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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
366 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 232004


  • miles


I had to replace the brakes on this car at 6,000 miles. Since then, I have had to replace them on a yearly occurrence, as well as rotors and wheel bearings. The breaks always sound like they are grinding and vibrating. I have had issues with the ABS light coming on. It has been 7 months since I had the rotors replaced, and I need new breaks again.

- Perkasie, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 102004


  • 1,000 miles
When the brakes were applied there was a grinding noise and metal scraping against metal sound. Took vehicle to mechanic, and mechanic indicated that they were using genuine parts from dealer, and the parts only lasted 12000 miles, and in some cases 6000 miles.

- Chelsea, VT, USA

problem #1

Sep 302003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97 miles
The breaks on my 2003 Malibu sedan seem to not be as responsive as other vehicles I have owned. You have to press the breaks harder than normal to bring the car to a stop. This is a major issue with the Malibu's and as I do more research, I have found numerous people that have had to replace breaks many times with similar results.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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