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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,951 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Comments

problem #13

Sep 112016


  • 89,500 miles


Total brake system failure due to rusted brake line. Brake pedal went completely to the floor during operation and vehicle luckily came to a stop when pedal was ground into the floorboard. Brake fluid was dripping from the line directly underneath the driver's side door. Vehicle was towed to a local garage and is awaiting an estimate for repairs.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #12

Sep 132014


  • 96,000 miles
When I was getting ready to back out of my driveway and pressed the brake to put the car into gear the brake felt loose. As I got the to bottom of my short driveway I pushed my foot on the brake and the pedal went to the floor luckily I was able to stop. I brought the truck into the be looked at and they advised me that my break line had been rusted through. I bought this vehicle 1 month and 10 days ago. I then did a search online and found that this is a pretty common problem and that there is even a repair kit; however, there hasn't been a recall so now the cost is on me to fix. $365 per month car payment and now near 1500 dollar car repair.

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #11

May 162014


  • 110,000 miles
Brake line blew while driving my 2005 Z71 Chevy Tahoe. Had no clue until I tried to stop and my pedal went all the way to the floor not stopping my truck and I ran a red light. Thank-god I hit no other car or person! there was no warning - no lights - nothing indicating this was going to happen, not even a little drip of brake fluid before the burst line. I take my truck in for it's free oil changes every 5000 miles. Dealership tells me every time all the things that need repair or will need attention soon. After getting under my truck and looking at my brake lines, I was so scared! holly crap they are nothing but rust. This didn't happen over night. Why does the dealership tell me I need new windshield wipers or belts - (3 years later I still have the same belts and they are still fine) but neglect to tell me my brake lines are severely rusted and could blow at anytime resulting in brake loss! that should be discussed with me before my windshield wipers!!!!! the mechanic at the dealership had to know my brakes lines were this bad - why was nothing said"?" now looking online I see I am not the first person this has happened to nor will I be the last. I cannot believe that GM considers this to be normal wear and tear. It's dangerous and could kill someone. GM is not concerned about our safety - it's about the money for GM. Settlements are cheaper than a total recall - that's until deaths do occur and I bet my life on it a death will happen because of these bad brakes lines.

- Prior Lake , MN, USA

problem #10

Jul 012014


  • 88,000 miles


I have a 2005 Chevy Tahoe, which recently I have been having many problems, I was wondering if there any recall notices for this vehicle...service air bag light is on...ABS light is belts on middle section does not work correctly, it gets stuck many times...steering sometimes gets stiff.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #9

May 202014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Brake line to rear ruptured causing brake fluid to leak out. Could not drive vehicle without brakes. Had it towed to Chevrolet dealer for repair. Repair cost was in excess of $1,300.

- Watersmeet, MI, USA

problem #8

Apr 012014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
When vehicle was in for service a stainless steel brake line failed resulting in a loss of fluid and brakes. I was told all the lines, where they contacted the frame, had corroded. These lines should not fail due to age of vehicle. Also dealer reported that they are seeing this quite a bit in Chevy trucks. This would have been catastrophic if it happened on the open road. Only by chance did it occur when vehicle was in for other service. A GM agent is supposed to be inspecting the vehicle on April 7, 20014.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #7

Mar 122014

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 126,987 miles


Brake line failure.

- Seekonk, MA, USA

problem #6

Feb 192014


  • 115,200 miles
After attending my nephew's high school basket ball game, my daughter and I returned to the Tahoe in the school parking lot. I started the vehicle and put the transmission into drive and started to roll when the brake pedal went to the floor. I engaged the emergency brake to stop and thankfully stopped the Tahoe before hitting anyone or any other vehicle in the lot. Looking at the owners manual and the dash lights, I realized the vehicle needed to be towed. The mechanic informed me the brake line running along the frame rail to the rear was corroded and needed replacing. After completing this task and while bleeding the system a front line went for the same reason, corrosion. I had all lines (front & back) replaced at a cost of over $800. Talking with the mechanic, it appears to be a common occurrence in the Tahoe, Silverado and similar GM vehicles.

- Southwick, MA, USA

problem #5

Sep 242013


  • 100,050 miles
Just after coming off of a major highway, slowing down as I was approaching a set of lights, the brake pedal lost pressure, and went to the floor on my 2005 Chevy Tahoe. The rotors, pads and calipers had just been replaced 6mths prior, so I knew they were not the problem. I figured either the master cylinder went, or something was wrong with the brake lines. The service brake system and brake light were on. I was able to use the parking brake and downshift the transmission to come to a stop. Turns out, one of the brake lines rotted out at the rear, causing the fluid to leak out, and the loss of my brakes. Luckily I did not get into an accident.vehicle is only 8yrs old, with just turning 100000 mi. In my opinion, this should not be happening this soon.

- Pembroke, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 032013

Tahoe 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I own a 2005 Chevy Tahoe I bought new. Last year in 2012 the fuel lines coming out of the fuel pump rotted out and I had to replace the whole pump. Early this year (2013) the transmission lines rotted out and all had to be replaced, in September this year (2013) the brake lines rotted out and had to be replaced. Lucky for me I was just leaving my driveway. I am very disappointed with this GM vehicle. I don't know if I would ever buy a GM vehicle again.

- Freeport, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 232013


  • 53,120 miles


My wife was driving our 2005 Chevy Tahoe when she lost the brakes. She said the pedal went to the floor. She was not in any traffic but the car did not stop very quickly. I then drove the car very carefully to our local service station about 2 miles away. The mechanic found that one of our rear bake lines had rusted through causing all hydraulic fluid to be lost. The rear brakes had completely failed. After looking under the vehicle with the mechanic, he showed me all the rust under this car. He also pointed out that the other brake line were also very rusted and could fail. I replaced both rear brake lines with material that will not rust. It was a very labor intensive job and also very costly. Please let other people that own this type of vehicle to check their brake lines. This could have been a very serious situation if my wife had been traveling fast on a highway. The car only has 53K miles and has been garaged for many years. It amazing at how much rust is on this vehicle. I hope GM will use material that does not rust in future automobiles like this!!!

- Northport, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 012012

Tahoe 8-cyl

  • 44,500 miles
Mechanic informed me that my fuel and brake lines need to be replaced due to the fact that they are totally corroded.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 312012


  • 110,000 miles
Lost brakes getting off interstate 20/59, seems to be a corrosion issue on the brake line going to rear axle. The location of the leak relative to the body is at the 2 L door along the frame rail.

- West Blocton, AL, USA

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