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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,573 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 012004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The consumer stated since purchase of vehicle she had problems with the brakes. The vehicle will not completely stop. She took the vehicle to the dealership, and they replaced the pads and rotors. However, the consumer is still experiencing stopping problems. She has taken the vehicle to a service station to have the pads replaced. They have to be replaced every two to three months. Thus far, the pads have been replaced ten times. The problem has not been fixed or diagnosed. Updated 12/07/05.

- Carencro, LA, USA

problem #7

Sep 012005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased my 2002 Malibu new and have had the brakes replaced four times and am on my third set of rotors. At 54000 miles the wheel bearing and control arm bushings had to be replaced. Two weeks later the fuel pump had to be replaced also. The passenger side rear window can't be down because last time we had a rough time getting it to go back up.

- Shreve, OH, USA

problem #6

May 232005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,706 miles
Front loaded calipers are not working properly. Inboard pads are worn at 100 percent, and the outboard are worn at 50 were squeaking when brakes were applied, and then a constant squeek while driving. Continued driving makes it worse. Caller is concerned about not getting a warning light to tell her she has a problem. Caller was told a warning light will not come on for the brake pads being worn. If caliper is not fixed the pads will be worn at same rate. Tires plus told her this. Dealer told caller they never heard of calipers causing brake pad problems. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet.

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #5

Dec 172004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,256 miles


My 2002 Chevy Malibu (3 yrs old, just our of factory warranty) with 33,000 miles had the front left brake seize up. I limped it to the dealer, half a mile away from my house. By the time I got there, the front left brakes were smoking. I was told that the caliper seized up because the pads were too worn. Also that the pads on the left were worn also. The Chevy dealer said I needed to have rotors turned on both wheels, calipers replaced on both wheels, and new pads & caliper bolts. Total cost $784 not covered by the extended warranty that I paid $1250 for when I bought the car. The wear indicators gave very little warning that the brakes were warn. I had the brakes inspected a year ago (9000 miles ago) and was told they were fine. I can understand turning the rotors. I expect to pay for pads. But replacing the calipers on both wheels" did I just get taken for a ride by my Chevy dealer? I have seen lots of reports about premature brake wear on Malibu. What are my options" I have already paid for the repair.

- Avon, IN, USA

problem #4

Sep 282004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brakes pedal went to the floor. A loud grinding noise was heard coming from the front. Driver took vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that that brake pads and rotorsa needed to be replaced.

- Waldoboro, ME, USA

problem #3

Apr 012004


  • 7,622 miles
The vehicle has a nonconformity, the front brakes. (nar) premature wear of the brake pads caused the rotor to warp. Dealership has attempted to repair this malfunction, but failed.

- Auke Bay, AK, USA

problem #2

Apr 302004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle started producing a high pitched sqeak/squeal when turning to the left after 26000 mi. Took car to dealer and was informed that the brake pads needed to be repolaced and the rotors needed to be turned. Dealer advised that the brake pads went due to my driving habits, however none of the other new vehicles I've owned in the past 10 years have had to have the pads replaced until at least 50000 mi. Dealer disagreed and told me that I had to pay for the entire job, I arguaed again and finally got the dealer to at least pay for the turning of the rotors. Work has not been done yet due to scheduling problem.

- Saco, ME, USA

problem #1

Dec 232003


  • 29,000 miles
Brakes on 2002 Malibu pads wear uneven rotors worn uneven calalipers are not working right. Chevy won't take care of problem.

- Duvall, WA, USA

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