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Chevy Silverado



  • michgndrmichgndr Posts: 160
    May I interject here long enough to announce that I am the happy new owner of a 2003 2500HD?

    Just waiting for that first scratch now....
  • noobie1noobie1 Posts: 326
    Congratulations! You don't mess around.
    Tell us more.

  • blackmax200blackmax200 Posts: 255
    not absolutely sure but injector size, exhaust manifolds, and, oh yes... computer programing ??? amazing what the little buggers can have done to them to make different ratings.

  • kendoughkendough Posts: 7
    I looked at the HD, but it only comes with the 4.10 rears with the 6.0. I thought the diesel/auto for $6000 was too much money. I got the regular 2500 instead.
  • myron6myron6 Posts: 2
    All right all you fellow GM fans I need some help. I have a new 2003 2500/HD with the Duramax/Allison setup. I have had the truck in for service 4 times with the same issue of the Service 4wd light on. Recently I was sliding down I-94 with my family in the truck and pushed the 4wd button and I was inoperable. The truck tries to put itself into 4wd low when if feels like it. The dealership had me pull out the 4wd fuse to stop that problem.(this happened after the sliding incident) Service bulletin # 03-04-21-001 dated Feb 03 says the encoder motors on the transfer case are problematic. The bulletin states that they do not have a fix for the problem. I don't want any other truck I just want one that works. Does The Minnesota Lemon Law apply here?
  • ......"have you talked to our pnemonia stricken friend lately?"

    He's around.....just not here. First time in .....uhh.....hmmmmm.....1-2 years?

    Same pneumonia. Don't know if it was the trick, but I sure feel great. Been taking a daily intake of many vitamins. About almost 1900% of the daily reccomended allowance of vitamin C, along with dozens of others I believe helps ward off the stuff. Vit.C goes thru your system so fast, taking twice a day in large doses (perfectly healthy, as body will only take what it needs) has made me feel great. Mental or real?....don't matter..I like it.

    Truck.....hmm...about 68K.....still nothing wrong. Same Tires (I am amazed they still look great too, F-stones) Same Shocks. Same need of a wash. ...and yes....same cab filter 3.75 years later. New one? is right on the bench in the barn, where I put it 2 years ago or so.

    I get about 15-16 (75/25 city/hwy) mpg with the 6.0/4:10

    New Ado's look like crap. Still leaning towards a Burb next truck, but no idea or desire to even look for one as to when.

    Same web site I haven't fixed in quite a while (maybe next winter?)

    Me......same me, but just not here like I was. Miss yawl, still talk with Mike a lot (who's on MSN or Yahoo messenger?....get on to talk to me frequently). Just don't have the time to chat about the same 3 subjects over and over....LOL

    4:30 am ......I am off to tie up the blades and go for a morning skate......(health and fitness is what I am all about these days.......well......between beers and hunting......I mean come is me!)



     - Porter
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Miller Genuine Draft...lmao
  • years still sticks

     - Porter
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    I hear the welcome back kotter theme in the background


    Glad to hear your doing good (CHANGE THE FILTER!!!)
  • rayt2rayt2 Posts: 1,208
    Check into the lemon law for Minnesota, there should be a website to access it, you probably have a case since it is a drivability issue and there is a TSB with no cure.
    Been there done that in N.Y. long ago w/a defective GM product.

    Stout, hmmmm a new name surfaces with the new make over. Above all your health by all means, which brings back the issue of that 3.75 yr. old CABIN FILTER ! LOL

    Killians works great after a good 2 hour hockey work out too! Not that I'm promoting anyone to imbibe!

    Ray T.
  • jaguar0027jaguar0027 Posts: 387
    Nice to see you around. Glad to hear your Rado is still doing fine!
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I am considering buying a diesel engine equipped 4X4 supercab truck. Do not know much about the Duramax engine reliability and longevity because it is relatively new. Is the Duramax/Allison auto set up the best? Does GM offer a good heavy duty manual transmission in their Duramax equipped trucks? Both the new Cummins HO and the Duramax offer almost identical horsepower and torque. Chrysler offers an exceelent 6 speed heavy duty manual transmission with their Cummins HO. I am also concerned with strange problems with the GM electronically controlled transfer cases and would rather go with a regular lever shift version. Are those standard in the GM trucks? I believe they are in the Dodge trucks. Any feedback would be appreciated.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240

    there is a guy on another site who is an auto broker and has a 3500 with the duramax. Sold it last summer at like 480K miles
  • mledtjemledtje Posts: 1,123
    GM also offers a 6 spd manual with the Duramax engine. Since the 5 speeds are the same as Dodge offers, I'd guess the 6 speeds are the same transmissions also.

    Mike L
  • lonebulllonebull Posts: 5
    Cross reference to: "Service 4WD" message /Silverado 2500HD Duramax" Under discussion "Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD"

    This is a serious problem and GM NEEDS TO HEAR LOTS of complaints.

    I am ready to invoke the LEMON LAW!
  • mallredmallred Posts: 2
    Hello all,
      I am considering purchasing a 2003 regular cab with the 4.8L V8. Did the infamous piston slap problem effect this engine? If so, has it been resolved for the '03 model year?

  • mledtjemledtje Posts: 1,123
    Piston slap seems to occur on a portion of the engines across the board. Neither my 99 4.8 nor my 00 6.0 have exhibited symptoms.

