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 1 of 8)

problem #142

Jan 072017

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 152,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. When the vehicle was started, the heater fan activated and an odor of burnt plastic emerged from the vents. The vehicle was shut off and then restarted. The vehicle was driven to the contact's house. In addition, the digital climate control system reflected the entire time and the area around the vents became really hot on the dashboard. The vehicle was not diagnosed by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 152,000.

- Great Falls, SC, USA

problem #141

Dec 182016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 15 miles
I had just driven to the local walmart to get supplies before the freezing rain and ice got here. It was 15:50, about an house before the Friday night after work christmas rush would be rushing home. After starting my truck, and letting it warm a little so the heat from defroster would melt the ice and clear the fog on the windows which enables me to drive safely. It is also against state law to drive with unclear windows. Well, to make a long story short, my 5 speed manual select blower switch does nothing. When I bought the truck, I told them speeds 4 and 5 don't work. I know from past experience that the resisters can go out. They would not fix. Well now, all are out. I managed to get a little hot air on windshield but decided it was unsafe to drive and returned to get truck the next day. After googling "blower motor fan relay switch" I was amazed at how many people have had this problem for decades. Before I retired, I worked for at&T as a technician. We deal with corroded wires and electronic equipment damaged by water on a daily basis. After removing the resister module, it was very obvious it was damaged by water. Not only that, it was designed to be protected from water by having two seals, one foam, one rubber built into it. Of course these were probably placed into the module by a machine because you could thay didn't fit properly into the slots they were designed to fit it. Not only that, the wires that were suppose to be sodered (sp) to the resisters must have been done by a machine as well, you could see the two componets were pressed together by something not done by a worker, and no soder (sp) was visible. On top of that, after testing one of the resisters, which tested good., the wire that was suppose to be making contact with the resister was testing open, meaning bad connection. Whoever made this module for GM is at fault. This is a fire hazzard.

- Saint Clair, MO, USA

problem #140

Mar 032008

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Rust corrosion has worn through to affect electrical lines - rear lights no longer work. Have already replaced the dashboard console electrical. Gas fuel light stays on which is related to the circuitry electrical system and affects "smog" system. Main problem is, right now, the safety and driveability of this truck due to rusting through underbody to the drive shaft and axel/brake system (nevermind the rear lights not working) will this truck fail on the road when driving?

- Primm Springs, TN, USA

problem #139

Aug 302016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 89,800 miles


Speedometer not displaying correctly. Gauge sits at 30mph while at stop and while driving goes to 70+mph. Turning the truck off and on does not fix problem. Contacted Chevrolet to see if there was a recall on this. There was no recall although I am seeing that there are other Chevy Silverado owners that have made complaints. Local Chevrolet dealer states approximately $600 to fix. Have not fixed as of today. I feel this is a a safety issue that GM/Chevrolet needs to fix.

- Westminster, MD, USA

problem #138

Aug 152016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 80,128 miles
He HVAC blower and resister went out causing a wiring harness to melt- a burning plastic smell and smoke filled the cabin. The wiring harness melted. Vehicle was in motion with occupants when this occurred.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #137

May 052014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • miles
Whether vehicle is in motion or at idle, the "climate (duel) control on driver's side suddenly stops blowing cold air and blows pure hot air. This beyond the operator's control. However, when the ignition is turned off and restarted, air conditioner starts blowing cold again but sooner or later will begin blowing hot. There is nothing that the operator does to cause this to happen, but it is very frustrating and embarrassing when it happens while driving. By the way I had a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado that done the same thing. This is happens any time the control is set to cool.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #136

Feb 162016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the instrument panel fractured. The contact was unable to read the gear positions. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.....updated 08/29/16

