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 14 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 (310 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (295 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (345 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (300 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Speedometer quit working"

Laura L., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"Twice dashboard gauges have quit working"

Pamela W., CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base Unsure)

"gauges just stop working during the winter and have not worked since. had on and off problem before they stopped working completely"

Louise W., NY (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"The steering wheel functions back-lights cannot be replaced...same with gauge lights"

Dennis B., CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"door ajar message,dash lights,electric door locksl"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Headlights

"Headlights clouded over so severely that we replaced the whole assembly on both sides"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"The problem is with backup, brake and tail lights. They go out, I take bulb out, reinsert and all is well. For q while"

Carter M., MT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"comes on or goes off unexpectedly,dash lights failing one by one"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Half of lights( for radio controls, trip meter) on the steering wheel are out, all off the lights for the heater controls are out , most of the lights on the radio are out. Prob 75% of the lights on the dash are out"

Roger H., OH (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-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

"Noise coming from front of truck over bumps. Ball joints worn out"

Michael M., TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The rack and pinion failed catastrophically and had to be replaced"

Anthony G., NV (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)

"The linkage box at the bottom of the steering wheel shaft developed a link. They no longer make rebuild kits available. So it had to be replaced by a 3rd party vendor rebuilt box. Because of where the problem was located the work also necessitated realigning the truck"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Tie rods

"Repaired twice"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"currently on 3rd set"

Christopher S., NY (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"I do not understand why tie rods fail with less than 60000miles"

Anonymous, AL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Worn out tie rods discovered during ball joint inspection. Truck drives like new after ball joints, tie rods and shocks replaced"

Michael M., TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"I had to replace both front wheel bearing"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Blend doors malfuction"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"wouldn't switch to defrost"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS Unsure)

"When turning on the a/c it would blow cold air on the passenger side but would blow out heat on the driver side"

Valari M., NC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"2nd time the blower fan went out. The will continue to run and drain the battery in 20 mins"

Norman A., ID (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)

"I have replaced the resistor unit 4 times"

John S., MN (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Heater system

"During cold weather the heater would only blow slightly warm air"

Susan R., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT Unsure)

"heater core needed replacement at a cost of ~$1400"

John A., OR (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Heater core began leaking. Due to design required complete disassembly of dash down to firewall AND evacuation/opening of air conditioning system in order to fix heater. One of the few parts of the vehicle which are not engineered for maintainability. Very labor intensive and expensive to fix a simple problem. Hated to have to break AC to fix heater"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"Interior moldings around doors and headliner have had to be repaired of replaced"

Pamela W., CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base Unsure)

"molding around tailgate latch broke and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 4.3-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The same Chevrolet problem with peeling paint that most of us notice on their other vehicles, especially PU trucks and especially white paint,"

Randy D., OR (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"After 12 plus years living in the true north the paint is fading fast"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

"Clear coat is peeling in several small areas"

Guy D., CO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 5.3-L V8)

"Paint on roof is completely gone. Engine hood has pock marks. Side molding is pealing"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 SS 4.3-L V6)
Rust

"The pick-up is getting very rusty, paint is chipping off and the tailgate rusted bad and fell off"

Susan R., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT Unsure)

"It's old. Never undercoated. Salt. Corrosion. Major rust everywhere"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

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

"The transmission failed catastrophically and had to be replaced"

Anthony G., NV (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)

"rear axle seal and hub assemblies"

Brian P., MO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Electrical failure

"A connector on the resistor module burns the contacts which disables the fan motor. This is the third time"

H B., AL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

"Both front hubs have been replaced in a truck that has been driven moderately for less than 80000 miles. Since about 48000 miles it has not gone into/come out of 4wd correctly (either won't engage or if it does engage, won't disengage"

Christopher S., NY (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Transfer case failed, cost $2300 to replace"

Michael S., UT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Randomly shifts between 2 high, 4 high and 4 low. Then the vehicle must be shut down to shift into proper setting. Some times this technique does not work and you just have to keep trying,"

Carter M., MT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 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

"ABS speed sensor on R & L front wheel bearings had worn out for the second time, also the r front inner tie rod had worn out & I replaced both r & l tie rods . Also the r & l front caliper slider pins needed servicing with the left pins getting replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Alarm light came on dashboard. Had brake pads replaced and the ABS sensor replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"These were after market brakes from Les Schwab Tire Center. These are the absolute, hands down worse brakes I have ever purchased. Too call them junk, would be an insult to the word "junk.""

Randy D., OR (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR FOR A 12 YEAR OLD VEHICLE"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"See break comment"

Karen L., CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"What started as a strange clunking noise ended up as a clutch and flywheel replacement and a $1200 wallet hemorrhage at my local dealer. The truck had 130k miles on it and has been meticulously maintained and is an average rural homeowners truck. I usually run new vehicles out to 250k miles and have replaced a clutch once when the clutch slave failed and saturated the clutch plated. The service department told me that 130k was extraordinary mileage on a clutch and that most come to their shop"

Jim J., TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission was not changing gears properly"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.3-L V8)

"The transmission went out at 270000 miles"

Norman A., ID (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)

"Transmission has had to be rebuilt three times in last 60,000 miles"

John G., PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.3-L V8)

"Automatic transmission lost second and fourth gear and needed to be replaced. Truck is twelve years old, but I certainly expected transmission to last more than 100,000 miles"

Paul B., ME (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 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

"Both the Engine Radiator, and a few months later, the Air Conditioning Evaporator Radiator both started leaking and had to be replaced EACH. Big ticket charges"

William B., OH (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"The machinists tells me the noises are coming from seals that are leaking & need to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 SS 4.3-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind noise from day one"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Weatherstripping around doors does not seal well enough to prevent wind noise around door edges. Also tends to come loose from around back doors on extended cab (ie. no exterior door handles on back doors - which are hinged at rear). No water leakage around weatherstripping, though - AFAIK"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 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

"transmission has had problems shifting. loud banging when shifting into gears-but not all the time. did have slipping problem. had transmission serviced and still have problems. I work in a repair shop and have not been able to correct problem. will need to do full tear down to find problem. the truck has 68000 miles on it and has not been abused or overloaded with weight"

Louise W., NY (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"Fluid leaked out, almost entirely"

Anonymous, NH (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Position sensor failure. Would not go out of four wheel drive"

Anonymous, IN (2005 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

Electronic ignition

"The truck was running fine, but then would not start and had to be towed. There was a minor problem with the ignition, which I believe was then replaced"

W A., SC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
Engine harness

"When driving the engine would suddenly start running rough then quit, stranding me. After a visit to several dealers and $1000 spent on NOT diagnosing and fixing the problem the issue was finally resolved as a slightly too short harness wire that was unplugging itself...a factory defect. All in all this is the most unreliable new vehicle I have ever purchased"

Jim J., TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

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 failed when starting. Wrist pin failure, no indication there was a problem brewing"

Charles K., PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"Engine required replacement at 103,000 miles because of numerous leaks and ultimate lock up despite regular servicing throughout life"

John G., PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.3-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"oil pump replacement"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"When you start the truck a big white cloud of smoke comes out of the muffler due to the valve gasket leaking. There are also multiple oil leaks from under the truck"

Roger H., OH (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 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 player won't install or reject a CD. I had it fixed once but it's broke again"

Anonymous, AL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 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

"Mechanism that latches the tailgate broke and the tailgate couldn't be lowered"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 4.3-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"I had 3 bolts break off . Both rear bolts. Hard to fix"

Ollie M., OH (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 6.0-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.

Engine Cooling

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

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