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5.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,544 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.

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 engine problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #18

Feb 132012

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles

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

Exhaust manifold bolts breaking leaving studs in the heads, heating up engine compartments, releases carbon monoxide, affects O2 sensor and catalytic converter. Will not pass emissions in some states. GM not standing behind this 1999-2008 issue. It is a safety issue and is expensive to fix. GM mechanics denying any such issues. Please check- in to this. Our whole fleet and our personal trucks affected by this.

- West Lebanon, IN, USA

problem #17

Apr 282011

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. The contact stated the vehicle would shut down without warning. There was no indication that the vehicle was shutting off, but the vehicle would start back up within a few minutes. The contact replaced the fuel filter and had the fuel system checked, but none of the repairs corrected the failure. The contact found NHTSA campaign id number: 01V521000 (engine and engine cooling), dealing with the crankshaft position sensor for the 2001 model year and indicated that the 2002 model year had the identical failure. The failure mileage was 34,000 and the current mileage was 35,000. Updated 5/24/11 the consumer stated he replaced the crankshaft position sensor at his expense. Updated 06/06/11

- Glen Saint Mary, FL, USA

problem #16

Aug 202007

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
I have a 2002 Silverado 3500 8.1 liter and the truck will just turn off with no notice while at highway speeds and also in traffic started at 60,000 miles GM will not take care of the problom also while driving the light for what gear you are in will go out and the truck will go in neutral or stop shifting all together.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #15

Jun 142005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

2002 Chevrolet Silverado with noisy engine getting worse the dealer tells me this is normal. This is not normal GM denies they need to fix the problem

- Gorham, NH, USA

problem #14

Dec 092004

Silverado 3500 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Vehicle seized while driving 55 mph. Vehicle was restarted, and was driven to consumer's home. Dealer had not been contacted.

- Woodville, MS, USA

problem #13

Sep 152004

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
A recall (04V357000) was issued for the cam shaft position sensor. The consumer was unable to find an authorized dealer to repair the vehicle. Please provide additional information.

- West Winfield, NY, USA

problem #12

Aug 302003

Silverado 3500

  • 45,798 miles

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

Vehicle stalled while driving at 55 mph. The consumer was told that the distributor cap and rotor needed to be replaced. The problem continued, then the consumer was told again that the distributor cap and rotor needed to be replaced again. The dealer found that the A/C line was routed directly above the distributor cap to retain moisture and misfire.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #11

Aug 072002

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Piston slap.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #10

Feb 152003

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
Many of the problems took several times in the shop to fix. The castrophic failures in the engine & transmission have never been fixed. The truck has lunging, dead spots & surges & the transmission clunks (shifts hard, jerky) the auto may or may not accelerate on demand & will later accelerate when you need to apply the brakes.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 152003

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
Many of the problems took several times in the shop to fix. The castrophic failures in the engine & transmission have never been fixed. The truck has lunging, dead spots & surges & the transmission clunks (shifts hard, jerky) the auto may or may not accelerate on demand & will later accelerate when you need to apply the brakes.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #8

Apr 082004

(reported on)

Silverado 3500

  • miles

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

Upon a cold start, engine would make noise. Possible problems with engine.

- Riverside, NJ, USA

problem #7

Apr 062004

Silverado 3500

  • miles
While driving the check engine light appears on the dashboard and remains lit. The driver drove the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic replaced the solenoid seal but the problem still exist.

- Ethelsville, AL, USA

problem #6

Mar 042004

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Consumer started the vehicle early in the morning and heard a noise. The noise sound like a diesel engine. After vehicle is warmed up, there was no noise. Dealer stated that this type of noise was common to any vehicle being started early in the morning.

- Newtown, CT, USA

problem #5

Feb 242004

(reported on)

Silverado 3500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
Air conditioner (A/C) line runs over the top of the distributor, causing condensation in the distributor. When this occurs, it results in engine misfiring and vehicle stalling. At 22,000 miles transmission went out.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #4

Dec 022003

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer started vehicle early in the morning and heard a loud noise. After five minutes, vehicle warmed up, and there was no noise. Dealer stated that this type of noise was common to any vehicle being started early in the morning.

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #3

Mar 012003

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
Brand new 2002 Chevrolet truck makes knocking noise since new. Chevrolet agrees its a problem but will not fix it. The knocking is heard when starting vehicle. GM needs to correct this issue before it cause engine failure.

- Blanchard, OK, USA

problem #2

Mar 172003

Silverado 3500

  • miles
While driving about 55 mph on the highway, the vehicle began to overheat without prior warning then the check engine light illuminated.

- Acton, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 142003

Silverado 3500

  • miles
The check engine light illuminated on the dashboard, and then the vehicle over heated.

- Acton, MA, USA

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