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How Long Will a Silverado Last? Measured in decades

There are many reasons why you might decide that your next vehicle is going to be a truck. They are spacious, good in the snow, and can go where a sedan can only dream of going. If you have decided to shop around for a pickup, there is an incredibly good chance you will come across a Silverado, and like most people in the market for a new car, you might find yourself wondering how long a Silverado will last?

A well-maintained Chevy Silverado will last drivers anywhere from 150,000 to 200,000 miles, with many drivers having gone well beyond 200,000 miles. This translates to around 10 to 15 years of use.

Continue reading to learn more about this durable truck and whether a Silverado might be the right truck for you.

Silverado

The Chevy Silverado

In the 1970s, Silverado was simply the name of a trim choice that buyers could choose while buying a Suburban or C/K. Today, however, the Silverado is a line of pickup trucks manufactured by General Motors and sold under the Chevrolets brand.

The Silverado lineup includes full-size pickups, medium-duty trucks, and chassis cab trucks. As far as trucks go, the Chevy Silverado is a beast. Loaded with advanced technology and equipped to handle large loads, this durable truck was built to get the job done—whatever that job may be.

Are Silverado’s Reliable?

The Silverado consistently scores well in terms of reliability across several organizations. For example, RepairPal (which measures a vehicle’s reliability based on the cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance) has given Silverado a reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it as 5th out of 17 for full-size trucks. US News Cars also ranked the Chevy Silverado as 5th in the Full-Size Pickup Truck category and gave it a reliability rating of 7.9 out of 10. Finally, J.D. Power, which bases its reliability rating on the unbiased opinions of real car owners, has given the 2021 Chevy Silverado a reliability rating of 83/100 and ranked it as #3 in Large Light Duty Pickups.

OrganizationReliability RatingRank
US Car News7.9 out of 105th in Full-Size Pickup Truck
RepairPal3.5 out of 5.05th out of 17 in Full-Size Trucks
J.D. Power83/100#3 in Large Light Duty Pickups

How Much Does It Cost to Maintain a Silverado?

Although rated well, the overall reliability of a vehicle will depend on how well that vehicle is maintained, and knowing how much it will cost you to keep the vehicle in good condition is an important part of buying a car.

According to CAREDGE, Silverado owners can expect to spend $10,003 on repairs and maintenance during the first ten years of ownership, which is just slightly better than the average for other similar vehicles. Additionally, there is a 29.99% chance that your Silverado will need a major repair during those first ten years, which is 8.49% worse than other similar vehicles. However, edmunds estimates drivers will spend just $3,815 on maintenance during the first five years plus an additional $788 on repairs.

What Are the Most Common Problems with A Chevy Silverado?

When trying to decide which vehicle to purchase, it is a clever idea to look at some of the most common problems with each consideration. Making repairs is another way to get the most out of your vehicle, but if you cannot afford to make those repairs right away, it could lead to much bigger issues. Below you can find a list of the most common problems to plague Silverado owners as well as the average cost to fix each one.

Most Common Silverado ProblemsAverage Mileage Issue OccursAverage Price to Repair the Problem
Excessive Oil Consumption80,500$2,700 (Maybe due to a defect in the fuel management system).
Engine Knocking96,000$4,300
Dashboard Instrument Failure84,400$220
Steering Shaft Issues39,050 – 88,799$190 – $600
Fuel Level Sensor Failure122,682$1,071 – $1,291
Daytime Running Light BurnoutProne to Burnout Throughout Lifespan$82 – $98
Fuel Injector Issues64,458$789 – $911

Source: Carcomplaints and RepairPal

Although the actual price to repair your vehicle will depend on the age, location, and repairs being done, the average repair cost for a Silverado seems to be both high and low. According to yourmechanic.com, the estimated price for most Silverado repairs ranges from $95 to $4634, with an average price of about $301.

Are Silverado’s Prone to Rust Issues?

Rust is an inevitable part of owning a truck, and at some point, all truck owners will have to face this problem. That being said, one of the biggest complaints people have about Chevy trucks is their reputation for rust, with some owners having reported rust as early as three to five years. Drivers should watch for rust in areas such as the frame, wheel wells, in the bed of the truck, and around the undercarriage.

There is a widespread rumor swirling around that Chevrolet purposely uses subpar materials because they want users to replace their vehicles more quickly. However, this theory has never been proven and does not work as a business model because drivers would be more likely to not buy from the brand again. Furthermore, while Chevy has a reputation for rust, it does not appear that the company is any worse than many other popular truck brands.

How Long Do Silverado’s Actually Last?

One of the best ways to gauge how long a Silverado might last is to look at how long others have. Luckily, thanks to the many automotive marketplaces popping up online, finding this information has become easier than ever. We looked at high-mileage Silverado’s on both CarGurus and Autotrader to find out how long a well-maintained Silverado could potentially last.

CarGurus

  • 2005 Silverado 2500HD LT 4WD – 400,000
  • 2004 Silverado 2500HD LS 4WD – 398,493
  • 2000 Silverado 1500 LS Extended Cab 4WD – 397,500
  • 2011 Silverado 3500 LT LB 4WD – 385,546
  • 2003 Silverado 1500 LS Extended Cab RWD – 378,173

AutoTrader

  • 2017 Silverado 1500 – 732,100
  • 2016 Silverado 1500 – 622,265
  • 2003 Silverado 2WD – 550,000
  • 1994 Silverado 1500 2WD – 444,488
  • 2010 Silverado 1500 LT – 420,661

According to these numbers, it is very possible to get well above 200,000 miles with a Silverado when you keep up on the vehicle’s scheduled maintenance, make repairs as soon as needed, and watch for rust in problematic areas.

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