The Silverado is an easy truck to live with, thanks to its comfortable ride and reasonable floor height. Access is fairly easy, as is cargo loading. The truck also offers generous towing and payload capacity. A six-speed automatic transmission aids acceleration and fuel economy, while selectable full-time four-wheel drive adds safety in slippery conditions.
Alerts
There are 3 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.
Emissions
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 available from 2007; standard from 2010. Side air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test

The Silverado is an easy truck to live with, thanks to its comfortable ride and reasonable floor height. Access is fairly easy, as is cargo loading. The truck also offers generous towing and payload capacity. A six-speed automatic transmission aids acceleration and fuel economy, while selectable full-time four-wheel drive adds safety in slippery conditions. While side- and curtain-airbags are standard, IIHS side-crash test results are disappointing. A hybrid Silverado was offered as well. Test results also apply to the GMC Sierra.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , 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
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.3-liter V6 (195 hp)
  • 4.8-liter V8 (295 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (315 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 hybrid (332 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (367 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (403 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 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

Body control module

"The electrical problems involved every system in the truck. The main fuse block melted down. The dealership replaced the fuse block but had no explanation for the failure. My experience with this dealership is abominable. I'm not clueless on these issues, I'm a retired mechanic"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Cruise control

"Intermittently works"

Matthew P., OK (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"The brake interlock stopped working so disengaged the cruise control"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"sometimes the cruise control works and sometimes it doesn't. I am not able to get the recall on the airbags because chevy doesn't have another manufacturer yet. I would say the airbag situation is my biggest concern."

Patrick C., TN (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.3-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Brake lights, indicators, etc. stopped working properly. When I hit the brakes the emergency flashers came on and the indicators stopped working. The brake lights sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. Replacing the Junction Plate behind the rear axle solved the problem."

Anonymous, NL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.8-L V8)
Gauges

"Gas gauge works intermittently"

William D., FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Intermittently working on all dash guages"

Matthew P., OK (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"Oil pressure gauge failed causing false alarm of no oil pressure and need to immediately turn off engine. Got it fixed immediately with no other issues. Evidently a common problem with these trucks."

Anonymous, AL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Headlights

"Headlights flicker during any road conditions. Electrical issue but can't find source"

Anonymous, RI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ)

"had to take to service department for simple headlight replacement"

Anonymous, (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Not easy to get to replace bulbs."

David S., MT (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Interior lights

"Overhead light will not come on when door is open."

Anonymous, TN (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 6.2-L V8)

"Interior lights will not come on when doors are opened"

Joseph P., TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)
Keyless entry

"had to replace door locks modules. right and left doors"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)
Remote engine starter

"When a code light is on there could be 10 or 12 causes for just one code no. They seem not to effect anything and will cause the remote starter not to work"

William T., FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure sensors quit working"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 6.2-L V8)

"At least one of them monitors have failed"

Brett C., UT (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)

"Failed"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"fuse box is rusting causing false readings"

Anonymous, (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"At tire rotation, replace valve stems at expensive price. Two stems could not recalibrate."

Anonymous, UT (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)
Warning lights

"ABS light, Traction Control light. Had to replace brake switch"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Ck. engine light came on a number of times for different codes then goes back off. When a code is showing the remote starter does not work. Had 3 day time driving light to go out. But over all I like my truck"

William T., FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Change 2 times th control for safety bags and Will an issue"

Anonymous, QC (2009 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

"APPEARS THAT ADHESIVE FOR THE TRIM IS FAILING"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Door mounding came loose and had to be reattached"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"The body molding on both rear doors came loose. I have repaired the problem myself with double-stick tape and so far it has remained fixed"

Bill W., TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Psassenger door trim front fell off"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"molding is fading on side where sun shines the most"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Rust

"The paint is bubbling above the rear fenders and flakes off. Then the rust starts to form in these areas. I have noticed other GM trucks of these model years doing the same thing. Must be a factory defect in these model years of GM trucks"

Anonymous, SK (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Rust is growing extensively above the rear driver side wheel well"

Anonymous, ND (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"over the rear wheels rust spots"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Rust spots appearing along tailgate; top of roof/cabin, under door handles, and along door bottom edges. Seems like a paint problem, as the color (Diamond White) was new to trucks that year (2009)"

E K., AB (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"seems like they have a problem above the back wheels with rust"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"rust over rear wheel wells. seems to be a problem with this brand of truck because I see a lot of rust over the wheels on other trucks"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Road salt gets in above the rear wheel wells and in the rocker panels and rusts them prematurely. I live in Portland , Maine"

Thomas C., ME (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Paint bubbling and rusting on both rear fenders"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)

"I have rust developing at the top of the rear fenders above the wheels"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"rust came on fast and furious from inside out on cab and bed/tailgate"

Anonymous, (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Major rust problem above both rear f ne'er wheel wells due to water and debris collecting on the flat spot between inner fender liner and outer wheel well. Common problem with this generation of Silverado mainly due to poor design and construction material."

