really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,523 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 5 of 9)

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problem #95

Sep 092014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 150,000 miles


I was getting ready to pull out on the main hwy. When hitting my brakes to stop before entering, the brake pedal went to floor, I, M glad no one got hurt and I parked the truck safely. After parking it there was a puddle of brake fluid on the road. All the four lines were rusted and one or two broke. I've bought 4 new chev. This 2006 has had rusty brake lines since 2008 or 2009 when I bought it. These lines have rusted on a lot of these 2006 chev. Trucks I've heard. I think GM should do something about them, before we have another cobalt tragic. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lakeview,, OH, USA

problem #94

Aug 262014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Applied pressure to the brakes and they went to the floor with just a little catch. I was only doing about 25 mph and just so happened I was almost at my garage that works on it. (100 yards) I was able to turn in and coast to a stop. The brake line on the driver side underneath the driver and back of the master cylinder had rusted and ruptured. The master cylinder still had fluid in it when we checked it, so the rupture had just occured.I am having to replace all the lines. The vehicle has not been used by me in water situation except for normal driving in wet weather. When we tried to pump the brakes up, the fluid just poured out on the ground. That was when we determined the line was rusted and had burst when I applied the brakes luckily I was going slow and did not have to stop completely or I would have hit anything in front of me. I am having the steel lines replaced with stainless on the recommendation of my service center. (approx cost $1000) this incident was my first and only indication there was a brake problem. I consider myself very lucky that I was not in an accident and was not towing my trailer and tractor. Using just plain steel brake lines in just inexcusable and irresponsible.

- Hamilton , VA, USA

problem #93

Sep 142013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Complete loss of brakes while attending a reenacting ceremony at the eckley miners village and delivering supplies - all brake lines were completely rusted out.

- Hazle Twp, PA, USA

problem #92

Aug 042014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 149,000 miles


After picking up my 5yr old grandson, we came to a stop sign at a very busy intersection where the cross traffic is going about 50-60mph. When I applied the brakes the pedal went to the floorboard. I managed to depress the emergency brake just in time to keep from being hit by a semi truck going very fast. There were no warning lights or indication that there was a problem with the brakes. The dealer said the brake lines had rusted out and would need replacement. I contacted GM customer service and finally got to a cost assistance representative who informed me that GM would not help due to the age and mileage of the vehicle. Really, the truck is 8 years old and otherwise in very good condition. Also I don't understand how mileage affects a non-moving part.I believe the brake lines were made from inferior metal for this application. To me, the brake lines should be considered a safety item similar to the air bags. If brake lines are now expected to fail in vehicles 8 years or older I expect there will be a lot of injured or dead people due to this. After checking the internet for the same problem, I counted over 300 people who experienced the same issue on this vehicle. I believe GM should accept responsibility and correct this issue and reimburse those who have already had the lines replaced.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #91

Aug 032014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 68,000 miles
While looking over my truck prior to inspection I discovered three cross members totally rusted thru. The are also the main supports for the gas tank and the shocks. I have been trying to find replacement parts and the more I look the more I hear how common the rusted cross members are. I went to the local dealers parts dept. And when I asked for cross members he told me which ones I needed and pointed them out on an illustrated brake down. After the truck bed was removed I noticed the emergency brake cable is rubbing against the plastic gas tank and is just about wore thru the tank to about the thickness of a plastic sandwich bag. The cable has also rubbed against it's support bracket almost all the way thru as well as into the cable.

- Forkston Township, PA, USA

problem #90

Oct 012013

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
I have found that the steel lines running along the frame rails are rusting and found a patch in one place and the possibility of more leaks happening.

- Pittsfield , MA, USA

problem #89

Jul 112014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


Driving at about 35mph when the car ahead put on brakes my pedal went straight to the floor and I ended up using the emergency brake to stop. I had the truck taken to the dealership who told me the brake lines were completely rusted out. I called Chevrolet's service number and was told this was not a problem with my year. But it had been in the past so no help available.

