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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,530 miles

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2003 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup brakes problems

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2003 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #8

May 072014

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


[xxx] S-10 extended bed I am the second owner of this truck and a month after I purchased it I noticed what ever speed you were going if you pressed on your brakes the truck would slip under nether you. I was alarmed the first time and than it happened again and then again. I brought the car to the mechanic, and new brakes and calipers were changed on the rear, $$$. I was feeling much safer until soon after the problem resurfaced. I brought it back to the mechanic -nothing. Then again and again. He did replace my front brakes $$. still the problem remained. I changed mechanic and he stated it is ABS, it happens a lot in this vehicle and he see it all the time. This is a very dangerous situation where the truck does not have the ability to stop...please help! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- New Canaan, CT, USA

problem #7

Aug 142014

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • 65,500 miles
On August 14, 2014 the rear brake line rusted through and fluid was spilled onto the road. Fortunately I was leaving my home and only going about 10 mph and there were no injuries. The S-10 has 65500 miles on it. It cost $700 to repair at the GM dealer. In November 2013 the front brake line rusted through as I was leaving work and had to stop at traffic light. Once again I was fortunate that I was traveling in a school zone and only going 15 mph when they gave out. It cost $1600 for the repairs. It has 58000 miles on it at the time. I can only image the danger associated with these brake failures as I travel in the nys thruway and long island expressway regularly at speeds of 65-70 mph. I am fearful of the next rust through as the rear brakes lines were repaired not replaced.

- Southold, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 052013

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 109,736 miles
Driving back home from the grocery store. Brake pedal went to the floor. Nursed the truck to the house. Reservoir almost empty. Refilled reservoir with brake fluid. Checked under truck and found that the left rear wheel was coated with brake fluid. Pulled the rear wheel to find the leak. Brake lines coated with fluid. I had my wife come out to pump the brake pedal while I was under the truck. Leak found in the hard line about 2 inches from the flexible line to the hard line connection.

- Dry Fork, VA, USA

problem #5

Oct 042013

S-10 Pickup

  • 136,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet S10. The contact was approaching a traffic stop when he applied the brakes and the vehicle failed to respond. The brake pedal became stuck to the floorboard, causing the contact to become involved in a crash that involved four additional vehicles. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the contact was advised that the brake lines were corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 136,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 04/29/14

- Massapequa Park, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 112013

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet S10. The contact stated that while attempting to apply the parking brake, it failed to engage. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for repair or inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90000. Updated 11/15/13

- Enderlin , ND, USA

problem #3

Sep 172013

S-10 Pickup

  • 58,000 miles
My wife was picking up our 2 year old and 6 year old granddaughters from their home and bringing them to our house to babysit them. Traveling at 35-45 mph she depressed the brake pedal to stop and the pedal slowly went to the floorboard. She finally made it home and she told me about it. I looked under the vehicle and noticed something leaking from the under carriage. I jacked the vehicle up and inspected the brake lines and discovered that the brake lines were rusted and one had cracked. I am a retired vehicle technician with over 50 years of experience on all types of automotive repair. I have never seen this much rust on a vehicle (2003 Chevrolet S10 with only 55,000 miles) in all my years of service. We inherited this truck from my father-in-law who passed away. He lived in Kentucky, so it was subject to unpaved roads, snow, salt, etc. We live in Florida, and decided to keep the truck for sentimental reasons. I had to replace the entire brake system, brake pads, rotors calipers, backing plates, ABS sensors, and now a brake line. I undercoated the vehicle and got as much rust off the frame as I possibly could. The front wheel hubs probably are next because the ABS brake system doesn't work properly. I spent a lot of time and money on this vehicle. GM should be made accountable for this problem before somebody gets hurt or killed. In my opinion it is a priority safety issue that needs attention and General Motors should be responsible for it.

- Lake Alfred, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 152013

S-10 Pickup

  • 114,000 miles
Brake line corroded through and brake pressure was lost.

- Quenemo, KS, USA

problem #1

Jul 192012

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Severe "from the outside in" corrosion to all "hard" brake lines, causing hydraulic failures on two dates (within) two months, result being all the hard brake lines requiring replacement. Cost in excess of $1200, only viable option would have been to scrap vehicle. During hydraulic failures, service rear brakes totally unavailable. Fluid squirting into space. Front brakes partially effective. Not real safe.

- Haymarket, VA, USA

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