Anonymous, SK (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Sub-assembly issues have caused rust to form from inside out on both rear fender well areas"

Dennis W., IN (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Had to have the Rear differential housing cover replaced due to rust through."

William H., PA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"rust around rear wheel wells and cab lower corners"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 6.0-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)

"Not working"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Brake activation switch connected to brake pedal failed and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, SK (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Master cylinder

"The booster failed and was causing the brakes to run out of fluid"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 4.3-L V6)

"Master cylinder developed a leak and contaminated the vacuum assist. Problem was resolved in the shop."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Brake fluid was getting into master cylinder because gasket failed. Replaced brake fluid tank and master cylinder."

Anonymous, (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Standard wear and tear"

Anonymous, (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Brake light came on. Had it checked out. Back brake shoes needed to be replaced. No damage to the drums."

Franklin W., OK (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)
Parking brake

"parking brake light kept coming on randomly and beeping. Turns out the brake fluid was low even though through the brake filler looked full. Because the container was stained at a higher level than it was actually"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes in front wear out too fast and no warning. One day fine, next day grinding noise, brake job needed."

Anonymous, VT (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 4.8-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"slight brake pulsation while lightly applying brakes , rotors & pads replaced while vehicle under warranty - this happened one more time at about 60000 miles and dealership turned and checked brake pads, vehicle has since been ok"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Brakes have had to be redone twice due to rotors warping. Taken in first time to be redone due to vibration/pulsing, 2nd time one front brake failed entirely. My father has same truck and experienced similar problems. He was told it's a design problem and they are undersized for the size/weight of those trucks."

Anonymous, BC (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Squeaking

"Warped rear brake drums. Have replaced three times in first 75000 miles. Started after warranty expired. GM has been no help."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"brakes were worn, at 165,000 miles and this is the first brakes ever put on the vehicle. Which is amazing that they lasted that many miles."

Rena E., NC (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"The brake pad are the original ones, and being it has 158,000 miles on it, they are worn. Considering this is average wear and I might add that is is exceptional for that many miles. They were replaced and the rotors were also, but rotors weren't that bad, just wanted to replace them with the new brakes. I maintain my vehicles myself"

Rena E., NC (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"The rear drums squeak terribly; even after being replaced."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 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)

"The check engine light came on and I had to have the throttle body worked on and plugs replaced."

Anonymous, (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Engine light came on. Nothing more"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Check engine light came on and I had to have repaired at the dealer by servicing the throttle body and replacing spark plugs"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Fuel cap

"Purchased a new gas cap from CHEVROLET parts that was defective."

Andrew F., OR (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"engine light goes on"

Stephen J., WI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump control module was replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Mass Air Flow sensor failed at just over 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"TPMS lights came on often; had to replace 3 of 4 tire sensors. Then check engine light came on and had to replace fuel tank pressure sensor. Then Stabilitrak was shutting off. Had to replace booster and master cylinder."

Anonymous, (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"constant engine warning light from sensors. repaired and problem returns"

Roger W., UT (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"check engine light came on and I had throttle body serviced and spark plugs replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2009 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

Alignment

"The alignment was sufficiently improper to take 2mm extra of the inside portion of front tires?, despite regular rotation"

Steve S., MB (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Ball joints

"Ball joint on right side is worn and needs to be replaced"

William D., FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Ball joints completely worn out at 100k miles. Had them replaced and got alignment"

Anonymous, (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Pothole damage."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering hose leaked and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"power steering cooling radiator had to be replaced twice, in 2014 and again in 2019"

Anonymous, HI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)
Tie rods

"Alignment problems"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"I've replace both front wheel bearing and hub assemblies since new. I can count on one hand how many I"ve replaced in my LIFETIME including these two"

Robert L., MN (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"From what I can tell of its previous owner, and my own driving, the truck has been driven very responsibly. However both front wheel bearings failed. This has been a common issue with all my previous? GM vehicles"

Steve S., MB (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Grinding noise was front left wheel bearing which I had replaced"

Anonymous, (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 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

Driveshaft or axle

"Service Airbag Light Comes on then goes out. Front Wheel Bearing needed replaced"

William H., PA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Left front wheel bearing had to be replaced"

Karl K., DE (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Electrical failure

"The dealer said that there was a short under the fuse block in engine compartment that caused the vehicle to drain battery overnight. I did not see a section to cover the gas petal electronic sending unit also failed. Repaired the short and replaced the sending unit and recal the computer to fix"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Stability control (ESC)

"Not working cost $1300 to fix"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Went through three transmission sensor switches ( made in Mexico ) failed miserably. The fourth one ( made in USA ) finally worked."

