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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
60,203 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 electrical problems

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #32

Sep 272007

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles


If it rains and wipers are used wipers will not turn off unless fuse is pulled. Water gets into wiper module and cause short circuit., which depending on the occurrence and weather situation, driver visibility could be reduced, which could result in a crash.

- Barrington, NH, USA

problem #31

Nov 202006

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Chevrolet Silverado speedometer very erratic will be sitting still and will show 60 70 or 80 mph and will go to max when doing around 30 or 35... this is a safety issue not knowing your speed. My vehicle only has 37,000 miles to date.

- Church Hill, TN, USA

problem #30

Oct 152006

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Speedometer is acting up and giving me wrong readings while driving. It rests at about 75 mph while I am parked, and while driving some times goes as high as 125+ mph when I am clearly going 60-70. 2003 Chevrolet Silverado with 51,000 miles. Nothing significant happened to make this problem happen, as I was just driving on the freeway when it occurred. I have done nothing to the vehicle to attempt to fix it as I feel there should be a recall on this faulty part.

- Nacogdoches, TX, USA

problem #29

Feb 102006

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


We all need to contact GM at and complain. I purchased my 2003 Chevy 2500 hd in Nov. 2005. It had 32000 miles on it. The warranty ran out at 36000 and when I hit 38000 miles the problems started. The electrical system started acting up. I had went to leave and everything was dead no power at all. I would jump it and then it was fine for the first couple of times. The last time I jumped it, it cranked but I had no power it wouldn't move in drive or reverse and all the gauges went crazy. I disconnected the battery waited a minute and reconnected it and everything was working fine again. A week later the speed odometer went crazy and wouldn't go back to zero. Now starting a few weeks ago the drive train is making a loud clanking noise and the rear wheels are wanting to lock up when I try to start off. These problems don't occur every time, but the drive train noise is getting worse from all the feedback I see on this web site I feel I would waste my time contacting GM. All of us Chevy owners with problems needs to contact GM every day about our $30,000 and $40,000 dollar hunk of scrap metal. I hope mine will burn and I will not ever buy another Chevrolet product again. Here is there web site I have been calling the phone # on the web site, but it just stops ringing. You can send them E-mails and letters.

- Cartersville, GA, USA

problem #28

Jan 232006

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,426 miles
For what appears to be no reason at all, the speedometer needle will go 'ballistic', registering higher than traveling speed, and occasionally even pegging out. "over a period of time, it will then drop back to normal operation. This phenomenon will occur in warm or cool temperatures, within 5 miles of starting, or well into a longer distance of travel. Upon inquiry at several dealerships (I am a full-time driver and travel a lot), I have heard various reasons for this occurrence, the most prominent having to do with the cluster in the dash, and the 'cure' depends upon the person to whom I am speaking. At one dealership, I was told parts were on backorder for 7 weeks. At another I was told I would have to park the truck and wait for a third-party repair service to do that work. I would be unable to move the vehicle while waiting, as the mileage would have to be re-programmed into the repaired cluster. Waiting time for that was estimated at 4-6 weeks! (as stated, I rv full time, and this is my only means of transportation.) customer service at GM gives the impression that ours' is an isolated situation (explain that 7-week backorder at the dealership to me again!), and therefore must be of little consequence to them! I am concerned from the safety standpoint, as it is impossible to know what one's speed is. (going too slowly can be as dangerous as going to fast--I fear being rear-ended as much as anything!) there must be more folks out there who have not complained, to account for the lengthy wait involved in getting a solution to the problem. Please help.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #27

Feb 202006

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,650 miles
My speedometer is not giving the right speed or sometimes, it doesn't even work at all. I still get my total mile on the odometer but not my speed. This is a low mileage, barely used truck and I have no idea how fast I'm going" sometimes it works but is still off and other times, it just stops working all together. If it is cold, it stops working and you hear a tapping noise coming out of the cluster. If it is warm weather, you get some response out of it but it is not correct. I was already pulled over for speeding when I thought I was under the speed limit. There are I believe, 5 different speed sensors on the truck and I don't know which one is not working. I am not alone in this! there are hundreds of people on chats and forums who are complaining about the same thing. Why should I have to pay for these cheap parts"

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #26

Feb 032006

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


Was driving down the freeway and my speedometer was showing that I was slowing down. My speedometer will work for a short period of time then it will start to show that the vehicle is slowing down. And soon shows that you are going 0 mph. After sitting for a few hours in park and not running, it might work. Sometimes it never works again for a day. Took it to the local dealer and they told me that they have had many others like this and they didn't know why it is happening but Chevrolet has not recalled it yet. They told me it ranges from 2003- 2005. They have worked on every one of these years. The dealer told me they couldn't do anything for me except replace my speedometer cluster, for about 1000 dollars. Without a speedometer is a big safety issue and I know that this is happening to other people.

- Moses Lake, WA, USA

problem #25

Mar 232006

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,100 miles
: the contact stated the speedometer works intermittently. The dealership determined the cluster panel needs to be replaced. Updated 7/13/2006 -

- Round Lake Heights, IL, USA

problem #24

Dec 222005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
Speedometer gets stuck at a speed and does not come back down until you cycle the ignition enough times to get it to return to 0 mph. It is an ongoing problem, it does not seem to be getting any better.

