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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,975 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid drivetrain problems

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2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #14

Aug 222015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 128,000 miles


Heard a ticking noise coming from under hood of vehicle while pulling away from fast food establishment. Pulled over to find that transmission dipstick tube had fractured. Went home and found that GM had issued a "customer care bulletin" back in 2012 about this issue. However, I received no letter about this problem. I contacted GM this morning and they refuse to fix the problem under this "bulliten". this should not be a "bulletin", but should be a recall since it involves potential problems with the transmission. A dipstick tube fracture can lead to water, dirt, and other contaminants getting into the transmission causing failure that could result in accidents causing serious injuries or death.

- Anniston, AL, USA

problem #13

Jun 032015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving 55 mph on the highway, the contact smelled an abnormal odor coming from under the vehicle. The contact pulled over to the side of the road. The contact opened the hood and noticed flames. The flames extinguished itself after 15 minutes. The contact proceeded to drive the vehicle once it cooled down. The contact discovered transmission oil leaking and stated that the transmission gear was slipping from each gear. The vehicle became inoperable and was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission line needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 51,000.

- Prentiss, MN, USA

problem #12

Nov 142014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 55,000 miles
This truck is less than 4 years in my ownership (bought new). This winter I saw red dots in the snow and low and behold the transmission lines are leaking. A $300 bill not covered under warrantee. Seems the rubber ends do not like cold weather but yet they are allowed to sell this vehicle in a state with cold weather. I have also had the air-conditioning compressor give out and it was not covered under warranty a $1000 repair. I have also had the bumper replace because it rusted through in the first years, at least it was covered under warrantee.

- Clio, MI, USA

problem #11

Feb 172015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 46,075 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that after inspecting the vehicle, it was discovered that there was fluid leaking under the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission lines and transmission fluid needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,075.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #10

Jun 302014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 35,741 miles
I went to park the truck the steering was hard and the engine almost died. I took the truck to montgomery. Chevorlet, louisville ky. 40213. They said that the throttle body needed cleaning. I paid $220.77 to have it cleaned. It didn't help. The steering is the same as before. Im still driving it. Jan.2, 2015.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #9

Apr 072014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 50,000 miles
6 spd transmission cooling lines leaking at hose crimp by radiator. May cause a fire under hood because tranny oil is coating lines all the way back by exhaust manifold.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #8

Jul 032012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 20,757 miles


I purchased this vehicle at a somewhat reliable local dealership only to have the vehicle in and out of the shop a total of 6 months for the first year and a half of my ownership. The problem with the vehicle has been, and still is, the transmission and it's ability to slip in and out of gear at random. At intersections, stops and starts, as well as in movement the transmission will disengage and slam into gear with a loud clunking noise and jerking action. On an incline, it will actually roll backwards thus forcing the need to constantly cover the brake for this concern. The service manager at the dealership says he has done all he can do and GM insist that this is normal for the transmission to work this way. They even issued a copy of a memo to the dealership about this. They have assured me that if anything were to happen with the transmission it would be covered. Forget about creating an accident, or my wife or myself getting killed! I figure this a very unsafe vehicle and will probably have to get rid of it before it gets rid of me or somebody else unless GM fixes it and makes it right. Economically I'm not in a good position to just get rid of it because I owe so much on it but even if I did an unsafe vehicle is put back into circulation for somebody else to deal with. On another note, the service manager's shared with that his father bought a 2013 Chevrolet truck with the same problem and had the transmission slam into gear the same way mine did while he was pulling away from a toll booth while towing a boat back from Connecticut. Consequently, this appears to be a problem spanning additional years as well. Clearly a defective design in drive train. Please consider investigating this issue and make GM responsible for addressing this issue other than issuing a memo and turning their heads the other way. There might be many lives save by taking action now.

- Hudson Falls, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 122013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 42,178 miles
This has happened twice in the last week. Today I was sitting at a stoplight with my foot on the brake and suddenly without warning my 2010 Silverado accelerated and lunged forward about 3 feet. Fortunately there was not a car or person in front of me or I surely would have had an accident then the engine started missing. At the same time my check engine light came on. Service traction control, service stabiltrak, engine power reduced flashed on my dash. I limped home at 10-15 mph max! after about an hour I started it and it ran just fine "both times". the first time this happened I was in a parking lot with the transmission in park. It is now at my local Chevrolet dealer for repair.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #6

Jul 152013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,900 miles
Truck was shifting up and down at low speeds noticed that the transmission cooler lines where leaking. Towed truck to dealer when I noticed that transmission oil was leaking onto exhaust pipe. This was a very dangerous situation where the truck could go on fire. Transmission had seal failure in which it was rebuilt at dealer. Transmission rebuilt was covered under warranty but cooler lines where not.

- Woburn, MA, USA

problem #5

Sep 302010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 2,100 miles
The vehicle accelerates on its own, sometimes from a dead stop, sometimes while going at a set speed it will accelerate without pressing the accelerator. You have to forcefully put pressure on the brake to slow down. This happens at various times and at various speeds.we have written it down on every occasion and there are 16 so far. This vehicle has been to the dealer several times and they have yet to repair any of the problems. The manufacturer has never contacted us despite the problems and complaints.

- Ortonville, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 302011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 2,100 miles


Gauges stick 4 wheel drive will not engage intermittently and then will not shut off when engaged intermittently.

- Ortonville, MI, USA

problem #3

Oct 012011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 2,200 miles
Entire vehicle shut off as if the key were turned off, this has happened 14 times in thirty months all at various speeds on various highways and at various times of day. You thus loose engine, power steering and power brakes.

- Ortonville, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 012013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 47,000 miles
Transmission cooling lines are leaking where rubber hose is crimped onto metal hose, GM part #25999419. Dealer is aware of issue, and states it is very common, but would not replace under warranty. Vehicle is less than 3 years old but has 47, xxx miles on it and the warranty is only 3 years / 36,000 miles. If the line busts, it could cause the transmission to stop shifting and would be unsafe as automatic transmission fluid would leak everywhere.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 302010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 2,600 miles
Engine, powertrain and electrical shut down, fuel shows empty when full, has happened nine times while at speed. Have to coast to stop where ever room can be found, turn key to off and wait then restart.

- Ortonville, MI, USA

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