The car does not have ABS, there is no pulsation, the tires are still original, though they haven't reached the wear markers yet (I figure they've got at least one more summer in them). I do my own maintenance and check the condition of the brakes with every oil change. They seemed to be in decent condition, I'm a fairly gentle driver (but my last check was about 9000 mi ago).
I do drive cautiously on ice, which I think is the only reason I haven't been in a ditch yet. If this is a "normal" condition, it is terrible brake tuning on the part of Chevy. If those rear brakes lock up on ice, even if you're only going 30mph, the car will spin in an instant, and it feels like it takes a moment too long for the brakes to release.
I personally don't think there's any excuse for a set of brakes under light use to need significant maintenance after only 33,000mi. Anyhow, I'm planning on taking it to the dealer to get the oil changed, ice tires put on, and the brakes checked. We'll see.
'07 Chevy Cobalt LS "Nova" (manual, debadged, silencer removed)
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