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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 2
Average Mileage:
76,588 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Feb 092001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Squeaking noise came from steering, dealer replaced steering rack assembly and power steering hoses. Right front shoulder belt would not adjust up or down, seatbelt stop button was missing, left side driver's shoulder belt retracts slowly, right front shoulder belt retracts slowly and jams at times. Rear bumper cover at left side at tail light opening has poor fit. Excessive wind noise at the left front door glass opening while traveling highway speeds. Steering shimmies while braking, dealer found warped rotors. Idle quality in gear at stop is poor, transmission mounts were weak, engine runs rough at times. Front head light fogged up, delaer found inside lens cracked. Rattle noise heard under vehicle while traveling on rough roads.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Faulty brakes heavy vibration to front end and steering wheel, during turning and stopping, dealer shaved rotors and replace brake twice, third time dealer wanted owner to buy new rotors

- Las Vegas , NM, USA

problem #2

Oct 281999


  • miles
Automobile went into a trench and bottomed out, and the air bags deployed, causing the engine carriage to be damaged/cracked the windshield, and damaged the dashboard.

- Richmond Heights, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 141999


  • miles
At 11K mi when brakes applied at 50+ mph front tires severely shimmied, dealer machined and reinstalled front disc, as of 8/8/99 symptoms have returned. At 14K mi a thumping noise began in the right front tire, dealer replaced both lower control arms. At 3K mi heater blower motor started making a loud noise, dealer replaced blower motor. At 9K mi heater blower motor started to again make a loud noise, dealer removed and reinstalled blower fan, motor still makes a loud noise.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

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