really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,751 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid drivetrain problems

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2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #12

Jul 152016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 80,000 miles


When slowing for a red light or stop sign there is a noise like bad break pads swooshing as though intermittent contact is being made. Brakes, pads, hubs, seals and rotors inspected by cert. Mech. Sound appears to come from under center of undercarriage in vicinity of transmission tail shaft. I have had 3 or 4 incidents when putting truck in gear it jerks backwards enough to feel it. This truck has only 80,000 mi and I love to drive it however these noises make me feel like I might be facing serious trouble and great expense down the road.I have an appt. The 20th with the dealership where I purchased the truck.does anyone recognize these symptoms if so I would appreciate hearing from you. My E-mail is jlint@sciotocounty.net.

- Franklin Furnace, OH, USA

problem #11

Dec 172014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that when adding oil to the vehicle, it was discovered that the transmission dip stick tube had separated from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the dip stick tube needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Texarkana, AR, USA

problem #10

Aug 292014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that when attempting to stop the vehicle, there was a vibration coming from the brakes. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the rear drivers side drum deteriorated and the brake spring was fractured. The mechanic replaced the front rotors, the front pads, the rear drums, the rear brake shoes and the spring kit. Additionally, the contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the rpms increased and the vehicle failed to shift into overdrive. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Garden City, KS, USA

problem #9

Apr 012013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 13,000 miles


Truck downshifts to passing gear such as entering a highway on ramp and stepping down to enter slower traffic engine revs to red line on tach because it does not shift into any gear leaving you hung out to dry in traffic until you figure out what's goin on you have fully let up for it to find a gear by this time your speed came drop 10 mph very dangerous, had to two different dealers twice both said it has no problem one said it was the torque management system and it was normal.but if I wanted it to go away take it some where and have the program wiped from computer but warranty will then be void.also truck slams into gear when slowing down to go around a corner.when starting vehicle it jumps forward so bad I am afraid to keep it in my garage. Spoke to two different Chevy reps both are like talking to a wall, they are not employed to help you just to run around in circles until you give up.research all Chevy products before buying. Silverado have alot of transmission issues. Just a horrible truck.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jan 222011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated when he put the vehicle in gear it made a very loud clanging sound. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing and was told that was normal since all of the new GM vehicles made that noise. The failure recurred repeatedly became progressively worse over time. The contact also stated that the frame and suspension had extensive rust on it. The dealer advised the contact that the rust was not a problem. The manufacturer was notified of both failures but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 200 and the current mileage was 40,000.

- Lillington, NC, USA

problem #7

Jul 012012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • miles
2011 Chevrolet Silverado. Consumer writes in regards to mechanical, electrical and transmission problems with vehicle. The consumer stated while driving down the road on a steep incline, with the truck and trailer loaded, the engine's RPM suddenly went to 5500 RPM, without increase in acceleration. He depressed the brake to release the cruise control, and strongly pressed the gas pedal several times before the engine would return to a normal RPM.

- Magdalena, NM, USA

problem #6

Mar 232012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 813 miles


When stopped at a stop light or stop sign on a road that has an incline, when removing my foot from the brake to the gas pedal, the truck rolls backwards and will not stop at all unless the brake is re-applied or the gas pedal can be pushed before the vehicle rolls too far back. Talked to dealer and had vehicle in to be checked and they stated that the transmission was designed that way to eliminate stress on the transmission and it was meant to free roll for a short distance. This is an unsafe condition as vehicle could roll backwards into another vehicle, person, or object. On a very steep incline, the vehicle kept on rolling backward for several feet and unless I put my foot on the brake or gas it will continuing to roll backwards.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #5

Feb 242012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 400 miles
I purchased vehicle use, with 384 miles. Vehicle transmission became very loud, whining, growling, making clunking noise when shifting; downshifting at times produced runaway shifting, clunking and slipping. Took it to one chev. Dealer and service writer said he had a chev P.U. just like mine and it didn't make those noises. Went back again and dealer found a service bulletin that applied to my transmission. They ordered parts, installed them, but no change. Went back again and the service shop and they said there was nothing wrong with the transmission and there was nothing more they could do for my P.U. I went to another dealer and they said it needed front and rear planetary gears. Parts were ordered and installed, again no change. Went back to the dealer and they drove my P.U. the service manager said there was nothing wrong with my P.U. ! I spoke with a district specialist at G.M. and she said she would contact the dealership! it is now June 5, 2012 and I again called GM customer assistance and they said the woman who had my case no longer works in that department and they would assign another specialist. She/he would call me today, maybe tomorrow. I told them enough is enough and I wanted another vehicle!

- Gray Court, SC, USA

problem #4

May 092012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 33,000 miles
Just seconds after having come to a complete stop, the transmission shifts while rpms increase causing the vehicle to overcome the brake pressure and truck to move forward abruptly. This caused me to roll out into the lane of oncoming traffic and strike a vehicle as it was passing.

- Avondale, LA, USA

problem #3

Dec 282011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 1,343 miles
This vehicle has several defects that GM claims as normal. 1. truck randomly lurches forward when started in park. GM says this is normal make sure you apply parking brake when parking. 2. drive train clunks when decelerating into 10-20mph range and accelerating again. GM says this is normal due to tolerances and accelerated in four wheel drive vehicles. 3. vehicle drain train randomly makes a bang or clunk noise when accelerating from a stop. GM claims this is also normal. I have purchased this truck new in November 2011 and it has been in the shop five times. Each time dealer checks repair for defect and GM sends back bulletin saying no repair condition normal. Dealer says a handful of trucks have come back with this similar problem. I can not believe GM accepts this defect as normal.

- Southampton, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 192011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 2,260 miles
This is a dealer demo vehicle, first 2235 miles were demo. During my first morning (12hours after picking up at dealer) of ownership I was descending down a hill with the cruise on, and the vehicle proceeded to over speed approximately 5-7mph. I travel this hill both ways to/from work daily and this happens everytime. I though this might be an abnormal adjustment within the computer/etc so while taking in to the dealer for a TPMS (tire pressure monitor system) issue I mentioned the overspeed issue to the service write up and they said that it was normal. I don't agree, but maybe it is. It does adjust back to normal cruise set speed but is unique. I had a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 previously and it did not do this, and I have drove otr (over the road) semi-trucks and know the difference with overspeed being normal and abnormal. I would like this to be looked into, as it could be a hazard that could lead to unsafe situation.

- Tomah, WI, USA

problem #1

Feb 012011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • miles
2011 Chevrolet Silverado. Consumer states transmission clunk and a leaky (water) drivers cabin and expresses discontent in regards to GM the consumer stated the vehicle has been to the dealer 3 times for the transmission noise. The consumer stated GM bought the vehicle back and furnished him with a new vehicle. However, there was no heat in the vehicle. It was discovered the inlet hose was installed upside down during manufacturing. The consumer also stated the new truck also exhibited the same transmission problem. Updated 04/08/11

- Williamsville, NY, USA

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