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 is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"Engine light on dash came on, and truck ran roughly. took to Chevrolet dealer in South Burlington Vermont. Dealer stated the engine computer was malfunctioning, cost was about $350 to fix, dealer said not covered by warranty"

John H., FL (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"When engine is cold the knock is quite loud. Disappears when engine is warm"

Paul W., NH (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.2-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Transmission fluid started leaking from a line coming off the transmission cooling radiator"

John O., NJ (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"leaking seals on the front differential"

Anonymous, ON (2010 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

"In the Winter the door lock and windows freeze up. Entry becomes difficult. The dealer has tried to fix it several times, but to no avail"

Alan B., OH (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

"Car is noisy. Rubber seals are already deterioatunf. have to slam the doors har to close tight. All weather stripping is deterioating and rear door latch came unblted. had to tighten and readjust door"

Richard K., TX (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Truck seems to have multiple issues and is now rusting, seems like a lemon vehicle"

Michele W., MN (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Truck box moves making scraping sound"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

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

Fuel cap

"The check engine light kept coming on every few days. They check several things finally went and got a new OEM gas cap, that was the solution"

Diane T., OH (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Fuel injection system

"The check engine light came on took it to the dealer. I was told there was nothing wrong couldn't duplicate the problem. So they charged me 96 dollars for looking at it. I took it to an independent shop. They said it has a bad Throttle Body, I was skeptical. They were sure, replaced it problem solved"

Diane T., OH (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Check engine light is on and I had it checked and it is an emission sensor that does nothing"

Mike B., LA (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"System failed"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Sometimes the backup camera works, sometimes it doesn't"

Paul W., NH (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.2-L V8)
Steering wheel controls

"cruse control failed after 4 years. replaced cruse off switch on brake pedal to repair"

Richard K., TX (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"Door Trim coming loose. Rubber inset on the chrome tube step has broken off"

Richard N., AZ (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"door molding on passenger side came loose"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The dashboard cracked and needs to be replaced"

Richard N., AZ (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 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

"At 30000 miles I had to have the camshaft replaced. Original quote by GM $7900.00. After I escalated to a supervisor they did it for $1400.00. I was told by the GM Shop that it was defective but because it was out of 3 year time limit I had to pay something. I think GM was wrong and I doubt that I will ever buy another GM product"

Paul J., CA (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"5.3 engine has a problem getting enough oil to camshaft,causing premature wear on camshaft,leading to failure. Mine went bad at 95000 miles,dealer would do nothing.GM fianly paid 45% percent of cost.still cost me $2200.00 and I'retired on fixed income!Allways maintained it,and had everything done at dealer.They told me stuff happens and they owe me nothing!!After much research,found out this is a common problem with 2007 to 2010 chevy 5.3 engines.Seems to be related to small oiling holes,in the"

Wendall W., WI (2010 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

Remote engine starter

"You have to be within 70 feet of the truck for the remote start to work. I have replaced the battery in the sending unit"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Warning lights

"Basically the battery needed to be replaced (original) and the battery cables. I was told the cables carry a lot of electronic transmission wires in addition to the normal battery cables. Cost me $1,050 at dealer"

Jerry M., TX (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 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

"Already part of ball joint issue response"

Maurice W., WI (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)
Ball joints

"Had inside wear on both front tires. Took it to chevy dealer a all they did was an alignment. They said it i had to get a new bracket it would cost over $700 and then another $925 for 4 new tires. Went for 2nd opinion at a local gsrage, 69$ for alugnment and if i needed new brackets it would be another $200. During their work found serious play in ball joints. After their repairs i still got out for less than the chevy dealer wanted for just replacing the bracket and tires"

Maurice W., WI (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"The speed control resistor went out again. Replaced fan motor as well just in case it might have played a role in it"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.3-L V8)
Traction control

"The traction control is tied to the ABS system, so when the ABS fails, so does the traction control"

Anonymous, AR (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 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

"without warning, they failed and put the truck in an "engine on reduced power" mode. Engine would not respond to any throttle input. Problem disappeared after two failures, but now it's just an erratic ABS failure that does not reduce engine power"

Anonymous, AR (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 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

"window control on driver side will not respond to front passenger window"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 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

Refrigerant leaks

"the O rings in the pipe joints are leaking. Keep adding refrigerant. Will have to spend probably $250-300 to fix it"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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Sep 03 2010
AN IMPROPERLY DEPLOYED AIRBAG COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY.
Summary:
MARATHON IS RECALLING CERTAIN SEAT COVERS, BRAND SUPERHIDES WITH PART NUMBERS 593, 594, 578, 960, 228, 228-09, 267-08, 333, 625, AND 630, SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE SEAT COVERS ARE MADE OF HEAVIER THREAD AND ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH SEATS CONTAINING SIDE AIRBAGS. THE HEAVIER SEAT COVER COULD INTERFERE WITH FULL DEPLOYMENT OF THE AIRBAG IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
What should you do:
MARATHON WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF RECORD AND REPLACE THE SEAT COVER FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MARATHON AT 1-800-735-2769.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET MARATHON SEAT COVERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON GENERAL MOTORS, FORD, CHRYSLER, TOYOTA, OR NISSAN VEHICLES.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10E043000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 294
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