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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,356 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #113

May 111998

Malibu

  • miles

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

Brakes were not operating properly, and vehicle pulsated when applying brakes. Took vehicle to dealer, and they replaced front rotors. Eight thousand miles later same problem occurred. Dealer replaced rotors again. Consumer indicated that just yesterday same problem started again. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer stated that wheels needed to be taken off the rear, and brakes needed cleaning and adjusting. Consumer felt this should had been done in the beginning. Currently there is a charge.

- Lake St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #112

Jan 291999

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front brake rotors have been replaced on four occasions and turned once from 12,000 miles to present mileage by dealer, problem has reoccurred.

- Thibodaux, LA, USA

problem #111

Mar 011999

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front rotors were grounded at 8000 miles, when braking vehicle shimmied and brakes squealed. Rotors have since been replaced and grounded again 4 times. Dealer stated rotors needed to be grounded every 6000 miles.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #110

Sep 242001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles

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

Severe brake pulsation at highway speeds, difficult to control car. Rotors replaced at 18000 mi, rotors turned at 33000 mi, need to replace again at 46000 mi. Rear stop lights keep burning out due to problems with printed circuit. Replaced light assembly twice, replace bulbs every 5-6 months.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #109

Sep 172001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake rotors warped causing vehicle to jerk whenever brakes were applied. Would be very hard to maintain control when it happened. Took to dealership and had rotors replaced under warranty 1st time. At 38,000 miles the same problem of warped rotors. Dealership will not replace. Claimed rotors were too thin to be turned.*akdealer turned rotors on follow-up visit, oem front brake pads were also replaced, both at customers expense.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #108

Aug 151999

Malibu

  • miles
Warped front rotors replaced for third time at 35000 miles. Chevy has covered the repairs but will not provide extended warranty coverage. They state that this is the expected life for rotors (approximately 12000 miles) based on local driving conditions. Rotors on my previous cars have lasted 40000 miles or more. I found dozens of similar complaints in the database. There seems to be a general problem with the brake system that Chevy should recognize and correct before the faulty brakes cause accidents. I should not have to pay for new rotors every 12000 miles.

- Dix Hills, NY, USA

problem #107

Aug 272001

Malibu

  • miles

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

The front brake rotors have warped and had to be replaced for the second time now. The first occurrence was approximately 20,000 miles. The second occurrence was at 37,500 miles. The warped rotors cause extreme difficulty in maintaining control of this vehicle under all braking conditions, especially on rough roads. I also wonder what problems may arise with the ABS reading the wheel speed/position under braking with a pulsing condition.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #106

Dec 011999

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle had experienced strong vibration in the steering wheel while driving due to rotors failure.

- Parachute, CO, USA

problem #105

Aug 222001

Malibu

  • miles
Have taken vehicle to dealership due to problems with brakes. Mechanic indicated brakes were wearing excessively due to warped rotors. This was second set of rotors. They, too cannot be turned, had worn too thin to be used.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #104

Oct 011998

Malibu

  • miles
Rotors have warped 5 times, this is a normal defect for Chevrolet, Malibu, its about time someone did something about it.

- Ulster Park, NY, USA

problem #103

Jan 081999

Malibu

  • miles

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

This car stinks. Do not buy it!!!!!! I purchased the car 4/98. After 8,000 miles the brakes started to pulsate. At 13,000 the rotors were replaced. I also had problems with the A/C vents getting stuck. The dealer ended up replacing the vent. The brakes stared to pulsate again by 20,000 miles and by 36,000 miles they needed to be cut. The A/C control head needed to be repalced after 43.000 miles. The A/C cycled on and off. Let me tell you that GM/Chevy knows there are problems and still require you to pay for the parts until they find a solution. Anyway, two days after I had the A/C control head replaced, the A/C started to blow out hot air. Brought the car back to the dealer (royal Chevrolet in New Jersey) to find out what happened. They stated there was a hole in the condensor and it would cost $1200 for the part. I found it hard to beleive that something could fit thru the grill without damaging the grill and put a hole in the condensor. When I picked the car up, he threw the keys accross the counter, said it was in the back and walked away. Great customer service!!! 9 months past untill I had my regular dealer look at the car. He tightened a hose and replaced a seal and freon at a cost of $80. A big difference. I recommend them. (lynn Chevrolet). I had the water pump replaced. A camshaft sensor was shorted and had to be replaced. (the check engine light kept coming on) I also replaced the hub bearing on both front wheels after 60,000 miles. Recently the A/C started to have the same problem. I called Chevy because I feel I should not have to pay for reoccurring problems. They could care less about the consumer. They have your money already. Chevy told me the only dealer that could repair it on good faith was the dealer that installed the part the first time. The ones the tried to rip me off. Chevy just don't get it. They lost me as a customer. Don't buy this car unless you want poor customer relations.

- Kearny, NJ, USA

problem #102

Jul 132001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Rotors needed to be replaced every 13000 to 15000 miles. There is a streaking noise, and the pedal goes all the way down to floor. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #101

Jun 072001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
We have rotors replaced on this car twice in about 30dys dealer couldn't believe it. And the intake bolts were loose and it was losing coolant.

- Bryant, AL, USA

problem #100

Aug 011999

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dealer claims at 23,000 miles front rotors and front brakes needed to be replaced which was causing a pulsation when applying brakes at any speeds. 8,000 miles later, defect reoccurred again, consumer contacted dealer, and was told rotors needed to be replaced with a new updated rotor. 13,000 miles later, defect has reoccurred for the 3rd time, and was being told by dealer, rotors and brake system needed to be replaced again even after dealer installed new updated parts. Dealer claimed front rotors had excessive run out.

- Riverdale, CA, USA

problem #99

May 162001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Front brakes rotors are prematurely wearing, cause unknown.

- Remington, VA, USA

problem #98

May 102001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rotors keep failing prematurely. Consumer has replaced 5 sets of rotors. Cause unknown.

- Hallsville, MO, USA

problem #97

Feb 011998

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Left front rotor has been replaced 10 times since purchase of vehicle, rubbing on pad.

- Maddison, IL, USA

problem #96

Apr 252001

Malibu

  • miles
I have had the car back to the dealer 4 times for the same problem. The rotors. May 99, 9800 mi, Feb 00, 18247 mi, May 00, 23,236 miles and now today 35,500 mi. The first 2 times they shaved the rotors and the third time they replaced them. However they never put on new pads. Now today they tell me I need new brakes. They car is doing the same thing it did other time. At a speed of over 50 mph it shimmies. There should definetly be a recall on the brakes. The tires all had to be replaced as they split. Also I have water coming into the left tail light and puts out the bulb.( dot number: )

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #95

Jan 192000

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer had rotors resurfaced, then replaced. Currently, rotors need to be replaced again. When applying brakes front end shakes.

- St. Claire Shores, MI, USA

problem #94

Feb 092001

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Squeaking noise came from steering, dealer replaced steering rack assembly and power steering hoses. Right front shoulder belt would not adjust up or down, seatbelt stop button was missing, left side driver's shoulder belt retracts slowly, right front shoulder belt retracts slowly and jams at times. Rear bumper cover at left side at tail light opening has poor fit. Excessive wind noise at the left front door glass opening while traveling highway speeds. Steering shimmies while braking, dealer found warped rotors. Idle quality in gear at stop is poor, transmission mounts were weak, engine runs rough at times. Front head light fogged up, delaer found inside lens cracked. Rattle noise heard under vehicle while traveling on rough roads.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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