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 4 of 7)

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problem #64

Aug 062014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 123,456 miles


Rear brake line ruptured while braking for a highway exit. All the brake fluid leaked out when I attempted to pump the brakes to stop. I was able to use the emergency brake to come to a complete and safe stop. When I looked to find the problem, I found the rear brake line directly under the driver door was completely rusted and blown out.

- Jackson, NH, USA

problem #63

Aug 022014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 56,345 miles
Brake lines ruptured. Brake pedal went to floor.

- Roaring Spring, PA, USA

problem #62

Aug 012014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 80,800 miles
Brake lines rusted; brake line leak; truck would not brake/stop in driveway; had truck towed to repair shop to replace brake lines completely rusted.

- Seven Hills, OH, USA

problem #61

Jun 192014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 78,000 miles


Brake lines bursting due to faulty (cheap) material. I have owned several Chevy trucks without any problems but this is the worst I have ever seen. Looks like all lines will need to be replaced. They are made from cheap material.

- Buckhaannon, WV, USA

problem #60

Jul 232014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Brake pedal went to floor as I pulled out of my drive.. so as I looked to see what it was, 1 brake line was leaking due to corrosion an split. Another line close to splitting. All 4 rusted bad.

- Warsaw, IN, USA

problem #59

Aug 282012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 41,096 miles
Attempted to stop at stop sign and bake line between master cylinder and prop valve ruptured instantly draining brake fluid resulting in no braking. Stopped vehicle with parking brake. Upon inspection, determined that brake line had rusted out as a result of being mounted on top of frame rail where dirt, salt and moisture collect from front wheel spray.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #58

Jul 022014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,539 miles


While doing an oil change on my 2005 pu I noticed enough buildup of rust on the brake lines that I stopped driving the truck. I have had pu trucks (Ford) since 1972 and never had an issue with brake lines although I had the trucks for 10 yrs. This is a serious issue of negligence of GM. I am 75 and never had this issue although I had cars and trucks (and motorcycles) since I was 16. I believe this is more serious than ignition switch. Thank you

- Devon, PA, USA

problem #57

Jun 262014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 101,097 miles
Approaching a traffic light at the bottom of a steep graded highway, I noticed the brake pedal felt spungey and near the bottom the brake pedal went clear to the floor board. I was forced to leave the highway to prevent a rear end collision with the stopped vehicle in front of me resulting in no real damage to the vehicle itself. It could have been much worse. The brake lines (4 of them) have rusted out so much that they could not contain pressure of the fluid when applying the brake and bursted. My mechanic tells me this will be in excess of $600 to repair do to the cab having to be unbolted and lifted from the chassis to access the lines for replacing. He also tells me that many GM models, new and old have this problem with rusting brake lines. GM is aware of these problems. Why has this not been addressed" why have these models not been recalled" Subaru recently recalled over 660,000 vehicles for the same problem; #doingtherightthing. I am not at all happy about this.

- Mineral Wells, WV, USA

problem #56

Jul 062014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
The brake lines and fuel lines rusty to the point that they are leaking need to be replaced.the blend motor for HVAC isn't working right.

- Minoa, NY, USA

problem #55

Jun 302014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
While doing an oil change on my 2005 pu Silverado I noticed large rust build up on the brake lines' this is not through neglect on my part, but is sufficient enough to cause serious concern. My son in law with Chevy 2002 had a similar problem when his brakes failed on a hill which caused me to check mine.this is extremely dangerous and GM should bear the recall expense. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Devon, PA, USA

problem #54

Jun 222014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 163,100 miles


While driving I lost all brake pressure and was unable to control the speed of my truck, at the service shop I was shown that the brake lines were extremely corroded and had failed.

- Columbia, CT, USA

problem #53

May 162014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 20,500 miles
Driving down highway road when several deer ran in front of vehicle. Slammed on brakes and the pedal, after a few seconds, went to the floor. Noticed big puddle of fluid the next day under cab of truck. Started truck and had no brakes at all. Had the truck inspected by local repair shop and was informed that all of the brake lines were rusty beyond the point of repair. Had to have a whole new brake line kit installed.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #52

Jun 132014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 113,149 miles
Brake pedal push to the floor, oil coming out onto the ground, brake lines rusted out in many places under the hood.

