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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,056 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Jan 282016

Malibu

  • 150,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after the ignition key was inserted into the vehicle, the vehicle failed to start as the anti theft warning light illuminated. The contact stated that vehicle was able to start after ten minutes. The contact also mentioned that the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #36

Jan 302015

Malibu

  • 285,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 45 mph, the vehicle shut off without warning. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the vehicle continued to fail intermittently after the recall repair was performed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 285,000.

- Titusville, PA, USA

problem #35

Jan 012014

Malibu

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. When attempting to start the vehicle, the anti-theft system activated and the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Doylestown , PA, USA

problem #34

Aug 012013

Malibu

  • 54,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at a low speed, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The air bag, ABS, and check engine warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Vernon Rockville, CT, USA

problem #33

Jan 012014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart after several attempts. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) however, the repair could not be performed due to the contact not having the original key. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #32

Aug 222014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 5 mph, the contact's vehicle stalled and was struck on the driver side by another vehicle. Most of the air bags deployed; however, one air bag did not, which caused injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) and manufacturer recall number: N140350. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Greenwood, SC, USA

problem #31

May 152014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 114,571 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1998 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer requests reimbursement. The ignition lock cylinder was replaced.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #30

Nov 122014

Malibu

  • 226,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The contact stated that the key would come out of the ignition independently while the vehicle was in motion. The contact stated that the air bag warning light intermittently flashed and the engine seized. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 226,000.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #29

Oct 032014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V40000 (electrical system). However, the dealer declined to perform the recall repairs. The contact was concerned about the safety risk and refused to continue driving the vehicle. The vehicle had not experience the failure.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #28

Jan 082014

Malibu

  • 180,000 miles
I received my chev recall letter ref recall 14350 today. This is not a complaint, just info that may be important in reference to this safety recall. Problems I have had with my 1998 chev Malibu is : engine shuts off while traveling at highway speeds-sometimes engine won't start ( ignition key will not go all way to start position)-sometimes engine want shutoff (ignition key want turn back to off position). As a retired truck mechanic I know that the problem is in the ignition switch lock cylinder (tumblers are worn excessively causing the lock cylinder to jam and/or be come loose allowing ignition key to rotate off). I have attempted to make repair myself but all parts outlets tell me that the lock cylinder is not available (must purchase $350 ignition switch assembly) if this recall does not include replacing the lock cylinder, the problem will not be corrected. Experienced mech/tech can replace the lock cylinder in about 10 minutes.

- Waycross, GA, USA

problem #27

Sep 162013

Malibu

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact also mentioned that after numerous attempts the vehicle would start and then stalled as the anti-thief warning light illuminated. The contact stated that the failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Dover, OH, USA

problem #26

Feb 152012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
The anti-theft light comes on at sporadic times and does not allow car to start. You then have to wait at least 10 minutes to restart car. This could be a potentially dangerous situation depending where you are when car will not start. I had a small child with me on the way to the doctor and made a stop at the drug store, then tried to restart car to proceed to doctor and car would not start. Since I only recently acquired this car, I have done research on this problem and see that it is a big problem with Chevy Malibu. Why isn't there a recall for this--or, if there is one, please advise.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #25

May 132011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Anti-theft ignition system disabled starting of car. I put the key in the ignition, the car turned over but would not start, manual says the fuel pump is disabled by anti-theft. By accident waited in car about 10 minutes while trying to reach manufacturer, the flashing antitheft light had gone out, I tried starting the car and it started fine. However further online research indicated that this is a pervasive problem went hundreds of complaints. My source was carcomplaints.com. Called Chevrolet and filed a complaint was assigned a case number. This is not a safety issue per SE, but it could be in the event of needed to get someone to an er, for example.

- New Windsor, NY, USA

problem #24

May 132011

Malibu

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the anti theft system would activate and prevent him from starting the vehicle. The failure recurred intermittently and would last between fifteen minutes to an hour. The contact did not inform the dealer of the failure and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current and failure mileage was approximately 98,000.

- New Windsor, NY, USA

problem #23

Dec 242010

Malibu

  • 124,000 miles
Went to start my 1998 Chevy Malibu, and it wouldn't start. It would turn over and start for like 2 seconds, but then shuts off. I tried starting it a few times, and then realized that the "theft system" light was flashing. After I tried the few times, the light shut off and then my car started up no problem. Has happened 3 days in a row now.

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

problem #22

Jul 102010

Malibu

  • 163,800 miles
Passlock system malfunctions, causing the vehicle to not start for at least ten minutes.

- Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA

problem #21

Apr 072010

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
1998 Chevrolet Malibu will not start due to passlock program. The consumer stated normally he would drive somewhere and turn off the ignition, but when he tried to restart it, nothing happened. On the left side of the screen on the dash an icon flashed. He had to wait 10-15 minutes for the light to stop flashing, exit the vehicle, get back in and then the vehicle started.

- Placentia, CA, USA

problem #20

Mar 022010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
Theft system malfunction.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #19

Aug 222009

Malibu

  • miles
Under normal usage, the vehicle will shut off, and the dashboard theft light comes on. At other times the vehicle will not start, and the theft light comes on. The failure occurs at least once a week. This can be dangerous, im afraid it will happen while driving. I have taken the car to a mechanic, and have found the problem. The problem is the GM passlock II system. I did some research online and have found thousands of people with the same problem. I cannot believe that such a widespread problem has not been addressed.

- Anderson, SC, USA

problem #18

Nov 112008

Malibu

  • 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

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