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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,083 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #52

Apr 121999

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle experiencing ongoing problem with vibration at high speed upon braking due to faulty rotors. Dealer is aware of the problem, and will replace all faulty rotors with upgraded rotors at consumer's expense.

- Massapequa Park, NY, USA

problem #51

May 012000

Malibu

  • miles
While driving at any speed and when applying brakes vehicle vibrates violently/ shudders, and pulls from side to side. GMC is aware of the problem, and has replaced rotors. This has happened 3 times before.

- Cold Springs, KY, USA

problem #50

Apr 012000

Malibu

  • miles
Rotors repaired at 25,000 now again at 33,000 they are bad again.B/pedal almost to floor to stop. Called service sorry it is normal wear/"depends how you drive. No reason for 2X failure in such a short time. GM is covering up a poor quality produc.

- Ingleside, IL, USA

problem #49

Jun 011999

Malibu

  • miles

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

Car is driven 90% of the time on interstates and long trips brakes not used much compared to normal driving I have never replace brakes before 80,000miles or rotors under 150,000 miles.

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #48

Jun 011999

Malibu

  • miles
Car is driven 90% of the time on interstates and long trips brakes not used much compared to normal driving I have never replace brakes before 80,000miles or rotors under 150,000 miles.

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #47

May 151998

Malibu

  • miles
Brakes have been faulty since new. Have taken to dealer to be fixed at least three times. Still having problems. My ABS light comes on at least twice a week. The engine has a clicking noise when first started( cold start). This is also been occuring since it was new.

- Diboll, TX, USA

problem #46

Mar 011999

Malibu

  • miles

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

While applying brakes at highway speed of 70-75 mph it pedal pulsates. Also, steering wheel and vehicle vibrate. Vehicle been in/out of dealer shop on five occasions, and problem still occurring.

- Blue Eye, MO, USA

problem #45

Oct 011998

Malibu

  • miles
Rotors wear out every 10000 miles, causing car to shake uncontrollably.

- Wylie, TX, USA

problem #44

Mar 202000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
GM dealers admit both brakes and headlight designed poorly, but no fix for problems

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #43

Mar 122000

Malibu

  • miles
The brakes continue to warp on our Malibu, causing excessive vibration when braking at high speed. Twice we have had to take it to have the front brakes adjusted while under warranty, and once again the brakes will need to be kept from warping. Seems to me the brakes are defective to begin with. My mechanic (broadwater automotive, glen burnie, 410-760-2626) contacted a GM parts source who said the fix would be a $500 job. Might a recall not be in order here? three times in 42K miles is a bit much.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #42

Jun 011999

Malibu

  • miles

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

Had nothing but front end problems, seems like dealer is not beleiving, may think its the operator.

- Delano, CA, USA

problem #41

Jan 022000

Malibu

  • miles
Bought this car on the premise of low maintainence. Have averaged dealer visits every two months. This car is a lemon and I don't feel my family is safe in it. No safety defect listed in the summary.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #40

Feb 172000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Transmision slips, temp/elec. Problems, major vibration when applying brakes-hi & lo speeds

- Lakehills, TX, USA

problem #39

Feb 152000

Malibu

  • miles
While driving consumer steps on brakes pedal to stop vehicle or reduce speed. But, brakes will not stop, and sometimes increase the stopping distance.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #38

Jun 231998

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Anti lock brakes repaired on several occasions.

- Athens, TX, USA

problem #37

Jan 162000

Malibu

  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #36

Mar 171999

Malibu

  • miles
Since March 17/99 my car has brake problems.first the brakes were unbalanced, right pads were 0% and the left pads 80%. the problem remain unsolved. We changed the pads twice and the grinding noise and the brake problem continued. For 5th times I took my car to gormier Chevrolet trying to fix the problem. According to investigation the same problem have occurred in many Chevrolet Malibu. Thanks for your help and I hope hear from you soon. Lindaura gonzalez and eduardo G. bortolete.

- Hawthorne, CA, USA

problem #35

Jan 132000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
I have had nothing but problems with my car. At 3,000 miles I had to have the engine replaced. The front headlight, control panel for the windows, the phone jack, the brakes reserviced because they wouldn't replace them at 14,000, then again at 28,000 the brakes are acting up again. Please help thank you patricia robinson.

- Cottonwood, CA, USA

problem #34

Nov 231999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Rotors replaced twice, radio in twice for repairs, always a haggle!!

- Hudson, NH, USA

problem #33

Dec 011998

Malibu

  • miles
Heavy vibration in front end when brakes applied at highway speeds. Also uneven stopping at slower speeds. Dealer not contacted.

- Brick, NJ, USA

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