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.
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There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2021 Silverado 1500 will be much less reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 and 2020 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 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 interior trim or moldings

"Internal door handle failure caused the vinyl wrap to split apart. Not yet fixed."

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint was chipping on front grill. This was a quality is that gm did nothing about"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Paint peeling around the rocker panels ,Wheel well,bottom of doors and starting to rust"

Yvan Q., ON (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"I have already had to have the passenger door repainted and the roof of the truck had to be replaced due to rust. The dealer paid to have the roof done but did not pay to have the door painted. The CHEVROLET Emblem has also faded. The truck runs good and I like the vehicle except for the rust problems I am having. I am beginning to wonder where the next rust is going to show up that I am going to have to pay to fix."

Anonymous, MB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)

"The Chevy emblems are fading and cracking"

Sharon S., MB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)

"The tire rim clear coat paint is peeling off all 4 wheels"

Michael L., MN (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Seems like the paint chips very easily from stones, etc more than I've seen with other Chevrolets I've owned"

Paul H., PA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Chalking, large chips are missing"

Jeff H., AR (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.0-L V8)

"I think titis touch was poorly painted when constructed. The paint was very thin on the top of the cab."

Jerry S., TN (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"The Chev truck frames are well known for rust and rear wheelwell rust problems."

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6.0-L V8 hybrid)
Rust

"Started to rust around the back quarter panel and the back bumper around the trailer electrical plug in"

Yvan Q., ON (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Had to have the roof replaced and the passenger door repainted."

Anonymous, MB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)

"The full roof of the truck had to be replaced and the bottom of the door on the passenger side had to be fixed and repainted due to rust"

Sharon S., MB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)

"Entire frame underneath truck is rusting badly. Have been scraping rust and undercoating every spring to keep the rust at bay."

Ed G., AB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.8-L V8)

"Rear quarter panels, above wheel well - thru-body rust. Just recently appeared. Attack from behind, so once it appeared coming through the paint it was a major concern. Not yet resolved."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.8-L V8)

"Rust on both rear wheel wells extending into the truck bed. Paint peeling off side panels."

Anonymous, OH (2012 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

"Door handle broke inside the door."

Anonymous, LA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

"The door handle on the front passenger door broke. The handle was no longer connected to the opening linkage. I looked on You Tube, saw how to remove the inside door panel, and everything connected to it, and how to remove the handle. Bought a new handle at the parts store for 59 dollars and changed it out in about 45 minutes. The handle was made of plastic, covered with a thin coating of chrome."

Charles B., TX (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)

"Had to replace a driver side door hinge because it sized up"

Michael L., MN (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Duplicate issue as failed handle described in previous question. Passenger Door inoperable."

John G., OR (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"Internally, the grab handle on driver side door broke. Being held together with wire ties now. Not yet repaired since quote was for 900."

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Door hinges need lubricant all the time."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Locks and latches

"I have had to replace both door handles on the front doors. Small plastic part broke making door handle inoperative"

Randall R., GA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Door handle broke on front passenger door. Was able to wedge it out and JB weld it rather than spend $250.00 for a new one installed"

Richard N., MN (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Outer door handle hardware lost connection to door latch (lever on handle is plastic and broke). Handle becomes inoperable from the exterior and can only be opened from inside the cab. Repaired at dealer but failed again after 3 months."

John G., OR (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"The door handle assemblies are made of plastic, and after years of opening and closing, they break. I have had to purchase, and replace two of the door handles last summer, and now another is almost needing replacement . Auto thieves are responsible for some of this breakage also, as the break them trying to enter the truck."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"I have replaced three of the exterior door handles as the plastic broke and caused a loose handle."

Richard N., MN (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"The door handles on this truck are imitation chrome. IE, very shiny plastic. I have had to replace every exterior door handle on this vehicle. After a few hundred openings and closings, they break away from the mounting bolts, and there is a gap between handle and door side sheet metal. This is ridiculous!"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Lock on passenger door no longer works without key fob."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)
Seat controls - movement

"Forward / Back seat knob fell off on drivers side."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 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)

"Sensor went out in steering column. It disabled the ABS"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Calipers

"premature brake wear spotted during oil change turned out to be caliper problem"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)
Master cylinder

"LEAK; FAILURE"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Both the front brakes and the rear brakes needed new Pads/Rotors and Shoes/Drums in the last year. However, the original brakes, both front and rear, lasted 100,000 miles !"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Parking brake

"Ends of rear brake cables rusted off where they attach to front cable at adjuster"

J K., NY (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Worn to the point that it was making noise"

Louis C., FL (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"the rear brakes wore out before the front"

Michael K., VA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"When traveling in mountainous areas I encountered sever vibration on downhill sections when apply the brakes."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)
Rotors

"Rotors are warped."

William N., IN (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.3-L V6)

"Poor quality rotors-vibration on hills from heating to fast"

Paul H., PA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"need replacing"

Chuck B., ON (2012 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

"After repairing the struts it needed to be aligned."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Ball joints

"Unaware of the problem. after repair i had a remarked improvement in steering."

