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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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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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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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 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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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 (195 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 (285 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (310 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (295 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (300 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (345 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.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

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

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

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

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

"Door moldings were still tightly held to the vehicle. The issue was the fading color of the moldings."

Randy D., OR (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The headliner does not fit into the retaining area above the driver and passenger windows. there is a gap between the liner next to both of the windows, the material on the backing has peeled away and flaps around while driving. In addition it just plain looks terrible. An additional issue that I just remembered has to due with the gradual failure of the dashboard. first the speedometer, then the fuel gauge, then the tachometer. I had to have it replaced at my cost."

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

"Paint coming off roof area"

David T., GA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Clear coat is cracking and peeling off in several locations."

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

"I never reported it. It started about five years into ownership. Just fading. All over."

Anonymous, KY (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 4.8-L V8)

"Around the 10 year old mark the paint on hood began to fade a eventually disappear. The truck was always waxed twice a year from the day it was purchased."

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

"clear coat premature failure"

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

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

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

"rock guards on bottom side panels always rust out on all of my silverado's"

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

"Tailgate is about to rust off, bottom of doors are rusting away."

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

"Rocker panels on both sides of the cab rusted through, and required replacing."

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

"The rocker panel below the side doors is rusting from the inside. The mechanics tell us this is a design defect as they were not sealed in the factory. And, you can easily see it on similar year Chevrolet trucks. It has rusted completely through and it has spread to the cab. It would cost us over $800 to fix it because the panels have to be cut off and welded back."

Anonymous, MO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"under the drivers door, a big hole rusted out"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Rear bumper rusted so bad it had to be replaced"

Timothy B., MN (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"Brake lines rusted through. Had to replace all lines."

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

"Rocker panel rust is excessive. Needs repair to prevent complete rust thru."

Al D., DE (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Rust developing on the rocker panels and at the welds over the wheels on the cargo bed."

Alain L., MB (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"well maintained and housed silverado began rusting out on the bottom panels at 10 years. previous silverado began rusting the same at 10 years"

Edward H., MO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Rusting a lot on rocker panel area. In comparison to my Camry which has no rust and twice the milage. Poor quality steel in my opinion is put on the Silverado."

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

"Right and left rocker panels perforated with rust and required replacement"

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

"L&R Rocker Panels completely rusted thru at 185K.I 1st noticed rust at approx 175K.This seems to be a common problem with GM Trucks.In my opinion there is no excuse in this day and age for a complete rust thru of both Rockers anywhere south of 200K."

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

"I had a rust spot on the RH Rear Door, and the gas cap cover hinge rusted through. I had the door spot patched (welded in a patch, put on a new gas cap cover assenbly) and had both areas painted to match the body color. I had the paint buffed to improve the overall appearance."

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

"Rocker panels rusting out"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Can anyone make a pickup that won't rust within 5 years? I wash mine pretty thoroughly and still it rots."

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

"Rust at bottom of back doors. Paint started fading about 5 years into ownership. Sat in sun the whole ownership."

Anonymous, KY (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 4.8-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

"The PCM fried, which caused the compressor to cycle on and off rapidly and without cooling the system. It had to be replaced along with the compressor which had begun to fail from overuse. The low pressure fitting leaked out the freon again over several months and the whole line had to be replaced."

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

"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)

"Dual L/R climate control. Left side thermostat would periodically misbehave, causing full heat to blow, even if A/C was on. Turning vehicle off would reset this so A/C would be restored, but it would recur at some point."

Anonymous, MA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.3-L V6)

"The blower motor control switch only operated on a couple of speed selections. It needed to be replaced."

Milo G., WI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)

"Had problem with all blend doors"

David T., GA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"The a/c doors on the driver side only of the truck did not close properly and hot air was being exhausted into the passenger compartment instead of refrigerated air."

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

"Blend door actuator motor went bad. Hot air blowing to drivers side even with A/C on. Replaced actuator - fixed."

Patrick C., LA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"Passenge side gets cold air......drivers side gets hot HOT air."

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

"A/c blows hot air at times. Have to shut truck down and restart to get a/c going again."

