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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012002

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I own a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu and my complaint is that the trunk does not stay up in the air on windy days or sometimes by just putting groceries into the trunk. I can not recall the amount of times myself or another person has been hit on the head with the trunk lid. I find this to be very dangerous and think the some sort of hydraulics (like in most hatchbacks) should be installed.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 312003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
Trunk struts wore out, and caused the trunk lid to fall on the consumer. Consumers sustained neck/back of the head injuries. Dealership was notified, but was unable to resolve the problem.

- Randallstown, MD, USA

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