21st Apr 2003, 13:40

I just bought an 1998 Chevy Malibu in 12/01 and have noticed that it have given me brake problems starting 5 to 6 months after I bought it and continuing. I have changed my brakes at least 3 to 4 times within a year which is not to suppose to be happening.

21st Apr 2003, 15:52

Well, I'm having the same problems as everyone else, new brakes/rotors every 10-20K, Fan 1 and 2 not working (repaired it twice already), ABS sensors replaced, rattling everywhere, loose wiring in the dashboard caused all my dashboard components to not function, etc, etc.

I had enought... It's a 1998 with 60K miles. Never buying another GM product... especially CHEVU, and I will let all my friends and relatives know about my problems so that they do not buy them as well.

Buy American cars? Not when they issue junk like my malibu.

11th May 2003, 19:31

Interesting to read that fan blower at switch settings 1 and 2 not working is a common problem. My '99 Malibu has the same problem started last week, and only 3,4 and 5 are working. Any one knows the fix other then taking the car to the the repairs and get fleeced? Please email me at peter_hugh38@hotmail.com. Thank you.

9th Jun 2003, 07:15

I have the same a/c problem with my 1998 Malibu. The a/c light goes off and on. The blower still works, though. When the light is off, the cold air doesn't blow out. This doesn't help when you live in FL. Any fixes for this problem? cutch279@goes.com.

24th Jun 2003, 10:53

I have a 98 Malibu LS with 68K miles. The A/C had been kicking on and off for probably 2 years (good thing I live in WI and only use the A/C 3 mos. out of the year). I finally took it in after the fan blower stopped running on 1 and 2, which just started happening. The dealer said the heater control head located in the dash was causing the A/C problem - a $235 repair. The fan blower problem cost me another $100 to have them replace the stupid resistor, so order the part and do it yourself if you can...

14th Oct 2003, 13:15

I have a 1998 Malibu that I bought new in 98. The car now has 105,600 miles on it and I have been very pleased with it.

In 2002 I bought another Malibu (a 2002) that now has 16,000 miles on it now.

I feel that this car is a good buy for the money.

14th Oct 2003, 15:25

I Bought A 1998 Chevy Malibu LS from GM fleet, car was used very frequently has 130,000, and I am having the same problem with brakes, rattles in the front when I am going over 50 miles and I brake, I have replaces rotors and pads, but still have problem don't know what it is or what to do, I also had problems with my brake light not working had to replace turn light signal switch to get it fixed, also have had drivers side controls for windows replaced, I like the car in general, but it is a very high maintenance car. anyone can tell me if there is anything that I can do do fix the rattling please let me know, oh yea my ac does not come on, had unit recharged and worked for 3 days, but it does not work anymore seems like the ac compressor does not come on. I'm living with the problem any comment please email me surg1976@aol.com.

24th May 2004, 14:39

I too have a 2000 Malibu and it has been a love/hate relationship with my car. I love it when it works and hate it when it doesn't; I doing more hating than loving these days.

I have the A/C problems. The A/C continues to do a count up, works on speeds 3,4, & 5; now I am at speed 6, I know.

The passenger side brake light does work, and the police officers just seem to know it's a Chevy Malibu thing, and I have notice too all the one tail-light Malibus.

I have blown a head due to the belt coming loose. I have repaired the driving belt 3 times. If you have one, you know that if it can go wrong, it will go wrong.

Are there any class action lawsuits going on over this car? Email me and let me know, and some of the fixes to this problems. Because I am still paying for this car, and gas has gone up!!!


20th Sep 2004, 07:46

I too have a 1998 Chevy Malibu and have had nothing, but problems with this car.

My right side brake light kept going out

My ABS Brake light comes on all the time

My Ac/ Heater only works on setting 3, 4, 5 also the AC light goes off and on constantly

I have had to replace my brakes and rotors twice

I have had a constant coolant leak

My engine began knocking one day and shook violently and died, that cost $1,000.00

Guess what!!! Today the same knocking noise began again.

I would never recommend this make of vehicle to anyone.

If anyone has had the problem with the engine knock, I would appreciate any advise or information you have on this problem. Thanks. divianna@aol.com.

28th Sep 2004, 05:22

It's funny, I had the exact same problems that every one else had, including the head gasket going because GM uses that no good dex cool junk, and to top it off the engine just let go yesterday. I used to be a GM lover, but after all these frigging problems my Malibu gave me I hear honda calling my name!

8th Nov 2004, 22:08

My wife has a '98 Chevy Malibu and it goes through brakes and wheel bearings like they're going out of style. I've replaced both sets of front calipers and rotors twice in the last 20,000 miles and I used the most expensive pads I could find. Forget about changing a front brake line. After you remove the battery, and bracket, you have to disconnect the radiator hose to get at the proportioning valve and you lose about a gallon of anti-freeze. I love my Chevy truck, but I'm gonna recommend that my wife buy a Toyota next time. Better gas mileage and less repairs.

15th Mar 2006, 08:15

I have purchased a used 1998 Chevy Malibu with 122,000 miles that I have had for 2years.The car is running great. The only problem that I am having is that the my heat/AC will only work on 3,4,or 5 my breaks need to be replace, coolant system light won't go off, and radio which gives off a lot of static. Overall this has been a good buy (Knock on wood) I am going in to have my breaks fixed with the suggest High performance breaks. Maybe some of you all just got ripped off by the car dealer or private owner. This is really a good car.

29th Mar 2006, 13:13

I have a 2002 Chevy Malibu LS and have had the same problems as everyone else. The A/C going on and off luckily happened before the warranty expired. Last month I had to replace the body control module. Now the car takes several cranks to start or doesn't start at all (I get the theft light coming on). I have heard all of the recommendations to wait to start it 10 or 15 minutes. Who has all of that extra time to wait around? I already had the sensors in the ignition switch replaced, had them reprogram the computer system and it is still doing the same thing. The shop can't seem to replicate the problem and the computer diagnostic shows that nothing is wrong. It only has 56,000 miles and has been driven less than 4 years. I am not ready to buy a new car and don't even mind if I have to pay $500-$1000 to fix this, but nobody seems to be able to find a way to fix it. Please post any other recommendations.