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6.7

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,807 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu lights problems

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #15

May 312007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles

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

Tail lights on almost all chev. Malibu's are bad mostly on the right sides if you going down the road look for yourself almost always they have at least one burned out light. I own two my kids drive and almost every time they wash them or it storms I have too replace bulbs the tail light fills with water.

- Malad, ID, USA

problem #14

Feb 222004

Malibu

  • 107,000 miles
While braking tail lights failed. Dealerships repaired the problem eight times, but the consumer was still having the same problem.

- Moncks Corner, SC, USA

problem #13

Mar 232004

Malibu

  • miles
While applying brakes tail light malfunctioned. Tail light would come on and off on its own. Consumer drove the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that an electrical short could not be found inside of the vehicle.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #12

Mar 232004

Malibu

  • miles

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

While applying brakes tail lights on driver and passenger sides would not come on. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that a electrical short could not been found inside of the vehicle. *

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #11

Aug 152001

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
When the gas tank was full the gas gauge read empty and when the gas tank was empty the gas gauge read full. The steering wheel made noises, the A/C light did not stay on and the A/C blew hot air when the button was not activated, the key would come out of the ignition and would not stay in and the vehicle would still drive without the key in the ignition. The brakes would have to be replaced at least twice a year, the antenna did not pick up an adequate number of stations, (case efficiency decreased from 350 to 250 to refill the can), when two batteries were replaced, the gas gauge did not work, and condensation would set in the rear lights and burned them out.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

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problem #10

Aug 252003

Malibu

  • miles
Water leaked onto the electric system and caused left back tail light to fail.

- Henderson, NC, USA

problem #9

Mar 172003

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

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

Rack and pinion steering gear failed at 65,000 miles, causing a loss of power steering and a near accident. This is the second time this has happened (last time was at 40,000). This vehicle has also had front brakes and rotors 6 times and has experienced all other Malibu problems such as air conditioner control failure, tail light melting, etc.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #8

Nov 182002

Malibu

  • miles
In July of 2002 my right tail light went out. When I took apart the lighting section I smelt burning. I went to the auto zone to buy a replacement but couldn't remove the bulb. I than took it to the Chevy garage to be fixed. They said that the bulb was wrong in the board. Now (11-18-02) my tail light is out again and when I checked the other bulbs were also appearing to be melted in the board also. I took it back to my Chevy garage to be fixed. They replaced the board on the right and the bulbs. Upon checking the left side rear lights were out now. They replaced the left side tail lights board and bulbs too. They are working now but next? this is too familiar of a coincedence to be happening I think this is a malfunction in the car itself. If this happens again I'll be back to complain and try to find out why this is happening to more than just my Malibu!

- Salem, OH, USA

problem #7

Nov 182002

Malibu

  • miles
In July of 2002 my right tail light went out. When I took apart the lighting section I smelt burning. I went to the auto zone to buy a replacement but couldn't remove the bulb. I than took it to the Chevy garage to be fixed. They said that the bulb was wrong in the board. Now (11-18-02) my tail light is out again and when I checked the other bulbs were also appearing to be melted in the board also. I took it back to my Chevy garage to be fixed. They replaced the board on the right and the bulbs. Upon checking the left side rear lights were out now. They replaced the left side tail lights board and bulbs too. They are working now but next? this is too familiar of a coincedence to be happening I think this is a malfunction in the car itself. If this happens again I'll be back to complain and try to find out why this is happening to more than just my Malibu!

- Salem, OH, USA

problem #6

Dec 232001

Malibu

  • miles
Right tailight collects water everytime it rains in relsult the lights go out, in result the panel for the light has rusted and cannot be used, this is the 2nd panel I have purchased becuase of water leaking into taillight. I have seen 3 other mailibu's with the same situation. I want Chevrolet to fix this problem I have to keep paying to purchase a new panel because of the rust, my vehicle will not pass inspection due to this defect, I feel it is a manufacturers defect.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 082000

Malibu

  • miles

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

Please see comments from previous entry (forgot to add stop/tail lights) to list. No safety defect mentioned.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 012000

Malibu

  • miles
No summary

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #3

Apr 012000

Malibu

  • miles
No summary

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #2

Oct 291998

Malibu

  • miles
Rotor probems: 1st@10,333 2nd@17,914 and again @26,000. Also problems with door chime-would not stop chiming with keys out and lights off. Was taken in 6 times before resolved. Also taken in for tailight seal coming loose and now must go in again bc the driver rear passenger door will not open from the inside, door latch does not work. Car is a lemon. I have wasted too much of my time by continually going back for warranty work. A new car should not have this many problems. Have filed a complaint with GM directly on 3-24-00 bc this is not getting resolved.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #1

May 151999

Malibu

  • miles
Intermittent operation of tail lights / brake lightt. Appoinment being made for dealer's inspection.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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