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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
95,623 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 engine problems

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments

problem #12

Jun 202016

Silverado 2500

  • 107,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Traveling on highway when smoke started coming from the dashboard. Pulled over and within several minutes the whole truck was on fire.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #11

Feb 232016

Silverado 2500

  • 196,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. While driving 25 mph, the contact made a left turn and the reduced engine power light illuminated. The steering failed and the vehicle crashed into a tree. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact suffered nerve pain in the back and legs from the impact of the crash. Medical attention was not received. A police report was filed and the vehicle was towed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 196,000.

- Hudson Falls, NY, USA

problem #10

Sep 112012

Silverado 2500

  • 195,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. While driving 40 mph, the reduced engine power light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle stalled in the middle of the highway, but the contact was able to pull over to the side of the road. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed, but not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 195,000.

- Hudson Falls, NY, USA

problem #9

May 212015

Silverado 2500

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This is the second of three fatal collisions investigated this year by my office involving Chevrolet pickups that caught fire after being involved in frontal collisions. This was an off set head on, passenger side to passenger side. Passenger in pickup was pinned in vehicle due to crush and consumed by fire.

- Springfield, OR, USA

problem #8

Aug 012014

Silverado 2500

  • 227,792 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 227,792.

- Versailles, KY, USA

problem #7

Jul 022013

Silverado 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart, but the failure recurred on multiple occasions. On one occasion, another vehicle rear ended the contact's vehicle due to the failure. A police report was filed. The contact sustained neck and back injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #6

Aug 012014

Silverado 2500

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving at 10 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure recurred several times and only when making a turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 012011

Silverado 2500

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start intermittently. The contact personally replaced the starter relay but the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was not able to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Diamond, MO, USA

problem #4

Dec 162013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
2 problems. Anti-lock brakes pulsate intermittently. Engine 6.0L exhaust manifold bolts are broken. Causing emissions codes to set and exhaust gases into cab. I have found that this a common problem for 1999 to 2007 V8 engines. GM said there is no recall or warranty for this problem.

- Millbury, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 122004

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 34,901 miles
Fuel injectors replaced all 8 injectors at 34901 miles, again at 85039, and again at 141,000 and now again at 185,000.

- Oak Hills, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 192013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 112,780 miles
I notice a ticking from the engine compartment over the last couple of days. I assumed it may be an exhaust leak and I was correct. This vehicle has a stainless steel exhaust system that should last a lifetime yet there seems to be a real problem with exhaust manifold bolts breaking off, causing exhaust leaks which pollute the air and ruin other vehicle components such as the catalytic converter. I am also thinking that the manifolds are warping causing the bolts to break. These repairs are very expensive and/or time consuming. Stainless steel bolts would have possibly prevented this problem. I understand that this problem affects 1999 to 2007 vehicles and I hereby request that a recall be forced upon the manufacturer. The manufacturer has been building cars long enough to know better. There is also a video on you - tube that explains this condition.

- Clio, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 072010

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
After a 3 mile ride, backing up truck noticed smoke then flames coming out from under the hood. Fire melted all electical lines, destroyed hood and windshield. Weather was perfect, air conditioning may have been on.

- Canterbury, NH, USA

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