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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,002 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #58

Jun 012015

Silverado 2500

  • miles


Contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. Contacted stated while driving at approximately 55 mph, the brake pedal was depressed in a panic situation and the pedal went straight to the floor board.

- Waconia, MN, USA

problem #57

Mar 032014

Silverado 2500

  • miles
I have a 2003 Chevy Silverado and the brake system start going out last week. Took it to my GMC dealer, where I purchase the vehicle from. They stated that the brake line are completely rusted and the issue is so extensive that they cannot do work to it. I need to find an independent auto repair shop. I purchase a premium warranty from the dealership and they are the only one that has been performing maintenance on the truck for the last 1 1/2 years.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #56

Aug 262013

Silverado 2500

  • 84,000 miles
On my way to work I was turning into gas station and my brakes failed I got stopped without hitting anything.brake line broke on front left side had towed to auto repair shop. They replaced brake line and was told all other lines coroded and need replaced too expensive ibrought truck home

- Goreville, IL, USA

problem #55

Feb 222014

Silverado 2500

  • 94,000 miles


Started the truck and put into reverse. There was no brake and no steering control. I had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. All fluids were topped off as normal and I regularly maintain this vehicle. After reviewing this issue in the diesel forum numerous duramax owners have endured the same problem with some ending in crashes. This is a major safety issue!!!!!!!!!!!! simultaneous brake and steering failure. Are you kidding me? wow! I tried chatting with GM and was dumped during the chat. No help there! I'll try again!

- Sherwood,, OR, USA

problem #54

Nov 192012

Silverado 2500

  • 75,000 miles
After noticing a gas leak, I asked my father to drive my truck to the dealership for repair. When he put the truck into reverse he had no brakes and had to use the emergency brake before rolling into my mother's car behind him. Upon inspection by the dealership, all of my brake lines and gas lines were badly rusted and had to be replaced. Upon research I found this problem quite widespread and expensive, not to mention the critical safety issues involved. I do want to know that Chevrolet/GM is concerned about our safety and is addressing this problem.

- Beacon, NY, USA

problem #53

Apr 302012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 46,899 miles
Was traveling at 45 mph and had to make a hard brake application due to unanticipated vehicle stoppage ahead. When speed declined to about 25 mph there was total brake failure and the brake pedal went to the floor. I thought the antilock system was engaging since the pavement was wet although the brake pedal seemed to go farther down than normal. At this time the multiple brake service warnings came on. Just as I was beginning to veer off the road to avoid rearending the car ahead, it started moving and I was able to avoid hitting it. I drove home about another mile and the brake lines were leaking onto the driveway. The truck was towed to the dealer who replaced all the brake lines and both front brake calipers due to corrosion.

- Flushing, MI, USA

problem #52

Apr 172012

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 75,100 miles


Comming to a stop light I was slowing down and when I went to come to a final stop the brake pedal went right to the floor and I rolled through the intersection. I have owned a lot of cars and never in my life have I had this happen even in the oldest of cars or trucks, before this with only $20000 miles on the truck I had to replace all four rotors due to such bad corrosion that they could not be cut. And now with only $75000 miles I have to replace all the brake lines for the same reason.

- Kings Park, NY, USA

problem #51

Mar 222012

Silverado 2500 6-cyl

  • 54,890 miles
Lost brakes due to rusted out brake line. (car would not stop.)

- Walton Hills, OH, USA

problem #50

Mar 102012

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
A person ran into the street and I slammed on the brakes. The brakes failed. Upon inspection all brake lines were in extremely poor condition and the mainline broke open in two places. Service manager at the Chevy dealer admitted that they made the tubing out of non-nickle plated tubing for a few years and they were rotting through. He mentioned to check my fuel line and sure enough, at both ends of the fuel filter the tubing is rotting apart. All of my lines need to be replaced. GM has refused my claim for being defective.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #49

Mar 082012

Silverado 2500

  • 57,100 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving down an incline, the brake pedal was applied but the pedal was depressed into the floor board abnormally. The service brake warning light illuminated on the instrument panel of the vehicle and the contact was able to coast the vehicle and park. The dealer diagnosed that the brake lines were rusted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but denied any assistance with repairs on the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 57,100.

