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1998 Chevrolet Malibu body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 011999


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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 #6

May 271998


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While applying brakes, the car pulsates and jumps when coming to a stop. The car was taken in several times to have the rotars turned, then later replaced, then replaced again with 99 model rotars, the brakes are still pulsating to current date. The alternator went out while driving, lost all power to brakes, ABS system, and air bags. The alternator was replaced. Later had to have battery replaced due to alternator killing it. The A/C light would blink on and off, the compressor would cut on and off. Had to eventually replace the panel on the inside of the car after having a new compressor put on. The A/C panel seemed to have done the trick, though is has some new problems from the beginning. The bushings squeak and sqwauk while driving over bumps, they have now started in the rear of the car.

- Chester, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 251998


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Left rear strut mount making noise while driving causing rattle from rear drivers seat. Nlm

- League Cit, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 051999


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A frame in process of being replaced again June 9, 1999 for the second time. Major vibrations in front end of car. Bezels replaced. Cup holder replaced. Bumper peeling - dealer will not fix. Front of dash plastic had to be replaced-broke. Console lid cover replaced. I would not recommend this car to any person. Even the General Motors technicians state this is the worst car for problems. It took almost six months to get the A/C switch replaced. It kept turning itself off and could not get back on. Finally 06/05/99 it quit all together. They put in a relay switch. This car is a big disappointment for the people who remember the old Malibu.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 161998


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Inboard frame support for ball joints: Welds to frame failed to support bracket.

- Tallmadge, OH, USA

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problem #2

Oct 011998


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Exhaust failure/headlights failed/control panel malfunctioned/floor board/rain inside of vehicle and ticking underneath hood.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 011998


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The dashboard popped up when leaving the parking lot of the dealer after purchasing the car. The dealer has repaired the vehicle three times, mechanic states it is under the dash that is warped. An extensive overhaul of the vehicle is needed. Dealer cannot duplicate the problem.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

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