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

"Unresolved as of yet. Happens intermittently for last yr+. When air conditioning is running, randomly blows extremely hot air from front-left & center dash vents. Still works fine on right side dash vents. Vehicle must be COMPLETELY turned off to have a hope of the a/c functioning properly. Doesn't matter if engine under load or idle. Doesn't matter external temps. Quite problematic when it does happen. Truck was used on a ranch in NM prior to our move to TN. Definitely not a good situation in high heat or high heat+humidity settings."

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

"The individual heater controls have gone out twice since I purchased the vehicle in 2008"

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

"It want stay on rd temp its either really cold or hot and it makes the win Dr ows snd windshield fog over and that's a problem while driving"

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

"The air mixer for the drivers side would stick full hot, in a South Carolina summer, this was miserable."

Anonymous, SC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"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)

"The fan does not work on the low 1 and 2 setting."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"REPLACED BLOWER MOTOR RESISTER"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.8-L V8)

"Fan motor completely failed - bearing failure"

Paul P., CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)

"Blower motor switch speed positions stopped controlling fan speed in positions 3, 4, and 5. Thus for both heating and air conditioning the Blower only works in positions 2 and 3. Just waiting for theses blower switch positions to fail next. then not cooling or heat!"

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

"fan motor would not shutoff"

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

"the blower on driver side blows hot air in summer an cold air in winter replaced it lasted about 2 days and stopped it will cost about 3000.to get the whole dash taken out and find out what is causing the real reason it is doing this. I have talked to a CHEVROLET mechanic and he said the same thing the whole dash would have to come out and I just don't have that kind of money."

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

"I'm not a car guy...so I'll do my best. A belt on the condenser broke loose which damaged the condenser. Apparently the belt was still flopping around in there which could have broken off and caused damage to my transmission. I had to get the belt removed or a new condenser before driving it."

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base Unsure)
Evaporator

"Dash pulled to change,expensive"

Anonymous, PA (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)

"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)

"In the fall of 2019 noticed fluid leaking into passenger floorboard, from experience with other Chevrolet trucks new it was a failing heater core. Took it to my local mechanic and had the core replaced. Truck was in the shop for two days."

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

"The air mixer stuck full hot. Had to replace the drivers side blend door actuator."

Anonymous, SC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"Evap and line leaks"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 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)

"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)

"The antilock breaks would engage on normal dry braking. I had it repaired but the problem arose again in a year. Discovered no one is able to permanently repair problem. I had to pull fuse to allow normal breaking but now I do not have antilock breaks for winter driving and the fuse also disabled the cruise control."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"Cost over $800 to replace an ABS sensor because it is combined with the wheel bearing."

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

"Sensor failure and break line failure"

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

"An ABS sensor failed and was replaced. About a yr later truck "Brakes need Service" light came on. Had same part replaced. Part was free w/ warranty but still paid labour. Brake line failed due to corrosion. Had the lines replaced with stainless steel. Brake lines should never corrode through. Had much older trucks that never had a brake line failure."

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

"ABS warning light comes on occasionally and acts up occasionally but no code appears for my mechanic to assess the problem."

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

"excessive vibration when brakes are applied at low speed"

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

"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)
Master cylinder

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

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Replaced worn Front brake pads."

H B., AL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"Rear drum brakes - no warning squeal. Suddenly there was grating sound. When the drum was removed, the brake lining was worn all the way to the shoe back plate. Had to buy a new drum."

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

"Needed brake pads for the front and a major service on rear drum brakes"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Regular brake failure

"Holes worn in brake lines and lines needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NH (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"broken brake lines on 3 different occasions due to salt and moisture corrosion"

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

"Brake line connector broke at the end. Drove it to shop to be fixed."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 6.0-L V8)
Rotors

"See break comment"

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

"This is a manufacturer issue that creates warping of the rotors. I was concerned it was my breaking/driving style. However, after discussing this issue with other owners, most of them have experienced the same issue."

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

"Warped"

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

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

Body control module

"Battery would not stay charged. Unknown drain on battery. Had to have reprogram of electronics to correct. Having same problem again."

Al D., DE (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Cruise control

"Cruise stopped working but a local auto shop was able to repair it"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"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)

"REPLACED TAIL BRAKE LIGHTS NUMEROUS TIMES ALSO, BACKUP LIGHTS"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"intermittent connection to lower passenger side parking / driving light"

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

"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)

"The gauges have not worked for awhile just this year the oil gauge quit working. Only one working now is the temperature gauge"

Guy P., FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 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)

"Electrical Short's"

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

"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)
Keyless entry

"It stopped working entirely"

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

"key fob needed new batterys"

Jeff M., WA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-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

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

Michael M., TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"A leak occurred on the driveway and was took to garage and fixed."

