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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,700 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 steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 152003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,400 miles


After hearing a "clicking/creaking" sound coming from the steering (on full lock)when maneuvering at slow speeds, I.e. parking, I had the car inspected. It turned out to be a bad rh lower control arm and a loose LH lower control arm.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 231999


  • miles
Lost steering control of 1998 Chevy Malibu at about 45 mph and had a spin-out at a major intersection, hitting the median curve and coming to rest on the side of the road. Upon initial analysis we found that the support arm bolt had come loose on the car. When the Chevy roadside tow-truck arrived he told us that this was the fourth Malibu that he had picked up with the same problem. Upon arrival at grand prize Chevy that afternoon the auto was checked by the service representative and later by a mechanic, and I was told that it was a mechanical malfunction, and the car would be fixed under warranty.

- Miami, FL, USA

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