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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Pads Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,625 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.

2002 Pontiac Sunfire brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Pontiac Sunfire Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 022004

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles


Memorial day 2003, when coming to a quick stop a loud gringing noise; this was intermittent and the car went to dealer a number of times since; this has happened 13 times in 15 months; most recently on August 2, 2004, that same noise and the steering was lost/tires locked. Immediately brought it to the dealer who did a 1 mile test drive and stated the car was fine and needed the rotors turned and brake pad replacement. This does not account for loss of steering or tires locking up.

- Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 192002

Sunfire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
While driving at any speed or while sitting still consumer can see and feel the engine shaking violently. Also, there is a pinging sound coming from the front end. Dealer wants to change the brake pads and turn the rotors.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

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