When it comes to American-made trucks, two names immediately come to mind. Sure, there are Ram owners and there are people who drive GMC Sierras, but the real rivalry has always been the Chevy Silverado vs. the Ford F-Series.
Regardless of which camp you’re in, you have to admit that both trucks have a ton to offer. There are the powerful engines, more-than-capable towing capacities, long lists of advanced safety and technology features, overall solid reliability ratings, and a number of special edition models to please the most discerning drivers.
Because the full-size pickup segment is ultra-competitive, shoppers can often find fantastic deals on trucks that are just a few years old. The 2015 Chevy Silverado is popular among pre-owned truck buyers, likely at least partially because 2014 was terrible for Silverados in terms of complaints. While the 2015 models are great trucks overall and have a number of impressive features, there are some common issues you should be aware of before buying.
The 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500’s faulty fuel tank pressure sensor
A frequent complaint about the 2015 Chevy Silverado is that the fuel level sensor gives inaccurate readings. The sensor is inside the fuel tank and its failure results in the gas gauge displaying incorrect information.
On RepairPal, owners report not being able to completely fill up their gas tanks and that the gauge shows “low fuel” when the trucks have plenty of gas. Other drivers mention difficulties putting gas in their trucks as the faulty sensor causes the pump to shut off repeatedly. Thankfully, this issue is more of an annoyance than anything, and it can be remedied by replacing the fuel level sensor.
Transfer case malfunction
The next issue common in 2015 Chevy Silverado models is much more serious. In four-wheel-drive models, a glitch in the transfer case software could potentially shift the truck into neutral at any time. If it happened while the truck was parked, it could roll away, and if it occurred while driving, the vehicle could lose power.
GM ultimately issued a recall of nearly 400,000 trucks and SUVs that were affected. Although the problem is easily fixed by reprogramming the transfer case, this is just one of many recalls for the 2015 Chevy Silverado.
Climate control system failure
Faulty condensers and mode door actuators in a large number of 2015 Chevy Silverados can cause the air conditioning to blow hot air. Interestingly, GM has acknowledged the widespread problem but never issued a recall. According to driver reports on Car Complaints, the only fix is replacing the condenser — a pricy solution that can cost upwards of $1,500.
The 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 checks a lot of boxes
The good news is that there’s plenty to love about the 2015 Chevy Silverado. After a refresh in 2014, 2015 models got a greatly-improved infotainment system with integrated text alerts and Siri Eyes Free for iPhones as well as options for an available spray-in bed liner and 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi. An eight-speed automatic transmission also took the place of a six-speed automatic in models with 6.2-liter V8 engines.
An aspect where the 2015 Silverado really stands out from its competitors is its incredibly quiet cabin. Thanks to its high-quality suspension, the ride is exceptionally smooth – almost non-truck-like. The truck is also one of the most affordable you can buy, with an especially low cost of ownership. U.S. News named the 2015 Chevy Silverado a finalist for its 2015 Best Full-Size Truck for the Money award, and Kelley Blue Book has ranked several model years as having some of the lowest five-year costs of ownership.
Car buyers considering the 2015 Silverado can also count on the solid safety and dependability ratings the truck has become well-known for as well as high payload and tow capacities. When properly equipped, trucks with the 6.2-liter V8 engine can tow up to 12,000 pounds.