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Average Mileage:
58,703 miles
Total Complaints:
18 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace instrument cluster (15 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
2005 Chevrolet Silverado accessories - interior problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #18

Jan 152016

Silverado LS 1500 4.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles


I have a 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500 in mint condition, believe it or not I have only 7 or 8,000 miles on it. It has been always in my garage and use it three to four times a month. Yes, it's my baby and I am so frustrated that the instrument cluster went bad, starting with the Odometer which went from 7,000 original miles to 599,999 and right after only reads ODOMETER READING: ERROR. I took my truck to Chevrolet Dealership just to be told that there was no guaranty nor recall on instrument cluster, and that the cost to replace it is about $650.00, money that I don't have.

I have been driving my truck just guessing my speed and so far I haven't had any tickets. Now the problem got worst, when the Speedometer and the battery gauges went crazy. The Speedometer reads 70 MPH while park in my garage and when driving on street 35MPH posted, it shows 140MPH. Now I have a line of vehicles behind me honking on a school zone that is 20MPH when I believe I'm going 15MPH. Better to be on the safe mode than getting a speeding ticket.

I am a 63 yr old man permanent disabled and forced to early retirement, and with my limited income from disability I cannot afford to replace the instrument cluster. There are places that can repair it for about $200.00 just to replace stepper motors but that won't resolve the ODOMETER READING ERROR. So the best solution is to replace the bad cluster for a brand new one and have them recover my original mileage. $650, that I cannot afford.

I'm a GMC lover and is not my first Chevy vehicle. I made a big mistake by selling my 2000 Dodge Ram which I had for over ten years and never had any problems whatsoever. I think I will trade my Chevy for another Dodge Ram which would be more reliable. Shame on you GMC, for not making good quality vehicles anymore!

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #17

Jul 272014

Silverado LS 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,300 miles

I bought my 2005 Chevy Silverado exactly one week ago and already I am having problems with it. I hope this is my first and last problem I ever have with it, as I know it is one many other 2003-2006 Silverado owners have had to deal with. It started with my tachometer fluttering, and not working properly, then on the way back from a 200+ mile vacation my speedometer stuck at 30mph and then would continually increase every time I would stop and go. Eventually it was stuck at around 140mph (off the scale), and would not come back around.

I was going to replace it with another new instrument cluster, but along with the $400 part and then the labor and reprogramming, I found a more cost effective option through an online refurbish. Right now I am driving around without a cluster, waiting for it to get shipped back to me, repaired better than it came new. They are replacing all of the back-lighting, the stepper motors, and all of the soldering. Huge pain in the ass.

- , Columbia, MO, USA

problem #16

Feb 032009

Silverado 5.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,125 miles

the dealer did tell us of the bankrupt expected to occur on the extended warranty we purchased when we bought the truck new from that dealer. Sure, they pushed to get us to buy that extended warranty to the tune of 2,300 us dollars. but they would not honor the expense when we had a replacement installed.

- , Eunice, NM, USA

problem #15

Feb 242010

Silverado LX 4.8L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles


The instrument cluster went out while I trying to show off the truck that I had just bought and I was trying to see how fast it could go and I only got up to eight miles per hour and I looked down and my speedometer went to zero. I felt like I bought a lemon because I thought my truck would go down hill and it was already broken right after I bought it! But I took it back to the dealership and they said that it happens a lot and they replaced my instrument cluster and never had a problem since. My truck is awesome now and it was only a minor setback.

- , Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #14

Nov 252008

Silverado 2500HD 6.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

Bought a 2005 Chevy 2500HD new, 4 months after the warranty ran out the dash cluster had to be replaced. There was approx. 37,000 miles on the truck. Speedometer would read 110mph while at a stop sign and 0mph on the highway. Cost $450 to fix. My father had the same problem w/ his 2005 Yukon one year later. His had 55,000+ miles on it and GM paid for the replacement cluster. Spent long time on hold w/ GM and was given NO answer. Local dealer told me earlier production months were under a bulletin and GM was covering the cost. Guess I shouldn't complain, they did cover the doors that rusted in '07, the rusty rotors that chewed my brake pads in under 25,000miles and of course the steering shafts.

