2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Reliability - Consumer Reports
We found this version of the Silverado 2500 to be the best choice of the three heavy-duty trucks available on the market during this period. Payload and towing capacity are impressive, yet braking and handling capabilities come close to matching those of the half-ton version of the truck, a combination of performance attributes its rivals couldn't match.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Silverado 2500HD will be more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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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 over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 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 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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)

"Failure of DEF emissions system"

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"DEF reservoir cracked and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"engine light advised of problem. found to be in the diesel Urea tank ( heat element ? ) fixed under warranty"

Robert J., MA (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Engine control module for CNG system had a fault and was replaced under warranty. This vehicle runs on natural gas or gasoline"

Brian L., OR (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Broken wire from sending unit to dash. Tank had to be dropped to repair."

David H., MN (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)
Fuel pump

"Fuerl pump imploded. After 240000 miles it was not unhexpected"

Wesley P., TX (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Service Engine Codes appeared. I was able to clear them using a Scan Gauge that I own, but the Service Engine Codes re-occurred frequently. Took truck to dealer and they resolved the issue. Truck has been running fine since then."

Anonymous, AB (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"The temperature sensor in the DEF tank failed. Replacement was still under warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"DEF level sensor failed"

Anonymous, KS (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"O2 sensors went out"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Actually DEF problems"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Loose rear side window plastic trim."

Charles G., MI (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"Does not stay attached to the truck. Has fallen off numerous times on all 4 doors."

Leo V., AK (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.0-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Premature paint failure behind each front wheel well. Extensive corrosion of polished aluminum wheels."

Charles G., MI (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"Paint behind each wheel well pealing, surface rust. Alloy wheels corroding."

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)
Rust

"Rust over rear wheel wells."

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"Frame undercoating chipped off ,and framed rusted, wheels pitted. Took to dealer both covred under warranty"

Dave H., OH (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"paint loss & rust on lower edge of doors and lower body panels"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD)

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

"Water leak around roof stop lamp.. dealer found and fixed. Water leak in passenger rear door causing water to accumulate in door. Dealer unable to resolve."

Ralph D., NY (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

"High brake light on cab leaked water, had take it in 2 different times to get it stopped"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"major water on floor pan found to be from sliding rear window. took many attempts to repair truck . out of service for 3 months. treated very well by dealer even though not purchased from them"

Robert J., MA (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6-L V8 diesel)

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)

"Short in the license plate lights caused the battery to drain"

Anonymous, AK (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.0-L V8)
Interior lights

"quit working due to a short in the wiring"

Anonymous, AK (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.0-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"No problems. Got a warning on my dash readout about transmission control module."

L S., CO (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Transmission Control Modual"

Axel N., UT (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Lower radiator hose had leaks in the hose itself"

Alden H., ID (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Water pump

"Gasket leaked"

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Parking brake

"System rusted and froze up when parking brake applied.Apparently NOT checked during both CPO certification program and New York State inspection."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"Front brakes developed a vibration and brakes pulsate when going down a long hill. Suspect rotors are slightly warped."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"warning lights went on and sensors had to be reset"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Exhaust manifold

"Two broken exhaust manifold studs,which I did not realize at time of purchase. Another item apparently just checked off during the CPO certification."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 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

Driveline vibration

"Replace drive shaft damper no cost by gm dealer"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6-L V8 diesel)
Traction control

"Traction control module had to be replaced."

L S., CO (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6-L V8 diesel)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil pan bolts loose causing leaking around seal"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.6-L V8 diesel)

"Lower oil pan developed a slow drip. Repair estimate was $500."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 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

Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power Steering hose was leaking. I replaced it before it blew out. It's very common as I live in a very cold climate & the brake fluid that they use in the power steering lines gets very thick when it's -35F outside."

Anonymous, ND (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-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

Alternator

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-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

"Stopped working had to be replaced"

Leo V., AK (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 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

Locks and latches

"Passenger door locking latch broke"

Leo V., AK (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Camera did not work when I purchased truck and repair was to expensive."

Martin M., MI (2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT 6.0-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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