10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,611 miles

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problem #18

Oct 182005

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2000 Chevy Malibu with only 80,000 miles had a knuckle in the front brake showing no wear and tear veering me off road, im going to keep the part and take pictures. It drove smooth since I bought it. Then today the front tire folded under. Me and the certified mechanic couldnt explain it. The part showed no sign of wear to the area that broke. Ive been looking to see if there was a recall, cannot find one if there is let me know... this is a very big danger and is life threatening. And it will obviously happen without a warning. A lot of people are maybe having this happen and dont live to tell about it being the reason or dont even know to tell about it. Thanx.

- Hamersville, OH, USA

problem #17

Jul 282003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,990 miles
Brakes pulse/vibrate, especially after stopping from speeds of 30+ mph. Dealer attempted 6 times to fix while under warranty, including turning rotors, replacing rotors (at 2200 miles), replacing hub assembly. All efforts have failed and problem returns in 3-9 months. Mileage averages 8000 miles per year, and brakes are not suddenly applied. Latest attempt is to replace brakes (at 29K000 miles) and install "shim kit."

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #16

Jul 092002

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer states rotors have been replaced 5 times, however the dealer can not remedy the problem.

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #15

Oct 052000

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer states that there is vibration and / or shimmy when brakes are applied. Vehicle has been brought into dealer for this problem 4 times. Dealer determined that inner front disc brake pads were worn down to wear indicators. Front disc brake pads were replaced. And also found that rotors were warped. Dealer replaced front brake pads and rotors, and the rear brake drums were also out of round. Rear drums were resurfaced.

- Perryville, MD, USA

problem #14

Jun 062002

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 5 mph there was a noise from under the hood, once hood was raised consumer saw engine had fallen. Dealer determined that brackets had broken, causing motor mounts to fall and engine to disconnect on both sides. Consumer had an extended warranty, however dealer would not pay for the labor and broken bolts. Consumer states vehicle is also experiencing problems with the brakes.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #13

Jun 112002

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
While driving and without warning vehicle accelerated at a faster speed. Applied brakes and vehicle slowed down; however, did not stop. Driver proceeded to shift gear into park.

- Boca Ratown, FL, USA

problem #12

Feb 212000

Malibu

  • miles
The brake system was noisy and was serviced six differnt times, but the problem still remains. Rotors and drums were badly warped causing pulsation when brakes were applied.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #11

Oct 102001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer states that the brakes are terrible, the dealer stated they could do no more and that the braking system in the Malibu cars are deficient, consumer is concerned and does not feel safe driving the vehicle.

- Cleveland, GA, USA

problem #10

Dec 202001

Malibu

  • miles
I purchsed the vehicle used in Nov. Of 2001. Shortly there after, the brakes started experiencing excessive noise and vibration and mild pedal pulsing. I took the vehicle in and the dealer replaced/turned rotors and replaced pads. About a month later noise and vibration returned. I brought the car back, classic had the vehicle for the day then said there was nothing wrong. The noise and vibration dissappeared but returned intermittently about 2 months later. Also the stopping distance has increased noticabley as of late. I am unsure to bring the vehicle back in to be told there is nothing wrong.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #9

Feb 212000

Malibu

  • miles
The brake system was noisy and was serviced six differnt times, but the problem still remains. Rotors and drums were badly warped causing pulsation when brakes were applied.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #8

Oct 102001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer states that the brakes are terrible, the dealer stated they could do no more and that the braking system in the Malibu cars are deficient, consumer is concerned and does not feel safe driving the vehicle.

- Cleveland, GA, USA

problem #7

Jul 232001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
The dealer has attempted to fix the consumers brakes on four occasions with no success, the consumer believes that the lemon law applies to this vehicle. Nlm

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #6

May 012000

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes on vehicle have been replaced three times in past year. Contacted dealer, and there was not much dealer could do. Also, gas guage failed twice. The passenger seat recliner was damaged. The electric out let broke and A/C heating system failed.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 012001

Malibu

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Brake pads and rotors were replaced 2 months after vehicle was purchased brand new. In January of 2001 vehicle was experiencing same problems. Dealer replaced brake pads and rotors again. Problem happened again, so dealer retorqued wheels and sanded pads.

- Carlisle, AR, USA

problem #4

Apr 012000

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine makes a knocking noise. Dealerr has checked and said it may be air conditioner compressor. Engine was replaced, brakes make noise. Firestone affinity tires make noise in the front, 15 inch.

- San Diego, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 262001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
While driving there is a noise when braking which may indicate a problem with braking system. Also a noise coming from engine.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #2

May 202000

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle vibrates intensly when brakes are applied. Brakes and rotors have been replaced on several occasions and problem still persists

- Cockeysville, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 042000

Malibu

  • miles
Braking system malfunctioned, causing extended stopping distance which resulted in a crash.

- Maryville, TN, USA