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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,250 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #6

Apr 142005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,500 miles


While driving, the consumer found he was unable to get the engine out of 3rd gear as though it needed to be geared down. The vehicle is an automatic and thought it was an isolated incident. However, when it happened again, it pretty consistent in doing so. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer said it could be fixed and did repair. Diagnosed a shift solenoid, which was replaced. About 1 day later after repair, the same thing occurred. Returned to dealer and was informed that the valve body needed to be replaced. After taking the valve body apart, it was found that it was not the problem. The dealer stated the transmission was the problem. The check engine light illuminated on and that was the first time it had illuminated. Spoke with dealer about this. The next day, the gauges worked but the led light would not light up along with the odometer. After driving half a mile, the lights slowly come on but felt this was a safety concern as it may be electrical. The vehicle would not shift from 3rd to 4th gear.

- Wingdale, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 102004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Speedometer and tachometer failure. Speedometer needle swings clockwise and goes past 120 mph - even when vehicle is stationary. Unable to determine vehicle's speed. Very unsafe situation. Tachometer is inaccurate. Cannot determine if or when engine is being over-revved. This could lead to engine disintegration. Both of the above has occured in a vehicle that is less than one year old. Several delaerships advising this is getting to be a common occurance.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 192005

Silverado 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,780 miles
While driving at approximately 60 mph vehicle lost power, and then it shut down, causing the vehicle to lose brakes, and power steering. Dashboard got completely blank. Owner took the vehicle to the dealer and contacted the manufacturer. Vehicle is currently out of warranty.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 022005

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles


Tailgate problem, drivers seat failure, cruise control failure, declining brake effectiveness, water leaking in drivers door, electrical failure in radio, power mirrors. Owner returned truck to bank for vol.repo.feeling this truck was becoming more unsafe to drive, this among other circumstances.

- Maceo, KY, USA

problem #2

May 152004

Silverado 3500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
When driving vehicle lost power and everything shut down. There were no brakes or steering, and the dashboard was completely black. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, and was told that if this happened again he would have to tow it back to the dealer.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 212004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,726 miles
While driving, the service brake light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and the mechanic determined that computer has to be reset by the manufacturer. At this time the software had not been approved by the epa. The vehicle was operating as designed. The consumer was unsure if the system was working properly.

- Ellenville, NY, USA

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