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6.2

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,481 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Oct 012014

Malibu

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1998 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes to express discontent with local dealership. The consumer stated the brake was spongy, the ABS light illuminated and the ac worked erratically, depending on the blower speed and would sometimes quit blowing cold air and would start to blow warm air. The consumer stated the brake fluid was very low. The dealer was unable to find any brake fluid leaks. However, two months later while driving, the brake pedal went to the floor, because the fluid had leaked out again. The brake lines were replaced. In addition, to the brake line issue, the sway bar was broken, a fuel line was leaking and the left rear strut had failed.

- Greenville, PA, USA

problem #23

Mar 302004

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles
ABS light illuminated, and the brake pedal had to be pressed down to the floor for the vehicle to stop. Also, air conditioner turned on/off on its own.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #22

Mar 022004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Automatic transmission, power steering, and A/C controls.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #21

Nov 072003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Factory alarm system module fails constantly causes fuel injectors to quit for about 10-20 min. "theft system" light blinks, once it's done blinking it might start the car, or it might fail again causing another 10-20 min. Lag period. A/C also blows cold air when off, and hot air when on at times. A/C also turns it's self off and on from time to time. Brakes seem to give out in the middle of braking. Almost had an accident because of it.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #20

Jul 202003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,550 miles
Air conditioning and fan failures.

- Babylon, NY, USA

problem #19

Jun 242003

Malibu

  • miles
Brake problem, ABS faulty as well, transmission slippage. Electrical system faulty I.e.; ac fan does not turn on until turned to 3, theft system intermittent. Many people have posted these same problems. Is it going to have to take a death before something is done?

- Stone Lake, WI, USA

problem #18

Jun 092003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving, the vehicle lost its rack and pinion steering and all power of the steering wheel. Dealer notified. The power window control panel on the driver side arm rest popped out, the vehicle pulled severely to the right (dealer couldn't find the problem). The dealer finally replaced the lower control arms, brake rotors, 2 sets of tires/almost completely bald at the time only 13K miles. The rims had to be forced off, the front rotors had become rusted at 20K miles, the ignition wire harness had come apart, the power steering hoses had come loose, lost fluid and power steering while in motion, the trunk leaked, the ABS light had come on twice a week, the front end squeaked and rattled, the antenna wire was loose, the right head lamp had permanent moisture with no crack, the A/C would shut on/off intermittently, the alternator failed at 60K miles and the waning light had come on for only five minutes, the engine leaked oil, and the right windshield wiper pivot housing had broken.

- Paxinos, PA, USA

problem #17

Mar 172003

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Rack and pinion steering gear failed at 65,000 miles, causing a loss of power steering and a near accident. This is the second time this has happened (last time was at 40,000). This vehicle has also had front brakes and rotors 6 times and has experienced all other Malibu problems such as air conditioner control failure, tail light melting, etc.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #16

Jul 272000

Malibu

  • miles
I've owned a "1997" "1998" "1999" "2000" and own right now a 2001 Malibu all these cars have had there A/C control head fail except the 2001 I'm just waiting for that to happen it takes 2 years before it fails on a new car and just over a year on a new part replacement. Chevrolet does nothing to fix this problem although it continues on all there Malibu year after year.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #15

Nov 192001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
When applying brakes pedal goes all the way down to the floor. Also, ABS braking light comes on dashboard. Also, air conditioner is blowing out hot air. Dealership is aware of problems.

- Johns Island, SC, USA

problem #14

Jul 011999

Malibu

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Air conditoin panel has gone out twice and has been replaced now it is going out a third time. @ had replace brakes twice in one year and also replace the roters, rear suspension makes a noise a craking souns like the shocks are bad. Transmission problems, car will not shift out or change gear. It has been put on the computer 2 times and no code is showing up in the transmission. Please help I have had problems with this car since day one. And I have no extended warrenty.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #13

Dec 202000

Malibu 4WD

  • miles
My Malibu has had both front brake shoes replaced twice. The rotors and calipars replaced the altinator replaced. Now the coolant system is leaking all over the engine. The passenger window will not roll down everytime. The dashboard is loose and rattles. My A/C light in car clicks on and off. The left tailight burned out twice. That's all that I can think of right now.

- Haltom, TX, USA

problem #12

Jul 301999

Malibu

  • miles
Air condition ingcompressor doesn't stayed engaged. Compressor does come on but indicator on dash shows it going off and coming on again. Will not stay engaged. Has to be in the electrical system.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #11

Jul 301999

Malibu

  • miles
Air conditioning compressor doesn't stay engaged. Compressor does come on but indicator on dash shows it going off and coming on again. Will not stay engaged. Has to be in the electrical system.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #10

Sep 052000

Malibu

  • miles
No summary

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #9

Apr 012000

Malibu

  • miles
No summary

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #8

May 012000

Malibu

  • miles
Six failures of air conditioning in this office alone. Dealer had switch in stock.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #7

Sep 052000

Malibu

  • miles
No summary

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #6

Apr 012000

Malibu

  • miles
No summary

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #5

May 012000

Malibu

  • miles
Six failures of air conditioning in this office alone. Dealer had switch in stock.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

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