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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,393 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.

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 electrical problems

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #15

Aug 152016

Silverado 3500

  • 128,000 miles


Plugged in MINIvac to cig lighter and cig lighter shorted to ground causing wires to melt and smoke including power outlet wires.

- Millington, TN, USA

problem #14

Oct 312013

Silverado 3500

  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. While the vehicle was coming to a stop, the anti-brake system engaged independently and caused the brakes to fail. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 9,000.

- Monroe Township, NJ, USA

problem #13

Nov 102014

Silverado 3500

  • 140,000 miles
At approximately 2:30 am, November 10th, my husband had just gotten back from the store, and had turned the truck off. The keys were not in the ignition at the time. He was sitting in the truck for about 10 minutes, when he noticed smoke coming from the dashboard. He opened the hood, noticed flames, and tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher. We called the fire department, but by the time they got to the house, the entire cab of the truck was engulfed in flames. The heat was so intense it melted the siding off my house. The truck was used for his business, and he had two chainsaws in the back that were destroyed. There is absolutely nothing left.

- Hollis, ME, USA

problem #12

Jun 182014

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 133,286 miles


First the radio does turn off sometime when opening the door. Then I have to replace the heater fan resister every three to four months because it burns out while I drive I can, T use defroster or any temp. Optionc.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #11

Jun 212007

Silverado 3500 6-cyl

  • miles
When using A/C drivers side of cab will blow heat while passenger side blows cold. This is a continuous problem that started while still in warranty.

- St. Martinville, LA, USA

problem #10

Feb 062014

Silverado 3500

  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact was able to remove the key from the ignition. The vehicle continued to drive as normal. After shutting the vehicle off, the contact removed the key from the ignition while the vehicle was still in the drive gear. The failure caused the battery to drain. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 175,000.

- Henning, TN, USA

problem #9

Jun 022014

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 174,789 miles


Started the vehicle fasten seat belt exited the carport started to leave my yard had to stop a go back in house turned the vehicle off removed the key went back in the house came back got in the vehicle fasten seat belt started the vehicle put it in drive and the service air bag light flashed several time we out and came back and will not go back out it will flash several time go out and come back on and stay.

- High Springs, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 072014

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. The contact stated that after turning the air conditioner off, the fan continued to operate. The contact then shut the engine off by removing the key from the ignition and the fan continued to operate. The contact noticed a burning electrical odor coming from the vents. The contact removed the master fuse and the fan turned off. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 59,000.

- Rubidoux, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 102013

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 14,285 miles
Service brakelines rotted and caused a complete loss of service brakes - while driving and close to home - used emergency brakes and low gear to get to home. Spoke to friend at Chevy dealer. They are having problems with this truck series due to corrosion and premature rusting. Truck is currently in garage due to failure (corrosion) of transmission cooling lines. Current mileage 15,211. Lost both anti-lock brake modules and alternator and temperature sensors.

- Hazle Twp, PA, USA

problem #6

Jun 042011

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Was driving my 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500hd and turned on the air conditioner. I began to smell an odor similar to trash burning. I turned off the ac and turned on just the air fan at which time the truck cab filled with smoke. I was able to pull off the side of the road and contacted the fire department. The fan continued to fill the cab with smoke even though the ignition was off and the keys were removed. The incident did not stop until the fd disconnected the batteries from the truck. The vehicle was towed to a Chevrolet dealer and the problem was diagnosed as a short in air conditioner blower wiring harness which resulted in damage to the relay, they checked with the manufacturer to authorize repair under an extended warranty and told me it is not covered as it is an electrical malfunction.

- Norfolk, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 032010

Silverado 3500

  • 29,000 miles


Loss of blower fan due to burnt/melted wiring harness & blower motor resister burning hot enough to cause a fire. Loss fan motor to A/C & heat. On line there are thousands of the same complaint. What is GM waiting for people to die before they do something about this.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 092010

Silverado 3500

  • 15,000 miles
2006 Chevy Silverado 3500 w/ dump body parked in driveway @ 3:00 pm. 1:00 am in the morning truck engine & cab was in flames completely destroying both. Cause of fire appears to have started in the engine compartment & to be electrical.

- Cheltenham, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 242009

Silverado 3500

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Silverado right front tire began to shake, smoke, and caught fire on the westbound of the Ohio turnpike. Ohio traffic crash report # 10-0769-91

- Niles, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 132008

Silverado 3500

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the air conditioning and heating failed, in addition to other electrical components. She noticed that the resistor connector and wiring harness were melted. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was unable to assist. The failure mileage was 45,000 and current mileage was 50,017.

- Kingsfield, MO, USA

problem #1

Feb 272009

Silverado 3500

  • 46,533 miles
Heater fan would not work some times. Smell electrical burning. Replaced a melted connector & resistor. Parts not available.

- Waupun, WI, USA

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