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #135

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 #134

Mar 012015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. While the vehicle was parked with the air conditioner set on level five, the blower intermittently clicked off and on. The contact also stated that a burning smell emitted through the vents of the vehicle. The failure recurred on several occasions until level five and four settings no longer worked. The contact inspected the connector sw/power St adjuster and discovered that the wires were melted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer informed the contact that the connector and resistor for the air conditioner and heater and the resistor for the heater needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Sumpter, SC, USA

problem #133

Apr 102015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,879 miles
Noticed upper brake light on while parked in driveway. Truck wouldn't start. Truck wouldn't accept an extended jump. Truck towed.mechanic found the under dash fuse box melted in two different places. Truck needed new fuse box. Plugs and interior wiring harness. No modifications to the electrical system had been made to this vehicle. Parts have been saved. $1,745 to fix. I see many reports of electrical fires in GM, Chevy products on the web with no apparent action to force a fix. Vehicles are being destroyed, severely damaged, people and property endangered because they are apparently using cheap, inferior grade products. People would not mind paying a few dollars more to ensure they won't die in a fire or have their house burn down. I'm not a fan of government regulations but if these company's won't voluntarily do the right thing perhaps the government has to mandate specific gauge wiring and contacts. Thanks

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #132

Oct 012014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 61,300 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. After starting the engine, the speedometer would erroneously increase to 75 mph. Once the vehicle began to accelerate, the speedometer would increase to and remain at 100 mph until the engine was turned off. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 61,300.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #131

Jan 212015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the speedometer gauge fluctuated at initial start up and whenever driving over an extended period of time. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Russellville, TN, USA

problem #130

Dec 222014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
While slowing down and letting off the gas while making a turn the truck started speeding back up, braking did stop the truck and no revving occurred. After breaking to a complete stop and letting of the gas the truck would start moving forward as if the gas is being applied-speeding up gradually. Put the truck in reverse and same thing happened. Turned truck off and back on the problem did not persist.

- Williamsburg, KS, USA

problem #129

Jun 012012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 69,000 miles
In June 2012 while driving the speedometer went back to 0 when going 65 mph. Since that incident it happens periodically. Additionally the tachometer doesn't register rpms accurately for over two years, also sometimes goes to 0. I was never notified of a recall and have owned truck since 2006. The speedometer is a major safety issue.

- Winchester, MA, USA

problem #128

Aug 182014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 35,300 miles
Turned key on and light saying service airbag came on. Local mechanic said he read that there was going to be a recall on it.

- Marion, IN, USA

problem #127

Jan 152014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Drove into the garage and parked. A loud explosive noise came from the truck and fumes began funneling through the hood of truck. Quickly turned off ignition and got out of vehicle. In a few minutes garage was full of intense flames. The heat was so intense it blew open the door into the house and burned/melted the laundry equipment and three rooms, and the second car in the garage, sending smoke damage throughout the entire house. Vehicles melted and everything in them and in the garage- mower, snow blower, small equipment and more, was totally destroyed. The firefighters were able to contain the fire to areas identified above. There was extreme smoke damage throughout the entire house.

- Marion, IA, USA

problem #126

Jun 012010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the door ajar safety alarm and the seat belt alarm chime failed. The contact indicated that while the door was opened while the vehicle was in motion but the chime did not activate. Additionally, the chime did not sound when the seat belts were not secured while the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Wales, WI, USA

problem #125

Jul 072014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • miles
Blower resister keeps burning out.

- Vineland , NJ, USA

problem #124

Jul 062014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
The brake lines and fuel lines rusty to the point that they are leaking need to be replaced.the blend motor for HVAC isn't working right.

- Minoa, NY, USA

problem #123

Aug 092013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
I started my truck and turned the air conditioner on its highest setting while I loaded my two children into their car seats. I had one of my children in their car seats and was putting the second one in his when I smelled smoke and quickly realized there was smoke blowing out of the vents. I got my boys out of their seats and shut the vehicle off. I opened the doors and searched for something to extinguish flames. After grabbing the garden hose and returning to the truck I noticed that there was smoke coming from under the dash but I didn't see any flames. I waited to see it the smoke was getting worse but it wasn't. I opened the hood and nothing was smoking in the engine compartment. I felt around the console and noticed that there were a number of areas that were extremely hot. A day later I tried to see if I could find the location of the fire. I discovered that anytime I had the air conditioner on and the blower on above level "3" something would begin to smoke. Before this problem with the air conditioner occurred all of the lights on my instrument panel would periodically turn off while I was driving. There are definitely some major problems with the electrical wiring on this vehicle. I hate to think what could have happened if I didn't catch the problem in time.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

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