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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,730 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 072007

Silverado 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The interior passenger side rear brake pad wore out and damaged the rotor. The contact replaced the rotors and pads. Chevrolet stated that nothing could be done outside of the tsb that they issued for this failure. The current mileage was 50,050 and failure mileage was 50,000.

- Hazen, AR, USA

problem #8

Aug 152006

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,062 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to stop the vehicle, excessive pressure had to be applied to the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealership who determined the brake rotors and pads were rusted. The vehicle was located in a salt belt state. The rotors and pads were replaced.

- Emlenton, PA, USA

problem #7

Apr 122006

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
I brought my 2003 Chevrolet truck in for an annual inspection and they informed me that the rear brakes (rotors, pads and emergency brake pads) needed to be replaced. The truck has 35,000 miles on it and the rear rotors are heavily rusted and are crumbling away. The disc brake pads are also completely worn out. There was no accident but I believe this is a significant safety issue and is the result of defective parts on these vehicles. I have seen many other comments on the internet from other Silverado owners indicating that they have the same problem. I believe that Chevrolet should recall these rotors and pads and correct the problem before there are serious accidents from failing brakes.

- Bedford, NH, USA

problem #6

Jun 012005

Silverado 2500

  • 31,967 miles


2003 Chevrolet Silverado experienced premature rear disc brake pad wear.** answer required***. the rear rotors were resurfaced.

- Laceyville, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 202005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
After hearing grinding noises, I inspected rear brakes and found rear inner brake pads had prematurely worn out. After disassembling rear brakes found pads frozen (stuck) on pad guides (had to force off with hammer) which prevented pads releasing from rotor and caused uneven and premature wear of pads and destroyed rotors. New pads were purchased and upon installation realized even new pads would not slide freely on pad guides. Local Chevy dealer states they are unaware of any known problems. After searching numerous forums on internet and speaking with other Silverado owners found this is a common problem yet manufacturer does not want to take responsibility. To avoid this problem from recurring I had guide notches on pads machined slightly oversize than oem. So far no problems to report. If I can figure this out why cant GM.

- Memphis, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 212004

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brakes brake pedal went the floor, and the pedal was hard to push down. Consumer noticed that the more he pushed the less braking power he received. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced due to corrosion.

- Camillus, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 152003

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


ABS light intermittently illuminated while driving or when braking. Also, an ongoing problem with excessive wear of brake rotors and pads. They had to be turned or replaced.

- Groveland, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 052003

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,500 miles
I purchased a 2003 Chevy Silverado Z-71 for my job which requires many miles. The right rear inside brake pad wears faster than any of the others. I had to replace it before 30,000 miles or it would cost me a new rotor. It is my understanding that this is a recurring problem on all full size trucks.

- Waldron, AR, USA

problem #1

Dec 032003

(reported on)

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38 miles
When depressing the brakes at any speed, they would fade. The pedal travel increased and descended further before the brakes responded. The dealership had been contacted. There was brake pedal thickness. (the front pads were 10mm thick and the rear was 8mm) also, the blinkers did not work properly.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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