Anonymous, IA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"driver side strut was bad and had to replace. was told both sides usually are replaced at the same time and I told svc rep that the other side was replaced under warranty a coule years earlier but nothing was ever said about replacing both sides at that time...."

Anonymous, NE (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"replaced right strut in 2014 under warranty. Left strut failed in 2017 not under warranty. Both should probably have been replaced at the same time in 2014 as the svc rep suggested replacing both this most recent time until I pointed out one was already done in 2014.. silence was golden"

Vaughn N., NE (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"The struts worn out and were causing uneven tire wear so had to be replaced."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"This truck has been used to haul water and the shocks wore out because of heavy use."

Anonymous, AB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Unsure)
Springs or torsion bars

"Checrolet used re-cycled or sub-standard cheap quality steel in the suspension steel springs, and also in other areas of the vehicle that contained steel"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering linkage needed replacement. Covered under warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)
Tie rods

"Rod became disengaged, and was repaired"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"found the steering grease fittings were never greased after 6 dealer oil changes"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Had to drive slowly to a repair shop. Could not drive further."

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 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

"Many gas hoses shut off early when filling my tank. I've noticed that it seems to fill more easily if I don't insert the gas nozzle all the way in to the tank--allowing for a bit of airflow when filling."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Engine computer

"Engine lights came on and off. Gym could not find the problem, but charged me $300"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Had to replace the entire computer"

Anonymous, MS (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Oil leaks

"It seems that the 5.3 has problems with oiling. Taken in for my first oil change it was found to be a quart low and no indication at all on computer system! Internet claims to have many more cases than just mine. So, not a good deal and no response from chevrolet?"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"BURNS OIL, AND MINOR OIL LEAKS, ALSO FLUID LEAKS NEAR RADIATOR"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"Engine is burning oil, not really leaking. No evidence of leaked oil when I park."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.8-L V8)

"Active Fuel Management Engine burns oil causing the fouling of oil pressure sensor, spark plugs and piston rings."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"bad sensor in oil system and the oil coolant lines were leaking"

Anonymous, FL (2012 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

Squeaks or rattles

"Vibrating noise in area of dash gauges."

J H., GA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"road noise turn up radio"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Vibration noise in dash. Vibration in radio speaker."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Wind noise

"Plastic along side the windshield rattles, Chevrolet knows it is a problem but want $300 to repair/stop it"

Louis C., FL (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4.8-L V8)

"These vehicles have positive airflow vents behind the rear seat that open to the airspace between the rear of the cab and the front panel of the bed of the truck. The road noise off of the rear tires is transmitted into the cab through these vents. Chevrolet knew of the problem, and made some changes to try to minimize it, but it is still very loud, and annoying. I have stuffed rags into these vents, and they help somewhat, but the noise is still apparent."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"This truck cab has positive ventilation vents in the rear wall of passenger compartment behind back seat. There is considerable road and wind noise that enters the cab from those vents, poor seals around windows, and not enough insulation in cab floor."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Inadequate driver door seal or angle of door attachment. Disquieting wind noise. Started in 2013. Door seal replaced once. Not resolved."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.8-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

Cruise control

"My cruise control stopped working I googled the problem and discovered it was a brake control switch located just above the brake pedal. The part was less than $20 and I replaced it in less than 5 minutes, problem solved"

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Fog Lamp bulbs keep blowing out too often."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Headlights

"3 Low beam bulbs replaced last 6 months"

Anonymous, UT (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"It started when the truck was about 6 years old and over 100,000 miles the headlights went out first one then the other I replaced the bulb and a couple of months later the other o e would go out aftle the 3rd bulb I replaced both headlight sockets and it have not had any problems in the last 2 years. I also replaced the brake control switch when my cruise control stopped working that part cost about 20 and took 5 minutes to install"

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"2 sensors failed, had both replaced when I got new tires."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Warning lights

"Engine warning light comes on.. although when checked out, all is fine. They believe it is caused by having to drive on gravel roads. We have the same problem with our 2006 Chevrolet Silverado"

Anonymous, ND (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 6.2-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)

"Mass air flow sensor went bad. Dealer was able to replace for about $520"

Brian K., WA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Engine hit and miss during driving"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)

"pressure senser not working at top of fuel tank,low cost part high cost repair."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Fuel injection system

"Fuel intake sensor"

Joyce C., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"TPS failed, older chev trucks have this part covered by an extended warranty but the 2012's do not."

Ed G., AB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.8-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

"needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3-L V6)

"The AFM, Automatic Fuel Management System, is a nice idea but isn't worth it. If it weren't for a creative workaround by my shop, I'd have to either spend thousands on a fix or replace the engine just because one of the hydraulic lifters was inoperable. I'll never have a vehicle with this system again."

Mark N., WY (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Started in February 2020,experienced one time, problem resolved 1 week later."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 4.8-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"required new pistons and rings due to a design flaw"

Richard N., MN (2012 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

Electronic ignition

"Throttle position sensor failed as soon as powertrain warranty expired. Older Chev trucks have extended warranty on throttle position sensor but not this year-2012."

