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 9 of 9)

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problem #15

Nov 282012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 60,500 miles


While driving 2006 Chevy Silverado pick up truck, my wife experienced sudden and total brake failure. When she pressed on brakes to slow vehicle, pedal fell to floor and brakes were unresponsive. My wife barely avoided an accident and pulled into shopping center. After arriving at scene to retrieve my wife, I checked brake fluid level, which was below "minimum". I added a full can of brake fluid, and had her press brakes while vehicle was stationary. I could hear hissing, and saw liquid spray escape under pressure from under hood. Mechanic later informed me that brake line for front brakes was rusted through and brakes failed when system pressure from applying brakes burst the rusted line. He said my wife was lucky she didn't crash or worse. He advised me that entire undercarriage was very rusted and other parts were so rusted that in order to bleed air from brake system, they had to replace rusted calipers. I am concerned about safety of this vehicle and based on my review of other drivers' complaints and internet forums, it appears catastrophic brake failure is a widespread and pervasive problem for GM Silverado vehicles. See https://sites.google.com/site/gmbadbrakes/ please investigate this as a matter of public safety.

- Newtown, PA, USA

problem #14

Sep 192012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The brakes on this vehicle fail at low speeds (approx. 5 mph). This is a known problem for this vehicle. Chevy has issued a technical bulletin on this problem (low speed ABS activation, bulletin #03-05-25-007C). I had this problem repaired in October 2010. Now the same problem is occurring again, roughly 10,000 miles later. Information about this problem is readily available online. Many Silverado owners have complained about it. Please advise if there has been any recall action on this issue. I believe there was a recall on prior models, but not 2006 and beyond models, although it is clearly still a problem.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #13

Nov 052012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Left my driveway at 5am to go to work. At the end of the block is a stop sign. Applied my brakes and the pedal went all the way down to the floor. Could not stop and went thru the stop sign. There was not lights or warning concerning the brakes. At further inspection I saw that the rear brake line was rusted thru. Noticed that all the other brake lines are on the verge of rusting thru as well. A very scary sight.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #12

Oct 072012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 47,690 miles


I was driving my truck at slow speed to a stop sign when the peddle went to the floor I was barely able to stop almost hit the car in front of me got out and saw brake fluid flowing to the ground. The rear brake line rusted out where it splits to the rear axle this should never happen this truck has low miles upon further examination all the metal brake lines have some sort off corrosion. And need to be replace this is a serious safety issue these parts were made with inferior metal. Did some research and this seems like a very common problem with these trucks.

- Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

problem #11

Sep 022012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 27,913 miles
My brake pedal went all the way to the floor when attempting to stop the vehicle. I had the truck towed to my mechanic who indicated that all four brake lines were severely corroded, leaking brake fluid, and had to be replaced. This repair cost me $948.96. My mechanic also told me that other portions of the truck's undercarriage were severely corroded and the fuel lines were also in jeopardy of failing in the near future due to corrosion. Previously, I had to replace the front brake rotors and pads at 19,027 miles and again at 26,058 miles due to untimely corrosion. I do not live near saltwater or any other body of water and do not use the vehicle for work. It is not exposed to corrosive materials.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #10

Sep 182012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 161,000 miles
I was driving to my house over a bridge, with a load of wood and lost control of my vehicle due to no brakes. I quickly put the truck in lower gear and press on the emergency brake skidding to the side of the road. I was nervous as I was traveling on a road and onto a bridge. Later I found brake fluid all over the front of my engine compartment and noticed the front brake line on the drivers side was rotted/rusted. I was shocked to see this on a 2006 truck, only 6 years old. Most of the lines on the rail in the plastic clips were rusted. This could have caused a major incident if I was traveling at a high rate of speed.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #9

Sep 032012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl Diesel

  • 36,000 miles


Brake lines rusted through, leaking fluid.

- Williamsport, MD, USA

problem #8

Sep 012012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
When returning to my truck in my driveway, I discovered the majority of my brake fluid on the ground. The brake line to my driver side rear ruptured when the parking brake was applied, the rupture was caused by a complete rust through of the line.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #7

Aug 012012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
ABS applies for no reason at 10 to 5 mph. Making truck travel 6 to 15 feet beyond expected stopping distance. I think this is very dangerous.

- Coldwater, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 142012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 54,120 miles
I depressed the brake pedal while pulling into my driveway and the pedal went to the floor. Upon further inspection I discovered that my brake lines are severely rusted and one line has a hole in it. My vehicle has low miles and this should not be an issue. This is a very serious problem and I or my family could have been severely injured.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 292012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 35 mph the brake warning light illuminated. The contact depressed the brake pedal but the vehicle would not respond. The contact was able to park the vehicle and upon exiting, noticed oil leaking from under the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician advised the contact that the brake lines were corroded and would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #4

Jul 162012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Testing new front brakes and rear brake lines ruptured. Limped home, parked truck called GM. Never had this issue in the past. GM seems not very concerned and may get back to me. I feel fortunate to have escaped serious injury to my family and self. I think that it is unconscionable for GM to use inferior products and play russian roulette with our safety. Please utilize this information to raise the safety standards by which these companies have compromised for the sake of their profit margins. When I notified GM, my call was put through to someone([xxx]) in the philippines. Why would they care about us? american companies have sold out and farmed out their goods and services. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #3

Jun 222012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Danger/ will my brakes work, truck go into flames or will the frame break in half. Rust! my 2006 Chevy Silverado P/U is showroom on top and 50 years old on the bottom. I am an auto tech with 39 years in the industry and have not seen a frame and what's attached to it rust like this. Im into brake lines, hoses and labor @ $1,000. Rotten fuel lines and sender and oh yes the fuel tank straps rot and tank could fall and break lines, wiring $800-$1000. Then take to body shop to paint&seal frame $ unknown. Is this my last GM?

- Greenwood Lake, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 162012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 40,000 miles
Contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated while driving 50 mph the brake line failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the brake lines. Approximately 34,000 miles later, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who advised that the failure was caused by salt and rust on the brake lines. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Eden, VT, USA

problem #1

May 252012

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 8-cyl

  • 61,160 miles
Had soft brake pedal. No warning light. Pull over to side of road. Found rotten brake lines at frame rail where lines cross over at plastic block that holds lines to frame. Fluid leaked out.

- Coventry, RI, USA

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