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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
79,908 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.

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 fuel system problems

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 252016

Silverado 3500

  • 124,000 miles


Significant corrosion of the fuel (gasoline) lines causing leak and possible safety hazard (fire). Several forums report brake and fuel line premature failure due to corrosion. GM not addressing this known problem.

- Colfax, NC, USA

problem #8

Oct 222015

Silverado 3500

  • 154,457 miles
On October 22,2015 while driveing on interstate 75 the fuel pump stopped functioning and resulting in a near disasterous situation.results $751.81 repair cost plus tow. Then one week later, October 29 2015 at wilmington pike and inertstate 675 red light my brake lines burst and I narrowly avoided a wreck. Repair cost $870.17.I was not noteafide of any recall. So be fair warning if I had known or been I would have fixed

- Spring Valley, OH, USA

problem #7

Oct 172015

Silverado 3500

  • 186,444 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the engine stalled and there was an abnormal noise. The contact was a certified mechanic and diagnosed that the fuel injector failed. The vehicle was restarted and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 186,444.

- Palmbay, FL, USA

problem #6

May 212015

Silverado 3500

  • miles


This is the second of three fatal collisions investigated this year by my office involving Chevrolet pickups that caught fire after being involved in frontal collisions. This was an off set head on, passenger side to passenger side. Passenger in pickup was pinned in vehicle due to crush and consumed by fire.

- Springfield, OR, USA

problem #5

Apr 102015

Silverado 3500

  • miles
I have had to replace the distributor cap and rotor bug often due to corrosion after less than 1000 miles. This is very dangerous. The dealership installed cover over the ac line and that had little effect. It is my belief that this is a manufacture flaw.

- Norman, OK, USA

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problem #4

Feb 032014

Silverado 3500

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who reset the computer and replaced the fuel tank along with the fuel transfer pump. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Sonoma, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 242012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


While being serviced, my mechanic observed significant rust on fuel lines, transmission and brake lines underneath my truck, as well as in the engine compartment. No recall has been issued. Lines are not leaking as of the date of this report.

- New Boston, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 012011

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Fuel tank filler tube rusted through and needed to be replaced. Just noticed the same year express van had a recall and thought I should file a report for wrk already completed on my truck last year.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 192012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 36,273 miles
On April 19, 2012, the Chevrolet dealership advised me that two or three of my 2003 Chevrolet Silverado diesel fuel injectors, part# 97729095, needed to be replaced and recommended all eight fuel injectors should be replaced at a cost of $5,260,18. I asked if this repair was covered by Chevrolet and the dealer representative said my truck did not qualify because the time limit had expired. He said if the vehicles fuel injectors had failed within the first 200,000 miles or within the first seven years they would have replaced the fuel injectors at no cost. On that date, April 19, 2012 my vehicle had 36,273 miles and was 9 years old, I asked why the dealership hadn't notified me of this problem and they said it was not their responsibility to notify me and refused to replace/repair the defective fuel injectors.

- Portland, OR, USA

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