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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,428 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.

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 012005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

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

: the contact stated while attempting low speed turns, the rear wheels turn left. The dealer replaced the rear wheel sensors, which remedied the problem.

- Syracuse, UT, USA

problem #6

Sep 022003

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
: the contact states there is a NHTSA recall campaign 05V379000 regarding the ABS. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall. The ABS activated at low speeds, however it was not included in the recall due to the VIN. The dealer replaced a wheel sensor on 9-2-03, but this did not correct the problem. The rotors have been replaced twice, which also did not correct the problem. The contact finally disabled the ABS in 12-04 as a solution to the problem.

- Frostburg, MD, USA

problem #5

Jul 012005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
On 2 separate occasions I had flat tires with my 2003 Chevy 2500hd 4X4 truck with aluminum wheels. Fortunately in both cases it was on my driveway rather than on a public road. The aluminum wheels appear to have electro-chemically welded themselves to the wheel hubs. I could not remove them (after removing all lug nuts of course) with a 12 pound sledge hammer & wood block. My local Chevy dealer informed me they use a 20 pound sledge hammer. I requested some form of anti-seize material be applied to the wheel/hub interface but was told this is normal for this vehicle. I even drove the vehicle for a few feet with no lug nuts installed to break the wheel free to no avail. I called Chevy roadside service who facilitated the tire change. This is ridiculous had this failure been on a highway my life would have been endangered by having to work under the vehicle while only supported by the manufacturer supplied jack; while traffic passed nearby.

- Amissville, VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 282003

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 354 miles

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

While driving 40 mph the front passenger side wheel separated from the vehicle. As a result, the driver lost control, and drove into a embankment. Driver sustained injuries to both legs and left arm.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 072004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,500 miles
Passenger side wheel cracked. I was not near the dealer and took off the wheel and had it welded at shop that specializes in cracked wheels.

- Yorba Linda , CA, USA

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problem #2

Apr 302004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144 miles
1. poor ride, vibration, while driving at various speeds. Mostly between 35 to 50 mph. Had the problem with "stock" tires. Replaced with after market tires, slightly larger. Still had annoying vibration. To a point that I do not like to drive the vehicle! 2. fuel economy sucks! I "upgraded" from my '92 GMC pickup which gave me 12 to 14 mpg around town to 15 to 18 mpg on a trip; to my "new" chev. Which is good for about 9.5 to 9.8 mpg around town and the best ever, on a trip was 13.4 mpg!!! 3. the bench-type seat is not adjustable to remove the "vee" feeling when driving. 4. the self-darkening mirrors are a hazard when trying to backup or change lanes! 5. the passenger front seatbelt locksup and can't be freed unless you unbuckle and reattach the belt, only to have it lockup again! I have had the vehicle back to two different dealers on three seperate occasions principally for the mileage and the very annoying vibration! I have contacted General Motors, also with no success! I've changed tires, asked to have the transmission checked for the vibration, only to have seperate service managers tell me that "it seems okay to me, and that there's nothing on the computer to indicate a problem!" and "you put bigger tires on the truck! you can't do that!" I just "celebrated" (?!!!) my first anniversary with the truck and its been a miserable year!

- Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 152003

Silverado 3500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Center hub caps will not stay tight. Have had a loosening problem since new. Dealer provided a bag of new plastic nuts. On last trip the left front hub center cam off and ended up in the North rim of the grand canyon. Dealer installed a new center hub cap and another bag of nuts. Some of the new nuts wouldn't tighten and had to be moved around to different locations to tighten. I believe the problem is due to the stainless over-lay spot welded to the steel wheel, thus limiting the thread contact with the lug nuts. The plastic nuts only grab the steel lug nut by 1 or 2 threads. My window sticker says chrome style steel wheels. This statement is mis-leading. They are a steel wheel with a stainless hub cap welded to the wheel and a plastic center hub with plastic nuts. The service manager was suppose to check on this problem but never heard back from him. Please note: I am a mechanic. I know how to install these type of centers. I do not over tighten them and they are installed by hand. I noticed the problem when the truck was new and I drove it home. I waxed the wheels and noticed the loose centers. These could be dangerous to a pedestrian if one flew off struck them.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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