Andrew F., OR (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Light comes on each time truck is moved est. cost to repair is between $900.00 and $1300.00 Genera Motors should have a recall on this problem"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Traction control

"Traction control light would come on and a message that the Traction Control was not on. Upon servicing the truck the mechanic's diagnostic computer would not talk to the truck computer concerning this. There were loose relays in the fuse box that faced down towards the ground"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Doesn't work"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 4.3-L V6)
Transfer case

"Transfer case stop work8ng, gears are wore at 66000 miles, $ 3500 dollars later for repair"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 4.8-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

"The shark fin antenna started leaking water and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Water leaks from unknown source cause the airbag module to fail."

William H., PA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"There is a rattle under the dash that is annoying on rough roads"

Anonymous, SK (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"A rattle in the right rear door. Can't seem to be able to find"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Front passenger window when going up/down near the top of being closed has a high-pitched screech like sand rubbing on it"

G G., WA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"We have rough county roads in Central Texas. After driving on them several years, a rattle commenced all of a sudden from behind the radio in the dash. Has not abated in over a year."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Wind noise

"At highway speeds the cab air noise causes problems with talking"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Not the most aerodynamic vehicle ever made."

R K., TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6.0-L V8 hybrid)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Airbag module failed due to moisture in carpet surrounding the module."

William H., PA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Warning light came on. Dealer wanted $120 to run 30 second test to determine cause. I bought tester and using that found it was $80 front impact sensor which I replaced."

Roger W., UT (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"It simply says that it is needing service. The dealer said that they are not working."

Robert W., OH (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Sensors corroded. Poor location on vehicle."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"rf impact sensor failed causing light"

Anonymous, (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Airbag light came on intermittently. Faulty wiring was found in the drivers door conduit and replaced. The wiring + labor was about $430."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"unsure why light came on. Mechanic can not tell me why either."

Anonymous, (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"A poor connection at the throttle body causes a loss of input to the computer that is interpreted by the diagnostics as a throttle body failure, MAP, MAF failure. The computer registers a loss of traction control and goes to reduced power operation or completely shuts down the engine. This has been misdiagnosed numerous times and resulted in over $2000 in repairs. Replacing a $20 connector fixed the issue."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.3-L V8)

"dealer ripoff to check vehicle computer when warning lights come on. vehicle computer needs update and costs hundreds because of dealer proprietary software. RIPOFF!!!"

Roger W., UT (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Engine knock or ping

"The cam shaft had to be replaced."

Franklin W., OK (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)
Engine mounts

"Engine light keeps turning on. Mechanic fixed an O ring a few times. Light is on again"

Melissa M., MA (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500)
Oil leaks

"The oil leak was from the oil pan and front main.it was leaking for about a year and I had it corrected which cost me $1000."

Anonymous, (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"It needed the transmission pan gasket & filter replaced, oil pan gasket replaced, and transmission cooler lines replaced."

Anonymous, NE (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure Unsure)

"Oil leak found during regular oil change. Not significant leak but needed to be fixed. No evidence of leak under truck was noticed."

Franklin W., OK (2009 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

Automatic climate control

"System will get stuck where the heat on the driver side is blowing hot air while the cab is already too hot. Then the pssseneger side will blow freezing cold air in the winter"

Anonymous, ND (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"the temperature had to be set to max to get any heat"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Turning the temp setting warmer than inside temp in cab of truck did not work. Cold air kept coming even after the engine had warmed. Eventually after driving several miles the temp from heater would warm up the cab."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 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

Mirrors

"My power mirrors no longer work. You can hear the motor run, but the mirrors do not move."

Anonymous, MO (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Seat controls - movement

"lumbar support on driver side does not work any longer"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Windows

"rear windows would go down but not up"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Truck sensors have.been replaced twice. Radiator replaced, computer says its.overheating and shuts.down air conditoning"

Joe H., FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)
Radiator

"Radiateur leaks ,bad welding cracks"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Currently in shop for issues of jerking/shaking when accelerating around 25 - 30 mph. Transmission is the main focus and I selected options that could possibly be the problem."

Franklin W., OK (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"lost reverse not sure why"

Anonymous, (2009 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

"Valve train noise, failed lifter damaged the cam shaft and metal debris through out the lubracation system. Had to replace the engine and radiator due to build in engine oil cooler"

Mark B., MI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Oil pump failed and I had to drive to a safe location. Engine replaced with a GM remanufactured engine"

Michael H., LA (2009 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

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Radio

"CD player kept running so I had t pull the fuse"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 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

Transmission leaks

"Transmission lines had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"They cant find the draw that drains battery. Have to replace battery every two years. Jump start necessary if sits idle for 2 days"

Joe H., FL (2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)
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