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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
130,457 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.

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2000 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

brakes problem

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2000 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 282015


  • miles


Front to rear brake lines are heavily corroded and eroded and started leaking. The reservoir design allowed all the brake fluid to drain out leaving none available to safely brake the car with air being introduced into the whole system. All that was left was the parking brake which is a press on and press off to release style. Fortunately the car was close to home and there was no damage to persons or property.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #7

Apr 282014


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the key was getting stuck in the acc and on positions. The contact indicated that the key could also be removed and the engine remained running. The contact also applied the brake pedal and it went to the floorboard causing the contact to have to apply force numerous times to get the vehicle to come to a complete stop. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) but was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was unable to be driven. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Acron, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 262014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
My teenager was trying to avoid a collision ran off the right side of the road came back on the road and then the car was headed to left shoulder and (teenager) attempted to straighten the vehicle out and then the vehicle ran back off the right side of the road again causing a accident. Teenager said vehicle became hard to steer and brakes had no effect.

- Gladstone, VA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012014


  • 190,000 miles


The contact owned a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 75 mph, the brake pedal required excessive force in order to stop the vehicle. The contact stated that the power steering failed and caused the vehicle to steer to the left. Additionally, the hood of the vehicle flew up and struck the top of the roof resulting in a crash. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed and not diagnosed. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system); however, the part needed for the repair was not available. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 190,000.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #4

Jul 302014


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. When the contact depressed the brake pedal, the vehicle failed to stop and the contact crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries reported and a police report was not filed. The contact believed that the failure was related to the defect listed in NHTSA campaign number: 14V4000000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #3

May 132009


  • 85,000 miles
The day May 13, 2009 my wife was driving the vehicle for about hillsborough avenue at 12: 15 a day. Another vehicle driving in the opposite direction crossed the street to enter the parking lot of ross. My wife quickly use the brakes but the vehicle was when collided with the other vehicle stopped. My wife suffered trauma to the spine and neck. Breaking the 5th lumbar vertebra and herniated cervical. Never again could work or it could operate. Requires a spinal Fusion which costs $ $80,000. Now we know why the vehicle did not stop and did not prevent the accident.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 042013


  • 168,000 miles
Bought this car as a project car with low mileage. Got bought at a used car dealership. Piston slap!!! especially cold. Front sub frame rotted out and rack and pinion destroyed needed immediate replacement. Later was told rocker panels are destroyed with huge holes I was clearly upset another Malibu with another problem. Common problem with Malibu's from '98-'02. Was unable to safety because of panels missing a layer in spots (holes). Rear quarter panels severe rotting around wheel wells and gas cap area requiring bondo to fill in holes a horrible problem with Malibu's. air conditioning clutch grinding constantly and half the time A/C bottom works. Sadly GM will not recall these issues now have to invest $7000 to make into a show car. GM should be ashamed of body problems and constant piston slaps and lifter knocking. I have to do an overhaul of $600-800 on engine. Pathetic GM link to the piston slap on my car on youtube :

- Camden, AR, USA

problem #1

Oct 292011


  • 197,653 miles
The brakes failed to work. The brake pedal went all the way to the floor. It turns out the brake lines are extremely rusty and one of the brake lines failed and the fluid leaked out. I was told that all brake lines on the whole car are bad and need to be replaced.

- Parkton, MD, USA

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