2001 Chevrolet Silverado LS 5.3 Vortec from North America


It's the best there is to buy


I had my Silverado for 2 years. I beat the living crap out of it every time I drove. I hit countless curbs, and plowed through/went over more snow banks than I care to count. Over the course of this truck's life, I only had to replace the shocks, alternator, tailgate hinge, and a tire/rim (inflicted by a curb).

What ultimately killed it was coolant leaking into the 8th cylinder through the head gasket causing it to misfiring. I lived with the misfire FOR A YEAR before I finally brought it to the shop to get it looked at. They said it would cost less to replace the engine since the 5.3 Vortecs are so cheap. I could have had the thing completely fixed for $1500.

Overall it's a complete tank and will never back down from a fight.

General Comments:

The Chevy Silverado is the best mode of transportation in existence. It will get you from point A to point B no matter what. I put my truck through things that no machine should survive from, but it just kept going. Because it's not about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2016

27th Oct 2016, 12:27

Must be hard to rack up many miles when you are constantly hitting curbs...

27th Oct 2016, 18:21

He got 205000 miles out of it.

28th Oct 2016, 14:37

Uh, yeah... wrong. It already had 183,000 miles on it when he bought it.

28th Oct 2016, 22:30

My point was the total mileage achieved with the original drivetrain. I maintain my comment was valid.

2001 Chevrolet Silverado LT 5.3 from North America




General maintenance & wear on a vehicle with over 200K miles.

General Comments:

Strong performance, reliable and great to look at. My 5.3 has had Hyperteck tuning, K&N air intake, Edelbrock long tube headers, Flowmaster super 44 cat-back exhaust, MSD 8mm wires, E-3 sparkplugs, SLP rocker arms springs, mild Comp cam.

This thing is a freakin' tire shedder. It will flat smoke the tires with no problem even with 200k miles on. I keep up with the maintenance & this truck has never let me down. My service advisor at the dealership where I have it serviced always has someone asking to buy it. Black Beauty has been good too and I don't intend to get rid of her. Take care of them and they will run forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2016

2001 Chevrolet Silverado LS 5.3 from North America


I love my truck


At about 285000 I replaced the alternator.

At about 287000 I replaced the starter.

The power mirrors have not worked since I bought the truck.

The tailgate had a recall, but that was taken care of.

The belt tension pulley froze up at 326000.

I replaced the radiator at 326700.

General Comments:

The only thing I don't like about the truck is it seems to have a lot of plastic parts.

However, it's the most comfortable and best looking truck around.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2010

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 2.5 HD Duramax diesel from North America


Too many issues with injectors and transfer case


Fuel injectors had to be replaced around 103000 miles. This was replaced under warranty and the warranty has been extended to 200000 miles. Today, oil on the ground and the transfer case is leaking. Found same pinhole that everyone else seems to have. Chevy needs to step up and recall!!

General Comments:

The truck has been good.

However when there is a problem, it seems to be major and costs a lot to repair.

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

Review Date: 8th September, 2008

11th Dec 2008, 15:58

We've had the same issues. All new fuel injectors, pumps, etc. at 99,000 miles. Now again at 105,000.

14th Apr 2009, 15:23

I own a 2001, Chev 2500 HD.

YEP, I had to install a new transfer case due to the pinhole leak created by a bad design. The dealer told me that the new case was reinforced in the area of friction, and that it won't do it again. This was at 80,000 miles. The cost was $1200.00.

I now have 225,000 miles on the truck and it still runs and looks good, except that it has developed an oil leak that seems to not be repairable. A defect in the engine block evidently. It leaks onto the exhaust and I get a nose full of burning oil when I exit the truck. Too bad. It's a beautiful black truck, I would expect to get 500,000 miles out of it easily. I don't know how long I'll contend with the hot oil smell. I love Chev's, but we'll see what happens.