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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,837 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Express brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Chevrolet Express Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 312009


  • 36,000 miles


My rotors keep warping and endangering my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am on my fourth set of rotors in 84,000 miles!!!! and on top of that I have the original brake pads. As a matter of fact from 14,000 mi to 94,000 my brake pads have not worn at all. I had to cut the rotors at 30,000, and then at 50,000 they were warped and too thin to resurface. I replaced them again. At 80,000 I had to have them cut because they were warped. Then at 85,000 I had to have them replaced again because they were warped. My rotors get to hot that when I brake, my whole steering column shakes and the vehicle swerves to hard that I can barely stay within the lines on the interstate. I feared for my life. I have tried to have Chevy look into this and every time they just slap new rotors on and send me on my way. They give a 12,000 mile warranty on rotors and they are warping in half that time. Chevy has had to replace them for free under warranty 3 times and I have had to pay once. I feel like all they want to do is slap new parts on instead of finding the problem or having a recall! I have spoke to corporate, who agrees something else is wrong but they won't do anything about it. They say they've checked everything. I finally got the service supervisor to admit to me that these vehicles have crappy metal rotors from china and that they have been failing in the safety lane tests for their ability to brake and stop in the required distance. I feel that my vehicle was overrated to it's weight limit and it cannot stop itself if it has any kind of load in the cargo area. I have already filed a complaint with the us department of transportation highway safety administration. I have also worked with a gentleman from the corporate office, he seemed to be on my side but was unable to do anything. My case #'s are 71-869-1333444.

- Lisle, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 212010


  • 18,349 miles
Purchased a new 2008 Chevy Express 1500 within 9 mos had ABS and stability traction light on. Tech replaced wheel sensor. Happened again 6 mos later, 4/7/09 and 5/15/10. On my last visit they said they found a short, but the lights are on again 2 weeks later. The safety issue is when the ABS and stability traction light is on (and only when traveling below 30 mph) when applying brakes, the ABS automatically will allow the brake pedal to go down almost to the floor. This in turn allows the vehicle to travel additional distance when trying to stop. This happens on perfectly level, smooth and dry circumstances. One of the mechanics at the dealer's service department stated to me that this problem exists in many Chevy vans up to and including 2010. Obviously they have no clue as to what is causing this malfunction. Some other mechanics have said they feel it might be a computer glitch. It is only of matter of time, and probably has already happened, when trying to stop - rear ending a vehicle or striking a pedestrian who has stepped out in front. Please advise as to what course of action should be taken with GM.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 042009


  • 0 miles
I am 62 years old and self employed. I do appliance service and drive over 25,000 miles every year. I have owned many different vehicles over the years. A year ago I purchased a new 2008 Chevrolet G2500 3/4 ton service van. I have never owned any other vehicle where I was more prone to hitting the gas pedal while attempting to apply the brakes. On numerous occasions I have found myself applying both the brakes and gas at the same time. I feel the problems is the close proximity of the two pedals and that they are very close to the same height. I have become very aware of this problem, but find that unless I am extremely alert, it still happens. I fear that at some point, I will find myself in some kind of accident because of this and really am fearful of what may happen if I need to apply the brakes in an emergency situation.

- Enid, OK, USA

problem #1

Oct 102008

Express 8-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Express 2500. The vehicle was serviced several times due to brake failure. When approaching a stop light, the brakes made a dragging sound that could not be corrected. The contact also heard a knocking sound coming from the vehicle when the brake pedal was depressed. The dealer could not duplicate the failure; however, they cleaned and lubed the brakes. This did not correct the failure. The dealer then replaced the brake pads, discs, and rotors. After two weeks, the brakes failed again and the noise was still present. The vehicle continues to lose braking control and the dealer cannot determine a solution to remedy the failure. The failure mileage was less than 1,000 and current mileage was 7,600. Updated 03-04-09 updated 03/04/09.

- Crecksville, OH, USA

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