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 15 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)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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)

"16 year old truck sitting out in the weather..no real complaint"

Anonymous, SC (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS Unsure)

"Paint is becoming very thin"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"Paint is peeling off bad ... And the vehicle is maintained I.e washed and waxed on a regular basis"

Anonymous, NV (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"Clear coat is getting bare"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)
Rust

"lots of rust on bottom of back doors"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Rust over the rear fender wheel wells and bottom rear corner of the cab"

Jon K., NE (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"Body, rocker panel and cab corners"

Anonymous, ME (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

"The rocker panels on both sides have completely rusted through. I have completely replaced them with 16 ga. aluminum checked plate. I also replaced the cab corners with the same material. Estimate to have it done was $3000.oo. My DIY cost was $300.oo plus my time. Nice!"

Michael H., IA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"Rust holes in rocker panels"

Anonymous, ME (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 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

Fuel gauge/sender

"fuel gauge never did work and was very expensive to fix"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"It reads incorrectly at different times"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"The sending unit to the fuel gauge stopped working about 3 years after purchase"

Ronald L., VA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge malfunctions when tank is half full. Spent $500 to install a new sensor. Worked for a couple of months and continues to malfunction again"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3-L V6)

"Fuel pump check valve is inoperative"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"The fuel pump stopped working on the expressway some distance from home. The shop that it was towed to charged nearly twice what my local shop said they would charge"

Timothy S., MI (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

"Fuel pump failed, stranding owner in the left turn lane on a divided 4 lane highway. cost to have truck towed and replace fuel pump was $1000 +"

Maggie S., WI (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"Have check engine light that won't go away it keeps coming up O2 sensor ...been changed many of times ALWAYS comes back"

Anonymous, NV (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-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

"Gas gauge works intermittently. Parts alone are over $500 and they can't be sure replacing the gauge will solve the problem"

Effie S., ID (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.7-L V8)

"fuel gauge indicates false low fuel when tank is full. then after tank gets lower on fuel it light will bounce around from low fuel to showing more correct fuel reading on gauge"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)
Headlights

"The passenger side headlight goes off occasionally while I'm driving at night but when i take it to the dealership it always seems to work fine for them"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base Unsure)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Water collected in the left headlamp space causing bulbs to short out. Also, we have to replace the license plate lights twice/year; they seem like they are constantly going out"

Scott C., KS (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.3-L V6)

"Running light on one side quit working. Replaced with aftermarket and works fine. I see other Chevrolet vehicles with one running light not working all the time"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3-L V6)

"Daytime running lights collect moisture and burn out probably every 6 months"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"normal failure"

Marlin G., MN (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Speed senser problems"

Anonymous, ME (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

"The antilock front sensors had to be replaced several years ago"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"caliper sticking"

Marlin G., MN (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Brake Pads Wear Out"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.2-L V8)

"Original rear rotors worn out after 100,000. Sixteen years of use on original equipment. The original front pads and rotors are still good. Amazing brakes from the factory"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

"Age"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"HAD TO HAVE IT REPLACED"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"quit working and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"Schrader valve has a slow leak"

David L., VA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Been to two repair shops (dealer and independent) trying to get knock sensor trouble code repaired. Still no permanent fix over last three years"

Roy B., OH (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)
Fuel leaks

"Fuel line from tank to engine rusted through"

Anonymous, ME (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Oil switch leaked oil"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3-L V6)

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

Bushings

"Worn out due to off road use over many years"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Age"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 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

"leaks water around window on rear of the cab"

Anonymous, IA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"From the first year of purchase the door weather stripping was not tight and inside the cab was very loud. Difficult to talk"

Ronald L., VA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"wouldn't shift into top 2 gears common I guess for a rig with almost 200000 miles"

Henry E., OR (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"The truck would come out of first gear, then slip back into it, so you were always driving in first gear. Had to replace it"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-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

Windows

"switches went bad"

Anonymous, SC (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS Unsure)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"The intake manifold gaskets were leaking, even though they had been replaced about 25,000 kilometers ago. The mechanic told me it's because of the Dexcool antifreeze recommended by General Motors. Apparently it "eats" those gaskets"

Reg K., AB (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 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

Exhaust

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

Drive System

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

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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