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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 1 of 5)

problem #89

Nov 032014

Silverado 2500

  • 78,000 miles

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

NHTSA campaign id number: 05V379000 NHTSA action number: PE05020 past recall fix by General Motors was done incorrectly. Front sensors for the ABS system become dirty because of bad seals in the hub assembly.original fix only provided maintenance to the problem not a permanent fix. At low speeds the ABS system kicks in when you put your foot on the brake pedal.

- Pocono Lake, PA, USA

problem #88

Sep 202014

Silverado 2500

  • 190,000 miles
I pressed on the brakes and felt one set blow out, pressed harder to compensate and felt the remaining set blow out. The pedal then went to the floor resulting in a total loss of braking. The brake light did not come on (no reason for it to?). luckily I had a trailer connected which had working electric brakes and I was able to manually activate those brakes. Later that day while moving the vehicle in my yard, I used the emergency brake which immediately failed. Inspection of the brake lines revealed massive corrosion on all of the lines and will require complete replacement. Inspection of the emergency brake revealed the line was coated in plastic except in some areas. Those areas were totally corroded resulting in the cable braking in one of those areas. So in one pedal action, both front and back brakes catastrophically failed. And in the same day, all 3 systems failed. The manufacturer was notified of the issue and they requested that the vehicle be towed in and have a diagnostic test run (at the vehicle owners expense), however Chevrolet had no program in place and would not cover any of the repairs no matter what the outcome of the diagnostic test... I opted to repair all the break lines myself to avoid the the extra cost of a tow and diagnostic test that would have no outcome other than a report to Chevrolet at a large expense to me. Approximate failure mileage was 190,000 miles.

- Dayton, MN, USA

problem #87

Sep 202014

Silverado 2500

  • 190,000 miles
I pressed on the brakes and felt one set blow out, pressed harder to compensate and felt the remaining set blow out. The pedal then went to the floor resulting in a total loss of braking. The brake light did not come on (no reason for it to?). luckily I had a trailer connected which had working electric brakes and I was able to manually activate those brakes. Later that day while moving the vehicle in my yard, I used the emergency brake which immediately failed. Inspection of the brake lines revealed massive corrosion on all of the lines and will require complete replacement. Inspection of the emergency brake revealed the line was coated in plastic except in some areas. Those areas were totally corroded resulting in the cable braking in one of those areas. So in one pedal action, both front and back brakes catastrophically failed. And in the same day, all 3 systems failed. The manufacturer was notified of the issue and they requested that the vehicle be towed in and have a diagnostic test run (at the vehicle owners expense), however Chevrolet had no program in place and would not cover any of the repairs no matter what the outcome of the diagnostic test... I opted to repair all the break lines myself to avoid the the extra cost of a tow and diagnostic test that would have no outcome other than a report to Chevrolet at a large expense to me. Approximate failure mileage was 190,000 miles.

- Dayton, MN, USA

problem #86

Sep 202014

Silverado 2500

  • 190,000 miles

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

I pressed on the brakes and felt one set blow out, pressed harder to compensate and felt the remaining set blow out. The pedal then went to the floor resulting in a total loss of braking. The brake light did not come on (no reason for it to?). luckily I had a trailer connected which had working electric brakes and I was able to manually activate those brakes. Later that day while moving the vehicle in my yard, I used the emergency brake which immediately failed. Inspection of the brake lines revealed massive corrosion on all of the lines and will require complete replacement. Inspection of the emergency brake revealed the line was coated in plastic except in some areas. Those areas were totally corroded resulting in the cable braking in one of those areas. So in one pedal action, both front and back brakes catastrophically failed. And in the same day, all 3 systems failed. The manufacturer was notified of the issue and they requested that the vehicle be towed in and have a diagnostic test run (at the vehicle owners expense), however Chevrolet had no program in place and would not cover any of the repairs no matter what the outcome of the diagnostic test... I opted to repair all the break lines myself to avoid the the extra cost of a tow and diagnostic test that would have no outcome other than a report to Chevrolet at a large expense to me. Approximate failure mileage was 190,000 miles.

