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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,251 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 082004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,500 miles


2001 Chevy Silverado full size pickup truck with long bed. Tailgate latches failed in Sept 2004. Cargo shifted against tailgate and tailgate opened allowing partial cargo to fall out on highway 60 South in pa, South of the pa turnpike. No prior warning or other type of failure. No damage to vehicle or cargo but could have been very dangerous if high traffic. Several failures since while just driving with on cargo. 25000 miles on the truck and only 3 ys old.

- Tallmadge, OH, USA

problem #11

Aug 222004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While loading the vehicle tailgate dropped open and proceeded to fall off. Fortunate nobody was hurt. The dealership was notified.

- Dunkirk, MD, USA

problem #10

Apr 012004

Silverado 3500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,459 miles
While driving tailgate opened without warning. Dealership repaired the problem. Consumer suffered a bruise and swelling in his right hand which occurred before the latches failed completely.

- Sandusky, OH, USA

problem #9

Feb 282004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,200 miles


While driving my vehicle on the freeway the tailgate dropped open and proceeded to fall off my vehicle. When I went to the dealership, the written estimate I received quoted $1045.48 to repair all the damage. I am thank full to god that it was early in the morning and there was noon behind us and I didn't have a load on the tailgate! it could of been a fatality.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

problem #8

Jun 192003

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Both tailgate cables broke on my truck before it was 3 yrs. Old. It cost $30 to replace.

- Haslet, TX, USA

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problem #7

Feb 152004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Both tailgate cable of 2001 Chevy Silverado snapped while off-loading rubbish into county rubbish dump trailer. Incident gave me a good scare and could have been really bad if I did not regain my balance and fell 10' into the trailer full of dangerous objects. No substantial damage to the tailgate as it made contact with the bumper. Upon closer look at the cables, it appears that only a few strands (and the vinyl sheathing) were keeping the cable together. The rest of the strands showed severe corrosion. Took the cable to local dealer but they would not even look at it but did say that it's out of warranty. The truck was purchased 3 years and 3 months ago. I had to pay $45 for the pair. I believe the cables should be good for the life of the truck under normal use.

- Honokaa, HI, USA

problem #6

Jan 152004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,900 miles


I had a cooler on my tailgate, when I went to climb into my bed by stepping on the tailgate, both cables supporting the tailgate snapped, sending me and the cooler onto the ground.

- Brooks City Base, TX, USA

problem #5

Oct 242003

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
While sitting on the tailgate, both tailgate straps broke.

- Peculiar, MO, USA

problem #4

Oct 242003

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,950 miles
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500hd pickup, tailgate cable broke.

- Southampton, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 152003

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Broken tailgate cables on my 2001 Silverado.

- Maryland Hts., MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 132003

Silverado 3500

  • 10,000 miles
The straps for the tailgate snapped, and consequently consumer was injured.

- Boynton, OK, USA

problem #1

Dec 282002

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
The strap that holds up the liftgate broke. Consumer feels this is very dangerous, gate could have injured someone. Dealer has been contacted. The parts are being checked by the manufacturer.

- East Bend , NC, USA

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