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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,281 miles

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

Jul 182005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


Contact stated the braking system was defective. The pedal went down very far and was spongy. It took a long time for the truck to stop. The consumer stated pumping the pedal did not help. Contact bought vehicle new and was having this problem somewhat since he purchased it, but did not realize it was so bad until he drove other vehicles. This happens at any speed. The dealer said it was operating as designed. The consumer stated the ABS light came on. When the consumer drove 45 mph down a gravel road, and applied the brakes, there was no ABS function and the wheels did not lock. Although the truck did eventually stop, it took a great distance to do so. The steering shaft was replaced.

- Marietta, NY, USA

problem #9

May 232005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Contact stated that the vehicle was not properly braking during normal braking or panic braking. The service dealer stated that they couldn't find anything wrong with the vehicle. Also the ABS system was not working. The problem was reported to the manufacturer. The complaint reference # 1338399458. This problem have existed since GM changed to 4 wheel disc brakes. The consumer also owned a 1999 Silverado and almost had several accidents due to brake failure. The consumer has friends who have also experienced this problem. The consumer suggested that if additional weight was being hauled, stopping power would not be present.

- Rocky Point, NC, USA

problem #8

Jul 172003

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake pedal feels very spongy. When brakes are applied hard the stopping didtance is very poor. In fact on dry pavement, the vehicle ABS system will not engage. When I add my boat trailer (whithin the manufactures hauling spec) the vehicle is scary to drive, it feels like you cannot stop. I have contacted the dealer and they have no way to make the truck stop better. Please help!!

- Newfields, NH, USA

problem #7

Feb 152005

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles


Anti lock brake failure.

- Wilmar, AR, USA

problem #6

Jan 102003

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2oo3 Chevrolet Silverado, brakes are spongy, will not stop quickly, pedal needs more force than any other vehicles I have driven, dealer says nothing wrong, they appear normal, I disagree, this has been an ongoing complaint on this truck, date is when truck was 2 weeks old as reference. Trucks right rear wheel will also lock up on damp road upon trying to stop. Intermittent problem, dealer could do nothing.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 282004

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
When braking at any speed brake pedal would go to the floor, and there would be extended stopping distance. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. ABS displayed brake system failure. The consumer stated that the brakes failed on inclines. The consumer stated that there was an electrical short. The odometer failed and added extra mileage. The tires started separating after 300 miles. The radio became hot and shorted out. The air conditioner shorted out. The consumer stated that the new vehicle checklist was not filled out nor reviewed with him. The consumer stated that the engine knocks. The consumers fingers were burned by the radio after it got hot. The consumer stated that he heard a growling noise in the power steering. The consumer heard a buzzing noise in the transmission. The consumer had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle coming down a hill. The right headlight went out and turned black. The headlight was replaced with the wrong high beam light. The cd player will not take the cd. The speedometer will only go to 20 mph at times.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #4

Jul 152003

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


ABS light intermittently illuminated while driving or when braking. Also, an ongoing problem with excessive wear of brake rotors and pads. They had to be turned or replaced.

- Groveland, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 172004

Silverado 2500

  • miles
While driving, under any braking conditions, there was a delay when the brake pedal was pressed. The consumer has made contact with the dealer. Please provide any additional information.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 232004

(reported on)

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the brake pedal was pressed, the pedal felt a little spongy. The consumer had to start braking early to avoid an accident. The consumer believed there was air in the hydraulic brake system.

- Argusville, ND, USA

problem #1

Dec 172002

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 750 miles
Consumer states that when trying to apply the anti-lock brakes, they locked up, which caused extended stopping distance. Dealer notified. When accelerating between 45-56 mph, the anti-lock brake failure occurred and the antilock brake indicator light came on.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

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