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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 28
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,484 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #59

Oct 152009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 78,000 miles


Vehicle speedometer is inoperative. At highway speeds reading is 0 mph, or speedometer is stuck above 65 at a dead stop.

- Gretna, LA, USA

problem #58

Nov 262009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 75,000 miles
I own a Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 extended cab and the speedometer sticks and says im going 100mph when im barely even rolling it seems to happen when the outside temp got below 30 degrees F that my speedometer would stop working. When it warmed up 10-15 degrees it would start working again. GM needs to recall this due to it can result in a accident and can be fatal if I don't know how fast I am going as well as it is illegal! if it does result in a ticket GM will be paying for it- GM claims they stand by their product and so be it they need to fix it! this is a safety problem. And needs to be covered 100% free of charge!

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #57

Dec 202009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 46,000 miles
2005 Chevy Silverado with 46,000 miles speedometer stuck at 60 mph and won't move.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #56

Jul 152009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 38,000 miles


2005 ls 2wd Chevy Silverado speedometer sticks at one speed or shows incorrect speed. This is a daily issue.

- Pasco, WA, USA

problem #55

Nov 272009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 96,354 miles
I have a 2005 Chevy Silverado driving down the road I noticed a burning smell coming from my heater vents so I shut the truck off and jump out well in a nut shell my blower fan motor wiring harness had caught on fire I have heard that this is a problem in just about every GM truck so I ask what will it take for GM to recall this problem will it take someone to die for it to happen you be the judge.

- Wynne, AR, USA

problem #54

Feb 152006

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • miles
2005 Silverado pickup. Heater fan motor resistor melting wires too a point that the wires couldn't be touched without being burned. Warranty expired but problem exists. Told dealership that I thought it was a safety issue. Ie: if combustible materials were to come into contact there would most likely be a fire.

- Cameron, 00, USA

problem #53

Oct 162009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 71,213 miles


The speedometer shows a lower speed than what I am actually traveling. I was ticketed for going 31 mph over the speed limit when the gauge showed I was going the speed limit.

- Dickinson, TX, USA

problem #52

Oct 092009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 35,200 miles
This is not a rare complaint. Factually, several retailers on ebay sell discussed replacement parts; and they reveal the burnt, burning, and or melted parts in the parts auctions descriptions! this should be a recalled item! 1. while operating vehicle, driver & three passengers smelled something burning or fire within the passenger/cab compartment of our 2005 Silverado, followed shortly, within 2 minutes of air conditioning blower assembly failure. That is, we smelled something burning and the air conditioning quit working. Upon further investigation, removal of the air conditioning "resistor" (P/N "52408586, 42/04 slovania") revealed a severely burnt and melted [male] "resistor" connector and [female] wiring harness connector (refer to (3) for resistor and harness replacement part numbers). (2) the failure occurred once, catastrophically; consequently, a vehicle fire ensues; and, at a minimum, vehicle components remain damaged beyond repair. It is important to note, however, fuses fail to prevent said fire or damage. (3) replaced air conditioning blower "resistor GM# 8901-9088 [and] connectorres-blo #1586-2656; note: Replacement parts do not appear to be updated or revised; situation likely to reoccur.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #51

Aug 202008

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 76,000 miles
2005 Chevy 1500 Silverado - heater blows hot air on drivers side, cold on passenger side - happens without notice - have spent around $300 (+) dollars trying to fix this. Was told by GM service tech it was the heater motor resistor wiring harness, it burns out the resistor. I replaced both, the resistor burned out again and the wiring harness was fried again. The internet is full of these reports - a recall is needed - this condition is not safe. Thank you for your help.

- Okmulgee, OK, USA

problem #50

Sep 212009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 42,000 miles
Wiring harness caught on fire under dash.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #49

Sep 102009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • miles


The wires leading to A/C blower are shorting out one at a time. It started with the climate control set on hi stopped working then went on down to 4. could possible short out and cause a fire. I have not yet purchased the new parts to replace looked online first to see if there had been a recall for this problem.

- Georgetown, TN, USA

problem #48

Sep 102009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 125,000 miles
For quite some time, our 2005 Chevrolet Silverado would have an odor and the #5 position on the fan for heater would stop working, then start again. Recently it completely stopped at all levels. We can no longer circulate heat or ac in the vehicle. We checked the blower motor resistor unit, it had melted and also melted the wiring harness up under the dash. We now have to replace both units at great expense to us., not to mention this could have caused a fire...we usually have some grandchildren strapped in car seats...which would have been quite dangerous to them, had it caught on fire. This has been going on for some time, not just the mileage indicated.

- Otway, OH, USA

problem #47

Sep 072009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 60,000 miles
Invalid speedometer readings, odometer works.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #46

Aug 192009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Odometer stopped working as well as the blower motor control switch on my 2005 Chevy Silverado, 4.3L V6 4WD truck.

- North Reading, MA, USA

problem #45

Aug 042009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 47,000 miles
While parked the blower motor for the climate system continued to run. The keys were removed, engine off. Upon discovery I could not turn off the blower. I decided to take it to a shop. Before I could leave the parking lot the cab was full of a thick white smoke. I was able to shut the engine off and disconnect the battery before a fire started. The dealership said it was a common problem. There is no recall on it though as the dealer is not reporting the occurrences to GM so nobody is aware of the frequency. An easy internet search returns many occurrences of similar problems.

- Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 00, USA

problem #44

Jun 052009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 72,000 miles
Fan motor resistor melted causing plastic to burn and smoke badly part cost $100 for the wiring $80 for the resistor $160 labor. With all the tax dollars given to GM they were not willing to help with this known problem. They said they change these everyday. There was actually two of them sitting on the parts counter ready to be replaced for someone else when I walked in. This is a true safety problem and we would like some help.

- Dunedin, FL, USA

problem #43

Apr 012009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 45,000 miles
The wiring harness to the blower motor resistor in my 2005 Chevrolet started smoking, from excess heat within the wiring to the harness or resistor. I have since replaced the harness and resistor, but it still does the same thing. Hopefully this faulty wiring harness is the only one in these models.

- Santa Rita, GU, USA

problem #42

Jun 272009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 71,600 miles
Just purchased a gsa pickup June 26. June 27 was highway driving it and thought I was going about 60 mph and the speedometer said I was going 30 mph. Went through town at approximately 30 mph and the speedometer read less than 0.

- Marlow, OK, USA

problem #41

Apr 142009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 35,000 miles
My blower motor wiring melted and almost caught fire. I had it replaced under warranty once. 15 months later the same thing happened. I am smart enough to disconnect it before it caused a fire but it is no longer under warranty. The second time it happened it would not shut off after I turned the engine off and pulled the key. Had I not known how to disconnect it my truck surely would have been damaged.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #40

Apr 192009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 80,000 miles
I was driving to work, had lower and heat on. First I smelled something burning, then I noticed smoke coming from behind glove box and through the passenger dash vents. I had my truck towed to the dealer. I started the truck again while there and noted same problem. I turned my truck off and the blower and took my keys out of the ignition, but the blower continued to smoke. I had to call the fire department who came out, disconnected the battery and found burned wires behind the glove box. The dealer blamed it on a resistor and a wiring harness connected to the blower motor which burned out. They replaced the blower connector and resistor. I asked twice for the defective parts to be returned to me but the dealer did not comply with my request. The truck has a strong smell of smoke in it upon its return to me.

- Andover, NJ, USA

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