Ed G., AB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.8-L V8)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"It didn't switch from six to four cylinder operation. I didn't fix it yet."

M- P O., MI (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Spark plug cracked and caused error code. Had 2 plugs replaced by dealership. Told it was a common problem, and there was a service bulletin acknowledging the issue, but no recall and had to pay out of pocket for replacement. My understanding is that this is an issue due to the Active Fuel Management (AFM) system and occurs in some cars more frequently than others. It has only presented itself once in my car and didn't cause any major issues besides a slightly rougher idle. I had the issue fixed by the dealership within a week of the check engine light turning on."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Starter

"One bolt missing, one bolt broken off. Starter would not engage"

Anonymous, FL (2012 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

"there are times when I am listening to the CD player, the radio, mp3 player, or flash drive, when it starts to rapidly jump from one to the other. It is very aggravating. Sometimes I just have to give up and cut off the sound system."

Charles B., TX (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"At times the sound system will not remain on the media I am listening to. Jumps from CD to radio, station to station to flash drive, and aux. input."

Charles B., TX (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)
Radio

"All lighting features went out. Can't tell station, time/day, when I questioned the service professionals, I was told I would half to replace the entire radio."

John E., UT (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"The cd player problem covered the radio also. In fact the only time I hear the radio at all is when the problem occurs. I never listen to the radio."

Charles B., TX (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Wiring issue"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"I had the passenger airbag replaced three years ago and the airbag light came on again this year. I have decided not to replace it again."

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

"Wiring for the airbags is on the floor and the salt from shoes corroded the sensor. Other friends have had the same issue."

Anonymous, AB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Unsure)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"Transmission cooler lines rusted and perforated at clip location, passenger side of engine."

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6.0-L V8 hybrid)
Slipping transmission

"While pulling heavy loads, transmission will slip. Only 65k miles on truck"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 4.8-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"The transmission would not downshift properly. It turned out to be a transmission seal that was leaking causing low fluid level."

Joe W., AL (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"It was actually a leak in the transmission cooler line. Very minor but terribly expensive to repair."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Water pump

"Never had a water pump leak on a vehicle with less than 50,000 miles."

Anonymous, NC (2012 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

"When in 4wd mode there was a noise upon acceleration, this also happened when in auto-4 wheel drive mode. Had it repaired at the dealer..it was in the front differential and axle and covered under warranty. Probably because I ran it in the auto 4wd mode too much. Was told to only use 4wd when necessary which I do now"

Anonymous, VT (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 5.3-L V8)
Electrical failure

"truck accelerated to nearly 80mph from a dead stop while foot was on brake causing truck to slam into bldg. Unintended acceleration."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 6.2-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

"bad leak - had to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 6.0-L V8)

"Leaked"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 4.3-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission began slipping & shifting rough. Had metal shavings in fluid."

Anonymous, KY (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT 4.8-L V8)

"June 2017 Had to replace tansmission at a cost of $3000. Total miles on the vehicle at the time 19,612."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS 5.3-L V8)

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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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AIR BAGS
Feb 05, 2021
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2014 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Silverado 3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 2500, Sierra 3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of AL, CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, SC, TX, PR, AS, GU, the MP, and VI or "Zone A." Additionally GM is recalling certain 2011-2014 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Silverado 3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 2500, Sierra 3500, Yukon, Yukon XL and 2011-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of AZ, AR, DE, DC, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MO, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, VA, and WV or "Zone B." Additionally, GM is recalling certain 2010-2014 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Silverado 3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 2500, Sierra 3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL and 2010-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of AK, CO, CT, ID, IA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MT, NH, NY, ND, OR, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WY or "Zone C." These vehicles are equipped with non-desiccated passenger frontal inflators containing phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant. These inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator with an alternate one, free of charge. Interim letters notifying owners of the safety risk are expected to be mailed beginning March 1, 2021. Second notification letters will be mailed once the remedy is available. Owner notification letters were mailed on May 11, 2021. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020; Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006; and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N212328800.
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: 21V054000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1778128
AIR BAGS
Feb 05, 2021
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2012 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500/3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500/3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or "Zone A." These vehicles are equipped with non-desiccated passenger frontal inflators containing phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant. These inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator with an alternate one, free of charge. Interim letters notifying owners of the safety risk are expected to be mailed beginning March 1, 2021. Second notification letters will be mailed once the remedy is available. Owner notification letters were mailed on May 11, 2021. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006; Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020; and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N212328770.
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: 21V051000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 284645
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
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
FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL
Dec 11, 2013
If the fuel gauge indicates an inaccurate reading it may result in the vehicle unexpectedly stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD vehicles, equipped with 6.6L diesel engines and dual fuel tanks. In the affected vehicles, the transfer pump which moves fuel from the rear tank to the front tank could malfunction and cause the fuel gauge to indicate an inaccurate reading.
What should you do:
General Motors will notify owners and dealers will inspect and replace the fuel transfer pump, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. The recall began on May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 13420.
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: 13V615000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 9733
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