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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,729 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Malibu suspension problems

suspension problem

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1997 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 262020

Malibu

  • miles

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

I have had to change the passenger caliper and rotors twice because the bolts for the caliper keeps popping out and the bolts for the bracket keeps popping out.. my windshield wiper on the passenger side went out last month..last night the car wouldnżT start up anymore when I do turn the key the lights come on but when I try to start the car up I get a clicking noise, the radio kept going in and out also. Now my O2 sensors and tripping. Iżve had to change the egr valve because it kept getting stuck in open position and I also changed the belt

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #13

Mar 312014

Malibu

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the frame separated from the vehicle causing it to flip and crash into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained head and neck injuries which required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Carthage, MS, USA

problem #12

Jul 262004

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,200 miles
Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer. They checked the tires, and found that the tires were within specifications. Could not determine the problem or cause of it. While driving 40 miles per hour the vehicle pulled multiple times towards oncoming traffic. The consumer pulled towards the shoulder and the vehicle ended up in a ditch.

- Dodge City, KS, USA

problem #11

Jul 151998

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles

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

Bought car new 4-14-1997----problem car 32750 mi now Chevrolet ran away from this car and so did dealers---kept customer in the dark----waiting for 3 yrs or 36000mi suspension noise on going---rattle---creaking---glunking water pump leak at 23000 miles--fix est.$835--29295 mi suspension noisy yet 32655 mi on car. Relaced ignition lock cylinder $532.42---32600 mi replace 4 tires $314---32525 mi took 3 years to get brakes up tp par. Suspension still a problem.over all this car has problems from day one. Battery---windshield---poorly built auto. That's why I have low miles don't use it much.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #10

Jan 312002

Malibu

  • miles
Renee borstad, director/superintendent of the board of chosen freeholders writes on behalf of parker flores, while driving vehicle home, serious vibrations began necessitating it be brought in for repairs.

- Mt. Holly, NJ, USA

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problem #9

Aug 152002

Malibu

  • miles
While driving at any speed and with no warning, while making a turn, can hear a loud clicking noise in steering column. Dealer notified.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #8

Jul 161998

Malibu

  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #7

Jan 312002

Malibu

  • miles
Renee borstad, director/superintendent of the board of chosen freeholders writes on behalf of parker flores, " while driving vehicle home, serious vibrations began necessitating it be brought in for repairs.

- Mt. Holly, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jun 012000

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling at low to high speed, consumer noticed vehicle vibrating, dealer dropped surame and tightened rack mounts, lower control arms rattle at low speed and vehicle vibrates at high speed. Engine torques back under power, dealer stated this was because of faulty lower control arms.

- Conyners, GA, USA

problem #5

Dec 141999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
Suspension system is defective, several repair attempts, however did not rectify problems.

- Stanley, NC, USA

problem #4

Apr 021998

Malibu

  • miles

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

Vehicle has experienced continued noise in the suspension system, several repair attempts however continues to experience noise. Mjs

- Brazoria, TX, USA

problem #3

May 181999

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
When vehicle stops at a light or stop sign it vibrates, cause unknown. Dealer cannot identify problem.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 011997

Malibu

  • miles
Suspension system has had continuous repairs of components however the vibration and rough ride are still present, unable to rectify poor suspension system.

- Garden Cit, KS, USA

problem #1

Feb 151997

Malibu

  • miles
Experiencing problems with the vehicle vibrating at all speeds, and vehicle has been taken in to be serviced, the problem has not been remedied.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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