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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,257 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 112008


  • 68,700 miles


I bought a certified used car from bill heard in plant city before they closed down, from day 1 I had a problem with the car ignition not starting and the anti theft, I have been left stranded several time S cause of this problem, I have taken it back to them twice and they kept telling me there is nothing wrong although at times there is then they told me if it happens again just let the car set for 10mins and it will be ok, well it should not happen in the first place, then after almost flipping the car I found out that the front rotors are totally shot and when I had to hit my brakes one caught before the other causing the car to go into a skid, then the ignition and the anti theft act up again and this time the horn is stuck so I had to pull the fuse to stop the horn tested the relay and it was fine the switch is stuck somewhere and know one seems to know where, so now I have a used certified used car with no horn and worn out rotors faulty ignition and oh I forgot that every now and then I will get shocked getting out of the car and a broke motor mount that I was told that I would have to fix own my own due to it was aware and tear apart that they won't cover, well it should have been replaced before the car was even sold. So now I have taken it to 2 other dealers to get it fixed and they told me I would have to pay for it well I don't think that's right due to the fact that all of that should have been checked and fixed before the car was ever sold and I guess since I was a first time buyer with no credit that it was ok for them to stick it to me which in turn I see why bill heard went out of business with people like that working for them, so now I need to know what I should do about this so called certified used piece of death trap I was sold?

- Gibsonton, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 052005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,100 miles
Consumer complained about a horn problem. Contacted the dealer and manufacturer, and neither was willing to assist. Consumer was informed by the dealer that the horn was defective because of the air bag components being pressed against the wiring of the horn. Vehicle was never in an accident.

- Bryan, OH, USA

problem #5

Jun 102003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
When applying brakes front end pulsates which produces a grinding noise. Dealer notified. The vehicle experienced vibration in the front end when braking. The vehicle has numerous brake rotor repairs. The calipers locked up and the piston seals leaked. The brake light was inoperative because the circuit lost it's contact. The horn was inoperative. The dealer replaced the air bag and repaired the horn power wire from the horn pad to the horn contact ring.

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 131999


  • miles


Horn assembly came on intermittently. Consumer has notified dealership, and the mechanic cannot duplicate the problem.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 051999


  • miles
Horn inoperable. Entire airbag assembly replaced and horn still has problems.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

May 011998


  • miles
Horn actuator is very difficult to find and requires looking down to honk horn

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 081998

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving and an emergency situation occurs the horn actuator is diffcult to locate. Horn was actuated at lower portion of air bag coves. When wheel is turned, it was nearly impossible to locate this portion.

- Wynnewood, PA, USA

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