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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,900 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.

1998 Pontiac Sunfire brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #10

Apr 012004

(reported on)

Sunfire

  • 2,000 miles

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

ABS brakes failed 50% of the time when the brake pedal was depressed. When this failure occurred, vehicle slowed down, but then the front brakes released, and vehicle continued to roll forward. Rear brakes were the only brakes stopping the vehicle. Dealership serviced the vehicle several times for this issue, but only performed a brake adjustment. The problem still exists.

- Lompoc, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 252003

Sunfire

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving ABS light would come on. Dealer notified.

- Glen White, WV, USA

problem #8

May 222003

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
My daughter was driving my 1998 Pontiac Sunfire and had a collision with another car. She reported that the brakes failed and would not stop the car at all. We have also reported to the dealer on multiple occasions that the gas pedal gets stuck. This may have also contributed to the collision.

- Jackson , NJ, USA

problem #7

Feb 282002

Sunfire

  • miles

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

My ABS brake module went out, along with my regular brakes as well. If my car goes over 30 miles per hour, the car skids to a stop and my tires lock up. My car is just out of warranty and I know GM has a "code a" that covers repair if the vehicle is out of warranty, but the car doesn't yet have 60,000 miles on it. Only a GM dealership can fix it, but they won't cover it under code a. I took it to another repair shop and they told me that something in my car's system caused the ABS brake module go out, so there techinically is something wrong with my car, it isn't just that the part went out. I have talked to Pontiac repeatedly for over the past month, and although they admit this shouldn't happen to my car with only 48,00 miles on it, they refuse to repair it for me under code a. obviously there is a defect in my car, however, they won't do anything about it. I don't want to give any more money to GM because they obviously are of no help, but I can't even get my car repaired by a regular mechanic because only the dealership can fix the ABS brake module. I would like to report GM for not repairing a defect in my car, because I literally have no brakes left in my car, and they refuse to do anything about it. My car is just out of warranty, and I don't understand why they won't own up to the fact that my car is defective if it is my car's system causing the highly priced ABS brake module to go out, it's not just "normal wear and tear." I think my car, as well as ohter Pontiac are defective, and I would like for something to be done about it. Thank you.

- Lohman, MO, USA

problem #6

Oct 072000

Sunfire

  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 25mph on a side street engine check lightcame on, brakes became stiff, and panel board light was very dim.

- Livonia, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 192000

Sunfire

  • miles
Vehicle involved in a rear end collision, vehicle was traveling at 50 mph before driver applied brake and hit rear bumper of other vehicle. Both air bags did not deploy. Please feel free to provide any further details.

- Crisfield, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 031999

Sunfire

  • miles

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

Whenever it rains, and a couple of days, rear brakes/ABS lockup. Consumer will not drive car because of this situation, dealer could not duplicate problem, and won't repair it.

- Belpre, OH, USA

problem #3

May 012000

Sunfire

  • miles
Rear brakes lock up after getting wet. We have had the car to the dealership three times for the same problem. The first two times they said it was brake dust, cleaned and adjusted brakes. The third incident they could not duplicate the problem so as far as they are concerned it does not exist.

- Belpre, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 102000

(reported on)

Sunfire

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes on wet pavement brakes failed, causing extended stopping distance. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer, but no problem has been found.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 081998

Sunfire

  • miles
While applying the brakes there is vibration which may cause loss of vehicle control. Dealer cannot determine the problem.

- Wayne, WV, USA

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