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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,505 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 electrical problems

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2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #15

Nov 252011

Silverado 2500

  • miles


Power door locks on my 2008 Chevy Silverado crew cab quit working on both drivers side doors. I only have 25,000 miles on the truck and have not returned it back to the dealer yet as the problem just started this weekend. I have checked the web and of course this is a very common occurance that Chevy has tended to sweep under the rug and had not made a recall for this. This is a major inconvience and is a major safety hazard as well. I have my fingers crossed that the dealer will fix this problem but I have my doubts. My 3 year bumper to bumper warranty ran out in August. I purchased a new truck to avoid these types of aggravations and now regreting that decision.

- Murfreesboro, NC, USA

problem #14

Jan 122011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
All 4 lock actuators failed and with that, the body control module cannot properly work the security system. The power locks inside the vehicle work intermittently and seem to randomly unlock one of my doors. The automatic door lock when you put the car in gear does not work. This causes multiple safety risks. 1) failure of auto lock could result in carjacking and passenger ejection during a wreck 2) failure of security system to arm and alarm could lead to theft 3) intermittent and random unlocking of one door when unexpected results an unsecured vehicle despite deliberate owner effort and expectation of security and can result in theft and ejection4) since only the driver door has a key lock mechanism, I have to crawl through the cab to unlock back doors resulting in body strain and injury. Do this*** google "2008 Chevy Silverado lock actuator failure. See how many thousands of vehicles this is happening to. I have never had one actuator fail, and in this vehicle it has been all 4 and that is happening to thousands. The cost is $1000 to repair and there is a "national back order" so they have to be aware of the problem. Please help us little guys and make this right.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #13

Oct 302009

Silverado 2500

  • 50,000 miles
All four door actuators have failed. Have to manually lock/unlock doors.. I see this is a common problem. There should be a recall.

- Forsyth, GA, USA

problem #12

Aug 132011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 46,108 miles


Intermittently, and now more frequent 1, 2 or all gauges go haywire, reading other than normal, and digital readout goes out. Truck still works ok, but no accurate reading on gauges.

- Woodleaf, NC, USA

problem #11

Oct 162010

Silverado 2500

  • 41,800 miles
2008 Chevrolet Silverado having electrical problems. Door locks cycling, A/C not working intermittent, alt gauge fluctuating, fuel gauge fluctuating, engine stall, ABS & tcs lights blinking. I reported the problem to my dealer and the kept it for a week. They ended up replacing the 175 amp megafuse and battery cables. I got back and have driven it for a week and everything seems to be working properly except the alt gauge. I intend on calling them back next week so I can drive it a little longer to see if any of the other issues persist.

- Calhoun, TN, USA

problem #10

Jun 282010

Silverado 2500

  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. The contact stated that she heard a noise like a vehicle trying to start and when she looked out of the window she saw smoke coming from the vehicle. When she went outside the vehicle was totally engulfed in flames. The fire department responded and extinguished the fire. The fire started on the drivers side engine compartment. A fire department report was available. There were no prior warnings. General Motors was contacted and a claim was filed. Chevrolet responded after a month and gave the contact a telephone number for an information line. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was approximately 21,000.

- Oneonta , NY, USA

problem #9

Jul 062010

Silverado 2500

  • 17,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. He received a recall notice stating that the heated wiper washer fluid system had a short circuit on the printed circuit board which could potentially overheat the control-circuit ground wire. They will refund a $100 to consumers and remove the system. The contact does not want it removed because he paid for that feature. The manufacturer was called and they stated that the recall remedy was their decision. The mileage was 17,000.

- Warwick, MD, USA

problem #8

Jun 282010

Silverado 2500

  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 lt. The vehicle was parked idle in the driveway when it caught fire. The contact stated that he could hear the vehicle attempting to start independently. The vehicle had an automatic remote starter that he would use frequently. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. There were no injuries. A fire report was available. The insurance company stated that a representative would inspect the vehicle to determine the origin of the fire. The manufacturer was stated that they would respond within ten days. The failure and current mileages were 21,000.

- Oneonta, NY, USA

problem #7

Jul 022010

Silverado 2500

  • 0 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact received a recall notice associated with the NHTSA recall campaign id number 08V441000 (electrical system). The contact was in disagreement with the recall defect remedy repair which consisted of disabling the heated washer system. The contact stated that the vehicle was manufactured and designed with a heated washer system which should be replaced instead of completely disabling and removing some of it's components. No failures have occurred at this time; however, there was concern of the safety risk involved.

- Hartford City, IN, USA

problem #6

Jun 212010

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that he received notification of NHTSA recall campaign id number: 10V240000 (electrical system). The contact was displeased with the remedy offered and stated that the repair would cost over the amount being offered by the manufacturer as a remedy for the defect that existed in the heated washer fluid system. The failure and current mileages were unknown. Updated 08/12/10 updated 08/17/10

- Nagochoces, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 022010

Silverado 2500

  • 9,000 miles


The vehicle has numerous electrical problems. When driving the vehicle, the "check airbags" light will begin flashing, the door locks will begin actuating rapidly, the gauges will freeze, and the transmission begins shifting in and out of gear. This is a major safety concern.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Mar 102009

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado. While depressing the brake pedal, the brake light illuminated. The brake light would go out if the contact slightly removed his foot from the brake pedal. The manufacturer and dealer both stated that this was a normal occurrence when the brake pedal is slightly released. The dealer and manufacturer could not assist with the repairs. There were no recalls available. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 3,000 and current mileage was less than 7,000. Updated 07/01/09 while towing a trailer, the vehicle would lurch forward when braking. The electric trailer brakes seemed to function off of the vehicle brake lights, which causes the trailer brakes to disengage even while applying brake pressure. The vehicles brake lights also flicker on and off while braking. Updated 07/02/09.

- Bedford, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 222008

Silverado 2500

  • 2,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. Upon exiting the vehicle, the contact receives severe electric shocks. He fears that the severity of the shocks, when in the presence of gasoline, could ignite the vehicle and increase the risk of a serious safety hazard. The dealer stated that the failure was a normal characteristic of the vehicle. The manufacturer did not assist. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 2,500 and current mileage was 11,000.

- Davison, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 012008

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Silverado. Consumer has issues with the recall 08048 and other problems with the vehicle. The consumer stated the windshield wipers activated on their own on several occasions, the right passenger door window lockout was inoperative, the right side door mirror tilt feature worked occasionally, the instrument panel lights worked intermittently and the radio/cd panel lights worked sometimes. The consumer stated he received a recall notice in the mail which stated a short circuit on the printed circuit board for the washer fluid heater may overheat the control- circuit ground wire. This may cause other electrical features to malfunction. Recall 08V441000.

- Saint Marie, MT, USA

problem #1

Jan 072008

Silverado 2500

  • 3,798 miles
On my 2008 Chevy K2500, I have a factory installed brake controller for my 5th wheel trailer. The problem is that if the ABS light comes it shuts power to the trailer. G M built it this way and won"T answer my complaint though bartow Chevy. Each time its been front wheel sensor. Not my trailer brakes. Iam going down the road with 13000# behind me with no brakes. Dealer has notified them twice, with no reply.

- Lake Alred, FL, USA

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