Chevrolet was co-founded on Nov. 3, 1911, by William C. Durant and Louis Chevrolet in Flint, Michigan. Durant was a businessman and in the late 1800s he partnered and invested $2,000 in the Flint Road Cart Company, which eventually became the Durant-Dort Carriage Company. Durant turned it into a $2 million business in no time. By the early 1900s he owned the largest horse-drawn vehicle company in the United States. In 1904 Durant had also created the General Motors Company.
Durant was not too crazy about the idea of motorized vehicles. He did not trust them so he decided to make his own cars. Durant asked Chevrolet to partner with him. Louis Chevrolet had been known for his racing and mechanical skills and Durant named the company after him for that reason. The two men brought in William Little and Dr. Edwin R. Campbell as investors who were both involved in other car companies. It wasn't till May 2, 1918, that GM and Chevy merged together
Being in business for the last 117 years Chevy has had many ups and downs. They have produced millions of vehicles since they opened. Chevy has made some great models and designs of vehicles for the public to enjoy but sometimes they have had manufacturing issues. Even though some of their pickup trucks are nice, they have had their share of troubles. There are some things consumers need to be aware of if they are interested in buying any Chevy pickup trucks
20 FUEL TANKS
Fuel tank issues are not something that can be taken lightly. Chevy ran into an issue with fuel tanks with their 2011- 2015 line of Chevy Silverado 3500 and GMC Sierra 3500 pickup trucks. Both of these trucks came equipped with dual fuel tanks. According to GM Authority, there was an issue with the front fuel tank supprot, and the fuel-level sensor software was not working properly. This could lead to potential fires.
GM/Chevy began a recall in December 2017 and it is estimated that 35,292 pickups could be affected.
The company is fixing the problem free of charge for their customers
19 SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER
Having your power steering fail is no fun. It can make your vehicle difficult to turn or control. Not everyone can steer or turn the steering wheel when this happens. Chevy owners ran into this problem with the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The issue occurred when to much electrical power was used in the pickups, which caused the power steering to fail. According to Consumer Reports, almost 700,000 trucks have been recalled. It wasn't until 2017 that Chevy became aware of the power steering loss when customers complained. The National Highway Traffic Safety Commission found the sudden loss of power happened during low-speed turning maneuvers.
18 FRONT WHEEL SPEED SENSOR CORROSION
Front Wheel Speed Sensor Corrosion occurred with the 1999- 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 and the Sierra 800 and is something Chevy owners need to be aware of. The ABS Wheel Speed Sensors are mounted near each tire to help monitor the speed which each tire is maintaining and to help with intervening by rapidly pumping the brakes.
It is supposed to help with steering and braking but in certain areas of the United States the sensors tend to corrode.
According to Chevrolet, the trucks that seem to be affected are in what's known as the salt belt states. The salt belt states include New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Washington DC, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Maine, Minnesota, Vermont, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. This is where the roads are salted during winter months.
17 SUSPENSION FAILURE
A bad suspension is not good for any vehicles and could cause damage to the rest of the car. Driving with a bad suspension can be dangerous and that is what the 2016-2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 and the Chevy Tahoe has experienced. According to Your Mechanic, a bad suspension can cause broken struts, flat tires, broken or collapsed springs, broken steering linkage, broken anti-sway bars, failed power steering and can affect handling and braking. On the Chevy pickup trucks, the front upper control arms near the arm bushings were poorly welded together and could break apart. According to Trucks, 4,789 vehicles were involved in the recall. Other vehicles also include the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, Chevrolet Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade ESV and the Cadillac Escalade.
16 AIRBAG DEFECT
The Chevy airbag defect affected close to five million vehicles including the 2014-2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 and the Silverado HD.
There was a software issue that caused Takata airbags not to deploy during crashes.
Takata airbags were used not only by Chevy but by many other car manufacturers. Many lawsuits were filed against Takata which was an automotive parts manufacturer in Japan. They closed down on April 11, 2018. Takata lost billions of dollars due to the defective airbags and could not withstand the major financial loss. According to Reuters, this was the biggest recall to date by the GM/ Chevy and for other car companies. This is actually something that all car owners need to be aware of.
