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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,643 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #21

Dec 162013


  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph and depressing the brakes, the pedal abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the brake lines were corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Marietta, OH, USA

problem #20

Nov 122013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Approaching a 4 way traffic signaled intersection when signal started to change to yellow. Decided to not proceed through intersection so applied brake pedal to stop. Pedal went directly to floor, brake dashboard light illuminated. Vehicle would not stop and proceeded through intersection, while vehicles to my right proceeded to move. I had no brakes at all. I maneuvered vehicle onto a parallel access road and vehicle eventually rolled to a stop. Upon inspection it was obvious that there was a failure of the braking system, as hydraulic fluid was on the road in the vicinity of the right front of the vehicle...only... I was always aware that I had some braking capacity when I had a brake failure. Following 8 days at a GM dealership and a bill for $2,000, the brake lines were replaced following the diagnosis "rusted/corroded brake lines". a complaint to GM has fallen on deaf ears.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #19

Nov 052013


  • 90,092 miles
I was driving my truck into my driveway when I put my foot on brake pedal it went to floor, no warning. When I looked under vehicle brake line was leaking, very rusted.

- Dandridge, TN, USA

problem #18

Oct 182013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 64,000 miles


Rear steel brake line corroded and blew out causing brake failure. This has happened to four people I know. One of those people had a bad accident. All vehicles were Chevy Silverado.

- Rutherford, NJ, USA

problem #17

Jul 012013


  • 150,000 miles
On our 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 hd the ABS system has been kicking in when coming to a stop and you almost hit the car in front of you. I have read a lot of issues with this and I have not seen a recall for this year of the Chevy truck. The recall only stops at 2002 trucks. How many people have to be injured or killed before you guys decide to recall this year of the Chevy truck"??"

- Strasburg, OH, USA

problem #16

Aug 222013

Silverado 8-cyl Diesel

  • 46,555 miles
The first incident occurred in August 2013. When backing up (at approximately 5 mph), I stepped on the brakes and the brakes failed. The brake line was replaced over the right side of the rear end housing. On October 3, 2013, another brake line failed causing the brake pedal to go to the floor of the truck. This time the brake line is on the left side of the frame under the driver's compartment.

- Tracys Landing, MD, USA

problem #15

Jul 132013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 105,880 miles


The brakes went out backing in to a driveway and all the fluid leaked on to the driveway and street. This could of been very serious if it happened on the highway coming home from picking up furniture. All the brake lines were rusted and had to be replaced"????? costly for us"

- Maysville, PA, USA

problem #14

Aug 162013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 53,474 miles
I went to slow to make turn and brakes went to the floor suddenly so I used emergency brake to stop. I believe all lines will need to be replaced as other look as rusty. Rust has been an issue for last 2 years with rotors needing replace then bearings in front rusted and anti-lock brake light would come on and pedal would surge. This is the worse Chevy truck I ever bought as even seeing rust already in lower panels and entire frame. Looks bad for only 53,474 miles.

- Southern Pines, NC, USA

problem #13

Jul 242013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 65,954 miles
Driving back to work from lunch on busy 4 lane highway, brake pedal went to floor. Narrowly avoided a collision at a red light. Put flashers on, lowered the gear selector, and used combo of minimal brake pedal and E brake to make it back to the parking lot at work. Upon inspection, large puddle of brake fluid on driver side near gas tank. Large leak in highly corroded brake line. All brake lines in similar condition and are currently being replaced in the shop. Transmission lines and fuel line are in similar highly corroded condition.

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #12

Jul 032013


  • 82,000 miles
Brake pedal went to floor. Brake line above gas tank ruptured.

- Absecon, NJ, USA

problem #11

Jun 102013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


I had a soft brake pedal on my 2005 Silverado. I thought I had a bad master cylinder. I work at an Audi dealership and I was bringing the vehicle to work to check it out. As I approached the driveway to work, the brake pedal went to the floor. I used the emergency brake to slow down and pull into, the driveway. We inspected the vehicle at work and found that a steel brake line under the drivers side that runs along the frame rail had a hole in it due to rust. I find this completely unacceptable that a steel brake line rust through. Chevrolet used a poor material on their brake lines. I have been in the automotive business for 31 years in Connecticut ( yes, salt is used on the roads ) and have worked for Ford, Volvo, Hummer and Audi. I have never seen a brake line rust through. Chevrolet needs to fix this issue at their expense and not the consumers. The dealership wants $1500 to repair using the same brake lines. I have purchased stainless steel lines and will perform the repairs at my shop.

