NHTSA Probes 1999-2003 GM Trucks for ...

NHTSA Probes 1999-2003 GM Trucks for Possible Rusted Brake Lines

There are 70 comments on the Motor Trend story from Apr 7, 2010, titled NHTSA Probes 1999-2003 GM Trucks for Possible Rusted Brake Lines. In it, Motor Trend reports that:

Late last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened investigations into roughly 6.2 million General Motors fullsize trucks for issues related to rusted brake lines.

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Haverstraw, NY

#66 Oct 12, 2011
Rjack wrote:
Spoke with GM and they acknowledge a problem but will not be helping me out. So I'll pay to have the brake line repaired again and dump GM for ever. Unfortunately this appears to be a situation that GM is willing to gamble public safety over a service notice to dealers. I don't expect a mass recall but a service notice to inspect brake lines and repair/replace as needed is not too hard on a company that is mostly ran buy tax dollars at this point. I feel for auto workers but GM is not a company I'll ever do business with again.
My Husband has a 1999 GMC Sierra, and almost had a very bad accident due to brake failure. Local shop says brake lines rotted out, and he wont touch it. I'm affraid to ask, but what did dealer charge you to fix this ????

Mckees Rocks, PA

#67 Sep 8, 2012
2001 GMC Sierra....on my 2nd brake line blow out! only 75,000k on truck...glad I caught the dripping while parked in driveway 2nd time!

“Welcome to the good life.”

Since: Oct 09


#68 Sep 11, 2012
GM really needs to be forced to recall these trucks to replace faulty lines.

Toronto, Canada

#69 Nov 5, 2012
My brakes failed a month ago as I approached an intersection. I managed to avoid all accidents but could have been deadly.

Mililani, HI

#70 Dec 10, 2012
2000 Chevy Silverado with just over 52K miles blew a line today, I shouldn't say blew....more like sprung a big leak from being rotted. I really hope GM/Chevy own up to this, I understand cutting corners here and there, but using cheap metal for the brake lines? That's just stupid! I live on Oahu, but my 89 Toyota 4Runner and 85 Toyota trucks brake lines didn't even have a hint of rust, hell even my 89 Firebird's lines didn't have rust.
Something needs to be done before someone dies.

Cincinnati, OH

#71 Apr 26, 2013
beau wrote:
This disgusting salt on the roadsides during the winter doesn't help. Spend more quarters at the car wash cleaning underneath your truck. Seems like salt has more acid or something. Many of these trucks go 200 to 300 K miles. Just google 2001 Chevy truck for sale and see how many high mileage trucks you see. The company should make it right with the customer, of course. I wished I lived in Arizona or Texas where the destructive salt wasn't piled on the roads.
They (their vendor, who has probably gone bankrupt) used crap quality materials, to get the low bid on the contract.

Sorry GM, but you should check out the stuff you buy...it's ultimately THEM that is responsible in the long run.

Trenton, NJ

#72 May 16, 2013
$1200 cost for brek line for 2003 Silverado quote from chevy dealer,wow is that normal...!!!!
C Black

Spartanburg, SC

#73 Aug 5, 2013
Went to the store yesterday in my 2001 Tracker and coming home the brakes went out. Lucky I didn't flip when I went side ways after pulling the emergency brake. Lucky I don't drive fast. Lucky it was Sunday around 8ish and the traffic wasn't like it would normally be. Lucky to be alive to tell the story. Not so lucky that I haven't even made my 4th bi-weekly payment on it and won't be luck when I get the bill for towing and replacement of all the brake lines. I must have more German blood running through my veins than Irish cause my luck isn't very good.
Big Bernie NJ

Woodbury, NJ

#74 Mar 15, 2014
Don' t buy road salt reason for brake line rust problem. My 2002 Sierra lines are trashed,but my 2002 TAURUS LINES are fine,they sit side by side on the driveway,almost same mileage and I drive both all winter.Com e on GM what is the real problem...

Springfield, IL

#75 Mar 15, 2014
The NTSB needs to look into the other companies that used the same ignition switch as GM. A guy had a 2003 Ford Taurus that would shut off and come back on all by itself while driving 70mph down the highway. Happened alot, he sold the car to a scrap dealer. Had several garages look for the problem and not one fond any issues.......they probably knew about the issue but the little 4(ford,gm, chevy and dodge it) like to hide issues and problems.

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