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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,397 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #81

Oct 012012

Silverado 2500

  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. While having regular maintenance performed on the vehicle, the contact was notified that the brake lines were rusted. The brake lines were not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Whiting, NJ, USA

problem #80

Jan 162013

Silverado 2500

  • 40,000 miles
Brake lines lost fluid no brakes due to rust through.why at only 40K miles?

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #79

Nov 292014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 96,263 miles
Backing-up into my garage in reverse mode, pressed the brake pedal and it went right to the floor.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #78

Jan 092015

Silverado 2500

  • 130,000 miles


The brake lines are very rusted and I am very concerned this can lead to a serious injury for myself or others. I know of many other owners of similar model trucks with the same problem. This is a very real safety threat and GM should repair under warranty as this is a serious defect.

- New Egypt, NJ, USA

problem #77

Aug 152013

Silverado 2500

  • 49,550 miles
Severe corrosion affected brake line. Pedal went to the floor and I went through intersection. Using my E-brake I was fortunate to stop and not hit anything. I fear if my 16 year old son, or my wife would not of fared so well in this situation. Now I had to absorb a $800 repair for new brake lines. Now 1.5 years later I need to replace fuel lines as well as transmission lines due to corrosion. My 16 year old drives this piece of junk, and now there is a safety issue with fuel lines. Fire!!! now need to incur additional repairs. Why no recall? this is a lawsuit in the making if there were to be an accident due to GM's irresponsibility. I will never buy a GM product again. Need a recall... [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Westbrook, CT, USA

problem #76

Dec 222014

Silverado 2500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving approximatley 35 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and there was a screeching noise. The vehicle failed to decelerate and the contact had to depress the brake pedal several times before the vehicle came to a stop. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E036000 (service brake, air). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Saint Louis , IL, USA

problem #75

May 262013

Silverado 2500

  • 50,187 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the brakes failed completely and no warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred once. The vehicle was taken to dealer. The technician deemed the vehicle was a total loss due to numerous issues that could not be repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 50,187.

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #74

Nov 162014

Silverado 2500

  • 105,000 miles
Traveling through intersection and making left hand turn to go in East direction. My vehicle's brakes catastrophically failed. The mechanic said that all(!) the brakes lines were rusted through and that my brake fluid leaked out. And now all of the brake lines will need to be replaced. Not one, not two - all! there was no warning light and no indication of any problems prior to this incident. The only thing worse than a GM product with a faulty ignition switch would seem to be a GM truck that can't stop!

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #73

Nov 032014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
During showing the vehicle for resale, the brake lines broke and leaked and there was no braking power to stop vehicle. Fortunately this took place in a parking lot therefore we were able to control the situation. However we were about to enter a major roadway at 5pm rush weekday rush hour where a potential serious accident could have occurred.

- Wharton, NJ, USA

problem #72

Feb 142014

Silverado 2500

  • miles
Brake rotors are deeply pitted--not from rust--was unaware of the condition until I replaced brake pads @84000 miles.

- Exmore, VA, USA

problem #71

Sep 202014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 139,000 miles


While stopped at a red light I noticed that I had to push the brake pedal all the way to the floor in order to keep the truck from rolling forward. When I got to a friends house I noticed that there was fluid leaking from some rusted brake lines located on the drivers side of the truck. As I pressed the brakes fluid was running out at an accelerated pace. I took the vehicle to the dealer and they said that all of the brake lines needed to be replaced due to rusting. There have been numerous complaints online about rusted brake lines on full size GM trucks. I contacted GM but they said that this is no recall for my vehicle and the repair is going to cost me nearly $1800. I bought the truck brand new in 2005 and its a little disturbing that something like that would fail that way where all of the brake lines were rusted only after 9.5 years. If they would have broke suddenly they could have cause me to have an accident due to the fact that I wouldn't have been able to stop.

- Manassas Park, VA, USA

problem #70

Sep 162014

Silverado 2500

  • 137,740 miles
Had to stop quickly on a major highway pulling a equipment trailer to get something that fell off. While in the process of pulling over to stop on the shoulder my brake pedal went to the floor, my trailer brakes helped to slow to a stop safely on the shoulder of the highway.upon further inspection of the brake lines from the engine compartment along the frame from the angle to the flat part of the frame under the drivers area the lines looked very rusty from the elements from the seasons.

