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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 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 1 of 2)

problem #27

Dec 021998

Malibu

  • miles

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

Consumer states that while driving at over 30 mph and applying the brakes the vehicle will start to shake. Contacted dealer and the dealer replaced the rotors on the vheicle but the problem still occurs. Nlm

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #26

Aug 012001

Malibu

  • miles
Both the front and rear brakes keep wearing out and have been replaced three times. The consumer believes it is unsafe to drive the vehicle.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #25

Dec 012001

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, applied brakes and without warning brakes failed. Consumer had to repair brakes twice under 15000 miles.

- Harisburg, KY, USA

problem #24

May 012002

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles

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

My car has had the brakes replaced twice already and the rotors as well. This car was just in for repair work last week and the dealer said that the brakes were 60% worn again already. They were just replaced about 6 months ago. The car pulsates when stopping. I believe that Chevrolet had a problem with these brakes and needs to correct the issue. I am going to have to replace these brakes again very shortly.

- Commerce Twp, MI, USA

problem #23

Feb 282002

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Used four set of brakes. Sensor had internal electrical failure, J4355 sensor, crankshaft position replaced. Radio has never worked right despite radio supposely sent off for repair. Two positive battery bolt and cable replacement and on another occasion discovered post broken off in battery.

- Nichols, SC, USA

problem #22

Mar 012001

Malibu

  • miles
Anti-lock braking system is defective, consumer is unable to keep brakes or rotors on vehicle. Dealer has yet to be contacted.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #21

Oct 192001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Brake pads/rotors and calipers are prematurely wearing out, cause unknown.

- Marianna, AR, USA

problem #20

Sep 012001

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS system does not work properly, and there is extended stopping when applying brakes. Consumer states the brakes give, causing the extended stopping distance.

- Bumrham, NC, USA

problem #19

Apr 182001

Malibu

  • miles
A design flaw in the braking system caused the brake pads and rotors to wear prematurely, the new design creates too much heat for the rotors to dissipate therefore the rotors warp prematurely, this design flaw also causes vibration when braking from high speeds. Nlm

- Hartselle, AL, USA

problem #18

Jan 011999

Malibu

  • miles
Brakes go out every 10,000 miles.

- Belews Creek, NC, USA

problem #17

Jan 011999

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When traveling and applying brakes, they make a grinding noise when making a turn. Dealership is aware of problem. Transmission mounts were replaced. Safety belt fixed 2 times. Power steering hoses and lines replaced, parts were missing from steering gear assembly.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #16

Nov 162000

Malibu

  • miles
Brakes failed to work properly when they were applied. Tires would go flat every 3 days. Had them checked for holes or cuts, nothing was found. Engine had stalled out while driving due to blown head gaskets.

- Ferguson, MO, USA

problem #15

Feb 092001

Malibu

  • miles
The brakes failed, causing them to make squealing noise, the front pads were replaced, rotors machined and calipers serviced, the consumer request reimbursement. Nlm

- North Olms, OH, USA

problem #14

Jul 202000

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced several transmission related problems, consumer stated while pushing accelerator from a complete stop, engine would rev up but vehicle would not move, after a couple of seconds, the transmission would engage, this would also happen while driving, transmission experienced slipping, dealer rebuilt transmission, also, left front axle boot was torn, dealer replaced the left inner tripod joint boot. Gas cap tether broke, dealer replaced gas cap. Vehicle would vibrate while braking, dealer replaced warped rotors and front brakes, the right front caliper was later replaced due to a torn piston boot. Oil was leaking from the front crankshaft seal, dealer replaced seal. Steering column tilt housing bowl assembly machined improperly from factory causing tilt wobble, also caused a popping noise. Consumer heard a clunk noise from rear when going over bumps, dealer replaced both lower control arms.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #13

Apr 242000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
The consumer has replaced the rotors 3 times, the brake pads have also been replaced, the vehicle only has 16000 miles on it.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #12

Feb 262000

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes continually experiencing excessive wear and replacement.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #11

Aug 202000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Braking system failed causing an accident. Brakes failed to activate at speeds of 10mph causing the inability to stop the vehicle which subsequently caused an accident. Brakes were depressed as far as they could be and vehicle failed to stop. Had problems with brakes before. Shudderin sounds come from the front hood when applying brakes at any speeds. Feels like something rubbing in the front and bottom of vehicle.

- Scotch Plains, NJ, USA

problem #10

Feb 262000

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes continually experiencing excessive wear and replacement.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 062000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Brake pulsated causing the vehicle to jerk and swerve.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #8

Aug 091999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Design of defective brake system causing premature brake failure.

- Spring, TX, USA

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