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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
92,350 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. fixed it myself (2 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2001 Chevrolet Silverado accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 012009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles


Yes, the tailgate handle stopped working after a furniture move. Im going to try the suggestion listed here and get back to you. See if its a cable.

- deborahca, Palo Alto, CA, US

problem #3

Jan 062009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Had the same problem. There are two cables that run to the handle for both sides (obviously). If you remove the outer black trim from the handle you can see that one or both of the cables broke off. Alls I did was use a zip tie to rig it back on there (I'm cheap) and it has worked ever since. The only thing is the black trim is a pain to get back on that's why when you drive around look at other tailgate handles and you'll see a lot of Silverado's are missing it because of the same problem.

- gorace88, Brighton, IL, US

problem #2

Feb 282007

(reported on)

Silverado 1500 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,343 miles

I don't know why this is happening to early 2000 silverados. Myself, my father inlaw and his brother all have silverados and non of our tailgates work now. To top it all off we are having a bitch of a time finding the right parts to be able to fix it. The only solution the dealer ship gave us was to buy an entire new tailgate. This is not acceptable! If they made a quality product like they use to they wouldn't be losing as many customers to foreign car companies. It used to be that any red blooded American wanted to drive a big American truck but that is definately changing and I can see why. This isn't the first problem I have had and I'm sure it's not the last.

- tarcher, Sandown, NH, US

problem #1

Dec 272006

(reported on)

Silverado LS 5.3

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Tailgate handle rusted and prevented it from holding tailgate closed.

Then plastic clips that held the release wires broke causing them to fall off and making the handle useless.

After fixing everything, the plastic bezel mounting clips cracked off when putting it back on around handle.

GM makes some cheap Junk !! My old '88 Silverado was better then this POS !!

- fake_usa, Plainfield, NJ, US

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