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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
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1997 Chevrolet Malibu windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1997 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer states intermittently the vehicle anti-theft light would come on while driving, within a few seconds it would start to flicker on/off, when this occurs the vehicle would cut off, dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. Also, consumer states dealer replaced fuse, multifunction switch, dome lamp wiring, ignition lock cylinder, power steering hose, fuel pump, engine mount, heater, left door window switch, right front seat belt, left front door handle cover, and left front door lock switch.

- Wallins Creek, KY, USA

problem #4

Apr 172002

(reported on)


  • miles
Brake lights went out at unknown time to driver resulting in rear end collison by another automobile. Instrument panel went black and emitted a black smoke resulting in unoperative use of any fan/heat/defrost..main instrument of power windows on driver side operated enough to roll down windows but not roll up drivers side resulting in ice/snow/rain buildup. Alternator went out 4 times resulting in power failure on highway resulting in crash into guard rail. Please provide us with any information to protect our family and prevent any future accidents..thank you very much. Nlm

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 191998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power windows switch failed.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 101997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power window motor failed.

- Horatio, AR, USA

problem #1

Aug 041997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer purchased vehicle 7-29-97/ 8-04-97, the steering rack was determined defective. Whenever turning a curve the rigt front tire rattles, otherwise any bump in the road causes the vehicle to make rattling noises. Dealer has replaced steering rack eight (8) times already, and says that until GM redesigns steering rack there is no need to replace again. Brakes vibrate, front rotors warped. Clicking noise comes from the motor of the driver side window express down feature. Consumer had vehicle in shop 8 different times, however the rattling noise has not been corrected, manufacturer has a newly designed steering rack, however consumer declined due to pursuing the lemon law. Lower control arms replaced, caused a thumping noise.

- Long Bottom, OH, USA

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