- Holbrook, AZ, USA

problem #23

Mar 122006

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have owned my 2003 Silverado for just over 3 years. I have had several problems already: 1) the air conditioner would only blow out hot air-- has been fixed. 2)vibration noise in rear end around 30-40 mph--?? can't be fixed/duplicated. 3) speedometer quit working--replaced at my cost; warranty just expired, go figure; also had to go to court to fight speeding ticket! ( relative has same truck, same problem!) 4) windshield wipers will not shut off, I get to pay for this one too, after warranty. I had to pull the fuse out! not very safe in crazy mi weather!! 5) also had tailgate cables replaced under recall. 6) back seat loop replaced due to recall. No wonder Chevy is not doing well, who wants to spend over $30,000 for a piece of junk! will not buy another.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #22

Jun 012005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


1) speedometer gradually began to fail, registering false speeds. 2)in the dark, I was driving too fast for road conditions, my speedometer was stuck at a lower speed indicated. (I was not involved in an accident or issued violation) 3)the instrument cluster needs to be replaced. This is a common problem (I belong to Silverado enthusiast forum) further this is apparently a GM problem, as an 05 Chevrolet Impala I drive at work (police cruiser) has the same problem, which led to an erroneous issuance of a speeding violation on a pace (corrected at court). I feel this is a safety issue, especially when traveling at night without surrounding traffic as a reference.

- Macomb Township, MI, USA

problem #21

Feb 082006

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,185 miles
: the contact stated the speedometer stopped working without warning. While the vehicle is parked, the speedometer reads 85-120 mph and is unreliable while driving. The dealership determined there is a short in the instrument panel cluster and it needs to be replaced.

- Doerun, GA, USA

problem #20

Sep 162005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
9 January, 2006 to whom it may concern: I would like to report two safety related problems with my 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. While driving through Illinois last year, I experienced the failure of the speedometer. I had been on the road for 12+ hours and was the only car on the interstate late at night when I began having trouble maintaining a consistent speed and was uncomfortable in general with the quality of my driving. Feeling that I must be too tired to continue, I pulled off the road at the next interchange. When I stopped I noted that the speedometer continued to read 60 mph. This vehicle had approximately 40,000 miles on it at the time. The other problem is more recent. The vehicles flashers come on when the left turn signal is applied. This is very confusing to other drivers around me. The manager of the company fleet reports that there are two company pickups of the same vintage that have also experienced unreliable speedometers early in there lives. The Chevrolet dealer states that he has not experienced these problems before. Please let me know if this is an ongoing problem with these trucks or an anomaly. Thank you, .

- Falling Waters, WV, USA

problem #19

Dec 282005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,500 miles
The speedometer on my 2003 Silverado started sticking, not resetting to zero. This allowed the vehicle to fail to show the correct speed. At times, I could turn the vehicle off, and restart several times in a row to make the speedometer reset back to zero, but now it will not reset at all. I have heard from several dealers that this is a common problem, if that is true, why hasn't General Motors done something to correct this problem, such as a "recall"?? this to me is a serious problem, and the manufacturer should be taking the proper steps for repairs! if I cant get this resolved, I can guarantee I wont purchase another GM vehicle!

- Shenandoah, IA, USA

problem #18

Dec 272005

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Speedometer erratic, sticks at various speeds, does not display correct speed. Part is on national back order. Was told by chevorlet dealership that this problem exists in 2003 and 2004 Silverado trucks. Internet search for others experiencing this problem provided numerous results. With road conditions in fla subject to change without notice due to rain this is a very unsafe condition, its hard to drive safe if you have no idea how fast you are going. Was told the part will be at least 2 months back order.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #17

Dec 072005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Wire short in wires leading to the drivers door and rear door. Wires shorted out behind left kick panel and partially melted the kick panel. No modifications to truck - seems they were installed poorly from the factory. Dealer is charging to fix and replace wires and reprogram the door control module. Shorts caused air bag light to come on - dome lights failed to turn off - left rear window rolled itself down while truck was sitting unoccupied - all power windows failed - battery completely drained.

- Sandusky, MI, USA

problem #16

Jun 042005

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Speedometer does not work properly. Sometimes it does.sometimes it doesn't last I heard there was a national backorder on the cluster. To me its a hazard.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #15

Jun 282005

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
2003 Chevrolet 2500 hd truck experienced an engine power reduction. The vehicle operated at a reduced speed. It goes at a crawl. This occurred at speeds of 40-50 mph in the middle of traffic. Has to coast over to the side of the road, on average about 10-15 seconds after cutting off then the engine restarted. This usually happened after vehicle has not run for an extended period of time such as being parked overnight. Took to a dealer, who replaced the accelerator pedal that ran by wire not cable. This was electric and computerized and some sort of signal went through the accelerator pedal and caused this failure. The vehicle will idle, but lost power. This has been a problem for the last 3 months. The problem recurred even after the replacement of 2 accelerator pedals.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #14

Jul 252005

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
General Motors have a faulty neutral safety shift switch on their Silverado 1500 1/2 ton pickups that may lead to failure and cause the truck to burn. I have brought this to the attention of General Motors but they ignored me. My truck burned and we put it out. I see others that have burned and I bet the neutral safety switch is what started it. If you were to investigate how many 03 (maybe newer maybe older) have burned you will find the cause in this switch.

- Eveleth, MN, USA

problem #13

Dec 202003

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
4X4 not working, charcoal canister, cd-player 3 times, complete new brake system from rotors, seals, caliperes etc. That I paid for $1,000., window regulator, door latches, noise coming from the steering area, dash peeling apart, chapman Chevy replaced all four tires twice within 50,000 miles-I finally went and spent $1,200 on new tires to make sure my family and I our safe

- Maricopa, AZ, USA

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