really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,104 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #42

Dec 272013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 164,412 miles


Brake lines rusted out. Truck failed to stop within a safe distance on the highway. Brake line gave out on the highway no warning at all. Just a soft, non functioning pedal. Luckily I was able to pull the truck over to the side of the road no accident.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #41

Jun 112013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the air bag sensor light was illuminated. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic that determined a sensor inside the front bumper was the cause of the defect. The contact also reported that the driver's side rear brake line was rusted and ruptured, which caused the rear brakes to become inoperable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired for the problem. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Mars, PA, USA

problem #40

Jan 032014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl Diesel

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph and depressing the brakes, the brake pedal abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The contact applied the emergency brake. The contact crashed and rear ended another vehicle. A police report was filed. There were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake lines were corroded and needed to be replaced. The contact stated that he was advised that the parts were on a national back order. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 102,000.

- Grasonville, MD, USA

problem #39

Dec 162013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph and depressing the brakes, the pedal abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the brake lines were corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Marietta, OH, USA

problem #38

Nov 122013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Approaching a 4 way traffic signaled intersection when signal started to change to yellow. Decided to not proceed through intersection so applied brake pedal to stop. Pedal went directly to floor, brake dashboard light illuminated. Vehicle would not stop and proceeded through intersection, while vehicles to my right proceeded to move. I had no brakes at all. I maneuvered vehicle onto a parallel access road and vehicle eventually rolled to a stop. Upon inspection it was obvious that there was a failure of the braking system, as hydraulic fluid was on the road in the vicinity of the right front of the vehicle...only... I was always aware that I had some braking capacity when I had a brake failure. Following 8 days at a GM dealership and a bill for $2,000, the brake lines were replaced following the diagnosis "rusted/corroded brake lines". a complaint to GM has fallen on deaf ears.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #37

Nov 052013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 90,092 miles
I was driving my truck into my driveway when I put my foot on brake pedal it went to floor, no warning. When I looked under vehicle brake line was leaking, very rusted.

- Dandridge, TN, USA

problem #36

Oct 182013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


Rear steel brake line corroded and blew out causing brake failure. This has happened to four people I know. One of those people had a bad accident. All vehicles were Chevy Silverado.

- Rutherford, NJ, USA

problem #35

Oct 192013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 194,500 miles
Hit the brakes, line busted....no brakes. Luckily nobody was hurt. Very dangerous situation.

- South Charleston, WV, USA

problem #34

Oct 162013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 100,000 miles
Instrument cluster panel (shift indicator) stopped illuminating. All other items work in cluster. Its so dim you cant tell which gear your in. (there is a recall but we were told we were not covered). The entire cluster must be replaced. And you can only get the part at the dealer because they need to the VIN and mileage on the vehicle. 2. one of the main brake lines burst..yesterday 10-16-2013 while my wife was driving with my son. I am told all the lines must be replaced because they are all corroded.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #33

Jul 012013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 150,000 miles
On our 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 hd the ABS system has been kicking in when coming to a stop and you almost hit the car in front of you. I have read a lot of issues with this and I have not seen a recall for this year of the Chevy truck. The recall only stops at 2002 trucks. How many people have to be injured or killed before you guys decide to recall this year of the Chevy truck"??"

- Strasburg, OH, USA

problem #32

Aug 222013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl Diesel

  • 46,555 miles


The first incident occurred in August 2013. When backing up (at approximately 5 mph), I stepped on the brakes and the brakes failed. The brake line was replaced over the right side of the rear end housing. On October 3, 2013, another brake line failed causing the brake pedal to go to the floor of the truck. This time the brake line is on the left side of the frame under the driver's compartment.

- Tracys Landing, MD, USA

problem #31

Sep 132013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 200,321 miles
I went to move this truck in my driveway, when I put it in reverse, the brake pedal went to the floor, nearly hitting my car which was behind me. I got out and opened the hood and noticed that the brake fluid reservoir was very low, and that brake fluid had squirted all over the front of the engine and was also leaking from a second place just under the master cylinder along the frame. The brake lines were wet and are very rusty, to the point of scaling. Now, I can't use my truck, which I very much needed on 09/14/2013. This is very disgusting!

- Clinton, TN, USA

problem #30

Aug 252013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
While slowing down at a stop light I pressed the brake pedal only to have it fall all the way to the floor. I was cruising to a stop light with crossing traffic and was completely terrified at the loss of braking power. I had the idea to put the truck into neutral and jam the emergency brake while honking my horn. The truck slowly came to a stop well within the intersection narrowly missing traffic. I looked under the truck and found brake fluid leaking from the rear near the axle. A mechanic has confirmed this was a burst brake line due to rust and that he see this brake line fail at the same spot on Chevrolet/GMC trucks frequently. This vehicle has frequent car washes with undercarriage rinsing year round.

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #29

Jul 132013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 105,880 miles
The brakes went out backing in to a driveway and all the fluid leaked on to the driveway and street. This could of been very serious if it happened on the highway coming home from picking up furniture. All the brake lines were rusted and had to be replaced"????? costly for us"

- Maysville, PA, USA

problem #28

Aug 162013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 53,474 miles
I went to slow to make turn and brakes went to the floor suddenly so I used emergency brake to stop. I believe all lines will need to be replaced as other look as rusty. Rust has been an issue for last 2 years with rotors needing replace then bearings in front rusted and anti-lock brake light would come on and pedal would surge. This is the worse Chevy truck I ever bought as even seeing rust already in lower panels and entire frame. Looks bad for only 53,474 miles.

- Southern Pines, NC, USA

problem #27

Jul 252013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Slowing down for a stop sign and pedal went to the floor and went through the intersection could not stop. The left rear brake line went.

- Batavia, NY, USA

problem #26

Jul 302013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 74,151 miles
The rear brake line burst while driving in a parking lot resulting in a loss of braking. The mechanic showed me where it broke and it appeared to be due to corrosion of the line. It also looked like the fuel line was showing similar corrosion.

- New Durham, NH, USA

problem #25

Jul 242013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 65,954 miles
Driving back to work from lunch on busy 4 lane highway, brake pedal went to floor. Narrowly avoided a collision at a red light. Put flashers on, lowered the gear selector, and used combo of minimal brake pedal and E brake to make it back to the parking lot at work. Upon inspection, large puddle of brake fluid on driver side near gas tank. Large leak in highly corroded brake line. All brake lines in similar condition and are currently being replaced in the shop. Transmission lines and fuel line are in similar highly corroded condition.

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #24

Jul 192013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 70,100 miles
I stepped on the brakes and the pedal went to the floor. I stepped on the mechanical parking brake to stop. Brake fluid was on the ground.. I pulled all the wheels and no brake cylinders or calipers were leaking but after tracing the oil it was from a bundled of brake lines under the door.

- Willow Grove, PA, USA

problem #23

Jan 082013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 128,741 miles
Truck has an exhaust leak at manifolds. 4 bolts have broken off of the manifold. My mechanic said this is very common with this truck and could cost up to and over $1,000 to fix. Check engine light is on so unless I fix it I can't go to state inspection. Also the brake lines are corroded and also need to be replaced. These are all defects not maintenance issues. www.youtube.com/watch?V=0yg6wlbnzgi it explains the problem better.

- Highland Lakes, NJ, USA

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