- , Fleetwood, PA, USA

problem #13

May 212009

Silverado LS 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,835 miles

Problem reoccurred and was able to clear it again by starting the truck several times

It Works good for a time

- , Escalon, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 112008

Silverado LS 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,848 miles


It did not stay, thought it was a fluke, the speedometer got stuck. but found out that by starting and stopping the car it cleared itself.

- , Escalon, CA, USA

problem #11

Dec 292009

Silverado 1500 5700

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,500 miles

This is really a pain in the ass, and if your instrument cluster does not work the police officer that pulls you over for speeding does not care if your speedometer does not work. To me this is a safety problem and a GM latent defect. I was told by a GM service center that this is a problem and they will take care of it if you have less than 70000 miles on it now it has 70659 miles on because they Lady that worked in the service department did not return my call when it first started acting up( Speedometer registers 100 mph sitting still), then when i asked more about if there are any recalls about this problem after the holidays i was told by the service department that since I was over the 70000 miles and under 80000 I will have to pay the labor of $120. This is just not right and when you have driven several GM vehicles over 250000 miles without any problems with these clusters.

- , Louisville, KY, USA

problem #10

Jan 032010

Silverado Z71 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

The speedometer readings were out of synch with the reading showing 35mph while I was stopped. Dealer stated that chevrolet had problems with the instrument clusters, but mine was not included on thier bulletin. GM knows that the clusters are faulted and the showed last more than 50K miles.

- , Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #9

Jul 242009

Silverado 1500 5.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,489 miles

Well this is the fastest truck on earth. It does 60 mph standing still. I have owned the thing for all of 4 days. The problem was there when I purchased the truck. I told the dealer and they did not seem to be surprised. I did find that to be interesting. They told me not to worry about it and they would take care of it. The speedometer was close only about 5-10 mph fast before they did their little check on the system to find out what the problem was. I am now afraid to drive the thing to work because it is so far off. I was fine with the 5-10 mph figured I would just do the speed limit with temp tags in the window and have nothing to worry about. Now that the speed reads at 60 mph that is faster then any part of the roads I drive to work is. I have a 95 wrangler that has been beat on hard and all of the electronics work even the old stock tape deck that has seen its fair share of water. I like the truck so I hope this is the only little hickup I see otherwise it will get a for sale sign placed in the window in a heartbeat just like the last car that I got sick of for similar electrical gremlins. It was also a GM.

- , Fenton, MO, USA

problem #8

Feb 132009

Silverado 2500HD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles


Seems as though GM should have possibly added the 2005 model to that recall, as I have a 2005 Chevy-Duramax diesel that I had to pay out of my pocket to have repaired, or else risk getting a ticket. The engineers apparently assumed they had the problem resolved before the 2005 model, but they should have researched further to find out if other owners were indeed having a problem with the instrument panel. First the speedometer went haywire, showed I was doing 70 down the mountains in North GA. If I had been, I would not be here to complain. One item might be worth mentioning...on the way to North GA., I did use the cruise control just about all the way. Do not know if this had anything to do with the failure of the speedometer. After repairing the panel, the RPM gauge quit altogether and had to go back to the shop. No cost on the second visit.

- , Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #7

Jan 222009

Silverado 2500HD Duramax

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,800 miles

02 - 04 years have been recalled for this same problem why not 05's

A very costly repair for a simple repair

1.) Had to have it diagnosed $80.00, Already knew what the problem was. They won't do it anyother way

2.) Unit on open market is 250.00 for repair. Chev dealer $404.00 Rip of !!!!!

3.) $120.00 to install it . 10 minutes to install and program it HA HA. They takes 1 Hour HaHa Rip of !!!!!!!!!!!

