2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Reviews, Ratings, Prices - Consumer Reports
These trucks are much stiffer and ride less comfortably than the standard Silverado 1500 (1/2 ton). They are designed for hard work and a 3/4 ton capacity. The ride is bouncy but the available engines include a relatively refined, Isuzu-developed 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 and a huge 8.1-liter, 340-hp V8.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
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Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC available from 2009, standard from 2011. Side and head protection air bags available from 2011.
Model Summary
These trucks are much stiffer and ride less comfortably than the standard Silverado 1500 (1/2 ton). They are designed for hard work and a 3/4 ton capacity. The ride is bouncy but the available engines include a relatively refined, Isuzu-developed 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 and a huge 8.1-liter, 340-hp V8.
Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD, Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 6-liter V8 (300 hp)
  • 6.6-liter V8 turbodiesel (310 hp)
  • 8.1-liter V8 (330 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Loss of all dashboard lights due to defective "light level" variable resistor assembly"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"The exterior rear view mirrors should extend electrically. Both have failed and will no longer extend"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"Signal lite module controlling trailer brake lights failed and had to be replaced"

Wayne W., AB (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Turn signal flashes fast (not related to burned out lamps) on one side only"

Steve H., NC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)
Gauges

"Had the computer gauges replaced 2 years ago and this year the battery gauge isn't working"

Harold B., CO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"tac doesn't work"

Paul B., WI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"The odometer and fuel gauge quit working"

Eugene M., CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"The speedometer quit working had to replace dash gauges"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"some of the gauges don't work anymore. Speedometer and oil pressure. When the gas guage goes I'll have to consider getting rid of it as estimated repair/replacement cost is unreasonable"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 8.1-L V8)

"Speedometer had to be repaired due to erratic speed indication"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.0-L V8)

"The stepper motor for the speedometer went bad"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"The entire dash assembly has to be replaced when only one gauge fails"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Speed gauge quick working. Had to replace the entire cluster to solve this problem. $650"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"speedometer quit working"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Headlights

"right side running light goes out, but bulb is fine. All contacts and fuses have been checked and are ok. When the bulb is removed and then put back, light works fine for a while and then the exact same thing happens again. Problem is intermittent an"

Karen D., WA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Heated or cooled seats

"The heated seats will not work. I can push the buttons for heated seats and the light comes on but goes off as soon as I release the button"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Driver side heated Seat won't stay on more than 30 seconds. Need to change driver seat module"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Horn

"Intermittently, the horn will not work"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Interior lights

"dashboard lights dim or go out with no warning. Fuses are fine, problem is intermittent and unresolved"

Karen D., WA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Warning lights

"The truck's electronic monitoring system tells me that there's no oil in the engine when it is full."

Janet A., NM (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.6-L V8 diesel)

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

"Both left and right upper control arms grease boots failed"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"I have had a lot of problems, rattle in steering column, tie rods, ball joint, radio speakers not working, multiple fuel filters, alignment, chevy shop stealing diesel - talked to them and it stopped, rear differential, locked in 4wheel drive, long l"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Bushings

"There was a clunking noise in the steering column. Changed a bushing and problem solved... 400$ including labor"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Power steering leaks

"The powers steering is connected to the brakes so when the brake lines failed the steering did not work"

R K., CT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"power steering hose slight leak"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Leaks required replacement of the power steering booster and a related hose"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Shocks or struts

"at 231000miles shock were wore out completly"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Loose steering gear replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Steering column has extremely loud rattle that was once repaired by CHEVROLET dealer. Was told that it would come back and while it wasn't dangerous the only way to correct it was with after market products."

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.0-L V8)

"it's been replaced and still makes rattle"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Electric connector overheated and filled truck with smoke. Steering linkage defective and GM will not repair"

Jeff G., VA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.0-L V8)

"Worn out Pitman Arm"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Radius arm and pitman arm wear prematurely with oversized tires. I installed high quality aftermarket parts to replace the stock parts"

Darin C., ID (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Blower motor runs after ignition switch is off. Back to dealer,replace control module. Started when fairly new,noise from lower steering shaft.Fix at the time was to remove & grease problem reoccurred after waenty expired"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Tie rods

"Replaced myself with heavy duty tie rod ends, cost approximately $250"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Unsure 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"normal wear and tear"

Joseph O., GA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"Tie rods are weak. I bent one. Replaced with a heavy duty part from an RV"

Darin C., ID (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Wheel bearings

"Approx. 120K the front wheel bearings went out but instead of being replaceable both front hub assemblys needed to be replaced. What became of replaceable wheel bearings at a fraction of the cost of a complete hub?"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"replaced both front hubs"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"this is the wheel bearing I have had to replace...one on each side"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Age"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"brakes were squeaking, and grinding. I knew they were worn, so a quick pad replacement, and turn the rotors. Nope everything was so rusted they had to replace every component. A year later, I had to replace all the brake lines, because they too had r"

Gerald W., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Brake lines failed and rotors had to be replaced at the same time"

Anonymous, NB (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Master cylinder

"had to replace total brake system. had three brake line leaks at same time"

K L., VA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 8.1-L V8)

"Master brake cylinder failed. When that happens -there's no brakes.Fortunately I was in my driveway but the repair cost about $500 mostly labor."

