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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,064 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Silverado accessories - interior problems

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2004 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #80

Mar 062007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


The cluster panel gauges are all malfunctioning, some have gone completely out I.e. speedometer, oil gauge, alternator, etc. Fan motor and adapter wires caught fire, shorted out.

- Trinity, TX, USA

problem #79

Mar 202007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
My speedometer sticks. It will not mover or it will go to 80 and your doing 30. Or it won't move at all. This has been going on now for a year.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #78

Feb 102008

Silverado 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Speedometer, is all over the place 20mph to 110mph, you never know how fast you are going without checking the rpms or a stop watch.

- Nehawka, NE, USA

problem #77

Oct 182007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving at various speeds, the speedometer displays inaccurate readings. There was a courtesy recall regarding the instrument panel, but the vehicle has too many miles. The current mileage was 78,000 and failure mileage was 72,000.

- Lewis, NY, USA

problem #76

Dec 222007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The speedometer maulfunctions resulting in display of incorrect speed. GM acknowledges the equipment failure and will not honor the recall.

- Londonderry, NH, USA

problem #75

Oct 012006

Silverado 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
I own a 2004 Chevy Silverado. About 2 years ago, my instrument panel quit working. Because my mileage exceeded the number set by GM, GM will not honor the recall on 2003-2005 GM vehicles. My wife has experienced the same problem.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #74

Dec 202007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,500 miles


04 Silverado with 46,000 miles, speedometer has malfunctioned. Sometimes will be pegged while stopped, sometimes will read 60 when stopped. I think GM should replace these obviously defective parts, plus pay for all tickets acquired in these defective vehicles. Obviously there is a "trend" here people(NHTSA),when I get my next new truck ($30,000-$40,000), I may be looking elsewhere. Truck is not fixed yet, but will be contacting the dealer tomorrow to hear "their sob story". have never received a letter from anyone regarding this, but did acquire the vehicle new, off the lot.

- Winthrop, NY, USA

problem #73

Dec 212007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,100 miles
We have a 2004 Silverado. On Friday, Dec. 21 the speedometer started to stick. When the vehicle is stopped it will go as low as 30 mph. When driving the speedo says about 110-120 mph. There is (without going and looking) about 38,300 miles on the truck. We bought this truck new in Feb. Of 2003. This is a huge safety issue.

- Albany, WI, USA

problem #72

Nov 102007


  • miles
November 10, 2007, I wrote the following letter to: General Motors 100 renaissance center P.O. Box 100 detroit, mi 48265-1000 certified mail number: 7007 1490 0000 9298 4767 to whom it may concern: I have received your letter regarding the 2004 model year Chevrolet Silverado whereby General Motors is providing extended warranty on the instrument panel. General Motors wrote: "this letter is intended to make you aware that your vehicle could develop a condition where one or more of the instrument panel gauge needles may stick, flutter, or become inoperative." However, General Motors also wrote: "if the condition occurs on your 2004 model year Chevrolet silverad within 7 years of the date your vehicle was originally placed in service or 70,000 miles, whichever occurs first, the condition will be repaired for you at no charge." Frankly, I find the mileage restriction ludicrous! either the instrument panel is defective or it is not! moreover, if the instrument panel fails when driving, especially at night, public safety becomes an issue.........

- Abita Springs, LA, USA

problem #71

Dec 182006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
Failure of 2004 Chevy Silverado instrument cluster.

- Little Egg Harbor, NJ, USA

problem #70

Nov 152007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


Speedometer is sometimes pinned at 120mph sometimes 60 mph when parked. Does not work at all. This is a known GM instrument panel cluster program & the truck is a 2004 under 4 years old but they won't do anything to pay for this known problem because I am over the mileage. Not my fault it broke after 70thousand miles. It has happened to many others earlier & they can get it fixed for free. If it was a defected panel it should be fixed regardless of the mileage for a truck under 4 years old.

- Andover, NJ, USA

problem #69

Dec 032007


  • miles
Instrument cluster is failing. First was the speedometer, then the tachometer, followed by oil pressure gauge. I have no idea how fast I am traveling or if my oil pump is working. The speedometer part is a major safety issue to me. From what I have read, there are thousands of GM vehicles with this problem and they refuse to do a recall.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #68

Oct 242007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
My speedometer started acting up saying that I was going faster than I was going. Now it stays on 120 and now my oil pressure gauge is starting to do the same.

- White Hall, AR, USA

problem #67

Apr 032007


  • miles
The speedometer in my 2004 Chevrolet silveado began malfunctioning early this spring, and has progressively gotten worse. Currently when parked it registers between 50-120 mph, then pegs when driving. So I never know how fast I am going. The replacement instrument cluster costs nearly $600 for the part only, not including labor to replace it. Of course none of this is covered by the warranty, or even the extra warranty we purchased when we bought the truck used.

- Coshocton, OH, USA

problem #66

Nov 122007

Silverado 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,827 miles
Speedometer on my 2004 Chevy Silverado is acting up. The needle is ticking like a clock as I accelerate and slow down. I have heard and read about many complaints about this same exact problem on this make, model, and year vehicle.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #65

Nov 062007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 04 Chevy Silverado ss has lost the gas gage and the RPM gage is sticking. The only gas gage that I have is the digital one. The RPM gage has started sticking. When the gas gage started sticking I talked to the Chevy service department and they said a gas cleaner they sold would most likely fix the problem. We have done two treatments with no luck. Today is the first day the RPM gage is sticking. By the sounds of all the other similar complaints it will be stuck soon. How may people have to complain to get a obvious manufacture problem fixed?

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #64

Oct 302007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Speedometer is erratic, does not reset to zero when stopped.

- Creston, OH, USA

problem #63

Oct 252007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,300 miles
Speedometer completely failed, right after truck turned 100,000 miles.

- Bethlehem, GA, USA

problem #62

Oct 212007


  • miles
While driving around 65-70mph my speedometer stuck. While slowing down after reaching speeds of nearly 70mph, I realized my speedometer was not backing off of this speed. I then did not know how fast I was driving. The speedometer is now stuck at 67mph. From what I understand I will have to replace this actual unit for $500. I have seen this same issue all over forums on the web.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #61

Oct 132007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,380 miles
I own a 2004 Silverado. As with an ever growing list of fellow owners of Chevy and GMC 2000 to 2005 trucks, the speedometer has quit working with only 40,000 miles on the vehicle. This is a safety hazard not being able to know the speed at which our vehicles are traveling at!

- Marrero, LA, USA

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