Trucks & SUVs

The Worst Chevy Silverado Problems You Could Have Before 100,000 Miles

It can be expected that once your pickup reaches the 100,000-mile milestone, you might begin to encounter mechanical issues. After all, parts do wear down, and truck owners know the key to a long vehicle life is maintenance and replacement of parts that age and fail. But for Chevy Silverado owners, there have been a few problems that surface before the high mileage benchmarks.

We dove into the CarComplaints.com data to learn more about some of the worst problems consumers have had with their Silverado trucks early in ownership.

Burning oil troubles with 2008 & 2009 Chevy Silverado models

Chief Engineer of GM's full and mid-size trucks, Jeff Luke(C) accepts the North American Car and Truck of the year award for the Silverado truck, January 13, 2014 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show
The Chevrolet Silverado | STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images

One of the most commonly reported concerns about the 2008 and 2009 models is the trouble with burning oil. According to Car Complaints, the 2008 Silverado features over 30 consumer reports of excessive oil burning around the 80,000-mile mark.

The average costs to repair these issues is about $2,700. A similar concern exists with the 2009 Silverado as well with 45 consumer complaints. For those model years, the issues began presenting themselves around 75,000 miles, and average repair costs exceed $3,500.

Knocking noises for the 2000 Chevy Silverado

Another major complaint by Chevy Silverado owners is the presence of a major knocking noise from the engine. In fact, 40 consumers cited this issue. The knocking is reported around 97,000 miles, and the average repair cost is pretty significant – $4,340. Nine of those reported issues required complete engine replacement altogether. Others had to replace pistons to fix the noisy problem.

The most problematic model year

The 2004 model year has the most complaints overall, citing concerns with interior features and the speedometer not working properly. Despite the volume of concerns for 2004, it is the 2008 model year that is considered the worst based on the repair costs and problems at lower mileage ranges. The 2007 Chevy Silverado also has numerous reports of excessive oil consumption.

Despite the most commonly reported issues, overall, the Chevy Silverado is a good truck. It’s popular with consumers and often boasts rave reviews regarding performance, comfort, and reliability. When you consider 40 complaints in light of the thousands of Chevy Silverado owners in total, these oil burning and engine knocking problems may be somewhat isolated. It’s best to review these complaint histories and take into account the numerous bragging rights the Chevy Silverado earns across the board.

What’s new for the Chevy Silverado in 2020?

Chevy Silverado is popular with truck buyers often because of the hefty selection of powertrain, trim level, and package options. Depending on how you plan to drive and use your truck, you’re sure to find the ideal configuration from the list that includes the Work Truck, Custom, LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country trims.

You can build the half-ton pickup of your dreams with just the right amount of power and amenities you need. New for 2020, the Chevy Silverado is expanding the optional 6.2-liter V8 engine with a ten-speed automatic transmission to the lineup. Also available is the Duramax diesel 3.0-liter inline V6 engine. Other enhancements this year include additional driver assistance and towing features.

If you have your eye on a use Chevy Silverado, particularly a 2000, 2008, or 2009 model, it may be worth asking about past history with excessive oil consumption or engine knocking. As with any used truck purchase, knowing the ownership history can be key to helping you avoid costly repairs after the purchase.

Overall, the Chevy Silverado is a worthwhile consideration at any age, mileage, or trim level. Americans love their Silverado pickups, and the experts almost always agree. They’re essentially reliable and valuable investments.