- Millersville, MD, USA

problem #69

Sep 062014

Silverado 2500 4WD 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
While driving at 55 mph, I applied the brakes to come to a stop. The brakes began to slow the truck then the pedal went clear to the floor and all braking action was lost. This caused me to strike the vehicle in front of me. Afterwards I observed brake fluid dripping from the lines forward of the rear axle and near the firewall area. I was very lucky to escape injury to myself and the other driver that I struck. My truck sustained extensive damage to the front end. I have not gotten estimates for repairs yet.

- Baltimore, OH, USA

problem #68

Jun 122013

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Driving to work, car stops in frt of me an brakes went to floor, drove around on shoulder barely missed hitting car. Brake lines rusted so bad they failed, ive had trucks an cars all my life an have never seen lines on a vehicle this bad. Should be a recall on all Chevy of this year.

- Maysville , KY, USA

problem #67

Aug 192014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 135,610 miles
I was entering my driveway and began to brake going downhill, the brake pedal sudden "went to the floor" (brake line had ruptured due to corrosion). After taking truck to mechanic, I learned all my brake lines were serverely corroded and had to be replaced - fuel lines as well. Repairs totaled $2185. I owned several other make pickups, driven under the same conditions and have never experienced any problem with either brake or fuel lines.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #66

Aug 102014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 31,942 miles
Brakes lines popped a leak below the drivers side door, which seems to be a common problem. I have never had brakes fail after only 9 years and only 31,942 miles. We purchased the truck new on 8-4-2005. I have a Ford car that is a 2000 model year, and the lines still look good. We had 2 other Ford cars in the past that had nearly 200,000 miles when we got rid of them, and they still had the same brakes lines, which looked good for being nearly 15 years old each. I know this is an important routine maintenance issue, but GM apparently put poor quality lines on various vehicles. We rarely drive it on salty roads in the winter, and when we do, we regularly do a undercarriage wash, which wasn't available when we had the 2 previous Ford cars. It is very obvious the lines put on these vehicles are junk. They put on a exhaust that is supposed to last the life of the vehicle, but put on inferior brake lines which are a safety issue, go figure. After seeing how GM stonewalled and brushed off the ignition switch issue, and now this brake line issue, all I can say is I'm going back to a Ford. I always do preventive maintenance, but these brake lines caught me way off guard. I have done a lot of brake lines over the years but none this soon. I am going to advertise this to any GM owner to check see if they have crappy brake lines.

- Sterling, MI, USA

problem #65

Aug 092014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 120,686 miles
While traveling at approx 30 mph, brakes were applied in anticipation of a red light. The brake pedal hesitated, then went to the floor. Vehicle was stopped utilizing the emergency brake. Upon further inspection, the brakes ruptured due to severe rust. Currently being repaired at the dealer.

- Seaside, CA, USA

problem #64

Aug 012014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
All brake lines are corroded. Brakes failed while driving vehicle in traffic. All brake hard lines needed to be replaced.

- Woodbine, NJ, USA

problem #63

Jul 232014

Silverado 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Brake pedal went to floor as I pulled out of my drive.. so as I looked to see what it was, 1 brake line was leaking due to corrosion an split. Another line close to splitting. All 4 rusted bad.

- Warsaw, IN, USA

problem #62

Jul 102014

Silverado 2500 8-cyl

  • 171,000 miles
Making left turn from loop 375 exit ramp to turn left onto Montana ave. In el paso tx. I was waiting for light to turn left. Light turned green I proceeded to make left turn and in the turn the steering came really hard to turn I went up on the curb and attempted to stop and the brake pedal went to the floor. There was enough brake to stop. Good thing this did not happen when I approached the intersection or would have been much worse. There was no warning light or chime. I checked fluids and they were all full. When I took it to mission Chevrolet and explained what happen they gave me the impression they already knew what was wrong like this is a common issue. Today I got a call from them and confirmed that it is the power assist for the brakes and power steering. Why if this is a known problem the consumer does not know about it?

- El Paso, TX, USA

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