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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,000 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.

1998 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 022004

(reported on)


  • 45,000 miles


Consumer complained about an ignition problem. Consumer had to hold the key in ignition switch, turn and hold for a period of time before the engine turned over. Secondly, seat belt on the front driver side did not retract. Had to put the seat belt on manually. Also, brakes squeak when applied.

- Bell Gardens, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 092001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Squeaking noise came from steering, dealer replaced steering rack assembly and power steering hoses. Right front shoulder belt would not adjust up or down, seatbelt stop button was missing, left side driver's shoulder belt retracts slowly, right front shoulder belt retracts slowly and jams at times. Rear bumper cover at left side at tail light opening has poor fit. Excessive wind noise at the left front door glass opening while traveling highway speeds. Steering shimmies while braking, dealer found warped rotors. Idle quality in gear at stop is poor, transmission mounts were weak, engine runs rough at times. Front head light fogged up, delaer found inside lens cracked. Rattle noise heard under vehicle while traveling on rough roads.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 071999


  • miles
Driver's side seat belt retracts too slowly, causing seat belt to hang on to floor or get caught in the door. Dealer notified.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 091999

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer was involved in a frontal collision in which the driver's or passenger air bags did not deploy. Also, the driver's seat belt malfunctioned, and all doors jammed.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #1

Aug 091999


  • miles
The rear seat belts fails to retract. The brake pads were replaced after purchasing vehicle in June, due to being worn out. The front left tire needs replacment due to the threads coming off.

- Lavergne, TN, USA

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