4.) The only reason i had it done at dealer is in case it is recalled and i can get my money back i pray Retired and Broke Robert G

- , Ridgecrest, CA, US

problem #6

Jan 082009

Silverado 1500 4.8L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

Now i know the dealership knows they use parts off 03 & 04 models when constructing the 05's,the high dollar warranty was up at 75'010,don't you love it!!!,now i have to really worry about my 18 yr old son getting behind the wheel of this truck,after all he has already had 3 tickets this year in his truck with a working gauge,wow i guess i'll do like the other guy with his none working speedometer,wait for the recall list,hopefully my family will still have license to drive.I'm o.k. with my 2007 toyota fj cruiser for now,are those people more educated or what's up"?

- , Temple, ga, USA

problem #5

Jan 272009

Silverado Z71 5.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

I feel the same as a previous post. Bailout a bunch crooks and for what. My first truk was a nissan and it should have stayed that way too bad it wasn't a 4WD. So i took the truck to the dealer to get it fixed since i got a letter in the mail saying that it was defect and there was a recall. Well i no longer have the paper work and they want $40. for a diagnostic they did to tell me the exact same thing i told them when i dropped off the car. So i just got a call from dealer and they are waiting for the green light from GM to go ahead and fix it under some kind of "Special Deal". Now i dont have any kind of relationship with this dealership i didn't even buy my truck from them, i got it from some used Mazda dealer in Pensacola Fl. Im in Sanford Fl for a small vacation. So iIl post the name of the dealership if they fix it. I would like to keep it in the USA but i always get a load of sh*t for a load money GO FOREIGN I AM!!!

- , Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 012009

Silverado WT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,863 miles

This is my 1st and last Chevy, I have always owned Ford or Dodge trucks. The Chevy dealer told me $600.00 to repair the cluster and that it was not covered under the recall.I have cars from the 60's and 70's and the instrument clusters work just fine. Its Fords forever for this kid. Rob McCoy

- , Corona, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 112008

Silverado 1500 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

This is the worst GM vehicle I've ever purchased. 2 transmissions before 100k 1 front end gear box. Now the instrument pannel is gone. The service knew right off the top of his head the cost for the fix like he does them every week or day. These were a known problem in 03 and 04 and covered by GM. Now Gm wants a bail out. I say let the cheating bastards die. Like I "the tax payer" want to help them out of their mess so they can continue to screw the american public. I would be much like a pimp helping you to get the best screw job possible. This is outrageous and GM should be ashamed.

- , Layton, UT, USA

problem #2

Mar 052008

Silverado 4.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

I called GM and they told me that it was not covered like the 03 & 04 models are. How can that be!!! The cluster is no different then those years. I received a letter for a suit against GM but still no out come. I think i'm going to give up on GM I have been buying GM cars my whole life and there quality is dropping off every year now. They sure don't make "american cars" like they use to.

- , Quincy, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 152007

Silverado 1500 LS 4.X

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,890 miles

Called GM asking if the 2005 model year was covered under the same program as the 2003 nd 2004 models and was told no. But I could take it to a deal pay the diag ffee and get an estimate. I asked about the cost of the diagnostic fee and was told its up to each dealership to determine their own cost. I asked if there was a set fee for this if the truck was still under warranty and was told yes. So why not a fixed price for this service? I then asked what the approximate cost of the part was and was told to contact my dealer get the diags and an estimate call them back and they might offer finical assistance. Might? on the same device thts failing on multiple model years? They know its a failure but I have to pay for a defective part to be replaced because I bought an 05 and not an 04 or 03? the trucks are identical and the panels are mostly the same. GM has a major problem with these failing . I was told that IF GM decided to cover these later and if this were to fall into the category where they would have covered it then I MIGHT get a refund. Come on GM dothe right thing and fix your mistake. You want brand loyalty then make it right and consumers will come back. I havent bought a non US vehicle yet. However I am seeing why people walk away from us Manufacturers . Stand behind what yu build not with exceptions but as a whole.

- , Anderson, IN, USA

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