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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
98,796 miles
Total Complaints:
29 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (24 reports)
  2. replaced key switch and ignition module (3 reports)
  3. built my own passlock bypass circuit (1 reports)
  4. cut the yellow wire in ignition & insert toggle switch (1 reports)
  5. install auto remote start (1 reports)
1998 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Jan 192008

Malibu LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


well im still having problems with my 98 Chevy Malibu it would not start and it parked and a park right now i don't have the money to get it towed and i have tried all the ideas to get it started it just wont work am i missing something please someone help me i just need to get it started to get it to my house if you got a solution email me at XXXXX@XXXXXX.XXX

ok guys i finally got my care pulled to my house but i still cant get it started i have tried everything man anyone no any other way to start it please

ok im in the middle of waiting the 30 full min ok so if and wen i can get it started im cutting that dame wire and then im going straight to a car sales man and selling this pice of junk i don't care if he only give me 1000 wat ever man. anyway if i cant get it started no one noes of any other way to get this thing started besides taking it to a dealer like hot wiring it or something man i dont give a sh*t guys im stuck right now and i hate to ask for rides please someone help me. i hope this thing starts here in like 20 min. oh one more question dose the light have to go out or not cause wen you turn to the key to start the light goes out on its own i have never seen it go off before that since this started.

well no luck man i could not get the dame thing on i tried waiting for like 30 min on the on position and then i did it again then i took the ignition swicht apart and everything looks good. i guess i got to save my money and take it to the trusty dealer so he could tell me wat i no already and screw me out of some money. well guys thanks for all the help ill post once they finish screwing me ok

Well that is wat has happened to me so far on this pos car it an old post i had on another website;ASITE&action=Posts&fid=1601 check it out

i also look it up on this website to see if any other complaints have been made and you will be surprise there is like 2000 ppl complaining about the same sh*tty car

- , Portland, TX, USA

problem #8

Jun 012000

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I solved the problem by installing an auto remote start, the phython 1400XP cost with installation at circuit city $325. what it does is bypass the GM system to start the car with the remote and not using the key. It has worked everytime and the device can be set to lock your doors after it starts too. As an added feature, you can have the heat or s/c switch turned in the on position before starting the car while inside the house. No more YIKES! or AW MAN! when sitting on the seats. Save money by not replacing the ignition switch and senors which the dealer charges $800 each in some areas. Questions, let me know.

- , Ny, NY, USA

problem #7

Oct 132007

(reported on)

Malibu 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I have a 1998 chevy Malibu that wont start at times.When ever the anti theft light starts blinking the car wont start for about ten minutes. This has caused me to be late for many appointments & almost caused me my job.....If anyone out there has the solution please sent it to me.

- , Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas

problem #6

Sep 142007

(reported on)

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


i see im not the only one with this anti-theft problem. i really dont have any complaints about the car except for the anti-theft light coming on and not being about to start my car. has anyone found the solution to the problem?

- , Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 062007

(reported on)

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

Well, the first thing that they did was to change out the lock core. (which they ended up doing at least 13 different times). They have also changed the PCM and the body control module of the car at least once. The final thing that they did was to just cut me a new key from the VIN even though I had the original keys from when I purchased the car brand new. When I called GM to complain about it, all they would do was give me free oil changes and tire rotations for a year. Can you believe that? It happens a couple of times a year sometimes doesn't matter if it is the hottest day of the year or the coldest day of the year, that is when it happens. It won't turn over and the theft system light just blinks back at me--major, major design flaw!! The next time I contact GM and was in talks with them regarding buying my car back and they told me that they would only give me $1800 for my car that I bought BRAND NEW and was now worth at least $5000! That was a SLAP IN THE FACE! Wouldn't wish this POS (Piece of S!?!) on my worst enemy!

- , Minneapolis, MN, US

problem #4

Jun 272007

(reported on)

Malibu 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

My 1998 Malibu 4 cylinder has 99000 miles. I liked it cause it was good on gas. But recently we have had the same problem the anti theft lock out keeps acting like we are trying to steal the piece of crap! Maybe I'll leave my keys in it so someone could steal it! I also have a chevy Blazer and it has a crap load of problems too! I will never ever buy another chevy product! Chevy should seriously think about getting out of the car making business!

- , Washington, yes, USA

problem #3

Sep 252006

(reported on)

Malibu N/A

  • 119,000 miles


I love my Malibu. Its my first car and I would like to have it working in tip top shape, but i don't have the money. Sure it gives me a few problems but I show and give it respect. I wish I was fortunate enough to get a 05. I'm very thankful.

- , Waggaman, LA, USA

problem #2

Jun 182006

(reported on)


  • 80,000 miles

Anti theft light is on when going to start nothing happens. The car will not turn over. In the past we were told to rectify the problem all we had to do was put the key in the ACC mode for 15-20 minutes and try starting it again. We also took the battery out for a period of time, but the car didnt start.

- , New Berlin, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 162006

(reported on)


  • 133,110 miles

About twice a month the car decides not to start. The anti theft light is on and the car cranks but won't start.

- , Yuma, AZ, USA

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