22nd Dec 2009, 17:19
I have a '99 2wd Silverado p/u and my ABS went out at 38k in 2001. I pulled the fuse after the dealer told me it was going to be over 1k to replace. Back then they said it wasn't common for that part to go out, but if this many people are posting, you can probably multiply this number by 100. Recalls don't happen unless people die or trucks catch on fire, they won't ever recall this part.
Best truck I've ever had, 195k miles on it with nothing major but an alternator, fuel pump, and heater core replaced. The transmission is about to go out so I've been lucky. Time to see if module masters can fix it.
4th Jan 2010, 15:21
I just bought a used 1999 Silverado, and man you guys have scared the stuff out of me. Fortunately the dealership gave me a bumper to bumper warranty for 60 days free with the option to extend if I wish. After all the ABS failures on here, I think I will opt for the extension.
8th Jan 2010, 17:32
I own a 2006 Chevy Silverado with the same issue as practically every one else. I have 80,000 miles on my vehicle, and when I apply the brakes the truck stops and then the pedal goes to the floor and the truck rolls a little. Brought it in to a mechanic and he said the ABS is gone and it will cost me between $1,200 to $1,300. You would think with all these complaints, how anyone would continue to buy a Chevy truck, but I did foolishly and never will again!!!
10th Jan 2010, 18:33
I too have a 99 Silverado 4wd ext cab. Same problem with ABS, windows, throttle sticking, and clunking noise when turning. I fixed the throttle with carb cleaner and a rag; cost about 5 dollars. As for the ABS, I'm just living with no ABS, which is okay cause I dislike ABS.
Was told that re-packing the intermediate shaft in the steering would solve the problem for 10 to 50k. Luckily the window has not died yet.
With all the problems, I still love the truck. Chevy had the same major problems in 88 when they switched over to the new body style.
6th Feb 2010, 18:54
My 1999 Z71 has been a nightmare. I replaced the driver side window motor 3 times, gas gauge has not worked since 2001, replaced rear end at 120,000 miles, power steering went out at 115,000, it won't turn left. GM recalled many cars for this, but not any trucks.
The truck won't bring anything because it now has 155,000, so it sits in the barn and I drive my old 1979 GMC 4/4; it only gets 9 miles per gallon, but is the best truck I have ever owned. Wish I never bought the 1999.
6th Mar 2010, 08:19
I own a 99 Silverado 4x4 Z71, and of course had the ABS problems, and both window motors went the same day.
Door handle just fell off (not covered by warranty), motor blew after 135,000 km (yes I'm canadian), tranny was at 90,000kms, rear end was at 50,000, and now I'm off to buy a Tacoma, never buying Chevy again.
It was always my dream to have a Z71, and that dream turned into a nightmare.
1st Jun 2010, 22:48
Well... My 1999 Silverado has 202,800 miles on it... and hasn't been the best vehicle I have ever owned... It has had some parts replaced... I think the brake sensors were replaced back in 2003... under a service bulletin... Still gets 18-19 MPG... I just put a set of tires and brakes on her... and she starts right up. All I have basically done to it is change the oil every 3,000 miles... The transmission has been serviced regularly as well.
I am mulling the decision over about buying a new truck or just going ahead and spending about $6,000.00 on this one... I am probably going to replace ball joints this week on it regardless... But my Silverado has been a great truck.
19th Jun 2010, 13:33
As a former Ford mechanic, I can tell many of you on this board that you are expecting way too much from GM in dealing with many of the issues that you brought up.
Yes the ABS module is a major issue, and it was caused by a bad batch of transistors from an electronics supplier overseas; yes, bad foreign parts.
Now let's look at some other facts...
One guy said he bought his truck new in 99, and after 36,000 miles the ABS module failed and he had to pay to have it fixed. Well I am calling you out on this one, because GM's warranty was well over 36,000 miles.
Now to some of the others out there, "my rearend died at 130,000 miles", "my third brake light quit working at 10,000", or to the one guy that managed to break everything on his truck.
Where did it say that they were giving you a vehicle with a 250,000 mile warranty? Where did it say that the warranty covers light bulbs? If your light burns out, then change it.
I have had Fords, Dodges, and GM vehicles, and EVERY ONE OF THEM HAS THEIR ISSUES. Ford is notorious for transmission issues, Dodge has the same problem, and we can throw in a few engine platforms as well. The point is, most people think they are going to get a problem free vehicle for 300,000 miles, and they also think they can beat the hell out of it every day like they see on a commercial. It's time to admit that some of you were expecting far more than anyone would give you.
To the rest with the real problems; hopefully GM will take care of it.
5th Jul 2010, 08:07
I would like to agree if the last comment. I was on this message board to check out the ABS issue. This past weekend my 99 Z71 started doing the same thing, and was just seeing what the issue may have been. Then I read comment after comment about how bad GMCs are. Well other than replacing and rotating tires, changing oil, flushing the tranny and radiator, new u-joints, 1 window motor, shocks, a battery and a new bearing in the front end, I have 225k miles on this truck. I still get 19mpgs, and I have beat the heck out of this truck off road and that is what I have done to her!
21st Oct 2010, 19:50
I have a 1999 Chevy Silverado 4x4, and I love it. I baby it.
Yes it has the ABS problem, but pulled the fuse. I think sooner or later, someone will come up with a more viable fix for it.
My truck has a 4.8 litre engine, and it's got plenty of go. Want to do a few mods to it.
I expect some ups and downs, but been a great truck so far.
6th Dec 2010, 14:47
My truck is just short of 200,000 miles. The only major item I have replaced is the tranny at about 120k miles. But I pulled a 23' trailer on a regular basis to the desert and back. My ABS light came on today, but I did not notice any noise associated with that. Once I turned the car off and back on, the ABS light went out... so maybe mine is starting to go bad. If so, I will send it to the module master guy to have it fixed. I just replaced my bakes at 140k for the first time. This truck is the best truck ever... when the little things break or go bad, I replace them with the best replacement items I can. When the engine gets to the point it needs replacement, I will rebuild it or purchase another one. This 99 Chevy will never leave my grasp, and most likely will end up as my grandchild's first truck.