This version of the Silverado hadn't changed much since its 1999 introduction, so it didn't compete well with its contemporaries. Highlights included a selectable four-wheel-drive system with a full-time mode and a high payload capacity. But its powertrain wasn't particularly smooth. Handling was ungainly and the ride was stiff. Interior quality was also 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

This version of the Silverado hadn't changed much since its 1999 introduction, so it didn't compete well with its contemporaries. Highlights included a selectable four-wheel-drive system with a full-time mode and a high payload capacity. But its powertrain wasn't particularly smooth. Handling was ungainly and the ride was stiff. Interior quality was also below par. The nonadjustable seatback-mounted shoulder belts were also uncomfortable for some drivers.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , AWD , 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
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.3-liter V6 (195 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 (285 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (295 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (345 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"The air conditioning stopped working, so we had the A/C recharged, which only lasted about a week. The mechanic recharged again with dye to find that the A/C compressor was what was leaking. Replacing the compressor fixed the issue and the A/C was fine after that. The mechanic thought this was most likely just due to age"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 4.8-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"Drivers side heat - cool mixer servo motor goes to full hot position intermittently. Servo is the problem yet to be changed"

David P., TN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"the A/C to heat actuators needed replace, they were not responding on demand about 180,000 miles"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"sometimes hot air comes out one side of vents"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"at times air conditioning will go heat and I mean hot,"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"Gate valve in dashboard hangs up when it is hot, blowing hot air instead of cold. Has been changed twice. Works ok for about a year, then starts acting up again. Expensive repair"

Wayne L., PA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Left side works at times,the right side works good"

David C., AL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"The air actuator wen out on the dual climate control. The part is difficult to access and was about $600. Living in Texas, this is a critical fix"

Kyle R., TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Stuck on full maximum heat Stuck on full cool"

William M., MN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"blend door opens and allows hot air into the driver's side vents"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Acuator door for driver side air vent had to be replaced."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"The servo that control the temp mix for the driver intermittently goes full hot, never full cold. Only fix is to turn off the a/c and ignition switch and start over."

David P., TN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"control valve failed not allowing air flow on driver side of vehicle"

Larry M., CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"There was no adjustment control on the heat. It was either on or off, nothing in between. It has been repaired by the dealer at our cost."

Anne L., NC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"For the past 2 years, the AC works when it wants to. It can get really hot in there. The Mechanic can not find the problem."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"Had to replace blower motor and fan resistor. Stopped working on high speed"

Anonymous, WV (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"After the A/C is on for 15-20 minute, the blower blows HOT air"

Anna R., VA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Lost all fan speeds except for highest setting. Had to replace blower motor resistor"

Anonymous, ME (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"blowing hot when should be cold"

Marvin S., CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"You will be driving down the road with the A/C on and, no matter what speed you are driving or the road conditions, very hot air will start coming out of the vents. Changing the settings on the controls or turning the A/C off does not work. The hot air still comes out. You must pull off the road immediately and turn off the vehicle for a few minutes to allow the system to reset. If you do not, smoke comes out of the dash and the wires melt together. Happened to us 4 times"

Jennifer H., WV (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"4 speed fan now down to 2 speeds"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Makes a clunking noise"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)

"Fan/blower control, replaced twice."

Anonymous, CT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)
Heater system

"System got stuck in defrost"

Anonymous, WV (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"The manual heat control arm broke"

Jerry S., SK (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"We’ve been told it’s an actuator problem that is well known in the CHEVROLET vehicles. There was no recall and the vehicle was under warranty when this started. We purchased the truck from my father but he didn’t have it repaired while under warranty. The AC will suddenly blow HOT air. Initially, we could turn off the motor and restart and the problem would stop. Now it’s a constant problem. CHEVROLET is aware of this issue and any mechanic we’ve asked always says it’s your actuator motor. Expensive repair due to the dash needing to be pulled to effect repair. Horrible in the summer here in the South. https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/gm-air -conditioning-responds-439572983.html"

A L., (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)

"The air vents under to hood were clogged up."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"leaking fluid. Have to replace periodically"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3-L V6)

"Three different repair facilities have been unable to locate the cause of the refrigerant leek and fix it."

