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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,465 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 032003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Car would be running stepped on gas and wouldn't move, had it back when it was new, but wouldn't happen when bonner Chevrolet in kingston, pa mechanics would test drive it. Vehicle continued until I couldn't get it out of park, then I had to have the transmission replaced 2003. Itwas a 1998 ls Chevy Malibu fully loaded, bought new. My son had the same car and it had done the same.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 052003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,860 miles
The head gasket failed, without warning. Bad axles in front did not feel safe.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 062000

(reported on)


  • miles
Transaxle drive link and transmission failed.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 181999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While going 25mph right front axle broke. Lost control of vehicle and hit curb & then a pole. Both air bags deployed upon impact. Vehicle was towed to dealer.

- Orland Hills, IL, USA

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