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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,625 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.

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 122004

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

After a few minutes (maybe 10 to 15 minutes) of starting/driving, gas pedal "sticks" in the closed position requiring additional foot pressure to make it advance to a reasonable RPM to either breake inertia or continuing driving. This process becomes dangerous to the extend that a higher/unwanted accelaration results due to the pedal not traveling smoothly.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 072004

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
While driving 20 mph accelerator pedal stuck suddenly. As a result, the vehicle surged forward at high speed and crashed into a pole and rolled over. Driver sustained five broken ribs.

- Colts Neck, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jun 252003

Malibu

  • 32,000 miles
Vehicle accelerated from a complete stop position with feet on the depressed on the brake pedal.

- Tullahoma, TN, USA

problem #5

Jan 012001

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

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

Defects in 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. I have spent over $1000 trying to repair the ABS system (including replacing the wiring harness for what GM call an "updated wiring harness, " replacing left and right wheel barons, and replacing the ABS relay). The brakes consistently have trouble and pulse when trying to stop the vehicle. I am also experiencing considerable trouble with the computer system in the car. The anti theft light and air bag lights come on and stay on, creating codes in the computer, with no visible reasons for the codes. The gas pedal has also been repaired twice as it has a tendency to stick. The left rear strut mounts have also broken and have had to be repaired (quite costly). I am becoming increasingly concerned for safety while driving this car.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #4

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel pedal makes a grinding noise.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Design location of the accelerator pedal too close to the transmissiion housing resulting in contact with housing before reaching pedal.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 051999

Malibu

  • miles
When coming to a stop vehicle took off due to gas pedal getting stuck. Vehicle turned over and went into an enbankment.

- Tallman, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 191998

Malibu

  • miles
While driving the vehicle, took foot off gas pedal and the car kept going. Dealer stated that a small rock was trapped behind the gas pedal, vehicle's problem was remedied.

- Mount Carmel, OH, USA

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