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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,200 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 #5

Mar 212005

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


At the beginning of this year, I bought a 1998 Chevy Malibu, 2.4 L, 4 cyl, sedan. Shortly after purchasing the vehicle I began having a problem with the ABS light commming on and my brakes were grinding really bad. I took the vehicle back to the dealer that I bought it from the day my warrenty was to run out. They supposidly reset the ABS system because it did throw them a code. The following day the same problem occured. I have had nothing but problems with the ABS since I purchased the vehicle. I've also been having a problem with the air compressor. It makes an awful noise. The dealer I purchased the vehicle from also supposidly replaced the compressor with a used one. The compressor is still making the same noise as if they never replaced it. But these repairs were done on my last day of my warrenty so the dealer will not have anything to do with the problems anymore. I love my vehicle, it is perfect for the size family that I have and it is a very beautiful vehicle but the issues I am having with it are almost not worth dealing with. Something needs to be done.

- Laconia, NH, USA

problem #4

Oct 092003


  • 350,000 miles
While applying the brakes ABS braking light appeared on the dashboard without warning. The brakes has been replaced five times, every 35,000 miles. While applying the brakes vehicle would vibrate, and there would be extended stopping distance.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Jan 011999


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
ABS brake light illuminates on left turn. Have to stop, turn off engine and restart to turn off the ABS light. Service review indicated that faulty light, would cost 600$ to repair.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 012003

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Front brake rotor failed twice. Have had to replace them twice. Anti lock brake light also comes on periodically.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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