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

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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

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Upper dash panel broke into two pieces, GM no longer provides the part due to frequency of failure, had to buy aftermarket dash panel that does not match original color well."

Ed D., TX (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Significant fading and peeling on hood and roof"

Maureen W., FL (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"Truck sits out daily. It has started to loose it's paint"

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

"The paint on the hood of the truck is peeling off in small and larger sheets. What isn't peeling off is faded."

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

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

Anonymous, SC (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS)

"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

"The pickup box is rusting from the inside out in the wheel wells."

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

"Classic CHEVROLET rust along the rocker panels. This is very typical for trucks of this age."

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

"Cab corner and rocker panel rust holes hazard of living in Maine ln winter"

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

"Rust at site of slight dent that occurred about 10 years ago"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"This has been a farm truck for the past 9 years. An area of rust developed below the driver's door on the body. It has eaten through a small area."

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

"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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"evaporative control module."

Jimmie D., GA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-L V8)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Intermittent hesitation, likely needing repair within next few months."

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

"Fuel gage / sender or float in gas tank has gone bad for the second time."

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

"difficult to replace fuel pump/sending unit assembly. repair manual said to drop tank, found it easier to remove bed."

Lloyd B., AZ (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.7-L V8)

"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 injection system

"$1000.00 new fuel injectors"

Rene V., OR (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump reverse flow check valve inoperative"

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

"Fuel Pump failed Also I had to completely replace all fuel and vapor lines from engine to fuel tank."

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

"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)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"I had to replace all brake lines in the vehicle, I had a catastrophic failure of the lines and ABS system"

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

"The ABS and Braking light on the dash board comes on but I have both. there are a number of problem lights that come on periodically but then go out."

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

"All brake functions work but warning lights come on intermittently."

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

"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)
Calipers

"caliper sticking"

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

"The truck had around 120000 miles on it when the brake lines failed do to corrosion. It was inconvenient and expensive to repair but certainly not something that you wouldn't expect in a 17 year old truck that had been driven primarily in Nebraska. (Salt on the roads in the winter.)"

Billy H., NE (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.7-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Brake Pads Wear Out"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.2-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"Brake system worn out on rear brakes."

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

"In extremely cold weather in 4WD front often grinds and shudders in a tight turn."

Anonymous, OR (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.2-L V8)
Regular brake failure

"Had to replace most of the brake lines because they rusted through and leaked."

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

"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)

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

Ball joints

"failure of ball joints at 120,000 mi despite consistent lubrication"

Lloyd B., AZ (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.7-L V8)
Bushings

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

Anonymous, TX (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"pump leaked and needed to be replaced"

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

"Pumps doesn’t work at low speeds"

Anonymous, MI (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"worn"

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

"Age"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"rear spring shackle broke"

Marlin G., MN (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Encountered difficulty turning the wheel to the left in parking maneuvers. Problem is unresolved."

James R., TN (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"front wheel bearing"

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

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

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)
Gauges

"the light for the odometer/gear selection was intermitant now its just out"

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

"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)

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

"pan gasket needs to be replaced"

Ward V., IL (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.7-L V8)

"Apparently there is an area in back of engine between the flywheel and the back of the block which has a gasket of some sort which sees oil pressure constantly and when it begins to leak the engine must be removed to replace this gasket or the engine just empties all its oil on the ground. So, the truck is just sitting waiting on the mechanic to do the needed repairs."

Cynthia C., GA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"The front main seal is leaking oil."

Clifford M., NV (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"Oil switch leaked oil"

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

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Vehicle was jerking every time gear shifted. It had original transmission, mechanic showed me pieces of the clutch falling of to the pan, had transmission rebuilt."

Jose A., TX (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

"Wouldn't shift to third or fourth gear"

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

"owner drove it one gallon low on trans fluid and destroyed the 3/4 clutch."

Ward V., IL (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.7-L V8)

"clunk and was unable to gain any acceleration...limbed about 1/2 mile to safety and called a tow truck"

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

"wouldn't shift to third"

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

"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)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"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)
Heater system

"When AC is operating any adj to temp control engages heater and it cant be shut off unless vehicle is shut off, key removed and door opened and closed. Seems as though system must be reset."

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

"Schrader valve has a slow leak"

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

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"need to add water to radiator periodically a very slow leak"

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

"Water pump needed replacement. My independent mechanic did a great job."

James K., WA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"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)
Wind noise

"This vehicle has poor gaskets around the doors which allow wind to enter causing very noisy interior. On the highway it is very difficult to hear another person in the vehicle in conversation."

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

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

Locks and latches

"The back door became stuck and wouldn't open. It was inconvenient so we had it fixed - the latch replaced."

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

"switches went bad"

Anonymous, SC (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS)

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

Differential

"The rear end wore out and I repaired it."

Patrick K., CA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.7-L V8)

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)

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)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"I’ve been told by the dealership that the 2001 aluminum heads on the 5.3 liter engine were known to crack."

Cynthia C., GA (2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-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.

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.

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