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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,317 miles

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 electrical problems

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #14

Feb 112016

Silverado 3500

  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was driving on us highway 12 going approx. 35 mph when the rear end differential lockup and caused me to slid off the road in a turn that also had ice while towing a fifth wheel the accident caused damage to the right front fender and the right rear and right side of the 8 foot bed along with the windshield and a front drive line for 4 wheel drive I have had multiple issues with the front drive line breaking under normal conditions as well I also have video of the rear end differential moving from side to side to show the movement and show what caused the rear end to lock up it had moved an 1/4 of and inch to 1/2 inch in either direction.

- Rigby, ID, USA

problem #13

Dec 312015

Silverado 3500

  • 11,214 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 10 mph, the four wheel drive was activated and the front end of the vehicle locked up. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where the cause of the failure was undetermined. The technician stated that the computer system had to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 11,214.

- Marion, OH, USA

problem #12

Nov 022015

Silverado 3500

  • 3,512 miles
Ignition switch and key came out of steering column while driving. When I pulled off road and parked, the ignition switch internals and key came off in my hand. Not able to shut engine off. Called onstar, they could not shut off engine. Truck was flatbedded to dealer while still running. Risk of steering wheel locking causing loss of control. Steering wheel makes clattering noise not connected to wheels at times. Instruments dimming and flashing when turning wheel at times

- Hudson, NH, USA

problem #11

Nov 162015

Silverado 3500

  • 15,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 55 mph, the radio and all the warning indicators on the instrument panel failed to work. The next day, the radio was not working and the vehicle would not start. After a while, the vehicle was driven to a dealer, but they could not duplicate the failure. The dealer kept the vehicle for evaluation. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #10

Oct 052015

Silverado 3500

  • 16,400 miles
On Monday October 5, 2015, I was driving truck at approximately 60 mph on highway when suddenly all electronics went black and complete loss of power on highway. Luckily, I was able to pull of to side of road. I turned the key to off position (engine was not running) and waited several minutes then turned truck on and it started. The traction light kept coming on and off but the truck did not loose power again-thankfully. I could have been killed or caused a serious accident.

- Moberly, MO, USA

problem #9

Aug 062015

Silverado 3500

  • 37,000 miles
Use this truck for commercial purposes to haul trailers. Truck has turned off while driving 4 times. Three while driving with trailer when it hits rough road or under construction road and takes hard jolt to front end. First you are driving, then you hit bump or dip in road and you notice you have no steering, when you look down you notice whole display is shut down ( like it was never on) with no warning lights displayed. You have to put truck into neutral while driving and restart. Last time it happened had 30 foot trailer on truck and were in a downhill position with a turn and no steering capability ( no antilock or trailer brakes because they need electricity to operate)and 300 ft from going off embankment and then dropping 100ft into a gully. The trucks whole electrical system turns off shutting down everything in the truck. Own 7 trucks and have owned 20 plus trucks over the years. I have had design flaw issues and just fluke issues that just happen to that one truck. This really seems more like a design flaw, either in ignition with their new keys ( have a 2012, this ignition is defiantly different) or the electrical system, or maybe they added some sensor that shuts truck off if in a front end impact. If I am right this will kill someone, the truck gives you no warning before turning off and most people are unaware they can shift a car into neutral and restart while driving and since it has happened while pulling trailers this is very dangerous not just for the driver and passages of the vehicle but every other car or truck on the roadway with it. Example of this, the last time when we could not steer and could not go with the turn of the road, there was a car in the second lane and the trailer went into that lane, the car had to make evasive manuviers to avoid impact with trailer.

- Firebaugh, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 312014

Silverado 3500

  • 8,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado hd. While driving approximately 55 mph over a bump in the road, the engine stalled. The failure recurred four times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 8,000. Updated 11/12/15

- Firebaugh, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 162015

Silverado 3500

  • 7,891 miles
A warning message comes on the dash telling the driver there is a issue with the trailer brakes, or wiring system. The trailer brakes become inoperable when this comes on. We have contacted GM with the issue, both at the dealer level and at the corporate level; and they insist it is a problem with our trailers. The same trailers are used with older Chevrolet trucks without incident. We have also been informed by GM that the 2015 Silverado 2500's are equipped with a more sensitive trailering system. When the connection becomes wet during inclement weather, or the truck hits a bump; and the connector loses contact momentarily the message will illuminate. Resulting in the loss of trailer brakes. This is a serious safety issue.

