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2.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,171 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Nov 112008

Malibu

  • 68,700 miles

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

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

problem #24

Apr 062008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Intake manifold gasket leak, causing anti freeze to mix with the oil, causing failure and excessive wear to internal motor parts.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #23

Mar 112002

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,114 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. The dealer stated that the steering: Rack and pinion was leaking and the contact paid $195, plus $470 for labor. The contact was informed that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 03V527000 (steering:rack and pinion). The contact called GM in April of 2002 and was informed that he would be reimbursed. When he informed GM that he took the vehicle to a private shop, GM changed their mind and never provided reimbursement. The current mileage was 74,000 and failure mileage was 42,114. Updated 04/16/08 the dealer repaired the cam position sensor as well. Updated 04/16/08

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #22

Sep 152006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

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

: the contact stated while driving 30 mph, the add coolant light illuminated. The contact added coolant to the resevoir. A week later more coolant was added. After the vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic, the contact was informed that the intake manifold gasket was leaking. Repairs were declined and the leaking became worse as another leak was noticed from the front right side. The manufacturer was notified.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #21

Jan 012006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Manifold gasket failure that allow coolant to leak. Water can mix with oil or can generate overheat of the engine.

- Cabo Rojo, PR, USA

problem #20

Jan 012005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1. vehicle losing coolant. 2. problem is due to failure of the intake manifold gasket. 3. intake gasket needs to be replaced.

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #19

Apr 262004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

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

I do not have any accidents or incidents to report, but I am concerned that one could occur, if not to me, to somebody else who may have the same problem. No problem stated or component listed in the summary. I have a 1998 Chevy Malibu, with a 3.1L V6 engine. I have been recently diagnosed with a leaking lower intake manifold gasket. My mechanic says this is a very common problem with this engine, in the 50K to 80K mile range. I have 89,500 miles on my Malibu. Repair cost is $600-800. I did some checking around, and 2 other mechanics I spoke to also said this is a very common problem. I also looked online, and found that there are literally thousands of others out there with the exact same symptoms and problems. GM continues to deny there is a problem, however I also became aware that GM Canada is providing 50/50 deals for the correction of this very problem. Can't GM here in the U.S. admit there was a design flaw in the plastic gaskets they used, and offer a recall? this exact same problem is too common for it to be normal wear and tear...especially when GM Canada is offering to fix it. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

- Holmen, WI, USA

problem #18

Jul 152003

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,555 miles
Air compresser and wire harness had to be replaced fan did not work on setting 1 and 2 needed to be replaced again the first time was in 2000. Airconditioning problem caused the fuses that control gas tank, temp gage and lights on dash board to go out all fusses replaced

- Babylon, NY, USA

problem #17

Dec 152002

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
My 1998 Chevy Malibu's 3.1L engine required an intake manifold gasket at around 30000 miles. My car has been using more fluid lately and I am thinking that the gasket will once again require replacing. Secondly, my car rusted around the doors and the hood seams. I took the car to the dealer where they fixed the problem under warranty. It has been four months since the repairs and the seams look worse than ever.

- Big Rapids, MI, USA

problem #16

Jan 152003

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Intake manifold gasket on 3.1L V6, and head gasket failed. Severe engine damage resulted from coolant entering engine, freezing two exhaust valves and rendering the car inoperable in heavy traffic. Complete damage esimate unknown at this time. Can update later. Contact with GM customer service indicates they are not aware of the problem. Not true! a serious problem and they know it well! they apparently refuse to take any action to make right this major engine design error. This car failed in a very dangerous place.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #15

Dec 152002

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

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

When my car was bought from gold key auto it had 88,000 miles. The day after purchase the car would not crank, had to purchase a battery that would hold enough power to start car. The brake problem has been continous since car has been purchased they wear out and squeal once a yr. Or less, 1 yr. After puchase of car it has had a total caliber change right and left, this was a $235 charge from wheels unlimited in waycross cause of repair brakes locked up on car. Alternator has been changed 3 times 1st yr., one failing after another. This past Dec., 1 right side caliber change and another brake change.car started making a rattle noise were timing chain is so we proceeded with changing the timing chain, replaced in Dec. 2002.at the same time water pump was replaced. The rattled was still there, now my car is parked waiting to find out whats wrong now. Possible fly-wheel or timing gear.

- Waycross, GA, USA

problem #14

Dec 152002

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
When my car was bought from gold key auto it had 88,000 miles. The day after purchase the car would not crank, had to purchase a battery that would hold enough power to start car. The brake problem has been continous since car has been purchased they wear out and squeal once a yr. Or less, 1 yr. After puchase of car it has had a total caliber change right and left, this was a $235 charge from wheels unlimited in waycross cause of repair brakes locked up on car. Alternator has been changed 3 times 1st yr., one failing after another. This past Dec., 1 right side caliber change and another brake change.car started making a rattle noise were timing chain is so we proceeded with changing the timing chain, replaced in Dec. 2002.at the same time water pump was replaced. The rattled was still there, now my car is parked waiting to find out whats wrong now. Possible fly-wheel or timing gear.

- Waycross, GA, USA

problem #13

Jun 152003

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Intake gasket leaking, needs repair.

- Minoa, NY, USA

problem #12

Dec 152002

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Coolant leaking from 3.1 liter intake manifold gasket. Gasket had to be replaced.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

problem #11

Dec 192003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,661 miles
Lower intake manifold gasget leaking at 43,661 miles. Repair costs encountered totaled $589.90.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Jun 092003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
While driving, the vehicle lost its rack and pinion steering and all power of the steering wheel. Dealer notified. The power window control panel on the driver side arm rest popped out, the vehicle pulled severely to the right (dealer couldn't find the problem). The dealer finally replaced the lower control arms, brake rotors, 2 sets of tires/almost completely bald at the time only 13K miles. The rims had to be forced off, the front rotors had become rusted at 20K miles, the ignition wire harness had come apart, the power steering hoses had come loose, lost fluid and power steering while in motion, the trunk leaked, the ABS light had come on twice a week, the front end squeaked and rattled, the antenna wire was loose, the right head lamp had permanent moisture with no crack, the A/C would shut on/off intermittently, the alternator failed at 60K miles and the waning light had come on for only five minutes, the engine leaked oil, and the right windshield wiper pivot housing had broken.

- Paxinos, PA, USA

problem #8

Jun 272002

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 57,471 miles
Replaced intake manifold gasket, valve cover gasket, molded coolant tube $572. Local repair shop stated GM is having problems with head gaskets being defective. We maintain our cars on a regular basis, in order to avoid having large expenditures for neglect. This is not a neglect issue on the customer's part. But solely on the part of GM. Why hasn't there been a recall? ***dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis*****768314

- Beaver Creek, OH, USA

problem #7

Nov 122002

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 173,527 miles
The odometer read incorrectly. The water pump and belt failed. The wiper regulator failed. The tensioner pulley failed. The vehicles rotors warped and the master cylinder failed.

- Holiday, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 202003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Intake manifold gasket leaking coolant into oil. 46000 miles

- N. Canton, OH, USA

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