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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,676 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Oct 012004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer took the vehicle to dealer for the repair recall 04V129000 repairs concerning tailgate support cable. Consumer stated that dealer replaced the parts with other defective parts.

- Stanardsville, VA, USA

problem #35

Jul 202004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
I received a safety recall notice from General Motors in April 2004 indicating the tailgate cables on a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado I purchased were defective and would be replace when new ones become available. Both cables without warning in July 2004 while I was sitting on the tailgate. Luckily, I was not injured. But the potential for injury exists. I did fall to the ground. The cables were replaced by GM free of charge with the same style. I have contacted GM recently (Feb. 8 & 9, 2005) about the permanent replacement cables. They have informed me this vehicle is not part of the recall to replace the cables even though mine have failed before and I received a recall notice.

- Nichoolasville, KY, USA

problem #34

Dec 292004

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
While loading items onto the vehicle the tailgate strap cables broke without warning. As a owner fell on the ground and suffered from back and knee injuries. Please provide additional information.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #33

Dec 012004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 14,000 miles


The tailgate cables failed constantly. The tailgate straps broke and bent the hinges. Both hinges were replaced and a new tailgate was installed. The left rear tail gate broke. The tail gate fell on the bumper and bent both hinges on the right side scratching the tail gate. The plastic seal leaked. The cable was rusted. The right strap had too much slack and was not holding any weight on the tail gate.

- Chester, WV, USA

problem #32

Oct 052004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving strap to the tailgate sheared off. Consumer noticed that while the vehicle was parked the tailgate, cables, and tools were removed from the vehicle. Driver took vehicle to dealer, and mechanic determined that the tailgate and cables will not be replaced due to a manufacturing decision.

- Matthews, IN, USA

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problem #31

Sep 122003

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While loading equipmenttailgate dropped unexpectedly. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that tailgate cables broke, and needed to be replaced.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #30

Aug 292004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


The cable to the tailgate broke while loading. Dealer was notified. Dealer informed consumer that this vehicle was not covered under the recall due to VIN.

- Page, AZ, USA

problem #29

Aug 142004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 33,000 miles
2001 Chevy truck strap holding tailgate failed in center of cable throwing me to ground.

- Morrow, OH, USA

problem #28

May 012004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,362 miles
While loading the vehicle both cables of the tailgate broke at the same time. Consumer fell off and broke his ankle. Dealer notified.

- Rutland, OH, USA

problem #27

Jan 012004

Silverado 3500

  • 40,000 miles
When loading the truck tailgate straps broke. As a result, consumer fell to the ground, and sustained neck and back injuries.

- Pleasant Prairie, WI, USA

problem #26

Mar 302004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I was standing on the tailgate and unloading a box from the bed of my truck when both cables holding the tailgate snapped.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #25

Mar 232004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,123 miles
The tailgate support broke on our 2001 Z71 Chevrolet Silverado, two days later the second one broke. This vehicle is driven and used by my wife, there is no excessive loading or pressure on the tail gate while open. Both cables are rusted thru and fractured in the same manner. The vehicle is never operated with the tail gate open.

- Columbia, SD, USA

problem #24

Mar 282004

Silverado 3500

  • 84,000 miles
Tailgate support cables rusted through completely. A recall was issued, however this vehicle wa snot included in the recall due to VIN.

- Eudora, KS, USA

problem #23

Mar 202004

Silverado 3500

  • miles
My 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 tailgate cables snapped while loading cargo last night. I see that this is a common occurrence- is there a recall yet for this dangerous defect?

- Spencer, IN, USA

problem #22

Mar 162004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving, my tailgate took it upon itself to leap off the back of the vehicle nearly hitting a vehicle driving next to me, as it swung around the side by the only remaining cable and causing a sudden braking action from the vehicle immediately behind me which almost caused it get rear ended by the 4X4 behind it.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #21

Mar 142004

Silverado 3500

  • 50,000 miles
Tailgate straps broke. As a result, driver was knocked to the ground, and sustained back and leg injuries.

- Union, IL, USA

problem #20

Mar 112004

(reported on)

Silverado 3500

  • miles
While driving tailgate cables snapped. This caused the tailgate to come, crashing down. Consumer was able to keep control of vehicle. Also when starting the vehicle there was a severe engine knock.

- Brighton, CO, USA

problem #19

Mar 112004

Silverado 3500

  • miles
While driving 50 mph a loud noise was heard coming from the rear. Consumer was able to maintain control of the truck and pull over. Consumer noticed that tailgate cable snapped in half. Consumer was able to pick up the cables and place them in the back of the vehicle. Consumer was able to drive the vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic informed consumer this vehicle was not covered under the recall.

- East Durham, NY, USA

problem #18

Mar 022004

(reported on)

Silverado 3500

  • miles
Consumer was loading a four wheeler onto the back of pickup. Without any indication the arms that attached the tailgate to the truck broke. The four wheeler flipped over the tailgate and dropped.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #17

Feb 282004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,175 miles
The left tail gate cable on my 2001 Chevrolet 2500 Silverado short bed snapped dropping the left side of the tail gate onto the bumper. The tail gate was down at the time with dry wall entending onto the tail gate. The break appeared to be where the cable bends when the tail gate is closed.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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