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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,026 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 6 of 9)

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problem #70

Apr 272014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 84,700 miles


Brake pedal went to the floor with no braking available. This was just after a 300 + mile trip hauling a horse trailer and two horses. Service investigation revealed ruptured hydraulic brake lines. All brake lines are severely corroded and all must be replaced. Worst portion is just under the drivers seat area where three lines run together. Called dealer and GM, it appears to be a common problem since GM now offers a discounted brake line kit. May posts on Chevy forums reveal the exact problem. Something should be done as this appears to be a bad design. Fortunate that this did not happen while on the turnpike.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #69

Apr 112014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Brakelines have corroded, rotted out.

- Florence, KY, USA

problem #68

Apr 022008

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 32,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated while driving approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel seized for a few seconds. Additionally, the front end of the vehicle vibrated severely. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer three times for the replacement of the intermediate drive shaft on three visits. The brake lines, transmission cooling lines and intermediate steering shaft were covered with rust and were replaced by the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 32,800.

- Mcmurray, PA, USA

problem #67

Mar 032014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 75,500 miles


When I backed out of my driveway, which is on an incline, the brake pedal went to the floor and I just missed backing out into a busy road. I took the truck in for repairs immediately following the incident. The repairs cost nearly $750. They said that most all of the brake lines were rusted and the one on the rear drivers side had a hole rusted through.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #66

Feb 012014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 26,500 miles
I bought my Chevy 3500 dually 4X4 to drive when I needed it to haul things or for the 4WD. I told my daughter it was going to snow and make the roads dangerous so I would take her to work and pick her up when she was done everything went well no signs of any problems before and after I had taken her to work so when she called I went to pick her up at work and had to wait a little while for her to finish up after I had gotten to her work then I drove her home and just after getting off the interstate we pulled into the driveway and I pulled up to the house and almost went through my garage door when my brake pedal went to the floor at about 10-15 mph with absolutly no warning what so ever I would have never used the truck if I had remotely thought something was wrong with the brakes I drive semi trucks for a living and always check things around my vehicles by second nature since I am responsible for the safe operation of the vehicles I drive. I had my truck towed to the dealer where I purchased it new and told them I had contacted GM about the problem and that I told them I expected it to be repaired free of charge and GM response was that they wanted the dealer to evaluate it and the evaluation would be free of charge they did and they found the brake lines rusted in half and also busted at the rubber hose connections so GM said that they would cover 30% of the repair of the brake lines in which they did but it still cost me $1800. GM insisted that my brake lines rusted in half because my truck sits a lot I told them I have a 1990 Mazda I bought new that sits beside it that I have never had any safety problems out of. GM also has changed the brake lines to a plastic coated line. I had also told them that it was a poor design where the water ran off the windshield and down onto the brake lines right where they rusted and broke GM needs to stand behind its product.

- Waddy, KY, USA

problem #65

Jul 172013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500hd all of the brake linings had rusted. My brakes failed while I was driving. Fortunately I controlled the vehicle and was able to stop, saw the leak and was towed.a private company replaced all lines. I emailed my concern to Chevrolet, asked to have my comments forwarded to CEO-product improvement. Subsequently had a phone conversation (866-790-5600) [xxx]with [xxx] could not send this information to CEO product improvement. If the brake linings fail you have no brakes. My service request[xxx] I spoke to private mechanics they said this was systemic issue to Chevrolet. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #64

Apr 022014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 59,000 miles


My mechanic told me that my brakes will fail from rusted brake lines at any time. A problem he sees every week.the under side of my truck is completely rust free and the brake lines look like the came from the bottom of the ocean! I am afraid to put my self and my family and other people at risk driving this truck.the repair cost is out of my grasp.I also have a 2002 Subaru with many more miles on it driven on the same roads in the same weather and you could take those lines off and sell them for new!I am 62 and have owned alot of cars and trucks in my life and never have seen any thing with that poor of metal used on something you use every day.I only have to mention to a service center what truck I have and before I tell them why I am calling they ask I still have brakes.

- Dover, PA, USA

problem #63

Mar 282014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 61,000 miles
ABS engages at slow speeds - evidently there is a known problem with the ABS sensors engaging at low speeds. This is a potentially dangerous defect. It is scary when you approach a stop and the brakes release. GM has known about this problem and has issued a service bulletin. There was a recall on previous years but stopped in 06 even though they never fixed the problems. They should reinstate the recall and fix the remaining vehicles. We have not been involved in an accident because of the defective sensors but I consider us fortunate.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #62

Mar 082014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving in reverse at approximately 5 mph, the brakes failed to respond when depressed. The gear lever was shifted into park however, the vehicle did not respond. The contact was a certified mechanic and stated that the front and rear brake lines would need to be replaced due to corrosion however, the required parts were no longer being produced by the manufacturer. The vehicle ws not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Gurdon , AR, USA

problem #61

Feb 222014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving 4 mph, the vehicle made a loud popping sound as the clutch pedal sank into the floorboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the master cylinder housing failed. As a result, the housing and clutch assembly needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 98,000. Updated 04/22/14

- Neosho Rapids, KS, USA

problem #60

Oct 182013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


The wheel speed sensor for the ABS system is affected on multiple trucks Chevy produced from 99-06. This causes the braking below 10 mph to cause pulsation and ABS malfunctioning causing me to almost rear end vehicles and be unable to slow down correctly. Chevy knows of the issue yet it is not a recall for my vehicle.