- Harrison, MI, USA

problem #51

Jun 142006

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 12,500 miles
I bought the truck new in 2005, it has been a piece of junk from the start, I have had multiple problems with this truck, replaced both front rotors & hubs, the dealership said this was normal but I think that it is just normal for a junky Chevrolet, the main power supply plug on the heater motor melted off and would no longer work, front speakers quite working, front brake lines rusted away and the reservoir was dry and the brake light on the dash never came on for a warning, had to replace all brake lines on the front end of the vehicle, brakes are very weak and most of the time the pedal is very soft and goes to the floor and scares me to death, you don't think that the truck is going to stop, this brake issue is a very big problem !!!, several people that I know have the same model truck have the save exact issues, I will never in my life time buy another Chevrolet product as long as I live and I spread this info with anyone who might even think of buying a Chevrolet, don't do it, they are junk !!!!!!!!!!!!

- Poca, WV, USA

problem #50

Jul 012011

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 57,751 miles
On 7/1/2011, my 2005 Chevy Silverado lost brakes. The loss of brakes was caused by a leak from a corroded section of brake line. I had that section of the line replaced and continued to drive. On 6/12/2012, the same thing happened to another section of the brake line. The corroded line split and brake fluid was gushing out. Luckily, on both occasions I was able to stop my vehicle before crashing into someone or something. When I had my vehicle towed to my mechanic, he said that the brake lines were so corroded that he would recommend replacing the entire line for safety. I also had an opportunity to look at the lines and was in complete agreement with the mechanic. My vehicle at the time of the first incident was 6 years old and had 57,751 miles on it. The second incident occurred about a year later and the mileage was 62,719.

- North East, MD, USA

problem #49

Mar 012012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 170,000 miles
Rear brake line appeared rusty and scaly, then when hit my brakes, the pedal went to the floor. I used emergency brake. I replaced rear brake line. All other lines appeared rusty and scaly. Now, my front left brake line is beginning to weep; it's moist and it glistens with oil. I will have to replace it soon. All the other lines in the truck appear to be the same, rusty and scaly. I will no doubt have to continue to replace each line.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #48

Aug 122013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 44,537 miles
After I backed out of my driveway I started down the street and when I applied the brakes the brake pedal started to pulse and I had to really push hard to get the truck to slow down. Above 35 mph the brakes worked fine. This is the second time this vehicle has been for this same trouble. It happened around 20,000 miles and the dealer took care of the problem. The problem is the ABS sensor. It gets dirty and either has to be cleaned or replaced. This can be very dangerous at slow speeds, under 35 mph. I was told there are no recalls. It was repaired at a Chevrolet dealer.

- Moscow, PA, USA

problem #47

Mar 012005

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start accompanied by the illumination of the check engine warning light. The failure was recurring and sporadic. Additionally, the instrument panel failed and the head lights would sporadically fail. The contact also stated that the rotors needed to be replaced on a regular basis. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who was not able to diagnose the multiple failures. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 1000.

- Lower Burrell, PA, USA

problem #46

Feb 062014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
When I applying the brakes the peddle went to the floor. Upon having it towed to cover Chevrolet windber pa. 15963 I was informed that the brake lines were rotted and would need replaced.

- Hooversville, PA, USA

problem #45

Feb 202014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 176,000 miles
I bought a 2005 Silverado from my mother, and she bought the truck off of a used dealer lot purchasing for 12,500 four years ago. Since then the truck has had an air bag sensor replaced and it once again showing the air bag needs serviced, which can be very dangerous to truck owners in situations of a crash. Was told they go out commonly. The truck has also had an ABS issue since it was purchased on the lot, we sent it back to be fixed, and the issue was never solved, it has been looked at by three technicians. This is also a public safety hazard if the ABS causes the brakes to fail. The truck also has numerous electrical issues, such as the gear selector does not illuminate, in which case someone may not be able to determine what gear they are in and cause an incident, the headlight, tail light, brake light, and marker lights are always blowing bulbs, the dash cluster doesn't always want to illuminate either, this could cause a crash especially at dark when you cannot see the RPM, speedo, oil press, temp, or any other gage present.

- Felicity, OH, USA

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