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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,801 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #59

Nov 122013


  • 97,000 miles


While hard on the brakes to avoid a vehicle, my rear brake line burst, and I lost all brakes. Luckily I was able to use the emergency brake to come to a stop. Now I have a $400 bill to replace rusted brake lines, that should have never rusted in the first place

- Mooresville, IN, USA

problem #58

Jul 232011


  • 73,025 miles
I was driving home from having dinner with friends. Luckily for me and others on the road it was a late Saturday evening during a beautiful Florida summer. I was driving on ulmerton rd which is a 4 lane rd in pinellas county. I was driving at about 45 mph and the light turned red. I started to apply the brakes pretty softly as the light was some distance away. All of the sudden the brake pedal went to the floor and all the bells and whistles on the dash started going off. I realized I have no brakes. I start to panic and then decide I better try the emergency brake as I do not want to run the red light and get into a possible accident. I must emphasize the anger I felt at this moment as my wife usually drives this truck and there is no way she would have thought to use the emergency brake which is rather difficult to use in the first place in this truck as it is up and to the left a good ways. I used the emergency brake the rest of the way home. Applying the brake and then pulling the release which is not an easy task to do. My brake lines were so rusted they exploded doing 45 mph. This truck was purchased brand new by my father and was given to me when he passed away. He had free car washes at the dealership he bought it from and had the truck washed constantly. I am furious that this $30,000+ vehicle is completely rusting on the undercarriage. In my opinion GM sold us a lemon. They chose to put profit before the safety of its customers and if my wife was driving this vehicle during rush hour as this vehicle is used for daily driving to and from work could have been seriously injured or worse killed because of this not to mention the safety of any innocent people in her way. This report is being reported 2 years after the incident because I did not know this site existed and I just saw the same complaint on a forum which mentioned this site.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #57

Oct 072013


  • 135,000 miles
While on my way to work Monday morning the brake pedal went right to the floor. I was able to get the truck back to the house to inspect the problem. I found that the brake lines were completly rotted out. Thank god I was only a few miles from the house. I live in a rural area with steep and winding mountain roads and have to drive the interstate to get to work, thank god it didn't happen there. It happened with no warning, a few people I know have experienced the same problem with thier Chevy pickups. The steel brake lines are a bad design, I live in pa. Where the brake lines are subject to salt they should be stainless steel. I'm sure someone is going to get killed if this problem is not resolved.

- Jefferson Township, PA, USA

problem #56

Sep 222013


  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the brakes failed when engaged. In addition, the parking brake abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Okeana, OH, USA

problem #55

Jul 102012


  • 30,000 miles
Front brake line rusted through. Hard to understand how a vehicle manufacturer can produce a vehicle with stainless exhaust that lasts as long as the truck but still assemble vehicle with steel brake lines that rust through causing brake failure. There are better materials to make brake lines from and Chevrolet should be forced to use them.

- Patterson, NY, USA

problem #54

Aug 162013


  • 100,000 miles
Brakeline rusted out and complete brake line and hose had to be replaced. Failure would happen if not replaced.

- Biddeford, ME, USA

problem #53

Aug 172013


  • 81,000 miles


I was drive on the interstate going about 70mph went to hit the brakes and it was like they were not there or just very weak so I limped the truck home when I got out of the truck there was brake fluid all over the driveway looked under the truck and seen that the brake line were rusted out.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #52

Aug 132013


  • 67,305 miles
Main hard line brake lines rusted through causing a leak in system resulting in brake failure while driving. Thankfully emergency brake worked to bring vehicle to a stop before accident or injury occurred. Thought Chevy was built " solid as a rock" they should have went with stainless steel brake lines instead of the cheap steel brake lines they used. Cut cost somewhere else, don't play with the lives of good paying consumers. I am disappointed with the quality of this 2003 Silverado, instrument cluster starting to act up with only 67000 miles on truck thinking about trading for Ford or Toyota.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #51

Jul 142012


  • 115,000 miles
I was in a parked position. I pushed the brake pedal down to put the truck in drive. The brake pedal went to the floor and a alarm bell came on. Message on dash said have brake system looked at. I put the parking brake on and got out of the truck. I looked under the truck and saw brake fluid running on the ground. Had truck towed to repair shop. Mechanic said brake lines are rusted out and all of them need to be replaced. I know six other people that had the same problem with their GM. Trucks for 2003 year. I think their needs to be a safety recall on those years trucks!

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #50

May 162013

Silverado 8-cyl Diesel

  • 69,057 miles
Chevrolet Silverado lt 3500 4WD crew cab we were on the way to go on a road trip and had my trailer hooked up to the truck. When I got out on my driveway the brake pedal went all the way to the bottom and it was no brakes left. It was no warning before and it was no brakes at all on the truck. All the brake lines were rusty and left front was broken. We replaced all the lines on the truck before we could drive it again.total cost $ 665 if this would have happened on the highway I probably had caused an accident.this time we were lucky.

