hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,537 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid drivetrain problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Dec 212016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 128,000 miles


$ wheel drive autotrac system malfunctioned. Bounces between 2 wheel and 4 wheel drive. This happened on a city street. It happened twice before 2013 and 2015.had dealer diagnose and fix problem. Did not fix. There are hundreds of people on the internet with the same problem all looking for help and most cannot get problem resolved by G.M.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #21

Dec 212016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle stalled several times without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The contact mentioned that the wheel specifications were changed to match the tire size, but the issue still persisted. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 39,000.

- Woodstock, IL, USA

problem #20

Jan 142016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 45,000 miles
Intermittent loss of 1st gear/truck starts in 2 or 3rd gear/intermittent trouble codes P0758 and P0740 then codes clear/extremely dangerous when moving into traffic from a stop/ don't know when truck will stall or fail to pick up speed/transmission shops say can't help until codes are set/emailed Chevrolet regarding problem/ vehicle has 45000 miles and is not due for service on the transmission until 50000 miles/trucks transmission should not start failing at only 45000 miles/ Chevy's response is vehicle past warranty period not responsible for repairs

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #19

Feb 042016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 178,000 miles


This vehicle is 4WD. While traveling at highway speed, the electric shift transfer case shifted into neutral without warning.

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #18

May 022010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
4 wheel drive automatic shift to take the 4 wheel drive in and out messed up had to change the servo out.the other issue is the bearing hub for the front wheel hubs 4 wheel drive has a defect I have had these hubs changed out 3 times at a very costly price.

- Minoa, NY, USA

problem #17

Aug 012006

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle new. A few days after using the four wheel drive I received a "service 4WD" message. Returned the vehicle to the dealer. Dealer said they needed to update the flash. A few weeks later same warning. Returned it to the dealer and they performed the same action. Shortly thereafter the vehicle began to periodically self-engage into 4WD low when stopped (traffic signal or stop and go traffic). Returned the vehicle to the dealership a total of 9 times in the first 72,000 miles (extended warranty). Shortly after the warranty expired, the 4WD began malfunctioning again self engaging then not functioning at all. Returned to dealership and they said it would cost $125 for them to look at the vehicle but since this was a recurring problem they would take care of it for free. Dealer updated the flash again and said the problem was fixed. Less than 1 week later at a 2-way stop the problem returned. When I was stopped the vehicle put itself into 4WD low without me knowing. As I entered the intersection I realized the problem and pressed the accelerator to the floor to avoid getting hit by cross traffic. I managed to get the vehicle off the road; however, when I attempted to disengage the 4WD I was unable. After returning home in 4WD low I parked the truck and did some research. Turns out this was a pretty common problem and Chevy still doesn't have a solution. When I started the vehicle so I could take it to the dealership it somehow put the transfercase in neutral and gave me a "service 4WD" message which prevented me from selecting any drivetrain setting. After turning the vehicle off and waiting 15 minutes I started the vehicle while holding the 2H selector. It engaged into 2H and at that point I figured I had enough. I disconnected the wire harness from the transfer case actuator. I have been driving around without 4WD ever since.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #16

Feb 252011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


I was driving home from work which is 1.5 miles, when I heard a thumping sound, and it seemed as if my rear wheels were not turning. I had a friend tow it to the dealer cox Chevrolet in bradenton, fl, and they told me, that the rear end (spider gears, and bearings) were needing replacing but are not part of the power train so it was not covered under warranty, and it would cost me $2600. I had him tow it again to a local transmission shop and they told me it was common in that year of Chevy trucks. I also needed both clutches replaced in each rear wheel, cost was well under the dealers charge. The owner of the transmission shop informed me that he has replaced a couple 100 of these and there should be a recall on them. I could have been in an accident when the wheels locked.

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #15

Apr 282014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 77,500 miles
The contact owns 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.the contact stated that the gear shifter was not illuminating. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,500 and the current mileage was 78,000.

- Virginia Beach, WV, USA

problem #14

Mar 032014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Silverado. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problem and requests vehicle recall information. The consumer stated the push button 4-wheel drive button has never worked properly.

