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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"It makes turns to wide."

Anonymous, IN (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"very good"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Just a good dependable everyday driver."

Frank B., CA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Truck is steady on the road, steering is effortless and goes straight with little input. The braking is exceptional since I installed Bosch brake pads. The current brake rotors have 100,000 miles and still look great. The acceleration is stock, will go if I push it, but I drive it like a car, and in not hurry. Rear wheels will break away on wet road if I push to hard. Cruise control is precise and easy to speed up or slow down in 1 MPH increments with the controls."

Ronald G., FL (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Great power and strong suspension. Had to have all brake lines replaced because of rusting out."

Dick V., VA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Enjoy the acceleration and handling but the steering wheel/column could use improvement."

Felix D., NC (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Really surprised at the power of the 5.3L. Better than my old 1999 5.7L. Transmission issues seem to be pretty common."

Anonymous, ID (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The Silverado accelerates very well for a 4WD truck. It holds the road well on curvy roads. Some harsh engine noise on aggressive acceleration. Some uneven road surfaces deliver a ride that feels like the frame is flexing between the cab and bed."

Mark S., MO (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I have QuadraSteer and hope that this truck will last as long as I have need to drive. Being able to turn into angle parking without needing a 50 foot drive space is something I would hate to give up. I have a 1999 Lexus RX300 that is more difficult to park than my truck!"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"All good"

Issam R., NH (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Drives & handles well. Has plenty of acceleration power for it's engine size"

Janet G., NC (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Love the way it handles. It is a very reliable and comfortable pickup with great extras."

Debora W., FL (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"good acceleration for a 4.8 L engine"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Very comfortable to drive having confidence in knowing it's a good vehicle and safe as well"

Michael H., LA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"4x4 very good drives and handles good"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Good acceleration for a small V8 and handling is good in narmal driving, real good when in 4WD."

James L., WI (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"the truck is sluggish when taking off. the 4 wheel warring comes on when it rains."

Steven T., WA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Well made (Canada) truck with good acceleration and handling."

J A., AZ (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"It drives like one would expect a truck to drive. Slow to accelerate but plenty of power. Easy to shift to 4WD when needed."

Marta P., WA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Looks good, drives good, and the 5.3 engine has lots of power."

Ronnie P., NC (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats are very comfortable. Even though it has over 100,000 miles seats are much more comfortable than the Ford trucks that I've driven at work."

Anonymous, NY (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"very good seats, decent gas mileage & decent power, very nice truck inside & out"

Jerry D., NM (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Comfortable seats, rides high, able to see all directions well, lots of legroom"

Rich S., CA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"My Sliverado is actually more luxurious than any other vehicle I've ever owned."

Anonymous, FL (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"rocker panels rusted out, bed starting to show weld spots on outside over rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"nice ride with comfortable seats"

Ronnie P., NC (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"full sized seats make for extra comfort on longer driving trips....support for body a plus"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The cushioning on the driver's seat seems to have broken down unevenly. My back gets a little sore after long drives."

Valerie M., TX (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"I have always enjoyed the truck as it reminds me of our 1995 Town car in ride and comfort. The seats are good for my sore back, the AC is cold in the hot Florida sun. Very few rattles for a truck with high mileage. Also easy to get in and out of for my height."

Ronald G., FL (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Seats are comfortable, even on a long trip. Road noise and ride are very good considering this is a pick up truck."

Anonymous, FL (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Fairly quiet, smooth ride for a 4x4 truck. Seats aren't that great but work even for long trips."

Anonymous, ID (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The seats are roomy & the ride is very smooth when not in four-wheel drive. There is also ample legroom whether you are short or tall, driving & as passenger."

Janet G., NC (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The road noise is loud, which means I have to play the stereo louder than I would like to. Also, the drive seat is not as adjustable as I would like. I develop hip pain on long drives. I have remedied that by adding an orthopedic pillow."

Marta P., WA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Very quiet and comfortable for a truck."

Daniel F., ME (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Very comfortable ride."

Kevin A., NY (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Seats and ride very comfortable. Minimal road noise."

Anonymous, TN (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Nice, high riding position. Lots of legroom, great for a long trip."

Rich S., CA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"The truck is very comfortable to sit in but it does have more body rattles than I would like. Reliability has been outstanding."

Anonymous, VA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Comfortable seats and quiet cabin noise considering it's an old truck."

Ben S., FL (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"This was the only vehicle available with BOTH an extended cab and a full-size (8') truck bed."

Rich S., CA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"reliable workhorse truck. just changed back original brakes after 133000 miles. paint still looks good as interior does as well. CD player gave out at 80000. 4 wheel drive, with scheduled maintenance still working well."

Anonymous, WA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Extremely reliable. Very low maintenance costs."

Anonymous, NC (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"have had few major repairs over the life of ownership..."

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Lasted 14 years so far"

Ronnie P., NC (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Outstanding reliability - e.g...200,000 miles and still have 50% left on original brakes"

Lester P., CA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"This was the only truck available with BOTH an extended cab AND a full size (8 foot) bed, and it was still under $30K."

Rich S., CA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Truck purchased from an online agent for very low price."

J A., AZ (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Never had an issue with this vehicle"

Michael H., LA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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