10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
706 miles

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problem #48

Feb 272002

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Brake failure every 10-15 thousand miles. Has to replace rotors and brake pads. Mechanic states that problem with the brake system is a normal wear and tear.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #47

Sep 052000

Malibu

  • miles
Front rotors are warped, do not stop car without a pulsating or surging effect. It was covered under warranty at 11000 miles.Chevy replaced rotors and pads problem did not go away. I brought it back at 29000 miles and I was told it wa a wear problem not Chevy's. rotors are warped and pads are worn two new brake jobs at 29000 miles.car still pulsates when stopping and slides thru stops. I called GM was finally told they had no problems with brakes, they replaced brakes at 11000 miles as acourtesy but will not do so at 29000 miles. According to complaints listed at NHTSA everyone is having this problem, why not a safety related recall" must we wait for people to die before we act" let 's have safety recall now before we have another Explorer/ Firestone issue and resultant deaths.

- Goodlettsville, TN, USA

problem #46

Sep 072000

Malibu

  • miles
Rotors and pads were replaced at 7832 miles. Rotors resurfaced and pads replaced at 22000 miles. Rotors and pads again replaced at 29134 miles. I was told by both dealerships that I have had my car in to that they will have to just keep replacing them until they have the fix for the problem. I feel very unsafe knowing there is a defect in my brakes that is not repairable. After reading on the NHTSA website, it appears this defect is happening more and more often in 2000 Malibu. I am going to pursue GM taking my car back.

- Ortonville, MI, USA

problem #45

Jan 032002

Malibu

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #44

Nov 052001

Malibu

  • miles
Although the dealer says that the brakes are designed to produce a slight clicking noise when the pads begin to wear, no such noise was heard. With only 23,450 miles on car, the pads on one side of the rotor wore down cutting grooves into that side of the rotor while pads on other side of same rotor had a way to go before being worn down. I understand this same problem occurred on the Chevrolet S10 and for which the S10 was recalled. Dealer said it is not uncommon for rotors to go bad soon as pads wear out on the Malibu. It is ridiculous to have to pay for rotors each time the pads go bad, especially at only 23,000 miles.

- Harper Woods, MI, USA

problem #43

Nov 052001

Malibu

  • miles
Although the dealer says that the brakes are designed to produce a slight clicking noise when the pads begin to wear, no such noise was heard. With only 23,450 miles on car, the pads on one side of the rotor wore down cutting grooves into that side of the rotor while pads on other side of same rotor had a way to go before being worn down. I understand this same problem occurred on the Chevrolet S10 and for which the S10 was recalled. Dealer said it is not uncommon for rotors to go bad soon as pads wear out on the Malibu. It is ridiculous to have to pay for rotors each time the pads go bad, especially at only 23,000 miles.

- Harper Woods, MI, USA

problem #42

Sep 202001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
The braking system on the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu is inadequate. My vehicle has 31000 miles on it and during braking it has a shimmy on occasions. The dealer stated this was due to the brake pads being worn and the brake rotors needed turning. I've done some research and this and some tire problems seems to be a major complaint from other Malibu owners who's problems have started sooner than mine in most cases in fact in some cases while the car is still under the 12000 mile warranty. It being a brake and tire problem seems to be putting some lives at stake. I myself contacted Chevrolet about this problem and they simply stated I'm sorry your having problems with your car.

- Atoka, OK, USA

problem #41

Aug 222001

Malibu

  • miles
Brake pads have been replaced 4 times since 14,000 miles. The rotors vibrate and shimmy when applying the brakes. Trying to get the dealer to investigate the problem is a hassle. They said that because I have my preventative maintenance done by my own personal *certified* mechanic and not at the dealer that I have voided my warranty on the rotors. They want to charge me $200 + for the replacement of the rotors. I have spoken with several other Malibu owners who have had this same problem. It is my opinion that a recall should be mandated and enforced for this particular problem with this vehicle. I have never owned a car that I had to replace the brake pads every time I pulled into a gas station. Thank you!

- Ludlow, KY, USA

problem #40

Jun 012000

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer states front brakes and rotors have been replaced twice, and master cylinder has been replaced one, and not sure if problem has been corrected.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #39

Jul 032001

Malibu

  • miles
Brakes shimmied badly. Apparent brake problem. Dealer knew problem before I finished telling them of problem. Dealer replaced warped brake rotors and brake pads. Researched problem and discovered hundreds of same identical problem and complaints. Concerned because other consumers are having same problem fixed over and over for defective design. I am concerned about the safety issue of the brake system on this car.

