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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
132,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. ignition control module (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
1999 Chevrolet Silverado engine problems

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1999 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 152007

(reported on)

Silverado LX 4.2 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


The truck was purchased for $1000.00 , but it is starting to be a headache because it won't run for more than two minutes without shutting off. If you wait for two minutes it will start again , but it will run only 1 or 2 minutes and it dies just like if you took the spark plug wire off the spark plug. I have replaced the ignition coil and it ran for about three minutes and shut off. The next step I'm going to take is replacing the ignition control module and the fuel pressure regulator after that step. This is getting to be very expensive and it makes me mad that we are going backwards instead of forwards with more complicated gadgets every time you turn your head.

I liked the days when you had trucks that could be fixed without any complicated gadgets that cost a lot and don't really make that much of a difference in the basic functions of the truck. The old models had carburators that could be fixed easily. The old ways are better because it works and if it is not broken why fix it? The more complex they make todays vehicle the more headaches there are when you are trying to narrow down what needs to be repaired. The chance of replacing something that doesn't need to be replaced is much higher in newer vehicles than the old ones that were much more easier to work on. If you needed a new carb then you did it, and if you needed to replace whatever it could be done with basic tools and no computers. Nowadays you have got to have a degree at MIT to work on some of the vehicles factory's are spitting out.

I hope that I am not the only one out there that feels this way. It would be great if GM and Ford would give you an option of buying a vehicle you can work on and understand like the old ones they made before EFI and all those other electronic gizmos. I would be happier knowing I could fix the problem myself than take a chance on being stranded out in the middle of nowhere just because someone wants to make a few more bucks on countless electronic gadgets that there burden outweighs its benefit. Come on now all you people out there reading this right now you know that it is impossible to find out what is wrong with the vehicle without having a crystal ball or a computer and where are you going to get a crystal ball 50 miles from nowhere. Anyway back to my 1999 Chevy truck it cost me $1000.00 so if I spend another $1000.00 on electronic gadgets I still came out on top in my opinion. Please help me if anyone can with this problem.

Thanks IsraelR

- , Tifton, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 282006

(reported on)


  • 104,000 miles

Truck kept dying after i started and put in gear. When I started the truck and put it in gear it would die. I finally had to gas it and throw it in gear to get it to go. Hasn't happened again but I think it may be the fuel filter or pump.

- , Paragould, AR, USA

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