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #6

Feb 252015

Silverado 3500

  • 1,422 miles
A warning message comes on the dash telling the driver there is a issue with the trailer brakes, or wiring system. The trailer brakes become inoperable when this comes on. We have contacted GM with the issue, both at the dealer level and at the corporate level; and they insist it is a problem with our trailers. The same trailers are used with older Chevrolet trucks without incident. We have also been informed by GM that the 2015 Silverado 2500's are equipped with a more sensitive trailering system. When the connection becomes wet during inclement weather, or the truck hits a bump; and the connector loses contact momentarily the message will illuminate. Resulting in the loss of trailer brakes. This is a serious safety issue.

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 272015

Silverado 3500

  • 105 miles
A warning message comes on the dash telling the driver there is a issue with the trailer brakes, or wiring system. The trailer brakes become inoperable when this comes on. We have contacted GM with the issue, both at the dealer level and at the corporate level; and they insist it is a problem with our trailers. The same trailers are used with older Chevrolet trucks without incident. We have also been informed by GM that the 2015 Silverado 2500's are equipped with a more sensitive trailering system. When the connection becomes wet during inclement weather, or the truck hits a bump; and the connector loses contact momentarily the message will illuminate. Resulting in the loss of trailer brakes. This is a serious safety issue.

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 122015

Silverado 3500

  • 4,213 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

After sitting for two days, I went out to start my 2015 Chevrolet Silverado to drive to town and it was dead - no power, lights, horn, ignition, nothing. The vehicle was absolutely stone cold dead. Having two decades in the car restoration business, I grabbed my battery charger and hooked it up and charged the battery for 4 hours. Attempting to start the Silverado again resulted in the same thing - stone cold dead. I swapped the batteries to no avail. The vehicle still wasn't powering up. I looked for blown fuses, loose connectors, all with negative results. I had the truck towed to the dealer 106 miles away. The next day the dealer advised it started right up after a jump start. My reply was that is simply incorrect and I repeated the steps I went through. They replied they wished to keep it for a few days. Ultimately I had to trade the vehicle because the dealership stated the truck wasn't designed to operate in a dusty environment. My reply was that I bought it to use on my ranch and they knew that to begin with. They advised the dust permeated the body control module, engine control module, and human interface and today's trucks simply are designed for that.

- Alsea, OR, USA

problem #3

Feb 012015

Silverado 3500

  • 2,000 miles
The contact rented a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado. While preceding into an intersection and making a right turn, the vehicle suddenly shut off. After restarting the engine, the vehicle operated as normal. During the incident, the ignition key erroneously moved from the run to the auxiliary position and caused the vehicle to shut off. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 2,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 062014

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 475 miles
After having rains for almost 3 days straight in southern California, I finally got some time to clean the interior of my vehicle. Upon moving the floor mat on the passenger side, I notice the carpet was soaking wet. There is a leak somewhere near the firewall allowing water to enter the cabin on the passenger side. Long term, I am afraid of mold and mildew accumulation as well as water affecting electronics. Front drivers seat has a lot of slop in it. Upon accelerating and braking, I can feel the front drivers seat rock forward and backward slightly. Seat makes a clunking/tapping noise. Radio reception is terrible. Fm radio looses signal strength and sounds like you're in a cave.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 292014

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 10,200 miles
When shifting the vehicle out of park, if the tilt steering wheel is in the full up position, and the shift lever is pulled fully rearward so as to shift out of park, then the shift lever will hit and be stopped from moving by the ignition key. If you force the situation by pulling back and down with more than normal force, the key and key switch takes quite an abnormal load from the shift lever. I reported this to the local dealer and was told that this is normal, because someone else had reported the same problem. This is not normal. There is an easy solution to this problem. The handle part of the ignition key needs to be shorter. If this situation is not fixed, I fear that the ignition key switch assembly will eventually take damage.

- Montrose, IA, USA

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