really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,362 miles

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problem #38

Nov 152013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 132,013 miles
A brake line burst due to rust and corrosion, almost resulting in a rear end crash. I had to take the truck into the berm to avoid the crash. After inspection all the brake lines were corroded and rusty and had to be replaced. Also found that the fuel lines were also rusted, corroded and leaking. They also had to be replaced.

- Saint Albans, WV, USA

problem #37

Feb 092010

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 24,865 miles
Truck experienced total brake failure while pulling into a parking spot. Service station inspected brakes and found all metal brake lines rusted and leaking brake fluid. Please note the relatively very low mileage of the vehicle at the time of the incidence suggesting major material defects. According to a published report from April 5, 2010 (see: wot.motortrend.com/NHTSA-probes-19992003-GM-trucks-for-possible-rusted-brake-lines-8152.html) NHTSA is investigating this issue.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #36

Mar 272014


  • 160,000 miles
Came to a traffic light pulling a travel trailer - pedal went to floor - no brakes at all. The trailer electric brakes was the only way to slow the down. Lines are rusted out.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #35

Jun 142007

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I was traveling down a road at 20 mph and went to apply my brakes as we were approaching a red light. The brake pedal went right to the floor without warning and I was involved in a 4 car accident caused by a total brake system failure. The vehicle was towed to the garage and a majority of the brake lines had to be replaced due to rusting. The brake lines rusted at the intersection to the brake module mid vehicle so when the front lines failed, the pressure boost to the rear lines caused them to also fail. So the concept of dual brake systems was defeated due to a single point failure problem. Also, the brake fluid saturated the rear brake rotors so the emergency brake was non functional. The vehicle was a 2000 Silverado which was a $35000 vehicle where the brake lines lasted 7 years. I also own a 1987 S-10 pickup used in the same environment and the brake lines do not exhibit the corrosion seen on my Silverado brake lines. Obviously GM used substandard brake lines in the construction of the 2000 Silverado. I own two vehicles made by the same company and used in the same environment. Therefore, it is not an environmental issue that causes the brake line failure. The official comment from GM that rusted brake lines are not a safety issue because the vehicle can be stopped with a dual braking system is incorrect because when the rusted brake lines fail, both braking systems fail and the vehicle cannot be stopped safely.

- Florence, MA, USA

problem #34

Mar 042014

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 104,250 miles
Rusted brake lines. My brake lines rusted through and I lost all of my braking. I have to replace all of my brake lines and it will $700. GM needs to fix this problem before someone dies, luckily I was going slow when this happen. Also I purchased this new back in March of 2000.

- Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #33

Jan 162014

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the brake sensor light illuminated as the brakes malfunctioned and became unresponsive. The contact had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was diagnosed and repaired by an independent mechanic, who advised the contact that the brake lines were rusted. The brake lines were replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 36,000.

- Waterford , MI, USA

problem #32

Oct 282012


  • 101,000 miles
Was backing boat trailer into water and brake pedal got very soft. No accident the trailer was empty and the truck stopped. Pulled the boat out of the water up the hill, tried to stop on flat ground and the brake pedal went to the floor. The brakes worked somewhat, but now well. Found a brake line rusted through near the left rear wheel, brake flood running out freely. Was able to clamp off line and leave removed trailer to get truck to a repair shop. Several lines looked rusty at the time. A second line has ruptured since then. It is one that is on the frame rail under the cab.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #31

Jan 062014


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the engine was started and the brakes were applied, but the brake pedal abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that the brake fluid reservoir was empty. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic, who stated that three of the brake lines were rusted and became fractured, allowing all of the brake fluid to leak from the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 106,000. The VIN was not available.

- Bishopville, MD, USA

problem #30

Dec 212013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Upon backing up to leave a parking lot, it was immediately apparent there was a loss of brake pedal, I.e. the brake pedal went to the floor. There was enough brake left to come to a stop and to drive to the nearest repair shop, but definitely not safe to continue driving beyond that. There was no indication prior that the brakes were failing. After inspection the repair shop estimated that at least 3 of the brake lines rusted through.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #29

Nov 102013


  • 165,000 miles
The flex couplers that attach the hard brake lines to the ABS module are rusted to the point they are leaking now. Besides the brake lines, the truck is rust free. This is a 100% safety issue that GM still continues to ignore.

- Granite Falls, WA, USA

problem #28

Nov 052013

Silverado 6-cyl

  • 200,550 miles
On the expressway on the way from work traveling approx. 50 mph when traffic stopped. I hit the brake pedal and it went to the floor, thank god there was enough distance between cars that I pumped the pedal and downshifted to stop the car. When I had a chance to look for the cause I found out that it was the metal brake line had rusted out ( pin hole). The Chevy dealer indicated the GM doesn't make this line so I have to have line bent by a garage.

