2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Owner Satisfaction - 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, with a 3/4-ton load capacity. The ride is bouncy but the available engines include a relatively refined, Isuzu-developed 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 mated to a smooth six-speed automatic. A huge 8.1-liter V8 is also available. These trucks are intended for commercial use or heavy-duty towing.
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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

"Drives OK for HD pickup, acceleration OK. Steering slightly loose, was fixed once on warranty."

STEPHEN M., CA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"We have a long bed and find the truck a big "squirrely" on wet or snowy roads without a load."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"It's a diesel. Handles like a truck, which is OK. I tow a travel trailer and find the engine and transmission fantastic for power, economy and reliability, though the manual shifting is awkward. Use manual mostly when going downhill with trailer."

Anonymous, BC (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"it is drew cab with the long bed and that makes it difficult to turn sometimes."

Anonymous, AL (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Would like more power for towing on steep grades."

Anonymous, TN (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"This diesel pickup is an excellent towing vehicle. Interior is second rate. The best part of this truck is the diesel engine and transmission"

Mark S., TX (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Same as first truck. Bullyfog tuner + they fly. Comfortable on long trips."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Would like to have more horse power when pulling a heavy load."

Anonymous, TN (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Like it very much. HATE the lousy gas mileage. Friends bought a 3500, non-dually, w/ long bed and the same diesel engine. They get 18mpg in town and on same roads that we drive, while we get only 10mpg no matter how gently we drive."

Capri M., AZ (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Great power for pulling 5th wh. trailer; great acceleration merging into traffic from uphill, on-ramps."

Tom S., KS (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Handles like a truck should. Plenty of power and torque for the big hauls."

Damion J., CA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"The Duramax Diesel pulls my 24 foot travel trailer with ease. Acceleration and cruising are very good even on hills."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Acceleration good. Blind spots. Glow plugs failing frequently once warranty expired."

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Acceleration is incredible with the Duramax diesel. It also pulls trailers like a dream. However, the ride is very rough and I'm looking into improving that."

Troy R., ID (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"High maintenance costs, the water pump costs 1900 to replace and the head gasket cost 7000 to fix."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"It drives great and has nice acceleration and handling for a large pickup."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"solid and reliable transmission and engine, braking, etc. makes this truck trustworthy on the road in any weather. Gutsy engine, good power and acceleration, solid and reliable braking. I have had this for 12 years and would buy another whenever I need to replace this one."

Barbara S., BC (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"It’s a 4x4 so ride is not what you get in a car but it has excellent power and accellleration for passing etc"

James A., LA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Acceleration is good, but there is some turbo lag. The ride is rough especially off road."

Bill W., NE (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seats are extremely comfortable. They can be adjusted in many ways so you can find a position that will fit your body's comfort level."

CAROLE N., GA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Seats, climate control, and ride are excellent"

JIM O., CA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Wind noise is more then expected"

GLENN S., AZ (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"3/4ton is not expected to ride good and it doesn't. But still much better than trucks 10years earlier. Seats good, noise acceptable, airconditioning OK"

STEPHEN M., CA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"granted this truck is now 11 years old (purchased fall of 2005) but the auto feature on the climate control has not functioned for over four years. I have taken it to two different dealers and neither can figure out why it does not work. So I just have to adjust the temperature and fan manually. Also most of the little convenience lights, like on the buttons on the steering wheel and a couple within the dash console, have gone out. I have driven it for so long I know where everything is but I wi"

CARLA P., TX (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"The seats are sagging, and the interior is cheap."

Mark S., TX (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Love the ride. Hate the console opening to one side. Like the seat mobility."

Capri M., AZ (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Very noisy at higher speeds. Wind noise around both front doors."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Seats are very comfortable, and, for a diesel, the ride is quiet."

Linda M., WY (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Seats are shaped well for any person, comfortable materials and wear well, adjustability is very good."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"The seats are very comftrable and since they are heated they are nice in the winter. Road noise is not too high."

Anonymous, NC (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"You sit up high in comfortable leather seats."

Leanna A., WA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Blind spots. Air leakage noise doors and moon/Sun roof. Console access from passenger side. Back seat fold down great - why was it changed?"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Big truck with comfortable seating. A bit noisy but that is what you would expect with the size of the crew cab."

Leanna A., WA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Seat are very comfortable."

Anonymous, TN (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"The seats are very comfortable and driving all day is not a problem."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"It was 187K miles before I needed brakes. It now has 227K and no problems except normal maintance"

STEPHEN D., AZ (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Many problems: starter motor; brake line leaks; cracked exhaust manifold; ballast resistor connection; hood latch; power steering pump"

JAMES R., NH (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Wish that it had 8 speed Transmission to give me better milage"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"This vehicle is a well built and reliable vehicle. My only dissatisfaction with it is that I bought it used, was not advised that it had been in an accident and got a very poor trade in value for my previous vehicle...my lesson. But I would buy a new Silverado with same features as this one (Duramax diesel, Allisan transmission.)"

BARBARA S., BC (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"I've purchased this same vehicle in 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2006 and every one of them have performed great. They are all 4x4's, and they all have had a "Pop-up" camper on them. Three or four times a year, we go on camping trips in the Rocky Mountain States, and the coast of CA and OR. We just got back a month ago from a CA, NV, AZ, and UT trip, where we got 12mpg. When we got home, the odometer read about 98,000 miles. The 12mpg was as good as the mpg that I got in 2007. I have an ex"

JIM O., CA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"It is a work truck. I find it comfortable to drive, feel it has good acceleration and has proven to be reliable and hasn't needed a lot of repairs. However, the turbo had to be replaced at 140,000 miles for $6500."

ROBERT J., MA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Great diesel engine and trailer towing."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"I've been a Chevy Pick-up, 4x4, extended cab, HD, driver since 1979. Great vehicles. If I were ever to buy another Pick-up, I'd go to the "truck manager" of several Chevy Dealerships. After, of course, I checked with CR--Ha!"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Low maintenace and repair costs, good towing, safe vehicle."

Anonymous, OR (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"This truck had a 100,000 mile six year warranty when I bought it, and there haven't any significant repairs since. I pull various trailer, and sometimes with very heavy loads, and it has held up well."

Bill W., NE (2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

"Very tough truck that provides. reliable transportation"

James A., LA (2006 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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