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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,286 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #7

May 012009


  • 90,000 miles


Only when its cold outside the shifter doesn't shift out of park till the car warms up for 15 to 20 minutes.

- Epsom, NH, USA

problem #6

Sep 052010


  • miles
I was on interstate 95 going home when the steering wheel suddenly locked up on me and I started losing horsepower until I completely stopped!. so there I was in the middle lane stopped!, with cars swerving around me at high speeds!... not to mention the cars stopped behind me trying to get around!. I thought I would be badly rear ended for sure!!. luckily, a tow truck happened to be passing...and stopped to help. Someone could of been killed!!!!!. and from all the testimonials I've heard...I think General Motors should mail everyone who owns a Chevy Malibu a big fat check!.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 072004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
While my husband was driving my 1998 Chevrolet Malibu which has approximately 87,000 miles on it, he heard an unusual noise that indicated something was wrong with the engine. The car immediately lost power while moving at a speed of approximately 40 mph. There was a lot of rattling and vibrations. Upon having the car towed to a garage for a diagnostic test, he was informed that the car had to have a new engine. The engine repair company states that the harmonic balancer failed which in turned messed up the internal workings of the engine. This will cost us approximately $3600 dollars to replace the engine.

- Lafitte, LA, USA

problem #4

Apr 252003

(reported on)


  • miles


The vehicle vibrated all the time. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who repaired the motor mounts and the transmission mounts. The wheel bearings needed to be replaced, but the parts were on back order.

- Grand Island, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 041999

(reported on)


  • miles
When I am driving the car, all the lights on the dash(panel) light up and the speedometer starts going crazy. One minute it shows that I am traveling 10 miles an hours then in a split second it shows that I am going 110 miles an hour. All the other gauges start going back and forth as well. I have no idea how fast I am going or if my car is about to just quit completely. When I first brought my car, about a year later or so (and I am just estimating) the dash board started acting crazy but I just blue it off. Then I was traveling to dallas to look for a place to live and the lights all come on and the speed went crazy then the car started to die. I made it to the dealership before it died. They stated it was the altnerator, that was replaced. It worked fine for a while then it happened again. I took it to the dealership in san angelo and they said there was an electrical short. That was fixed and it didn't happen for a while then it happened again yesterday (10/3/99). I am a single parent and I travel a lot back and forth from dallas to san angelo. I am absolutely a neverous wreck when driving my car. I never know when it's going to act up and leave my daugther and I stranded along the highway. Pleas help me....... has this happened to other Malibu owners"?????"

- Irving, TX, USA

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problem #2

Sep 121999


  • miles
Odometer jumped 1,000 miles to bring mileage from 34527 to 35587 in one day. Only drove car 150 miles max that day.

- Meadville, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 071999

(reported on)


  • miles
My odometer does not read the miles correctly. It is digital and I do not want to bring to the dealer without first reaserching if this could be a fraud case

- Marlboro, NY, USA

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