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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,314 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.

2004 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 body / paint problems

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2004 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 152006

Silverado 3500 4WD 83-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


Yesterday I was standing on my tailgate to strap down the lumber on my overhead rack. Suddenly the tailgate collapse down and slams into my bumper. I was shaken but not hurt. I was looking at my tailgate to determine what had just happened, I noticed that both cables that hold up the tailgate were broken apart in the center of each of them. They looked like they had rusted. When the tailgate hit the bumper it caused a dent in the back of the tailgate.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 182005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Bought a 2004 chevorlet 2500hd used. One week after purchase the tailgate bezel trim piece was lost on the highway. Then a few months later the speedometer dies on quits working, or works intemittently sometimes sticking.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #5

Mar 092005

Silverado 3500

  • 4,200 miles
While standing on the tailgate both tailgate straps snapped. Consumer sustained minor injuries. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Gold Bar, WA, USA

problem #4

Jul 302004

Silverado 3500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


NHTSA recall 04V129000 on the tailgate support cable. For six months the dealer did not have the parts available for the recall.

- Winter Garden, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 122004

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There are 3 recalls on my vehical why have I not been notified

- Shreveport, LA, USA

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problem #2

Jun 012004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The plastic tailgate handle bezel keeps falling out everytime the tailgate is lowered. It may fly off while driving in traffic, causing an accident behind my truck.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 062004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
After reading about the problems with tailgates on GM vehicles, I checked mine. I noticed that the left one was loose and not supporting any of the weight of the tailgate when the gate was open. As I examined it further, it came apart in my hand. The only thing holding it together was the plastic.

- Damascus, PA, USA

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