500 Hours of Service - 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Silverado: 500 Hours of Service

April 8, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Here's a different milestone from our fleet. Our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado just hit 500 engine hours, a metric that reminds us that the truck is made to do more than haul mulch and furniture, such as idle for extended periods while powering accessories on a job site. This may have more relevance for diesels than gas burners, but it seems like a handy number to know along with an odometer reading, especially for resale.

Our 34.3 average mph suggests we're not running power tools from the Silverado for home improvement projects. Instead, we're usually just stuck in Southern California traffic crawl.

Would engine hours be an important consideration if you were shopping a used medium-duty truck?

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor


  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    It is definitely something I would consider. Ford states in the Crown Vic Police Interceptor manual that 1 idle hour is equivalent to 33 miles driven.

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    i guess it can both help and hurt you however i doubt that anyone will have a good idea of what to expect for hours of service when buying a used vehicle compared to the mileage. i wonder if GM cars are now using the hours of service as a way to turn the oil light on instead of miles. i know that the newer gm cars are one of the most confusing ones as far as oil life is concerned you can get the oil light after 2,000 miles one time and 8,000 miles the next due to their secret algorythems they use.

  • adamb1 adamb1 Posts:

    I would be more concerned with engine hours on a diesel truck. Those are more likely to sit and idle and actually be used for job site work. This is a civilian truck. Overall condition, service records, and mileage per year would be of more interest to me.

  • flapsmcgee flapsmcgee Posts:

    It's a good thing to know but I couldn't tell you what a good number of hours would be or a good average speed.

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