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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,125 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 072007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


In the past 3 years we have had two sets of front calipers locke don the 2001 Chevy Malibu. Both of these have caused replacements of both the calipers and the brake pads and rotors.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #7

May 152007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600,000 miles
Brakes have been replaced 4 times in last year. There have been continual failures with the rotors and calipers. When braking it appeared that the ABS system that was designed to eliminate braking lock ups was engaging when it was not supposed to. Brakes were wearing at an extremely high rate, which was warping the rotors which have been installed brand new. Pulsating noise was common along with scraping and spongy brake pedal. In researching it appeared that the Malibu had an extensive history of brake failures in a short time. Several close calls due to brake failure. These cars need to be recalled and fixed before any further injuries or death occur.

- Shelley, ID, USA

problem #6

Oct 052005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
- the contact stated that the front brakes on his 2001 Chevrolet Malibu (50000 failure mileage) had to be replaced every six months for the last two years. The contact also stated that antifreeze leaks into the oil. This will be the third time that the intake manifold gasket has had to be replaced. The vehicle has been taken to a mechanic six times concerning these issues. The brake and manifold problems still exists. The current mileage was 130,000.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #5

Nov 162003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,500 miles


Multiple repairs on braking systems of 2001 Chevy Malibu.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 122003

(reported on)

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 13,500 miles
Problems with brakes on 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. Brakes were replaced twice along with resurfacing the rotors and replacing the right front caliper. The consumer stated there was a metal-to-metal sound and the brakes went to the floor when applied. In addition, consumer stated the brakes should not have to be replaced (7855 miles) after the initial replacement.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 032003


  • miles
The brake caliper was designed, the caliper piston over heated, which caused the piston to expand.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #2

Feb 122003

(reported on)

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The calipers on the vehicle flexed, the casting bended when the brakes were applied which caused misalignment of the guide pins.

- Brewster, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 162002

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu in April 2001 VIN [xxx] and have had the following work/problems with the brake system repaired at capital Chevrolet where I purchased the vehicle. Dateproblem/repairsmileage Nov 2001abs warning light on, brake pads, rotors 7,754 Jan 2002front suspension9,080 Mar 2002front suspension12,000 May 2002brake pads & rotors14,555 July 2002abs warning light ON17,170 Oct 2002brake pads & hub21,055 Nov 2002abs warning light on, rotor, hub kit22,005 Oct 2002rotors21,310 Dec 2002caliper & brake pads24,066 from the information above, I can generally get about 7,000 miles on the brake pads. I have contacted General Motors customer service department (request # [xxx]) and was able to get an extended warranty on the vehicle in June 2002 after several complaints, however the brakes have needed repair several times since my original concerns. I am concerned about what happens if there is a catastrophic brake failure" my recent conversations with GM customer service department have been less than cordial. I have considered trading in the Malibu and purchasing another vehicle, but the trade in value offered for the Malibu is not acceptable. My question is: What kind of assistance does your Office Of Defects Investigation offer" I firmly believe there is a serious safety issue with the brake system on my vehicle and General Motors bears the responsibility for correcting the defect or replacing the vehicle. Thank you. Ts information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Juneau, AK, USA

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