- Dayton, MN, USA

problem #85

Jul 222014

Silverado 2500

  • 164,000 miles
While driving I hit my brakes and the pressure went out and the brake pedal had to be pushed all the way to the floor before I was able to stop. Brake fluid was leaking from driver side just behind the front tire.

- Traverse City, MI, USA

problem #84

Feb 272013

Silverado 2500

  • 140,242 miles
Was driving my 2000 1500 and had brake failure. Upon inspection not only did I find extensive rust on lines but my rear shackles are rotting through and some places on the frame. Started to think there no way this should not be happening to this truck. Only 140000 miles this has got to be a case of poor quality. Not only is this a safety issue and should be checked on but it is an expensive fix. I did slide off the road but I came to a safe stop in a field luckily my E-brake worked and nobody else was around. Could you please investigate this and take care of it. Chevrolet should stand by their product but they don't care about us, they just want their money. Also there is a lot of rust on body of truck, like actual holes in bedside and passenger side rocker panel is bad. Thank you for your time and consideration, sincerely Chevy truck owner:(

- New Providence, PA, USA

problem #83

Apr 042012

Silverado 2500

  • miles

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

Rear brake line corrosion leak without warning. Loss of braking.

- Scotch Plains, NJ, USA

problem #82

Jan 222012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 177,000 miles
Truck lost 90% of braking ability due to what was diagnosed as corroded brake lines / lack of hydraulic brake power. Thankfully I was on an empty street, moving at a slow rate of speed.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #81

May 222011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
Just backed into the St. Clair river to retrieve small boat. Loaded boat. As I put my foot down on brake pedal to move transmission to drive, brake pedal went to floor, got the trans to neutral, but not to drive. The truck and boat started to roll into river. Panic situation... jambed trans into drive, and was able to get truck out of river, with water line half way up drivers door. Once home discovered badly rusted brake line above fuel tank ruptured. Repaired... two months later, while wife was driving truck to work, brake line between master cylinder and ABS modual failed. Had enough! replaced all brake lines on truck except the one over rear axel. I still willd O that one also. ABS/brake lights on dash are still illuminated. Still trying to figure out that issue.. many discussions with other Silverado owners, and autoparts employees. This seems to be a very common issue, with very dangarous potential for injurys..

- Fair Haven , MI, USA

problem #80

Nov 232011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 148,905 miles
On 11/23/2011 at 6:45 am est, I was headed down a snow covered road when I noticed a plow truck coming towards me at a high rate of speed. I then hit the brakes at normal pressure and the pedal went to the floor with next to no resistance, having no brakes I downshifted the automatic transmission slowing me but not fast enough, I collided with a fire hydrant at the top of a steep embankment on the side of the at approximately 35mph and knocked the fire hydrant out of the ground. Had the fire hydrant not been there, I could've fell more than 50 feet down to my demise. Luckily, the hydrant was shut off and the only damage (because the plow frame absorbed most of the impact) was the front bumper. I have had to pay $75 just to have the line patched good enough for the truck to be drivable, with imminent failure of the rear brake lines across the rear axle and the front brake lines to the front brake calipers. I have had this problem with both my Chevrolet Silverado 2500 (model year 2000) and my Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (model year 1999).

- Penacook, NH, USA

problem #79

Dec 172011

Silverado 2500

  • 100,000 miles

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

Hard brake line failure on driver's side. Soft pedal and increased stopping distance. Exorbitant corrosion of lines. All metal lines need replacement on inspection. Also excessive rusting of entire underside of vehicle.