    I suspect it is a small percentage of engines that do it. That small percentage is very vocal - I'd probably be vocal too, if my truck was affected.

    I haven't heard of any failures due to the noise, and I tend to believe GM when they say it is a nuisance, not a problem and that it won't lead to any long tern durability issues. Some have reported loud piston slap for over 100k miles without failure.

    Mike L
  • shamptonshampton Posts: 53
    May sound stupid, but I don't have the fancy DIC and can't figure out how to reset the "Change Engine Oil" light. Changed my own oil over the w/e and can't figure out how to reset this light.

    Can anyone help?

  • rayt2rayt2 Posts: 1,208
    You don't have the owners manual for this truck ??
    What the heck is a DIC ?

    Turn ignition to "ON" and pump gas pedal 5 times in succession, this should reset the oil change light reminder.

    Ray T.
  • rayt2rayt2 Posts: 1,208
    to my new toy....... a Mini Cooper !
    In fact I think it can fit in the bed of the truck. LOL !

    Ray T.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    On the fancy shmancy models. :)
  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    Man, in my neck of the woods a new Mini with ADM
    and mop and glow are 25k ! A new 1500 4x4 LS ex-
    cab is 24k.....Go figure.............geo

    BTW: I put my old GTO and Triumph Bonneville 750
    back on the road for summer Tues. Its SNOWING
    today ! BOO-HOO
  • cowboyjohn1cowboyjohn1 Posts: 125
    NOOBIE1 - Is your clock still dropping out and giving you the wrong time? Mine is now doing this every so often. Today, it dropped about 7 hours. Getting within a few thousand before my warranty expires, so would like to get it fixed. Any idea about the cause, or the fix?

    OBYONE - You seem to have a lot of knowledge about these vehicles, do you have any ideas?

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    this past winter a few times the following happened

    I would get in and start the truck. The time would say like 3:23 (actually like 6:30am) then it would do a countdown it would jump to 4: something then 5 something then 6:25, 6:26, 6:27.... etc until it hit the right time. Only took about 15-20 sec. It was wierd. Must have been due to the cold cause it hasnt happened since january
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    If its a consistent problem, one that can be "verified". I'd take it in before your warranty expired cause those headunits aren't cheap to replace. I'd think that there was a short to disrupt the power to the clock. I'm assuming of course that you don't have one of those self adjusting clocks like Ryan.
  • rayt2rayt2 Posts: 1,208
    Mini ran $17375 + tax, no options it came equipped just right for my commuter car. Only down side was NO dickering on the price, you pay MSRP. I did not get the supercharged model (that was another 3k). Picked it up in New Jersey which is 12 miles from work, I can put it in the bed of the Silverado if I want it to tagalong LOL !

    Silverado now only gets used on weekends, going on fire calls or camping. Then again I still have my 69 AMX registered year round now for when the mood strikes and the motorcycle. What was that phrase... "he who dies with the most toys wins"

    We're supposed to go to Canada 2x this summer but I don't know with this SARS crap floating around up there. What will it be next ???? Hopefully they'll find a antibiotic to fight it soon.

    Truck has 39k now and really no trouble (not even the clock) other than the piston slap/fuel rail tick or whatever phrase is in use nowadays. Will be needing tires by end of summer but the brakes don't even look worn!
    Buying the ESP pretty much put my mind at ease for the duration I'll have this truck,10yr/100k

    Off to Richmond next Thursday to catch the Busch race on Friday night, Winston cup race Saturday night and visit with friends, truck looses out on this trip with it's paltry 15 mpg as opposed to the Mini getting 37 mpg.


    Ray T
  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    Thats a DEAL on a Mini ! My sister is turning in
    her leased 00 BMW X-5. It has been quite trouble
    some.... She was looking at the mini or another beemer but too much $$$ I guess..Heck shes paying $500 mth. now! I think
    shes gonna get a Saab 9-3. With the GM employee
    discount she can lease one for $1000 down, $250 a
    month 36 mths, OTD price.
    Hope to see you and your crew this year in the
     1000 Islands or at the snowplow BBQ in
    Poughkeepsie. Still wanna compare knockers !~
  • cowboyjohn1cowboyjohn1 Posts: 125
    Thanks for the information. No, Ryan, mine doesn't do the self adjusting act. Maybe it wasn't cold enough - about 50 degrees.
    Am retiring next week so intend to take it to the local dealer in the next couple of weeks. Warranty expires on Feb. 1, 2004, OR I have 28,000 on it now, so possibly sooner.
  • noobie1noobie1 Posts: 326
    Congratulations on your Mini Cooper! I'm a big fan. Those things are awesome.

  • noobie1noobie1 Posts: 326
    I'm in agreement with Obyone. First reaction, it sounds like an intermittent short. I'd get it to a dealer to have the problem registered. Even if they can't duplicate, your on record that the it began before your warranty was up. It could worsen or quit altogether in the future. I'd keep on them about it too. Once they know about it, let them know every time it occurs. Deal with the same person so they know you and your problem. They may, by some miracle, offer to replace or repair it on your word alone; I recently contacted a dealer about my CD player gobbling CD's. He says, "Sure, bring it in. We'll take it out and send it out or repair". HA! Now if I could just work up the courage to let'em tear into my dash.


    BTW- I haven't had a repeat of the problem since last post.
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