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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,297 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 8 of 8)

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problem #9

Jul 202012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 79,102 miles


While towing a boat and trying to come to a stop, by brakes had gone out (as indicated when I pressed the brakes to the floor and warning light came on). I applied the emergency brake immediately and downshifted, but this was not enough to stop me and I narrowly missed oncoming traffic turning left at a red light. Upon further investigation, I had found one of my break lines was completely corroded by the ABS under the driver side door behind the front left wheel. I also noticed all of my other lines are severely rusted as well. According to multiple sources, this is a known GM issue, but there has not been a recall placed"?"

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #8

Jul 172012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 143,806 miles
Pulling out of driveway with a MINIexcavator on trailer attached to vehicle, stepped on brakes and peddle went to the floor, vehicle barely stopped before rolling into traffic, brake fluid on ground and brake lines under drivers side door ruptured leaking fluid causing break failure, truck has new brake pads, calipers and rotors installed within last year.

- Eastham, MA, USA

problem #7

Jul 102012

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 7 mph at a state inspection station, the contact drove over a skid pad for the inspection of the brakes and the brake pedal dropped to the floorboard. The contact stated that he applied the emergency brake, but experienced difficulties stopping the vehicle. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated that brake fluid was leaking because the brake line had fractured due to corrosion. Also, the contact stated that the emergency brake's rear dust shield was corroded and had disintegrated prior to the brake failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000. Updated 7/26/12 the consumer was advised to consider replacing the rear brake backing plate/dust shield. Updated 07/30/12

- Hockessin, DE, USA

problem #6

Jun 282012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


Came up to a stop sign tried to stop and rear brake line burst open. Could not stop at stop sign and went through intersection lucky no one coming. Used hand brake to stop truck. There was no warning brake pedal just went to the floor. Had line repaired for $252.84 and repair shop said other lines were real rusty and did not know how long they will last but not long.

- Meherrin, VA, USA

problem #5

Jun 092012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
I was coming home from the store, when I saw traffic lights turning red, I slowly applied the brake pedal, it felt so soft and it went all the way down to the floor, I try once more and it went all the way to the floor again, so then I turn my steering wheel to the right (emergency line) and applied E-brakes and I stopped just before the cross road. When I looked under it was leaking in between the pump and the tank. It was a front brake line the get so rust it that burst. Last year when my brother in law and I was changing brake fluid in the whole system the rear brake line burst. Now I have brake lines made of nickel and copper mix, those will last for ever.

- Pocono Summit, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 052011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Brakes went to the floor, no (slow) stopping. This is the third occurrence of brake line failure. The brakes have never been quick on this vehicle, but this is the 3rd time I have had a failure due to brake line blow out. The vehicle is garaged and cleaned on a regular basis. These lines just seem to keep rusting out.

- Canterbury, NH, USA

problem #3

May 262011

Silverado 2500

  • 53,000 miles


Backing boat trailer on boat ramp, summitt lake, tekamah, ne. Sudden brake failure (pedal went to floor) with no warning or warning light. Managed to get truck into drive, and pull out before I went in the water. The brakeline under the drivers side door had rusted through, and there were no brakes working. Had the truck taken to blair, ne, and repaired at private shop. Before repair, I contacted the service manager at dillon Chevrolet in blair to ask if covered, was informed no warranty was available despite low miles, and cost of repair would be approx $1000 to $1500 depending on amount of corrosion present. The independent garage repaired for ~$800. There are thousands of complaints noted on various internet web sites, and I am aware of current investigation due to other catastrophic failures. Fortunately, there was no accident. Had I been on the highway when the brakes failed, I can only imagine that the outcome might have been different.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #2

Jun 182012

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving 2 mph, she applied the brakes and the pedal depressed to the floorboard. The vehicle experienced an increase in stopping distance during the failure. The contact also stated that the failure occurred moments after taking the vehicle through a car wash. The contact examined the vehicle and noticed that brake fluid was leaking from the brake lines. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the brake lines needed to be replaced due to severe corrosion. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000. Updated 8/6/12 updated 08/15/2012

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 182012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Steel brake line to rear of truck rusted through, which caused brake fluid to leak out & system could not generate sufficient pressure to stop the vehicle quickly. Fortunately traffic was relatively light and I had a significant gap in front of me. The brakes functioned normally several times prior in the same trip, and no warning light came on, even during the failure. At the next key off & on, the warning light did actually come on.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

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