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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,333 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 172003

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Rack and pinion steering gear failed at 65,000 miles, causing a loss of power steering and a near accident. This is the second time this has happened (last time was at 40,000). This vehicle has also had front brakes and rotors 6 times and has experienced all other Malibu problems such as air conditioner control failure, tail light melting, etc.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Oct 071998


  • miles
Steering--steering rack, gear assembly, gear kit, ball joint and both lower control arms.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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