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Brake Disc Rotor Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1



Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 217 problems related to brake disc rotor (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 06/08/2014

The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. When the contact attempted to depress the brake pedal, the vehicle failed to stop. The dealer stated that the front rotors and brake pads needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 42,700.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 07/30/2007

After the first 200 miles on the odometer, the car had front rotor problems. The dealer tried to fix it 2 times by turning the rotors, only to return in less than 2,000 miles each time. They finally changed out the rotors for brand new ones after I complained to the dealer owner and management about the problem. The second issue was loss of power steering while on the highway, making it impossible to turn. This was caused by a faulty electrical connection at the fuse box, which I took it upon myself to repair and the problem never returned. The third problem started in January 2007, just one and a half years of owning the car. Steering assembly noises identical to all previous reports was corrected by a rack and pinion assembly replacement. In July 2007 (just 6 months later) it was changed again. Now in October (3 months later) it is scheduled to return to the dealer for yet another replacement, making this the 4th rack and pinion assembly to date (including the original). This is completely unacceptable for a vehicle of this price range. . . And the only solution to date is to continue to change out the assembly.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 03/27/2007

I have filed a safety complaint with Chevrolet on the 2002 Malibu I purchased new. I have had to replace the brakes twice once at 33,378 miles on 5/5/2005 and again at 51,543 mile on 3/27/2007. The consumer complaint department and the dealership where it was repair have informed me the replacing the brakes at 18,165 miles are considered ?routine maintenance. ? failure of the braking system was found when the car did not adequacy stop placing me and my family in danger. There was no audible or visual indicator of the braking problem, instead I had to rely on performance failure while on the road. To date the manufacturer and dealership fail to recognize the problem.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 12/28/2006

Rotors repeatedly warp. Have had the brakes serviced twice within the 24000 warranty for brakes and it is requiring a third service at 26,000 miles outside of warranty. Rotors would need to be recut or replaced every 4,000 miles on this car to eliminate the pulsation. There is a systematic issue with the braking system, including the abs and/or the traction control. This is not a material or service issue, but a design issue. The dealer has indicated that all systems on the car are working properly and there is nothing they can do other than recut or replace the rotors. General motors has denied there is a problem which is expected possibly facing a recall of many cars. Although the dealer unofficially admitted this problem is a regular at their facility no one will officially admit this is an issue. Now that the brakes are outside of warranty at 26,000 miles, I am forced to pay for the service every 4,000 miles on my own. This could be a safety issue although the brakes have never failed to work. The affect of the design issue is that the brakes pulsate and progressively get worse as time goes on. Even after a few thousand miles the defect begins to surface. By 4,000 miles it is a big enough nuisance to have it serviced. This is an expense I had not bargained for when I bought this car.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 11/28/2006

Brake rotors on 2002 Malibu failing every 18000 to 20000 miles. (3 times in 4 years) I had the rotors and brakes checked 7 months after the latest replacement because of violent shimming in the front end and was told by dealer everything was fine with my rotors and brakes. Now 5 months later(after the parts warranty expired) I am told I need new rotors and brakes. Gm knows they have a problem with this but refuses to address it. I have had 5 near accidents on the freeway because of the violent shim when I hit the brakes. All the dealership will say is they can "see a pattern". I would like to know how many deaths were caused by this pattern!.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 11/16/2006

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 60 mph, the brake pedal pulsated when it was depressed and the steering wheel shook. There were no warning indicators prior to the failures. The dealer stated that the rotors were rusted. The failure recurred in June of 2007, in which the rear rotors were rusted and replaced again. At 44,783 miles, the failure recurred and the front rotors were rusted and replaced a third time. The failure mileage was 29,021 and current mileage was 51,555. Updated 02-25-08.


car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 09/20/2006

I purchased my Malibu in 2000 as a used vehicle. It had 24,000 miles on it. I have repeatedly had to replace the front brakes on this vehicle. I have had the rotors turn and replaced the rotors about 5 times. There is definitely a problem with the breaking system. I understand that brakes need to be replaced but I have replaced mine about 32 times in 6 years. I drive a lot of highway miles and therefore do not use my brakes as often as an in town driver. The brakes start to chatter when applied and when I go down the road at certain speeds they also do it. I have never had a Chevrolet vehicle use brakes like this one. I have a 1995 chevy corsica with 230,000 miles on it and have only had to replace the brakes on it about 10 times. I also had a chevy cavalier and also drove it about 250,000 miles and did not have to replace the brakes on it that many times either. I have 230,000 miles on my Malibu. I have talked to several owners of Malibu's and all of them said that they had problems with the brakes needing to be replaced to often.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 8
Failure Date: 07/15/2006

Front suspension is clunky as if there are loose-fitted parts. Front brakes pulsate at freeway speeds causing steering difficulty in corners.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 02/09/2006

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. When the contact applied the brakes at 65 mph, the entire vehicle began to shake. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the rear rotors were rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was serviced for the failure several different times, but it still persists. There were no warnings prior to the failure. The current mileage was 47,000 and failure mileage was 5,500. Updated 09/10/08 updated 09/15/jb.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 10
Failure Date: 11/23/2005

