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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,317 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 transmission problems

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2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #54

Jul 212006

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,150 miles


Automatic transmission failure requiring complete rebuild @ 61150 miles. Year: 2000 Silverado 2500 shortbed, 2 wd w/5.3L L460 transmission.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #53

May 012006

Silverado 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
2000 K3500 Silverado has had three failed fuel injector pumps, fuel transfer pump, automatic transmission at 70,000 miles and boost regulator failed. When the consumer removed the engine, to evaluate the damage, to see if it could be rebuilt, he discovered the second main bearing cap from the front of the engine was missing a bolt.

- Rio, WI, USA

problem #52

Sep 112005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
Transmission needs to be replaced. After highway driving, the transmission will not engage in 2nd or 3rd gear. No error message or warning appears. This nearly caused an accident when the transmission failed at an intersection. I bought the truck in July to assist w/rescues and cannot put the animals or myself at risk. Chevrolet is aware of this issue; the local Chevy dealership said they have seen it often; my personal mechanic has seen it often. Chevrolet asked me to take it to their dealership and have the diagnostics run. $90 and confirmation transmission needed. Now they want me to pay $2,500 to have a new transmission put in by their dealership, then discuss any reimbursement. This is a very dangerous "known" defect and Chevrolet does not guarantee the replacement transmission will not do the same. It appears a death will be required before Chevrolet takes responsibility, then they can deal with a class action suit.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #51

Jan 152002

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Automatic transmission-changing hard- this is the second GM truck product that I have owned and the second one that has had the same problem.

- Decatur, TX, USA

problem #50

Mar 222005

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
About 3 or 4 moths ago, there was a light that came on in vehicle that said transmission fluid hot. This happened on the interstate. Also, there was a vehicle warning light that instructed driver to pull over and let vehicle idle. Owner took it to dealer, who reported that there was more than normal metal shavings in the transmission fluid pan, and that the clutch could be going out. Then, dealer changed fluid and filter, and instructed the owner that he could continue driving it until it absolutely had to be repaired. The owner continued driving the vehicle, and has hard shifting. Owner called the dealership, who reported that could be a symptom of the computer trying to compensate fort he transmission which was failing. Then on the 12th of July 2005 the message came on again transmission fluid hot. Then owner contacted GM directly, who tried to sell the owner a new truck, but offered no assistance to owner with transmission problem. The vehicle was going to be repaired. The vehicle was regularly serviced with some service records available. There were no other major issues with the truck.

- Saraland, AL, USA

problem #49

Jan 152005

Silverado 2500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,200 miles
Transmission failed at 77,200 miles. Transmission was replaced at owner's expense. Dealership stated that there was no reason for the transmission to fail at that mileage unless the truck was used on a farm or consistently used for heavy towing. The truck was not used on a farm and was used for towing (a boat and 2 snowmobilies) about 10 times per year.

- Fitchburg, WI, USA

problem #48

Jun 042005

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,940 miles


Chevrolet, 2000 Silverado, while consumer was driving at 70 mph the gear shifter went into reverse when it was nudged accidentally. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it went rear first into an embankment.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #47

Mar 112005

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, pulled out on to the highway, and consumer heard a loud noise. Then, consumer pulled into a driveway to turn the vehicle around, and found out that had no reverse because transmission failed.

- Wolcottville, IN, USA

problem #46

Dec 182003

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
While driving consumer heard a loud popping noise, transmission failed. There was a part within the transmission called a sun shield. The first time transmission failed at 83000 miles, and then again at 135, 000 miles.

- Carlisle, KY, USA

problem #45

Jul 022004

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
Truck shifted into 3rd gear for no reason then would not shift back into 4th while on the highway almost causing me to be rearended. I purchased a this GM certified vehicle four month ago thinking I was getting a better than average vehicle. I spoke to a transmission shop and they said they they get a lot of the same problems and I would like General Motors to repair it since they haven't fixed this problem with the 4L60 E transmission in the last 11 or so years they've used it.

- Mifflinburg, PA, USA

problem #44

Jun 212004

Silverado 2500

  • miles


While shifting gears transmission failed to go in reverse. Consumer was unable to move the vehicle, and had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that the transmission needed to be replaced due to a worn out parts.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #43

Jun 092001

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
When taking off from a stopped position and coming to a stop there is a deep squeeking sound coming somewhere between the driveshaft and transmission. I was told by Chevy garage there was a fix for the extended cab version but not my regular cab truck. It will eventually take money to fix because anything that squeeks is rubbing and will eventually wear out. It was a problem when I reached 15,000 miles and is still a problem and loud aggrevation at 61000 miles. It is even bad enough that when I come to a redlight or a stop sign people think I am beeping my horn at them. It has been four years and 46000 miles later and there is no fix for the vehicle to my knowledge. Plus the tires didnt last 40000 miles the brake line had to be repaired the steering linkage is bad and when I had a cracked window replaced the person showed me that there was no seal placed around the window to keep it from leaking. So long Chevy hello Ford.

