The instrument panel and switch backlighting may fail due to a faulty dimmer control module. A failed module will require replacement.
Car Problem Reports
Chevrolet Malibu Failure of Instrument Panel Lighting Due to Faulty Panel Dimmer Module
Chevrolet Malibu Problem
Average Mileage: 195,333 mi (116,000 mi - 245,000 mi)
Still working on it but I beleive this is the problem. All fuses are fine everything works, exept the instrument lights.
Visitor, 1998 Chevrolet Malibu, 245,000 mi
panel lights not working and cigarette lighter,as well as accessory lighter not working