2003 chevy Malibu has had recurring brake problems for the last 10,000 miles it has 33,000 miles . Brakes would grab and vibrate the front end. Finally was told that it needed new rotors and pads, it is driven on a regular basis and from all the other brake complaints I read about this needs to be investigated.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 09/01/2005

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

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 07/08/2005

I have a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu with chronic brake problems. In the 5 years I've owned it, I've had to replace the brake shoes and surface the rotors every year (and replace rotors once) because of a vibration in the front brakes. Chevrolet refuses to cover this abnormal behavior under warranty and requires that I pay for the repair every time.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 06/25/2005

Noticed front end shutter while applying brakes. Took car to dealer under warranty and extended warranty and dealer said excessive rust in brake pads. Also dealer said front rotors were warped. Dealer turned rotors and cleaned. Car had only 28k miles on it. Drove for a couple of days and problem came back. Took back to same dealer and he said rotors fine just excessive rust and brake dust. Nothing he could do. Car has 34k miles on it and in the rain, applied brakes and whole front end shuttered and anti- locks were grinding. Took back to dealer and they could find no problems. Now car has 42k miles and took to midas, they said front rotors severely warped and pads worn away. They could tell someone turned down rotors once and did bad job. Have to replace front rotors with different style rotors and new pads. Costs $500 dollars to replace. Chevrolet will not cover any of it even though existing problem.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 05/26/2005

On 5/24/05 I purchased a 2003 chevy Malibu from suburban chevy. From the moment I test drove it there were issues with brake noise from the car's front tires. I also noticed that the pedal was very soft when the brakes were applied. On my first visit I was informed by the technician that it was brake rust from sitting in the lot and that it would burn off in a couple of days. A week later, I returned with the same noise and a pulsating steering wheel when the brakes were applied. This time another technician informed me that the rotors were incorrectly machined and that they would fix the problem. He also informed me that because the brakes were partially metallic, I would experience some noise. What he didn't tell me was that I would still experience the soft pedal and pulsating steering at slower speeds. To date the problem persists.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 03/02/2005

2000 Chevrolet Malibu, 20,000 miles - dealership informed me that they had to replace the front brake rotors again. This is the third set of rotors. It is not covered under warranty (I bought extended warranty) and there are no recalls. This is a problem specific to Malibu's of this time period. 3 sets of brake rotors in 20,000 miles? unheard of and absolutely qualifies for a "lemon part". This should be paid for by gm, but instead it is a profit stream for them. Can you help?.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 16
Failure Date: 01/01/2005

The vehicle's rotors warped and the brake pads wore out which caused the brakes to pulsate. The consumer requested reimbursement. This was a recurrent problem.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 09/20/2004

The consumer stated four months after purchasing the vehicle with 7,000 miles on it the brakes failed. When stopping the vehicle felt as though the brakes were hitting on one side. The vehicle was taken to the dealership and they replaced the rotors. Approximately nine months later the problem recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealership and the rotors were replaced a second time. (12/08/05) the brakes would pulsate when applied. Updated 12/07/05. Updated 11/20/2005.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 09/14/2004

Third replacement of rotors and brakes within 3 years of owning car.

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car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 07/31/2004

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.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 07/22/2004

The dealer replaced the front brake pads and rotors at 29,000 miles, now 5,000 miles later at 34,000 miles the brake pads had to be replaced and the rotors resurfaced again. I feel the parts being used are defective. I also feel this is a safety hazard. I looked at the complaints against the same year make and model vehicle I have which is a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu and there are numerous complaints on the brakes. Isn't it time some one did something about this problem so many consumers are having?.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 07/20/2004

When the brakes were applied, the steering wheel vibrated hard. The vehicle is now on it's third repair for brake rotors. Please provide details.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu 22
Failure Date: 06/09/2004

The front brake rotors on my 1998 Malibu (with 113,000 miles) are warped and must be replaced. Three prior sets also warped, at 18,000, 29,000, and 91,000. After the first problem I sent a complaint to the office of defects investigation at NHTSA. It was assigned odi #735425. I never heard anything back. I note there are over 200 complaints about Malibu rotors warping on the NHTSA website. Isn't there some manufacturer liability for this?.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 23
Failure Date: 06/01/2004

The front disc brake rotors were warped to the point where they needed to be replaced on three separate occasions approximately 8k miles apart.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 24
Failure Date: 04/27/2004

When driving on the expressway, when ever I brake the front end shook really hard, took the car in, rotors where warped, so the dealership replaced them. Back on the road the car shook even hard in the front end took to dealership and they fixed the problem and replaced the pads and now I have really loud sound when I stop and when I am on the express way there is a vibration when I go over 70mph. I have had this car a year and it has been in the shop more than 7 times for front end work from the lower control arms being replaced to the struts being defective and the gm rep I consault with tries to be helpful but the car is unsafe.

car image   Brake Disc Rotor problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 25
Failure Date: 04/09/2004

While depressing the brake pedal consumer heard a grinding noise which caused the vehicle to have extended stopping distance. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer to be inspected, and mechanic determined that front rotors wore out. Consumer stated that the rotors had been replaced three times within one year.

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