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Average Mileage:
50,072 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #43

Oct 012006

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


I have a 2004 Chevy Silverado. My speedometer started going bad after 50K miles (15K past warranty) the speedometer displays inacurrate speeds. Driving on the intersate at 70mph, it reads anywhere from 0-15. Sitting at red lights it sticks at 55 or 40. I have no idead how fast I am driving and I view this as a majot safety issue. If it were a rare thing I would consider this a bad apple, however, ther are many many thousands of owners who have the same problem. There is currently a lwasuit in Washington state pursuing this issue and one in Oregon which is to follow. ( bascially, GM is in denial. If you look at mycarstats section on GM website, every single complaint in the misc section is about speedometers. How can this be allowed to continue? why has a recall not been issued. I wish someon would please explain to me how a company such as GM is allowed to get away with putting faulty safety equipment in vehicles. I could believe a quirck on an assembly line casuing this malfunction if it were 10-50 vehicles but were are talking in excess of 10,000 vehicles.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #42

Mar 132007

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,800 miles
I own a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and yesterday the speedometer began reading incorrectly. Now it currently reads 65 mph at both a standstill and when the truck is turned off. At regular surface street speeds (40-50 mph) the speedometer reads approx. 95 mph. I called GM in detroit and the denied any knowledge of the problem being widespread and referred me to a dealer who quoted me a price of $495 to repair the speedometer. What about the other gauges in my instrument cluster" how long till they fail? more importantly, how much will it cost for the repairs"

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #41

Nov 152006

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2004 Chevy 3500. Speedometer reads 75 mph sitting in driveway. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

- Mt.Washington, KY, USA

problem #40

Oct 152006

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


The speedometer on my 2004 Chevrolet Silverado does not work properly. At times it will show 0 mph when the car is being driven. When the speedometer decides to work it moves in a jerking fashion. The first time I realized there was an issue with the speedometer was because I was pulled over by the state police on a rural highway going 26 miles over the speed limit. Other gauges also do not work. The oil gauge does not register and is pointing downward. The fuel gauge now does not work and points off the scale. I have seen on the internet many complaints with similar issues.

- Helotes, TX, USA

problem #39

Mar 122007

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,179 miles
My speedometer has had a 'jerky' motion for the past few weeks. Today, on my way to work, I set my cruise at 78. When I exited the freeway and entered the slower section of road, my speedometer failed to decrease as my speed did. It still read 78 when I slowed to match other traffic in a 55 zone. Additionally, I stopped at 3 stop lights and each time the speedometer froze at a higher speed than the previous one (I.e. first stop 40, then 52, then 64). I feel this a major safety concern as myself or another driver of my vehicle will not be able to determine their actual speed and may put others in danger.

- Owosso, MI, USA

problem #38

Feb 152006

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Speedometer malfunction in most of the 2004 Chevy Silverado's I have driven in. I own 1 Silverado. The company I work for owns several 2004 Silverado's. everyone I have driven along with the boss truck all have the same speedometer malfunction is a safety issue. People need to know how fast they are going.

- Venice , FL, USA

problem #37

Oct 062004

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles


2004 Chevy Silverado speedometer started to stick at around 55 mph then start working, this went on for about two months, then it pegged out at 120 mph and has stuck while driving, when truck is at idle it sets at 70 mph.

- Toutle, WA, USA

problem #36

Feb 112007

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,376 miles
Speedometer was stuck on 50 mph and never moves lower. Unable to tell what speed one is traveling.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #35

Mar 012007

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Chevy Silverado 2004 4 wd pickup approx miles 38,000 when driving truck speedometer raced past 120 mph.vehicle stayed at 50 mph when shut off. I understand this is a common problem and GM is in denial.

- Rogersville, MO, USA

problem #34

Dec 062006

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,230 miles
My 2004 Chevrolet Silverado speedometer started working erratically or not at all about 3 months ago.

