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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,006 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #20

Apr 062008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

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

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 #19

Mar 032005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,400 miles
In March of '05 took car in for sevice engine was ticking while idle at one point once car was warmed up the ticking stoped but now the ticking is still heard while driving and at acceleartion. Took car in the bob mcguire Chevrolet in bordentown, NJ was told that I had a head gasket leak that had already mixed with the engine oil. Had everything fixed and they even put in heavy duty lifter cleaner to clean the lifters according to mecanic that was were the tick was coming from but when I picked up the car the engine was still ticking when idle and the noise had gotten worse. When I asked what it would take to fix the ticking I was told that the whole job that was just performed on the car had to be performed again in order to fix the lifters that is causing the ticking.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #18

Apr 142002

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Engine locked up while driving at highway speed(70mph) due to failed intake gasket on 1998 Malibu 3.1. one flicker of oil light (oil had just been changed that morning by myself (experienced auto technician).engine had 52,000 miles, was 600 miles from home(appr), cost $750 to tow home, upon disasembly found failed intake gasket, purchased used engine, $600, $800 to have installed. GM contacted in every forum avail. Refused to help in any way. Installed new gasket on used engine before installing, GM parts, now 37,000 miles later have intake gasket leak again.

- Alverton, PA, USA

problem #17

Oct 012004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

Coolant leak.. again in my 1998 Chevrolet Malibu! I had my intake gasket replaced approximately two years ago due to car over heating and a coolant leak. My extended warranty covered it at that time but not without a struggle. I have since been told in the past month that this same repair needs to be done again and that I'm looking at anywhere from $600 - $1000 for the repair and this will come out of my pocket. From the consumer complaints that I've read on the internet and the service bulletin out on the specific problem, GM obviously knows that this is in issue. Why aren't they forced to put out a recall? this could be a dangerous problem.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #16

Apr 062004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,734 miles
On 3 occasions in almost 70000 miles I have had to get the intake manifold gasket replaced on my car. The first time was covered by warranty.the other two were not. All 3 resulted in leaking anti-freeze. The first time was internal. All three times were repaired at dealerships.

- Sussex, WI, USA

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problem #15

Mar 122004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
Anti-freeze (dex-cool) leaked out, causing me to have to relpace my intake manifold gasket.

- Edgewood, MD, USA

problem #14

Mar 092004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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

The intake manifold / intake gaskets are leaking water into my oil. Because of this I am in great danger of my engine blowing. The car has 65,000 miles on it, this should not happen at all.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #13

Feb 092004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,482 miles
At 47,000 miles vehicle was taken to dealer for an anti-freeze leak. The dealer replaced engine gasket, but problem recurred. The consumer had taken the vehicle in for a power steering problem and they found the intake manifold gasket leaking coolant.

- La Porte, IN, USA

problem #12

Feb 032004

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Consumer noticed vehicle was leaking coolant. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, and mechanic determined that intake manifold needed to be replaced.

- La Porte, IN, USA

problem #11

Jan 262004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car is leaking coolant. After having it checked, it has been determined it is the intake manifold gasket leaking. After some research, I have discovered this is a common problem not only on Malibu but on many GM/GMC cars.

- Carlisle, OH, USA

problem #10

Dec 152003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Intake manifold gasket failure. This caused anti-freeze in oil and it made the car to die out. Once the oil was changed the used oil was thick and had metal shavings in it. Also the engine started knocking.

- Kankakee, IL, USA

problem #9

Nov 142003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
1998 Chevrolet Malibu with 61,000 miles needed lower intake manifold gasket repaired, water pump replaced and engine oil flush became a $1146.22 problem and my extended warranty through warranty gold covered nothing because they are under liquidation/chapter 11. What an experience.

- South Holland, IL, USA

problem #8

Aug 192003

Malibu

  • 41,700 miles
Consumer noticed spots of coolant on the driveway. Vehicle was towed to a certified mechanic, who informed the consumer that the manifold gasket was leaking.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #7

Sep 292003

Malibu

  • miles
Coolant was leaking due to cracked plastic intake manifold.

- Elkhorn, NE, USA

problem #6

Aug 172003

Malibu

  • miles
98 Malibu ls developed coolant leak at 19,000 miles. Took back to dealer where it was purchased new in 98. Found intake manifold gasket is leaking as well as water pump bad. $880 to repair. Dealer will not do anything to help cover cost even though they know it is a problem. Dealer said there is a class action law siut against GM over this issue!"!"

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Apr 142003

Malibu

  • miles
Complaint letter from il state attorney general ofc wanting to know whether there should be a recall concerning defective intake manifold gasket on 1998, Chevrolet, Malibu.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Feb 052003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,800 miles
Coolant leak in my 1998 Chevrolet Malibu - 3.1 liter engine. 55,800 miles. This defect is very common on this engine. Intake manifold gasket. $800 repair. Lost one week's work

- Export, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 172001

Malibu

  • miles
Intake manifold gasket failed, causing coolant to leak. A known problem on this car, Chevrolet should recall it. Mine was replaced under warranty luckily. Rotors replaced one week after purchase, again, a common problem with this car.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 072001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
We have rotors replaced on this car twice in about 30dys dealer couldn't believe it. And the intake bolts were loose and it was losing coolant.

- Bryant, AL, USA

problem #1

Nov 231998

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine coolant bypass to intake manifold fittings failed.

- Torrance, CA, USA

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