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Is the Chevy Silverado 1500 a Reliable Truck?

You need a truck that you can depend on. One that provides its money’s worth with hard work and being fun to drive. Can the Chevy Silverado 1500 deliver on these promises? Let’s see how the 2020 Chevy Silverado ranks with driver reviews and dependability scores. 

Is the Chevy Silverado A Good Truck? 

For the most part, yes. The Chevy Silverado ranks reasonably well for reliability. According to RepairPal, the Chevy Silverado ranks slightly above average for a reliable truck. It ranks at a 3.5 out of 5, while the average reliable truck has a rated of 3. It also ranks in 5th place out of 17 full-size trucks. The Ram 1500 is listed as the most reliable full-size truck.

A blue Chevy Silverado on display at an auto show
A Chevrolet Silverado on display | Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

RepairPal ranks the reliability of trucks based on the cost of annual problems to repair, how frequently repairs need to be made, and the cost of significant repairs.

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The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has an average maintenance and repairs cost of $714, which is an average ownership cost. The average repair cost for full-size trucks is $936, while other vehicle types cost about $614 annually.

Also, the Chevy Silverado only has to be taken in for unexpected repairs about .2 times per year, compared to an average of .3 times for trucks. Also, the probability of needing a major repair with the Chevy Silverado is 16%, while the average for trucks needing significant repairs is 18%. 

2020 Chevy Silverado Reliability 

Reliability ratings for the Chevy Silverado 1500 are still being determined. However, there are no recalls for this truck yet. Meanwhile, the 2020 Ford F-150 has had five recalls that drivers have already had to face this year. 

2021 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition parked in snow
2021 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition | Chevrolet

The Chevy Silverado is estimated to last beyond 200,000 miles and isn’t considered to be a high mileage truck until it hits 250k miles. It has substantial warranties, including a three year/36,000 mile warranty and a five year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty. 

While J.D. Power hasn’t released an official reliability rating, consumers have rated the Chevy Silverado and provided reviews. Based on real drivers ranking this truck, the Chevy Silverado lands at an 83/100 for reliability. This ranking comes from 852 people that purchased the 2020 Chevy Silverado. 

Drivers claim that the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has great quality, great reliability, a great driving experience, and a great dealership experience. Also, the Chevy Silverado 1500 has a great resale value, so you won’t be stuck up the creek without a paddle if you don’t like this truck. 

Should I Buy The 2020 Chevy Silverado? 

Sure, why not? The Chevy Silverado seems like a great truck all around. However, it’s rated as good, great, or above average. It’s never listed as the best. Updates from the 2019 Chevy Silverado include a larger cabin with more legroom, a new diesel engine option, and safety advancements, including adaptive cruise control. 

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2.7L Turbo
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2.7L Turbo | Chevrolet

Always be sure to test drive a truck before buying it. The interior of the Chevy Silverado seems a little outdated and could be a deal-breaker. However, it does have the best in class towing and fuel economy. It’s also noted for having a quiet cabin and a smooth ride.