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 2 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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The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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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 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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)
Master cylinder

"LEAK; FAILURE"

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

"Worn to the point that it was making noise"

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

"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)

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 Chevy emblems are fading and cracking"

Sharon S., MB (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 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)
Rust

"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 Unsure 4.3-L V6)

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

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

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

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"road noise turn up radio"

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

"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)

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

Shocks or struts

"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)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering linkage needed replacement. Covered under warranty"

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

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

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)

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)
Fuel injection system

"Fuel intake sensor"

Joyce C., AZ (2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Unsure 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

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

Richard N., MN (2012 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

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)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Starter

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

Anonymous, FL (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)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Transmission Minor

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

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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
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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