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2 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,171 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #82

Mar 012015

Silverado 2500

  • 97,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. While the vehicle was parked with the air conditioner set on level five, the blower intermittently clicked off and on. The contact also stated that a burning smell emitted through the vents of the vehicle. The failure recurred on several occasions until level five and four settings no longer worked. The contact inspected the connector sw/power St adjuster and discovered that the wires were melted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer informed the contact that the connector and resistor for the air conditioner and heater and the resistor for the heater needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Sumpter, SC, USA

problem #81

Sep 192015

Silverado 2500

  • 230,000 miles
The wiring harness for the heater blower motor resistor melted and this has happened twice now causes smoke and you loose the heater function. Not sure if it could get hot engough to start a fire.

- Holland Patent, NY, USA

problem #80

Mar 102015

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
I purchased my 2005 Chevrolet 2500hd duramax in may of 2015. A week later I was pulled over for speeding 10 over. My truck showed I was driving 55 mph. I now have a speeding ticket $114. I contacted GM about the issue and they said my VIN# was not qualified for the recall and I would be paying out of pocket ($535 including labor). The part alone is $350. Now at the end of the day I will owe $649 because of GM's mistake. I love GM's products, however they do not stand up to there mistakes which will make me think again before buying one.

- Crescent, IA, USA

problem #79

Dec 082014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 149,000 miles


The truck was parked in driveway. Driven 20 minutes prior for 10 miles. Erupted into fla message under hood. Fire police unable to determine cause to badly damaged. Total loss.

- Topton, PA, USA

problem #78

Aug 182014

Silverado 2500

  • 35,300 miles
Turned key on and light saying service airbag came on. Local mechanic said he read that there was going to be a recall on it.

- Marion, IN, USA

problem #77

Jun 012010

Silverado 2500

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the door ajar safety alarm and the seat belt alarm chime failed. The contact indicated that while the door was opened while the vehicle was in motion but the chime did not activate. Additionally, the chime did not sound when the seat belts were not secured while the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Wales, WI, USA

problem #76

Jul 072014

Silverado 2500

  • miles


Blower resister keeps burning out.

- Vineland , NJ, USA

problem #75

Jul 062014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
The brake lines and fuel lines rusty to the point that they are leaking need to be replaced.the blend motor for HVAC isn't working right.

- Minoa, NY, USA

problem #74

May 102014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 31,500 miles
I noticed this past weekend that my speedometer started to malfunction....along with the oil gauge, & battery gauge. They all were pegged out & not reading correctly. The tachometer seems to work still, but it is hesitant at times too. The speedometer had a issue a couple months ago, but it seemed to disappear until this past weekend. I would think there would be some type of recall on this after reading all the issues people have had in the past. Yes, this truck is 8 years old, but when I bought it only had 22,000 miles. I have only had it about 10 months & only put 9,500 miles on it.

- Petoskey, MI, USA

problem #73

Mar 112014

Silverado 2500

  • 101,000 miles
Was driving down road looked down at my speedometer and it was pegged out over 120 mph I was only going about 15mph so I stopped and turned off truck and speedometer went down to 60 not 0 as it should I turned it back on and took off it did same thing all way over 120 mph so when I got where I was heading and turned truck off again same thing just dropped to 60 so I kept turning key on and off and it would drop about 5mph each time until it got to 0 went to dealer he said lot of problems with this model truck I would need a new dash and it would cost me $1200 I think GM should fix these truck it the law to have a working speedometer on your truck thank you.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #72

Mar 012005

Silverado 2500

  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start accompanied by the illumination of the check engine warning light. The failure was recurring and sporadic. Additionally, the instrument panel failed and the head lights would sporadically fail. The contact also stated that the rotors needed to be replaced on a regular basis. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who was not able to diagnose the multiple failures. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 1000.

- Lower Burrell, PA, USA

problem #71

Jan 012013

Silverado 2500

  • 60,000 miles
Step motor on speedometer reading 20 mph high. Intermittent problem. Chevrolet is aware but only covers vehicles with less than 80000 miles very dangerous.

- San Mateo, FL, USA

problem #70

Feb 152014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
Instrument cluster failure. Odometer mileage wiped clean. Display reads "odometer error".

- Lincoln, CA, USA

problem #69

Dec 132013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 92,500 miles
This morning on my way to work the speedometer cluster failed. This is a known problem and Chevy will more likely to refuse to pay fix it.

- Sandoval , IL, USA

problem #68

Jul 052007

Silverado 2500

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500hd. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph over uneven pavement the steering column began to rattle. In addition, the odometer failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the instrument cluster was replaced. The steering column shaft was placed on order. The vehicle will be repaired when the part becomes available. In 2006, the steering column shaft was replaced and the failure recently recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 8,000.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #67

Sep 152013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 99,200 miles
2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 hd duramax, speedometer stuck on 23 mph. Known issue with faulty part, the instrument cluster stepper motor. GM will not cover replacement. Faulty parts used from 2003-2007. Class action suit only covered certain VIN numbers and no recall was done. Safety issue/concern. Was informed by dealership that if we had brought it in 8 months earlier it would have been repaired at no cost. Never received notification of potential for this to happen. There should have been a recall...

- Surprise , AZ, USA

problem #66

Jul 032013

Silverado 2500

  • 60,000 miles
Since having the heater / ac fan speed control module replaced under a recall last fall, this summer I have had several situations where the A/C unit will turn to heat or, the A/C will go to defrost, defrost / feet, without moving the selector controls.

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #65

Oct 102012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 110,000 miles
This vehicle is a duramax 2500 (diesel), the first thing that happened was the engine hours reset itself to zero the dealer said it needed a new instrument cluster then the gear shift indicator quit working so you have to count each time you move it to know what gear you are in I feel this presents a safety hazard and should be fixed by the manufacturer. Thank you.

- Huntington, IN, USA

problem #64

Nov 152012

Silverado 2500

  • 167,520 miles
I was driving the vehicle at normal speeds and I have had this vehicle for about 6 months and never have had a problem with it. All the sudden I get a message that says "service air bag". I took the truck to the dealer and they diagnosed it and they said that the truck needs a new front drivers side impact sensor that went bad. This truck has never been in an accident and the airbags have never been deployed. They told me that if this repair does not get done, if I have an accident the airbags wouldn't deploy.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #63

Oct 012011

Silverado 2500

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the backlight and the gauge lights on the instrument panel had become abnormally dark. The contact was unable to see any of the gauges on the instrument panel, including the tachometer and speedometer, which also failed intermittently. The battery warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to dealer for inspection or repair. The VIN was unavailable.the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000. The current mileage was 113,000.

- Bayard , WV, USA

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