Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners have reported a total of 8,206 problems for their cars built in the 23 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 cars have the most problems reported (898 problems).

  Common problems of Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Chevrolet Silverado 1500 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's service brakes, hydraulic (2,048 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (1,475 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Service Brakes
2,048
  Air Bag
1,475
  Electrical System
1,050
  Equipment
639
  Steering
492
  Engine And Engine Cooling
429
  Structure
344
  Power Train
328
  Electronic Stability Control
177
  Suspension
156
   
  Other Fuel System
142
  Vehicle Speed Control
134
  Exterior Lighting
111
  Visibility
107
  Wheel
105
  Seat Belt
94
  Gasoline Fuel System
80
  Tire
80
  Seats
78
  Parking Brake
50
  Latches/locks/linkage
47
  Unknown Or Other
24
  Air Brake
9
  Traction Control System
5
  Hybrid Propulsion System
1
  Forward Collision Avoidance
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Silverado 1500 model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Silverado 1500 Model Years

Silverado 1500
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 26187,2171    
0.14
  2017 103418,9652    
0.12
  2016 249352,0303    
0.24
  2015 411452,9664    
0.23
  2014 898502,0885    
0.36
  2013 130302,3106    
0.07
  2012 116261,5447    
0.06
  2011 403363,4998    
0.14
  2010 297207,3029    
0.16
  2009 368254,39710    
0.14
  2008 744383,50911    
0.18
  2007 701487,03212    
0.12
  2006 359410,58913    
0.07
  2005 559432,87414    
0.09
  2004 660483,30615    
0.09
  2003 725490,65316    
0.09
  2002 366440,39817    
0.05
  2001 309441,72618    
0.04
  2000 392551,73219    
0.04

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 Silverado 1500
25
  2017 Silverado 1500
47
  2016 Silverado 1500
102
  2015 Silverado 1500
33
  2014 Silverado 1500
116
  2013 Silverado 1500
1
  2012 Silverado 1500
3
  2011 Silverado 1500
30
  2010 Silverado 1500
31
  2009 Silverado 1500
17
  2008 Silverado 1500
34
  2007 Silverado 1500
54
  2006 Silverado 1500
41
  2005 Silverado 1500
13
  2004 Silverado 1500
7
  2003 Silverado 1500
10
  2002 Silverado 1500
6
  2001 Silverado 1500
7
  2000 Silverado 1500
5
  1999 Silverado 1500
6
  1998 Silverado 1500
1
  1997 Silverado 1500
1


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