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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,987 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

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2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #49

Jul 052010

Silverado 2500 4WD

  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Failure of steel brake lines resulting in loss of braking on 2000 Silverado 2500 4X4 pickup truck.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #48

May 102010

Silverado 2500

  • 131,000 miles
2000 Chevrolet Silverado - sudden brake line failure as driver was approaching intersection, brake pedal went to the floor and there was no slowing action whatsoever. Driver was able to limp vehicle home using emergency brake. Upon inspection, I discovered that all brake lines on the vehicle were badly corroded and the ABS to rear axle chassis brake line had ruptured due to excessive corrosion. While examining the line that failed, I observed that all steel lines on the vehicle were corroded very badly and were likely to fail at any time. When I asked a mechanic about this issue, I was told it was a common problem and that I should plan to replace all the brake lines on the vehicle soon to help prevent another failure. A vehicle that is only 10 years old should not have metal brake line failure due to corrosion - clearly the manufacturer used an inferior product that has made the vehicle unsafe to drivers as the vehicle ages. What I really don't understand is why automakers are not required to use a stainless grade steel or some other material that is not prone to corrosion/failure when it is for such a critical system such as the braking system. At least a requirement that if the pedal hits the bottom, as would occur with line failure, that it activates a non-hydraulic mechanical system that doesn't rely on fancy electronics or hydraulics would be a better safeguard than hoping that the driver is able to remember the parking brake when he/she has seconds before a collision. I removed the failed brake line and replaced it with a new steel line. I also sprayed the line with a clearcoat paint in an attempt to preserve the replacement line. I then examined the other lines and confirmed that they look solid (for now); but noted that they are more extremely corroded than the brake lines on my 1999 Mercury Cougar or 1985 Toyota MR2.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #47

Jun 132010

Silverado 2500

  • 46,800 miles
2000 Chevrolet 2500 pick up truck - third occurrence of significantly reduced braking ability due to corrosion of brake lines. Prior occurrences of brake line corrosion leading to significantly reduced braking ability occurred in Oct 2007 and Aug, 2009 (same problem - different brake line sections).

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #46

May 222010

Silverado 2500

  • 78,610 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brake failure due too rusted through (defective lines) steel lines leaking brake fluid causing loss of pressure to apply brakes as designed; on under side of vehicle fluid us sprayed without warning. Occurred while on downside of mountain with light pressure on pedal.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #45

Apr 172010

Silverado 2500

  • 33,000 miles
Brakes on my 2000 Chevrolet 2500 pickup failed because of the brake line rusting through. Service center said it happens all the time with these trucks. A ten year old truck with $33,000 almost killed me. That in a word is not right.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #44

Jan 092008

Silverado 2500

  • 47,921 miles
Truck lost ability to stop effectively. Truck was taken to local repair shop. Mechanic found brake lines had ruptured from corrosion. Brake lines were replaced.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #43

Jun 162009

Silverado 2500

  • 53,704 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Truck lost ability to stop effectively. Truck was taken to local repair shop. Mechanic found front steel brake lines had ruptured from corrosion. Brake lines were replaced.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #42

Mar 032009

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 27,500 miles
Chevy Silverado pickup, year 2000, brakes failed due to ruptured brake line, that were totally rusted out. Got lucky....happened in driveway. Brake lines had to be replaced.

- Saugus, MA, USA

problem #41

Aug 062007

Silverado 2500

  • 90,000 miles
Brake failure due to corrosive brake lines. All brake lines need replacement. Other brake components have show problems due to corrosion such as brake calipers - adding to stopping distance - and ABS sensors - vehicle would slow to 5 to 10 mph for a second or two prior to stopping - dealer replaced brake lines at my cost - will supply VIN number later if possible.

- Canton, MA, USA

problem #40

Feb 242010

Silverado 2500

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 pick up truck. The driver was traveling 7 mph when he tried to step on the brake pedal and he heard a rumbling sound. The driver stated that his vehicle would not stop. The driver had to put the truck in neutral and pull the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The driver also stated that he had to jerk the wheel to keep from hitting a tree. The contact also stated that the climate control does not work properly. The defrost takes an hour to work. He contacted the dealer about the failure and the dealer stated that it is suppose to work that way. The driver also stated that the fwd indicator malfunctioned. When he spoke with the dealer they said it needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 114,000. The current mileage was 114,100.