- Defuniak Springs, FL, USA

problem #38

Jul 192001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Ticking sound at startup that Chevrolet won't fix. No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Warrior, AL, USA

problem #37

Jan 012000

Malibu

  • miles
Dealership has replaced front brake pads and rotors four times due to excessive wear. Dealership cannot determine an effective remedy for this problem. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Covington, KY, USA

problem #36

Jul 062000

Malibu

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Miller Place, NY, USA

problem #35

Jan 012001

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes to slow down there is a vibration in the vehicle and brakes emit a rubbing noise. Dealership has examined vehicle, and performed work on brake system. However, brakes operate worse than before, and there is a very loud screeching noise coming from the brakes.

- Briar, OK, USA

problem #34

May 042001

Malibu

  • miles
I bought my 2000 Malibu brand new in September 1999.... my engine was pinging and making all kinds of noise, even when warm.... brakes are very hazardous to public safety... I have been to the dealer numerious times for rotor and pad replacements and even GM's so called new thicker and improved rotors they installed on my car was just as bad as all the other ones... I almost lost control of my car when I was traveling 65 miles per hour on our local highway when I was almost had a wreck due to complete failure of my brakes... my car vibrated so badly and did not slow down...at all!!....I thought I had 2 front tire blowouts... I pulled over on the expressway and my tires were fine it was my brakes...... I went straight to a local autozone and purchased new rotors and pads....GM needs to issue a recall asap before someone gets seriously injured or killed!......I have called GM and made a complaint and was told no recalls were made..... another issue im having is it takes 3 or 4 times to get my car started... not sure why my car is having all of these problems but it is at a local GM dealership as I type this.......I hope they will be able to fix the noise from the engine and my cd player that goes in and out of power and sometimes wont release my cd's.... I have given up on GM brakes.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #33

Jun 062000

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At any speed would apply brakes to slow down or stop pedal and vehicle would pulsate. Stopping distance would be increased. Also, failed to stop sometimes. Had rotors changed due to being warped. Will be taking vehicle to dealership for 3rd time for brakes.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #32

Jul 012000

Malibu

  • miles
Front rotors & pads had to be replaced 3 times within the first year.

- Sussex, NJ, USA

problem #31

Apr 172001

Malibu

  • miles
Purchased 2000 Malibu new, brakes/rotors began to pulsate at 5200 miles dealership turned rotors. Vehicle returned to dealership at 7000 with same problem, same fix by dealership. Vehicle returned to dealership at 9000 and brakes/rotors replaced with "new type/heavy duty parts". vehicle returned to dealership at 12500 with similar problems...dealership could not duplicate my problem. Vehicle back in for the 5th time at 17000, same problem, dealership had vehicle for 2 weeks and state brakes/rotors are within "specs" and there is nothing they can do. Chevrolet customer assistance does not care nor does the regional service manager who looked at the case I filed with Chevrolet. I am expected to deal with this problem according to the service manager where I purchased my vehicle. I need help and so do other people who purchased a problem vehicle and to manufacturer has little idea why this problem occurs.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #30

May 012000

Malibu

  • miles
Have had problems with the rotors/brake pads at 9,000, 12,000, 16,000, 24,000 and now again at 28,000. Rotors or pads have been replaced 4 times and are bad again. GM dealer said this is normal for all GMC vehicles.

- New Castle, PA, USA

problem #29

Apr 292001

Malibu

  • miles
The rotors re bad and the car isn't even a year and miles under 36, ooo. Someone I know has the same exact car and it is only a few months older... same problems. Then there is a person with an Alero which is made by GMC and it's under a year old with bad rotors too... I think it is a manufacturer's defect. Rotors usually last 3-5 years.... now me and 2 others have had our new car under a year and experienced shaking at interstate speeds and while braking.. because the rotors are bad... I think that NHTSA should really look in to this befor someones brakes go out I think it may have something to do with ceremic brake pads- ie>> them wearing on the rotors there is no way that 3 new cars with good drivers should be needing rotors. Why are these cars tearing up rotors. Please help us before we have to pay hundreds of dollars on new cars.

- Madison, WI, USA

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