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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,009 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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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 122006

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have owned my 2003 Silverado for just over 3 years. I have had several problems already: 1) the air conditioner would only blow out hot air-- has been fixed. 2)vibration noise in rear end around 30-40 mph--?? can't be fixed/duplicated. 3) speedometer quit working--replaced at my cost; warranty just expired, go figure; also had to go to court to fight speeding ticket! ( relative has same truck, same problem!) 4) windshield wipers will not shut off, I get to pay for this one too, after warranty. I had to pull the fuse out! not very safe in crazy mi weather!! 5) also had tailgate cables replaced under recall. 6) back seat loop replaced due to recall. No wonder Chevy is not doing well, who wants to spend over $30,000 for a piece of junk! will not buy another.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #7

Nov 122005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,575 miles
Contact stated he and 2 others jumped on a tailgate to Transport a couple of feet away. The cables on the driver's side tailgate broke, causing the tailgate to go down. This, in turn, it caused him to fall out, hitting the pavement. Injuries were sustained.

- Hibbing , MN, USA

problem #6

Jan 032005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Recall campaign: The consumer tried to contact the dealer on several occasions to have recall the recall (04V-129000) on the support cable fixed on his two trucks. The dealer indicated that the parts were not available. Reference consumer letter 10109434 regarding the other 2003 Chevrolet 2500 also owned by the complainant. The consumer feels the manufacturer has had enough time to provide the dealer with the parts.

- Pagosa Springs, CO, USA

problem #5

Nov 262004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles


NHTSA recall 04V129000 on the tailgate support cable. Dealer refused to honor the recall without an explanation.

- Richboro, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 232004

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Consumer was standing on the tailgate when cables broke. As a result, consumer was thrown to the ground. No injuries reported.

- Harned, KY, USA

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problem #3

Jun 202004

Silverado 3500

  • miles
While waiting for the parts to have the tailgate recall 04V129000 repairs performed the right tailgate cable broke, and the tailgate fell on the consumer's hand. This occurred while vehicle was being loaded.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 312004

Silverado 3500

  • miles
Consumer was pulling down the tailgate and the cables snapped. Consumer placed the cables inside of the vehicle and drive it to the dealer. Mechanic informed consumer that no cables were available.

- Pearl City, HI, USA

problem #1

Feb 192004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Tailgate cables on 2003 Silverado - premature rusting and possible failure. Inspected tailgate cables and found them to be rusting already underneath the plastic coating. The truck is only 18 mos old. They haven't broke yet, but I fear personal injury due to the frequent use of the tailgate - especially standing on it loading & unloading boxes and cargo. Reluctantly, I might have to purchase another set of (defective) cables.

- Livonia, MI, USA

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