- Seline, MI, USA

problem #48

Feb 232012

Silverado 2500

  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that the brakes did not respond when applied. The contact had to apply the emergency brake to bring the vehicle to a stop. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home where the contact inspected the vehicle and located the failure as the rear brake lines being corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 98,000.

- Red Bank , NJ, USA

problem #47

Feb 072012

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles
A vehicle stopped in front of me and as I attempted to stop, my brake pedal went straight to the floor, leaving me with no brakes even though I quickly pumped the pedal. Fortunately, I was able to get around the stopped vehicle and coast to a stop. My truck was towed to a garage where after taking down the gas tank found a rusted and deteriorated brake line. One week prior to this incident I was driving on a super highway and probably would have been killed had this happened at that time. I believe a recall on any vehicle is necessary if this situation has arisen before. I would like a response asap. Thank you; updated IVOQ 04/19/12 updated 05/02/12 updated IVOQ 05/30/12 updated IVOQ 05/31/12

- Jamison, PA, USA

problem #46

Dec 152011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 97,700 miles
While slowing for a stop light, I applied extra pressure to the brake pedal to stop in time. The pedal traveled to the floor and the dash information screen noted a problem with the brakes. Since no one was in front of me, I traveled well into the intersection before coming to a stop. I was able to pull safely into a parking lot and was towed to the local dealer. The tech stated that my brake lines had rusted and ruptured in one location, and was going to rupture in several other locations. All brake lines need to be replaced. I was shocked at the amount of deterioration in those lines. I am very lucky there was no accident or injury with this type of failure. I purchased this truck new, and I am the only owner.

- Hampton, FL, USA

problem #45

Oct 282011

Silverado 2500

  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving 5 mph, the contact stated that he applied pressure to the brakes when the pedal went to the floor. He inspected the vehicle and noticed that the brake lines were rusted. The dealer had not been notified. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic who confirmed that the brake lines were rusted and needed to be replaced. The private mechanic performed the repairs. The current and the failure mileages were 69,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #44

Oct 292011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Front brake line failed drivers side on top of frame from rust and defective brake line as seen in the thousands of others who have the same problem, recall" glad it was in my driveway. Others were not so lucky. I read there was/is a investigation. Results"

- Aurora, OH, USA

problem #43

Oct 152011

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 92,500 miles
Brake line corrosion.

- Derwood, MD, USA

problem #42

Sep 302011

Silverado 2500

  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. While driving approximately 25 mph, the brake pedal was applied and began extending abruptly to the floorboard. The vehicle continued to accelerate. The emergency brake was immediately engaged and the vehicle came to a stop. An authorized dealer was notified of the failure and they advised that the failure was contributed to faulty brake lines. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact planned to inform the manufacturer of the brake malfunction. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Warwick, NY, USA

problem #41

Sep 202011

Silverado 2500

  • 68,100 miles
My 2003 Chevy Silverado goes into gear with out pressing on the brake, also the truck will go into gear with out the keys in the ignition. The E-brake is also defective, the E-brake does not hold the truck. My 2 yrs old son was sitting in the truck on 9/20/2011 when the truck went into gear. I live on a incline my truck rolled down the hill while I was chasing the truck on foot, the truck finally came to a stop when it hit a 98 Toyota Tacoma which was parked in the drive way across the street. The E-brake was set, the keys were not in the truck, the truck was not running! my son could have killed himself or someone else due to the fact the truck is not safe!

- Moreno Valley , CA, USA

problem #40

Sep 142011

Silverado 2500

  • 28,000 miles
Complete brake failure due to corroded brake line. Fortunately, it occurred in a parking lot as I backed out of the spot. My investigation revealed thousands of others with the same problem. Hoping someone realizes that someone is going to die if this does not get resolved.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #39

Jul 012008

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,120 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. In July 2008, the contact noticed that the rear rotors were covered with rust causing the brakes to fail. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the rear rotors and brake pads were replaced. In September 2011, the contact heard a loud grinding noise in the vehicle and drove it to a private mechanic to be serviced. The contact was informed that the inside of the rotors were rusted and needed to be replaced. The private mechanic replaced the front brake pads and rotors. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The current mileage was 44,451. The approximate failure mileage was 27,120. Updated 10/21/11 the consumer stated the inner brake pads were destroyed by rust, but the outer pads were still like new. Updated 01/03/12

- White Bear Lake, MN, USA

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