Martha J., VA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 6.0-L V8)

"Have replaced steering box twice in last 5 years. Unacceptable. Counting the original steering box this Silverado has had 3 steering boxes."

Anonymous, MA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Leaking power steering pump increased difficulty in steering and required replacement."

Anonymous, 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)

"A mechanic, not the dealer, told me the OEM rack and pinion was failing and needed to be replaced. I had them replace it. While on a cross country trip towing an RV I noticed front tire wear down to the steel belts. These were relatively new tires. I took it to a Firestone dealer in Washington State. They found the rack and pinion had been improperly installed. It was loose, leaking fluid, and causing the unusual tire wear. They corrected the rack and pinion problem, and replaced the tires. An expensive lesson regarding trusting your mechanic. I have never returned to this shop. I now patronize Firestone and Goodyear. Names I can trust .... I hope."

Anonymous, NV (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)

"Steering wander and clunking"

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

"The steering box blew a gasket causing the power steering to be inoperable."

Anonymous, TN (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)

"Front end lose enough that mechanic will not perform alignment"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 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)

"front wheel bearings went out apparently it happens on this chevy between 40 and 60000 miles"

Anonymous, (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 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

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)

"Transfer case began leaking; discovered that the internal drive chain had become stretched and had worn a hole in the drive casing, requiring replacement of the unit."

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

"Sensor failure would not allow it to go into 4WD. I hate electronics."

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

"Limited slip rear end died after 80000 light us miles"

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

"The bearings for both front wheels went bad in the past 12 months. Replaced right and two months later had to replace the left."

Vernon W., TN (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 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)

"all inclusive problem with the dash .all gauges have all stop working at some point or have had problems working after some work done on them. electrical system leaves much to be desired and will NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BUY A GENERAL MOTOR PRODUCT !!!!!"

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

"Transfer case failed at 90,000 miles"

Michael S., UT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 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)

"Fault code(s) indicating need to replace fuel tank pressure sensor and/or vapor canister vent valve."

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

"Repeated check engine light caused by emissions problem code which will require advanced testing (smoke test) to pinpoint problem. Replacing fuel cap did not solve problem."

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

"I had sensors changed and some time ago. Now emissions light is on and ignoring now."

Anonymous, (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Fuel gauge/sender

"problem is due a sensor in the fuel tank, requires gas tank to be removed to replaced. was also advised by mechanic that if you allow fuel level to get below 1/4 tank, fuel gauge overheats and will short out and quit working, something that is not addressed in owners manual."

Anonymous, (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
Fuel pump

"I was on my way home from work. The truck stopped running. I was on the side of the Interstate waiting for a tow truck. The mechanic stated that the Fuel pump and sending unit failed. The cost of replacing and installing was $900.00."

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

"problem started after I had 2nd fuel pump replaced"

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

"worked intermittantly -was able to have replaced at local garage"

Anonymous, (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base Unsure)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"all 4 sensers were replaced 4 years ago but the problem has returned this year. The truck won't run rightwhen there is moisture in the air until it has warmed."

Ernest C., PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.8-L V8)

"This truck has had a new fuel pump installed at a cost of $900,00. An O2 senser has been replaces. The stereo speakers were split and replaced. The serpintine belt was replace and the idler pulleys replaced. Now the anti-knock sensores have to be replaced at a cost of $500 to $700."

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

"The O2 sensors have been a continual problem as they give me the check engine light quite often. I had to purchase a code reader to keep from driving around with the check engine light on all the time."

E C., AR (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Happened once since owning the vehicle - engine warning light came on. Able to drive it to the service center for replacement 3 days later."

Anonymous, AB (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 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)

"Water leaks into both front doors and shorts out the front indoor speakers!"

Gregory C., CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Floor board gets wet when left out in rain. Started leaking about a year ago. Have not been able to locate it."

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

"water leaking into passenger floorboard from somewhere behind dash"

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

"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)

"rattles under dash"

R F., TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Bad rattle under dash. Has been rattling about 3 years, to expensive to pull dash and fix."

