Print this page Notes: The 2009 Silverado has no defect trends, which is a very good sign now that it's more than a few years old.

A couple model years back, the 2007 Silverado has an oil consumption defect at low mileage (~50k miles) — so far there's only a very few reports of the same problem with the 2009 Silverado.

The 2009 Silverado received poor side impact ratings on models not equipped with the optional side air bags.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Chevrolet Silverado engine problems

engine problem

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2009 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 042014


  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 55 mph, the check engine warning indicator illuminated and the air conditioner turned off warning indicator flashed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the thermostat needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

- Silver City , NM, USA

problem #3

Mar 312012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption at or above 1 quart of oil per 1,000 miles. All plugs fouled out at 39,000 miles and one plug cracked. I change oil every 3,500 miles and regularly top off oil. There is no leaking oil but it is somehow vaporizing rapidly. There was no reason for the vehicle to fail like this at this stage in its life. Chevy has come to state in a bulletin concerning a tweak to the valve covers to keep the oil from vaporizing. Chevy has even more recently come out with a recall as of 1/17/2012 to announce there is a legitimate issue with the oil consumption on this model Chevy. This is unacceptable and GM should pay for any current damage to the truck, worn parts and all.

- Cave Creek, AZ, USA

problem #2

Nov 022011

Silverado 6-cyl

  • miles
At 46,487 miles had to spend $415.75 to correct engine light coming on. Now door chime comes on at random times when key is not in ignition.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 152010


  • 1,000 miles
Engine just shuts down. No power. Have to pull over and wait 5 minutes or so and then it will restart. No pattern. Has happened traveling on hwy.

- Folsom, LA, USA

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