- Fitzwilliam, NH, USA

problem #78

Mar 012002

Silverado 2500

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for routine service when the anti-lock braking system failed to activate. The failure caused the vehicle to crash into a concrete wall. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 00V055000: Service brakes, hydraulic:antilock and was taken to the dealer but the contact was advised by the dealer that the vehicle did not need the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

- Inver Grove Heights , MN, USA

problem #77

Dec 082011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 90,212 miles
The brake lines have corroded and leaked fluid out and it caused complete failure of braking system. There were no symptoms giving warning to this failure.

- River Falls, WI, USA

problem #76

Dec 082011

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 182,345 miles
Complete brake failure when driving due to rusted brake lines. Had one replaced earlier. No proportioning. Front and rear failed together. Only way to stop is the emergency brake (which had previously failed and been repaired).

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #75

Nov 302011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 135,890 miles
Brake lines are severely rusted. The hydraulic brake light comes on during every drive, but still has fluid. Replacement cost of components over $1600, not including ABS control problems.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #74

Sep 012011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The brake lines failed on my Silverado and I completely lost braking. With a dual master cylinder system this is usually not possible. On these trucks the lines are spring covered plain steel lines that are packed tight together next to the frame before they enter the antilock brake controller, which is under the floor on the drivers side of the truck. The way the lines are constructed and routed leads to contaminates being trapped in the area around the lines causing them to prematurely rust out. The fact that both the front and rear lines and routed together to the middle of the vehicle eliminates the safety benefits of the dual master cylinder / front and rear systems that provided an additional safety factor on older vehicles. In my case the front and rear lines failed at the same point and at the same time. Additionally on inspecting my truck the hardware that holds the emergency brake pads in place had also rusted away and caused the emergency brake lining to set askew in the rotor causing it to get worn down. In an emergency situation you may not be able to count on the emergency brake to operate as well. All in all a really poor designed system that should be recalled and fixed before lives are lost.

- Oskaloosa, IA, USA

problem #73

Nov 012011

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
I took my 1500 Chevy pick-up to a GM dealer in ri, ( hurd GMC) after I smelled gasoline when driving, the service dept informed me that the fuel line is rotted (at or near the fuel filter)and leaking gasoline near the exhaust, they told me not to drive the truck, for fear of a fire. They also noted that the brake lines the run down the drivers side frame rail are also rotted. I have repaired other brake lines in the front, last year, because of leaking brake fluid, the GM dealer quoted me a price of around $2000 to replace the entire fuel line from the tank to the injectors. Which included replacement of all rotted brake lines. I have parked the truck for fear of a fire, or possible loss of brakes. The truck is not a rusted mess underneath, I took care not to drive on salty roads, these lines are made of raw steel, I believe if they were stainless steel, I would not be in this mess. What does one do with a perfectly good truck, but can't drive it for fear of fire or crash "?"

- N. Scituate, RI, USA

problem #72

Sep 192011

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 178,500 miles
No brakes at low speed. A continuation of the problem related to a safety recall. The recall does not permanently fix the problem, just replaces the failed component with the same parts. The condition appears again in about the same period of time/miles. Had repaired by a GM dealer and receipt shows it is the same issue as recalled. Contacted GM and they refuse to reimburse for the cost the second time stating age/miles of the vehicle is not their problem any more.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #71

Sep 032011

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • 100,491 miles
Brakes failed while attempting to stop at an intersection. Vehicle was going approx. 30mph as I applied the brakes. When I pressed the brake pedal it was firm at first, and then went spongy and collapsed to the floor. There was no indication from the dash, no break light, associated with the brake failure. Upon post driving inspection it was noted that all four brake lines were rusted. While researching the issue on the internet I noted that there are hundreds of complaints from other owners with the same vehicle. At this point I am not sure what line, or lines, may have rusted thru as I have not had the vehicle repaired yet, expensive repair estimate.

- Old Lyme, CT, USA

problem #70

Aug 092011

Silverado 2500

  • 209,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the brakes failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the brake lines were corroded and needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 209,000 and the current mileage was 210,000.

- Waynesville, OH, USA

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