Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 owners have reported a total of 8,724 problems for their cars built in the 24 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 (1,014 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 (2,206 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (1,574 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Service Brakes
2,206
  Air Bag
1,574
  Electrical System
1,086
  Equipment
678
  Steering
532
  Engine And Engine Cooling
455
  Structure
368
  Power Train
351
  Electronic Stability Control
197
  Suspension
168
   
  Other Fuel System
149
  Vehicle Speed Control
136
  Exterior Lighting
120
  Visibility
117
  Wheel
110
  Seat Belt
98
  Seats
82
  Tire
80
  Gasoline Fuel System
80
  Parking Brake
50
  Latches/locks/linkage
47
  Unknown Or Other
24
  Air Brake
9
  Traction Control System
5
  Forward Collision Avoidance
1
  Hybrid Propulsion System
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 56187,2171    
0.30
  2017 117418,9652    
0.14
  2016 316352,0303    
0.30
  2015 509452,9664    
0.28
  2014 1,014502,0885    
0.40
  2013 145302,3106    
0.08
  2012 122261,5447    
0.07
  2011 435363,4998    
0.15
  2010 313207,3029    
0.17
  2009 389254,39710    
0.15
  2008 778383,50911    
0.18
  2007 735487,03212    
0.13
  2006 368410,58913    
0.07
  2005 568432,87414    
0.09
  2004 660483,30615    
0.09
  2003 726490,65316    
0.09
  2002 368440,39817    
0.05
  2001 311441,72618    
0.04
  2000 393551,73219    
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
  2019 Silverado 1500
9
  2018 Silverado 1500
40
  2017 Silverado 1500
51
  2016 Silverado 1500
103
  2015 Silverado 1500
34
  2014 Silverado 1500
116
  2013 Silverado 1500
2
  2012 Silverado 1500
3
  2011 Silverado 1500
32
  2010 Silverado 1500
31
  2009 Silverado 1500
18
  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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