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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,181 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.

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #18

Jul 272014

Silverado 3500

  • 61,500 miles


Complete brake failure when brakes applied in brake system. Pedal went to the floorboard without any warning or braking action. Rear brake line rusted thru above gas tank and expelled all brake fluid when pedal was depressed. There was no braking or slowing from any wheel. Fluid was all over tire and axle on the left rear. Lucky that I did not have any vehicles directly in front of me as I had to coast to a stop. Definitely reading the other posts on the web that this is no fluke and does not need to be a high mileage vehicle. Truck is not used for snow removal and sees limited driving during winter months.

- North Haven, CT, USA

problem #17

Dec 122013

Silverado 3500

  • 107,000 miles
Brake lines rusted completely through and blew out while braking and lost all pressure. Fuel lines are severely rusted.

- Forest City, NC, USA

problem #16

Oct 112012

Silverado 3500 6-cyl

  • 42,150 miles
Brake lines ruptured and brake pedal went to floor. Stopped using emergency brake.

- Rocky Hill, CT, USA

problem #15

May 022012

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 39,000 miles


All brake lines corroded also had 2001 Chevy Silverado same problem this is a common GM problem.

- Charlestown, RI, USA

problem #14

Dec 212011

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 14,233 miles
Brake lines through out truck are rotting.

- Hazle Township, PA, USA

problem #13

Dec 152010

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 39,900 miles
Activation of ABS braking system on 2006 Silverado 1500 on clean dry pavement at low speed resulting in increased braking distance. Problem seems to be increasing in frequency..

- Queensbury, NY, USA

problem #12

Jan 212010

Silverado 3500

  • 41,229 miles


2006 Chevrolet Silverado extended cad 4X4 had the ABS kick in at low speeds, when not needed. This was part of a recall for earlier model year trucks of the same make and model but was never fully corrected by GM.

- Harwood, MD, USA

problem #11

Oct 122010

Silverado 3500

  • 24,000 miles
ABS activates at low speeds. Dealer states nothing can be done to permanently resolve the issue. Nov 2009 (13000 miles)had the speed sensor replaced. Oct 2010 front brakes replaces(22000 miles) now December 2010 with 24000 miles happening again.

- Glastonbury, CT, USA

problem #10

Nov 012006

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
On my 2006 Silverado 3500, when applying the brakes, as the vehicle slows to about 2-4mph...the ABS activates and the stopping force of the brakes is reduced causing the vehicle to miss the intended stopping point. I have replaced both front hub bearings which includes the front sensors as others have reported this cures the problem yet the problem persists. There are 80,000 miles on the vehicle, I have owned since new, there have been no accidents or abuse. There are no check engine lights, ABS lights or anything indicating a fault. On the internet, there are many complaints just as mine. These vehicles are a public safety concern because there is obviously an acknowledge problem due to a recall of previous years that use the same technology. I feel the manufacturer needs to come up with a remedy for this defect in design.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 202010

Silverado 3500

  • 37,000 miles
The ABS system in my 2006 Chevy Silverado does not function properly at low speed. The ABS activates when braking causing the vehicle to travel further when coming to a stop. After researching the problem on the internet I found that this is an ongoing issue with GMC vehicles.

- Hudson, NH, USA

problem #8

Jun 012010

Silverado 3500

  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. While driving at approximately between 25-30 mph, the contact engaged the brake pedal with an extremely long delayed response time. The vehicle had not been repaired or diagnosed at the time of the complaint. The contact had concern of the potential safety risk. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Richmond Hill, GA, USA

problem #7

Jan 222010

Silverado 3500

  • 12,475 miles
2006 Chevy Silverado truck front ABS antilock sensors failed due to corrosion GM had a recall 08/30/2005 for same problem on 2002 models, they knew about this in 05 (when my truck was built) but only admit to 2002 models NHTSA campaign # 05V37900 - think this needs to be extended to all models they built this way.

- Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

problem #6

Oct 012009

Silverado 3500

  • 9,480 miles
2006 Chevy Silverado truck with 9480 miles. When coming to a slow stop ABS system on right side would engage under normal stopping and cause truck to lurch. Problem was a cracked speed sensor on that side - replaced part, normal braking returned.

- Hazle Township, PA, USA

problem #5

Aug 312009

Silverado 3500

  • 16,900 miles
Continual unwanted ABS activation during low speed brake application on a 2006 Silverado. Virtually the same problem that was addressed by NHTSA campaign id number 05V379000.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 222009

Silverado 3500

  • miles
The ABS on my 2006 Silverado activates on low speed stops on dry pavement causing the brakes to release. I have almost rear-ended vehicles because of this. The dealer says I have to pay to get it fixed. I've been out of warranty for only 2 months and there's only 19,000 miles on the truck. There's a Chevy tech bulletin out on the problem too. Why hasn't there been a recall" how can I get the dealer to correct this flaw in their ABS system without paying $700"

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 142008

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,395 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. In an attempt to drive the vehicle, the contact discovered that there were no power steering or brakes. The dealer has been notified. The current and failure mileages were 43,395. Updated 01-30-08. Updated 01/30/08

- Salsbury, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 012006

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the rotor on the vehicle's brakes is warped. While driving 55 mph, the front axle pulsates and shakes when the brakes are applied. The failure occurs under any road conditions. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of failure. The engine size was unknown. The current mileage is 22,000 and failure mileage was 18,000.

- Beulah, WY, USA

problem #1

Jul 222006

Silverado 3500

  • miles
In Nov. Of 2005 I purchased a Chevrolet Silverado, I have had nothing but problems with it. I have had the rear brakes and rotors replaced 3 times and the front once, also the fuel system had a problem, now they tell me that I need all tires replaced because the compound is bad. My truck only has a little over 7,000 miles on it!

- Concord, MI, USA

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