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Which Used Chevy Silverado Models Should You Avoid at All Costs?

The Chevrolet Silverado is one of the best-selling trucks on the current market. For the 2019 model, drivers can choose between three cab sizes, eight different trims, and seven capable engines. No matter what sort of job you need to accomplish, you can probably do it easily with one of the Silverado’s many configurations.

The newest Silverado has gotten mostly favorable reviews so far, but it’s still not flawless. If you’re shopping for a used Silverado, there are a few years that should be avoided due to a large number of reported issues. Here are some of the worst Chevy Silverado years according to CarComplaints.

A Chevy Silverado logo displayed on the back of a truck.
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The 2004 Chevy Silverado had many interiors problems

The 2004 Silverado had a lot of problems with its interior build. Drivers reported that both the speedometer and the instrument cluster gave inaccurate readings or failed to work entirely.

The gas and oil gauges also gave incorrect read-outs. The average cost to reprogram the computer was around $440. Some consumers had to have their truck’s instrument cluster completely replaced to resolve the issue. No recalls were announced over this issue, but GM did extend the warranty of the speedometer.

Another big issue was brake problems. Drivers reported that the brakes were squealing or grinding as they stopped the truck. This issue was fixed by replacing the brake hubs, which cost around $550. Some consumers had more severe problems, such as the brake lines rusting out. This issue was most common in LS trims. The average cost for new brake lines was $650, but some reported paying as high as $1,300.

2007 models suffered from brake problems

Brake malfunctions were also an issue in the 2007 model year. There were a few reports of rusted brake lines, but squealing brakes were more common. In some cases, drivers also experienced intense vibration while operating the brakes.

Some drivers found that replacing the brake calipers fixed the problem, which cost around $350. Unfortunately, it was more often the case that new front brake pads had to be installed, which cost a little over $1,000.

The 2007 Silverado also had a host of electrical issues. The most severe of these problems was a failing car battery. Some even reported that the battery died while they were driving the truck. Most drivers found that the battery failed many times during their period of ownership, as often as five times per year.

A new battery costs around $210. Some drivers also had to get a new alternator or body control module along with the new battery.

2008 was the worst year of all

CarComplaints deemed 2008 as the worst model year of all Silverados because of the frequency of one issue. This Silverado’s engine had a few problems, but the biggest one was an overuse of oil. This trend started in 2007 and continued through the 2009 model year, but it was most common with trucks from 2008.

Many reported that their truck burned through 4 quarts of oil between changes, even when the truck performed minimal or no towing work. On average, it took up to $2,700 to fix the problem. The high cost was due to many components needing to be replaced, such as valve covers, seals, pistons, and crankshaft baffles.

This Silverado also suffered from faulty Takata airbags, which sent pieces of spare shrapnel flying towards passengers after being deployed. After many reported injuries and at least one fatality, a lawsuit was filed by consumers.

Several automakers had to issue recalls for cars with these airbags, including GM. However, many drivers reported that their cars were not fixed despite being affected by the recall. In many cases, dealers told the owners that the part needed to replace the airbags was not available.