really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,699 miles

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problem #13

Aug 032010


  • 75,000 miles
Rear brake line failure in 2000 Suburban on 8/3/10....stepped on brake and it went to the floor when I went to put the car in reverse. Fluid was gushing out of the rear brake line. I managed to drive it because the front brake line still worked partly. Brake fluid was leaking out of the line for five miles and when I parked the car. Mechanic looked at the brake line and said it was rotted out and the rot extended to the front brake line. The car had 75,000 miles on it.

- Needham, MA, USA

problem #12

Jul 022010


  • 144,300 miles
Brake pedal suddenly and rapidly went to the floor with little to no braking effectiveness. Front brakes retained minimal braking while rear appeared to have no braking effectiveness. Was able to bring vehicle to stop and looked under vehicle and observed brake fluid running onto the ground from under the left (driver side) rear passenger seat along the frame rail by the gas tank. Upon investigation found the main brake line from the ABS unit to rear axle hose connection was severely corroded and blown. The repair required replacement of the affected brake line and the system required bleeding.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #11

Jun 062007


  • 115,000 miles
Vehicle 2000 Chevy Suburban 1500 4X4 - June 2007 rear brake line failure complete loss of braking, fractured line found behind rear axle. Repaired with new line. -August 2007 failure of ABS system, at very slow speed less than 5 mph brake pedal would become very hard and there would be no brake effect. ABS examined and disconnected, braking is now as normal but without ABS. -October 2007 front brake line failure resulting in total loss of braking effect. Both front lines replaced, lines showed massive internal corrosion, repair with new lines.

- Malvern, PA, USA

problem #10

May 282010


  • 45,000 miles
I understand NHTSA is looking into reports of corroded brake lines on year 2000 Chevrolet trucks. I just experienced this issue. This weekend I was pulling my boat out of the water, I pressed hard on the brake to release the parking brake and the pedal went all the way to the floor. I was able to power up the ramp without difficulty but when attempting to stop there was practically no brake pressure at all. There were no warning lights. When the truck was safely stopped I chocked the trailer and had my wife step on the brake, and observed fluid leaking out of a failed line near the left rear axle. I had to get both the boat and the truck towed as it was obviously unsafe to drive. The truck is now at the dealer for service. At a service appointment a few weeks ago they have also warned of corrosion on the fuel line running from the tank to the fuel filter. The truck has only 45,000 miles as I mostly use it for towing.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #9

Mar 302010

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
I was driving my 2000 Suburban on a highway. I attempted to slow for traffic and the brake pedal went to the floor, taking the brakes with it. The Chevrolet dealer determined all the brake lines and fuel lines had rusted out. This truck has only 43,000 miles on it.

- Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

problem #8

Apr 122010

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 102,660 miles
I was backing my 2000 Chevy Suburban down my driveway (about a 10% grade) when the brake pedal suddenly went to within 1/2" of the floor before the car stopped. Brake fluid was on the driveway, axle housing, spring, tire and undercarriage. Upon investigation the brake tubing (metal & rigid) that runs from the front to the rear of the car, along the frame, had ruptured. The area where it ruptured was on top of the frame near the left rear wheel and was due to corrosion and possibly rubbing on the frame. Fortunately there was no damage or anyone hurt. I was thankful it happened in my driveway and not on the open road. I have had a number of cars 10+ years and none have experienced a brake line rupture. I am in the process of deciding where to have the line replaced or to repair it myself. The part is still on the car. Car is not drivable.

- Derwood, MD, USA

problem #7

Nov 282009

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 113,977 miles
We own 2000 GM Suburban. I was driving down a hill about a mile from home when there was a total brake failure. I slowed the truck by putting the automatic transmission in third gear, however I was unable to stop at a stop sign. Because of the nature of the emergency brake, it requires both a foot and a hand to moderate its effect, I did not want to use it. Also while I was not able to stop I was able to slow the truck by the stop sign. The dealer, jim mckay Chevrolet, fairfax, Virginia, said it was corrosion of the brake lines. They replaced some brake lines, not others, charged us $1,200+, but did not tell us that there was a problem. We have a 16 year old daughter driving. If she had been driving there would have been a wreck. We let her drive the Suburban because we consider it safe.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #6

Jan 012009


  • 141,364 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. The contact stated that the brake pedal felt spongy and mushy. His VIN was not included in a recall. While driving less than 20 mph, one of the brake lines failed and the brakes became completely inoperable. He was able to maneuver the vehicle off the road to safety. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were less than 141,364.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 072007


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban. While driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle began to pulsate when the brake pedal was depressed. Prior to the failure, the ABS warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but they could not determine the cause of the failure. On a separate occasion, the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for an identical failure, but there were no resolutions. The failure mileage was 78,000 and current mileage was 85,000.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #4

Jul 082007


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban. While driving approximately 15 mph, the ABS warning light illuminated when the contact applied pressure to the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but they were unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. On a separate occasion, the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for an identical failure, but they could not locate the cause of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000 and current mileage was 85,000.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #3

Apr 122006

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,623 miles
: the contact stated the dust shield to the rear brakes rusted and fractured. This was noticed during a routine inspection by the dealer. The dealer determined the rust was due to climate conditions and road salt. Updated 5/11/2006 - as a result of the rusting dust shield, the inboard brake pad does not contact the disc resulting in a rusted disc on the inboard side.

- Austin, MN, USA

problem #2

Jul 012004


  • miles
I was recently informed by mechanic as I took my vehicle in for inspection that it could not be passed due to "emergency brake" issue. I do not use my emergency brake yet the rear rotors and brake shoes have worn beyond use. I was also informed by the mechanic that 3 out of 4 of their customers who own the same make/model of vehicle (2000 chev Suburban) have had the same problem. Although I am not aware of any "safety recall" I am curious to know if any others have complained. Because I was not aware that my brakes were wearing, this could have possibly resulted in an accident when I may have needed to use them. Also informed that the brake issue could cause poor fuel efficiency. Not good in this day & time (gas is too expensive.). any help/info you could advise at this point is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help. /tm.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,591 miles
I have had problems since day one on this Suburban. Most recently the two above. I checked the warranty work that was done on my Suburban and it was over a page of claims. I just cannot remember the dates the items I checked occured. The fuel pump problem was long in the coming, they just didn't know what the problem was. I spent outside of warranty hundreds of dollars on the fuel system. This left us stranded 3 times! this last time cost me $765. Today, the ABS sytem died. They say it's going to cost me close to a $1000 to repair. I purchased the Suburban because it was safe to carry my wife and 7 kids. So far, we have been stuck on the road, lost vacation time and just can't feel safe anymore. Now I don't have brakes. Thanks for letting me vent. Kent dold

- Pensacola, FL, USA