The Silverado hasn't changed much since its 1999 introduction and doesn't compete well with more modern designs. Its highlights include a selectable four-wheel-drive system with a full-time mode and a high payload capacity. But its powertrain isn't as smooth as some models, such as the Toyota Tundra's or Nissan Titan's. Handling was ungainly, and the ride is stiff. Interior quality is below par.
Alerts
There are 20 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC and head protection air bags available from 2007; standard from 2010. Side air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test
The Silverado hasn't changed much since its 1999 introduction and doesn't compete well with more modern designs. Its highlights include a selectable four-wheel-drive system with a full-time mode and a high payload capacity. But its powertrain isn't as smooth as some models, such as the Toyota Tundra's or Nissan Titan's. Handling was ungainly, and the ride is stiff. Interior quality is below par. The nonadjustable seatback-mounted shoulder belts, common on many GM vehicles, were uncomfortable for some drivers.
Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.3-liter V6 (200 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 (270 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (285 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (300 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"The ABS system sensors on one of the wheels was sending a signal which cause the vehicle to to touch the brakes at approximately five to six miles per hour before coming to a stop if you are stepping on the brake so I just connected the ABS brakes it's an expensive repair"

Kenneth H., NJ (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"replaced abs controller"

W M., GA (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.3-L V6)

"abs sensor, intermittent function trouble light"

John F., CA (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

"This chronic defect,<low speed activation>, periodically rears it's ugly head and is remedied by replacing the sensor assembly. Here in the NE, salty roads destroy this flimsy unit"

Eric G., MA (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"replaced or rebuilt right rear caliper three times and left rear caliper once since vehicle was new, even though brakes serviced every oil change (approx. 3,600 miles)"

Gerald S., WA (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.2-L V8)

"Went out"

Roger W., IN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.2-L V8)

"stuck closeed"

Roger W., IL (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Master cylinder leaking fluid"

J C., TX (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

"In the past 17 years, I've had to replace the "top-hat" assembly at least three time as it locks up and fails to pass the vehicle inspection"

Eric G., MA (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
Rotors

"Wore"

Anonymous, MN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Sun damage on paint - live in Arizona"

Richard R., AZ (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 4.7-L V8)

"The sun had faded the paint badly. I had the paint refinished"

Anonymous, GA (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

"Paint on hood peeled off in abt three spots. Largest spot abt size of half dollar coin. Other two smaller than quarter. Possibly caused by a new automatic car wash. All occurred shortly after using the new car wash"

Benny W., TX (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"We have mild winters here but the bed rust out"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-L V8)

"Vehicle is the worst for rust that I have ever owned. I had Toyota truck that I bought used, drove for 8 years, gave it to a neighbor son he drove itfor three more years. Hardly any rust"

Anonymous, VT (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3-L V6)

"Body Rust and Brake Rotors. Truck is junk"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-L V8)

"Right front fender and both rocker panels replaced. Rust on rear right quarter panel"

Philip F., VT (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"Erratic operation of the fuel level on the dash guage"

R S., NJ (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Does not indicate properly"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.2-L V8)

"fuel line rusted and needed to be replaced and the fuel injectors need to be cleaned\ed plus a tune-up"

Donald R., MN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-L V8)
Fuel pump

"Had the fuel pump completely replace brand new fuel lines leading to the pump changed due to rust out now the truck runs very well"

Kenneth H., NJ (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"It failed at 110,000 miles"

Ronald M., MO (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"failed and had to be replaced"

Donald R., MN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"you cannot keep this truck lined up without replacing whole front end componets"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.2-L V8)

"there junk"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-L V8)

"wore out"

Roger W., IL (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Leaking fluid, replaced"

Carol B., NC (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"put new tie rods in the other tie rods were junk"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.2-L V8)

"Near failure of wheel front left bearing, repaired"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"The internal mechanism to switch the air flow doesn't work"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.2-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"The truck has had a slow refrigerant leak since I bought it in 2004. No one has been able to correct the problem. I have to have refrigerant added every two years"

James H., SC (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3-L V6)

"Refrigerant still leaks out after two attempts to repair"

Edward R., IN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"gas has a slow leak"

Kenneth J., FL (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"Low side refrigerant port valve was leaking"

Anonymous, MS (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Replaced automatic transmission at 82,000 miles, caused by a weak reverse gear"

Gerald S., WA (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.2-L V8)

"In my 1994 Chev, transmission cooked, after replacing the transmission, I added a cooler. Truck is used for hauling 5 wheel trailer"

Graham H., NS (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 6.0-L V8)

"Truck started to slow and tow/heat light came on. Transmission went out while towing a boat. Truck does have 180K. Had to have truck towed and transmission replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)

"Tranny went out. Had to get it rebuilt. Great rebuild"

William D., TN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"A/C belt broke"

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-L V8)

"tensioner pulley on the serpentine belt basically seized. Belt and tensioner had to be replace and all grooved pulleys had rubber stuck in them"

Collin D., CA (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"This vehicle leaks a quart of oil about every 3000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Wind noise wa terrible replaced all door seals"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"The front suspension makes funny sounds like something is loose. Have not been able to locate the problem"

Ronald B., GA (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)
Wind noise

"It always sounds as if the passenger window is not up all the way"

Ronald B., GA (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

"Tailgate latch broke while tailgate was closed. Could not open to use bed of vehicle. Latch replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)
Windows

"The right side passenger window mechanism had to be replaced twice"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.2-L V8)

"Driver's window inoperative - motor and master switch replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"The gas guage works intermittently showing empty then full until about an eighth of a tank of gas has been used. Then the gas guage works fairly good. I check my guage by mileage"

Anonymous, OK (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"dash lights sometimes go out. Warning light, with no problem"

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.7-L V8)

"gas gauge works intermitanily"

Kenneth J., FL (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Loosing coolant caused by leaky head gasket. Heads sent to specialty shop that cleaned them and checked valves. Said it was good for another 100K miles"

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-L V8)
Water pump

"Water pump had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 4.3-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Starter

"It failed due to age"

Andy A., MN (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"Needs replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.2-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"U joints had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 4.3-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"94 Chev, restored and cooler added"

Graham H., NS (2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 6.0-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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