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7.2

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,872 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #16

Jan 282008

Malibu

  • miles

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

I am continually having problems with my 2002 Chevy Malibu. I had the theft system continually come on and paid $700 to fix that. Fuel pump went bad...$500. I had the coolant system leak and paid $800 to fix that. Every time I get my brake pads replaced, the rotors need replaced too, until the last time when the calibers had to be replaced as well $900. Now I am having difficulty starting my piece of junk.

- Wesley Chapel, FM, USA

problem #15

Mar 272007

Malibu

  • miles
I have filed a safety complaint with Chevrolet on the 2002 Malibu I purchased new. I have had to replace the brakes twice once at 33,378 miles on 5/5/2005 and again at 51,543 mile on 3/27/2007. The consumer complaint department and the dealership where it was repair have informed me the replacing the brakes at 18,165 miles are considered "routine maintenance." Failure of the braking system was found when the car did not adequacy stop placing me and my family in danger. There was no audible or visual indicator of the braking problem, instead I had to rely on performance failure while on the road. To date the manufacturer and dealership fail to recognize the problem.

- Triangle, VA, USA

problem #14

Jan 092007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
First incident of leaking happened after dealership worked on car. Arrived home coolant poured out on ground towed back. Dealership said reservoir cap seal. 10/2006 or 11/2006, picking up at school and smelled not engine. Parked saw coolant on ground. No engine light on but needle was past middle. Family brought coolant filled it up and went 5 blocks to dealership. They said nothing was wrong. Yesterday, 1/9/2007 car overheated in the school line. Added coolant. I brought it to a non dealership radiator shop owner thinks intake manifold gasket leaking. Car at dealership. I really don't know what the real problem is but because my warranty expired feel dealership will tell me it is a new problem from the first event so I will be responsible. At least two rotors replaced on the front driver's wheel & 5 sets of pads. Reported to GM they claim it is the way I drive! a non dealership tire company had the pads replaced with a good brand. 1 1/2 years since I had to have pads. Problem with the right front passenger door locks. Car is running and the driver gets out leaving car on and then the passenger turns off the car and gets out, locks car, the radio stays on. I went inside the store and came out and the radio was still playing. When you unlock the car but enter only the passenger front door and then close it and walk away, the car locks itself. Happened several times. I had not placed the keys on the seat of the car and shut the door or I would have been locked out. I reported this but no one seemed to care. Radio was replaced for left button paint (not sure if it is paint or cover on button) rubs off. Ignition switch was replaced. Fuel pump replaced.. I Transport grandchildren and I need a safe car.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #13

Nov 282006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Brake rotors on 2002 Malibu failing every 18000 to 20000 miles. (3 times in 4 years) I had the rotors and brakes checked 7 months after the latest replacement because of violent shimming in the front end and was told by dealer everything was fine with my rotors and brakes. Now 5 months later(after the parts warranty expired) I am told I need new rotors and brakes. GM knows they have a problem with this but refuses to address it. I have had 5 near accidents on the freeway because of the violent shim when I hit the brakes. All the dealership will say is they can "see a pattern". I would like to know how many deaths were caused by this pattern!

- Perryopolis, PA, USA

problem #12

Oct 132005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
My turn signals work whenever they feel like it. This has been going on for about 8 months now and it seems to be getting worse. Sometimes you can hear the turn signal but the light is not actually on. Also, I have had to replace my rotors on the car three times all ready and the car is not even three years old yet. I am quite upset because between the turn signals and the brakes I am at a high risk for an accident. I have a three year old daughter and everyday I get in the car and drive with her I am putting both of our lives at risks. I can't believe that it is three years and yet there has been no recall on either of these potentially life endangering issues when there has been problems with at least one of these issues on previous models. What is wrong with this picture??

- Thornton, IL, USA

problem #11

Sep 012005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased my 2002 Malibu new and have had the brakes replaced four times and am on my third set of rotors. At 54000 miles the wheel bearing and control arm bushings had to be replaced. Two weeks later the fuel pump had to be replaced also. The passenger side rear window can't be down because last time we had a rough time getting it to go back up.

- Shreve, OH, USA

problem #10

Dec 172004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,256 miles

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

My 2002 Chevy Malibu (3 yrs old, just our of factory warranty) with 33,000 miles had the front left brake seize up. I limped it to the dealer, half a mile away from my house. By the time I got there, the front left brakes were smoking. I was told that the caliper seized up because the pads were too worn. Also that the pads on the left were worn also. The Chevy dealer said I needed to have rotors turned on both wheels, calipers replaced on both wheels, and new pads & caliper bolts. Total cost $784 not covered by the extended warranty that I paid $1250 for when I bought the car. The wear indicators gave very little warning that the brakes were warn. I had the brakes inspected a year ago (9000 miles ago) and was told they were fine. I can understand turning the rotors. I expect to pay for pads. But replacing the calipers on both wheels" did I just get taken for a ride by my Chevy dealer? I have seen lots of reports about premature brake wear on Malibu. What are my options" I have already paid for the repair.

- Avon, IN, USA

problem #9

Sep 282004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brakes pedal went to the floor. A loud grinding noise was heard coming from the front. Driver took vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that that brake pads and rotorsa needed to be replaced.

- Waldoboro, ME, USA

problem #8

Jul 202004

Malibu 4WD

  • miles
When the brakes were applied, the steering wheel vibrated hard. The vehicle is now on it's third repair for brake rotors.

- Columbia, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 132004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,700 miles
Brakes 2001 Malibu chev. 35,000 miles brakes and rotors replaced 4 times.

- Middlesex, NC, USA

problem #6

Apr 022003

Malibu

  • miles

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

Premature brake and rotor wear on 2002 Malibu, front brakes replaced twice in 2 years at about 17,000 and 34,000 miles.

- Wellesley, MA, USA

problem #5

Apr 302004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle started producing a high pitched sqeak/squeal when turning to the left after 26000 mi. Took car to dealer and was informed that the brake pads needed to be repolaced and the rotors needed to be turned. Dealer advised that the brake pads went due to my driving habits, however none of the other new vehicles I've owned in the past 10 years have had to have the pads replaced until at least 50000 mi. Dealer disagreed and told me that I had to pay for the entire job, I arguaed again and finally got the dealer to at least pay for the turning of the rotors. Work has not been done yet due to scheduling problem.

- Saco, ME, USA

problem #4

Apr 082004

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
Pulsating and grinding noises at 10,000. Dealer replaced rotors and pads under warranty. Same thing at 21,000. Now at 31,000, same problem. Now dealer says they can only turn rotors under warranty and I have to pay for pads and labor. Replacing rotors and brake pads every 10,000 miles is not normal wear and tear. There is something wrong with the brake system on these cars. GM needs to fix the root of this problem on the Malibu.

- Russell, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 082004

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
Pulsating and grinding noises at 10,000. Dealer replaced rotors and pads under warranty. Same thing at 21,000. Now at 31,000, same problem. Now dealer says they can only turn rotors under warranty and I have to pay for pads and labor. Replacing rotors and brake pads every 10,000 miles is not normal wear and tear. There is something wrong with the brake system on these cars. GM needs to fix the root of this problem on the Malibu.

- Russell, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 232003

Malibu

  • 29,000 miles
Brakes on 2002 Malibu pads wear uneven rotors worn uneven calalipers are not working right. Chevy won't take care of problem.

- Duvall, WA, USA

problem #1

Aug 062002

Malibu

  • miles
Rotors have warped already within a few months of purchase. Contacted dealer, and the dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Lanham, MD, USA

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