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2018 Chevy Silverado 1500: The Most Common Complaints You Should Know About

The Chevy Silverado was the second-best-selling truck of 2018, behind the Ford F-Series. The 2018 model year is well-loved and has very few problems, especially when compared to the 2017 model year. On Edmunds, the 2018 model year is rated 3.6 out of 5, with 42% of people giving it 5 stars.

This is a big jump up from 2017, when the truck rated 3.3, with 29% of reviewers giving it 5 stars. Here are some of the common complaints about the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500, according to CarComplaints.com, plus what fans love about it.

2018 Silverado most common complaints

On paper, the 2017 and 2018 Silverados look pretty similar. When you take a look at the complaints though, the differences are obvious. The 2018 model has very few complaints registered to CarComplaints.com, with only 15.

In comparison, the 2014 model has 247, the 2015 model had 135, and the 2017 model had 93. Top complaints have been about the engine, transmission, fuel system, and steering.

Engine

Three people registered engine issues with the 2018 Silverado. People complained that the check engine light came on and that the serpentine belt wore out. These problems did not have an identifiable common connection, which could make fixing it very frustrating.

Transmission

There were also three people who reported transmission concerns with the 2018 Silverado. Problems included not shifting properly.

Additional transmissions issues listed on the NHTSA’s website mention jerking and clunking. There were concerns too that dealers weren’t able to fix the issues.

One reviewer wrote: “Took it back to the dealer to complain about clunking when slowing down and the transmission is downshifting. Was told that is ‘normal operation’ for this truck.”

Fuel system

Only two people submitted fuel system complaints, and they were about a faulty fuel pump and a fuel smell in the cabin. When you gage the number of 2018 Silverados sold to the number of complaints about the fuel system, this doesn’t appear to be a big issue.

Steering

Two people had issues with excessive vibration in the steering wheel. One truck owner wrote: “Between 60 and 70 mph, the steering wheel has a definite and annoying vibration that comes and goes.” Again, due to the small number of complaints, potential buyers should be too worried. Just be sure to take the truck on a thorough test drive.

Problems with other Silverado model years

The overall most common complaints about recent years of the Chevy Silverado 1500 have been about the transmission. In the past, the worst model years for transmission problems were 2014, 2015, and 2017. On average, the transmission problems started at only 42,000 miles and included hard shifting, surging, and jerking.

The worst model year is considered to be 2017 because it’s prone to expensive problems and problems at lower mileage. The 2017 model year did really poorly in Consumer Reports ratings, even earning the lowest score possible for reliability.

There were 55 people who submitted complaints to CarComplaints.com about their transmissions on the 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500. Other top problems in 2017 were with the engine, drivetrain, and the air conditioner and heater.

People love the Chevy Silverado 1500

Despite some of these reported problems, the Chevy Silverado 1500 is a very popular truck. It’s also General Motors’ best-selling vehicle. Some people love Chevy for being an American car company, and buyers are very loyal to the brand. Chevrolet, now a division of General Motors, was founded in Detroit in 1911.

The Silverado name was first used as a trim level in 1975 and became its own model in 1999. Its redesign in 2014 kicked off the third generation for the truck and earned the Silverado the North American Truck of the Year award.

Part of the appeal of the Chevy Silverado 1500 is the many configurations that are available. There are six trim levels as well as three cab layouts, three different bed sizes, and three engine options. The bottom line is, if you’re looking for a used truck, the 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 is a good one to consider.