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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,833 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 012014


  • miles


1998 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes to express discontent with local dealership. The consumer stated the brake was spongy, the ABS light illuminated and the ac worked erratically, depending on the blower speed and would sometimes quit blowing cold air and would start to blow warm air. The consumer stated the brake fluid was very low. The dealer was unable to find any brake fluid leaks. However, two months later while driving, the brake pedal went to the floor, because the fluid had leaked out again. The brake lines were replaced. In addition, to the brake line issue, the sway bar was broken, a fuel line was leaking and the left rear strut had failed.

- Greenville, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 052009


  • 200,000 miles
Something is wrong with how the fuel is being received. When its in neutral it receives the fuel just fine but in reverse or drive it tries to stall out or die. We usually have to take it on a drive just to get the fuel pumping through. It's crazy and scary because when you need to pull and go it will jerk and stall and that not a good thing.

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #4

Mar 222006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 171,000 miles
Replaced wheel bearings (common GM problem, no grease nipple). Having fuel problem (getting too much). Noise coming from the front end (sounds like coil spring).

- Brantford, 00, USA

problem #3

Oct 012003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I purchased my 1998 Malibu, it's had nothing but problems. Since I bought this car in November of 2001 with in less than a week of purchasing I had to take the car back to dealer and have them fix a problem because check engine light was on, I am unsure of the exact problem but I do know the car did not pass emissions and if I had to pay for it, it would have cost me over 500 dollars, I have replaced my front brakes on 3 occasions, I have fixed the leaking transmission 2X, I have replaced the tail light bulbs about 4X, I replaced the alternator and the lining is coming off the trunk. These are all problems I had in less then 2 years of owning the vehicle. Since March 2004 I have been unable to drive my vehicle. I have replaced the fuel pump, water pump, 2 of the injectors and there have been other small repairs here and there. Every time I fix something within less then a week of driving it there is something else wrong I am unable to repair it until I can save enough money to put more into it. I am currently replacing the injectors which I have already paid 600 dollars and have 4 more to go. I am worried that after I put this money into it I will still have more problems, I have been told that there is some electrical problem in the dash but they are unsure exactly what it is because the car will not run long enough to figure out. Nobody can tell me everything that is wrong with because I need to fix one problem before they can be sure of the next. This car was the worst purchase I have made. I was unable to register my vehicle last year due to all the problems. I have been on several web sites and about this car and everyone is having similar problems and putting out thousands of dollars in repairs.

- Kearns, UT, USA

problem #2

May 262004

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gas gauge in dash set does not register and the entire dash component must be replaced. Tank is full, but gauge registers E, sending unit alright, problem is in the dash set up.

- Burgin, KY, USA

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problem #1

Jul 272000


  • miles
Poor gas mileage.

- Amherst Junction, WI, USA

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