- Parkton, MD, USA

problem #49

Aug 012013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 60,653 miles


Went to store and came out. Got into truck and started it. Brake pedal went to floor. Drove 2 miles to home on back road using emergency brake and low gear to brake. Examined under truck at home and found driver"S side rear brake line rusted out and leaking fluid. Examined all lines and they also look as if they will fail any time due to severe corrosion in all for brake lines.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #48

Jul 202013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Had slowly come to a stop then pop and brake pedal went to the floor, leaving me with no brakes. Steel brake line has failed due to rust through.

- Newport, MI, USA

problem #47

Jul 182013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 81,524 miles
While changing my oil I noticed excessive rust on the brake fluid lines running from the front of the truck to the electronic brake module under the truck (along to frame rail). I began to search for pre-bend replacements and found several reports of issues with Chevrolet vehicles having this problem. I want to ensure the vehicle is safe to drive but I am unable to find exact replacement brake fluid lines. It appears that people are replacing them with straight stock brake lines and getting the correct shape and length is difficult. These things appear to be hard to replace. I want to replace these to ensure the truck is safe to drive but even GM does not appear to provide a direct replacement.

- Vesuvius, VA, USA

problem #46

Jun 232012


  • 75,000 miles
My truck has only been in Pennsylvania for 4 years after being in Virginia since new. I was driving down a hill and my pedal went to the floor with the brake action light going off. Inspection of brake system found that the rear brake line had rusted through. I replaced all the brake lines and found several sections of the brake line severely corroded almost to the point of failure.

- Monroeville, PA, USA

problem #45

Jul 012013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 112,522 miles
I was approaching a red light when I tried to stop brake pedal went to the floor, no warning light or sound.after I pumped the brake the light came on I was driving slow at the time and managed to slow downshifting and stop with the emergency brake which also went to the floor.

- Monroe, MI, USA

problem #44

Jun 292013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the brakes failed while entering a residential driveway. The contact was able to hear brake fluid spraying out of the vehicle and onto the driveway. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 115,000.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #43

Jun 042013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Trying to stop. Brake pedal went to the floor. Vehicle did not slow down. Able to avoid accident because no vehicle was in front of me. Pulled to side of road and had vehicle towed. Terrible safety hazard and $1000 repair bill for new brake lines and master cylinder. All lines were brittle and corroded.

- Port Clinton, OH, USA

problem #42

Jun 152013

Silverado 6-cyl

  • 151,000 miles
Due to a sudden bursting of the brake lines, 3 of the 5 lines in the cluster below the drivers door, the master cylinder emptied out causing the truck to have no brakes. This happened when my daughter and her three children were driving in a busy Washington, DC suburb. Thank god no one was hurt! very dangerous! after inspection, the brake lines were corroded in several locations inside the plastic retainer clips that hold them to the frame.

- Gambrills, MD, USA

problem #41

Apr 192013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 36,095 miles
I entered my 2003 model year Chevy Silverado 2500 hd truck on April 19, 2013 at my residence. I started the vehicle and pressed on the brake pedal to put the automatic transmission into drive. Upon pressing the brake pedal, it immediately went completely to the floorboard and no brake stopping action was apparent. It is imperative to recognize that I routinely apply the manual parking brake when I park the truck, so in this instance when the brakes severely malfunctioned the truck was prevented from moving forward as the vehicle went into drive. I placed the truck back into park and pressed the brake pedal numerous times attempting to recover my vehicle brakes, to no avail. It should be noted that I was parked facing a downward angle when I experienced this terrible brake failure. And had I not employed the parking brake in advance there surely would have been a collision resulting in personal injury and property damage. After my attempts to recover my truck brakes proved futile, I discovered a large puddle of brake fluid on the ground directly under my driver's side compartment. It was determined all steel brake lines were severely rusted and the two (2) brake lines running from the truck's master cylinder to the ABS module had a number of rust deterioration holes in the steel lines rendering the truck unusable and unsafe. My truck has only 36,095 miles on it. I can not comprehend how this "latent defect" in the 2003 year Chevy Silverado trucks brake systems could go unrecognized by the manufacturer and a recall not initiated and corrective action not taken. An immediate recall is warranted and adequate repair compensation to me in particular is certainly justified, along with all others who have experienced this same "latent defect". the manufacturer must take immediate action to correct this dangerous situation and provide me compensation.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #40

Jul 122012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 72,500 miles
Vehicle in driveway, brake pedal went to the floor. All brakelines were rusted and had holes in them. Mechanic replaced all brakelines, lines were all in very poor shape. (rusted)

- Port Deposit, MD, USA

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