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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,492 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.

2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #6

Dec 192012

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


I was driving South on I-95 on the New Jersey turnpike and slowed due to traffic and brakes went to the floor. I pumped them several times and put on the emergency brake and luckily stopped before hitting anyone. I had my whole family in the car, wife, 4 kids as we were heading to Maryland from Connecticut to visit family for christmas. I pulled over and was able to stop again but the brakes never felt quite right again. I had warning list come on several times and had to keep adding brake fluid. When I inspected the leak it was under the drivers door right where the lines sit in their plastic hanger. I also noticed all the other lines were shot as well (as in rusted). This is my family car as I use it for work and every time we go out as a family as well as drive kids to school etc..... I am amazed at the corrosion level and am currently attempting to replace the line that is leaking, but just a small portion of it. After reading the complaints associated with this vehicle and brake line corrosion, I hope you do something! as thank goodness I am a careful and conscientious driver because if I was going any faster (faster than 35 mph on a 65 mph highway) I would have caused a crash. Suffice to say we had to use relatives cars to travel and then carefully plan the trip home with lots of brake fluid and constant stopping to avoid holiday season traffic. Not a good scenario!

- Westbrook, CT, USA

problem #5

Oct 272012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 9,700 miles
Started truck placed foot on brake and pedal went to floor. Brake fluid leaked all over the ground. Had vehicle towed to repair shop. Brake line were totally rusted through. I drive the vehicle approximately once a week. It only has approximately 9700 miles on it. I am the only owner. The under carriage is also rusted. Luckily it happen in my driveway rather than on the road. Can provide a receipt for all new brakelines installed if needed.

- Newton , NJ, USA

problem #4

Oct 102012

Silverado 3500

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the rear brake lines near the fuel take were completely covered with rust causing the vehicle to lose all of the brake fluid. The contact was driving 60 mph at the time of the failure. The brake pedal extended to the floor when the pedal was engaged. The contact had to shift the vehicle into a lower gear and use the emergency brake in order to drive the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer confirmed the brake lines rusted through in the rear. The failure and current mileage was 82,000.

- Redding, CT, USA

problem #3

Aug 312012

Silverado 3500

  • 37,980 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. The contact stated that the brake warning light was illuminated. The contact depressed the brake pedal and it abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The vehicle was later towed to the dealer for diagnosis who advised that the brake lines and the calipers failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 37,980. The current mileage was approximately 37,965. The VIN was unavailable.

- Carver, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 292012

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 113,000 miles
Brake pedal went to the floor without stopping the vehicle. Found the lines on the driver side below the door on top of the rail were corroded and had burst.

- Poca, WV, USA

problem #1

Jul 012012

Silverado 3500

  • 100,040 miles
Failure of braking system due to rusted brake lines, all lines need replacement. Upon attempting to stop the vehicle the brake pedal went to the floor, upon exiting the system was leaking brake fluid directly under the driver compartment.

- Wharton, NJ, USA

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