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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,178 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.

2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 drivetrain problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #11

May 022010

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


4 wheel drive automatic shift to take the 4 wheel drive in and out messed up had to change the servo out.the other issue is the bearing hub for the front wheel hubs 4 wheel drive has a defect I have had these hubs changed out 3 times at a very costly price.

- Minoa, NY, USA

problem #10

Feb 252011

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
I was driving home from work which is 1.5 miles, when I heard a thumping sound, and it seemed as if my rear wheels were not turning. I had a friend tow it to the dealer cox Chevrolet in bradenton, fl, and they told me, that the rear end (spider gears, and bearings) were needing replacing but are not part of the power train so it was not covered under warranty, and it would cost me $2600. I had him tow it again to a local transmission shop and they told me it was common in that year of Chevy trucks. I also needed both clutches replaced in each rear wheel, cost was well under the dealers charge. The owner of the transmission shop informed me that he has replaced a couple 100 of these and there should be a recall on them. I could have been in an accident when the wheels locked.

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 032014

Silverado 3500 4WD

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Silverado. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problem and requests vehicle recall information. The consumer stated the push button 4-wheel drive button has never worked properly.

- Mooresville, IN, USA

problem #8

Nov 062013

Silverado 3500

  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. The contact stated that the gear position indicator lighting failed to illuminate. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #7

Apr 172010

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
This is problem(s) that has been intermittent for a couple a years shortly after I purchased the vehicle but did not mention anything because it was so intermittent....first the illumination level seemed to dim every once in a while for many areas such as the gear (prnd), the speedometer, the temp control levels. Next the speedometer did not reflect correct speed sometimes even when you were parked. These symptoms were initially intermittent but now are more predominant. Now this at times is a real problem and even a safety issue.

- Saugerties, NY, USA

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problem #6

Jan 152013

Silverado 3500

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the gear position indicator lighting failed to illuminate. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The dealer was contacted and stated that the VIN was not included in the manufacturer's recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Camillus, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 062012

Silverado 3500

  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. While parked, the contact noticed that the gear indicator was extremely dim and was difficult to see which gear the vehicle was in. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics where the mechanic advised the contact that the instrument cluster would have to be reprogrammed.the contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 05V055000 (power train:manual transmission:shift pattern indicator) but was advised by the manufacturer was that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 122011

Silverado 3500

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. The contact stated that oil was leaking from the rear half of transfer case housing. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic for inspection and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 78,000 and the current mileage was 78,637.

- Central City, KY, USA

problem #3

Jan 152010

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The 4 wheel drive buttons fail to work every so often. I was coming home from ann arbor, mi. One night and my indicator light said I was in neutral for some reason. I played with it for a bit and no luck. My friend was with me and he owns a repair facility in South lyon, mi. He knew what was wrong! the encoder motor for the transfer case is bad. It is an electric item and fails. The encoder motor is what shifts in to 4 hi, 4 low, auto 4 wheel and 2 hi. This happened again toward the end of Feb 2010 when my truck would not shift at all, 2 hi was my only option. Another friend of mine has a 2004 Silverado and her encoder motor went bad on the freeway. Her problem was that her truck threw her into 4 low while she was at 70 mph. Omg is that safe"??" GM needs to do something before people start to crash or worse getting hurt and dyeing as a result.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 032006

(reported on)

Silverado 3500

  • miles
2005 Z71 Silverado pickup makes a loud noise and moves in a forward or backward motion when starting the vehicle after it has sat over night.

- Oxford, AL, USA

problem #1

Sep 222005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,960 miles
Vehicle vibrates non-stop through steering wheel, accelerator, floorboard & brake pedal.

- Burbank, IL, USA

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