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7.4

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,108 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu lights problems

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Jun 072006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

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

: the contact stated while driving and depressing the brakes for any length of time the brakes light fail. The lights over heat and smoke then explode causing them to fail. The vehicle has not been inspected nor has the manufacturer been alerted.

- Glen Carbon, IL, USA

problem #36

Feb 012006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driving the car to work on a regular basis and it seems every two months the tail light bulbs need replacing. I keep replacing them but it is not working. It is dangerous because one minute they work. Drive down the road and it is not working. Is there a recall on this? there should be.

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #35

Mar 092004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
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 #34

Jul 212003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

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

Plastic base of sylvania 3057 dual filament tail lamps melt causing stop lights to fail.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #33

Feb 012003

Malibu

  • miles
The brake light was inoperative.

- Plano, TX, USA

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problem #32

Feb 022003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
My brake lights are continueing to not work. I have replaced bulbs etc. The issue is the bulb sockets are over heating and the right side brake light socket is beginning to melt due to excess heat.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #31

May 021998

Malibu

  • miles

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

Consumer states that the brake lights on the vehicle do not work properly the consumer has replaced the bulb several times but the problem still occurs. Contacted dealer.

- Randlestown, MD, USA

problem #30

Mar 282002

Malibu

  • miles
When brakes were applied right side brake light didn't work. Had fuse and bulb checked, nothing wrong with them.

- Wales, MA, USA

problem #29

Feb 162002

Malibu

  • miles
All 4 back brake light bulbs burned out and appeared to be somewhat melted on the connection part of the bulb. Replaced, 4 weeks later drivers side bulb burnt out again. Fuses are blowing if I have the passenger side bulb panel connected.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #28

Nov 152001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Right brake light is inoperative, electrical wires are corroded and water is leaking into brake light cover. Dealer has yet to be contatced.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #27

Dec 011999

Malibu

  • miles

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

Due to bad connection the right brake light burned out.

- Parachute, CO, USA

problem #26

Oct 192000

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle could not start because of bad battery leaking.

- Parachute, CO, USA

problem #25

Apr 012000

Malibu

  • miles
Shorlty after purchasing this vehicle while it was still under warranty we had the passenger side headlight assembly replaced because of condensation building up. Then a couple months later somone told me that my stop lights on the passenger side were out, I thought it was the bulbs but it wasn't, it was because of water building up inside. I contacted several orginizations to see if this was possibly recalled, it wasn't. since they want $250 for the light assembly I've been waiting to see if they would recall them considering that just in the central mass area I have seen 2 - 3 dozen Malibu's with that stop light not working. I have been able to get it working by taking it apart drying it out and cleaning the electrodes with a wire brush but within a week of any rain it blows out again. I even went as far as two weeks ago resealing the seal around the housing and when we got rain that day went out and checked it and there was about a pint of water inside.I pulled the whole assembly out still together, tipped it every way possible and could not get the water to leak out from anywhere. I feel this is a safety issue because it is the stop lights. The other lights still work(the backup, directional, and even the 2 marker lights on the same bulb as the stop) its just the stop lights. Now I've noticed a little condensation in the left side assembly. I hope something can be done about this. Thank you jason jerome.

- Spencer, MA, USA

problem #24

Jul 312000

Malibu

  • miles
Rear brake lights continued to fail. Brake lights have failed approximatley 5 times within past year. Dealership changed bulbs, but had failed to correct repeated failure of brake lights, either right/left or both lights. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Queens, NY, USA

problem #23

Sep 012000

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake lights light bulbs power melt plastic of cover, causing no vision for other drivers on brake lights. Please add additional information.

- Benson, AZ, USA

problem #22

Nov 272000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake lights have gone out several times.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #21

Jan 242000

Malibu

  • miles
Brake light burned out, causing plastic to melt over connection wires.

- Amherst Junction, WI, USA

problem #20

Oct 192000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Almost as soon as I bought the car, rear lights began to go out sporadically, I've already had to replace the brake shoes twice (at 18,000 and about 44,000 miles), I had to replace the alternator at 37,000 miles, one seat belt clip plastic handle protector broke off, and I've had radiator leakage and air condition problems as well as radio reception being sporadic at best.

- Apo, NY, USA

problem #19

May 312000

Malibu

  • miles
Alternator went out while I was driving down a busy highway in rush hour traffic. Car completely died. Could not jump start. Had to have it towed to a mechanic who stated this was the fourth alternator he had replaced on this year of Chevy Malibu in the last month and for me to inquire as to a possible recall on these parts. Also have had to change the light bulbs in the brake lights and back up lights at least once every other month since purchase. Brakes were serviced with new pads and everything from the dealer 4 months ago and now the ABS light is comming on and going off and intervals. Air conditioner shuts itself off frequently. The little green light goes out and the system blows hot air. I have to turn the power down on it to get the little green light to come back on again and for the air to cool off again. I have noticed air drafts comming from the door handles on the inside of the vehicle while driving on the highway.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #18

Sep 052000

Malibu

  • miles
No summary

- Montgomery, AL, USA

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