2003 Chevrolet Silverado Reviews - Page 5 of 6

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6 turbo diesel from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 6.6 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance7500 miles
Previous carChevrolet Silverado

Faults:

Passenger mirror would would not fold in or out upon delivery.

General Comments:

Wow, the more I drive it, the better I feel about my purchase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2004

2003 Chevrolet Silverado LS 1500 HD Crew Cab 6.0 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 6.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1530 miles
Most recent distance17150 miles
Previous carChevrolet Silverado

Summary:

One Serious Truck

Faults:

Around 11,000 miles, the lifters started chattering. (Dealer adjusted)

There is also a deep knock on very cold mornings. (Service bulletin says this is OK???)

When using the right turn signal, both signals will blink. (Dealer supposedly fixed, they found a short on the left rear taillight, but still happens)

General Comments:

Overall, I love the truck. It does everything I wanted, but I do wish I wold have popped for the 4 wheel drive now. I have had no problems towing boats or trailers of any size. The ride is a little rough, but it is a truck and has the 2500 series suspension.

The power from the 6.0 is outstanding, for such a big truck, I can hold my own. I have added a few extras that have made it even better, and still have one more to add to make me happy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2004

5th Jun 2004, 13:44

You may already know this, but the 5.7 and 6.0 both knock when cold. GM is aware of in and if you have taken it to your dealer for the "normal" diagnosis, GM will send you a certificate guaranteeing the engine for 100,000 miles. They even include the water pump!

Dale.

2003 Chevrolet Silverado LS 5.3 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.3 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired250 miles
Most recent distance6000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Silverado

Summary:

A good, strong, powerful and comfortable truck, but with some worrisome flaws

Faults:

(1) The truck was delivered with the steering wheel off centre. The truck didn't pull to one side, but it took a total realignment on a 2nd trip to the dealer to get it right.

(2) The LS standard equipment list included a lock on the spare tire, but wasn't on the truck when delivered. Persistence was needed to get the dealer to install one readily available from their parts counter.

(3) The plastic wheel lug nut covers rattled loose even though GM issued a dealer Service Bulletin in 2000 pointing to this specific problem. GM's fix is a specific glue which the dealer had to order, so it required a 2nd trip to the dealer to get a temporary fix. (The glue has to be reapplied each time a lug nut is removed?) I bet Toyota and Nissan don't overlook defects like this.

(4) Although the truck came equipped with the optional trailer hauling option group, a fuse is missing, unlike my 2000 Silverado, so that a trailer's interior lights won't work. The owner's manual only makes a vague reference to the missing fuse for the 7th wire of the truck's 7 wire electrical trailer harness. So the 5th wheel hitch installer spent an hour unsuccessfully trouble-shooting a baffling electrical problem. It took the dealership's head mechanic with an circuit tester to determine it was a missing fuse, which was then installed freely.

(5) The automatic transmission slipped alarmingly when shifting from 2nd to 3rd and the truck seemed to lurch when accelerating moderately after making a right turn. The dealer reprogrammed the truck's computer with new codes issued on a GM Service Bulletin.

(6) The 5.3 engine is reported to be smooth. But my truck had drivetrain vibrations at 1500 rpm, which was more noticeable at 2300 rpm and worse yet at 3800 rpm. Excelerating on a freeway onramp pulling a heavy trailer, the vibration at 3800 rpm resonated alarmingly throughout the cab. After insisting something was wrong and repeated trips to the dealer, the head mechanic finally fixed the problem using "shims" that had to ordered from GM.

General Comments:

I enjoy driving my Silverado -- clearly it's a strong, powerful and comfortable truck that should prove a good value in the long run.

But there were some annoying and probably typical problems that leave GM, and maybe all domestic truck manufacturers, vulnerable. My Silverado had an assembly error with the wheel alignment, something that should have been caught by the dealer before delivery, but wasn't; the loose wheel nut cover problem is a minor design flaw that should have been corrected by GM long ago, but hasn't been; and the transmission slip, and new computer programming as it's fix, is peculiar. This transmission has been around for years.

But the fuse that was present in my 2000 and missing in 2003, and the exclusion of the spare tire lock, are indicative of something much bigger -- GM's marketing/assembly "shell game".

GM offers 0% loan financing and cash discounts. But then save money in shaving off parts from the truck and sloppy assembly. Compared to my 2000 truck, a number of items have been removed -- it lost one of it's power point outlets on the dash, it doesn't have an under hood light, the side trim doesn't extend past the driver's door, no longer down the whole length of the truck and there're fewer exterior trim pieces.

Compare this to Japanese manufacturers who run a tighter ship in production and quality. They don't trade off product quality for price incentives. And continually gain market share in the process.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2004

8th Jan 2005, 10:29

I also had the fuse problem with my 2003 Z71 Silverado, but had to pay for the fuse after determining the problem.

3rd Sep 2005, 22:20

With respect to this missing fuse? Where is it supposed to be located?

20th Dec 2005, 13:20

I am somewhat surprised to hear of the above problems experienced by other owners of the 2003 Silverado. I bought my 2500 LS, 6 litre, truck in December of 2003 and have experienced absolutely no problems whatsoever. I tow a 25-ft 5th wheel in the summer and have found the truck to be smooth, comfortable, and powerful, towing the trailer with ease. This is a wonderful truck!

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 21 reviews