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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,844 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.

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2005 Chevrolet Suburban brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #16

Jun 052016


  • 82,000 miles


Rear brake line failed. My wife and kids were in the 2005 Suburban 1500, she managed to press the ebrake then turn the Suburban into someone's front yard where it eventually came to rest on a hill. She was headed downhill on a residential street at the time of failure. Took to hundru chev in manheim pa I was told the repair will be somewhere around $2300

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #15

Nov 302015


  • 68,000 miles
As I was about to exit a parking lot onto a four lane roadway, the brakes on my 2005 Chevrolet Suburban failed. I lived approximately 1/2 mile from this location and proceeded to drive home. It was a little scarey without any stopping power, even the emergency bake would not hold. When I got home, I used a flashlight to try to find the source of the problem. Found a pattern of brake fluid leaking. Removed the spare tire to get a better look and found a brake line between the ABS and rear of the vehicle had rusted out. From the looks of the line condition, they need to be all replaced. Never in my 70 years have I seen brake lines on a ten year old vehicle look like they did, really in bad shape. Looked at other lines, fuel, transmission, they all looked like they should be replaced.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #14

May 192014


  • 119,000 miles
First incident eastern pa: 05/19/2014 aprox 119000 miles: After hitting the brakes hard to avoid a vehicle that pulled in front of me, the brakes failed (brake pedal would go to the floor with little braking action). Managed to safely stop. Found burst brake line in the rear end of vehicle. Two rear corroded rear brake lines replaced by local repair shop. Second incident milford MA: 09/17/2015 127336 miles: Hit brakes going down driveway. Brakes were soft and sank to floor. Brake line going to front passenger wheel was burst. All the brake fluid drained quickly out of the master cylinder onto the driveway. Ordered acdelco 22932592 GM original equipment hydraulic brake pipe kit and am in the process of replacing all brake lines as all of them other than the two replaced in pa are very corroded. The replacement lines are not really oem as they have a nylon coating for better corrosion protection

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #13

May 062015

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • 88,163 miles


While driving around town I noticed my brakes feeling mushy and the pedal needing to be pressed further into the floorboard. My "check brake system" light came on and upon inspection noticed that I was low on brake fluid. I filled the brake fluid reservoir to the max line. The next day the same warning light came on and I further inspected the brake lines to find that the lines from the ABS box to the rear had rusted out and were leaking badly.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #12

Nov 092014

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • 77,801 miles
We bought our Chevy Suburban in may of 2014, 73,000 miles, garage kept vehicle. The Suburban is in beautiful shape, engine compartment shows very little signs of rust or corrosion, same goes for the underside of the vehicle, very clean. This past weekend while traveling down a large hill, my wife had our two boys with her in the vehicle ages 5 and 7 when all of a sudden the brakes gave out completely, no braking power at all. If it wasn't for the emergency brake they would have been seriously hurt or worse. Upon inspection of the vehicle we found that the brake lines are completely rotted, the only part on the vehicle that looks like this. We know who owned the vehicle before us, one owner, and she did not drive this vehicle very often in winter weather. She works for a school district and has off when it snows. She also had an older car that she drove when the weather and roads were bad. These brake lines are faulty. There is no way these brake lines should look like this after 9 years on the road. My neighbor has a 2005 Yukon and has the same problem. My friend [xxx] has a 2003 GMC pickup, same problem, he almost crashed into a lake when his brake lines failed. Something needs to be done about this and fast as people are going to get killed. I have pictures I can share with anyone who wants to see them. You can also contact me at any time. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Coopersburg, PA, USA

problem #11

Oct 272014


  • miles
My 2005 Chevrolet Suburban has rusted brakes lines that will cost me $2,000 to repair. Interestingly I see many national articles about the problem and a significant number of complaints filed. GM has refused to issue a recall to cover this dangerous problem; other automakers have done so. The NHTSA has been investigating this for well over 3 years and done nothing about it to date. I don't have $2,000 to have the work done, however I also can't risk the lives of my family and those of other drivers and pedestrians. This problem needs immediate action and GM should take full responsibility for the repair. Prior to this I would consider buying another Suburban, however, no more GM for me! its a disgrace the GM does not value its customers and their safety and that the NHTSA has not stepped up to force a recall. Just how many people have to be seriously injured or die for action to occur?

- Tinton Falls, NJ, USA

problem #10

Oct 092014

Suburban 4WD 8-cyl

  • 168,000 miles


Front brake line failure/brake line rupture. 6 months ago it was the rear brake line failure/rupture. Brake fluid caused smoke and small fire on the exhaust headers.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 162013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban 1500. While driving in reverse, the contact was unable to stop the vehicle by depressing the brake pedal. The contact had to depress the brake pedal to the floorboard in order to stop the vehicle. The mechanic stated that the brake lines were rotted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Ringwood, NJ, USA

problem #8

Dec 242013

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Catastrophic brake failure, without any warning, caused by complete corrosion of entire brake line! ran car off road to avoid cars at stop. Emergency brake also failed due to corrosion.

- Rockport, MA, USA

problem #7

Aug 012013

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 154,277 miles
When you apply the brakes sometimes they seem to lock up then some times the broke peddle fails to be jumpy sound like a air booster from under the dash board the car has new brake disc and rotors.

- Gulfport Fl, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 222013

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


Brake lines have corroded and yesterday one of the lines below the driver's side door ruptured resulting in a complete loss of braking.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #5

Aug 072013

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 90,780 miles
Total brake failure due to steel line corrosion or rust.

- Poquoson, VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 152013

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
Loss of brakes due to sudden loss of brake fluid from rusted main line off of master cylinder.

- Webster, NY, USA

problem #3

May 282013

Suburban 8-cyl

  • miles
Brake and fuel lines are corroded. I learned yesterday from win kelly Chevrolet in clarksville, md that my brake lines are so corroded I should replace them immediately. Also observed were rusty fuel lines. I, and many other Suburban/Silverado owners apparently agree, that this is design flaw and should be resolved by a manufacture recall. This was my first GM product; all others were Dodge. I never had this issue with any of the 17 other vehicles I've owned over the past 34 years. If the corrosion is that bad I'd like to know why it wasn't noted in previous "bumper to bumper courtesy inspections".

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 072013

Suburban 8-cyl

  • 64,481 miles
Started engine, depressed brake pedal to shift into reverse. Brake pedal goes to floor with no pressure, brake and stability warning light go on. I back up, then go into drive, travel about 50 feet, apply pressure on brake pedal and again no pressure on pedal, Suburban slowly stops forward movement on level surface. I return Suburban to parking area and turn off engine, call service shop and make appointment for repair. Next week, 4/22 slowly drive Suburban 1 mile to repair facility for service. 4/23 repair manager calls to tell me that all the brake lines are excessively rusted.

- Hopewell, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 152012


  • 81,000 miles
Went to move vehicle to attach landscape trailer. Brakes went down to the floor. Upon investigation, found brake fluid on ground from driver side right front. Had vehicle towed to repair station and asked mechanic to replace brake line and check all other brake lines. Mechanic ended up replacing 80% of lines due to corrosion. This could have ended up resulting in an accident if the vehicle was moving with the trailer attached carrying atv's. in addition, the cable holding the spare tire had to be cut in order to get access to rear brake lines. The cable was rusted meaning that a tire could not be changed in the event of a flat.

- Putnam Valley, NY, USA

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