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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,278 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.

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 drivetrain problems

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 042008

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. When the vehicle was taken to the dealer for transmission service, they found that the transfer case did not have any oil. The dealer stated that a washer failed, which caused the oil pump in the transfer case to loosen and puncture a hole in the bottom of the component. As a result, the oil drained out. The dealer was aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,000. Updated 12/12/08 the consumer took the vehicle to a repair shop and a small hole was found in the transfer case after noticing no oil in the transfer case. The mechanic stated the oil pump in the transfer case became loose and created a hole in the case. Updated 12/15/08. 8jb

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #8

Nov 032004

Silverado 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Universal joint broke. It was taken for repair since it was under warranty. Three weeks later the transfer case broke, and transmission went out preventing the vehicle from moving. GMC sent an appraiser to check vehicle.

- Allegan, MI, USA

problem #7

Nov 162004

Silverado 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Consumer purchased a brand new Chevrolet siverado. After about 1500 miles vehicle developed a popping noise in the transfer case. Consumer took the vehicle back to the dealer, and was informed that vehicle had a history of this problem ranging from the 1998 to 2004 models. However, this vehicle was out of warranty, and dealer and manufacturer were not willing to assist consumer with this defect.

- Somerset, KY, USA

problem #6

Oct 012004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


Theconsumer noticed fluid leaking underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer informed the consumer that the problem was a crack in the transfer case and it was not covered under a recall.

- Sheridan, AR, USA

problem #5

Sep 012004

Silverado 3500 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle's transfer case failed. Upon further inspection the dealer located a hole in the aluminum case. The hole allowed fluid to be discharged which meant the transfer case could not be rebuilt.

- Centerville, MN, USA

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problem #4

Jan 302003

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
4 wheel drive makes a grinding/growling noise and binds the vehicle to a stop with only a slight turn of the wheel. This did not happen until 17,000 miles on the vehicle and continues to worsen as time goes by. Chev 2001 Silverado 1500 4WD.

- Glendive, MT, USA

problem #3

Oct 012003

Silverado 3500

  • 49,000 miles


Consumer stated that a leak in the transfer case after 36,000 miles caused driveline to lock up.this happened at 49,000 miles.

- Menominee, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 052003

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 279,000 miles
I have 2001 Chevrolet 2500 hd 4X4 crew cab short box, with a 5 speed allison automatic with push button 4 wheel drive on the dash. At 117,000 miles my transfer case went out leaving me stranded luckily only 30 miles from home. Now at 279,000 miles my transfer case goes out again this time leaving me stranded on the wv turnpike. I realize the vechile has high miles on it mostly from towing campers and mostly all highway miles. The total 4 wheel drive miles can't be over 200 miles. I have a friend in Indiana who has a 3500 with about 175,000 miles on his and he just replaced transfer case this past week. My question is are we the only two to have transfer case problems? no where can I find any bulletins or anything relating to GM on transfer case problems. Maybe you could let me know if there are any.

- Union City, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 212003

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 hd 4 wheel drive. The truck makes a loud banging noise when shifting into 4 wheel drive (on the fly). This happens almost every time when going into 4 wheel drive.

- Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA

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