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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,095 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012015

Silverado 3500

  • 76,000 miles


We have had a recurring issue with the traction control feature on this vehicle since buying it. Randomly and out of nowhere it will show stabilitrak off on the instrument panel. The engine becomes sluggish when this happens. This, to me, is a safety hazard when driving. There is also an issue with the ignition getting stuck when starting where it grinds the starter. I have to turn the truck off and start it again to get it to stop. I have had the vehicle at the dealer where it was purchased and they have no clue what to do about the stabilitrak issue. I have read many complaints on this and there should be a recall.

- Salvisa, KY, USA

problem #3

Aug 042014

Silverado 3500

  • 93,000 miles
I was driving my daughter to school and the vehicle slowed down on its own. And when I pushed the gas it jumped and shifted hard, had to cruise all the way home vehicle wouldn't start back up. Stability and traction control lights came on engine reduced speed and cut off.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 282014

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 71,380 miles
Driving about 60 mph about 10 miles into the trip when the truck lost speed, the ABS brakes did a slight on and off pulsating every couple of seconds, the engine was running rough and giving it gas the engine revved up but wouldn't go anywhere. Speed dropped down to 35 or 40 mph and wouldn't go any faster. The dash indicator showed messages stating stabilitrak traction control turned off and check engine light is on. It jolted real hard when it shifts gears. When I mashed the brake it didn't want to come to a complete stop without pressing the brakes to hold the truck there. I pulled into a store popped the hood and finding nothing I turned the truck off for a few seconds and restarted it but nothing changed and the error messages were still being displayed. The trucks engine was running rough. I headed home and it didn't have any power and jolted hard as it shifted gears. I coudln't go but 35 or 40 mph on the level ground. If I went up a slight hill the truck slowed down more until I got past the hill. I gave it gas and the engine would rev up but had no power and wouldn't go 35 or 40 mph. I parked the truck in the garage and in 10 minutes I went to start it to get the error messages and it started up fine and the engine wasn't running rough. I drove it 1/2 mile down the road and back and it ran perfect. I googled the error messages and found alot of complaints and comments about this issue on the Chevrolet forum website. No recall information just alot of people experiencing the same issue and alot worse cases that almost caused accidents. Is there a recall on this issue? I read that I will probably have the issue again because after it sits for 10 min it probably won't have a problem until a few minutes or days later. I can only hope doesn't cause me to have a wreck and kill myself or someone else. This is a major issue and should be recalled to fix the problem.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 262012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
I was traveling on a divided highway and approaching a slow moving truck in the right lane ahead of me. There was another truck behind me in my lane. I moved to the left lane to pass the slow truck. Just after I began the pass my pickup slowed quickly and began flashing error messages: Stability control disabled, engine power reduced & service stabilitrak. The truck behind me had moved up close and followed me around the slow moving truck. I was unable to accelerate and continued slowing quickly. I had just enough room to swerve in behind the slow truck as my speed fell below its speed. The truck behind me narrowly avoided a rear impact with my truck, which, I believe, would have been catastrophic. I pulled to the right and tried to speed up. About 40 mph was all my truck would do. I stopped and got out the manual. It said to reset the stabilitrak, turn the vehicle off for 30 seconds. I did that and the truck seemed to functioned normally, at least as far as engine power. I still had traction control & stabilitrak error messages and the service engine light was on. I was able to return 40 miles to my home town with no further incidents. I was able to get my truck into the Chevy dealer on the 30th. The service rep recognized my description immediately as a "throttle sensor" failure. It was repaired under warranty. There have been no further incidents. My concerns are dual: First, only luck and years of emergency vehicle operation training enabled me to avoid being hit from behind by the following truck when my truck unexpectedly and without warning lost power. An impact would have likely be life threatening considering the speed and proximity of two trucks. Second, subsequently, I have found multiple internet reports of this issue going back several model years and my service paper work indicates a GM service bulletin for it exists.

- Hobbs, NM, USA

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