1999 Chevrolet Silverado Reviews - Page 7 of 8

1999 Chevrolet Silverado LS 4.8 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.8 liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Its about a 6 out of 10

Faults:

Fuel pressure regulator.

Rear end blew Up.

U-joints 3 times.

Egr valve.

Nasty leaf spring slap.

Noisy.

General Comments:

The truck has good power.

Too many problems that everyone else with the same truck has... recall maybe?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2004

1999 Chevrolet Silverado LS 5.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance82500 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Nice truck, but too many bugs

Faults:

There is an intermittent short/overload in the electrical system. When it is very hot out (>100 degrees F), and I have the air conditioning running and stereo on, and then perform a maneuver such as a turn or acceleration, it blows a fuse. This shuts down the vehicle. This has happened twice, once in a parking lot, once in traffic. It cost me $250 to get this diagnosed, but they could not find the specific problem. Now I just carry spare fuses so I can fix the problem on the spot. Not an ideal solution.

The fuel tank sending unit is experiencing intermittent failure. When the tank is full, it will occasionally read empty, then flip back up to full. This only happens when the tank is completely full. The dealership said this would cost about $600 to repair. I'm living with it for now.

There was a build-up of carbon in the fuel injection system which caused the gas pedal to 'stick' when being depressed. It would release without any problem, so this was not a big safety issue. The stickiness upon depressing the accelerator would cause the truck to 'jump' from a standing start, and could not have been good for the transmission. This cost $100 to have a Chevy dealership fix.

The transmission is starting to slip a little when shifting between 3rd and 4th. The tachometer jumps and then drops back about 400 rpm. I talked to a transmission specialist and he suspects that the converter is failing. This will be $240 just to pull the transmission and have a look.

The ABS module failed, leaving the ABS pump running continuously. I was able to shut the pump off to prevent it's burning up by removing the ABS fuse in the engine compartment fuse box. The Chevy dealership states that a new Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM) costs $700, and another $200 or so for labor. It will have the same undersized components, and will fail again. I'm seriously considering getting the module repaired by Circuit Solutions for $100 instead.

General Comments:

This truck has been nice, and I've put a lot of miles on it. In this day and age I expect to be able to get 200,000 miles out of a vehicle. The way this one is going I'm not sure it is going to make it. If I have too many more inexcusable problems with it I won't be returning to Chevy for another vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th October, 2003

29th Nov 2003, 18:45

Very good review! I have a 1999 Silverado with exactly the same issues... We are not alone, these issues are quite common with this truck. There are Silverado news groups where other Silverado owners are commenting on the same problems you did here, maybe GM should read them and try to produce a vehicle that lasts longer then the length of the lease...

1999 Chevrolet Silverado LS 5.3L gas from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 5.3L gas Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.2 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles

Faults:

Could not remove the spare tire because of t poorly design jack system at 13,000, Broken brake line at 18,000 miles, bad anti locking brake controller at 32,000, lose hanger bearing on drive shaft at 38,000,defective starter housing fail and damaged the flex plate at 58,000.

General Comments:

If you own a newer GM car that's not on warranty get rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th June, 2003

1999 Chevrolet Silverado LS 5.3 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.3 liter Automatic
Distance when acquired56000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Scottsdale

Faults:

Problem with wheel speed sensor inputs at low speeds.

General Comments:

I recently purchased a '99 Silverado from the dealership where I work. One of the problems I have experienced is with the wheel speed sensor inputs at low speeds. The bad inputs will be a few miles/hour off from the rest of them resulting in an Anti-lock Brake System failure. Distance to stop the vehicle is greatly increased and is very undesirable. This condition, most of the time will not set a trouble code and has to be checked at a dealership or at a garage with proper equipment.

The other problem is a buzzing noise that I have identified is the pump motor running. This is usually caused by a defective Electronic Brake Control Module. I have changed at least 4 of these on other trucks.

Both conditions described are very costly, especially for the average person whose warranty has run out. They are both also a potential traffic hazzard. As of now, I know no other way to correct either problem other than replacing the defective parts. I suggest you watch your rear view mirror, as there could another Chevrolet product that has to play "bumper tag" because it can't stop. Hopefully, we will not be "it!"

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2003

24th Jan 2004, 02:00

You can get your ABS module rebuilt at Circuit Solutions for only $100. The pump running problem will be fixed once and for all and you will save $900 or more. There is no need to replace the EBCM any more.

1st Mar 2004, 10:21

Remove the front wheels calipers and rotors. Remove the Wheel Speed Sensor. Remove rust build-up from around sensor mounting surface. Be careful not to let debris fall into the hole. A earplug works great for this. Replace Sensor, Rotors, Calipers and Wheels.

21st Mar 2004, 18:59

For the last person who gave feedback. What do you do if the connection (speed sensor) is broken. What is the procedure to replace it and where can you get the part? Thanks. Joe_Mich@rocketmail.com.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 34 reviews