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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 6 of 7)

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problem #34

Nov 152012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 76,535 miles


When backing out of driveway went to stop and peddle went to floor, blowing brake fluid all over road.I have read many articles on this problem, with Chevy products.thank heavens I was not driving on the highway and this happened. Enough said should be a recall, or reimbursement for repairs all ready finished on these corroded lines.

- Leetonia, OH, USA

problem #33

Nov 222012

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that while braking to a stop, the brake pedal abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The contact had not taken the vehicle to the dealer or a mechanic for inspection of the failure or for repairs. The contact stated that the brake lines were fractured. The failure and the current mileages were 20,000. Updated 12/19/12 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired. Updated 1/9/2013

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #32

Nov 082012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 84,728 miles
Brake lines had excessive amount of corrosion/rusted causing a leak(s). Lines going from the ABS module to the front brakes were found to be leaking. Lines going from the ABS system to the reservoir were also rusted and required replacement. Lines from the ABS system to the rear brakes began leaking a week later.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #31

Nov 062012

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the rear brake lines failed two weeks prior to the front brake lines failing. The contact had to have the entire brake line system replaced due to rust. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 132,000. Updated 01/02/2013 the consumer returned from a 125 mile trip, after that day the failure occured. The consumer backed the truck down the driveway. The brake pedal went to the floor. Updated 1/9/2013

- East Hampton, CT, USA

problem #30

Nov 012012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 70,102 miles
Failure of the brakes due to rusted brake lines going to the ABS unit. Upon inspection all brake lines were badly rusted and were replaced.

- Osceola, WI, USA

problem #29

Oct 292012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 70,000 miles
Brake lines are all rusted as are fuel lines, brake line developed leak after hard stop, pedal went to floor, repair shop is now replacing brake lines.

- Ellisville, MO, USA

problem #28

Oct 162012

Silverado 3500

  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that all of the brake lines were completely rusted. As a result, when applying the brakes to a complete stop, the brake pedal would abnormally travel to the floorboard and the vehicle would not stop. The contact had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the brake lines were completely rusted. The contact stated that the failure occurred once prior to the most recent failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 135,000.

- Robesonia, PA, USA

problem #27

Oct 142012

Silverado 3500

  • 225,500 miles
I came out to veh in morning and brake warning/service brake system light was on and looks like my line from rear to front is rusted and where brake line meet to split to each rear wheel is rusted and wet w/fluid.

- Petersham, MA, USA

problem #26

Oct 122012

Silverado 3500

  • 97,000 miles
Brake lines rusted. Brake failure.

- Port Deposit, MD, USA

problem #25

Oct 022012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 90,225 miles
I went to apply the brakes to stop for a red light, but the brake pedal went all the way to the floor and I had no stopping power. After this happened then a notification came across my dash to have brake system checked. But there was no warning of the failure before and now there is no indication from the computer system. Still no brakes.

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #24

Sep 292012

Silverado 3500

  • 80,400 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The contact stated while driving 5 mph, the brakes were applied and abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The contact exited the vehicle and noticed brake fluid leaking. The contact towed the vehicle to a dealer for an inspection. The dealer stated the aluminum brake lines were corroded. The dealer replaced the brakes lines. The failure mileage was 80,400.

- Whispering Pines, NC, USA

problem #23

Sep 242012

Silverado 3500

  • 250,000 miles
I was in a driveway and was getting ready to leave, put my foot on brakes and put vehicle in reverse and the pedal went to the floor. All brake lines had to be replaced.

- Sayreville, NJ, USA

problem #22

Sep 072012

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 97,412 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The contact stated that the brakes failed as he entered a parking space. The contact was able to stop the vehicle by driving against the high curb. The contact had the vehicle towed to the dealer where the brakes lines were found to be completely rusted. The brake lines were replaced and the dealer also replaced the brake pads, calibers and rotors. The contact stated that the vehicle was at the dealer for service two months prior to the failure and he was never advised of a potential hazard with the brake lines. The failure and the current mileages were 97,412. Updated 10/31/12

- Stonington, CT, USA

problem #21

Sep 272012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
I was leaving my sons soccer game and driving down the road at around 25mph. As soon as I went to apply the brakes the pedal went to the floor. The brake light came on alarms were going off, the check engine light came on and service brake system message came across the odometer. Fortunately the soccer field is close to home. Upon arriving at home I noticed fluid dripping steadily from the left rear.

- Oxford, CT, USA

problem #20

Sep 242012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 161,055 miles
My wife had just dropped off our grandson and when she applied the brake to take the vehicle out of park, the brake line busted without warning. Upon examination all brake lines were rusted bad.

- Owingsville, KY, USA

problem #19

Sep 192012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 80,125 miles
Truck was pulling partially loaded trailer entered curve in road going downhill & when brakes were applied pedal went to floor with obviously no rear breaks, truck nosedived when applied at bottom of pedal, truck & trailer started to jacknife had to get off brakes and steer my way out of trouble & apply only lightly until entering straight section of road. This made for an extremely intense ride down the hill. Any hairpin turns or stopped traffic in front would have resulted in a serious accident. Stopped & pulled off road to see what had happened and brake fluid was running all over the bottom of the drivers side frame rail. Closer inspection reveals obvious burst brake line but without removing inner fender or wiring harness I can not actually see the rupture and it may be concealed by the clips attaching the line to the frame. Oddly the lines have some rust but nothing which looks like it is so severe to have allowed a rupture. The attaching hardware may be allowing some movement in the lines allowing additional rust to take hold. I bought this truck new in 2003 in October I think and one thing about it that was different than the two previous new Chevy trucks I bought was the rear brakes never seemed to apply as hard as they should and nothing even close as the 2000 Tahoe or the 1994 Silverado. Since the brake lines seem to burst in front of the ABS system it could be that the ABS system is partially blocking the flow creating a higher than normal line pressure between the master cylinder and the ABS system.

- Rush, KY, USA

problem #18

Sep 242012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
While being serviced, my mechanic observed significant rust on fuel lines, transmission and brake lines underneath my truck, as well as in the engine compartment. No recall has been issued. Lines are not leaking as of the date of this report.

- New Boston, MI, USA

problem #17

Sep 092012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Without warning, I was approaching a stop light with cars in front of me. I applied my brake pedal and it went straight to the floor, and I rear ended the car in front of me. I later discovered that my brake line in the rear drivers side was completely corroded!!

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #16

Aug 292012

Silverado 3500

  • 64,994 miles
I was driving my 2003 Chevy Silverado as I approached stop light an my light was red with traffic waiting in front of me, waiting for light to turn green to proceed. I applied brakes and felt an immediate pop and my foot pushed brake pedal to the floor, no brakes!!! complete failure! thank god the light changed to green and traffic started moving, I missed hitting car in front of me by inches. My truck is 2003 Chevy Silverado with only 64,994 miles. Very well kept and maintained. Was really shocked to see that so many others have the same problem and even more shocked they know about this problem an no recall.

- Stonewood, WV, USA

problem #15

Aug 242012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 68,285 miles
I was driving my 2003 Chevy Silverado, crew cab, short wheelbase West on rt 140, when I observe the light at bethel rd turn red. I applied my brakes, the pedal went to the floor, and I pumped to no avail, then pushed hard, and realized that I would hit the car in front of me, so I turned the wheel at the last instant and drove into the median grass to avoid the collision. Scared my son and his friend very much. It should also be noted that there was no warning light, of any kind of malfunction..on the dashboard...even as I slowly drove it home!!!! this is very dangerous to be taken by surprise like that!!!

- Finksburg, MD, USA

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