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 1 of 9)

problem #175

Dec 132016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 165,000 miles


Brake lines rotted/rusted out, front to back. Fluid leaked out everywhere. Had to drive ten miles per hour, but made it home from work safely! ($950 repair bill). Thank you General Motors. My next truck will be a Ford.

- Morrice, MI, USA

problem #174

Dec 062016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 122,000 miles
Was driving vehicle on us 131 in holland mi. I was traveling at approx 50mph when I had to brake for stopped traffic ahead. Vehicle began to slow when suddendly brake pedal fell and I lost much of my braking. Had to vere off to the shoulder of the road to avoid possible collision with stopped traffic. When I pulled over to inspect my truck, I noticed fluid dripping from the frame rail near the fuel tank. It was brake fluid. The brake line that goes from the ABS unit to the rear brake hose was rusted through and leaking. This is a 10yr old truck with only 122000 miles on it. I don't believe this type of failure is acceptable for a vehicle of this age and mileage. I was able to carefully drive the truck home and parked it. I contacted my local dealer service manager, who could only repair it at my expense. I got general motor customer assistance # from her and contacted them. They opened a case, #8-2572108769, and said they also would do nothing to assist in the repair of this condition. They are lucky not to have a death or injury lawsuit on their hands. I've seen several other complaints online from other owners of this model. These need to be recalled before somebody gets killed.

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #173

Nov 192016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 175,000 miles
The brakes failed while in motion. The cause was the steel hydraulic brake line to the rear wheels rusted and became too weak to hold braking pressure. Upon further inspection, all steel brake lines were very rusty.

- Walkersville, MD, USA

problem #172

Nov 072016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 61,162 miles


Brake hydraulic metal pipe failed to right front wheel, brake pedal went to floor. Vehicle was stopped by downshifting and using park brake. This occurred at low speed in city traffic. No accident occurred.

- Monrovia, MD, USA

problem #171

Sep 222016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 124,000 miles
While traveling at highway speed the breaks were applied to stop for a red light, the front break line broke and the breaking petal went to the floor. The breaks were then pumped but there was no real reduction in speed allowing the truck to travel thru the intersection at a high rate of speed thru the red light. The truck did eventually come to a stop with the continued pumping of the breaks

- Queenstown, MD, USA

problem #170

Aug 062016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 89,411 miles
The brakes went to the floor and completely failed; through the intersection we went. I was able to use the emergency brake to slow and then stop the truck. Somehow, we were able to avoid an accident. I was able to get the truck the rest of the way home using the emergency brake. The brake fluid reservoir was full, but I could see fluid leaking under the truck from the frame area near the driver's door. Looking under the truck, I noticed the brake lines were rusted; every brake line on the truck was rusted. Looking on-line, I noticed I wasn┐T the only one with this problem. I ordered a complete set of stainless steel brake lines. We had the truck towed the truck to the Chevy dealer ($200). They replaced every brake line on the truck as well as the front calipers ($2100). The dealer did a great job; $1600 of the cost was for labor.

- Gambrills, MD, USA

problem #169

Jun 182016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 97,988 miles


All brake lines rusted out under cab on drivers side busted when stoping at stop sign

- Pulaski, VA, USA

problem #168

Jun 042016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 125,000 miles
Was traveling approximately 55 mph down a state highway. After coming around a blind curve, came upon stopped traffic due to road work. Applied pressure to brake pedal when pedal went soft and depressed all the way to the floor. After releasing brakes and pushing again still had no brakes. Had to swerve out of road-way to avoid rear ending multiple vehicles. After running out of road, hit 2 culvert pipes along with road work signage, finally bringing the truck to a stop in a residential yard. Truck brake lines for front brakes had corroded and ruptured causing the incident. Further investigation into this matter shows an apparent issue with this model gms for brake line corrosion that GM has failed to address through the recall process.

- Dillwyn, VA, USA

problem #167

May 142016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 96,000 miles
Parked vehicle in driveway, moved it about three feet and braked. The pedal went to the floor. Looked under the truck and found a large puddle of brake fluid coming from a rusted through brake line. Upon further inspection the others were in the same state. Lucky this didn't happen with family onboard while driving on a roadway, could have resulted in a terrible accident.

