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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 9
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
60,203 miles

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 electrical problems

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #12

Feb 142005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles


Experianced a total digital blackout of all digital read out accross the dash. Could not determine what gear I was shifting into. Mileage readout and such was black. No display showing radio or heating/ac control.

- Los Alamos, NM, USA

problem #11

Dec 282004

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
When braking at any speed brake pedal would go to the floor, and there would be extended stopping distance. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. ABS displayed brake system failure. The consumer stated that the brakes failed on inclines. The consumer stated that there was an electrical short. The odometer failed and added extra mileage. The tires started separating after 300 miles. The radio became hot and shorted out. The air conditioner shorted out. The consumer stated that the new vehicle checklist was not filled out nor reviewed with him. The consumer stated that the engine knocks. The consumers fingers were burned by the radio after it got hot. The consumer stated that he heard a growling noise in the power steering. The consumer heard a buzzing noise in the transmission. The consumer had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle coming down a hill. The right headlight went out and turned black. The headlight was replaced with the wrong high beam light. The cd player will not take the cd. The speedometer will only go to 20 mph at times.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #10

Aug 122004

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,500 miles
2003 2500 silvarado with 36,000 miles. So far the transfer case shifting module (dropped itself inot 4 low at 70 mph), transmission (became so sloppy that it slammed passengers around had to be rebuilt), air conditioner compressor (quit working and the new one works poorly), fuel pump (died in the middle of Utah and took 4 days to get the part), radio (had multiple problems had to be replaced after 4 visits), keyless remote failures, and 4 recalls.

- Forest Falls, CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 132004

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


While driving at any speed dashboard lights warn the consumer of impending danger. A light would inform of reduce power and go out. Then, another light would warn of reduce brake power. Vehicle will not stall, but only have limited power. Dealer placed the vehicle on a diagnostic machine, and found a computer glitch. This problem occurred three times in two months.

- Horseshoe Bay, TX, USA

problem #8

Aug 112003

Silverado 2500

  • 5,000 miles
Vehicle caught fire while parked in the driveway. (nar) fire was due to a mechanical and/or electrical problem with the vehcle. The fire not only destroyed consumer's vehicle but damaged the siding of the house.

- Rutland, VT, USA

problem #7

May 132003

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 6,903 miles
Vehicle seems to go into 4-wheel drive by itself while driving. This has happened to me three times already. I want to switch dealers but GM told me no I have to stay with the dealer who worked on the vehicle. As this happens the vehicle slows down considerably causing the seat belt to lock and hold me back. Also at times the vehicle just slows down while at highway speeds. The check 4 wheel drive light comes on and the push buttons on the panel do not operate. (the lights go out) I also think this has caused my odometer to fast forward. It tells me now that I have 29900 miles on the truck. I have all records and need help. I travel to work 8 times a month and round trip is 114 miles this does not seem to work out. Can they check the electronics and see actual miles from the computer.

- Beachwood, NJ, USA

problem #6

Dec 262003

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,280 miles


4X4 does not activate when needed. Taken to dealer 4 times for the same problem. Bullatin out from dealer to service techs stating there is a computer problem in the 4X4 program and at this time chevroet does not have a remedy to fix the problem.

- Big Bear City, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 142004

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My 2003 Chevrolet Silverado caught on fire and burnt after being parked for at least and hour and a half. It was a total loss.

- Dora, AL, USA

problem #4

Jul 072003

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,702 miles
At 4,702 miles the "check engine" message displayed. Onstar confirmed truck required service within seven days. Boardwalk Chevrolet in redwood city diagnost the problem as "PCM not reading throttle angle" and the problem was correct.

- San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 152004

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Lights for instrument panel occasionally does not work. Battery died. Radio made loud humming noise even when car shut off overnight. Air conditioner broke. But the continual problem is the 4WD becomes inoperable and service 4WD message appears. GM has no repair. They state I must stop turn off the vehicle and restart it in order to "wake up" the electronics. It has been in the repair shop 4 times in last six months when I bought it new. The dangerous part is while driving in ice and snow the vehicle's 4WD became inoperable resulting in loss of control of vehicle and a near miss crash.

- Emmaus, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 282003

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles
Erg valve failed 4-6 times. Standard alarm on truck turns on and off by its self. Doors lock and unlock by themselves. Loses power to the vehicle while driving. When you open the glove box the cargo light comes on.

- Hamilton City, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152003

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer had headlight switch problems. Dealer notified. GM sent the consumer a letter which stated when the headlamp/park lamps were on, the trailer light would not work. The consumer stated if the lights were turned on, the brakes would lock. The trailer had come equipped with auto headlights. The light would come on and activate the trailer brakes. The dealer refused to replace the wiring harness plug unless the consumer purchased the new model plug.

- Nederland, TX, USA

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