really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 28
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,565 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #122

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 #121

Mar 112014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 101,000 miles
Was driving down road looked down at my speedometer and it was pegged out over 120 mph I was only going about 15mph so I stopped and turned off truck and speedometer went down to 60 not 0 as it should I turned it back on and took off it did same thing all way over 120 mph so when I got where I was heading and turned truck off again same thing just dropped to 60 so I kept turning key on and off and it would drop about 5mph each time until it got to 0 went to dealer he said lot of problems with this model truck I would need a new dash and it would cost me $1200 I think GM should fix these truck it the law to have a working speedometer on your truck thank you.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #120

Jan 152009

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
The ignition lock has not worked on this vehicle for close to 5 years. After starting the vehicle, the key may be removed at any time while the engine is running or being driven.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #119

Mar 012005

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start accompanied by the illumination of the check engine warning light. The failure was recurring and sporadic. Additionally, the instrument panel failed and the head lights would sporadically fail. The contact also stated that the rotors needed to be replaced on a regular basis. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who was not able to diagnose the multiple failures. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 1000.

- Lower Burrell, PA, USA

problem #118

Feb 202014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 176,000 miles
I bought a 2005 Silverado from my mother, and she bought the truck off of a used dealer lot purchasing for 12,500 four years ago. Since then the truck has had an air bag sensor replaced and it once again showing the air bag needs serviced, which can be very dangerous to truck owners in situations of a crash. Was told they go out commonly. The truck has also had an ABS issue since it was purchased on the lot, we sent it back to be fixed, and the issue was never solved, it has been looked at by three technicians. This is also a public safety hazard if the ABS causes the brakes to fail. The truck also has numerous electrical issues, such as the gear selector does not illuminate, in which case someone may not be able to determine what gear they are in and cause an incident, the headlight, tail light, brake light, and marker lights are always blowing bulbs, the dash cluster doesn't always want to illuminate either, this could cause a crash especially at dark when you cannot see the RPM, speedo, oil press, temp, or any other gage present.

- Felicity, OH, USA

problem #117

Feb 152014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
Instrument cluster failure. Odometer mileage wiped clean. Display reads "odometer error".

- Lincoln, CA, USA

problem #116

Feb 062013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


With the heater on high (setting 5), the fan stopped blowing heat. I then set the blower to setting 4, and the fan worked fine. As soon as I then put the fan back to 5, I would hear a click but the fan would not work at all. I then began to fiddle around with the connector that is under the passenger side dash which powers the fan. If I move the one wire around, the fan would intermittently work while on setting 5. I unplugged this connector from the blower motor, noticed that the one wire seems as if it was causing a short (the wire was somewhat black from over current). I removed the pin from the connector, recrimped and soldered it. Worked fine until a few weeks ago when the fan once again began to stop only on setting 5. I am assuming that the problem is once again the connector that goes to the blower motor powering the fan resistor. I saw a few reports of this on here about vehicle fires all of which point to this connection being bad. So I thought I would submit this as well due to the vast amount of issues I have had with this truck.

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #115

Jan 222014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The heater blower would not turn off which drained the battery. Now both parts need to be replaced. According to Chevrolet, this part was a recall item if made from a certain manufacture. Apparently, our part was a different manufacturer which is why we didn't get the recall notice. Since our part failed, perhaps, it is a design defect or the other manufacturers were delinquent during the assembly process as well. Please investigate to see if we may qualify for a recall on this part.

- Dover, PA, USA

problem #114

Aug 012013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 143,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the instrument panel lighting system failed; therefore, the contact was unable to know how fast he was driving and unable to see or read any of the gauges. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The dealer stated that the instrument cluster needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 143,000 and the current mileage was 147,000.

