Chevrolet Malibu Review from Italy

1999 Chevrolet Malibu LS V6

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Acclaim

Summary:

Problems are common and seem to be the norm

Faults:

Brakes drums and pads too many times to count

Parts I have replaced:

A/C blower motor

Alternator

Battery

Ignition Switch

ABS light kept coming on, but stopped when ignition switch replaced

Rear passenger power window motor

Serpentine Belt

Spark Plugs and wires.

Current Problems:

Fuel gauge drops to empty and sounds chime as soon as tank is down to 1/2 (thank god there is a trip counter so I know when I need to fill up)

Driver side power window switch works when it wants to

Front passenger window switch operates really really really slowly

Temperature gauge registers in red zone when car is cold and bounces through the entire range of temperature during driving

Brakes make all kinds of strange noises.

General Comments:

I love this car. It is comfortable to drive, has great power and rides really well. It handles nicely on the winding Italian roads.

The constant glitches are annoying, especially since they have all occurred since we transferred to Italy. Therefore there are no Chevy dealers and we have to order our parts through the mail, wait weeks for them to arrive just to find we have not isolated the actual problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2005

25th Oct 2007, 11:43

Did you find any solution for Fuel gauge problem, I have the same issue with my Chevy Maliby 99. Please let me know what you did to fix the problem.

7th Jun 2008, 12:52

Have to agree with you: We have a 2003 Chevy Malibu and have had many, though not all, of the same problems you do. It's the worst car I've ever owned (and that includes a '99 Mustang that had a new transmission and the driver's seat replaced at 75,000 miles).

The Malibu's problems are documented all over the Internet, but good luck finding a Chevy dealer service department that knows what to do about them. Independent shops are even less help, though at least cheaper.

I won't be buying from GM ever again as a result of the lack-of-quality of this car and its dealer network's inability to fix the problems.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review