really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
131,278 miles

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problem #7

Oct 052013

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • miles
While coming to a stop in traffic my brake pedal suddenly dropped to the floor. I tried to pump the pedal to gain some sort of pressure and stopping power but the pedal was not responding. Luckily I was already slowed down to a speed that did not cause injury to myself, my passengers or the vehicle that I had hit in the rear bumper. When I exited my vehicle I noticed brake fluid coming from the area were the fender and the door come together and also towards the back of the door were it meets the rear door jam. Under inspection it appears I had 2 failures at the same time. The front brake line failed and so did the rear. The corrosion is horrible and has also consumed the fuel lines. I believe they are the next to go. I don't understand how a company will spend the money to install a stainless exhaust system that will survive almost forever but they will not invest the money on the brake and fuel lines to be made out of stainless steel. I am very fortunate that I was not traveling at a high rate of speed, the outcome would have been much worse for everybody involved.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 192011


  • 60,000 miles
In 2011 at a traffic light intersection brakes failed on my 2000 Chevy Tahoe (60K miles). Brake pedal fully depressed slowed the vehicle enough to swerve and avoid a collision. Repair revealed extensive corrosion on brake line that caused it to rupture. The repair is extremely costly since these lines are difficult to access, and they must be custom bent and fitted. To replace all lines would have cost $1500-$2000 to repair. As a result, like many people affected by this defect, we opted to only repair the damaged lines. In hindsight this wasn't the best choice, but the vehicle was undriveable and we didn't have the money to repair it fully. Predictably this failure happened again about a year later in a similar situation. Luckily again it was on a residential street and we were able to avoid yet another collision. I can only imagine if it was on the highway, on a mountain road or while trailering a boat etc. Subsequent to the latest failure we sold this vehicle. GM has been negligent in addressing this issue. The dealership offered nothing, stating that we live in the "salt belt, and this can happen". this statement is only a half truth since millions of other vehicles also in the salt belt don't have their brake lines fail during their useful life. GM is hoping that by delaying this they will avoid the enormous expense of recalling and repairing these vehicles. This is shameful because this type of safety issue is very dangerous and sneaky. It can come up at any time, anywhere.

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 302013


  • 79,221 miles
I on 8/30/2013 noticed a very soft brake pedal and drove home carefully. I did not drive the car the next day out of concern for the brakes. I tested the brakes on Sunday and found I had no brakes. The truck was towed to a repair facility on 9/2/2013. Inspection of the system shows all brake lines need replacement. Three have failed and the others when moved to allow replacement of the bad lines will fail. The bleeder valve is rusted and new calipers may be needed. Estimated total cost approx. $2000 plus. I have owned many cars and never encountered this problem before. I suspect inferior materials are being used for brake lines. I am told this is a very common occurrence. I am lucky that there was no accident caused by my brake failure. I am sure many others are not so lucky. The problem seems very common among cars built by the big three and less so among european auto makers. I suspect bean counters are saving a few dollars per car and to hell with safety!

- Oakton, VA, USA

problem #4

Jul 232013


  • 132,050 miles
While driving on the NJ garden state parkway vehicle was cutoff by another when brakes were applied a loud hissing was heard brake pedal went to the floor could not stop SUV. Brake light came on and check engine light. Had to swerve out of the way of another car. Upon inspection of brakes the steel line to the back brakes right above the gas tank where you could not see it was rusted out and burst all of the brake fluid emptied out of it covering the bottom of Tahoe. All metal brake lines were heavily rusted and corroded.

- Hazlet, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 052013


  • 145,040 miles
Total brake system failure. Fortunately happened driving in neighborhood and not on highway or another higher speed road. There was no warning light or indication of any sort. Just hit the brakes and they were not there. This could have been a serious accident at anything over 20-25 mph!!!!!!!

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #2

Oct 162012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
I took my Tahoe in for a state inspection and as the mechanic pulled the car into the bay, the brake line failed. He could not stop the car. I have spoken with two different auto shops who told me this is a known problem with GM. Sure enough. I did some research online and found complaint after complaint about this same exact issue. Some were even involved in crashes. I am grateful that this did not happen while I was driving with my kids in the car. $800 later, I have my Tahoe back. Why is GM not doing anything about this? this is a rust and corrosion problem with the brake lines being open and exposed underneath the car. (model years 1999-2003) is GM waiting for a few fatalities to finally do something"??"

- Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 152012


  • 118,000 miles
Brake line failure due to corrosion around clamps.

- Hamilton Square, NJ, USA