2005 Chevrolet Silverado LS 5.3

Summary:

Love my Silverado

Faults:

Since I’ve owned the vehicle nothing much on the vehicle has given out with the exception of the stepper motors and lights in the dash. I have also got a few “service 4w drive” indications and airbag lights come on since I’ve had it.

The stepper motors and lights were easy to replace and inexpensive. If you know how to do basic soldering and use a digital multi meter, then you’ll be fine.

The 4w drive service light came on a few times, but realized that it was due to the 4x4 switch not outputting the correct voltage, which was another inexpensive repair. Simple plug and play.

The airbag light was simply a loose harness connection on the bottom left kick panel of the driver's side, which just needs to either be wiggled occasionally, or if you want it could unplugged and with slight pin adjustments will fix the issue.

General Comments:

Since I’ve owned the truck haven’t had any issues mechanically with it. Also, on another note, once I bought it, I had a 4 inch lift installed with 37 inch tires. This hasn’t caused any issues with the exception of gas mileage decreasing.

The truck is nimble when it comes to handling, and the 5.3 engine provides enough power for the average person. I’ve pulled 8200 pounds without any issues or overheating. Only recommendation is to buy a brake controller.

An awesome feature of the 5.3 with vin z is that it accepts ethanol/e85 fuel. May hinder gas mileage, but you’ll truly notice the increase in throttle response and power.

I would definitely buy another Silverado.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2017

2005 Chevrolet Silverado small V8

Summary:

Don't buy it

Faults:

ABS light on.

Check engine light on (due to fuel gauge not working).

Tail gate keeps falling down.

Water pump went.

General Comments:

Rides great, but lots of check engine problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th January, 2016

2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LT 5.3L V8

Summary:

Not worth the $39K!!!

Faults:

First problem, which started at about 5k miles, was a knocking noise in the front end. Knocking would occur when making tight turns and hitting bumps in the road. Took it in and they "fixed" it. Problem started occurring again in the last 3 months or so. The dealer told me it is a "defect." This makes me wonder how much it will cost to have it fixed when the warranty runs out.

The memory seats seem to have a case of alzheimers and tend to forget where they were set. Apparently the only memory they have is to send me into the dashboard at an attempt to break my legs ala "Christine."

The transmission has begun to slip and goes from slipping to being jerky. Cause unknown...

The cigarette lighter plug decided to give up the other day and does not work.

Auto dimming rearview mirror seems to be in cahoots with the memory seats as they brighten and dim on a whim.

Already needs new tires all around. The tires sold with the truck (brand-new) are crap...

General Comments:

I bought this truck brand new in 2005. It is rarely driven because I have a company car that I drive to work and back with. The truck is driven mainly for pleasure and all the miles are highway. It is very comfortable inside and has all the bells and whistles. But quality is lacking!!

For having so few miles and being well taken care of it's a shop queen. I dread the day the warranty expires!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th July, 2007

8th Aug 2008, 08:44

I have the same truck and had the same transmission issue. At 58k mile it went completely out. The issue was the transmission cooler is in the radiator and had gotten (somehow?) a hairline crack in it and mixed the tranny fluid and antifreeze so I had antifreeze in my transmission. It was out of warranty but Chevrolet covered the cost. Now 2k miles later back in to have valve body replaced for a shutter at 45-50mph and they were very cautious about fluid in transmission case again. Seems like this may be a major issue. I applaud Chevrolet for taking care of the cost and giving me a 100k warranty on transmission but would rather not have to keep dealing with.