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
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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 , 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 (300 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (345 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Alignment

"Alignments required after replacement of tie rod ends and springs"

Anonymous, OK (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering leak at the gear box will require a replacement gear box!"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering stopped working at low RPMs, Right turns only."

Thomas R., FL (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.8-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"LF shock totally lost all fluid on a Colorado mountain goat trail. Replaced both front shocks with premiem GM shocks. The vehicle is used in this basically off road environment approximately 1000-1500 miles each year."

Anonymous, MN (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"Springs on driver side sag due to extra large fuel tank mounted on that side. Required special replacement springs made to compendate for the sag"

Anonymous, OK (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"telescoping steering shaft worn so bad steering wheel play excessive. the part that required replacement was"

Robert B., IL (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)

"The tie rod linkage had become worn and sloppy. It required replacement"

James R., AB (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Steering wheel vibration

"Excessive steering wheel vibration that was fixed at a private repair shop"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Tie rods

"Tie rod linkage became worn and sloppy. Rods and linkages replaced"

James R., AB (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Right tie rod needed replacement and left tie rod showing some play, but not enough to replace yet. Replacement required 4-wheel alignment. Vehicle does not see heavy use nor towing, so failure seems to me to be premature and indicative of key parts not well engineered."

Anonymous, PA (2006 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 sensors are built into wheel bearing assembly. The cost of replacing the entire bearing assy is almost more than the value of the vehicle, so the fix is to disable the ABS system, leaving the vehicle with REGULAR NON-ABS brakes, which, in my opinion, is a better option in the first instance. I started driving prior to ABS systems, and remain far more comfortable driving WITHOUT ABS that with it. However, the brake lines rusted through, with nearly complete loss of braking ability - fortunately, no damage or loss was incurred."

Cathy H., ON (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"Left front sensor went bad. Nothing wrong with the brakes, just the darn sensor. Repairs cost about $800. Ridiculous!"

Tom C., NJ (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)
Calipers

"LF brake line loosened at the caliper and leaked onto the brake pad. Tightening the brake line nut stopped the leak. Replacining brake pads on both sides fixed the the stopping issue."

Anonymous, MN (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)
Master cylinder

"It began leaking, particularly the "booster" which uses vacuum from the engine but only until it has enough. Since it "leaked" it continued to take vacuum and caused the engine light to come on"

Tom C., NJ (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes needed replacing due to mormal weat"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Replacement of rear brake pads"

W W., VA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Replaced front brake rotors, calipers, and front brake pads due to normal wear"

Gary R., MO (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Read brakes wore out in 40,000 miles original set lasted 80,000"

Thomas R., TX (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Regular brake failure

"Replaced all of the brake lines because of rust"

Kelly J., WV (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"break line failure due to road salt rust while vehicle was in motion"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 6.0-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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Had to replace back-up bulb on right side and turn signal bulb o left rear side."

Robert M., WA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Running lights burn out frequently. It is a problem with the high heat in the bulb area. There is also a problem with condensation in the running light bulb area. I had the same problem with my 2003 Chevrolet Silverado."

Rexford H., FL (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)

"The brake and signal indicator lights are sometimes faulty because of dampness leaking into electrical connections. We check them before each trip"

Jerry E., PA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)
Gauges

"Dashboard lights went out"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"The transmission shift indicator is very dim and difficult to read. I usually have to count the clicks to determine the gear it is in."

James E., KY (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)
Heated or cooled seats

"Bad connection at electrical plug under drivers seat."

Anonymous, BC (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Interior lights

"dome light quit, bulb good, cannot rectify problem..."

Peter A., FL (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 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

"CD would get stuck and keep spinning not playing the music. Also got stuck trying to eject the disc."

Anonymous, DC (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 6.0-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"clock display and lighting went blank. replaced fuses but didn't fix problem."

Anonymous, DC (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 6.0-L V8)
Speakers

"Had to replace 4 speaker in the doors."

Anonymous, UT (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Speakers went bad about 3 years before my husband had them fixed. He does NOT turn the radio up excessively loud. This is a factory defect from the beginning."

Anonymous, OK (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)

"speakers didn't work, probably because of water seeping down the inside of the door"

Allan G., NY (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)

"All four speakers quit working in cold weather, and then finally in warm,weather,too."