Marvin L., TN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Mldg. above drivers door loose."

Charlie H., MO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Hood and roof paint faded"

William G., FL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"roof of truck peeling off leaving primer.Estimates of $1000 TO repair.GM should be responsible.Had work vehicles with same problems"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Paint pealing off"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Repainting of hood and top of cab have been required, but vehicle is 15 years old and we don't have a garage."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Paint is chalking on the roof and hood."

Klyle S., AZ (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Seems like the clear coat on the paint peels off older vehicles"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"paint began peeling off in large sheets from the roof and hood"

Dan B., CT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"paint peeling on roof.too cstly to repaint"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Rust

"Major frame and rear bumper rust. Brake lines corroded and caused a catastrophic brake failure. Found the fuel line was 'weeping' due to corrosion. Rear bumper has major rust from underneath, chrome plating is falling off"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Once started, the rust in the rocker panels has accelarated dramatically in the last year. I also have a heavy layer of rust under the hood around the latching mechanism, which several body shops say is highly unusual for this truck"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"fenders on both sides rusted out"

Anonymous, NL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"surface rust around rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"The back bumper has rusted completely through. The chrome is the only metal left in the middle of the bumper"

Gerald R., MN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Rust on driver's side front fender between wheel and door. Rust on passenger's side fender above rear wheel"

Wayne K., PA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"I realize this truck seems old, but the rust issue started at 35,000 miles. At this point we started seeing rust damage on the quarter panels and the bottom of the bed"

Jennifer H., WV (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Severe rust of frame, doors, fenders, rocker panels, rear bumper. It is literally falling apart while sitting in the driveway as well as when being driven."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Rocker panels are embarrassing with all the rust!!! If it's hot outside the horn goes off when I unlock the car door."

Anonymous, KS (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"typical gm rockers and cab corners"

Loren M., IA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"Rocker Panel area on the left and right side of the rear of the cab is rusting out from the inside."

Thomas T., (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Like a majority of trucks from this era, my truck rusted to the point that it would not pass NH State Inspection. As a result, it needed to have the outer/inner rocker panels as well as the cab corners removed and replaced."

Gerard P., NH (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Even though I had rust treatment at purchase running boards beneath doors and extended cab rusted through. Most of it is gone."

Anonymous, WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Rusting around back wheel due to old age"

Carl D., IN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"rusting on the wheel wells"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"there is alot of rust under the doors the back bumper"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)

"Rocker panels rusted through. Self repaired to pass MA inspection."

Peter G., MA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Rocker panels falling off. Rust at cab back corners."

Dick Z., IA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"Rear bumper"

John F., ME (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)

"Body rusting all over. Frame rusted into."

Anonymous, WV (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-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)

"The ABS light comes on intermittently. I have checked with my mechanic and he suspects that it is a wheel speed sensor issue. The sensor is in the front wheel bearing and I plan to have the bearing replaced within the next month"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"quit working"

Kevin G., MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"worked but pulsed on dry pavement when not needed."

Anonymous, ON (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"The ABS computer / controller is going, so when I come to a stop, the right before the vehicle stops it feels like the ABS is coming on (2-4 mph). The mechanic originally thought it was the low speed sensor, which is much cheaper to fix. Codes thrown periodically point to the actual controller itself being the problem, which is much more expensive to fix."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 4.8-L V8)
Calipers

"Caliper locked up"

Carol P., TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Normal wear"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"The rear caliper froze up and caused premature brake pad failure/wear."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"The calipers rusted and failed to release completely."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"After the dealer replaced the brake pads one of the calipers stuck closed. The dealer wasn't able to repair the caliper so it had to be replaced."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"replaced them so i could sell it"

Donald D., MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Took 3 auto repair shops and over $3000 to find out problem was master cylinder."

