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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,535 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 brakes problems

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #74

Mar 052014

Silverado 3500

  • 179,000 miles


I got off interstate hit my brakes to stop at light when I hit my brakes it made a noise and went to the floor I almost hit another car in the rear had to run a stop light because it wouldn't stop some one could have been hurt bad this has happened to me twice. I was told my brake line was rusted which I had it replaced about 2 months ago and my ABS lights come on and it dings.

- Procious, WV, USA

problem #73

Feb 242014

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 176,000 miles
The brake lines on this truck are so rusted so are the fuel lines I'm surprised even stops or that the fuel lines haven't burst yet I have ABS light on and service brake system because everything is so rusted and now have a short somewhere so anytime you hit a bump warning light flashes and it starts dinging and warning lights flashes service brake system... there is no reason for this to be rusted like it does this vehicle is washed at least once a week it is in immaculate shape.

- Waterford, WI, USA

problem #72

Feb 012014

Silverado 3500

  • 67,200 miles
On the listed date, I was driving my vehicle as described above. I attempted to apply the brakes in a curve when the pedal went straight to the floor and I ran my vehicle off the roadway causing minor damage to the vehicle. My greatest concern however, is the post accident research I conducted on the brake system of my vehicle. My research indicates that there have been thousands of owners who reported to GM that the same model of truck as mine had brake systems that prematurely reached failure. Specifically, they rusted prematurely causing my brake system to completely leave my vehicle in a dangerous operational position. Upon investigation of the lines, each of the 5 lines in the system was experiencing the same rust issues and needed to all be replaced. I feel it should be the responsibility of GM to replace my brake system via recall.

- Mount Sterling, KY, USA

problem #71

Feb 072014

Silverado 3500

  • 175,000 miles


TL-the contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the brake pedal was applied numerous times before the vehicle would stop. The contact was able to resume with caution. He also noticed that the brake line was ruptured and caused brake fluid to leak. The contact planned to repair the vehicle himself. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 175,000.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #70

Jan 202014

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 104,520 miles
While backing my truck out of my home driveway, I stepped on the brake and it went immediately to the floor. The brake warning light on the dash illuminated, a warning chime sounded, and the message center flashed an alert to "service brakes soon". I had almost no response at from the brakes; fortunately the street was level so I was able to quickly coast to a stop. I immediately pulled the truck back into the driveway and parked it. When I got out to investigate, I immediately noticed a small pool approximately a foot in diameter of brake fluid on the driveway surface just behind the driver's side front tire, along with a trail that lead back to the street. Brake fluid was dripping from the lines at the frame where it makes the bend upward at the front edge of the cab. Closer inspection with a flashlight revealed that all the brake lines are excessively rusted and one or more of them appears to have burst where the lines go over the frame rail into the engine compartment. All lines will have to be replaced before this vehicle is safe to drive again. This vehicle was purchased used (60K miles) in Florida in 2006, moved to Washington state (seattle area) in 2008, and then moved again to northern Virginia in late 2009. It has had minimal exposure to road salt, ice or snow conditions in the time that I have owned it.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #69

Jan 082014

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 105,230 miles
While driving down rte. 188 in seymour, ct (steep decline) a deer crossed in front on me causing me to apply the brakes very firmly. As the truck slowed, the pedal pressure suddenly disappeared and the pedal went all the way to the floor. No lights or warnings illuminated in the instrument cluster. As I approached the stop sign in front of me, I was unable to bring the vehicle to a stop. Fortunately (as this is incredibly rare) there was no traffic in either direction, and I was able to continue through the intersection without event. It was only due to extremely good luck that there was no accident. The vehicle was undriveable from that point.

- Seymour, CT, USA

problem #68

Sep 302009

Silverado 3500

  • 77,000 miles


I was stopped on boat ramp and started to back up when brake pedal went all the way to the floor.we were very lucky to not launch boat and truck into river at the same time. We then had the truck towed to our local garage and the brake line was repaired. The mechanic told me that the brake line was rusted.this has happened twice now.the second time I was stopping at a red light and the pedal went straight to the floor. Chevy says you don't lose complete braking but I would like to see the CEO have it happen to him. This problem will make me sell this truck.I will not be driving this vehicle again..I hope the nhtsb will make Chevy either address this problem or fix it before someone either gets seriously hurt or killed.

- Lanexa, VA, USA

problem #67

Dec 162013

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
2 problems. Anti-lock brakes pulsate intermittently. Engine 6.0L exhaust manifold bolts are broken. Causing emissions codes to set and exhaust gases into cab. I have found that this a common problem for 1999 to 2007 V8 engines. GM said there is no recall or warranty for this problem.

- Millbury, MA, USA

problem #66

Dec 142013

Silverado 3500

  • 97,000 miles
Brake line rupture due to rust. I was backing up in my driveway to hook up a small trailer when I felt and heard a small pop and the break pedal went right to the floor. Service brake system appeared on dash panel.

