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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 6 of 7)

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problem #33

Feb 051999

Malibu

  • miles

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

Every time when brakes are applied they vibrate real badly. Had brake rotors resurfaced.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #32

Oct 071999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Due to the excessive wearing of the rotors, when brakes are applied, front end shakes, and the vehicle pulls to the left. Dealer has been contacted.

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #31

Feb 021999

Malibu

  • miles
When the ABS brakes are applied, there would be some wobbling. Has appened at least 6 times. The mechanic felt the ABS sensors were failing. Rotors are substandard & are going out. There would be shimming. Not heavy enough for vehicle. Was corrected.

- Phoenix City, AL, USA

problem #30

Jul 121999

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Premature failure of front disc brakes and rotors causing front of car to vibrate when the brakes applied. Nlm

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #29

Jan 161999

Malibu

  • miles
Whenever the brakes are applied steering wheel would shake. Took to dealer & mechanic either turned the rotors or replaced the rotors.

- Hereford, PA, USA

problem #28

Sep 071999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
When the brakes are applied while traveling above 50 mph, vehicle will shake and pulsate. Also, steering wheel has to be braced to keep control. This is due to bad rotors. GMC, and the dealer ship has been contacted.

- York Town Heights, NY, USA

problem #27

Jul 141998

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Brake rotors worn out.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #26

Aug 241999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying brakes there is a pulsating feeling in the vehicle. It feels like the rotors are warped. Dealer has not seen vehicle.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #25

May 041998

Malibu

  • miles
Brake rotors are continually warping and causing vibration. Mjs

- Orleans, Ontario, CD, USA

problem #24

Apr 011999

Malibu

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

- Aurora, IN, USA

problem #23

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Rotors warped.

- Atascadero, CA, USA

problem #22

Jul 161999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Pulsating brakes in front. Requested they be "replace" denied by dealer....they were fixed..."rotors were resurfaced" I feel this should not have happened that the rotors are defective" please advise... 2 flats in rear..one tire replaced the other plugged. Again this is a new car" advise. Thanks.( dot number: )

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #21

Jul 011999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Severe vibration in front end when brakes are applied above 60 mph. I feel this problem is related to the eariler front end recall problem. Dealer will cut rotors and that is it. I know this is not going to fix the true problem but it will be a quick fix that may last through the warrenty period.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #20

Mar 151999

Malibu

  • miles
We bought a 98 Malibu in Feb 99 w/20K miles. Soon after we noticed a slight vibration in braking.I had it checked and rotors are warped. I was told this was common in Malibu and that the problem has existed since they came out in 97.this was from the serv. Dept mgr at adams Chevrolet in raytown, mo he says he sees several Malibu every week for the same problem, and that it wasn't covered by warranty or manuf. Recall. Only if the problem begins withing 12K miles. It was as if I was just supposed to accept this..even though we paid $14,000 for this car. GM brags that the car can go up to 100K miles without a tuneup, but they forget to tell you you'll have to have the rotors turned every year.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #19

Jun 301999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
7X's in 47000 miles have had rotors prematurely warped, 1X metallic clicking noise when stopping at lower speeds.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #18

Jun 251999

Malibu

  • miles
Rotors have warped twice within 20500 miles. Other Malibu owners have the same complaint. While I haven't been injured because of this, it should not be occurring so frequently. Chevy wanted to charge me to turn the rotors down the 2nd time, only 4000 miles after they were first turned down. This should not be happening. If I weren't astute enough to catch it early, it could be a real safety hazard.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #17

Sep 031998

Malibu

  • miles
Front rotors experiencing pulsation upon braking. Nlm

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #16

Jan 011999

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front brake rotors warped, causing extended stopping distance and a noise which may result in an accident. Been to dealer several times. Dealer replaced rotors once and turned the rotors twice.

- Franklin, GA, USA

problem #15

Jun 161999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Brake rotors warped every 8,000-10,000 miles, which caused extended stopping distance, and could result in a crash.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #14

May 201999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes are wearing out prematurley. Pads/calipers and the rotors needed to be replaced at 35,000 miles.there was no indictation of a problem, causing a safety hazard. 2. the vehicle shakes at speeds less than 20 mph, and dealer replaced control arm, but defect is still occurring.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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