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 4 recalls 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 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Slopy"

Jerry C., FL (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Stability control (ESC)

"Electronic controls malfunctioned, replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Same as the traction control. Warning lights on the dash"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Electrical failure

"Temperature sensor failed to record correct temperature"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 6.2-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

"The dealer that did not find the front differential case issue until it exploded, repaired it only to have to repair it a total of 3 times to which end mr transmission finally had to rebuild it to factory specification and has since had no issues"

Sam D., ON (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-L V8)

"front pinion bearing failed resulting in $2,500 for repairs"

Janice H., TN (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"Goes off and on at will. Lights on dash. I don't really know what this does, but the lights say its' bad"

Anonymous, WA (2011 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

"Fog lamps remained on and killed the battery. It is in the shop now, the mechanic suspects that the fuse panel may be the issue"

Robert M., MA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Interior lights

"fails to come on when door is opened"

Anonymous, LA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"Warning of front left tire being low on air even though the tire is at 35 lbs"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 6.0-L V8)

"monitor failed after a tire rotation - dealer reset it in a subsequent visit (frustrating to have to do), but seems to work now"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"During the cold winter months, my ck tire pressure light comes on. When I check tire pressure with a hand held Gauge, my pressure is correct. In car sensor reads 4-5 psi lower"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Warning lights

"The trailer brake kept coming on. it was a defective switch located under the spare tire. a known problem that should have been recalled. the fix cost me 800.00. The Warning system for stability control, trailer brake, and on other would come on when the weather would warm up in the 90,s. That fix was to apply a dielectric grease to the contacts, I was told. Also the brake switch failed during the time that I was working with my dealer trying to resolve the trailer brake problem. The trailer bra"

Anonymous, CA (2011 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

Cylinder head

"The motor constantly burned oil when it would s with to 4 cylinders when highway driving"

Robert G., GU (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)

"Burn almost all the oil in the first 1000 miles after oil change"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)

"Engine failure due to a problem with the rings. Engine was rebuilt under warranty"

Joel W., MN (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Repeat Cam Shaft Failure. They rebuilt/replaced all the Cam shafts (under warranty). but then they failed again after the rebuild. Chevy would not cover replacing them the second time. I sold the truck"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Piece of shit blew a transmission and engine 6 months out of warantty"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.2-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Idler pulley bearing failed"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 4.8-L V8)
Engine computer

"Not start, costly repair"

Alex T., SK (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Apparently oil leaks are internal usually have to add two or three quarts / oil change"

Dan A., NE (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Got a engine malfunction code that turned out to be a Service bulletin that fixed an oil defector. The deflector not positioned correctly and eventually got oil on the spark plug threads. The dealership wanted 1k-2k to perform the SB because I was at 104,000 (still under the 3 year mark)"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint is peeling off of the drivers door handle. This is not caused by rings scratching the paint. I don't wear any! The plastic dash cover (on the top in front of the driver) is cracking in several places"

Joseph E., AL (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-L V8)

"Pant above wheel well is cracked pealing and rusting"

Robert M., MA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Rust

"There are 20 or so rust spots on the rear quarter panel that came thru from the back side. it is still under rust thru warranty but GM will not cover it they tell me it must be a fiscal hole all the way thru " see threw the panel" to be covered"

Brad L., MO (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Drivers door lower panel"

Imbrogno A., MB (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-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)

"The battery gave out after 4 years. I feel this was average life span"

Larry L., CA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"I have had to replace #1 cylinder spark plug about every 4000 miles"

Dan A., NE (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"spark plugs went out. vehicle was due for tuneup. had buildup in valve housings that needed cleaning out, due to fuel impurities. I believe the fuel problems are directly related to fuel octane level with ethanol added"

Anonymous, MS (2011 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Backup camera in rear view mirror comes on when I shift into drive (intermittently)"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Get error message when smart phone plugged in"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 5.3-L V8)
Speakers

"went out-common problem with chevy"

Anonymous, LA (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 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

"Very noisy since purchasing. Cooling fan extremely loud, rattle noise in undercarriage loud"

Robert G., GU (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)

"I have owned many chevrolet pick up trucks over the years and this is the worst I have owned for wind and road noise. It appears to be a design flaw with the cabin vents in the back wall of the truck"

Joseph E., AL (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-L V8)

"When at highway passing speeds and well as extreme windy days noise emits from the head liner. I have had three exact vehicles over the past 10-12 years and they all have rattling noise that sounds like wires are tapping sheet metal"