- Mooresville, IN, USA

problem #13

Apr 172010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
This is problem(s) that has been intermittent for a couple a years shortly after I purchased the vehicle but did not mention anything because it was so intermittent....first the illumination level seemed to dim every once in a while for many areas such as the gear (prnd), the speedometer, the temp control levels. Next the speedometer did not reflect correct speed sometimes even when you were parked. These symptoms were initially intermittent but now are more predominant. Now this at times is a real problem and even a safety issue.

- Saugerties, NY, USA

problem #12

Jan 152013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the gear position indicator lighting failed to illuminate. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The dealer was contacted and stated that the VIN was not included in the manufacturer's recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Camillus, NY, USA

problem #11

Oct 162013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 100,000 miles
Instrument cluster panel (shift indicator) stopped illuminating. All other items work in cluster. Its so dim you cant tell which gear your in. (there is a recall but we were told we were not covered). The entire cluster must be replaced. And you can only get the part at the dealer because they need to the VIN and mileage on the vehicle. 2. one of the main brake lines burst..yesterday 10-16-2013 while my wife was driving with my son. I am told all the lines must be replaced because they are all corroded.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #10

Jan 012012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the gear shifter indicator light failed and the contact did not know if the gear shifted to drive. The manufacturer advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 05V055000 (power train: Manual transmission: Shift pattern indicator) the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 97,000 and current mileage was 108,000. Updated 11/30/12

- Chester , VA, USA

problem #9

Oct 032011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Vehicle speed would not increase. Motor would rev up but vehicle wouldn't go any faster. Transmission overhauled at a cost of $1400.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 162011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 37,700 miles
There is a bad seal where the right front axle connects to the shaft from the transfer case. This is a common part that happens to large number of vehicles.

- Irvine, KY, USA

problem #7

Jan 062012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. While parked, the contact noticed that the gear indicator was extremely dim and was difficult to see which gear the vehicle was in. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics where the mechanic advised the contact that the instrument cluster would have to be reprogrammed.the contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 05V055000 (power train:manual transmission:shift pattern indicator) but was advised by the manufacturer was that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 252009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While the contact was driving approximately 45 mph approaching a stop sign, the engine warning indicator illuminated and the transmission began to slip gears. The warning light remained illuminated until the engine was tuned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they detected the four wheel drive encoder motor failed for the second time. The part had been replaced less than two years ago. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Farmer City, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 152010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The 4 wheel drive buttons fail to work every so often. I was coming home from ann arbor, mi. One night and my indicator light said I was in neutral for some reason. I played with it for a bit and no luck. My friend was with me and he owns a repair facility in South lyon, mi. He knew what was wrong! the encoder motor for the transfer case is bad. It is an electric item and fails. The encoder motor is what shifts in to 4 hi, 4 low, auto 4 wheel and 2 hi. This happened again toward the end of Feb 2010 when my truck would not shift at all, 2 hi was my only option. Another friend of mine has a 2004 Silverado and her encoder motor went bad on the freeway. Her problem was that her truck threw her into 4 low while she was at 70 mph. Omg is that safe"??" GM needs to do something before people start to crash or worse getting hurt and dyeing as a result.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #4

Feb 242010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 58,976 miles
I was driving my 2005 Chevrolet Silverado on the highway with the cruise control set at 65. As I approached a stretch with a lower speed limit I depressed the set/decrease button four times to slow down. The engine RPM began to decrease on the first three pushes but on the fourth push the engine immediately went to full throttle. I quickly pressed on the brake peddle with disengaged the cruise control. I drive this stretch of road almost daily and use the same routine. This is the first time this has happened. I tried to recreate the problem but the next time it worked as it should.

- Saint Joseph, MO, USA

problem #3

Sep 052008

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 88,675 miles
Heard a noise from front of vehicle followed by an ABS warning indication, drove to nearest dealer. Failure of left front hub bearing, replaced part number 15863441.

- Chatham, NJ, USA

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