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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,312 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 drivetrain problems

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2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 202016

Silverado 2500

  • 126,000 miles


At 75000 starting have problems with transmission always down shifting. At 126000 torque converter came apart and caused damage to the transmission pump and bell housing. The truck was being driven in both situations.0

- Splendora, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 262016

Silverado 2500

  • 61,000 miles
Transmission control module and egr valve needs replaced at 61,000 miles.

- Bonney Lake, WA, USA

problem #4

Dec 172014

Silverado 2500

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that when adding oil to the vehicle, it was discovered that the transmission dip stick tube had separated from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the dip stick tube needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Texarkana, AR, USA

problem #3

Apr 012013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 13,000 miles


Truck downshifts to passing gear such as entering a highway on ramp and stepping down to enter slower traffic engine revs to red line on tach because it does not shift into any gear leaving you hung out to dry in traffic until you figure out what's goin on you have fully let up for it to find a gear by this time your speed came drop 10 mph very dangerous, had to two different dealers twice both said it has no problem one said it was the torque management system and it was normal.but if I wanted it to go away take it some where and have the program wiped from computer but warranty will then be void.also truck slams into gear when slowing down to go around a corner.when starting vehicle it jumps forward so bad I am afraid to keep it in my garage. Spoke to two different Chevy reps both are like talking to a wall, they are not employed to help you just to run around in circles until you give up.research all Chevy products before buying. Silverado have alot of transmission issues. Just a horrible truck.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 012012

Silverado 2500

  • miles
2011 Chevrolet Silverado. Consumer writes in regards to mechanical, electrical and transmission problems with vehicle. The consumer stated while driving down the road on a steep incline, with the truck and trailer loaded, the engine's RPM suddenly went to 5500 RPM, without increase in acceleration. He depressed the brake to release the cruise control, and strongly pressed the gas pedal several times before the engine would return to a normal RPM.

- Magdalena, NM, USA

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problem #1

May 102011

Silverado 2500

  • 1,870 miles
New vehicle front end suspension began to randomly violently shake at different speeds (once @ 55 mph & once @ 70 mph). The shaking was so bad that the driver could barley hold the wheel straight to avoid losing control & crashing. While this was happening the vehicle 4 wd light was blinking despite the fact that the vehicle was in 2 wd. Once driver was able to pull over he inspected the outside of the vehicle to find no mechanical issues (no flat tires, things in the wheels, etc...). driver then began driving again & the vehicle was fine as if nothing happened. Driver called onstar & they stated there were no fault codes in the system. Several days later the same thing happened while driving at 70 mph. This time the driver nearly got into a roll over accident. He was able to get the vehicle to the side of the road. Upon inspection there were again no mechanical issues. Owner drove to dealer & was told to bring back the next day. Owner inquired if vehicle was safe to drive & was told "I hope so" by the service technician. GM customer care was called & stated they were not aware of any issues with the 2011 hd vehicles. Owner took vehicle to dealer next morning & several hours later was called & told it was mud in wheels (not possible since the first time it happened there was no mud). Owners son then looked on internet to see many people having the same issue in this model year vehicle. The son then found that a tsb was issued by GM to all dealers for a sticky break pedal that when stuck (even though it appears visually to not be stuck) will at random times cause the ABS to activate violently. Tsb# pit5037B. Dealer was then told by owner about the tsb & dealer was not aware of tsb. Repair was performed & the vehicle has not shook since. Owner was suppose to be pulling a 30 ft 5th wheel with a 15 ft trailer attached to it (45 ft. Total). If they had been they likely would have been in major accident with possible loss of life due to the sway it causes when it occurs.

- Filion, MI, USA

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