Anonymous, KY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)

"Starting with Brake Line Failure-rust- Master Cylinder replaced as part of complete set of brake lines replacement"

John N., WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.8-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes worn out. Had to be replace mechanism"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)

"Replaced brakes and rotors to upgrade them."

Charlie H., MO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"The problem I had was not among the choices. We had near total brake failure because two of the steel brake lines rusted through leaking out most of the brake fluid. Since we live on the Cumberland Plateau and drive off regularly this problem is especially serious"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"The brake lines don't last long anymore"

Carl D., IN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
Parking brake

"Cable broke. It's 15 years old."

Anonymous, WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Corrosion of calipers causes the sliding parts of the brake pads to stay engaged with the rotors causing excess heat, wear, and loss of fuel mileage"

Donald V., MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"Part of master cylinder issue but brakes would pulsate/try to stop while driving."

Anonymous, KY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"rusted out brake lines"

Kevin G., MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"Brake lines (metal) failed due to corrosion. Complete brake system was replaced due to worn components."

James D., MO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)
Rotors

"It's a 13-14 year old vehicle. It needed brake maintenance for the first time mostly due to rust"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Had to replace rotors front only"

Michael A., AR (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Normal wear"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"cracked rotor causing total brake failure. Also brake line puncture"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 5.3-L V8)

"I just replaced my rear rotors again. The brakes on this truck are horrendous as far as rust and wear. The original brake lines rusted and blew out a while back, and the rear brakes were overhauled at that time. GM refuses to admit they had a problem"

Thomas V., PA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Why do all four rotors fail with 30000 miles of light use, not a good product."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"roters fave been bad for years want to sell the truck so i had to fix them"

Donald D., MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
Squeaking

"Brakes were squeaking"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

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)

"It seems to have an electrical issue, lights go out prematurely"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Tail lights didn't shut off when engine was shut down."

Maryann E., FL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)
Gauges

"Gauges would stop working while driving everything would read 0 then we would hit the dash and suddenly it would work again"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 4.8-L V8)

"Just didn't move. Got repaired. Truck is 13 yrs old"

Kathy M., WA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"A pressure gauge went out and the entire dash system had to be replaced. It was a special order system and was not cheap to install. It was a dealer install"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"The gauges with needles seem to work OK, but the driver information panel works for only a few minutes after starting the vehicle but then gets so dim that it can not be read by the driver. I see from dome internet searching that this is a common problem wit this vehicle."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Gauge clister needed to be rebuilt. Cost $140.00"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"the step motors for the gauges failed, had to replace most of them"

Jerry S., SK (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"Electronic displays for PRND and other gauges fail to work. Needs instrument cluster replaced. Another common GM problem that seems to go unresolved as they make money on the repairs."

A L., (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)

"Replaced the instrument cluster when it stopped working now the replacement cluster randomly changes languages and cannot reset or view mileage."

Anonymous, WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"volt meter stopped working appx 5 yrs ago, then the gas gauge stopped"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"had to replace dash gauges unit twice"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3-L V6)

"ALL GUAGES HAVE STOPPED WORKING AND I HAVE NOT REPAIRED THE DISPLAY YET."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Most of the dash gauges read incorrectly. Factory Recall fix helped for a while but went back to broken within 6 months"

Mark M., OK (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"Needles on several gauges, including the speedometer stopped working. Had to replace them."

Dennis F., MD (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"speedometer stuck at 80 mph. had to replace entire gauge module no just speedometer"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)
Headlights

"Light control switch was defective. Replaced switch"

Ron R., SC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Headlight assemblies had to be changed because they were discolored and it was hard to see at night."

Anonymous, LA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Keyless entry

"Rear doors would not lock or unlock with keyless or with the lock button on the drivers side door. Believe the problem was the actuators."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)
Warning lights

"Warning lights constantly malfunction."

Robert B., AL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-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)

"Mass air flow sensor went bad. Replacement fixed problem"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Catalytic Converter went bad. Catalytic element broke loose."

