Chevrolet Silverado 3500 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 owners have reported a total of 455 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 3500. The 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 cars have the most problems reported (45 problems).

  Common problems of Chevrolet Silverado 3500

The following chart shows the 23 most common problems for Chevrolet Silverado 3500 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's service brakes, hydraulic (113 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (64 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Chevrolet Silverado 3500

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Service Brakes
113
  Engine And Engine Cooling
64
  Electrical System
46
  Air Bag
36
  Other Fuel System
29
  Steering
28
  Power Train
28
  Equipment
22
  Structure
16
  Diesel Fuel System
13
   
  Tire
11
  Gasoline Fuel System
9
  Wheel
8
  Visibility
6
  Exterior Lighting
5
  Seat Belt
5
  Vehicle Speed Control
4
  Suspension
3
  Parking Brake
3
  Electronic Stability Control
3
  Seats
1
  Unknown Or Other
1
  Air Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 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 3500 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 3500 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 3500 Model Years

Silverado 3500
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 34,9241    
0.61
  2017 413,8992    
0.14
  2016 3615,6193    
0.77
  2015 3123,9944    
0.32
  2014 65,7805    
0.21
  2013 1312,7556    
0.17
  2012 1510,3457    
0.21
  2011 2610,7468    
0.30
  2010 34,7619    
0.07
  2009 89,57410    
0.08
  2008 2910,05211    
0.26
  2007 3115,82812    
0.16
  2006 4014,83913    
0.21
  2005 4542,72014    
0.08
  2004 4036,16115    
0.07
  2003 4329,27016    
0.09
  2002 2228,61717    
0.05
  2001 3735,75818    
0.06
  2000 671,37619    
0.00

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 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 3500
3
  2017 Silverado 3500
2
  2016 Silverado 3500
16
  2015 Silverado 3500
11
  2013 Silverado 3500
4
  2012 Silverado 3500
1
  2011 Silverado 3500
3
  2008 Silverado 3500
5
  2007 Silverado 3500
3
  2006 Silverado 3500
5
  2005 Silverado 3500
1
  2004 Silverado 3500
2
  2003 Silverado 3500
1


Switch Model:
Select Year:
Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Service Bulletins icon-go-page
Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Safety Recalls icon-go-page
Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Defect Investigations icon-go-page
Chevrolet Silverado 3500 fuel economy icon-go-page
Compare reliability:
vs.