really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,151 miles

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problem #104

Apr 132018

Silverado 2500

  • 133,606 miles
My 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 hd with 133,606 miles experienced total brake failure April 13,2018 at 9pm eastern standard time. Incident happened in greenville, Ohio on gardenwood dr. Heading West. Stopped at a 4 way stop with no indication of any kind of mushy brakes etc. Took off from stop and accelerated to 25mph the posted speed limit. Went approximately 400 feet, when a rabbit darted in front of truck. Hit the brakes with moderate firm pressure, but not extreme and brake pedal went to the floor. Had zero braking force. Dumb founded, I immediately tried to find the parking brake pedal with my left boot in the dark. After 40 yards of coasting and applying the parking break was able to stop the truck. Thank god for the rabbit, cause the road dead ends into state route 118. The brake line failed under drivers side door near frame and runs to the master cylinder assembly. After removing lines, the lines that looked good were brittle in spots that are impossible to visually inspect without removing. Two other lines that didn't fail could be easily snapped in two with almost zero force. Entire brake system other than the steel lines had been replaced in the past 2yrs. Power washed under the truck at a minimum of every 6 months. Sprayed wd 40 on brake lines every 6 months past 4yrs, due to mechanic informing me that the lines could go bad along frame and that they are difficult to replace. Thought I had done a good job at preventing such an incident. Have extensive mechanical skills from experience, hence I'm replacing all the brake lines myself. Was a mac tool distributor in the past and raised on a farm. Lucky I had replaced the rear disks and parking brake shoes, because they are less than adequate to stop a full sized truck imo. I'm pissed off this happened. The lines need replaced on all these vehicles, before they fail and hurt or kill innocent people.

- Greenville, OH, USA

problem #103

May 052017

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. Consumer writes in regards to brake failure, lines had to replaced due to rust and corrosion.

- Allentown, NJ, USA

problem #102

Apr 142017

Silverado 2500

  • 100,000 miles
The entire instrument panel flickers and goes dark randomly I cant see my speed or what gear I am in. On my way to work and attempted to stop at a stop sign break pedal went to the floor. I had zero brakes.upon inspection I found a break line had corroded through and ruptured. The vehicle only has 100 thousand miles. It seems to be a common issue with this model vehicle. This is very dangerous

- Frostburg, MD, USA

problem #101

Jul 012014

Silverado 2500

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. The contact stated that the brake lines were rusted out. The dealer stated that new brake lines needed to be installed on the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired in July of 2014. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #100

Aug 192016

Silverado 2500

  • 132,429 miles
Had to make a sudden stop when a pedestrian walked out in front of the car in front of me. My brake pedal went to the floor and I rear ended the car in front of me. Upon on investigation it was found that one of the front brake lines ruptured due to the high pressure from the emergency stop and the rusted brake line. I have owned this truck since new and there have been no recalls or communications that the brake lines will prematurely corrode and fail. Brake lines are not a normal serviceable part. Apparently, this is typical of this year vehicle from GM. Please recall or notify the public because this is a time bomb waiting to kill people. Brakes are more important than your emphasis on air bags. The brake lines didn't last as long as the engine, transmission, ball joints, shocks, etc which are all serviceable items and expected to be replaced. Please step up to your responsibilities and get the vehicle owners notified and get the vehicles off the road until the brake lines are replaced. My 1941 Chevrolet pickup has original brake lines in better condition than my 2005 Chevrolet pickup. Please recall these vehicles.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #99

Aug 112016

Silverado 2500

  • 118,000 miles
Today at approximately 25mph I came to residential stop sign and the brakes went to the floor without and warning. The vehicle went into the cross road without stopping. I was forced to use emergency brake to get vehicle to fully stop. Upon inspection there was alot of brakes fluid in two spots. From drivers side frame rail and above fuel tank. When you look under the frame, the parts all look very clean and new looking. The only exception was that all the brake lines look heavily rusted. I was lucky it was not at high speeds, but from what mechanics tell me, this is getting extremely common. I believe at least owners should be notified to have them inspected. The dealer tells me all the lines need replaced at approximately $1300

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #98

Apr 102016

Silverado 2500

  • 128,200 miles
Brake lines rusted out prematurely and burst, causing loss of braking ability. Had to replace every brake line on the entire truck, for they were all extremely rusty. 2 months later my fuel line also sprung a leak due to excessive rust, causing fuel to spill, check engine lights, and hard starting. Both of these issues present major safety concerns, and unfortunately are extremely common with these trucks.

- Abingdon, VA, USA

problem #97

Mar 132016

Silverado 2500

  • 44,500 miles
My truck has been babied, only having less than 45,000 miles. Has never been off blacktop, and keep in garage. While towing my boat my breaks went out, come to find out my break line was rusted into and my master cylinder was also rusted where the break lines connect. I was told by chev dealer that all four break lines and master cylinder would have to be replaced. $1,400, this seems impossible for a truck with less than 45,000 miles that was not driven in the rain for the first two years and never been driven on salt treated road. I have another 4 wheel drive truck that I drive in bad weather. This is the only new vehicle I have ever purchased. Very disappointed in break service and Chevy wellness to admit there I is a defect with the break system.