Thomas T., (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Evaporation vent solenoid error/check engine light"

Daniel O., WA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"I don't know what to say - my son took care of problem"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Periodically the check engine light will come on letting me know a code has been set. The code has been diagnosed. The reported issue indicates that both manifolds need to be resealed makes no sense."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Check engine light evaporative fuel emission code On-going issue- check engine light back on despite replacing all components"

John N., WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.8-L V8)

"Replaced catalytic converters and thermostat"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Check engine light was on and the problem was traced to loose connections in the EGR system."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Fuel cap

"evap valve replacement"

Glenn C., ME (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)
Fuel pump

"Failed Massachusetts Emission testing. Fuel lines had rotted away at the fuel pump connectors. Which required complete replacement of the fuel pump and the assorted fuel lines to make the vehicle compliant with testing."

Scott M., MA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"One O2 sensor failed, dealership suggested replacing the sensor, sparkplugs, and plug wires. Quite expensive"

John P., KY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"Check Engine light comes on occasionally after driving for some time with Cruise Control on. It has also come on once during a high temperature mountain climb. OBD reader always says problem is with RH knock sensor. Both knock sensors have been replaced and still get same Check Engine"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"failed"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"check engine light came on Car ran ok took to my mechanic who put reader on it which indicated an o2 sensor. He repaired it."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"Engine light came on. I changed fuel cap and air filter. It worked for a while and now engine light stays on. This continues but truck runs fine. It has been years doing this with no problem"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)

"Quite common for sensors to go on most vehicles. That has occured on most of the other cars I have owned"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Sensor replaced with no problems sense."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"The check engine light was on so had engine checked and sensor replaced. It didn't seem to affect the engine but was told it might have in the future if not replaced. It might also affect the state inspection."

Anonymous, VT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"It gives a check engine light. Mechanic will look into it, and give an estimate."

Daniel L., AL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 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

Power steering leaks

"when the hose leaked it made the power steering pump fail"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Routine check up and they found a leak in steering fluid. Fixed it"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Power steering oil cooler rusted out and leaked."

Anonymous, WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"power steering hose leaked by the power steering cooler which made the pump burn out"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"Severe under body rust. Broken leaf spring shackle."

Nicholas O., MN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"replaced due to broken inner tie rod"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Had to replace rack and pinion, and tie rods for the second time. First time was by dealer, under warranty. Vehicle has not been abused. Most miles on freeway, very rarely off paved road"

Gregory A., CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"steering shaft noisy"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Entire steering gear had to be replace due to excessive play in the steering wheel"

Robert B., OR (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Rack & Pinion is leaking also rear main was leaking had fixed"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
Tie rods

"would not pass inspection"

Bruce M., MO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 6.0-L V8)
Tire wear is uneven

"that's how I found out there was tie rods"

Bruce M., MO (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 6.0-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Both front hubs had to be replaced"

Marvin L., TN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Just wearing out due to old age"

Carl D., IN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Front wheel bearing failed."

David H., WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"right wheel bearing last from new to 208000 miles. The left last to 230000 miles. Very impressed that the original parts that this truck was manufactured with are so durable, and continue to be."

Gerard P., NH (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Left front wheel bearing assembly failed and was replaced."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-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

"gasket leak at the water pump"

Kenneth G., KY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"Replaced 4 water pumps since we had the vehicle"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Constant air leak around rear doors and windows since I've owned the vehicle. Rear door windows and seals have been completely replaced once by dealer. still no fix. Chevy TSB says to bend latching mechanism bracket to obtain better seal..... Really?"

Gregory A., CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"Excessive wind noise around doors. Dealer said he could not fix it. Has been a problem since new."

G S., IL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Every year I hear more squeaks and rattles, mostly from the console and dash"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"squeaks and rattles coming from under the dash"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"There is a gasket that needs to be replaces. Makes a loud rattling when idle. Costs about $350 to repair"

Kyle R., TX (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Wind noise

"Listening to music during highway driving is difficult!"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Constant wind noise in passenger door even after changing hinges"

Anonymous, NL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Doors have wind noise whenever driving in cross winds."