Paul S., PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Normal routine brake wear

"Because I pull a heavy trailer my brake wear is atypical. During a trip I had to have the front brakes replaced (rotors, calipers, pads) when they showed fading."

P G., NY (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Parking brake

"Leaking wheel seal on brake shoe"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Premature brake wear

"Poor setup on the rear disk brake system they contintue to rust until they quit moving on the slides then stick shut then wear the rotors down without your knowledge until they need replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Regular brake failure

"Brake line to rear brakes rusted through-- mechanic said this was frequent issue w CHEVROLET pickups."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Brake line failure. Very expensive to replace brake line. Known problem for this vehicle due to poor engineering"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Brake Line Failure, The line rusted through and the entire brake line system of the truck had to be replaced as well as some of it's companion parts"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)
Rotors

"Had a full brake job on the truck. They had to change 1 caliber"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"See calipers"

Anonymous, NB (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.6-L V8 diesel)

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

"Passenger side actuator failed and labor to replace was 7 hours because dash board had to be removed."

Anonymous, (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"Actuator went out causing heat to blow on passenger side while the air conditioning was on"

David G., MS (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"While AC selected driver's side vents start blowing hot air While dash vents selected, will change to defroster vents or floor vents and dash vents cannot be selected back"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"When operating A/C, would blow hot air on driver side"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"the truck has dual heating and cooling system and while driving with AC on the passage side would have cool air and the drivers side would have hot air coming out the vents as if the heater was on full heat."

Alfred K., CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"Replaced control head"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"drivers side heat control module failed"

Anonymous, LA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Blower (fan) motor

"Repeat problem, blower fan and fan switch have both failed. This is the 2nd replacement of fan switch."

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.0-L V8)

"The flaps that control temperature failed"

Gregory O., CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.0-L V8)
Electrical failure

"Connector over heated and melted and filled truck with smoke"

Jeff G., VA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.0-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Seat heating system failed . Dealer was going to rip me off. I found a auto upholstery shop to install new heating elements that I bought online for $200 less than the dealer."

Paul S., PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"tensioner froze and melted accessory belts. steering very hard. This at 110,000 miles,"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"tensioner froze, melting the drive belt for steering and brakes"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Tensioner pulley Bearing went and broke off, causing the loss of the serpentine belt, power brakes, power steering, et:al."

Gerald W., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Engine computer

"Failed injector module $ 1800.00 part!"

Roger U., OH (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"We have had this truck to a reputable mechanic 3 times this year. Each time, the mechanic solves the computer code and resets the computer, then within the next month, the fault lite comes on again. They have been unable to find out why it continues to happen"

Brent M., MT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 8.1-L V8)

"Chevrolet dealer identified fuel related problems to outdated computer software - very expensive to upgrade. Associated with this problem, but not show as a choice, was the fuel filter and pump which each have had to be replaced in last year"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Engine knock or ping

"Knock sensor harness has fault in it causing engine light to come on"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.0-L V8)
Fuel leaks

"fuel was leaking from the pre-heater? cooler? Had to be replaced."

Gerald W., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Oil leaks

"The oil leaking caused sensor problems, ODB2. Need a oil pan gasket. A major degreasing & connection cleaning."

Anonymous, (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"oil cooler lines are leaking"

Rod O., NV (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-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

"front wheel bearing hub failed also rear axle seal failed both around 100k miles"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Transfer case failure"

Anonymous, MT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)
Differential

"Differential leaked, had to rebuild"

Gerald W., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"noticed the differential was leaking and took it in to the dealer to have it checked. They replaced the bearings, seals, and yoke, plus flushed all the metal shavings out of the case and axle tubes. 2800.00 dollars, for something that I feel shouldn'"

Gerald W., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Driveshaft or axle

"Front wheel hubs. iie bearings.."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Differential developed loud whine - had to be replaced"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"rear axle seal failed and leaked oil on brakes"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Electrical failure

"In 2019 the servo motor that control the vents in the HVAC system stopped working. Whole dashboard had to be removed to repair, and parts cost approximately 300 dollars."

Anonymous, NV (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Unsure 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Transfer case

"Transfer case developed a hole in it from the pump chain rubbing against the transfer case cover which allows fluid to leak out"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

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)

"paint pealing along trim line. Dealer won't address problem"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Paint is pealing on roof, bed, front doors. simply falling off"

George J., AZ (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Clear coat on hood and front fenders need to replaced. It will require chemically stripping the clear coat and base paint the then repainting all surfaces"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)
Rust

"Large holes in driver side rocker panel, paint bubbling on passenger side. Covered w rubber strip to hide. Front bumper has hole rusted thru at passenger corner."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Typical GM rust on rocker panels & cab corners."

