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.
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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.
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.3-liter V6 (200 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 (275 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 2002 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)

"Stopped working properly. Very expensive to fix. Disconnected system instead"

Anonymous, AB (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"all brake lines failed and had to be replaced"

Cheryl B., WI (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"ABS module warning light comes on intermittently. To be expected with almost 340,000 miles"

Larry T., UT (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"ABS Sensors corroded after previous recall and an additional replacement after the recall"

Rocco C., VA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"The ABS warning light comes on intermittently and has been for over a year now. The sending unit is bad and would cost between $800 to $1000 dollars to replace. The brakes are working just fine so I am in no rush to have it replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

"They electronic unit which conterols the ABS was defective"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.2-L V8)

"Replace EVS system - $1675"

Alesia S., TX (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"The ABS module failed (VERY expensive) and was disconnected from the vehicle rendering the vehicle without ABS - just standard brakes"

J S., NY (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"had to disconnect the fuse because ABS was never working properly"

Robert D., MA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD 4.7-L V8)

"modulator has gone out"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"Rear brake calipers stuck"

Steven E., IA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"frozen"

Charles J., FL (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"Replaced rear calipers due to not releasing"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

"Warped"

Anonymous, TN (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"Brakes would grab when not expecting. To car techs said it was ok. Finally after I got it towed to a Chevy dealer they repaired the problem"

Anonymous, NH (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-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)

"clear coat peeled off and the paint underneath was chalky and came off when hit with a pressure washer. Had to have the truck painted completely"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"paint bubbles between paint and metal body numbering 24+"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

"Clear coat and paint stripped off from hood and roof. Just showing through"

Jerome S., VA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-L V8)
Rust

"rust over the back wheel wells"

Anonymous, MN (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"rusted bumper"

Anonymous, ME (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD 5.2-L V8)

"door bottoms and rocker panels rusting out"

James H., MI (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"both side rocker panels and cab corners rusted thru/away"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

"Rear brake backer plates and both rocker panels completely rusted out; part of rear bumper rusted out' rust through paint on hood and cab"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-L V8)

"Rust on lower body panels--rocker panel. Rusted through"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"This vehicle was my work truck for 10 years and went to work in the snow and rain and whatnot. Due to road salt I have extensive rust in the rocker panels and cab corners as well as the rear wheel wells"

Jerome S., VA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-L V8)

"The previous owner of the vehicle failed to have it rustproofed. The rocker panels and fender wells are rusting out because we live in a high salt usage area"

J S., NY (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"In the last couple years the body above the real wheel wells and corner of cab started rusting very heavily"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.2-L V8)

"fender on back rust"

Anonymous, PA (2002 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

Fuel pump

"Ceased to work while traveling home from an out-of-town trip. Called a tow truck and had it towed to a nearby mechanic to fix"

Anonymous, LA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"Gave out and needed replacement"

Barbara A., OK (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.2-L V8)

"This is a problem that I have learned that many of these trucks, from various years have had. It seems that the fuel pump fails to stay sealed in the fuel tank. Once this failure occurs, then problems with starting the truck begin. Eventually, for many the fuel pump fails and must be replaced. Mine never made it that far, a damaged fuel line, combined with the aforementioned fuel pump separation led to the fuel pump replacement"

James H., KY (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"Had fuel pump replaced then 9 months later had to have it replaced again"

Carolyn M., TX (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure Unsure)

"very expensive to replace"

Patrick M., OK (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-L V8)

"Vehicle coasted to a stop. Restarted several times but would not continue to run"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 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

Springs or torsion bars

"The rear spring shackle that attaches the rear end of the leaf spring to the frame is a problematic part. These shackles rust prematurely and need to be replaced. Replacement is not easy since the frame end of the shackle is riveted in place, and most times the bolts for the spring end are seized in the bushing"

Mac M., PA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"The rear spring broke, needed replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"I had the rack and pinion replaced in Aug 2014 due to leakage. I have been informed by my mechanic that the replacement rack and pinion is leaking and should be replaced. I would have expected the replacement to have lasted for more than two and a half years. My mechanic also has stated that this part is a remanufactured part and new ones are not available. I would think that the company remanufacturing these would repair them to like new condition. I do not look forward to having to replace th"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

"Had to replace Pittman and idler arms"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"periodic rattle from steering linkage. No mechanic has been able to identify the exact issue yet. It's only mildly annoying at this time"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Truck was stored for 9 months. About 50 miles from reactivation, a loud Left Rear Outer 4x4 shaft bearing started making a loud noise. This noise tracks the vehicle speed not the engine or transmission speeds It has not been fixed yet and the truck is parked until fixed to avoid any long term storage lack of lubrication problems"

Alice R., VA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.7-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

"The A/C system completely failed and I had to have a new system installed"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"Repeated failures of AC compressors"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan speed selector fails to work in high position"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)

"My truck sets for long periods. I have had orings replaced twice, but I still hae to add freon at least once a year"

Anonymous, AR (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 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

Driveshaft or axle

"rear axle bearing failure"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD 6.0-L V8)
Electrical failure

"Alternator went out"

Anonymous, OR (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 4.3-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

"Front differential leaked oil and ruined the bearings"

Charles F., AK (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)
Transfer case

"Getting very noisy and seal was leaking which I had repaired but still is leaking"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 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

Air or water leaks

"coolent leaks from Dexcool Antifreez"

Timothy R., CA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)

"front windshield does not seal. had window replaced 2 times, but leaks in same spot"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

"Rattles under dash"

Anonymous, OR (2002 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

Mirrors

"mirror brackets that allow mirror to move back and forth as when going through an automated car wash, corroded and ultimately broke, necessitating the replacement of mirror unit"

James H., MI (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"Tailgate handle broke inside tailgate. The plastic piece that connects to the metal hooks inside the tailgate is a problematic part. These break all the time on trucks. The part should be redesigned to be more durable throughout the life of the truck. This isn't only a GM problem. I have had this same issue with a Ford and have seen it with Dodge, Nissan, and Toyota"

Mac M., PA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.2-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine oil at oil change was full of sludge on multiple oil changes. Finally oil pressure and major oil leak happened at the same time. I have parked it and plan to put either a rebuilt engine or used"

Steve E., WV (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"The head gasket was leaking oil. It costs about $300 to repair"

Troy G., OK (2002 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

"The oil pressure sensing unit which is on top of the engine on the drivers side, fails and blows out oil out of the sensor itself"

Steve E., WV (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

"had the oil pan gaskets replaced for oil leakage"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 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

Gauges

"The speedo and other gauges quit working! Really frustrating on a low mileage vehicle!!!!"

Jim E., CA (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Shift lever refused to go into park position"

C E., OH (2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.2-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Change Vehicle