1977 Chevrolet Malibu Classic 250 inline 6 from North America
Not bad. Then again, not great
Poorly secured A/C hose rubbed against accessory belt, wearing through the line, causing premature A/C failure.
Front springs started sagging at 50,000 miles. Valve lifter noise set in at about this point as well.
Master cylinder failed at 60,000 miles.
This replaced a 1974 Mailbu 4 door reviewed elsewhere on this site.
Dark green metallic 4-door. Beige vinyl upholstery.
Right off the bat, we liked the upgrade to the Classic interior as well as air conditioning.
The performance was OK with one person in the car with the A/C off. Put 3 passengers in the car, and turn on the A/C, and life... gets...
The TurboHydraMatic 3 speed automatic performed flawlessly :)
Also, right off the bat was the fluttering of the speedometer needle below 25 MPH. Small item, but evidence that the lessons learned about what the customer would tolerate with the Vega experience were learned. Its 1974 predecessor had no such problem.
It's 1974 predecessor did not develop valve lifter noise either. The car was fastidiously maintained, like its 1974 predecessor.
The one good thing is that the engine did NOT develop bottom-engine noises like so many other 1975-and-newer inline 6 Chevrolet engines did.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th March, 2017
12th Mar 2017, 15:51
So replace the cable. Have fun with your car.
19th Mar 2017, 02:41
Thanks for the reply :)
We would have, small stuff started happening, like the master cylinder checked out, the A/C tanked, and the the front springs started to sag, so...
Again - not a bad car, but not as good as its 1974 predecessor.