- Corning, NY, USA

problem #59

Jan 292014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Brake lines are severely corroded and need to be replaced before they fail and result in an accident.

- Broad Brook, CT, USA

problem #58

Jan 112014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 96,956 miles
Happened in the driveway, thankfully. Brake pedal spongy, pushed again and went to the floor. Got out of the truck and found a puddle of brake fluid under the driver's side. Further inspection, the brake line has rusted through and was spraying fluid when the pedal was pushed. Complete failure of brakes. Thank goodness for the E brake.

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

problem #57

Dec 142013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 74,255 miles
While traveling along rt 80 in New Jersey at 65 mph, traffic began to slow in all lanes. I hit my brakes only to find that my foot went completely to the floor and had possibly 10% braking ability remaining to stop the truck. I was only able to avoid contacting the vehicles in front of me by downshifting, using the emergency brake and running onto the highway shoulder and off the road to avoid an accident. I was able to drive slowly to the closest repair shop where I was informed that the brake lines were corroded and leaking brake fluid. As a result, when I hit my brakes, the brake fluid leaked causing the lack of peddle pressure and did not operate the brakes properly. I had no previous warning that there was any brake problems. Additionally, the gas lines were corroded and required replacement. This is an additional hazard that could cause a fire. The corroded brake line issue is a well known (except to me prior to the incident) and documented problem of which Chevrolet refuses to notify vehicle owners. The first time owners are aware of the brake line problem is when they try to stop the truck and by that point, it is too late.

- Chester, NJ, USA

problem #56

Sep 062013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Descending small hill to make turn and brakes failed. Was able to get vehicle stopped, but was in-town situation and very dicey for a few moments. Investigation revealed rotted brake line(s). Repaired rear lines for $500.. was fri afternoon and 100 miles from home and couldn't get brakes repaired until tues. Mechanic said all lines should be replaced and I agreed front lines still need doing. $300-500. I have had the low speed ABS issue in this vehicle as well. This is an issue that is way premature! this is a serious safety issue and GM needs to step up! it's obviously common. People will be killed or seriously injured. But the person killed won't be writing this letter, eh" NHTSA--where are you"

- Suffield, CT, USA

problem #55

Oct 012013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 39,000 miles
The brake lines rusted out and the fluid leaked out causing brake failure.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #54

Nov 192013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 68,600 miles
Brake line to the rear driver's side brake failed and broke and lost hydraulic pressure to braking system. Pulled over into a gas station and had the vehicle towed to local dealer for repair/replacement.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #53

Aug 102013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 14,285 miles
Service brakelines rotted and caused a complete loss of service brakes - while driving and close to home - used emergency brakes and low gear to get to home. Spoke to friend at Chevy dealer. They are having problems with this truck series due to corrosion and premature rusting. Truck is currently in garage due to failure (corrosion) of transmission cooling lines. Current mileage 15,211. Lost both anti-lock brake modules and alternator and temperature sensors.

- Hazle Twp, PA, USA

problem #52

Nov 112013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 9,028 miles
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 hd (2006) was purchased new, from gengras Chevrolet-585 Connecticut blvd.- East hartford, ct. 06108- telephone # 860-528-2575. Brake line ruptured due to corrosion, fortunately, vehicle was being operated at a slow speed (25) mph. Upon inspection of under the vehicle, I was appalled at the condition of brake lines, fittings, brackets and related components. The rust on the underside including the frame was such that it could be flaked off in 1/16" thick chunks. This truck has only 9028 miles, what kind of auto industry do we have !!!!! ? I was made aware of this corrosion problem (that Chevrolet is aware of) by a local auto mechanic that this corrosion problem was in primarily (2004-2005-2006) Silverado. The materials GM is using to cause these problems is a disgusting sample of our manufacturing system. This vehicle was parked outdoors (on a asphalt driveway). The repairs for this situation are in line with the poor quality materials that were used, I was informed that the body of the truck bed had to be removed (lifted-off) to access brake lines and get this, the fuel line is also in the same location, might be suspect to corrosion. The cost of these repairs is off the charts. (who is responsible for these design flaws). As an american, who advocates buying domestic vehicles, I wonder who is watching what is going on. I hope someone of authority reads this and acts on it, before it is to late for all of us. Remember, this vehicle has (9028) miles on it, and experiencing these problems. Yes, that is correct (9028) miles !!!!!!!!!!

- Cromwell, CT, USA

problem #51

Nov 092013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl Diesel

  • 61,000 miles
Complete brake failure due to brake line defect / leak. Repair estimate from dealership $2800+.

- New Hartford, CT, USA

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