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Average Mileage:
50,064 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #60

Jul 162007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,250 miles


2004 silverardo 2500 hd crew cab with 33,000 miles - instrument cluster not working.

- Berwick, ME, USA

problem #59

Apr 282005

Silverado 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
My 2004 Chevy truck was recalled because of instrument panel malfunctions. A recall has been issued; however, it seems to me that the plan to correct this has arbitrary recall parameters, ie 7 year/70,000 miles. My vehicle is 3 years old and has 96,000 miles and has experienced this malfunction. I did contact Chevy but no concrete repair plan was established.

- Pawleys Island, SC, USA

problem #58

Sep 232007

Silverado 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,640 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving 70 mph for 20 minutes using the cruise control, the speedometer reading was 95 mph and the RPM was 2000. He didn't notice any warning indicator lights at the time of the failure. After coming to a complete stop, the speedometer read 45 mph. The dealer stated that the electrical instrument control panel clusters needed to be replaced. He has not called the manufacturer. The failure and current mileages were 32,640.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #57

Sep 022007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 66,000 miles


2004 Chevrolet Silverado speedometer has stopped working exactly as outlined by the other complaints, speedometer registers randomly with incorrect speed or stuck needle. I called my dealer and parts and labor amounts to around $500. I asked a friend of mine who is also a service manager at the dealership if this is a common problem and his response was "ohhh yeah, I don?T know why they haven?T recalled it yet. Chevrolet may not be considering this a safety issue, but if that is the case why do we even have speed limits? speed limits are intended to provide for the safety of the community, will a person with out a working speedometer be able to stop in time when a child runs out in front them" Chevy better hope so.

- Clever, MO, USA

problem #56

Jul 182007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Speedometer on 2004 Silverado reads erratically. Not reliable to show correct speed. Reading eventually will reach "0" while speed has not changed.

- Camas, WA, USA

problem #55

Aug 132007

Silverado 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,200 miles
Speedometer failure.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #54

Jul 292007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles


Speedometer reads 75 when the truck is stopped and quickly pegs when moving. Chevy wants hundreds of dollars to repair. A quick search on the internet revealed that this is a frequent problem with Chevy truck newer than 2003. It should be a recall issue.

- Ladson, SC, USA

problem #53

Jun 132005

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
For over 2 years and 30,000 miles the speedometer in my 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup has been sticking. Starting at about 20,000 miles about every 3 or 4 months the speedometer needle would stick at 25 mph, 30 mph or 35 mph. This sticking was where the speedometer needle would stop at when you turned the key off. When the needle would stick it caused the speedo to read incorrect speed. The vehicle was under warranty when this started. I did not take it into the dealership because it would require taking a whole day to take it in and the dealer would not guarantee he would fix it in one visit. The dealer said bring it in. They would check it and order the parts. Then bring it back when the parts arrived. Before wasting the time with the dealer I tried removing the battery cable and allowing the computer system to reset itself. This worked for the first 10 times the speedo stuck. The speedo is stuck again and removing the battery cable over 10 times has not reset the speedo correctly. GM has known about this speedo problem for over 5 years but is only bandaiding the problem. This speedo problem is a safety issue.

- Vail, AZ, USA

problem #52

May 142007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
Failure of speedometer and tachometer gauges. Needles pegged. No idea how fast truck is traveling.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #51

Oct 152006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,400 miles
2004 Chevrolet silverardo - ext cap, 4WD, ls, faulty speedometer.

- Clancy, MT, USA

problem #50

Jul 062007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Speedometer inoperative.

- Owasso, OK, USA

problem #49

Jun 232007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
2004 Silverado 1500 4 door. Under normal driving conditions the speedometer started registering way too high... dead stop, the speedometer reads about 30-45 mph. Normal driving with flow of traffic on interstate displayed as greater than 120 mph.

- Pulaski, TN, USA

problem #48

Apr 132007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,998 miles
After I drive about 11 miles the speedometer drops to zero. After about 30 to 40 miles it will run between 20 and 30 miles slow. This happens every day I drive the truck. Why can't General Motors get there heads out of the sand and do something about these problems.

- Cotati, CA, USA

problem #47

Apr 122007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,440 miles
Speedometer dropped to zero when driving at 55 mph, after about 40 miles speedometer runs slower than actual speed. This is happening on a regular basis.

- Geyserville, CA, USA

problem #46

Jan 182007

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Speedometer on my 2004 GM Chevy Silverado reads drastically different from actual speed while driving, making it impossible to determine actual speed which could cause a crash due to improper speed, or traffic safety violation for improper speed. GM does not have recall on this safety issue. GM is aware of this problem with many of its vehicles and demands $500 for labor to repair the problem at the owners expense.

- Barnhart, MO, USA

problem #45

Dec 152006

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
I have a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado with a serious safety issue! the speedometer works intermittently and when the needle actually moves the speed that registers is no where near correct. The dealer wants $600 to fix it but apparently it is well known that Chevy's are having an issue with the speedometer. I have had to resort to hooking up my laptop computer with gps to be able to monitor my speed!! GM needs to recall!!

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #44

Mar 282007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2004 Silverado 2500 hd w/allison transmission. The speedometer is faulty. The speed sensor has been replaced but has not fixed the problem. The transmission is ok. The speedometer is erratic. One day it will work...then I'll be driving at 60 mph and the needle drops to zero or shoots up to 120. I have to gauge how fast I am going by the other traffic or look at the rpms. This is a terrible safety hazard. I have already spent $160. When will Chevy/GM issue a recall?

- La Valle, WI, USA

problem #43

Jul 022006

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
(1) there were no specific events that lead to failure. (2) my 2004 Chevy Silverado speedometer stopped working at about 40K miles when warranty was out. Dealer says it costs approximately $500. I've read many websites describing this issue along with lawsuits in ca, or, and wa, so I was hoping GM would recall. I've been driving for 9 months guessing my speed. It is March 2007 and vehicle inspection is due so now I have to pay $500 since GM has not recalled this issue. I've seen concerns about this issue that go back to 2005. How is it that no one has forced GM to recall this potential dangerous defect. (3) to correct problem, I will have to pay $500 to fix a defect that GM knows about and won't do anything about.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #42

Oct 012006

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2004 Chevy Silverado. My speedometer started going bad after 50K miles (15K past warranty) the speedometer displays inacurrate speeds. Driving on the intersate at 70mph, it reads anywhere from 0-15. Sitting at red lights it sticks at 55 or 40. I have no idead how fast I am driving and I view this as a majot safety issue. If it were a rare thing I would consider this a bad apple, however, ther are many many thousands of owners who have the same problem. There is currently a lwasuit in Washington state pursuing this issue and one in Oregon which is to follow. ( bascially, GM is in denial. If you look at mycarstats section on GM website, every single complaint in the misc section is about speedometers. How can this be allowed to continue? why has a recall not been issued. I wish someon would please explain to me how a company such as GM is allowed to get away with putting faulty safety equipment in vehicles. I could believe a quirck on an assembly line casuing this malfunction if it were 10-50 vehicles but were are talking in excess of 10,000 vehicles.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #41

Mar 132007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,800 miles
I own a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and yesterday the speedometer began reading incorrectly. Now it currently reads 65 mph at both a standstill and when the truck is turned off. At regular surface street speeds (40-50 mph) the speedometer reads approx. 95 mph. I called GM in detroit and the denied any knowledge of the problem being widespread and referred me to a dealer who quoted me a price of $495 to repair the speedometer. What about the other gauges in my instrument cluster" how long till they fail? more importantly, how much will it cost for the repairs"

- Garland, TX, USA

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