15 BASE RADIO MALFUNCTION PREVENTS AUDIBLE WARNING
According to Automotive Fleet, GM/ Chevy informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that there was Base radio default in their pickup trucks. The base radio gives off warnings if the key is left in the ignition or if seat belts aren't clipped on properly. It also warns you if the doors are left open. Without the base radio working correctly it would cause the trucks not to be in compliance with motor vehicle safety standards. The alert can prevent needless injuries, and theft of the vehicle in case a driver or a passenger forgets. Pickup trucks affected are the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 and the 2005 Silverado HD. There were no deaths or injuries reported due to this defect but Chevy took it seriously and fixed it of no charge to the customers.
14 ROLL-AWAY RISK
Having any vehicle you own just randomly rolling down the street without the driver in it can be a very dangerous situation. It can also be dangerous if a driver leaves a passenger inside and steps out and the car begins to roll. Chevy had that issue with their 2014-2015 Chevy Silverado and Suburban pickup trucks. According to Car complaints, the problem was the transfer case.
Sometimes when the car was in park and the parking brake wasn't used, the gear would slip into neutral and start rolling.
Other times the transfer case could also slip while a person was driving into neutral causing an accident.
13 UNINTENDED IGNITION KEY ROTATION
An estimated 7.6 million vehicles were recalled because of Unintended Ignition Key Rotation and pickup trucks were no exception. Affect pickup trucks were the 2007-2011 Chevy Silverado HD and the GMC Sierra HD. This mistake was colossal and cost Chevy millions of dollars. According to Fortune, more than 124 losses and 275 injuries occurred when the ignition switch would switch from on to off while in use, the key could fall right off if it wasn't in the off position. Adding to this issue were drivers keychains if the key chains were heavier it posed more of a risk for an accident to happen. The company has paid out $595 million in personal injury lawsuits to the people who were injured and the families who lost loved ones in accidents.
12 RETENTION CLIPS ATTACHING THE GENERATOR FUSE BLOCK CAN COME LOOSE
Chevy had to recall thousands of 2015 Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks when retention clips attaching the generator fuse block could come loose and shift. If the generator fuse block shifts it can cause the exposed conductors to hit the mounting studs and cause a potential fire. Pickup trucks with a 220 Amp Generator were affected by this issue. According to Edmunds, no injuries or deaths were reported with the retention clips becoming loose. Chevy asked owners to bring their vehicles into dealers for an inspection of the clips and made the necessary repairs as needed. Luckily this was caught before anyone was hurt.
11 SEAT ISSUES
We all know how important being safe and comfortable it is when driving or riding in a pickup truck or car. Chevys seat issue began during assembly when the seat frame attachment hooks were not properly installed in the 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks.
When a car seat is not properly attached, it can move and shift during an accident causing the seat to slam into the dashboard or the rear which could cause injuries or worse.
According to Edmunds no injuries or deaths were reported because of this defect. This was something that Chevy has offered to fix or replace free of charge.
10 HOOD FLYING OPEN
Driving down the road and having the hood fly up can be a scary and very dangerous thing to happen to any driver. If this ever happens when your driving there are a few things to remember. Put on your emergency flashers, slow down and try to look underneath the hood to see. As soon as you can pull over to the side of the round and make sure it's safe to step out of the car. According to USA Today, the 2010-2012 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon were missing the secondary hood latch which caused the hood not to lock into place and pop open.
9 ANTI- LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS) PROBLEMS
Being able to stop is a very important thing to be able to do when driving but some Chevy pickup trucks were having trouble doing that. Pickup trucks with braking problems are the 1999-2001, 2003-2008 Chevy Avalanche, and Silverado. According to Consumer Affairs, more than 200 hundred accidents were reported when the Anti-lock braking system did not work correctly during low-speed impacts. It took longer distances stop which drivers did not expect at the time. Chevy blamed the problem on the salt states again for corrosion that occurred. Chevy blamed environmental conditions such as salt and road dirt for covering the sensor needed for the brakes to get the signal and work right.
8 TRANSMISSION ISSUES
Different generations of the Chevy Silverado 1500 have had transmission issues along the way. Some of 2007-2013 Silverado transmission problems have included slipping out of gear while driving and going into reverse quickly or jamming sometimes. In some cases, the pickup truck doesn't work at all.