- Wind Lake, WI, USA

problem #33

Jan 122007

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,300 miles


Speedometer failure @48000 miles. It would work intermittently but most times it was too fast or too slow. The entire instrument cluster had to be replaced at the dealership.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #32

Aug 012006

Silverado 3500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
My Chevrolet 2004 Silverado ls does not read the speed correctly. Sometimes it does not move and others it will have me going 110 when I am doing 45 mph.

- Fort Payne, AL, USA

problem #31

Jan 282007

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The speedometer quit working at 40000 miles. Checking on line there are hundreds possibly even thousands defective speedometers. This is a safety problem and the dealer stated it would cost $500 to fix and take two days.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #30

Feb 022007

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,500 miles
56000 miles on 2004 Chevy Silverado and speedometer has been showing 110 when doing 30, showing 0 when doing 70, showing 0 period.

- Lancaster, TX, USA

problem #29

Sep 152006

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
I have a 2004 Silverado S71. It has 35K miles on it at this time. In Sept. Of 2006 I noticed that the speedometer was not returning to zero mph smoothly. It would drop in steps. It is not indicating the correct speed, sometimes it is high and other times it maybe low or not working at all. Now the tach is also acting erratic. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn't, at times it does not return to zero when the engine is turned off or it hangs at some arbitrary point. (1) events leading up to the failure - none. (2) failure and its consequences - received speeding ticket. (3) what was done to correct the failure; I.e, parts repaired or replaced (and if old part is available). - none at this time.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #28

Jan 012006

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
2004 Silverado speedometer. The speedometer began failing about a year ago and now fails on trips of 5 miles or more. Speedometer most often begins registering low. It is so gradual that it is not obvious when it begins happening. It will eventually register below zero at any speed. The only way to reliably judge speed is via the tachometer. A few times, it has registered high, so as to read >100 mph at highway speeds. My research shows this is a very common problem with this make/model of GM vehicle. Of course this is a very dangerous situation, especially when it first occurred with me. I am uncertain how fast I was actually going when I realized I was going way too fast in relation to what the speedometer was reporting. I believe the speedometer should be considered a critical piece of safety equipment. In addition, law enforcement requires you to follow posted speed limits, which is difficult when the speedometer is reporting inaccurately. In my opinion, this device should not fail at 35000 miles. Again, in my opinion, this is a manufacturing defect and the consumer should not have to bear the expense for the repair.

- Williamson, WV, USA

problem #27

Jan 102007

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Erratic speed reading on the speedometer of my Chevy Silverado.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #26

Jan 152007

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,700 miles
While traveling, my speedometer on my 2004 Chevy Silverado would not read an accurate mileage, for example while traveling 60 mph, the speedometer would be in excess of 100 mph, thus causing a safety issue, due to the fact that I do not know the exact speed of my vehicle, and can only judge that my vehicle is traveling the correct speed by pacing other vehicles on the highway. In fact I was pulled over for speeding, and when asked how fast I was going, I showed the police officer that my speedometer was reading 40 mph when I was parked, when in fact I was going approximately 10 miles above the speed limit. I went to the Chevy dealership, and the service representative said that he has had to replace a couple of theses, and with parts and labor would be approximately $700. My warranty expired just 700 miles prior to this defect starting. I was about to pay to get this repaired, when I decided to do research online to see if this was a problem with other Silverado, and come to find out, there are many cases like mine. I feel due to the fact that there are so many cases like this, that it should be considered a defect, and be repaired at no cost to the customer.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #25

Jan 182007

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2004 2500 Chevy truck the speedometer will sometimes start at 0 and sometimes at 60 mph and sometimes at 30 mph I called the dealer and they told me to bring it in. They said they would keep my truck for 2 days. They knew just what was wrong with in. They want $350 dollars to do this. I don't think I should have to pay for a defect on the speedometer. Not for sure on when I bought the truck.

- Lancaster, KY, USA

problem #24

Jan 202007

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,200 miles
Speedometer quit working. At a stop it was showing 120 miles an hour, sometimes more sometimes less. After researching on car forums on the internet I found many, many people have had these same problems.

- Pataskala, OH, USA

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