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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,383 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 drivetrain problems

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 292018

Silverado 1500

  • 205,000 miles


When we bought truck I checked VIN and only the tailgate recall came up but listed my truck being a Chevy 800 model, well couple weeks ago our truck wouldn┐T brake while parking making a left into a restaurant and the truck wouldn┐T stop and hit the restaurant window!!! when I checked just our exact vehicle 15 plus recalls came up with this particular defect listed, please help advise. Thank the parkerd

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #12

Jan 152016

Silverado 1500

  • 100,000 miles
I first of all about a year ago and noticed 2nd gear has gone out in it since I very rarely went in the reverse it didn't notice that tell her I was in a predicament and had to push it out and now it's stuck in first gear

- Clarkdale, AZ, USA

problem #11

Sep 152014

Silverado 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While driving approximately 60 mph, the transmission failed to respond properly in the overdrive position. In addition, the transmission temperature warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic on three separate occasions where a repair was performed each time. The contact was uncertain of the specific parts that were replaced. The failure recurred and an independent mechanic was diagnosing the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were unavailable.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #10

Aug 092014

Silverado 1500

  • 110,000 miles


Crested a small hill to see a red light with three cars in line. I depressed brake pedal, which went to the floor. The vehicle was stopped using the parking brake after swerving into empty lane of oncoming traffic in order to avoid hitting the line of cars from behind. Upon inspection, the front brake circuit was blown in the piping just aft of the front driver's side wheel. It is extremely difficult to stop a large truck with empty bed using only the rear brakes as they lock up easily. There seemed to be no brake power using the brake pedal, which is why the parking pedal was used. Even with a functional parking brake, the "failsafe" of having only one circuit is nearly useless given an empty truck bed (low rear-wheel traction) and a loss of pressure on the front circuit. In my opinion, losing the front brakes on a truck is catastrophic. In any event, in my case, the supposed fail-safe either did not work or was inconsequential. All of the hard lines (fuel and brake) on this vehicle are extremely corroded and are being replaced with stainless. This car spent the first five years of its life in Oklahoma and Missouri (where little to no salt is used) and moved to nh in 2006. The rear driver's side rocker panel is also rusted through and the frame has very significant rust, especially on the leaf spring hangers. In addition, the front driveshaft is rusted to the point that I will not operate the vehicle in 4WD until I replace it. This vehicle seems very susceptible to rust, especially the brake lines, some of which crumbled in my husbands hands while removing.

- Bedford, NH, USA

problem #9

Sep 202014

Silverado 1500

  • 222,000 miles
Where clutch master cylinder mounts in clutch pedal assy broke. Was unable to get out of gear causing me to hit a pole. Damaging bumper hood fender headlight turn signal and grill. Called the dealer they told me that clutch braking issues while driving is not a safety issue. I have done some checking and there are a lot of people with this issue but because GM says not a safety issue they just want to sell us parts to fix this problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

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problem #8

Feb 212013

Silverado 1500

  • 68,179 miles
On Feb 21st 2013 my transmission broke and it lost 2nd, 4th, and reverse, but was still drivable. I took it to a local independent transmission shop and they said it was a well-known problem. After doing extensive research I found that GM has known about this weak sun gear shell since at least 1998. The problem is that GM didn't remove the faulty parts from their inventory, although they updated the part sometime IN2000 GM mixed the new parts in with the old so that their statistics would show that not all 4L60E transmissions failed. Transmission rebuilders say you can only tell the faulty shell from the updated version by the serial number inside the faulty sun gear shell. Many engineering accomplishments in transmissions have been made in the past two decades with materials and lubricants. There is absolutely no reason for such a massive GM transmission failure. What makes it so bad after the ten dollar part fails GM charges $3,000 for a rebuilt transmission. If the faulty sun gear shell was replaced before total failure the price is less than $1,000. I watched as my transmission was being rebuilt and there was no visible wear on any other parts. It looked like brand new except this faulty sun gear shell. If this problem is so widely known for so many years throughout the industry why wasn't there a forced recall? if there was just one related death the government would have been all over this, what a shame. I for one would like some of my money back, now knowing that GM fraudulently covered up this massive problem.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 182012

Silverado 1500 8-cyl

  • 57,856 miles


I went to stop at street light and the brake went to the floor no brakes at all. Later found brakes lines rusted threw. All transmission lines also rust threw. Price to have fixed over $2000

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #6

Apr 142011

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
Chevy extended cab, 1500 Silverado: While driving 45 mph, truck lost complete power, I.e. engine quit, pwr steering loss, no radio, gauges loss pwr. Complete loss of power in traffic. Truck restarted, sputtered, power loss, engine back on line (intermittently for approximately 1/4 mile). Vehicle resumed normal operation for several days. Garage found not discrepancies with vehicle. Five days elapsed. Vehicle loss (died) on highway again. Same described symptoms. Is there a recall or other similar issues out there?

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #5

Aug 122009

Silverado 1500

  • 128,000 miles
2002 Chevy Silverado C1500 plastic clutch pedal and plastic slate cylinder has broken apart twice. Once around 80,000 miles and 128,000 endanger my life once on the freeway and on heavy street traffic. I feel that the problem I am having is danger to my health. I know these part should not have been installed or approved. Since this is the most important parts with a manual transmission, I feel these plastic do not belong in the powertrain system please help me with this problems I have two plastic clutch old parts for proof. Thank you

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #4

May 202007

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,939 miles
While driving my 02 Silverado Z71 (49900 miles) on the freeway at 65/75 mph, I noticed that the truck was slowing down and my foot was still on the gas pedal. The tachometer jumped to 6000-7000 RPM and I was going at 30-40 mph. My truck got towed to a Chevy dealer and cost me $3600 to install a new/reman transmission. The dealer could not specify why the transmission failed.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 152003

Silverado 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles


Many of the problems took several times in the shop to fix. The castrophic failures in the engine & transmission have never been fixed. The truck has lunging, dead spots & surges & the transmission clunks (shifts hard, jerky) the auto may or may not accelerate on demand & will later accelerate when you need to apply the brakes.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 042003

(reported on)

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Consumer noticed that while driving down hill in snow he was unable to down shift vehicle because the gear shift was stuck due to ice.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012002

Silverado 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The drive train was defective, when the vehicle reached a speed of 70 mph it lost power and had become uncontrollable. There was a slippage in the drive train, made excessive noise when shifting up or down, and is easy to come apart. On several occasions, the transmission appeared to lose contact with the rear end. (alt no. For the consumer daytime is: 334-301-9766) scc

- Jack, AL, USA

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