In the 2014 version, the transmission oil cooler line was not secured, coming loose.
Other issues with the transmission are overheating clutch failure, and parts wearing out. According to Consumer Affairs, many complaints have been made by customers who have had transmissions issues. This is something that anyone buying a Chevy pickup needs to be aware of to avoid problems.
7 PREMATURE TIRE WEAR
Premature tire wears tire failure is something that 2014 - 2018 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup truck owners experienced. Typically a car tire is used roughly 12,000-15,000 miles a year and has the life expectancy of between three and four years before you need to replace them. According to GM Trucks, many customers made complaints about the tires and some reported their tires had to be replaced at only 16,000 miles. Driving on worn or faulty tires and cause blowouts and rollovers that can cause pickups or cars to crash. Check your tires regularly to make sure there is no extra wear and tear or anything else that could cause issues with your tires.
6 WATER PUMP LEAKS
The water pump leaking is just another problem that the Chevy Silverado 1500 has had. The water pump is a very important part for your car and helps pumps coolant through your engine and back to the radiator to be cooled off. Signs of a leak can be fluid under your car dripping while on or off, overheating and your car smoking from under the hood. If the water pump fails it can also lead to melting nearby plastic components causing a fire or causing your engine to completely fail. According to Cars, Chevy will fix this issue for Silverado owners.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one percent of all crashes are due to rollovers but a third of passenger receives injuries. Cheat Sheets has also reported that Chevy Chevrolet Colorado has a 22 %chance of rolling over, and of course the Silverado could not be left out of this section either.
Rollovers can happen for many reasons: the vehicle’s weight balance, sharp turns, and elevated center of gravity.
Union Leader has also reported that during a rollover crash in Lowell, Massachusetts, minutes before the crash the driver began to feel the 2002 Chevy Silverado 1500 she was driving begin to shake and then it to rolled over. The vehicle actually broke apart from the frame during impact. Luckily the driver wasn't killed.
4 REAR AXLE ISSUE
The rear axle issue has affected 2014-2015 Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. GM/ Chevy did recall the vehicles that had issues. The problem occurred when the rear axle cross pins were not attached correctly and could cause the rear axle to stop and freeze causing a possible crash. The rear axles job is to turn the driveshaft that gives rotational force making the car move. According to Auto Blog, the company expanded the recall and added more pickup trucks, and cars to the list. Chevy told vehicle owners to bring their cars into the dealer so that could replace the pin at Chevy's expense.
3 PEELING PAINT
No one likes spending a lot of money on a vehicle and watching the paint peel and chip off his or her car. New paint jobs and touch-ups can be expensive. Owners of the 2014 - 2018 Chevy Silverado discovered that happening to their cars even with simple washing. According to the Center for Auto Safety, GM/ Chevy came up with the most comprehensive paint policy more than any other car company. GM/ Chevy will pay for all paint repairs needed on their vehicles related to the paint defect. If a car's paint is damaged due to dents and accidents they will not. Chevy should find a better paint product, it would save them money.
Driving around in the summer or winter without the AC/heater is not good for anyone. Either you are too cold or to hot in the car. Owners of the Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 have experienced that and sometimes experienced the heater not shutting off.
There have also been times when the heat just does not shut off, which can make anyone uncomfortable.
According to NBC Chicago, many customers are frustrated about this issue. Who could blame them, to be honest? It seems that to have the AC/ heater fixed it could cost customers an extra $4,000-$5,000 in repairs which isn't their fault. At this point, Chevy has not conducted a recall for this problem and customers want something done.
1 CABLES HOLDING THE TAILGATE
The cables holding the tailgate of Chevy pickups have been a problem for close to a million vehicles. According to CBS, the tailgate issue happened due to the braided-steel support cables that keep the tailgate in place corrodes and can break with no warning at all. 84 people have been injured when the tailgate just let loose. Many American pickup truck owners also take part in tailgate parties during events. They use the truck bed and the tailgate to hang out with friends and sometimes cook. Considering how popular pickup trucks are Chevy is not recalling the tailgate cables but instead telling owners how to inspect it themselves. Pickup trucks affected are the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Chevy Avalanche.
Sources: Chevrolet.com, GmAuthority.com, AutoSafety.org