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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,317 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #12

Oct 132012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


2006 Silverado 1500 in October 2012, as I approached a stop light, my brake pedal lost pressure and went to the floor. I was able to pull into a parking lot and stop by pumping the pedal and using the parking brake. The cause was a rusted out brake line, which I paid the shop to replace. In February 2013, I pressed the brake pedal to shift into drive in my driveway and the brake pedal again lost pressure and went to the floor. I had the truck towed to a mechanic and upon inspection learned that all of the brake lines are rusted out including at the ABS module connection point. The only repair option is a $2000 job to remove the body from the truck to replace every single brake line. Through internet searches and by my mechanic's experience, this is clearly a known problem that GM should be recalling Silverado for.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #11

Feb 162013

Silverado 3500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 64,888 miles
Brake line rust through. Driving down the road hit brakes went to floor. Still had front brakes and was able to stop. Having the truck towed to have lines replaced.

- St. Charles, IA, USA

problem #10

Nov 282012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 60,500 miles
While driving 2006 Chevy Silverado pick up truck, my wife experienced sudden and total brake failure. When she pressed on brakes to slow vehicle, pedal fell to floor and brakes were unresponsive. My wife barely avoided an accident and pulled into shopping center. After arriving at scene to retrieve my wife, I checked brake fluid level, which was below "minimum". I added a full can of brake fluid, and had her press brakes while vehicle was stationary. I could hear hissing, and saw liquid spray escape under pressure from under hood. Mechanic later informed me that brake line for front brakes was rusted through and brakes failed when system pressure from applying brakes burst the rusted line. He said my wife was lucky she didn't crash or worse. He advised me that entire undercarriage was very rusted and other parts were so rusted that in order to bleed air from brake system, they had to replace rusted calipers. I am concerned about safety of this vehicle and based on my review of other drivers' complaints and internet forums, it appears catastrophic brake failure is a widespread and pervasive problem for GM Silverado vehicles. See please investigate this as a matter of public safety.

- Newtown, PA, USA

problem #9

Sep 192012

Silverado 3500 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


The brakes on this vehicle fail at low speeds (approx. 5 mph). This is a known problem for this vehicle. Chevy has issued a technical bulletin on this problem (low speed ABS activation, bulletin #03-05-25-007C). I had this problem repaired in October 2010. Now the same problem is occurring again, roughly 10,000 miles later. Information about this problem is readily available online. Many Silverado owners have complained about it. Please advise if there has been any recall action on this issue. I believe there was a recall on prior models, but not 2006 and beyond models, although it is clearly still a problem.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #8

Nov 052012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Left my driveway at 5am to go to work. At the end of the block is a stop sign. Applied my brakes and the pedal went all the way down to the floor. Could not stop and went thru the stop sign. There was not lights or warning concerning the brakes. At further inspection I saw that the rear brake line was rusted thru. Noticed that all the other brake lines are on the verge of rusting thru as well. A very scary sight.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #7

Oct 162012

Silverado 3500

  • 14,712 miles
For the third time in one year the brake lines popped a hole and it was a total brake failure. The truck had to be towed for repair.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 072012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 47,690 miles


I was driving my truck at slow speed to a stop sign when the peddle went to the floor I was barely able to stop almost hit the car in front of me got out and saw brake fluid flowing to the ground. The rear brake line rusted out where it splits to the rear axle this should never happen this truck has low miles upon further examination all the metal brake lines have some sort off corrosion. And need to be replace this is a serious safety issue these parts were made with inferior metal. Did some research and this seems like a very common problem with these trucks.

- Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

problem #5

Sep 032012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl Diesel

  • 36,000 miles
Brake lines rusted through, leaking fluid.

- Williamsport, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 012012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
ABS applies for no reason at 10 to 5 mph. Making truck travel 6 to 15 feet beyond expected stopping distance. I think this is very dangerous.

- Coldwater, MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 292012

Silverado 3500

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. While driving approximately 35 mph the brake warning light illuminated. The contact depressed the brake pedal but the vehicle would not respond. The contact was able to park the vehicle and upon exiting, noticed oil leaking from under the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician advised the contact that the brake lines were corroded and would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 162012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Testing new front brakes and rear brake lines ruptured. Limped home, parked truck called GM. Never had this issue in the past. GM seems not very concerned and may get back to me. I feel fortunate to have escaped serious injury to my family and self. I think that it is unconscionable for GM to use inferior products and play russian roulette with our safety. Please utilize this information to raise the safety standards by which these companies have compromised for the sake of their profit margins. When I notified GM, my call was put through to someone([xxx]) in the philippines. Why would they care about us? american companies have sold out and farmed out their goods and services. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #1

May 252012

Silverado 3500 8-cyl

  • 61,160 miles
Had soft brake pedal. No warning light. Pull over to side of road. Found rotten brake lines at frame rail where lines cross over at plastic block that holds lines to frame. Fluid leaked out.

- Coventry, RI, USA

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