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

"Extended cab wind noise but truck is 13 year old."

Lanny M., LA (2005 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

Doors or sliding doors

"The driver's side door hinge started sagging and has been replaced three times but continues to drop causing the door not to close without slamming it."

Shelly P., IN (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Driver and Passenger Door Hinges worn out at approx 169K.These doors will not latch properly.In my opinion,another common problem with GM trucks that should not occur at this milage.If we can send space craft to the Moon and beyond we can surely make Door Hinges that don't wear out below 200K!"

Anonymous, DE (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Locks and latches

"Outside door handles are not very robust whether aftermarket or OE. Not real easy to replace."

Anonymous, MO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

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

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

"TAILGATE FAILS TO LATCH AND FLOPS OPEN FEQUENTLY"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

"Tailgate latch mechanism rusted within the gate and wouldn't catch."

Anonymous, MA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.3-L V6)

"The latch broke and could not open the tail gate. Had it replaced."

Alain L., MB (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Tailgate latch should not fail on trucks, they get used all the time. This feature has gone bad on other trucks"

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

"Driver side window control arm busted and motor failure."

Gregory C., CA (2005 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

"Damage did not result from failure. Gear linkage was damaged while snow plowing."

Paul H., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)

"Keeps popping out of gear. Just happened. Not fixed yet"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure Unsure)
Rough shifting

"This has been an ongoing problem. From time to time if I drive some distance the engine light comes on and the transmission starts rough shifting. I can turn off the engine and wait a few minutes and it starts to shift normal again but with the engine light still on"

Guy P., FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Rough shifting when entering first gear occasionally"

Guy P., FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
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)

"Line running from transmission to transmission fluid cooler rusted through. Had to replace it. The part cost about $50. But the labor was $500 because the connectors were so inaccessible."

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

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

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

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)
Other/unsure

"Airbag light on for no reason, will not reset and has not been in an accident."

Lori F., MD (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"warning stating the air bag needs to be services"

Steven K., FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 5.3-L V8)

"Sometimes the Airbag malfunction light is on, and sometimes it is off. It will stay on for a few days, and then be off for a few days."

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

"Airbag light on, not sure why"

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

"the airbags warning light came on when I started the vehicle and stayed on. I took the vehicle to the chevy delearship to diagnois the problem. about 600 dollars to fix the problem. this included the cost of the test. I fixed the problem myself for about 75 dollars."

Anonymous, AR (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.8-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

Coil

"each cylinder has its own coil pack. 5 of 8 coil packs/cylinders have ceased to function, but truck still runs."

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

"The truck stopped running and the coil had to be replaced."

Anonymous, SC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)
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)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The fuse box just stopped working one day. I had to get another one from a junk yard."

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base Unsure)

"When the coil was replaced the mechanic advised that the wires were brittle and should be replaced as well."

Anonymous, SC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 4.3-L V6)

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)

"Factory cd radio died twice"

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

"fuses ended up being bad"

Jeff M., WA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"The shift gear selector system went blank shortly after I purchased the vehicle. It required replacement of the full instrument cluster. I found that there was a safety recall on that problem shortly after the vehicle was new. The recall no longer applied so I was stuck with the repair bill."

Milo G., WI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Base 5.3-L V8)
Radio

"Radio stopped working after a battery replacement. Would not power up."

Anonymous, ME (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 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)

"The engine is using 4 quarts of oil in 4,000 miles. Seems way excessive to me."

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

"replaced the valve cover gasket but still have an oil leak which is difficult to locate."

Steven K., FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 5.3-L V8)
Problem(s) fueling the tank

"Ongoing 3 years now,evap control ,new fuel pump,hoses Still have vac leak"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 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 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 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)

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 5.3-L V8)

"GM design of the hydraulic lifters was inadequate. Replaced with improved design of an aftermarket engine manufacturer."

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

"Valve lifter problem common to CHEVROLET V8. Replaced with aftermarket engine with lifter redesign to fix problem. 200000 miles on original engine."

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

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Cooolant was leaking from the water pump. My son changed the water pump and no more leaks."

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

"Water pump was slightly leaking but left no telltale spots underneath vehicle. Consequently coolant level was low causing engine to overheat."

Larry S., NE (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
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