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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,465 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #25

Aug 082011


  • 171,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph in rainy conditions, he applied the brakes, but the pedal depressed to the floor. The vehicle continued to move forward until the emergency brake was engaged. The vehicle was then towed home, where the contact examined it. The contact stated that the brake reservoir was completely empty. While adding brake fluid to the reservoir, the contact noticed that the brake fluid was leaking out of the brake lines, which were fractured. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 171,000.

- Manhawkin, NJ, USA

problem #24

Jul 202011

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Brake failure on my 2003 Silverado with 66000 miles due too rusted brake lines. Chevy dealer doesn't have parts(pre-bent brake lines) and gave me a price of 2500 bucks cause they have to bend each line by hand. I baby this truck. It still smells like a new car and was dealer serviced all its life. I don't know what I'm gonna do. This ain't rite. Looked under my friends 2002 and his looks just as bad. If I didn't slam on the emergence brake when I did it could have bin bad. I have it parked, don't know what to do.

- Neptune City, NJ, USA

problem #23

Apr 012011

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the brake line tubing ruptured while driving 40 mph as a result of excessive rust. Approximately two months later, a second brake line ruptured. The dealer informed the contact that there were no related recalls to the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure yet the vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 140,000. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000.

- Point Pleasant , WV, USA

problem #22

Jun 052011


  • 131,350 miles


Brakes failed on my 2003 Chevy truck. Rusted lines were the problem. GM wants $1650. To fix problem.

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #21

May 222011

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 73,972 miles
Brake line failure. Brake line is corroded and rusty. I registered a complaint about the rear lines in the past and had it repaired. The front lines have failed this time. Fortunately no injuries or property damage occurred either time.

- Blairstown, NJ, USA

problem #20

Mar 292011

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 32,218 miles
Brakes failed due to ruptured brake lines on my 2003 Chevrolet Silverado while driving. Chevrolet dealer informs metal brake tubing has corroded and ruptured causing loss of brake fluid. Truck has 32,000 miles. No injuries were sustained when brakes failed. Cost to replace brake lines, $ $1633.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #19

Nov 262010


  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 20 mph, the contact noticed that the brake pedal extended to the floorboard when she depressed it. The contact was able to stop the vehicle by using the parking brake. The parking light then illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where it was being repaired. The current and failure mileages were unknown. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 01/14/11

- Oregon, OH, USA

problem #18

Oct 032010


  • 50,000 miles
2003 Chevrolet Silverado brake line corrosion and failure.

- Prestonsburg, KY, USA

problem #17

Sep 142010

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Steel brake line rusted through on my 2003 Chevy Silverado pu causing complete brake failure. Good fortune had it that I was at a low speed and no crash occurred. Truck has been garaged and never been in contact with sea water. No other significant rust exists on vehicle except on the other brake lines. Research show this is a common and serious problem on these trucks.

- Manorville, NY, USA

problem #16

Apr 102003


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer at 36,000 miles for a squealing noise. All four of the rotors and brake pads were replaced due to rust which seemed to remedy the noise. At 42,000 miles the ABS system began to pulsate while driving 5 mph. The dealer stated that the hubs needed to be replaced and provided an estimate for the repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. At 56,000 the brake lines rusted through while the contact was driving and he lost all braking function. The vehicle had not been repaired. Chevrolet advised that they have had other complaints with rust and corrosion on other model years but the 2003 did not have any problems. The failure mileage was 36,000. The VIN was not available. The current mileage was 58,000.

- Westerville , OH, USA

problem #15

Jul 072010


  • 43,459 miles


2003 Chevrolet Silverado - ABS activation during low speed breaking that led to increased stopping distances, intermittent at first but over 3 to 4 months increased to the point that it nearly resulted in an accident. Brought the vehicle to an authorized Chevrolet dealer for repair, diagnosed that the ABS sensors were corroded and after testing, found that the "lifting sensor causing different wave lengths at speeds below 5mph". the repair consisted of cleaning the rust build up under and around the sensors and replacement of both sensors. The repair cost $430. Told by the service advisor that this was a common problem in this model and year and advised to file a claim with GM for reimbursement of cost as this repair was not as a result of accident or negligence on the part of the owner. This repair is similar to the remedy mandated for the exact same condition under recall notice 05V379000 for Chevrolet Silverado, model years 1999-2002. The claim for reimbursement filed with GM/Chevrolet was summarily rejected with the stated reason that the vehicle is out of warranty period. Even when apprised that there is a recall in place for the same condition on vehicles one model year older, Chevrolet refused to negotiate this claim. I then filed a claim with the BBB as recommended in my vehicle's owners manual and though helpful could not assist stating that vehicle is out of manufacturer's warranty period. Looking for help in recouping repair cost for damage that was as a result of flawed design from a corporation that refuses to listen to consumers complaints and instead throws up a firewall to deny claims in the hopes of disheartening the claimant until they give up.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #14

