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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,000 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.

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1996 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

brakes problem

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1996 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 262004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


Whenever a panic stop is required the brakes take almost a second after application before they respond. It is like pushing on an air cylinder with a small orifice - a second is too long to wait for the brakes. The pedal travel is correct and the dealer says it must be normal. I say it is unsafe after narrowly avoiding a crash that should have not even been close if the brake would grab as soon as I step on them. No matter how hard I push there is a time delay while I push "air through the orifice".

- Spencer, IA, USA

problem #1

Jan 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I was involved in an injury accident. I had to make a panic stop in heavy traffic. There was no resistance to the brake pedal. The officers asked, if I had applied the brakes, beacause there were no skid marks. I feel the brakes failed because no skid mark and the seat belts didn't lock. I work for the statehighway patrol. We have several 1998 and 1999 full size Chevrolet silverdo trucks. Several officers operating these vehicle have experience brake failure in a "panic stop situation. I'm asking to see, if your organization has information about the brakes and to send the complaint

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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