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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,838 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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2003 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Nov 152003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


The caller was having a problem with the brakes. The consumer had to have the rotors rotated. When the consumer applied the brakes, the vehicle bounced until it had come to a complete stop. The dealer suggested that it was common to rotate the front and rear rotors. The manufacturer had taken the consumers complaint and gave her NHTSA's phone number. The consumer found that the 2005 Silverado's have gone back to front disc brakes and rear drum brakes.

- Lake Butler, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 142005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
My 2003 Chevrolet Silverado has 24000 miles on it and the brakes rotors are showing a high rate of corrosion. This vehicle has had very poor braking since new and could cause a very serious accident. Corroded brake rotors with very limited wear of the brake pads. Rotors wear out before pads. Also the rotors show signs of poor metal quality with high corrosion even pitting all over the braking surface. At this time I am working with GM to warranty the brakes due to corrosion not wear. This should be a safety concern, since the brakes could just fall apart.

- New Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #9

Jul 012005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,500 miles
Rear brake rotors warped at 15500 miles. Could feel vibration when applying brakes. Chevrolet dealership turned down rotors and reinstalled old brake pads. When I questioned the rotors warping with this low mileage, turning down the rotors instead of replacement and reuse of the used brake pads I was advised that this was all that GM authorized to fix the problem.

- Kingston, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 012005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Rear disk break rotors rusted and flaking away. After 40,000 miles <20% of the rotor surface is making contact with the break pads.

- West Newbury, MA, USA

problem #7

Jul 302005

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,500 miles
I am the owner of a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado with 43,000 miles. As a result of the rear rotors on the truck rusting and falling apart, I had to replace the rotors. Due to the poor design of the parking brake assembly, the passenger side rotor had to be cut off with a torch!.

- Columbia Station, OH, USA

problem #6

Jun 262005

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
My rear rotor on my 2003 Silverado ss with 41,000 miles is rusting/cracking away causing my pads to dig grooves into rotor.pads have another 40,000 miles left on them.the warranty ran out at 36,000.should GM be held responsible for the defective rotor?

- Morris, IL, USA

problem #5

May 012005

Silverado 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


I own a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado that has the problem with the anti-lock brakes activating at low speeds because of rust around the sensors. It also has a problem with the brake rotor braking surface rusting and pitting so bad in two years that the rear brake pads were only making 50% contact with the brake rotor causing a loss of braking performance. Your current investigation does not include 2003 vehicles and needs to be expanded.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #4

Dec 052004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Consumer was coming from a road trip. During this trip he noticed that brakes failed. He then took the vehicle to get serviced. They told him that rear rotors rusted. No injuries reported.

- Blairstown, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 212004

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brakes brake pedal went the floor, and the pedal was hard to push down. Consumer noticed that the more he pushed the less braking power he received. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced due to corrosion.

- Camillus, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 152003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
ABS light intermittently illuminated while driving or when braking. Also, an ongoing problem with excessive wear of brake rotors and pads. They had to be turned or replaced.

- Groveland, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 042003

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Brakes needed replacement at 2,000 miles due to frontand rear rotors being out of round. My initial complaint was due to a very loud noise each morning upon initial braking. Sound was not a normal brake squeal. Work order shows H0042 1.0+.8+1.8 O.L.H due to rear brakes.

- Molalla, OR, USA

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