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really awful
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 3 of 5)

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problem #41

May 172000

Malibu

  • miles

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

I purchased the vehicle from bobb Chevy in 11/99, in April 2000 noticed a grinding noise when braking. Took car into a tuffy auto shop who indicated I needed complete brake job. They suggested warranty should cover vehicle repairs. So I took it to bobb at 7:30 am on 4/27/00, they completed brake job - rotors, calipers, fluid, pads and labor. This totalled $817.01, I paid $496.12, warranty paid the balance. On 5/17/00, coming home from work on a service road I tried to apply my brakes and found I did not have any - this was 3 wks after a total replacement. I had the option to go into an intersection, or hit a car stopped at the stop sign, but I chose to run off the road, hoping that would have stopped me. I hit a pine tree, both air bags popped out, windshield cracked, subsequently my insurance company - geico totalled the car. I suffered severe bruises, ended up in emergency, ordered to take 2 days off work for bruises, severely sprained ankle, bruises on chest & stomach from seatbelt and airbag. I have contacted the dealership, given them geico's report and police report. They suggested I contact product liability dept of Chevrolet. At this time someone from GM product asst is to contact me.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #40

Apr 011999

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Braking system malfunctioned. Also, brakes shimmied and shook, causing extended stopping distance which may result in a crash. Dealer replaced pads 3 times/turned rotors 2 twice, and replaced rotors once. Dealer could not determine the cause.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #39

May 312000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
When traveling about 44to45 mph or higher applied brakes and vehicle statrted to shake.

- Addison, IL, USA

problem #38

Feb 012000

Malibu

  • miles

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

Front brakes needed replacment of pads and turning of rotors at 17000 and 24000 miles, no ususual use, just lousy parts.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #37

May 032000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
When driving at highway speed consumer noticed shimmying coming from front end., also, excessive wear of brake rotors and pads, causing improper braking. Consumer has contacted dealer, dealer has replaced the rotors on a number of occasions.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #36

Mar 011999

Malibu

  • miles
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 #35

Mar 232000

Malibu

  • miles

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

Front discs turned twice, replaced once, due to pulsing during braking, need service again. Repairs recurr every 10K miles. Fixed twice under warranty, once at owner's expense.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

problem #34

Dec 101999

Malibu

  • miles
3 times to dealer for trunk leaks, paint repair on new car. Brakes are pulsating again after second rotor set replacement. Chevy had best get going with a fix or its going to lose many customers for life. The brake problem seems endemic to Malibu owners! blower motor replaced, door handles leak cold air, rattles and squeaks like you wouldn't believe. I've never had a worse new car purchase than this piece of crap. Chevy has really screwed us on this one!

- Skokie, LA, USA

problem #33

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 #32

May 101998

Malibu

  • miles
There are many other problems that will not fit in this form. This car is a lemon. No safety defect listed in summary.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #31

Jun 221998

Malibu

  • miles

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

Ongoing problem with faulty brake rotors; on five occasions rotors have been turned or replaced. Also, caliper guide pins were replaced. Dealer notified, and problem is still unresolved.

- Linthicum, MD, USA

problem #30

Apr 011999

Malibu

  • miles
The vehicle starts to pulsate when applying the brakes had problem fixed by dealer in the states now it has happened again at 28K miles. Why is this happening" and why is there not a recall on this problem"

- Apo, NY, USA

problem #29

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 #28

Dec 201999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
The day after buying this car, I reported to the dealorship that the brakes were squealing and rubbing. The pads were making noise whenever I come to a stop. I was told it was because metallic brakes wear out very fast. Rotors and pads seem to be warped. This noise cannot be normal. What can be done. The dealorship seems to feel that this is normal. They make noise and squeal all the time.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #27

Oct 051999

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving and applying brakes vehicle started to shake and make a squeaking noise. It started to pulsate when driver applied brakes. Driver stated that she would be driving the speed of 320- to 25 mph.

- Carroll, OH, USA

problem #26

May 011999

Malibu

  • miles
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 #25

Aug 031998

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle has had 4 sets of brakes & rotors, front control arms, rear suspension bar, paint flaked off front of car, front elec. Seat control, oil pan leak,

- Poca, WV, USA

problem #24

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 #23

Dec 051998

Malibu

  • miles
The vehicle was also returned to an authorized dealer for the same type problems in May 1999, August 1999 and October 1999.

- Okc, OK, USA

problem #22

May 291999

Malibu

  • miles
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

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