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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,333 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 102005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet, Malibu. The front coil spring broke. There was no shield guard, and it caused the right front cv shaft to break. Also, had to do other repairs. According to the mechanic vehicle could have been involved in serious accident if she drove the vehicle after the coil spring broke. The coil spring could have gone through the front tire, causing consumer to lose control of the vehicle.

- Maumee, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 052001

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Water is leaking into engine from the head gasket. Water pump started seeping after head gasket was replaced. The front brakes was replaced several times with finally the ones mentioned on the bulletin. First the left side wheel bearing/ speed sensor assembly changed then a couple of thousand of miles later the right side. Air condition was going on and off intermittently.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

May 281999


  • miles
This vechile was been in the shop a minimum of 9 times.this is the 2nd Malibu that I have owned the first one was in the shop just as much if not more.the Chevrolet dealer traded me out, and upgraded me for no extra money, but this car is no better thatn the first one. I feel that this the worst car that we have every owned and would tell any one never to buy one. I feel very unsafe in this car. No my steering rack is going and the cv boot is leaking.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

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