- Coatesville, PA, USA

problem #27

Sep 192011

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
This incident has occurred 3 consecutive years. September 2011, 2012, & 2013. All incidents happened driving downhill on my address road. The brakes/brake lines failed/gave out without any warning in all incidents. Brake pedal went completely to floor in all incidents. I was able to shift down in gear all times but luckily I was driving slower & there were no other vehicles in front/behind me. It was difficult to get truck stopped at bottom of hill. I have had 2 repairs to damaged brake lines & now headed for a third at a dealership.

- Waynesboro, PA, USA

problem #26

Sep 162013


  • 176,714 miles
Started truck. Put foot on brake pedal. Felt usual resistance at brake pedal. Put truck in drive. Brake pedal went to floor. Brakes had a total failure. Truck rolled across street while I was shifting truck to neutral and trying to stop. Steel brake pipes were not leaking before I started the truck. Steel brake pipes have at least 2 leaks in the pipes now. 1 leak is in the rear brake supply (steel) pipe between the master cylinder and the ABS module. The other leak is in a steel brake pipe near the ABS module. Brakes worked fine, with no leaks, when I had driven the truck a few days before. Failure was sudden and total. I had no brakes as soon as the failure occurred.

- Whitmore Lake, MI, USA

problem #25

Sep 172008


  • 113,000 miles
Brake line from ABS control to rear wheels, line ruptured due to corrosion. Thankfully I was backing up at a slow speed, brake pedal went to floor as I applied brakes, losing all brake fluid. I replaced the rear section of brake line but need a total brake line replacement but couldn't afford it then and still can't afford to have it done, luckily I don't have to drive the truck for everyday use. Had I been pulling the boat trailer, my enclosed trailer, or just traveling at highway speeds I don't think I would have been able to stop. I have since learned many other SUV and light trucks made by GM in the 1999 to 2006 model years have similar brake line corrosion issues.

- Halethorpe, MD, USA

problem #24

Aug 152013


  • 180,000 miles
Brake line failure twice. Two different brake lines failed under pressure [once when stopping at a stop sign] [once when putting vehicle in gear] emergency/parking brake used to stop pick-up both occasions

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

problem #23

Sep 092013


  • 231,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the brakes failed to engage while he attempted to park at 10 mph. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 231,000.

- Wes Newton , PA, USA

problem #22

Mar 272013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The brake lines rusted through, causing a loss of fluid resulting in a loss of pressure through the brake system.

- New Oxford, PA, USA

problem #21

Sep 042013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
While approaching stop sign/intersection brake pedal went completely to the floor with no resistance, truck failed to stop until well past intersection. Have experienced ABS pulsating and soft pedal several times prior to this incident since approximately 30,000 miles, this truck has been well maintained and has very low miles.

- Lake Geneva, WI, USA

problem #20

Aug 292013


  • 102,000 miles
Just North of columbia, SC merging onto I-20, traffic suddenly slowed ahead. I applied the brakes and the brake pedal went to the floor. We managed to slow, utilizing emergency braking and gearing to avoid a crash. After looking at the vehicle, we discovered the rear left brake line had ruptured. We are having it repaired at a GM dealership. The reported diagnosis is brake line corrosion. The dealership is replacing the brake line and purging the brake system to repair the issue.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

problem #19

Jun 012013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 198,000 miles
I live in Connecticut and I have a 2000 Chevy Silverado K1500 ext cab 5.3L truck with 198000+ miles on it. The truck has been garaged just about its whole life since I bought it brand new. Last week my wife was driving the truck to the store. While coming to a stop sign just down the street the brakes failed. Fortunately she was coming to a stop and wasn't going fast with no one in front of her. She walked back to the house and I went down to find that a brake line had busted behind the drivers wheel on the frame rail before it goes over the frame to the ABS module. I had the truck towed back to my house and put in the garage to inspect it. I am amazed on how much that all of the brake lines are rusted. Some areas of the line when I touched it just fell apart in my hands. I have been hearing that just about everyone I know who owns 1999-2003 Chevy trucks are having brake line failing due to cheap steel rusted lines. While I was under the truck I also noticed that one of the cross members that support the right rear shock plus the gas tank is supported off of is rusted with only half a tube left. Plus just about all of my gas lines have serious rust on them. My other issue is that the rocker panels on both sides of the cab are rusted threw to a point that you can stick your hand in them. When is Chevy going to get off their butt and do something about this. The brake lines, fuel lines & cross member corrosion are safety issues that should be dealt with before people get hurt or worst killed.

- Uncasville, CT, USA

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