- Deptfrod, NJ, USA

problem #65

Dec 092013

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • miles
Had stopped to put my granddaughter on the school bus. After the bus left went to put truck in gear pressed brake pedal and it went to the floor. Parked it till I got home and looked main rear line rusted through.

- Bloomingdale, IN, USA

problem #64

Nov 152013

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 170,000 miles


Front passanger side brake line rusted out and failed while in a tim hortons drive thru, thankfully not moving when brake pedle suddenly went to the floor. The driver side line was replaced 1.5 years ago due to rusting out.

- Calis, ME, USA

problem #63

Nov 122013

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
While hard on the brakes to avoid a vehicle, my rear brake line burst, and I lost all brakes. Luckily I was able to use the emergency brake to come to a stop. Now I have a $400 bill to replace rusted brake lines, that should have never rusted in the first place.

- Mooresville, IN, USA

problem #62

Jul 232011

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 73,025 miles
I was driving home from having dinner with friends. Luckily for me and others on the road it was a late Saturday evening during a beautiful Florida summer. I was driving on ulmerton rd which is a 4 lane rd in pinellas county. I was driving at about 45 mph and the light turned red. I started to apply the brakes pretty softly as the light was some distance away. All of the sudden the brake pedal went to the floor and all the bells and whistles on the dash started going off. I realized I have no brakes. I start to panic and then decide I better try the emergency brake as I do not want to run the red light and get into a possible accident. I must emphasize the anger I felt at this moment as my wife usually drives this truck and there is no way she would have thought to use the emergency brake which is rather difficult to use in the first place in this truck as it is up and to the left a good ways. I used the emergency brake the rest of the way home. Applying the brake and then pulling the release which is not an easy task to do. My brake lines were so rusted they exploded doing 45 mph. This truck was purchased brand new by my father and was given to me when he passed away. He had free car washes at the dealership he bought it from and had the truck washed constantly. I am furious that this $30,000+ vehicle is completely rusting on the undercarriage. In my opinion GM sold us a lemon. They chose to put profit before the safety of its customers and if my wife was driving this vehicle during rush hour as this vehicle is used for daily driving to and from work could have been seriously injured or worse killed because of this not to mention the safety of any innocent people in her way. This report is being reported 2 years after the incident because I did not know this site existed and I just saw the same complaint on a forum which mentioned this site.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #61

Oct 072013

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
While on my way to work Monday morning the brake pedal went right to the floor. I was able to get the truck back to the house to inspect the problem. I found that the brake lines were completely rotted out. Thank god I was only a few miles from the house. I live in a rural area with steep and winding mountain roads and have to drive the interstate to get to work, thank god it didn't happen there. It happened with no warning, a few people I know have experienced the same problem with their Chevy pickups. The steel brake lines are a bad design, I live in pa. Where the brake lines are subject to salt they should be stainless steel. I'm sure someone is going to get killed if this problem is not resolved.

- Jefferson Township, PA, USA

problem #60

Sep 222013

Silverado 3500

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the brakes failed when engaged. In addition, the parking brake abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Okeana, OH, USA

problem #59

Jul 102012

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Front brake line rusted through. Hard to understand how a vehicle manufacturer can produce a vehicle with stainless exhaust that lasts as long as the truck but still assemble vehicle with steel brake lines that rust through causing brake failure. There are better materials to make brake lines from and Chevrolet should be forced to use them.

- Patterson, NY, USA

problem #58

Aug 162013

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Brakeline rusted out and complete brake line and hose had to be replaced. Failure would happen if not replaced.

- Biddeford, ME, USA

problem #57

Aug 172013

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
I was drive on the interstate going about 70mph went to hit the brakes and it was like they were not there or just very weak so I limped the truck home when I got out of the truck there was brake fluid all over the driveway looked under the truck and seen that the brake line were rusted out.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #56

Aug 132013

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 67,305 miles
Main hard line brake lines rusted through causing a leak in system resulting in brake failure while driving. Thankfully emergency brake worked to bring vehicle to a stop before accident or injury occurred. Thought Chevy was built " solid as a rock" they should have went with stainless steel brake lines instead of the cheap steel brake lines they used. Cut cost somewhere else, don't play with the lives of good paying consumers. I am disappointed with the quality of this 2003 Silverado, instrument cluster starting to act up with only 67000 miles on truck thinking about trading for Ford or Toyota.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #55

Jul 142012

Silverado 3500 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
I was in a parked position. I pushed the brake pedal down to put the truck in drive. The brake pedal went to the floor and a alarm bell came on. Message on dash said have brake system looked at. I put the parking brake on and got out of the truck. I looked under the truck and saw brake fluid running on the ground. Had truck towed to repair shop. Mechanic said brake lines are rusted out and all of them need to be replaced. I know six other people that had the same problem with their GM. Trucks for 2003 year. I think their needs to be a safety recall on those years trucks!

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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