,000 miles
Twice I have had the spare tire winch cable break on me, if this was to happen in heavy traffic or high speeds it could cause serious injury or death, and I was never aware it was gone until I needed the spare.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #5

Jul 112012

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
I was driving down local road, when there was a three car accident way ahead. I sowed right down, May 25-30 mph as we came up on it, realizing as I went to slow down more, my brake pedal went to floor. I made it home and parked. My boyfriend looked at it next morning, I had no brake fluid left, one of the lines was so corroded the fluid leaked all over the driveway. I had recently had my brakes done and inspection within the past month. I bought the truck brand new, and have had a lot of issues with it. Including ABS that was previously recalled, and never worked after it was replaced, which I did complain about, he interior set material needed replacing, the tail gate cables and hinges are broke, the dealer says there is no recall on them. A sensor went in gas tank, the drivers side mirror fell off, the window cable on drivers side has been replaced twice, passenger side once, the list goes on and on. Like I said, I bought it brand new off the lot, traded in older Chevy Silverado, paid cash with GM discount. I love my truck, but think it has had way too many problems. I have definitely read a lot of complaints on the corroded gas lines among other issues and would hope Chevy would stand behind their products.

- Hamlin, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 212011

Silverado 1500

  • miles


Brake lines rusting on my 02 Silverado 1500.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #3

Oct 082008

Silverado 1500

  • 90,000 miles
Stopping the vehicle, the anti-lock brakes would kick in at around 3 to 5 miles per hour and the vehicle would not stop, would roll a few more feet. Almost hit a woman and child in cross walk, had to stand up on brakes. This not stopping happened 5 or 6 times, this was the came reaction as in 2005 recall, called GM. GM Chevrolet customer assistance center said, go and get this problem confirmed by a GM dealership, did Oct. 9, '08 and they said corrosion build in same area, but because right front hub was replaced with a non GM part (after market part) they have no responsibility. This hub came with the sensor attached. In 2005 my 2002 Chevrolet Silverado was issued a recall for severe corrosion area between the front hub/bearing assembly and the wheel speed sensor. They found the left side sensor was missing an O-ring, they installed under the recall. The vehicle is doing the same thing and a local dealership service department confirmed this same corrosion problem. Called Chevrolet customer assistance center Oct 10, 08. GM Chevrolet customer assistance center called me Monday Oct, 20, '08 and said that once the recall was fixed, (how did they fix corrosion) the same problem is now my problem. When I dropped off the vehicle the brakes were bad, when I picked it up at the end of the day they were 10 time worse, really unsafe to drive. They did not charge me a dime, said that they would work it out with local rep. I will get the vehicle fixed, but how does this correct the problem?

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

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problem #2

May 292007

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
Oem hitch on 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is displaying cracking/failure around the receiver welds. Entire hitch will need to be replaced.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 052003

Silverado 1500

  • miles
On the 2002 Silverado Chevy pu truck, there is a plastic cover over a bar under the dash board, near the gas pedal. It is possible that the tip of the sole of a driver's shoe can get snagged on that piece of plastic with the effect that the driver's foot is held down of the gas pedal. One driver experienced that.

- Boston, MA, USA

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