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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,246 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 electrical problems

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2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #14

Jan 262005

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles


Speedometer failure. Took the truck to the Chevrolet repair center to be told that the warranty will not cover and the price they are asking is outrageous. The defect is known to the repair man there for I was informed that they were having it very frequently, therefore it ias a manufactures defect.

- Portal Az., AZ, USA

problem #13

Jan 282006

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
2000 miles after my warranty went out so did my speedometer it will work for about a week then register 60-100 mph even setting still. I contacted earl dunn in madison cause that is where I purchased the truck and the extended warranty that really wasn't extended. The warranty they sold me didn't exceed the manf. Warranty. They told me at the dealer it was a additional 36,000 miles, huh, that's what I get for not reading the very fine print. Now I can honestly see why american company's are going belly up and that's a sad thing. Last GM for me. I contacted a dealer in carthage tn there service manger said they would have fixed the problem, no cost, but since it was purchased at another dealer he couldn't really do nothing about it. He also said it was a major problem for Chevy/GMC, P/U's, Avalanche, escalades, Tahoe, but GM was doing nothing about it and they couldn't get new parts to fix it. The instrument cluster had to be sent off to be remanufactured.

- Lafayette, TN, USA

problem #12

Apr 052006

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,400 miles
: the contact stated intermittently the speedometer needle sticks at various speeds. This is one of the two vehicles of the same year, make and model that the company owns. The other vehicle had the same problem. It was taken to the dealership and the instrument cluster which contains the speedometer, and tachometer was replaced which corrected the problem. The dealership has been alerted about the vehicle the contact drives. The manufacturer was alerted and explained for the contact to call the NHTSA to file a complaint. Updated 05/02/06.

- La Jara, CO, USA

problem #11

Dec 152005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 448,000 miles


Speedometer erratic or don't work at all.

- Gettysburg, PA, USA

problem #10

Sep 222005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,800 miles
The consumer stated that the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado caught on fire and burned. The driver's seat compartment was where the most damage was done. The truck had been parked for thirty minutes. There were no problems that the consumer was aware off that would have caused the fire. The driver seat, dash, and door were completely consumed by fire. The insurance company has totaled the truck. The driver had left the driver side door window rolled down when he parked the truck. When the consumer found the truck on fire the window was rolled up. The fire department was not called because the consumer was able to put the fire out. An insurance report was taken. The insurance adjuster took pictures of the truck. The consumer called GM and reported the fire. The consumer filed a complaint with GM. The customer service representative said that someone would call the consumer back sometimes today.

- Anna, IL, USA

problem #9

Aug 192005

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,760 miles
2004 Chevrolet Silverado. The consumer stated the vehicle stalled while driving on the road. There were no warning lights that come on before this happened. This has happened every time under 50 mph. Was able to be pull over the vehicle and restarted it immediately. The dealership could not duplicate the problem. When the vehicle was restarted it voided the chips memory. This has happened six times. The consumer had the vehicle towed to dealer, and the dealership could not find the cause of the problem. The consumer sent Chevrolet a registered letter with the information, the claim was denied. The problem started on June 29, 2005, and the last time this happened was August 19, 2005. Every time this happened the consumer called the dealership. The dealer determined there was a lower cell N the battery and replaced it but the staling problem recurred. The consumer would like for the manufacturer to buy back the vehicle.

- Medesto, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 282003

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Computer that programs the seats, windows, and mirrors failed. If the consumer tries to open the window the seat will move, this happens intermittently. Sometimes while backing up the mirrors will automatically go down toward the ground at 90 degrees. Also, when turning the key in the ignition the radio will come on, even if the radio is turned off. The vehicle was taken tot he dealer 9 times and it was reprogrammed 5 or 6 times by the dealership. The consumer also reprogrammed it a dozen times. Updated 01/04/06.

- Colville , WA, USA

problem #7

May 052005

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Chevrolet Silverado experienced complete shutdown while driving in traffic. The manufacturer replaced the ignition switch, fuel pump, computer module and installed engine diagnostic system to monitor the truck. Due to all the problems the consumer experienced the manufacturer replaced the truck.

- Caddo Mills, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 142005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,500 miles
While driving, the consumer found he was unable to get the engine out of 3rd gear as though it needed to be geared down. The vehicle is an automatic and thought it was an isolated incident. However, when it happened again, it pretty consistent in doing so. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer said it could be fixed and did repair. Diagnosed a shift solenoid, which was replaced. About 1 day later after repair, the same thing occurred. Returned to dealer and was informed that the valve body needed to be replaced. After taking the valve body apart, it was found that it was not the problem. The dealer stated the transmission was the problem. The check engine light illuminated on and that was the first time it had illuminated. Spoke with dealer about this. The next day, the gauges worked but the led light would not light up along with the odometer. After driving half a mile, the lights slowly come on but felt this was a safety concern as it may be electrical. The vehicle would not shift from 3rd to 4th gear.

- Wingdale, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 102004

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Speedometer and tachometer failure. Speedometer needle swings clockwise and goes past 120 mph - even when vehicle is stationary. Unable to determine vehicle's speed. Very unsafe situation. Tachometer is inaccurate. Cannot determine if or when engine is being over-revved. This could lead to engine disintegration. Both of the above has occured in a vehicle that is less than one year old. Several delaerships advising this is getting to be a common occurance.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 192005

Silverado 2500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,780 miles


While driving at approximately 60 mph vehicle lost power, and then it shut down, causing the vehicle to lose brakes, and power steering. Dashboard got completely blank. Owner took the vehicle to the dealer and contacted the manufacturer. Vehicle is currently out of warranty.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 022005

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Tailgate problem, drivers seat failure, cruise control failure, declining brake effectiveness, water leaking in drivers door, electrical failure in radio, power mirrors. Owner returned truck to bank for vol.repo.feeling this truck was becoming more unsafe to drive, this among other circumstances.

- Maceo, KY, USA

problem #2

May 152004

Silverado 2500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
When driving vehicle lost power and everything shut down. There were no brakes or steering, and the dashboard was completely black. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, and was told that if this happened again he would have to tow it back to the dealer.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 212004

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,726 miles
While driving, the service brake light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and the mechanic determined that computer has to be reset by the manufacturer. At this time the software had not been approved by the epa. The vehicle was operating as designed. The consumer was unsure if the system was working properly.

- Ellenville, NY, USA

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