really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,264 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #104

Jun 062015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 72,000 miles


It was early in the morning, my brother and I were backing up the truck to attach the boat for towing. He was backing up my truck while I guided him back towards the hitch of the boat. We got the boat hitch attached to the truck and I asked him if he wanted to drive. Thank god he refused to drive, once I got in the truck, I applied my brakes before putting the truck in drive and noticed that the brake peddle went all the way to the ground without any resistance. I looked underneath my truck and noticed brake fluid leaking out from a rusted brake line going to the rear tire. I would hate to think of what could have happened on the highway with a boat behind me"???" I have photos of the rusted brake line that broke. I also have seen some rust on the remaining brake lines now and am worried about the the condition of those lines.

- East Hanover, NJ, USA

problem #103

May 142015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 135,254 miles
Another driver notified us that our brake lights were not working. We stopped to check the situation and my wife applied the brakes as I checked the lights, which were not working. I then moved the truck about 50 yards and as I applied the brakes the pedal went to the floor. When I got out there was a puddle of brake fluid on the ground. The brake line had rusted out and when I applied pressure to stop, it gave out. I took the vehicle to a nearby dealer and they replaced all the brake lines due to the rust. Total cost $1050. This is a major safety issue. Luckily I was stopped when the failure occurred and no one was injured. If this had happened while moving in traffic the result could have been serious.

- Petoskey, MI, USA

problem #102

May 142015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 77,430 miles
Brakes got progressively "soft" on the way home, until eventually the pedal went to the floor. Made home by going slow and downshifting to decelerate without using the brakes. Problem diagnosed to be the master cylinder.

- Highland Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #101

May 102015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 145,000 miles


My family and I were driving home pulling our travel trailer from a weekend of camping. There was approximately 2 car lengths between my self and the vehicle in front of us. Both lanes of vehicles came to a quick stop. I applied the brakes the ABS started to kick in, I let of the brakes and reapplied again the ABS kicked in and the peddle went to the floor. I was able to hop the curb with the truck and trail to avoid hitting the cars in front of me. It took 5 or more vehicle lengths to get completely stopped. I was able to slowly drive the 6 or so miles home using the trailer brakes only. Once the trailer was unhooked I was able to pull the truck in to my drive way to work on it. The brakes would hold the truck, the peddle was to the floor but I'm doubtful they would stop it at any speed.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #100

May 042015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 105,452 miles
When slowing down and coming to a stop the ABS brakes kick in making it take longer than normal to stop. It started happening a couple of weeks ago pulling into my driveway and it is getting worse. It happens at slow or as I am slowing down to come to a stop, then the ABS kicks in and increases the stopping distance. That normal stopping distance you think you have under normal conditions is not there. This problem is in perfectly dry conditions. It is not weather related at all. I have had to stand on the brakes to stop. It's been somewhat intermittent but it almost caused me to get into an accident today. Turning while stopping usually causes the issue to happen the most, that's what happened today. Coming to a straight stop doesn't always cause the issue. Apparently there was this same issue with the 1999 - 2002 Chevy trucks and they were recalled. Apparently Chevy has not fixed the issue so we are seeing it again, I wonder how many people have to get into accidents or die before something is done about this issue. Is there a death toll we need to hit? I've googled this issue and a lot of people are having this problem. I suspect that because few have been killed as this is happening at lower speeds only insurance issues have arisen and the consumers wind up paying for those in the end. One would hate to dip into Chevy's year end bonus money.

- Solon, IA, USA

problem #99

Apr 262015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 52,521 miles
Brake line broke. Brake lines are severely corroded. I lost my brakes while driving. The pedal went to the floor.

- Latrobe, PA, USA

problem #98

Apr 132015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the braking system was slow to respond. Also, while driving at low speeds, the ABS warning lamp illuminated multiple times. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V379000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who replaced the rotors and the brake pads; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #97

Apr 122015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While driving approximately 30 mph and approaching a stop light, the brakes failed and went to the floorboard. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The contact noticed that the brake lines were rusted to the point of corrosion. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Russell, KY, USA

problem #96

Apr 062015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 118,000 miles
I was driving down the street and went to press the brakes and the pedal went to the floor. I needed to downshift and coast to get the truck to stop. My truck is a 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500, ext cab, 4X4. Truck is now in shop getting fixed. $1000 to repair something that should not have failed in the first place. Stainless steel lines ($40 more for GM) would have prevented the issue. I am glad I was not in a high traffic area where other cars could have been involved.