Michael D., IA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"Paint pealing and brake lines and frame rusting"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Rear bumper completely rusted out. All lines under the truck have rusted and been replaced, most recently the fuel lines"

Sharon W., CT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"The brake lines are rootting off underneath the truck. It was sprayed with some coating on the frame from the factory that started to peel away and the areas where the coating stayed held water and road salts and has started rust all over. The fuel l"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Had to replace water pump"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"The sun/moon roof drain gets plugged and it leaks water inside. The seals also don't work well. I wish it didn't have the feature at all."

Anonymous, OR (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear axle seal leaked"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Unsure 6.0-L V8)

"Front drivers door. Have not yet resolved it. Very bad seals on trim"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Pads on rear leaf springs wore out causing a clanging noise in rear suspension"

Rod O., NV (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"sterring collum rattles"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"Can not locate rattle in dash"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.0-L V8)
Wind noise

"Road noise very high; maybe because of tires or diesel engine"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

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)

"this is the second EGR that has been installed"

Tom L., TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"check engine light comes on periodically, clears itself"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Running down interstate just fine and just lost power"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Fuel injection system

"I noticed truck was hesitating when accelerating from a start. Shop clean injectors and truck is fine."

Anonymous, (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"The pin that supplies power to the fuel injection computer was pushed back into the multi-pin connector and it finally quit supplying power to the computer. The mechanic traced the problem and extended the pin to its proper position and the problem was solved."

Anonymous, NV (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"At ~115000 mi had one injector go bad, others marginal. Dealer convinced me to replace all 8 with most of cost on an extended warranty"

Jeff B., IL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"causes check engine light to come on"

Harold M., ND (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.0-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Stud broke that holds exhaust manifold on causing ticking leak sound"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.0-L V8)

"half the bolts holding both exhaut manafolds on broke off in the heads. $800 in repairs. heard this was a problem."

Michael B., MI (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.0-L V8)
Muffler

"muffler broke off at weld and had to be replaced .with pipe"

Wayne W., AB (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Other/unsure

"crash sensor at front on truck became defective and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"The “clock spring” in the steering system malfunctioned and had to be replaced. This spring is the one that make the electrical connections to buttons,etc on the steering wheel."

Anonymous, TN (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Pipes

"Tail pipes rusted apart"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-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

Heated or cooled seat controls

"Seat heat on drivers side turns on and off randomly and repeatedly by itself. Dealer doesn't know how to fix it, and can't disconnect it without disconnecting all power controls for seats, windows, etc"

Sharon W., CT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Locks and latches

"Cheap plastic retainer failures"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)
Mirrors

"Electronic passenger-side mirror motor burnt out"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"The mirror part became detached from the housing. I had to replace the entire housing. Within a year, it broke again"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 8.1-L V8)
Seat controls - movement

"Computer goes out of control, wont fis"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Windows

"Drivers side quits working intermittently"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

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

"Engine oil cooler lines leaking. Quick disconnect was the issue but it was a aftermarket radiator."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)
Rough shifting

"Same issue noted previously"

Anonymous, WV (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Transmission leaks

"Transfer case wore through and back part of case had to be replaced. This is a common problem with some models equipped with 4 wheel drive."

Anonymous, TN (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Real seal leak but a lot of miles on this unit so is probably normal."

Anonymous, IA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 8.1-L V8)

"auxiliary trans.wore a hole in casting"

Charles B., OH (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.0-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

"cd player inop"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Quit working"

Ralph B., CO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"CD player does not work. If a CD is inserted, it will get stuck"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Radio

"Won't come until driven several miles"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Speakers

"Had to replace front speakers at least three times. Last time went to an audio store and got their speakers which I havn't had a problem yet."

Ralph B., CO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

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

"injectors / harness failed resulting in $1800 repair"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Head gasket

"Both were blown"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Turbo or supercharger

"at 100,000 miles had to replace the turbo. Very costly $2800."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"It happened the first year purchased while it was under warranty. No problem since."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Unsure 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Replaced failed transmision with a rebuild one which had a upgraded torque converter. Total cost was $3200"

Anonymous, NE (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Actually, rear differential, reworked, and transfer case-not fixed yet. Still driving. Still having problems with rear differential because it is like a live axle and scrubs one tire when turning a corner."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"Previous owner didn't take the truck in for the transfer case recall. It was outside of warranty."

Anonymous, NM (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.0-L V8)

"Replaced transfer case and front yoke assembly. Problem shifting gears resulted in ABS break indication and speedometer did not correctly measure distance"

Anonymous, WV (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.6-L V8 diesel)

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)

"Get a new battery & install a battery cut off switch"

Anonymous, (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.0-L V8)

"Routine replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Base 6.0-L V8)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The Wiring was rubbing on the engine block and shorted for two of the cylinders, known problem with Cheve"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"hose ruptured leaking out all water/antifreeze and because I was in a remote location towing a 5th wheel trailer, the engine burned up and had to be replaced. It was my fault for not stopping when it overheated."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Water pump

"Duramax water pumps are notorious for lasting roughly 100000 miles... mine began leaking around 110000 miles... replaced it myself"

Craig H., CO (2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LS 6.6-L V8 diesel)
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