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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,117 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 GMC Sierra 2500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 GMC Sierra 2500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 202014

Sierra 2500

  • 16,000 miles


I have owned many GM trucks, and never had one with so many rusted out brake lines. Why can't they make them with stainless steel lines. They should have a recall for this. What happens when front and back lines go at the same time, I will tell you, no brakes ! this is the worst one with the rust that I have had. 3 lines rust out on the GMC 2500 hd (2002) with more to come, I have 25,000 miles on this truck. The first line went about 15,000 miles. Also I only got about 5,000 miles on those Firestone tires, cheap tires come with this truck. I have also noticed the frame is rusting, had to have the cable replaced that shifts the truck into gear, it rusted out. I go to the car wash and always wash the underside of the truck to get all the dirt and salt off every chance I get. When I got the GMC I was told by the GMC garage not to have the truck undercoated because it would void the warranty on it. I also had to have the cables replaced on the tail gate due to rust. Very sad about this GMC truck. Everything is rusting. I should have a lot of miles left on this truck, if it doesn't rust itself to death or get me killed because of rusted out brake lines !

- Natrona Hgts., PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 022014

Sierra 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 278,000 miles
Driving down rural road at 55mph, a deer jumps into my path. I quickly brake, ABS activates and pedal drops to near floor. Truck does stop, but braking much more different than normal. Deer moves on and I start moving again. Next stop sign I notice that brake pedal drops to floor, still braking, but much more difficult to brake. I made it home and noticed my brake line directly under the driver position was spraying fluid now.

- Casnovia, MI, USA

problem #4

May 262014

Sierra 2500 8-cyl

  • 113,700 miles
Was leaving my drive way and went to put on brakes and they made a hissing sound and peddle went all the way to the floor and brake fluid started pouring out, so pushed emergency brake and nothing happened there was no brakes. With help got truck back in drive way and got under truck where fluid was leaking and the brake lines were all rusted into. Thank god I didn't make it down the road before they went out and hit or killed someone.

- Vienna, IL, USA

problem #3

Dec 112013

Sierra 2500

  • miles


Brake-line-corrosion- lost my brakes.

- Deep Water, WV, USA

problem #2

Dec 172010

Sierra 2500 8-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The pedal went all the way to the floor, and I missed the turn I was trying to make. I rolled to a stop. I walked to a service station. I was informed that all brake lines were corroded and had to be replaced. All lines, hoses, and calipers were replaced at a cost of $1800.

- Hanson, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 192012

Sierra 2500 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
First the transmission cooling lines rusted out costing over $400 to repair. Today the brake lines failed because of rust. This will be a very expensive repair. I was fortunate that I was able to avoid crashing the truck when the brakes failed.

- Sussex, NJ, USA

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