Anonymous, IA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission overdrive gear failed first by not shifting into overdrive and then it failed to shift into third gear. At this point I had a GM guaranteed rebuilt transmission installed. Work like a new one and has a better guarantee than the truck did new"

David P., TN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"Required complete transmission rebuild"

Charlie R., DE (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Transmission totally went out a year ago and then the rebuild had issue with sensor so that was replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"Complete transmission failure, but over 250000 miles."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Totally stopped on the interstate."

Gary W., WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"It just stopped working out of the clear blue without any warning signs in the oil operation."

Jerry S., SK (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"Transmission failed to shift into overdrive and would slip in third, so could not exceed speed of 25mph in 2nd gear. Replaced with GM cretified rebuilt transmission."

David P., TN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"Problem shifting than it stopped all together"

Jerry S., SK (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"Had to have transmission replaced in 2016. In 2017 just under a year later, had to replace it again. Evidently first replacement was faulty."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"The knock sensors nee to be replaced. They are located beneath the intake manifold. This causes the replacemet to be several hundred sollars."

Marvin L., TN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"the vehicle stopped working.had fuel distribution system replaced. corrected problem for a whil but now it wont start again"

Jack S., PA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.3-L V6)
Oil leaks

"rear main seal and pan gasket leaked"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Had to replace the air diverter valve. Very expensive repair. Also having problems with the security system and oil leaks."

Robert B., AL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"leak with the real seal."

Michael C., LA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"The rear main seal on the engine started leaking and the oil pan gasket leaked."

Anonymous, SC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-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.

What Owners Say

CD player

"The CD will not eject"

Gerald R., MN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"The gauges and driver information began to quit from time to time. Entire dash/gauge cluster had to be replaced"

Robert B., OR (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Radio

"Power button to turn on the radio doesn't work sometimes"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 4.8-L V8)

"Became inoperable. Poor reception. Blown speakers"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)
Speakers

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)
Steering wheel controls

"memory of seats mirrors etc goes blank"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-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

Glass defects

"Long crack in the windshield glass. Happens in the cold."

William P., ME (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)
Seat belts

"Front passenger seat belt locks up and base to be re-buckled to release"

Lisa P., CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"Seat controls work backwards"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Seat controls - temperature

"The heated seats will turn on without pushing any button to turn them on."

Mike C., SC (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"3rd failure of the rear tailgate latch. A plastic part breaks that secures the latch rod to the handle mechanism."

William P., ME (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-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

4WD/AWD components

"The "auto" portion of my AWD system has ceased to function properly. Now it is either in or out of 4WD and does not regulate automatically as it did before"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)
Driveline vibration

"See previous response."

Eric C., MD (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"A small dent was in driveshaft when I bought the vehicle. I thought it was ok. My mechanic looked at it not too long ago and noticed it was a little loose. The took it to a shop and a new driveshaft was made. U-Joints replaced. It rides smooth as glass."

Eric C., MD (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Electrical failure

"Replaced 4 wheel drive switch module"

Jerry S., SK (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Radiator failed and had to be replaced"

Gary C., NY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base)
Water pump

"Water pump started leaking. So I replaced it."

Anonymous, KY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

"Water pump bearing failed. Engine did not overheat, was able to get to shop in time."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-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

"Both cylinder heads were cracked. Was told the these particular heads were prone to cracking. When trying to purchase replacement heads from Chevrolet dealer, all I could purchase was the very same heads. They wanted me to purchase the very same heads that I was replacing because to the crack issue. Needles to say, I purchased aftermarket heads for my truck."

Anonymous, KY (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"So far I haven't experienced any problems with my new engine. It's a rebuilt on with a 1 yr. guarantee."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

"Heat shield rusted and rattles"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)
Other/unsure

"You can't do a air bag light reset, must be the air bag needs repalced"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-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

"The cable in the steering column broke. So Shifting lever seemed to be just floating. Had to have it trailered to garage."

Anonymous, VT (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Sensor was having problems on the rebuild to it was just replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

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

Alternator

"had to have a new one installed because it failed"

Karen B., MI (2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 5.3-L V8)
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