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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,831 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 012004

Malibu

  • miles

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

Consumer received a recall notification. After taking the vehicle to dealer for recall repairs consumer was involved in single car collision. Steering failed.

- Alexander, NC, USA

problem #8

Mar 262004

(reported on)

Malibu

  • 87,000 miles
Power steering failed, and the vehicle suddenly accelerated. Driver lost control and hit a rock. Upon impact, none of the vehicles airbags deployed.

- Halifax, PA, USA

problem #7

Feb 182004

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
While driving 75 mph, consumer heard a noise coming from under the hood. Then, vehicle lost power steering.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #6

Feb 092004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,482 miles

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

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 #5

Feb 042004

Malibu

  • 82,000 miles
When turning right power steering failed intermittently.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 172004

Malibu

  • 60,000 miles
While driving or turning, the vehicle lost power steering and it became difficult to steer.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 202003

Malibu

  • miles

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

Once the vehicle is at "normal operating temperature" the power steering becomes hard and will squeal. I have replaces the power steering fluid, in entirety, and the problem still persists. I plan on going to a dealership asap, but reading all of the articles on this vehicle, it appears they will tell me the same. It is a rack-and-pinion problem that I will have to incur an out of pocket expense.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #2

Sep 122000

Malibu

  • miles
Intermittently steering became hard to steer. Dealer notified, and was unable to locate cause. Feel free to provide any further information.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 011999

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When traveling and applying brakes, they make a grinding noise when making a turn. Dealership is aware of problem. Transmission mounts were replaced. Safety belt fixed 2 times. Power steering hoses and lines replaced, parts were missing from steering gear assembly.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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