- Frankfort, IL, USA

problem #95

Mar 272015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 163,000 miles
My wife and I were leaving home to go in to town to pick up some items with the truck. When approaching the roadway she applied the foot brake, the brake pedal went to the floor, there was no stopping. The emergency mechanical brake was used so we would not get hit. After getting out and seeing fluid drip, I opened the hood to find a cracked and rusted brake line that was leaking a large amount of brake fluid. Researching this vehicle it seems this is a common problem with this vehicle, nothing has been done about it. This truck spent many years in Wisconsin before we located last fall to Washington state. It seems to me that a recall needs to be done for this failure does not continue to happen. Brake failure is a very serious issue.

- Belfair, WA, USA

problem #94

Jan 112010

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


My trucks brakes catastrophically failed for the third time two weeks ago. Luckily these failures happened in a driveway or low speed with no accident results. The latest brake failure happened without warning, just a week after hauling my loaded horse trailer through the mountains. We could have been killed or killed someone if this brake failure happened a week earlier. While backing up, about 6 inches from hitching the trailer, the brake pedal went to the floor and brake fluid poured out. The same thing happened Aug. 2014. I have spent thousands of dollars in the past fixing issues with the ABS sensors, brake lines, et al. This truck just turned 100,000 miles. This should not happen, ever! I live in the northeast, lots of salted roads but these parts must be junk. I have never had another vehicle with problems like this. This is a major safety issue and GM has to remedy this problem asap. It has been happening for a long time and they are dragging their feet in recalling the '05 and newer trucks.

- Bernardston, MA, USA

problem #93

Mar 152015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • miles
Brake lines corroded thru causing acute brake failure. Almost caused bad wreck. After researching the huge number of similar complaints and gms unwillingness to correct I will be sure to never purchase another GM vehicle ever.

- Waterloo, NY, USA

problem #92

Mar 132015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 155,021 miles
I just got home after driving 100 miles on the parkway, and I was just getting ready to pick up my fiancé kids from school when I started my truck and applied the service brake to shift into drive and then the brake pedal went to the floor. I got out of the truck and saw brake fluid leaking behind the drivers side wheel. I crawled under to take a look and the leak appeared to be where the plastic bracket was holding the brake lines to the frame. The brake lines appear to be severely rusted and brittle and just by touching them the rust flakes off. Thank god this happened at home and no one got hurt or killed. I live on a mountain and the road down it is a 25% incline. Something needs to be done about this before something fatal or serious happens. If you have a brake problem similar to this please file a complaint so this gets recalled. I don't understand why so many people complained about this same problem and nothing is being done. Is GM this powerful and will not fess up to this even though this could be fatal?? please join me and speak up...

- Whiting , NJ, USA

problem #91

Jan 082015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 144,255 miles
On 1/8/2015 at about 5mph my brakes failed. I took my truck to a car mechanic and he replaced the brake lines.I had the brake pad and rotor, drums and shoes replaced. The cost was 1200 dollars.

- Mulberry, FL, USA

problem #90

Feb 162015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 30,567 miles
Frame is rotted, wont pass inspection, brake lines are also rotted had to replace twice.

- Chester, NH, USA

problem #89

Oct 012012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. While having regular maintenance performed on the vehicle, the contact was notified that the brake lines were rusted. The brake lines were not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Whiting, NJ, USA

problem #88

Nov 292014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 96,263 miles
Backing-up into my garage in reverse mode, pressed the brake pedal and it went right to the floor.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #87

Jan 092015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 130,000 miles
The brake lines are very rusted and I am very concerned this can lead to a serious injury for myself or others. I know of many other owners of similar model trucks with the same problem. This is a very real safety threat and GM should repair under warranty as this is a serious defect.

- New Egypt, NJ, USA

problem #86

Aug 152013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 49,550 miles
Severe corrosion affected brake line. Pedal went to the floor and I went through intersection. Using my E-brake I was fortunate to stop and not hit anything. I fear if my 16 year old son, or my wife would not of fared so well in this situation. Now I had to absorb a $800 repair for new brake lines. Now 1.5 years later I need to replace fuel lines as well as transmission lines due to corrosion. My 16 year old drives this piece of junk, and now there is a safety issue with fuel lines. Fire!!! now need to incur additional repairs. Why no recall? this is a lawsuit in the making if there were to be an accident due to GM's irresponsibility. I will never buy a GM product again. Need a recall... [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Westbrook, CT, USA

problem #85

Dec 222014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving approximatley 35 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and there was a screeching noise. The vehicle failed to decelerate and the contact had to depress the brake pedal several times before the vehicle came to a stop. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E036000 (service brake, air). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Saint Louis , IL, USA

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