Jun 142010


  • 64,000 miles
There was absolutely no warning that my brakes were going to fail! I had my two children with me and was approaching an insection. I went to apply my brakes and nothing happened. I was unable to stop. Luckily, I coasted through the intersection and was not involved in a collision. I tried to stop the truck by putting it into park, which was a mistake, this did not stop the truck so I immediately put the truck back in drive. I then stepped on the emergency brake which stopped the truck. At this time, I was stopped in the middle of the road so I decided to release the brake and coast over to a safe location to ensure the safety of my children. As the truck stayed on the side of the road, I again pushed the brake peddle to discover brake fluid shooting out from truck. When the truckwas lifted onto the tow truck I was able to see the brake line had a large hole, as if it had been blown out. This was then confirmed by my mechanic. All the brake lines need to be replaced because they are all extremely rusted and I run the risk of another brake failure. I have contacted the dealership, but they have told me this will be my own expense. The truck is only 7 years old.

- Salt Point, NY, USA

problem #13

Apr 062010


  • 55,031 miles
On 4-6-10, the brakes of my 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck with 55,031 miles failed without warning. The truck was stopped at the time with the brake pedal depressed. The truck was in drive gear. The brake pedal suddenly went to the floorboard and braking ability was gone. The truck began to roll, but did stop on the level terrain. No injuries resulted. On 4-7-10, the repairing mechanic reported all brake lines were excessively corroded and rusted, and one of the lines had broken open. All lines were replaced. I will attempt to retrieve the replaced brake lines from the repair garage for your use. Please advise me accordingly. My repair bill was $475, paid on 4-8-10, by personal check. The speedometer of this vehicle operates erratically and has ceased to operate.

- Mogadore, OH, USA

problem #12

Mar 092009


  • 30,590 miles
After perusing excessive rust to under-carriage of 2003 Silverado, researched other complaints and found numerous from all over the country. This led me to believe that complete brake failure was related to rust problems. Entire left brake line had to be replaced due to rust-through. Actual rust-through of brake line was not reported to GM as at the time I saw no correlation to what later became a rust through problem of bumpers and cargo body. This was experienced after rust-through warranty had expired. My concern is with the rusting of brake lines and possible injury and even death when complete brake failure is experienced. If this has no relevance to other rust problems with the Chevy Silverado from 2002 until 2009 then disregard this complaint.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #11

May 282008

(reported on)


  • 13,000 miles
2003 Chevrolet Silverado with brake problems. Consumer states that the vehicle is on its second set of rotors and third set of pads. He believes that the 2003 and 2004 Chevy Silverado should be included in the recall. The rotors were rusting and falling apart. The consumer also stated there was a constant noise coming from the steering column.

- Salem, OH, USA

problem #10

Jun 122006

Silverado 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
: the contact stated while depressing the brake pedal there is an increased braking effort required to stop the vehicle. The pedal almost goes to the floor before stopping the vehicle. New brake pads were placed on the vehicle on 6-11-06 but the problem still persists. There is an NHTSA recall, # 04V045000, regarding the service brakes, hydraulic. The VIN was not included in the recall.

- Boyce, VA, USA

problem #9

Mar 012006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
Brakes are soft with long stopping distance. Involved in minor mvc. Afterwards found rear brake rotors and brake assembly rusted and components corroded. Rear brake contact <50%. less than 25K miles.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 272006

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,680 miles
Premature rear disc brake failure--2003 Chevrolet Silverado, 31750 miles-rear disc rotors rusted, pitted, flaking. Dealer replaced rotors and discs at my cost. Even though rotors are obviously suffering from weather and salt, dealer insists that the calipers still work, therefore it is not a warranty issue. I contend that the literal disintegration of the rotors caused the rapid wear of the brake pads. When inspected in August of 2005, I was told the pads were at 75% thickness. The truck still has 6 months left on the manuf. Warranty.

- Owego, NY, USA

problem #7

Oct 152003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Brake peddal goes to floor when steady pressure applied. This has occured since the truck had about1000 miles on says this is normal. If this is normal there is a lot of trucks that are not able to stop very fast.

- Gaylord, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 202003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,451 miles
Transmission clunking in 2-3 up shift or 3-2 downshift, mush louder when towing my trailer it sounds like its going to exployed brakes: Brake pedal is on the floor very very weak cannot stop truck on a quick brake 2003 Chevy Silverado 4X4 xcab.

- Gt. Barrington, MA, USA

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