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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,083 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 312013

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 175,000 miles


Brake line failure due to excessive corrosion. Was able to apply emergency brake and come to a safe stop.

- Saint Charles, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 102010

Silverado 3500

  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 chervrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the parking brake failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and it was determined that the vehicle needed to have the lining replaced on the vehicle. Which was in accordance to NHTSA recall campign id number: 05V161000 (parking brake), but the vehicle was not included. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 63,000.

- Fisherville, KY, USA

problem #4

Apr 122006

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
I brought my 2003 Chevrolet truck in for an annual inspection and they informed me that the rear brakes (rotors, pads and emergency brake pads) needed to be replaced. The truck has 35,000 miles on it and the rear rotors are heavily rusted and are crumbling away. The disc brake pads are also completely worn out. There was no accident but I believe this is a significant safety issue and is the result of defective parts on these vehicles. I have seen many other comments on the internet from other Silverado owners indicating that they have the same problem. I believe that Chevrolet should recall these rotors and pads and correct the problem before there are serious accidents from failing brakes.

- Bedford, NH, USA

problem #3

Jul 302005

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,500 miles


I am the owner of a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado with 43,000 miles. As a result of the rear rotors on the truck rusting and falling apart, I had to replace the rotors. Due to the poor design of the parking brake assembly, the passenger side rotor had to be cut off with a torch!.

- Columbia Station, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 302002

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Your id#05V161000 should also include Chevy trucks with automatic transmissions. I own a 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500 hd 4 wheel drive. I have an automatic transmission and my parking brake has'nt held since last fall. Its holding power had gotten continually weaker since the purchase date (9-30-02). Chevy told me I had to adjust it, I did, twice. I can't adjust it anymore. Additionally, my windshield has a perfect crack in it that follows the uppermost blow pattern of the defrost vents perfectly. This crack started during the first cold spell this past winter. It grew everytime I used the defroster. It stretches all the way across my windshield at this point. Chevy told me that since there were imperfections in the glass, caused by wear and tear, that the windshield was not thier responsibility. The imperfections they found were not visible to the naked eye. Damage by road debris would be accompanied by 'spidering' of the glass. None such on my windshield.

- Incline Village, NV, USA

problem #1

Mar 182004

Silverado 3500

  • miles
While applying the parking brake it will not hold. Consumer drove the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic could not duplicate or resolve the problem.

- Hugo, MN, USA

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