- Mastic Beach, NY, USA

problem #39

Feb 102010

Silverado 2500

  • 140,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving 30 mph the brakes failed and the pedal extended to the floor. He then shifted to a low gear and waited for the vehicle to stop. When the vehicle stopped he then pulled over and then noticed that he lost all hydraulic brake pressure. Prior to this incident the brake warning light illuminated when the identical failure occurred. The Chevrolet hotline was contacted and they offered no assistance. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop and the brakes were repaired at the owners expense. The failure and current mileage was 140,000.

- Gary , IN, USA

problem #38

Jan 202005

Silverado 2500

  • 85,000 miles
2000 Chevy pickup anti-lock brake kick in and had complete loss of brakes and truck accelerated into vehicle in front.

- Scottsville, VA, USA

problem #37

Nov 232009

Silverado 2500

  • 93,640 miles
Lost brakes, brake lines rusted and lost fluid.

- Parkers Lake, KY, USA

problem #36

Dec 032009

Silverado 2500

  • 115,000 miles
Antilock brakes in front activating when not supposed to. Campaign id: 00V055000. This was fixed once and is now recurring. Dealer will not fix again. Very dangerous!

- Marine On St Croix, MN, USA

problem #35

Oct 182009

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado. While attempting to decelerate down-hill, the brakes failed. He had to down-shift the gears to stop. A mechanic concluded that the entire brake system was corroded. The components were repaired at an expense of $3000. The manufacturer stated that the failure occurred because he resides in a salt dense region. The failure and current mileages were 86,000. Updated 12/09/09 updated 12/11/09.

- Burlington, MA, USA

problem #34

Apr 152009

Silverado 2500

  • 123,235 miles
Purchased a used 200 Chevrolet Silverado K2500 4WD. The anti lock brakes activate at 7mph while stopping. It occurs at every stop. The dealer replaced the speed sensors per the recall which did not solve the problem. The dealer tested the vehicle after the fix and found it still failing. Now GM won't do anything more and my truck still has faulty anti lock brakes.

- New Concord, OH, USA

problem #33

Mar 082009

Silverado 2500

  • 77,009 miles
Driving Silverado, depressed brake and brakes failed. I was traveling slowly so luckily there I didn't strike anyone. I immediately stopped, and noticed that there was fluid dripping from under the driver side passenger compartment. I took the Silverado immediately to the GM dealer and was told my brake lines where rusted, and one was rusted through. I have never owned a vehicle that had rusted lines. This is a failure due to cost cutting measures by GM. Using a bare steel tube that is susceptible to rusting is total irresponsible. Such an important part should not be designed to fail.

- Chalfont, PA, USA

problem #32

Jul 012007

Silverado 2500

  • 115,000 miles
We are experiencing unwanted ABS activation at low speeds giving us no braking when activated. This vehicle has been serviced on !0/28/05 for ABS recall #05068 at 75,484 miles this problem is re occurring for the last 18months. The vehicle now has 115,000 miles. I, ve noticed a new recall out #05V379000 for this issue. This braking issue was once in a while now to be every day and almost every complete stop. Could the manufacturer be required to fix this issue again at no cost to us? it does appear to us that GM fixed the issue the first time but not the problem, that caused the issue.

- Poland, ME, USA

problem #31

Mar 182003

Silverado 2500

  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving at an unknown speed, the contact depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle would not stop. The vehicle proceeded to slow down at a very slow pace. He was able to maneuver the vehicle off the highway and drove to a local service station. The mechanic stated that the rear brakes failed. The rotors, caliper, and 4 wheel drive brake discs were replaced; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the front and rear pads were replaced. It was also discovered that the front rotors were warped and the oxygen sensor was replaced. The contact has been in five crashes due to the brake failure. While depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle would not stop. The manufacturer offered $1,000 toward the purchase of a new vehicle. The failure mileage was 26,000 and current mileage was 61,000.

- Coventry, RI, USA

problem #30

Jun 102008

Silverado 2500

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 5-10 mph, the brake pedal became very difficult to depress. After approximately one minute, the brake pedal returned to normal and the ABS light illuminated. The vehicle has not yet been taken to the dealer, but will be towed to them by the end of the week. The contact feels that the vehicle is unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

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