hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
232,609 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #17

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 #16

Dec 072016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 144,382 miles
Takata recall: Reduced engine power come on and truck will only run at 20-40 mi/hr, this is 3th time it happened. Took twice to dealer charge 6 to $800 never fix. Check on ipad and thousand having same problems effects 2003-2009 trucks maybe more. Can happen at anytime.danger when you are driving on interstate at 75/ hr and all of a sudden you drop to 20/hr check utube "reduced engine power" lot of complaints, under how to fix hundreds or thousands hits last time it happen 12/07/2016.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #15

Jun 302016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 2,092,245 miles
When I purchased my truck the dealership promised to have it fixed, I then went to the nc dmv who handles vehicle. I had been receiving the runaround from everyone. I am sure it has been in a flood that I was not informed about due to all the rust underneath the vehicle. When I purchased it was stationary at a private dealership in a city next to a highway.

- Grandy, NC, USA

problem #14

Oct 192016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 180,000 miles


Well I have been noticing a loss of coolant have added dye to coolant to detect leak nothing was found. This has been going on for months now adding coolant I have performed 2 oil changes since noticing issue. I just changed my oil today and noticed alot of gunk(first time ever) I knew about castech head issue removed my valve covers and found what was almost like caramel orange in color. Checked for casting mark and the heads are indeed castech. This is a known issue what are my course of actions to take?

- East Peoria, IL, USA

problem #13

Oct 012016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 119,000 miles
Like so many others, I started to hear a ticking at startup and sometime an exhaust smell in the cab. I found 2 exhaust manifold bolts broken on each side. It can get bad enough to open a window at times. Dealer said it's a common problem. There should be a recall on a emissions and safety issue. I take very good care of my truck and this should not happen. I see it has been a problem since 1999.what can we do to get reimbursed for the cost of repair" if I have an independent repair would GM ever cover it or does it have to be done by a high cost dealership? they got VW for emissions what about GM"

- Porterfield, WI, USA

problem #12

Jun 252014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 53,000 miles
My 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 suddenly would not start. I took it to the dealer. The starter and the relay were bad. It cost me over $700. My vehicle only had 53,000 miles on it.

- Loves Park, IL, USA

problem #11

May 152015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving at 70 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact noticed there was a engine leak and noticed that a few bolts that hold the exhaust pipe were missing. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was not available.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #10

Jun 302014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
While driving speedometer reads wrong but odometer is ok? stop and turn off it works ok for a time. Try to start sometimes it will crank other time it don't GM extended the warranty to cover the dash panel but did not notify me or anyone that I know of I found it online after time had expired (speedometer) and will also control engine cranking.

- Poca, WV, USA

problem #9

Sep 182008

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Exhaust manifold bolts breaking off. One next to a plastic sensor which melted. ( cant that cause a fire )" https://www.youtube.com/watch"V=0yg6wlbnzgi seriously this needs to be addressed. Thanks!

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Apr 092014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 84,192 miles


Had to add coolant over a time.....no evidence of a leak on my driveway or any other place. Started truck one morning and heard clicking noise coming from engine. I observed water coming from the muffler. Took vehicle to dealer on April 22, 2014. ( mileage 84241) dealer found blown head gasket and seals, one cracked head and water in oil. Repairs done: Complete valve job (replace head gasket, seals & other associated parts), replace broken bolts, replace coolant hoses, radiator & heater hoses and thermostat etc.. was not advised by service consultant of any recalls or bulletins for 2005 Silverado. This is low mileage for this kind of engine problem. Repair cost: $3683.92 martin Chevrolet *** torrance, calif.

- Carson , CA, USA

problem #6

May 092014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 123,587 miles
I went to start my truck in morning to get to work and this loud ticking noise from under the hood, I shut engine off panicking and opened the hood. Went back and started truck again and looked around, I didn't see anything but heard it. Checked oil since it sounded like the lifters but had plenty of oil. Stopped on way to work and got some slick50 supercharge engine treatment. At breaktime checked oil again and added the slick50, started engine and had lifter noise again but quieted down within 30 secs. At the end of my work day started it up and again lifter noise but quieted down again within 30 sec. Broken exhaust manifold bolts were found.

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 142014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Cracked cylinder head and engine. This allows antifreeze coolant to mix in with the oil in the engine and goes through the exhaust, this also gums up the oil parts in the engine and requires new cylinder heads to be installed or engine replaced. I just recently was made aware that the General Motors is aware of this problem with there engines. And also was made aware that the General Motors has since fixed this problem after 2007, because this is not a problem that could cause death it is not listed as a recall. This problem is not made aware to the consumer but is published in technical service bulletins. This is known problem by General Motors. It is going to cost between $2500 to $5000 to repair.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 282012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl Diesel

  • 110,000 miles
The low coolant light went on. The only way to fill the system is to open the reservoir cap. Unfortunately because the engine had a head gasket failure the cooling system would not depressurize, even when cold. It seems to me that there should be a pressure cap that when the engine overheats it allows the cooling system to depressurize. This closed system is very dangerous especially when someone who is used to filling the overflow tank when the coolant is low. Because the lack of an over flow tank anyone that opens the plastic reservoir could became burned.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 082013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 128,741 miles
Truck has an exhaust leak at manifolds. 4 bolts have broken off of the manifold. My mechanic said this is very common with this truck and could cost up to and over $1,000 to fix. Check engine light is on so unless I fix it I can't go to state inspection. Also the brake lines are corroded and also need to be replaced. These are all defects not maintenance issues. www.youtube.com/watch?V=0yg6wlbnzgi it explains the problem better.

- Highland Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 132013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the cylinder heads cracked on their vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the cylinder heads needed to be replaced. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 111,000.

- Higginsville , MO, USA

problem #1

Sep 032012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 130,200 miles
Parked truck at outside stall and went indoors. After about 20 minutes I heard noises and went outside. Found the whole truck was engulfed in flames. By the time the fire department arrived 6 minutes later the fire spread to two additional vehicles. The heat melted and consumed everything except the frame. The fire investigator suspects the fire initiated due to electrical failure and generated from either the driver side dash board or left side of engine. The damage was too destructive to pinpoint exact cause.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

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