- Harrogate, TN, USA

problem #96

Feb 112016

Silverado 2500

  • 57,000 miles
I have a 2005 Chevrolet 2500 hd with 57000 miles and the brake lines are rusted into. I was getting ready to hook my trailer up and was backing and hit the brakes and they went to the floor. It was pouring fluid out under the door where the brake line was rusted into. This truck has not seen that much salt to have this happen. I hear that GM does not what to recall because they say it is a maintenance issue I beg to differ. I have a 1971 Chevy pickup that has seen years of salt and water and none have ever rusted like this 2005 has. I guess they are waiting to see how many will die before there is a probem.

- Rogersville, MO, USA

problem #95

Oct 082015

Silverado 2500

  • 125,000 miles
The steel fuel lines and steel brake lines are corroding and leaking. On October 8th 2015 my truck begain to leak diesel fuel from the rusted fuel lines. While fixing the fuel leak the technician also notices that the brake lines were also starting to rust and will need to be replaces soon before they fail.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #94

Feb 092016

Silverado 2500

  • 105,000 miles
The vehicles brakes are corroding and failed almost causing an accident on 2/09/2016 when the vehicle was in motion (at the intersection of il route 34 and wolfs crossing)

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #93

Oct 052015

Silverado 2500

  • miles
Pedal goes on down when pressed -- seems like ABS isn't working properly

- Mcconnelsville, OH, USA

problem #92

Nov 302015

Silverado 2500

  • 160,000 miles
Break lines corroded through to failure. The failure occurred just after exiting a highway. ABS engaged due to icy conditions the next time I depressed the break peddle it went to the floor without the breaks engaging. To the best of my knowledge no warning light was present on the dashboard. The breaks failed while driving and resulted in me running a red light. Luckily it was early in the morning and no accident occurred.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #91

Nov 122015

Silverado 2500

  • 130,000 miles
Sitting at burger king drive thru when brake pedal went to the floor. Brake lines had ruptured due to corrosion. Vehicle only 10 years old and 130,000 miles. Had brakes checked often at service centers, no mention of problem. Glad this didn't happen last month when I was barreling down the Tennessee highway with a full load in the back of my truck. NHTSA and GM should be ashamed for allowing this to continue. I am sure people are dying due to this negligence and faulty materials being used.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #90

Oct 182015

Silverado 2500

  • 79,500 miles
Sudden loss of braking power due to brake line rupture while on the exit ramp of the freeway. Found brake lines completely rusted and they were paper thin in multiple spots. Will have to replace all brake lines on the vehicle. Almost lost control of the vehicle. Note that vehicle has always been maintained by dealership.

- Dodgeville, WI, USA

problem #89

Oct 092015

Silverado 2500

  • 89,000 miles
The brake pedal went completely to the floor when our friend tried to stop the vehicle. A brake line running on top of the frame behind the radiator had completely rusted thru, allowing all of the brake fluid to pump out of the system. All of the steel brake lines are extremely rusty and probably near failure.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #88

Aug 052013

Silverado 2500

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. While changing the oil, the contact noticed that the entire frame, upper and lower control arm, brake lines, rear axles, hitch assembling, and rear spare tire carrier assembly were severely corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 15,000.

- Dunstable, MA, USA

problem #87

Jul 152015

Silverado 2500

  • 160,000 miles
These past couple of weeks the brakes are shaking when I go to stop. I have C hanged the front calipers since this is where it is happening since the calipers went bad so did the roters an pads so those needed to be changed also...which is money I don't have.....it worked for a total of 4 days then problem began again. Please inform me of other issues and what can be done to resolve this problem especially since I drive this truck to earn a living for my family everyday.. thank you for your attention to this matter.

- North Branford, CT, USA

problem #86

Jul 112015

Silverado 2500

  • 178,685 miles
Traveling down a hill when a driver in front of me decided to make a left turn rather abruptly, causing me to have to make a panic stop. I pressed the brake and the vehicle started to slow, and then nothing. (brake line burst-ed, which I had been told look rusted during last inspection.) I blew the horn and swerved to left lane and went around that person and then down the left side of the road avoiding several people coming the other direction. I manage to eventually get the truck stopped by constantly pumping the break after having my life flash in front of my eyes from narrowly avoiding multiple accidents.

- Jim Thorpe, PA, USA

problem #85

Jun 052015

Silverado 2500

  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and traveled to the floorboard. The contact had to take the vehicle out of gear in order to stop. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake lines were corroded as a result the pressure of the brake fluid caused the lines to fracture. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000. The VIN was not available.

- Saint Georges, DE, USA

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