6th Jul 2008, 18:40
I have a 2000 Chevy Silverado, and there is no way it gets anywhere near 24mpg, more like 15avgish. I have had the brake problem, just almost took out my fence because I hit a bump and it decided to go to the floor again (fun feeling I am telling you), Only had it for about a year and a half now, will have to replace the wheel hub assembly, 4x4 switch is sketchy, likes to not come out of 4wd. But it does have 121k on it so I guess it is what it is, wish the brake thing could be addressed by GM and fixed.
19th Jul 2008, 03:32
I work at a GM dealer here in Joliet, IL, and some of my customers get around the ABS problem by just taking out the ABS relay in the fuse block in the engine compartment. This gets rid of the over reacting ABS, but it will also disable the entire ABS system whenever you may really need to use it. It also turns the diag. light on the dash, which is annoying so people will just put electric tape over it.
I do not recommend taking out the ABS relay, as it takes away a valuable safety control device on your vehicle.
As for the gas mileage, 15-18 mpg is the best I have personally seen, and 10-12 mpg is the worst I have personally seen.
The piston slap when cold is from one of these two problems: Carbon build-up on pistons, and because mid year 2000 was the introduction of a new family of GM engines, we occasionally see improper ring and piston clearances from the factory. This is definitely possible, and will make that noise also.
IF carbon build-up is to blame, full throttle acceleration and letting it shift through all gears when safe is one way to clear out some carbon, but the best and also the most expensive of the two is the available top engine cleaning through dealers, which really helps.
IF improper ring or piston clearances is the problem, this will usually require a rebuild of the engine.
Overall they are good trucks, regular maintenance will keep your vehicle running smooth, and I can't stress that enough.
6th Aug 2008, 14:05
I also own the 2000 x-tended cab 4x4 4.8, 5 speed. The problems I have had is a front wheel bearing went out, and the brake lines rotted out on it. (Ohio native truck) I replaced them and bled the crap out of them before taking it to a shop and they had to remove codes from the ABS. Since then I cannot keep a firm brake pedal unless I pump the brakes while driving. Took to the shop, they wanted a lot more money and replace some parts.
I too have had the problems of the ABS acting up while driving down rough roads or over R/R tracks. Prior to replacing the lines. I have enjoyed the truck owned it for four (4) years, with very little problems other that what is stated. It has over 120,000 on it and averages 16-18 mpg, and if I keep it under 2,000 RPM's I have gotten 20 MPG. Not often but it did happen.
5th Sep 2008, 21:52
I just came across this survey and had to read all of the comments. I own a 2000 Silverado LS with the 5.3 mtr. I got a smile on my face when I read the comment posted on 1 Aug.2002.
My Silverado has 392,000 miles on it and has never had engine problems. I still drive this truck everyday; headed for the 500,000 mark.
17th Sep 2008, 21:34
Silverado LS 1500 5.3 143,000.
I have only owned this for a couple of years now. It has had minor problem. I average about 13 mpg in the city. Center console lid broke, I am afraid to ask how much one of these cost. The big speaker in the pass door went out, cost me $65, now the driver side is blown. The body below the back of the cab is starting rust. Today the cable that rolls the window up on driver door broke. Looks like I am going to have to learn how to change one out? Anyone got any advice?
18th Sep 2008, 16:12
I have a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado regular cab, short bed, 4.8. I bought it at 30,000 miles.
I hold it to the floor everywhere I go. I drive all over the place. City and freeway. I get 15 miles to the gallon. I suppose if I drove it on the freeway only with no traffic at 65 70 miles an hour, it would get better than 15.
I change my spark plugs every 10,000 miles. I change my oil every 1,000 miles. I change my air filter and fuel filter every other oil change.
I broke my differential, but it's because I was doing burnouts and donuts.
My fuel pump did go out on me around 90,000 miles. My radiator went out on me at 110,000 miles. And my transmission went out on me at 70,000 miles. They covered my transmission (second gear broke). I only had to pay like 250 dollars I think. My radiator was only 75 bucks. My fuel pump was outrageous though, above 150 I think.
If I can get it to hook up (traction), it will outrun those new Mustangs that came out in like 2006. I don't think it's stock though. It has the stock muffler and everything looks stock, but maybe someone decked the heads and put a camshaft in it.
It runs like my 69 Chevelle. This guy has a 98 Lexus with a V8 in it. I beat him and that's a tiny car. I think the Mustang was faster than him though. I like my truck. It's a clean looking truck too. I just put the 2003 tail lights on it and 2003 wheels on it. Other than that, it's all stock I guess.
2nd Oct 2008, 08:06
I have a 2001 1500 4x4 Silverado I've replaced the rotors 3 times, the brake pads countless times, the emergency brake is rusted out and now I have to replace all of the brake lines. It doesn't even have 70k on it. Chevy should be ashamed of themselves for producing such low quality brake systems. "Like a Rock" more like a lump of Charcoal. All I can say is never again...
14th Oct 2008, 22:28
I've got a 00 silverado with 5.3 4x4 and in the last week noticed transmission was slipping in all gears and very sluggish and jerking when accelerating from a stop. Now it will not shift into third gear. Code P0756 showed up for 2-3 shift solenoid. Any ideas how much for this part and labor costs. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
29th Dec 2008, 16:42
I have a 2000 ext. cab 4x4 5.3 with 170,000 miles on it, with only normal maintenance done on it, and I do get 20 miles to the gallon. I do my own work, then I know it is done right, very happy with the truck.
11th Jan 2009, 21:21
Have 2000 silverado 2 wheel drive, recently noticed that when start to take off very slowly, there is a slight shudder until your speed picks up. Any answers?
31st Jan 2009, 22:58
I drive a 2000 2500 it has 185k miles, only big thing was the fuel pump went out. I drive this truck hard, carry heavy loads and it drives like a champ. Just starting to feel like I need to replace the shocks. My only gripe is that it leaks oil... but with 185k of very hard work I cannot complain. I would buy another in a heart beat, but this one may last a few more years.