Anonymous, NC (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Speakers quit working, first in colder weather and then altogether"

William C., NC (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-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

"Minor problems that are fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"I've always had problems with the paint but in the last 12 months the clear coat has just given up on the roof and now the hood. I understand that I live in New Mexico but the truck just isn't that old and I've seen others that aren't doing this at all. Yes, I do wash and apply a paint sealer/protector on a regular basis."

Anonymous, NM (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Rust

"truck bed is rusting from the inside out. Alsothe rocker panels are rotted out"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 5.3-L V8)

"Rear wheel wells have rusted out due to poor design and excessive road salt"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 6.0-L V8)

"Above the rear wheels rusting on both side Bad engineering"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Just the other day I stepped on the rear bumper to get up in the bed of the truck and the bumper corner literally gave way from rust will need a new bumper or bondo"

Kelly J., WV (2006 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

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"Fuel tank holds 26 gallons. The most I have been able to put in (past 2 years) is 22 gallons even when the tank is down to reserve and less than 20 miles driving range. The computer at fill up more than 2 years ago always stated driving range 350 miles. Now at fill up the most I can get is 315."

Jerry F., AR (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Engine computer

"Had to replace two chips @ different times."

Charles T., ND (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"When I start the engine, it recently started makes a loud tapping sound for a couple of minutes ...stops after the engine warms up. The oil level and oil pressure are normal"

Michael T., PA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Fuel leaks

"replaced all the fuel lines because of rust"

Kelly J., WV (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Oil Pan needed a new seal. Expensive to repair given that you have to drop the transmission or remove the engine to replace the oil pan gasket."

Anonymous, FL (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

"Engine back oil retainer is leaking"

Anonymous, PR (2006 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

"Water leak going in some where near or around back window"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Some sort of squeak under the hood, unable to determine the source."

Shari S., MI (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)

"Annying rattle from dash area when hit bumps."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 5.3-L V8)
Wind noise

"The door weatherstripping on both sides does not appear to fit right/seal. Lots of wind noise at highway speeds and water drips on driver's side when going through the car wash."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Air noise around door and window seals"

Stephen N., FL (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"you can't use an after marker catalytic converter, only a dealer bought converter did work"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"check engine light"

Thomas T., TX (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)
Muffler

"A custom muffler was replaced with a normal muffler and tailpipe, resulting in higher cost of repair."

Anonymous, SK (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Bad airbag sensor"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"bad sensor was ridiculously expensive to repair"

Tom C., NJ (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission went out completely and the casing was cracked. It became necessary to purchase a new transmission."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 SS 6.0-L V8)

"At 84K miles the transmission disintegrated, pumping metal bits into the converter. Complete rebuild/replacement of converter and transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"went out completely"

Thomas T., TX (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Lost drive"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 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)

"Replaced all of the brake lines due to rust"

Kelly J., WV (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"The truck would not pass emission testing until repaired. It is important for me to note that I may have inadvertently caused the problem by topping off the gas tank one time."

Anonymous, MD (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)
Fuel pump

"Fuel sending unit is becoming problematic, and is more costly to repair than the vehicle current value. Filling tank to 1/2 or 2/3 full is an interim solution, while researching a new vehicle."

Cathy H., ON (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"Failure"

James K., TN (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-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

"Keep jumping out of 2 wheel drive"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)

"Automatic switch and motor replaced"

Anonymous, MT (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Electrical failure

"I had electrical problems with the AC electrical switches on two occasions in less than 3,000 miles."

Rexford H., FL (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 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

A/C compressor

"A/C was working 97% of time however when I took the truck in for the power steering the dealer said I needed to replace A/C unit."

Thomas R., FL (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.8-L V8)
Heater system

"leaking heater core. required dash removal and $1500.00 labor. rediculous"

Robert B., IL (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"hose went bad, replacement cost way way too much"

Tom C., NJ (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 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

Transmission computer

"Error message. Had to replace a computer component"

Jim J., AR (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission cooler lines leak where the hose and fitting come togather by the radiator, a known Chevrolet issue."

Anonymous, MN (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"I have to keep adding engine coolant to the reservoir. There must be an internal leak in the engine, because I have not found any drips or leaks around the engine or on the ground"

Michael T., PA (2006 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

"Lifters wore. Compression low"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 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

Starter

"Starter began dragging, like the battery was weak. Tested battery and it was OK. Had to replace the starter."

Jerry F., AR (2006 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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"tailgate latch stick open"

James M., MI (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
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