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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,078 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #65

Apr 282014

Silverado 2500

  • 60,000 miles


Left rear brake line blew out and rusted through. Do not trust any other brake line on this truck now.

- Candor, NY, USA

problem #64

Apr 272014

Silverado 2500 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 #63

Apr 112014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

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

- Florence, KY, USA

problem #62

Mar 032014

Silverado 2500

  • 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 #61

Feb 012014

Silverado 2500 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 #60

Jul 172013

Silverado 2500 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 #59

Mar 282014

Silverado 2500

  • 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 #58

Mar 132014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Rusted brake lines 1 has ruptured.

- Marion, NY, USA

problem #57

Jan 262013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 47,850 miles
Master cylinder reservoir fluid level dropped from full to activation of brake service light. Investigation of the cause led to the discovery a leak in the brake line from the anti lock brake actuator to the right front brake caliper. All the brake lines appear to be extensively corroded.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #56

Jan 292014

Silverado 2500

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the brakes failed and the emergency brake had to be used to stop the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic, who advised that the brake lines were rusted. The mechanic replaced one of the fuel lines. The contact did not call the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Mountain Top , PA, USA

problem #55

Aug 032013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 52,500 miles


I was preparing to slow down as I approached my driveway. When I applied my vehicle's brakes, the brake pedal went completely to the floor. My vehicle did not slow down and I had to utilize me emergency brake and also shift into a lower gear in order to slow down. I was unable to slow down enough to safely make a turn and subsequently my vehicle travelled thru a ditch area and came to a stop in my front yard. Completing a check of my vehicle's brake system, I learned that my master cylinder was completely empty. I had my vehicle towed to a local garage where I was told the vehicle's complete braking system lines had rusted away causing all brake fluid loss and needed to be replaced. All brakes lines were replaced from the master cylinder to the ABS module and then to each brake system at the wheel. The cost of the work was $598. My vehicle is a 2006 model year and is in excellent shape, however I'm very unhappy with the braking fluid lines failing with only 52,500 miles on my vehicle. I don't understand why there has been no safety recall notice on the part of General Motors. The local dealership refused to assist me with the matter and at this time I'm completing this complaint. The national highway transportation safety administration needs to take immediate action upon General Motors to ensure higher quality of brake lines are installed instead of substandard brake lines. I was lucky that I was not involved in a more serious accident/incident with the brakes failing. I would also like to see General Motors reimburse me in full for the cost of the repairs.

- Kitty Hawk , NC, USA

problem #54

Jan 112014

Silverado 2500 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 #53

Dec 142013

Silverado 2500 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 #52

Nov 262013

Silverado 2500

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. The contact stated while driving 20 mph, he depressed the brake pedal but the vehicle did not stop immediately. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the brake lines were corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Wolfboro, NH, USA

problem #51

Dec 042013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 47,000 miles
While stopping for traffic light, brakes were weak and required excessive pressure to activate enough to stop vehicle. Pulled into nearest parking lot and found brake fluid dripping from chassis under driver door area. Called tow truck to take vehicle to dealer. Tried to move vehicle to make it easier for tow truck operator to hook up and pedal went completely to floor with no braking effect. Used parking brake to stop. Dealer said entire brake system needs to be replaced due to corrosion.

- Williston, FL, USA

problem #50

Oct 012013

Silverado 2500

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

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #49

Aug 102013

Silverado 2500 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 #48

Nov 142013

Silverado 2500

  • 81,263 miles
Brake line failure. Rusty brake lines. Leaving fluid on ground almost hitting building.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #47

Nov 112013

Silverado 2500 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 #46

Nov 092013

Silverado 2500 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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