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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 012004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The ABS light on the instrument panel frequently turns on, especially during braking, and/or non-braking while making a turn. When the ABS light turns on, the braking capabilities of the car are diminished (conversely of what should happen). These incidents of ABS system malfunction have almost caused me to have a couple accidents where the braking system was not fully powered. It has felt like losing the power assisted brakes on the car, where there is nothing wrong with the power braking system. 99% of the time, the system works fine, but it's that 1% of the time that this happens unexpected, and is very dangerous.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #1

Apr 052001

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Water is leaking into engine from the head gasket. Water pump started seeping after head gasket was replaced. The front brakes was replaced several times with finally the ones mentioned on the bulletin. First the left side wheel bearing/ speed sensor assembly changed then a couple of thousand of miles later the right side. Air condition was going on and off intermittently.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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