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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,001 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 192004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


Steering wheel shakes all by itself and was replaced by dealer. Now there is a clunking noise when turning the wheel. Front rotors warped, replaced by dealer, now warped again. Front axle seal leaking on exhaust, replaced by dealer, now leaking again causing a foul oil burning smell in the car.

- Stewartsville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 282005

(reported on)

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Consumer brake rotors began to warp after only 20000 miles. The consumer was told the rotors on the vehicle which were aluminum could not be properly resurfaced. The manufacturer discontinued the use of those particular rotors and the cost to replace them was $900

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 012005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2004 Chevrolet Malibu has rusted rotors. The dealer told the consumer the problem was normal.

- Rockway Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 312004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
Chevrolet Malibu model uses inferior brake rotors causing rotors to be warped almost immediately upon installation on vehicle. Upon taking delivery of 2004 Chevrolet Malibu in July 2004 it was immediately apparent that the front brake rotor was warped causing unsafe braking conditions and a general uneasyness when driving. Car was returned to dealer, and only offer on this brand new car was the resurface the rotors. This fix, while temporarily effective, to me is not acceptable on a new from the factory car. The same car has 18000 miles now, and the problem has again resurfaced. Upon further research online, this problem appears to be fairly widespread. I have not returned to the dealer to have it checked yet, but this is issue is not likely to be have been cause by poor driving habits by the user. I have another automobile that went over 50000 miles on it's original rotors and even at that point the rotors were not warped.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Mar 022004


  • miles
Rotors were replaced at 17,000 miles because they were warped. Then at 46,000 miles there was new pads put on the front of car, and rotors were machined at this time, as regular maintenance. Now at 60,000 miles the rotors need replaced again. There is a problem here and Chevrolet needs to realize it. Cars don't go through rotors every 20,000 miles. This gets expensive once the car is out of warranty. But Chevy says its just how it is.

- New Richmond, OH, USA

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