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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,162 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Camaro brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Chevrolet Camaro Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Jul 191999

(reported on)

Camaro

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brake rotors have to be replaced for the third time with only 22,000 miles. Dealer claims that it's normal.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #16

Jun 121998

Camaro

  • miles
When driving at any speed there is a grinding noise within the steering. When applying the brakes, brakes lock up, and rotors have been changed twice. Also, there is a leakage within the T-top. Vehicle has been in shop for repair service several times, and the problems still exit.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #15

Mar 251999

Camaro

  • miles
I have had my rotors turned once in Sept of 1998. I went back to the dealership since the problem came back on 3-30-99 and they refused to turn it saying it was not under warranty and that it would cost me $435. I refused to pay it and want the dealership to replace my rotors free of charge as well as my front tires due to excessive wear and tear beacuse of the rotors. I have already wrote them a letter but havent gotten a response yet.

- Millbrae, CA, USA

problem #14

Apr 091998

Camaro

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The brake rotors on this car warp over a 10,000 mile period, causing steering wheel shaking and possible loss of control. This car is 18 months old and has 42240 miles on it. The rotors were resurfaced by the dealer on 4/9/98 at 11,633 miles, again on 8/11/98 at 21,181 miles, then they replaced the rotors on 12/23/98 at 31,376 miles, then these new rotors warped and were resurfaced on 5/20/99 at 41,830 miles. As you can see, the brake rotors need to be done every 10,000 miles. The shaking in the steering wheel begins to appear again at about 8,000 miles after the last work is done and gets worse until the shake is uncontrolable at about 10,000 miles. The dealer and Chevrolet say they cannot figure out what is causing this (I have called customer assistance many times and have sent a certified letter to Chevrolet motor division). I have heard of many other Camaro and trans am owners (with V-8 engines) with this same problem. I don't know if the rotors are defective, if the brake pads are too hard (causing the rotors to over heat & warp) or it is another problem with the braking system.

- Ferndale, MI, USA

problem #13

Mar 191999

Camaro

  • miles
Rotors warped at 6K miles, dealer resurfaced same. Rotors warped at 12K miles again. Dealer replaced all 4 rotors. Since the new rotors are the same as original, I'm expecting the problem to return. Problem occurs at turnpike speed (65 +) and causes violent shaking of car. In a panic situation could result in loss of control.

- New Haven, NY, USA

problem #12

Dec 011998

Camaro

  • miles
At 8700 miles the rotors were turned under warranty, at 16700 I had to pay for them to be resurfaced at the Chevrolet dealership. I am afraid to brake my car hard because I think I will warp my front rotors again. This is a safty concern for me.

- Boerne, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 081999

(reported on)

Camaro

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When driving above 60mph and applying the brakes, the steering wheel vibrates alot due to rotors being warped.

- Millbrae, CA, USA

problem #10

May 011998

Camaro

  • miles
Brake rotors warped at 10K miles. Dealer refused to perform warranty work. "high performance driving" was his excuse.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #9

Sep 011998

Camaro

  • miles
Rotors warped at 15000 miles and again at 26000.

- Wyandotte, MI, USA

problem #8

Nov 031998

Camaro

  • miles
Brake rotors warped, causing bad pulsaton when braking and reduced braking effectiveness. From the discussion via the internet with other Camaro owners, this is a widespread problem probably caused by inferior materials in the rotors themselves.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 151998

Camaro

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Front brake rotors are warped, and have been since the car was new. Dealer "cleans" them each time I bring in the car. Many people have reported this problem. There should be a recall for these defective rotors.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 151998

Camaro

  • miles
Rotors on front of vehicle warped to the point that control of vehicle difficult. GM authorized resurfacing only and defective rotors were left on car. At 16,000 rotors warped again to the point that I felt vehicle was unsafe. GM replaced rotors with oem rotors and at 20,000 the rotors have again warped to the point of being annoying. Seems to be a problem with the material composing the rotors, and not from driving style.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #5

Mar 251999

(reported on)

Camaro

  • miles
Have been to dealer numerous times about rotors warping and vibrating.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 011998

Camaro

  • miles
Rotors warped at 6K miles; dealer refinished same. Repair lasted roughly 6K miles before problem returned. At highway speeds (60mph +) if brakes are applied front wheels shake severely, causing loss of control. In a panic situation, I don't think the car would be controllable. Dealer solution is to resurface rotors a second time and replace if problem returns. This appears to be a widespread problem with Camaros, and I fail to see how replacing rotors with the same part will solve the problem. This is a high performance vehicle capable of 150mph + speeds, and should have a braking system to match.

- New Haven, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 011998

Camaro

  • miles
Both left and right front brake rotors warped.

- Linesville, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 291998

(reported on)

Camaro

  • miles
When ABS brakes are applied front end shimmies. Problem occurs in rainy conditions. Rotors have been replaced, but problem remains.

- Blue Ridge, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 091999

(reported on)

Camaro

  • miles
Brake rotors warped at less than 10,000 miles. Seems to be a common problem on these cars.

- Kemah, TX, USA

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