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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 3 of 7)

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problem #93

Dec 011998

Malibu

  • miles

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

When applying brakes vehicle will vibrate. Rotors were replaced. Because rotors were wearing out, brakes had to be replaced eight times.

- Rual Valley, PA, USA

problem #92

Jan 052001

Malibu

  • miles
Warpped brake rotors. Dealer replaced rotors, but made me pay #117 for brake pads. This is a reccurring problem according to your data base. This should be a recall item before people start getting killed with loss of control. See steering complaints on your data base. Oil leaks reoccurred on O1/05/01.

- Fountian Valley, CA, USA

problem #91

Sep 171998

Malibu

  • miles
The front brake rotors have become warped 2 separate times, the rotors have been turned and replaced, the faulty rotors cause the vehicle to pull and shake especially once the cruise control is disengaged.

- Ward, AR, USA

problem #90

Dec 151998

Malibu

  • miles

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

The front rotors (left and right) warp every 8-12 thousand miles causing sever vibration when braking at high speeds. This is a problem with all mailbus from 1997-2000 based on conversations with other Malibu owners and dealer service technicians. NHTSA complain files show dozens and dozenns of the same complaint, yet no action by either NHTSA or Chevy/GM. Do not understand why. Chevrolet should be forced to make amends to owners and replace trhe rotors with an improved design. My understanding is the 2000 model Malibu have an improved rotor and heat dissipating front disc brake pads. NHTSA should have Chevrolet refit 97-99 models with these new parts.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #89

Jun 011998

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle is experiencing an ongoing problems with warped rotors, consumer states vehicle is hard to control when brakes go bad, the third time rotors were replaced, the consumer had to pay for labor, consumer states this is only a temporary fix to the ongoing problem.

- State Linee, PA, USA

problem #88

Aug 282000

Malibu

  • miles
Front brake rotors failed causing pulsation while braking. Nlm

- Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #87

Feb 252000

Malibu

  • miles

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

Vehicle front rotors warped at 10,000 miles. Resurfaced rotors, warped again. Replaced Chevrolet rotors with aftermarket rotors at 18,000 miles. Aftermarket rotors warped. Vehicle dangerous to drive. Chevrolet refuses to fix at their expense.

- West Friendship, MD, USA

problem #86

Sep 212000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Warped rotors causing vehicle to vibrate, steering to wobble, not to have complete control when braking.

- Pineville, LA, USA

problem #85

Sep 212000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Warped rotors causing vehicle to vibrate, steering to wobble, not to have complete control when braking.

- Pineville, LA, USA

problem #84

Oct 151999

Malibu

  • miles
At low speed braking it causes vehicle to virbate in the steering wheel and at high speed of 70 or more. Vehicle loses braking power. Dealer notified, and replaced front rotors. Problem reoccurred after 3-4 months. Please feel free to provide any further details.

- Pinesvill, LA, USA

problem #83

Aug 231999

Malibu

  • miles

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

Rotors replaced twice before 20,000 miles and alternator replaced at 25,000. This car is a real lemon. Will never buy GM product again.

- Katy, TN, USA

problem #82

Aug 231999

Malibu

  • miles
Rotors replaced twice before 20,000 miles and alternator replaced at 25,000. This car is a real lemon. Will never buy GM product again.

- Katy, TN, USA

problem #81

May 181998

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer has replaced 5 set of brake rotors due to warping which caused pedal pulsation, consumer believes there is a design defect or that the materials used by the manufacturer were defective. Nlm

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #80

Apr 011999

Malibu

  • miles
Front brake rotors have failed and been replaced twice due to warping and vibration. Nlm

- Aurora, IN, USA

problem #79

Jul 172000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
There is evidentally a design defect on all 1998 Malibu front rotor brake system componets. In 37,000 miles I have had three sets of rotors replaced on the front of my Malibu. I have just received written correspondence from the service manager at the dealer noted that General Motors is aaware of this problem. My dealer tells me that they will cover any future rotor/brake problems up to 60,000 miles and/or up to five years that the vehicle was put in to service. The serious concern is why has General Motors failed to issue a nationwide consumer alert to all Malibu owners of this serious, and very costly, problem" it seems obvious that this is a manufacturer/design type defect that, for some reasson, is being kept very quiet. I don't appreciate having to dig to find out information that should have been freely dispensed to me ass well as all other Malibu owners. I wonder how many consumers have paid hard earned money out of thier pockets because they were unaware that this is a GM problem" I am fully prepared to follow this issue through in a more formal matter if you so advise. I appreciate your help and guidance. Thank you for looking into this serious safety related matter. Please note..... the second time I took my vehicle in for brake problems....the situation was so critical that when applying brakes the front shook so bad like it had run over a washboard. Every 10,000 miles rotors and components should not have to be replaced. I need help very badly....thank you for your time and assistance. I will look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, troy M. curnutte.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #78

Jun 202000

Malibu

  • miles
I had the car serviced each 3000 miles as recommended by the owners manual by Chevrolet dealers in the area I was in at the time service ws required. Tom bannen Chevrolet, 2340 gallatin pike North, madison, tn. Has been that dealer since September 1999. I was charged for service which was to include inspection of the various parts of the car. Scheduled tire rotatation was done every six thousand miles as directed in the owners manual and brake wear was never reported to me. With out warning both front brake assemblies went out and both rotors were so warped and scored as to be unserviceable. I wonder if the rotors used in this model is defective.

- Madison, TN, USA

problem #77

Aug 062000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
This is the third time in 40,000 I'm replacing the rotors. The steering shimmies, and the brake pedal pulses. The brakes are poorly designed. It's not my driving.

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #76

Jul 152000

Malibu

  • miles
This is the second time we had to replace brakes and rotors. Vehicle makes a grinding sound.

- Mastic, NY, USA

problem #75

Jun 291999

Malibu

  • miles
Front rotors replaced at 8500 miles, resurfaced rotors at 14,470, replace both front rotors at 17,156 and are now starting to pulsate at 21,300.

- Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

problem #74

Jul 092000

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle experienced front rotor failure and is having difficulty with vibration.

- Unk., UN, USA

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