These trucks are much stiffer and ride less comfortably than the standard 1500 (1/2 ton). They are designed for hard work and a 3/4 ton capacity. The ride is stiff and bouncy but the engines available are a huge 8.1-liter. Also available is an Isuzu-developed 6.6-liter diesel V8 that's relatively refined.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Handles great and is wonderful when pulling loads"

Anonymous, WV (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"IT has the power I want and handles great even on mountain roads while pulling a trailer."

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Never goes out of style. Paint has held up in all of the adverse driving. Pulls a trailer full of cows or just driving down the highway it is smart looking."

Fred L., WY (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"I bought the truck to pull a camper. It is perfect. It is quick when empty and handles my camper trailer well. It is tight in steering. Very desirable."

Darrell G., MO (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"has lot of power to go along with the mileage"

Milton P., MI (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Great pickup and speed when needed"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Smooth, solid ride. Good acceleration."

Erin L., CA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Very heavy stable vehicle that gets excellent gas mileage (DIESEL). We use it constantly for hauling and towing. Acceleration is excellent. Will probably be with us for another 10 years."

Brian M., NC (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"It doesn't turn sharp enough."

David S., MI (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Acceleration much better than I expected for a diesel. The Duramax diesel is powerful enough to maintain speed in the Colorado mountains even when carrying the camper."

DONALD S., CO (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"I use this truck for traveling, and it has a camper in the bed. It has fantastic power, and goes up steep hills with ease. It is good for snow and mud, and has very comfortable seats for long trips. Even though I have had a few mechanical problems, I would consider getting another one."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"I love my truck. It's reliable and it's strong. I use it to tow an enclosed car trailer for my race car. It has plenty of power to get up hills, and even accelerate to pass. I regularly go up and down the Grapevine here in CA and the truck doesn't blink an eye. The Chevy is quieter than Dodge or Ford diesels. Everyone who rides in my truck mentions how quiet and comfortable it is. It's even a great truck to drive everyday."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Drives like it is new"

Dianna F., SD (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"The diesel has plenty of power to spare. I've never had problems with towing or regular driving. Shocks are worn, but otherwise does ok."

Ken G., VA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Power and acceleration are great. Pulls my 31" 5th wh and boat with ease. The injection system was not filtered well back then. Better filtration with a booster pump pump solves the problem."

Tom B., NE (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very solid, smooth ride. Good acceleration."

Erin L., CA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Impressed with ability to use the heated seat lower back only, but more importantly, how low it’s located."

Brent W., AB (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Power heated seats are very comfortable, the Silverado is actually more quite than our Avalon. Ride is not too bad for a 3/4 ton truck with BF Goodrich TKO All Terrain tires."

Eric G., CA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"With the heavy duty suspension you have to live with a rough ride. But the seats in this vehicle are wonderful. Multiple power adjustable leather seats with great seat heat. However, the seat heat control buttons are stupidly placed so that you frequently switch them on by accident when, for example, you operate the power windows on a hot day."

Anonymous, MB (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"They ride in the 2500 is too firm. Heavy duty suspension causes a rough ride."

Anonymous, PA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"My Prius is an excellent vehicle for long-distance drives because of its comfort and its gas mileage. It is quiet, drives "seat of the pants," and front seats have many adjustment features."

ROBERT S., WI (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Bought this used. Lots of caked on sand. Many areas of corrosion. Springs on the seat have broken. Sliding adjustment doesn't work."

Ken G., VA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"The power driver seat does not accommodate a 5 ft 3 in person, Need extra pillows,"

Linda T., CA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Great ride and fairly quiet ride. Great Bose stereo system too. The seats are comfortable and easy to put how you like them."

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"seats are very comfortable; easy to adjust; many automatic adjustments to seats; seat heaters do not consistently work"

Anonymous, MT (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"For a 3/4 tone truck rides great. Very satisfied"

Martin O., CA (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"The seats are pretty comfortable, but definitely rides like a truck! It's a rough ride! The noise level is a little louder than I would like. But it is a truck."

Tracy B., CO (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"This has been a great vehicle with very few issues and great fuel mileage"

Anonymous, WV (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"A good solid truck that I bought for right at invoice price."

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"It has been a solid dependable truck. I bought it to pull a camper and it has performed great!"

GREG R., OH (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"I expected the drive train to last 250,000 miles. not 160000. Otherwise the it is as expected. Most of all, the dealer service center is the best I have ever worked with.. (Larry H Miller Chevrolet in Murray)"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Mileage not very good"

GARY B., OH (2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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