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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #61

May 251999

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Intermittently when brakes are applied ABS light illuminates, and vehicle experiences extended stopping distance. Also, dealer has replaced pads and rotors several times, and the problem still exists.

- Ft Worth, TX, USA

problem #60

Jan 142001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Brakes in front replaced pads then dealer replaced disc and pads, shakes not bake yet, tires wearing really low in center of tire almost didn't pass safety inspection, hard to keep controll of vehical in inclimate weather with bad tires. (tiresize: P215/60R15)( dot number: Tire size: P215/60R15 )

- Groton, CT, USA

problem #59

Jul 291999

Malibu

  • miles
Brake pads and rotors replaced at 9464 mi, pads (completely shot) at 26711 mi, pads and rotors again at.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #58

Jan 152001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles

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

Brake pads and rotors replaced at 9464 mi, pads (completely shot) at 26711 mi, pads and rotors again at.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #57

Jan 182001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Brake rotors are prematurely failing, rotors and pads are being replaced about every 6 months.

- Lake City, MI, USA

problem #56

May 011999

Malibu

  • miles
Pad/,rotors, tires replaces at 22,000 miles. Tires chopped and feathered. Rubbing began at 7,000. Told dealer on several occasions, finally at 22,000 problem was corrected. However, still gets grinding noise with brakes when roads are wet. Told dealer, they said that it was normal. (tiresize: R14)( dot number: Tire size: R14 )

- Union Springs, NY, USA

problem #55

Oct 151999

Malibu

  • miles

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

Oct/99, front brake problems/brake pedal shudder, steering wheel shimmy/(severe over 55mph) at 7000 miles. Reported problem to dealer-was told normal wear/out of warranty-car is 13 months old. Had to have rotors turned/severe warping.Nov/00,11600miles. Same problem.rotors and pads have to be replaced because of warping/excess wear. Car only driven 4000 miles in last year.didnt contact dealer because of previous dismissal by service department manager.

- Bradford, PA, USA

problem #54

Jun 011999

Malibu

  • miles
Replaced front brakes(rotors and pads) twice in under 33000 miles, radio replaced twice in under a year, heater core and blower replaced at 32000 miles, hazard button broke in under a year.

- New Windsor, NY, USA

problem #53

Nov 082000

Malibu

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #52

Oct 082000

Malibu

  • miles
Premature fail of front rotors dealer will replace rotors but will charge for pads and additional labor. Wheel center covers present a condition (all 4) that may cause then to come off due to fatigue of supporting brackets. Rear glass weatherstripe shrink abnormaly causing water to enter inside.

- Rincon, PR, USA

problem #51

Jun 012000

Malibu

  • miles

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

ABS light just came on when turned on car and never went off. When you hit the brakes the whole car shudders. Pulling away from a stop sign the right front axle just popped and broke, we were't even going 25 miles an hour.

- Rice Lake, WI, USA

problem #50

Sep 142000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Front brake pads and rotors are experiencing excessive wear, causing vehicle to vibrate when attempting to stop at highway speed. Consumer has contacted dealer.

- Salem, OH, USA

problem #49

Aug 182000

Malibu

  • miles
Second occurance in 29,000 miles: Car develops extreme shudder when applying brakes above 50mph. Potential safety hazard on wet/slippery roads common in NY area. Dealer replaced as "good will" but Chevrolet will not acknowledge problem. NHTSA customer complaints are very high for this identical problem. Chevrolet should replace rotors with high performance rotors that will not warp or extend warranty to include front disk brakes for life of car..

- West Caldwell, NJ, USA

problem #48

Mar 062000

Malibu

  • miles
Rotors and pads failed at 22,000 and again at 30,000 miles. Dealer advised not covered by warranty. Reported this date to GM. Was advised no recalls of warranty work authorized. Will contact dealer to request a hearing with factory rep. I consider this a safety defect. Many complaints have been reported to your org for same defect. Please advise if recall or other action being investigated or is forthcoming. Thanks.

- Jones, OK, USA

problem #47

Aug 162000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
While driving & applied brakes, vehicle would start to shimmy & vibrate in the front. Took to dealer. Mechanic could resolve the problem first time. When vibration returned, took vehicle back to dealer & problem was resolved.

- Georgetown, TN, USA

problem #46

Aug 022000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Intermittently when brakes are applied vehicle experiences extended stopping distance. Also, premature failure of brake pads have affected the rotors. Dealer has inspected vehicle.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #45

Feb 231999

Malibu

  • miles
Purchased 1998 Chevrolet Malibu from coleman autoplex in gatesville tx. Of which I have had a repeated problem with the rotors warping and the brake shoes wearing out every 6000 to 9000 miles repeatedly. This started in February of 1998 while the car was yet under manufactory warranty and is yet an on going problem. The dealer is not concerned with solving this problem! they only want tou to keep bringing the car back to them for repairs so that the keep getting the money to make their business flourish. The service manager the Malibu "has brakes wich are made of lesser durable mateerial than the more expensive General Motors cars thus they wear out fast, the can't withstand being driven ack and forth to austin, tx. Which is 140 miles round trip, on a daily basis because of their poor quality". that is an awful statement to make about a GM product not to say even about a product that you beg people to buy from you!! there are numerous complaints such as mine on the web site so I am hoping that soneone that is in a position to help us will be exposed to this data and will choose to aide in a solution to our many complaints that will benefit those of us who are victims! thanking you in advance for your concern and support, arvella E. calhoun.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #44

Feb 261999

Malibu

  • miles
I am experiencing repeated problems with the brakes on this vehicle. I have had 05 brake repair jobs on this car within the last year and a half of which is not normal. There must be a manufacturing defect with my breaking system. Coleman autoplex tells me that this car is not designed to be driven highway for an hour and fifteen minutes one way twice a day because the brakes will get hot and cause the rotors to warp. I do not believe this is true because GMC/ Chevrolet would not produce such poor quality/ workmanship for its customers. I have a 1988 delta88 oldsmobille which I have put 250,000 miles on and I have never had such a problem with the brakes. Will you please help me" dates of brake jobs are 26 February 1999 invoice 121441, sop both front rotors, coleman autoplex, 18 June 1999, resurface rotors, new brake pads, invoice 125540 coleman autoplex,9 October replace both front rotors, invoice 129844, coleman autoplex,10-February 2000 surface rotors new brake pads, invoice 199448 patriot Pontiac GMC Buick oldsmobille, and 03 July 2000 new brake shoes, resurface rotors. Please help me"

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #43

Sep 011998

Malibu

  • miles
Warped rotors, bad pads, had pads replaced twice in 1998 and 1999 at N/C since bought the car. Need another set of rotors and pads at estimated cost of $600. Average is every 10,000 miles.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #42

Mar 291999

Malibu

  • miles
When applying brakes, the vehicle vibrates & shudders, the steering wheel also shakes. Had front brake pads replaced/resurfaces rotors in 3/99 and 10,000 miles later problem is back again.

- Covington, GA, USA

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