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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 4 of 7)

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problem #73

Jul 262000

Malibu

  • miles

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

While driving about 55 mph applied brakes, and brakes did not work, causing consumer to lose control of vehicle. A technician said that this was a rotor problem, and rotors needed to be replaced.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #72

Aug 022000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At higher speeds steering wheel shudders during braking. Dealer repaired at 17,000 miles, failing again at 25,000 miles.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #71

Jul 092000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Rotors have been resurfaced twice, replaced once; now causing the car to shimmy again at speeds over 35 mph. This is a recurring problem that's not being fixed properly. I can't put up with the downtime caused by this inexcusable defect. I am very concerned about the safety of those that travel with me. Air conditioner switch has failed leading to a complete lack of air.

- Orefield, PA, USA

problem #70

Sep 101999

Malibu

  • miles

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

I have replaced, brake pads, rotors, 6 times since the purchase of this car. Have also replaced ABS brakes 1 time. When traveling on the highway and you hit the brakes, it will shudder and shake (even after the brakes have been changed) someone is going to get killed in this car unless GM does something about this. I have informed GM of this problem, they said they would keep a record. No action has been taken on this! please help! as I can not sell or trade the car in. I am afraid to drive it!

- Tavares, FL, USA

problem #69

Jun 262000

Malibu

  • miles
Brake rotors warp under normal driving conditions and must be replaced every 8,000 to 12,000 miles. Manufacturer refused to cover replacement cost for these defective parts on 6/26/2000. Rotors were examined and replaced by dealer (dean patterson, altoona, pa) at 9,821 miles, 16,434 miles, 26,673 miles, 35,604 miles and 50,320 miles. This car was purchased new, but has been through five sets of rotors in approximately two years. The car that was traded in when purchasing this vehicle had over 120,000 and still had the original rotors and drums on it, providing clear evidence that this is a Chevrolet design flaw. Dealer charged consumer $441.99 for replacement of these rotors at 50,320 miles because of warranty expiration.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #68

Feb 201999

Malibu

  • miles
I have had repeated problems with the brakes and rotors wearing out ai 11000 miles since purchasing this vehicle, every 10000 to 11000 miles when applying the brakes the steering wheel vibrates fiercely and the car pulls to the right. I have carriesthe car to coleman autoplex repeatedly for the problem while under warranty and since the warranty expired to no good effect. They care less now that they have sold the car!I have tried to get them to let me speak with the area rep, but they refuse me that priviledge also. I would like for both General Motors and Chevrolet to be aware of my problem. I desperately need assistance. I have a 1988 delta 88 oldsmobille with 250000 plus miles on it and I have never had such brake/ rotor problems with it and I drove it back and forth to work as I do this vehicle with out barke problems. Thus my driving habits have not changed. I do not drive in stop and go traffic to and from work, I choose to work noghts to avoid that problem. Coleman tells me that the brakes wearout at 10000 miles because they are getting hot from my drive to and from austin tx which is 70miles one way. I disagree for GM products should be able to withstand such a short distance on a daily basis. Besides there are many people driving the same distance which find it ironic that I am having this problem! please help me?

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #67

Jul 011998

Malibu

  • miles

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

Front disc brakes are faulty, the rotors have been turned, replaced and turned again. Consumer has complained that the left front wheel was hotter than the right and also had a greater amount of brake dust accumulation, dealer continues to tell consumer that there is nothing wrong with the brakes. Nlm

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #66

Jan 081999

Malibu

  • miles
Front disc brakes failed causing them to pulse on activation, indicating warped rotors, fixed twice under warranty and once by owner, problem keeps occuring. Nlm

- Highland P, IL, USA

problem #65

Jan 122000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer experiencing problem with brake rotors. Nlm

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #64

Jul 061999

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle experiencing severe vibration and shimmy of the steering wheel whenever applying brakes. Problem was caused by continuous warpage of the front rotors. Rotors have been replaced five times within every 10,000 miles. Dealer/manufacturer notified, and informed consumer that replacing is the only thing they can do at this time.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #63

Jan 122000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles

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

Consumer experiencing problem with brake rotors. Nlm

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #62

May 302000

Malibu

  • miles
Brake problems once again. Supposedly fixed 3 different times. Have had rotors shaved, realigned, replaced, brake pads replaced, have had brake problems within the first 10000 miles the car was driven up until now.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #61

Apr 152000

Malibu

  • miles
Premature rotor wear, dealer has replaced rotors three times, car vibrates violently at speeds over 50 when brakes are apllied.

- Ulster Park, NY, USA

problem #60

Apr 122000

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When car reached 9000 miles there was pulsation in the brakes which made it difficult to stop. Rotors have been replaced twice since consumer has owned vehicle.

- Crystal Lake, IL, USA

problem #59

Jun 171998

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Upon making a stop consumer noticed pulsation in the brake pedal which made it difficult to stop. Also, excessive wear of front brake rotors. Consumer has contaced dealer.

- Farmington, CT, USA

problem #58

Sep 191998

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 44mph on the highway, applied brakes, and vehicle shook, and vibration came through wheels and steering wheel.

- Addison, IL, USA

problem #57

Aug 011999

Malibu

  • miles
Rotors failed prematurely. Nlm

- Au Gres, MI, USA

problem #56

Apr 121999

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiencing ongoing problem with vibration at high speed upon braking due to faulty rotors. Dealer is aware of the problem, and will replace all faulty rotors with upgraded rotors at consumer's expense.

- Massapequa Park, NY, USA

problem #55

May 012000

Malibu

  • miles
While driving at any speed and when applying brakes vehicle vibrates violently/ shudders, and pulls from side to side. GMC is aware of the problem, and has replaced rotors. This has happened 3 times before.

- Cold Springs, KY, USA

problem #54

Apr 012000

Malibu

  • miles
Rotors repaired at 25,000 now again at 33,000 they are bad again.B/pedal almost to floor to stop. Called service sorry it is normal wear/"depends how you drive. No reason for 2X failure in such a short time. GM is covering up a poor quality produc.

- Ingleside, IL, USA

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