- Norton Shores, MI, USA

problem #166

May 122016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 20,000 miles
Rusted/ruptured brake line in 2012 while braking at an intersection - swirved to miss a vehicle. Pulling out of driveway in 2016 another line ruptured. Vehicle undercarrage washed after each winter but excessive rust on all parts and frame. Both incidents with low miles [20K & 30K] on a lightly used vehicle.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #165

Mar 302016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 277,000 miles


Brake lines are rusting away. I noticed a soft brake pedal, on my way back to St. Louis from atlanta, ga. I noticed fluid under the truck in my driveway after I got home. I started looking around the truck. The master cylinder was low on fluid. No warning light came on. I noticed fluid under the drivers side door. It was brake fluid coming from a rusted thru brake line. After inspection, all of the other brake lines were badly rusted. The repair(reichers auto and tire-Washington, mo) shop is replacing all of the brake lines due to heavy rust. Cost is going to be over $800.

- Labadie, MO, USA

problem #164

Mar 242016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 120,000 miles
Rear brake line rusted completely through during normal driving operation which resulted in a brake fluid spill and reduced braking capacity of the vehicle. Vehicle was on a city street turning onto a highway when the incident happened. Further inspection found that all brake lines on the vehicle had extensive corrosion and had to be replaced. Vehicle had 120,000 miles on it with no accident history.

- East Dubuque, IL, USA

problem #163

Jan 042016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 74,340 miles
Brake pedal went to floor on rural road. Able to stop by downshifting and running off road. Brake lines had rotted out. During this repair it was found that gas line had also rotted and was leaking. Total cost of repairs, nearly $2,000

- Stonington, CT, USA

problem #162

Jan 262016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 98,000 miles
Rusted brake line resulting in total brake failure while driving and attempting to stop

- Clifton, VA, USA

problem #161

Jan 302016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 120,000 miles
Driving to work today the metal brake line under the driver door burst leaving me with very little stopping power. This is the second time this line has failed.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #160

Jan 162016

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 123,000 miles
As I come to a stop, the brake pedal pulsates from ABS activation increasing braking time and distance. The ground is dry while this happens. After a while the and light comes on. Was told by a dealer mechanic it was a bad ABS sensor and to replace hub. I did and now, two years later, it is happening again. Now I'm being told it is a problem with elements in my area, being in a snowbelt state, getting into wheel speed sensor and blocking signal. Same exact symptoms as last time, different diagnosis. Neither time did they plug into my truck for codes. Both times, I have to open my wallet for faulty products.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #159

Nov 152015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 86,642 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving 35 mph and attempting to decrease in speed, the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard and failed to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 86,642.

- Georgetown, DE, USA

problem #158

Oct 082015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 96,000 miles
This vehicle has had multiple brake issues since new. First off, it goes through front brake pads and rotors too frequently. First replaced around 25K and again around 60K. This vehicle has mostly been used for long highway trips, NY to fl etc., not around town. Used in rural area. Next, several brakes lines have burst and had to be replaced. The last incident luckily was in my driveway. Having dual brake cylinders on these trucks does not seem to help if a brake line bursts. I needed the emergency brake to stop it on almost flat ground. A recurring problem is with the ABS. Evidently they rust easily, especially in salt belt states, then corrosion on the sensor and hub causes it to activate for no reason. It does not activate the computer control or give warning. It happens intermittently. I had to have one front hub replaced in 2013 and another in 2014. Now I am having to replace one of those again with the dealer recommending to replace both. The cost is over $750 per side. There were recalls on previous year models but not 2006. This is ridiculous and the brake line issue has been going on with Chevrolet for a very long time. I had to replace most lines on my 1996 Silverado. I can't believe that nhsta allows this to go on year after year. Nothing is more important than braking, nothing!

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #157

Nov 012015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 100,000 miles
I have a home in the hills of West Virginia and had just returned from town after driving up and down local mountain roads. I parked in the driveway without incident. When I started the truck to move it in driveway and pressed on the brake peddle, the peddle went completely to the floor and I was totally without brakes. Luckily, I was on a flat surface and used my emergency brake to stop vehicle. When I stepped on the brakes again, I noticed a stream of brake fluid squirting out from the area under the driver side door. Upon further investigation I realized that one of the brake lines along the frame had failed due to corrosion. Only one of the 4 brake lines had failed, however, the entire braking system was rendered completely inoperable. Absolutely no redundant braking available, except for the emergency brake. If this happened while drive on the highway or down the mountain, it could have been catastrophic. The truck has no visible body or frame corrosion. How could the the safety-critical brake lines corrode when the rest of the vehicle is in good shape rust-wise? seems GM has used sub-standard brake lines in the vehicle. I have researched this issue and it is a well-documented problem that GM knows about and should be required to address.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #156

Nov 012015

Silverado 1500 Hybrid

  • 10 miles
Brake line rupture do to rusted lines, speed 45 mph no brakes at all and used emergency brake to finally stop on shoulder of road.. brake fluid under drives side door near the frame.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

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