Sam D., ON (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-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 worn beyond specs causing excessive wear on tires. Replaced balljoints"

Anonymous, MS (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Left front wheel bearing was replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"one of the brake pads was worn too soon . due to sharp edges on the pad holder . i had to smooth or round off the edges of the metal which the pad is glued on it . ( I have back ground in building and fabricating machines )"

Jack O., ON (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)
Rotors

"Due to excessive vibration on heavy braking,I had dealer replace rotors and pads"

Walter T., DE (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 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

Rough shifting

"Since new, transmission has been "clunky." Had it looked at a couple of times over the years, and continue to be told it is normal and/or due to the engine engaging/disengaging the 4 cyl / 8 cyl fuel economy trick...Has the 6 speed automatic"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Clunks when going into gear feels like slop in the trans or drive train"

Jerry C., FL (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"There was a leak in the crossover pipe in the front of the engine. It was an o ring. It was fixed for less than 50. dollars"

Larry L., CA (2011 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

Fuel injection system

"Message center would indicate stabile track was off, then engine power would be reduced. Cleaning of the throttle body solved the problem"

Anonymous, ME (2011 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

Automatic climate control

"Warning light indicates that the engine is hot and the AC is turned off thus engaging the fan. however the engine is not hot at all"

Denis L., CT (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.3-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"No warning just blew the transmission, just out of warranty"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.2-L V8)

Exhaust

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

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.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Dec 30 2014
If stuck in the "Start" position, the ignition may suddenly snap back into the "Accessory" position, causing a loss of engine, steering, and braking power, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. If the vehicle is in a crash, the air bags may not deploy, increasing the risk of occupant injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra LD, Sierra HD, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the ignition lock actuator may bind, making turning the key difficult or causing the ignition to get stuck in the "Start" position.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the ignition lock housing, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on February 12, 2015. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14696 for the original equipment, and 14912 for the service replacement parts.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V827000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 84192
STEERING:LINKAGES
Jun 28 2011
THIS COULD ALLOW THE JOINTS TO SEPARATE, AND THE DRIVER COULD EXPERIENCE LOSS OF STEERING INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV; CHEVROLET SILVERADO HD, SILVERADO LD, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; AND GMC SIERRA HD, SIERRA LD, YUKON, AND YUKON XL VEHICLES. THE INTERMEDIATE STEERING SHAFT ATTACHING BOLTS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TIGHTENED TO THE PROPER SPECIFICATION.
What should you do:
GM DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND ENSURE THAT THE INTERMEDIATE STEERING SHAFT BOLTS ARE TIGHTENED TO THE PROPER SPECIFICATION. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JULY 13, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-800-458-8006, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 AND GMC AT 1-866-996-9463.
For more information:
GM'S SAFETY RECALL NO. 11191.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: 11V339000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 739
SUSPENSION:REAR:AXLE:SPINDLE
Jan 06 2011
THE DRIVER MAY NOT BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR WITHOUT WARNING.
Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, COLORADO, EXPRESS, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; AND GMC CANYON, SIERRA, SAVANA, YUKON AND YUKON XL VEHICLES. THE REAR AXLE CROSS PINS WERE NOT PROPERLY HEAT TREATED AND COULD FRACTURE AND BECOME DISPLACED WITHIN THE REAR AXLE. SHOULD THE PIN SHIFT OUT OF POSITION, IT COULD CREATE AN INTERFERENCE CONDITION AND CAUSE THE REAR AXLE TO LOCK.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW REAR AXLE CROSS PIN FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JANUARY 11, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 AND AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
For more information:
THIS RECALL CAMPAIGN IS AN EXPANSION TO 10V-643.GM'S SAFETY RECALL NO. 10426A.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: 11V007000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 30566
SUSPENSION:REAR:AXLE:SPINDLE
Dec 17 2010
THE DRIVER MAY NOT BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR WITHOUT WARNING.
Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 CADILLAC ESCALADE EXT, CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SILVERADO LD AND GMC SIERRA LD VEHICLES. THE REAR AXLE CROSS PINS WERE NOT PROPERLY HEAT TREATED AND COULD FRACTURE AND BECOME DISPLACED WITHIN THE REAR AXLE. SHOULD THE PIN SHIFT OUT OF POSITION, IT COULD CREATE AN INTERFERENCE CONDITION AND CAUSE THE REAR AXLE TO LOCK.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW REAR AXLE CROSS PIN FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JANUARY 11, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 AND AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
For more information:
GM SAFETY RECALL NO. 100426.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: 10V643000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1262
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