- Marion , IA, USA

problem #113

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 #112

Mar 222013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the contact noticed that both the fuel gauge and speed odometer readings fluctuated. The failure occurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #111

Feb 152013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 100,990 miles
While using a 12V air pump plugged into the cigarette lighter outlet with the vehicle off and no key in ignition, it shortly stopped working. Soon after smoke starting coming from behind the dash trim. I quickly disconnected the battery and pulled off the front trim housing the cigarette lighter to find the wire's insulation melted. I then looked for the fuse for that and found it to be melted as well. The fuse was rated at 15A, and the correct fuse recommend by GM. After pulling the fuse, I reconnected the battery and had no more smoke. Using a continuity tester, I checked both wires for, and confirmed, short to ground on both. The entire line of wires going back to the fuse box may be just as melted and thus still shorting to ground.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #110

Jan 132013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving 75 mph, he noticed in the rear view mirror that the vehicle was on fire. He pulled over and noticed that wires on top of the gas tank were the source of the fire. The fire department was called and extinguished the fire. The contact had plans to have the vehicle towed to a dealer. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 93,000.

- Simmesport, LA, USA

problem #109

Dec 122012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While driving approximately 45 mph with the heater activated, the contact noticed that smoke emitted from the air vents. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where the engine was turned off. The contact inspected under the dashboard and observed that the wiring harness was melted. There were no flames visible. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #108

Nov 152012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 167,520 miles
I was driving the vehicle at normal speeds and I have had this vehicle for about 6 months and never have had a problem with it. All the sudden I get a message that says "service air bag". I took the truck to the dealer and they diagnosed it and they said that the truck needs a new front drivers side impact sensor that went bad. This truck has never been in an accident and the airbags have never been deployed. They told me that if this repair does not get done, if I have an accident the airbags wouldn't deploy.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #107

Oct 012011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the backlight and the gauge lights on the instrument panel had become abnormally dark. The contact was unable to see any of the gauges on the instrument panel, including the tachometer and speedometer, which also failed intermittently. The battery warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to dealer for inspection or repair. The VIN was unavailable.the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000. The current mileage was 113,000.

- Bayard , WV, USA

problem #106

Jul 152008

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl Diesel

  • 40,000 miles
This truck has experienced two fuse block failures since new. The symptom, in both cases, was the truck would not start. Both repairs were accomplished at brown and brown Chevrolet in mesa Arizona. The first repair occurred in 2008 and the second repair occurred in 2012. When reimbursement was requested for the second failure, the brown and brown service person and the GM customer care person both denied warranty coverage because there are third-party devices installed in the vehicle. There is an alarm system and a kenwood stereo, with a GM module, installed that were deemed third-party. There is also a cb radio but it was not cited. All vehicle equipment is powered through fuses on the fuse block. None of the fuses were found to be blown by brown and brown, including the ones powering the third-party equipment. The fuse block"S intent is to distribute power to such devices and protect the wiring with its installed fuses. Properly connected equipment may blow a fuse but cannot stress the fuse block to failure. I requested the ?bad" fuse block in both cases and have disassembled the second one. I found loose power pins and no evidence of burning or arcing. The design permits the power pins to loosen over time, causing intermittent connections. This intermittent connection was verified by brown and brown; they said that simply leaning on the fuse block would cause the engine to stop. This is not an effect of third party equipment but is a design defect of the fuse block.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #105

Aug 112012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • miles
The service airbag light came on, and I had it checked, was told the front sensor was bad. Called the Chevy dealer and was told they only have to be replaced if in a crash. I've had wiring problems and a recall on the blower wiring. I think Chevrolet should have to check into the problem, because on the internet there are a number of owners with the same airbag problem. Sounds like a safety issue to me. Chevrolet said for a price they will check it. They make it sound like it's the owner's fault, and the more money they can get the better. Sounds like their motto is (money before safety) something needs to be done to help the consumers.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #104

Mar 122012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 101,000 miles
Driving down the road and the cab filled up with smoke. It smelled like burning rubber. I had to evacuate my youngest son and found that the wires on the blower/resistor where on fire. There seems to be a known issue with this and I am surprised that nobody had been killed so far. Looks like the recall was done in Canada?

- Manassas , VA, USA

problem #103

Jan 162012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the speedometer would read inaccurately while the vehicle was shut off and while driving on the highway. Both the dealer and manufacturer were notified, but denied any assistance with repairs of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximately failure and current mileages were 57,000.

- Aspon, VA, USA

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