- Grayson, KY, USA

problem #42

Jan 302004

(reported on)

Silverado 2500

  • 27,324 miles
While driving vehicle slams hard into gear. Engine check light either comes on before or after this occurs. Dealership serviced vehicle 4 times but the problem still exists.

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #41

Dec 292003

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,828 miles
I own a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2wd lt with towing package. The truck has never towed a vehicle and currently has only 41,835 miles. On December 29, 2003, I was driving home from work when the automatic transmission failed. I really never heard of a transmission failing at 41,000 miles. The truck has the towing package and is heavy duty on the transmission. I never towed a car with this truck or carried less than 500 lbs in the bed. I feel that this problem should be reviewed because I could have been towing a vehicle and going up an incline. I feel that this is serious safety hazard to other drivers on the road. This is not a one time problem, because I have other friends with Silverado that are replacing their transmissions less than 50,000 miles. A transmission by design should last at least 100,000 miles. I have contacted GM about this problem and they say that there is no service bulletins or recall. My incident is isolated and GM is only wiling to replace 50% of the cost. The dealership that I took the truck to had 3 other people with similar problems. I have another local friend with the same problem. This is isolated"?" this is a serious hazard to other drivers on the road today. The cost of a new transmission from the dealer is $2400 and GM is willing to reimburse you 50% of that cost. The cost is so overinflated that this is not a fix. Local shops will charge you to rebuild the transmission for around $1200. I think GM, just wants to make money on these transmissions. There is a service bulletin describing a problem with the driveshaft causing a clunking noise. GM failed to fix this problem and it causing these auto transmissions to fail prematurely. My guess is that the driveshaft is not the correct length and is moving back and forth thus causing a clunking noise. Over a period of time this would cause the transmission to fail.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #40

Nov 202003

Silverado 2500

  • miles
The driver started up the vehicle while pressing down accelerator pedal and the vehicle stalled. The driver had the vehicle towed to the dealer for analysis. The mechanic noticed the yoke to the transmission need replacing.

- Phoenix, OR, USA

problem #39

May 092000

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ongoing problem for rough idle, from the time the vehicle was purchased new. Several dealers told me it was normal, another said it was problem with the 5.3 liter; however, nothing to worry about. Fuel injectors have been cleaned several times. Now vehicle out of warranty. After vehicle is up to operating temperature and is shut off and remains for approximately half hour, upon restarting, vehicle "tumbles." I contacted Chevrolet customer service who provided me with an extended warranty on the engine and they have "washed there hands" of any other problems they may occur. My complaint is the rough idle has always been present, and now the "tumbling" is being caused as a result of the prior problem. This vehicle has been in service numerous times and the problem has not been diagnosed by Chevrolet. Do any service bulletins exist for a similar problem as this? file #1-89542103 & 1-89542103. Automatic transmission was another issue that was addressed while under warranty. Now, tcc valve is sticking causing a delayed gear engagement. Again, sorry but your vehicle is out of warranty.

- Cooper City, FL, USA

problem #38

Sep 272003

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,500 miles
My 2000 Chevy Silverado with 75000 miles transmision would not shift from 2nd gear to 3rd gear. The 3rd and 4th gear plate is burned out because Chevy makes this part of a plastic resin instead of a aluminum plate.

- Hacienda Heights, CA, USA

problem #37

Sep 232003

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,795 miles
While driving my truck on the freeway, the transmission did not shift higher than 2nd gear, while in (D). I have to slow down and drive off the freeway. This vehicle had all the scheduled services at my local dealer and this truck was driven like a car, no towing, no hauling. But, at 49K the transmission locks up. This is unacceptable for a $29K truck that is 3 yrs. Old! right now the service charge is $800 and that is to pull the transmission to find out what is wrong.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #36

Jul 162003

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We are buying a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. We have had the transmission replaced once, and it is having problems again! we've taken it in to the dealer, who says there is nothing wrong with it. They also said this twice before the transmission went out the first time. Now it's acting up again, and they say there is nothing wrong. I'm sure it will go out again, it's just a matter of time. I also know someone with 2002 Chevy truck, and they have had their transmission either checked or replaced already. My concern is that the transmissions being used are not heavy-duty enough to last. I'm worried, because our extended warranty is running low, and I just know that the transmission will go out after the warranty is up. If the transmissions being used are not the correct one for this truck, I think a recall should be issued. It is not fair for the buyers to be stuck with this problem. Check the stats at your dealerships... I'm willing to bet that there are a lot of trucks being looked at for this same problem. Also, when we took the truck in the last time, we noticed a difference in power. It seems that the truck does not have the power it had before, especially when towing or loaded. We are wondering if the dealer could have "turned the engine down" to compensate for the transmission? if so, this is still not fair, because we bought that truck for it's power, not to have it turned down just to make the transmission last. Please advise us on what we can do. Again, if you check the dealerships, I'll bet you'll find a lot of trucks being serviced for this problem. Thank you, tina and barry hedges.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #35

May 152003

Silverado 2500

  • miles
While driving the vehicle at normal speeds the rear drive train broke (rear axle).

- Portsmouth, NH, USA

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