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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 6 of 7)

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problem #32

May 011999

Malibu

  • miles

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

Single mom of two, I am paying for a car that is supposed to be dependable and safe. I do not want to be a statistic because of someone who wants to save a buck! I chose the Malibu for the safety rating and was beside myself when I was told of the reoccurring, not repairable rotor problem. Then also after 36,000 miles I will get to pay for all rotor repairs since it will no longer be covered under the mf warranty. I used to have great respect for Chevy. I realize how very unimportant I and my children are to them now. I can not afford to repurchase a new car and I pray that this problem will be resolved soon.

- Goleta, CA, USA

problem #31

Nov 011999

Malibu

  • miles
While at 60mph car starts to shutter and it won't slow down properly. Also, within 30, 000 miles had to have brakes done. Dealer didn't help.

- Randalls Town, MD, USA

problem #30

Sep 231999

Malibu

  • miles
Whenever stopping vehicle, can feel the brake pedal pulsating. Needed to push harder on pedal to get vehicle to stop. The ABS light would flash on/off. Took vehicle to dealer & mechanic changed the brake pads. The rotors were rotated at least twice & then scrapped.

- Cortland, OH, USA

problem #29

May 291999

Malibu

  • miles

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

Defective / faulty brake system: Dealer has replaced four sets of brake pads;.turned three rotors, and replaced one rotor. Also, and sanded & deglazed rear brakes. Can NHTSA do something about this condition.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #28

Oct 071999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Due to the excessive wearing of the rotors, when brakes are applied, front end shakes, and the vehicle pulls to the left. Dealer has been contacted.

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #27

Feb 021999

Malibu

  • miles
When the ABS brakes are applied, there would be some wobbling. Has appened at least 6 times. The mechanic felt the ABS sensors were failing. Rotors are substandard & are going out. There would be shimming. Not heavy enough for vehicle. Was corrected.

- Phoenix City, AL, USA

problem #26

Sep 031999

Malibu

  • miles

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

It happened in a parking lot the brakes are out towed home

- Juneau, AK, USA

problem #25

Mar 051999

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Whenever the brakes are applied, vehicle would shake. Took to dealer & was informed the brake pads & rotors were worn out. The rotors were also pitted. Dealer informed owner would have to pay first before repairs to brake damage is done.work completed at location vehicle was purchased under "one time warranty repair". pads worn out at 17,504, rotors worn out at 22,854. * mjs

- Alexandria, KY, USA

problem #24

Sep 071999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
When the brakes are applied while traveling above 50 mph, vehicle will shake and pulsate. Also, steering wheel has to be braced to keep control. This is due to bad rotors. GMC, and the dealer ship has been contacted.

- York Town Heights, NY, USA

problem #23

Sep 021999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Cruise control was set between 60-70 mph, went to apply brakes, but they did not disengage the cruise, driver had to repeatedly apply brakes before the finally engaged, resulting in serious safety hazard.defect has occurred 3 times, and dealer has replaced brake sensor.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #22

Mar 011999

Malibu

  • miles

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

ABS not working. Break problems replaced at 19,000 miles and I am having problems again. Noise coming out of the front right tire. Rear view mirror fell off.( dot number: Tire size: 15 )

- Copiague, NY, USA

problem #21

Jul 271999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the brakes are applied the vehicle vibrates, resulting in loss of vehicle control. The dealer has repaired the vehicle three times. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Kittrell, NC, USA

problem #20

May 011998

Malibu

  • miles
No summary

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #19

Jul 161999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Pulsating brakes in front. Requested they be "replace" denied by dealer....they were fixed..."rotors were resurfaced" I feel this should not have happened that the rotors are defective" please advise... 2 flats in rear..one tire replaced the other plugged. Again this is a new car" advise. Thanks.( dot number: )

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #18

Sep 291998

Malibu

  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Red Lion, PA, USA

problem #17

Nov 121998

Malibu

  • miles
I really need to talk to someone for a better detail description of my problem. No safety defect listed in summary.

- Brooklyn, MD, USA

problem #16

Jul 011999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Mfg contacted, denies problem exists, says "go away". no safety defect indicated in summary.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #15

Mar 151999

Malibu

  • miles
We bought a 98 Malibu in Feb 99 w/20K miles. Soon after we noticed a slight vibration in braking.I had it checked and rotors are warped. I was told this was common in Malibu and that the problem has existed since they came out in 97.this was from the serv. Dept mgr at adams Chevrolet in raytown, mo he says he sees several Malibu every week for the same problem, and that it wasn't covered by warranty or manuf. Recall. Only if the problem begins withing 12K miles. It was as if I was just supposed to accept this..even though we paid $14,000 for this car. GM brags that the car can go up to 100K miles without a tuneup, but they forget to tell you you'll have to have the rotors turned every year.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #14

Nov 121998

Malibu

  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Carteret, NJ, USA

problem #13

May 211999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
I bought my Chevrolet Malibu used and have had it about 2 months. Days after the 36,000 mile warranty runs out I have major brake problems. Replaced front brakes, pads, right rotor and right caliper. Every mechanic I've seen is amazed that a car a year old needs a new caliper. Called the dealer and they told me they couldn't do anything about it. Also had problem with front end rattling noise like the front end is loose or something; dealer did put new control arms on, but noise still persists.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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