- Tybee Island, GA, USA

problem #88

Jul 182014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated while driving approximately 2 mph in reverse the vehicle failed to respond to deceleration attempts. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the mechanic stated that the brake lines were covered with rust. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Churchville, PA, USA

problem #87

Jul 242014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 99,500 miles
Brakes seemed soft while driving on mountain roads yesterday. This morning puddle under the driver side door and brakes went to the floor. No brake warning lights came on. Hour later when tow truck came, moved truck for towing and brake warning light came on. It did not want to stop with brakes - rolled to stop. Had it towed to dealer who is checking for the reason for the leak. Not repaired yet - waiting for dealer to get back to me.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

problem #86

Jul 082012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 20,000 miles
Another vehicle ran a red light in front of me and I had to apply brakes quickly. The brake line ruptured, I swerved, and barely missed the other car. They would have been killed if I was not able to move into the opposite lane. Latter found that the rupture was caused by excessive rust. Had that section replaced but its too expensive to replace all the lines - waiting for another failure.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #85

Jun 112014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond. The contact depressed the brake harder as a result, the brake lines fractured and the brake fluid was leaking. The contact discovered that there was rust under the vehicle where the brake lines were located. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- Disputanta, VA, USA

problem #84

Jun 292014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Brakes failed, pedal went to the floor when I was pulling into my driveway. Checked under truck and the brake lines are rusted and 1 or 2 were leaking brake fluid. Could stop only by using emergency brake. If I was driving on the road I would have had an accident. Brake lines should not rust out in 8 years. These trucks need to be recalled. It is going to coast close to $1000 if I replaced all the lines.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #83

Jan 102014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that after reversing out of the residential driveway, the front and rear brakes failed. The brake light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact mentioned that the vehicle came to complete stop after the emergency brake was engaged. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that brake fluid was leaking from the brake lines. The contact added more brake fluid into the vehicle but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the brake lines were faulty due to the salt damage. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 74,000 and the current mileage was 78,000. Updated 9/12/14 updated 2/12/2015

- Gillette, NJ, USA

problem #82

Jul 072014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
I was moving my travel trailer in my driveway, in preparation for a vacation trip. When I stepped on the brake, a rusted brake line failed and the brake pedal went to the floor. I was able to stop the vehicle safely. Further inspection reveals that all the brake lines on the truck are badly rusted and will have to be replaced.

- Eaton Rapids, MI, USA

problem #81

Jan 122014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 52,760 miles
Brake lines had holes in them caused by corrosion, fuel line also. Noticed problem before anything serious happened. Cost over $1000 to replace brake and fuel lines.

- Versailles, NY, USA

problem #80

Jun 142014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 80,000 miles
I had my truck fixed at sear automotive in hunt valley Maryland after 3 week after I was promised 1 week.was told it needed a new rear differential and new brake lines. I got my truck back I lost brakes going down the road and my ABS light came on brought my truck back to sears. It was fixed so I was told and I lost brakes aging. And then I brought it back a 3rd time they finally fixed it. But they made me drive my truck with no brakes back to them. Next my rear differential locked up on 695 and I spun out I brought the truck back to them. They claimed it was out of warranty when the warranty expired well the truck was in the shop. So I started to drive the truck home and 4 wheel drive turned on and my front 2 wheels started dragging along with my back which made my truck come to a stop in the middle of york road. Which auto nation told me that my front differential is bad not the rear that's why it happened.

- Jarrsttsville , MD, USA

problem #79

Mar 032014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
As I was backing out of my driveway my brake pedal went to the floor. I stopped just in time to avoid being hit by on coming traffic. Took it to a dealer later that day and was told that the brake lines were rusted through and would cost over $700 to repair.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #78

Jun 022014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl Diesel

  • 174,789 miles
Started the vehicle fasten seat belt exited the carport started to leave my yard had to stop a go back in house turned the vehicle off removed the key went back in the house came back got in the vehicle fasten seat belt started the vehicle put it in drive and the service air bag light flashed several time we out and came back and will not go back out it will flash several time go out and come back on and stay.

- High Springs, FL, USA

problem #77

May 302014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl Diesel

  • 65,230 miles
Saw wet spot under driver's side of truck, just behind engine compartment. Knew it wasn't good as the ac is on the other side. Figured I'd check it later. Started truck and as soon as I put my foot on the brake pedal, I could feel something was wrong. Stopped truck, popped hood and checked brake fluid level in master cylinder. Saw it was low. Added a pint of fluid and looked under the truck. Saw it leaking from a rusted out brake line near the ABS module. All lines are rusted and in need of replacement.

- Canfield, OH, USA

problem #76

May 272014

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Brake pedal went all the way to the floor. Later on, the information console displayed a service brake system message. The brake lines are so rusted out that they are now leaking brake fluid.

- Lothian, MD, USA

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