- Coventry, CT, USA

problem #10

Jan 152013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Brake line burst due to corrosion causing loss of rear brakes. I have since had three more brake lines (completely different lines) start to leak due to corrosion causing loss of rear brakes again and then front brakes. The brake lines are severely corroded which is unusual on a vehicle with low mileage and less than 10 years old.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #9

Mar 032013


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, he depressed the brake pedal but the brakes were hesitant to respond. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed corrosion and brake fluid leaking from the brake lines. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Centerreach, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 102013

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I was driving and applied the brakes for a stoplight when I felt a sudden lack of resistance in the petal. No warning lights were activated at all. I pulled over and pumped the brakes a few times and no pressure was regained. I got out of the truck and noticed a puddle of brake fluid towards the rear. Upon further inspection all od the brake lines were rusted badly and one had ruptured. No warning lights ever came on during the whole ordeal. The truck is under 8 years old and all of the brake lines need to be replaced. Luckily I was not in traffic or traveling faster when this occurred. I have never seen more rust on a newer vehicle in my life. Obviously the rust is beyond cosmetic and has proven to be a hazard.

- Cheshire, CT, USA

problem #7

Feb 092013


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while the brake pedal depressed he noticed that the brake pedal fell to the floor board. The contact applied the emergency brake. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that the front brake lines were corroded and would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #6

Jun 162006

Silverado 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,669 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving 9 mph, the contact attempted to decelerate but stopping power greatly decreased. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and was informed that the two front ABS sensors had become corroded and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 15,669 and the current mileage was 65,500. The consumer stated the service did not come out until after the vehicle was out of warranty, therefore; the dealer and manufacturer refused assistance. Stopping distance was increased by at least 2 vehicle lengths.

- Holt, MI, USA

problem #5

Dec 192012

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
I was driving South on I-95 on the New Jersey turnpike and slowed due to traffic and brakes went to the floor. I pumped them several times and put on the emergency brake and luckily stopped before hitting anyone. I had my whole family in the car, wife, 4 kids as we were heading to Maryland from Connecticut to visit family for christmas. I pulled over and was able to stop again but the brakes never felt quite right again. I had warning list come on several times and had to keep adding brake fluid. When I inspected the leak it was under the drivers door right where the lines sit in their plastic hanger. I also noticed all the other lines were shot as well (as in rusted). This is my family car as I use it for work and every time we go out as a family as well as drive kids to school etc..... I am amazed at the corrosion level and am currently attempting to replace the line that is leaking, but just a small portion of it. After reading the complaints associated with this vehicle and brake line corrosion, I hope you do something! as thank goodness I am a careful and conscientious driver because if I was going any faster (faster than 35 mph on a 65 mph highway) I would have caused a crash. Suffice to say we had to use relatives cars to travel and then carefully plan the trip home with lots of brake fluid and constant stopping to avoid holiday season traffic. Not a good scenario!

- Westbrook, CT, USA

problem #4

Oct 272012

Silverado 8-cyl

  • 9,700 miles
Started truck placed foot on brake and pedal went to floor. Brake fluid leaked all over the ground. Had vehicle towed to repair shop. Brake line were totally rusted through. I drive the vehicle approximately once a week. It only has approximately 9700 miles on it. I am the only owner. The under carriage is also rusted. Luckily it happen in my driveway rather than on the road. Can provide a receipt for all new brakelines installed if needed.

- Newton , NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 102012


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the rear brake lines near the fuel take were completely covered with rust causing the vehicle to lose all of the brake fluid. The contact was driving 60 mph at the time of the failure. The brake pedal extended to the floor when the pedal was engaged. The contact had to shift the vehicle into a lower gear and use the emergency brake in order to drive the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer confirmed the brake lines rusted through in the rear. The failure and current mileage was 82,000.

- Redding, CT, USA

problem #2

Jul 292012

Silverado 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 113,000 miles
Brake pedal went to the floor without stopping the vehicle. Found the lines on the driver side below the door on top of the rail were corroded and had burst.

- Poca, WV, USA

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