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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,330 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.

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado electrical problems

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #10

May 282014

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 116,400 miles


Warning lights started flashing in the information center, starting with ABS warning, then cycled through the rest of the warnings. The instrument panel gauges and gear selector, mileage display, and all other digital lighting shuts off. Functions then turn back on, then off. It continues this cycle throughout the time the vehicle is running. I consider this a dangerous situation as when all driving information shuts down, it leaves driver with no clue of speed of travel, level of fuel, in which gear the vehicle is in, etc. Etc.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 252012


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis however he was told it that the failure was caused by a security issue and the cause could have been a variety of failures. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 160,000.

- Masontown, WV, USA

problem #8

Jun 242010


  • 115,000 miles
On the 2001 Chevy Silverado I own the fuel gauge does not read the right amount it shows full then empty. My family has 4 of these model trucks all together and all of them are doing the same thing. While I was driving down the highway my fuel gauge read half a tank and I ran out of fuel in the left lane. My vehicle was almost rear ended by a semi truck. Luckily I was able to get to the side of the road before causing a accident. This is a major problem on alot of these model trucks.

- Blythewood, SC, USA

problem #7

Oct 012008


  • 100,000 miles


Starting problem, fails to start when in park 6 out of 20 times have to take out of park turn key while putting in park. Paid to have new cable and adjusted, work fine for about week then started doing the same thing. Problem daily.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 172009


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving less than 55 mph, the contact smelled a chemical odor. She had a cigarette in the ashtray and smoke appeared from behind the ashtray. She attempted to remove the ashtray, but it was too hot to grab. She rolled the windows down and the instrument panel caught fire. A nearby service station attendant was able to extinguish the fire. It was determined that the fire was not caused by the cigarette. A police report was filed. The VIN was unable to be entered. The failure and current mileages were over 150,000.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #5

Aug 292006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,900 miles
: the contact stated at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle restarted every time the engine stalled. Also, the check engine light illuminated and the vehicle was taken to the dealership who determined the crankshaft sensor would have to be replaced. Updated 9/13/2006 - the crankshaft sensor was replaced but that did not correct the stalling problem. The check engine light did not come on the last time the vehicle stalled.

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #4

Mar 092006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


: the contact stated while turning the vehicle around, the vehicle became anchored and the grass below erupted in flames. Since the vehicle could not be moved; the vehicle also became inflamed. The contact obtained a fire extinguisher and quenched the fire. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop for repairs caused by the fire.

- Chippewa Falls, WI, USA

problem #3

Mar 052006

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
While night driving on a country road at 55 mph, I decided to turn up the brightness of the dashboard lights of my 2001 chev. Silverado 2500hd pickup. While trying to find the dash light adjustment wheel, I accidentally pushed the dome light override switch. When it engaged, every light on the vehicle was turned off, even the dash lights. I desperately held the wheel in what I hoped was a straight line and braked to as quick a stop as possible. Fortunately, the truck was still on the road when it stopped. I got the lights to work again by turning the main headlight switch off and then back on again.

- Buchanan , MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 182005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
2001 Chevrolet Silverado ton pick up. The anti- lock braking system failed. While driving and coming a stop sign or light and pressing on the brakes there is a chatter on the brake pedal or grinding noise from the vehicle. The vehicle will not stop right away, it takes a few seconds more than usual to stop. Sometimes when pushing the brakes it is harder to push the pedal down, this only happens at a slow stopping speed. This doesn't happen when you are traveling at higher speeds. Took vehicle to dealership and they said was the anti lock braking system would take at least 3 hours to fix and would cost $600. The rotors were warped and the brake pads were worn. The doors locked on their own and the seats moved forward on their on.

- Laingsburg, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 012002

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
On going problem with the over ride sensor for the head lights causing them to go off prematurely while driving at night. The dealer was contacted. The consumer was attempting to turn on the dome lights when the headlights and the instrument panel lights went off.

- Seminole, OK, USA

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