Great car, very dependable, economical, and good looking
The transmission was rebuilt.
The seats are worn, and the interior plastic is faded.
Valve job done at 199000.
New choke on the carb.
New radiator at 205000.
Weatherstripping had to be replaced, & windshield & rear window had to be resealed.
Other than that, no problems here!
Overall, I can't complain. My Malibu has been a great car.
I paid 3000 for it used almost 18 years ago.
It's a nice looking sedan, & has an excellent heater & windshield defrosters. It's like the car has a furnace instead of a heater core.
The 200 V6, & manual trans provides great fuel economy, & better performance than a 200 & an automatic.
The ride that this car has is unbelievable for a basic car. It rides like a much larger & better equipped car than it is. Even with the high mileage.
Like the Monte I owned before it, you just can't kill this thing. Almost 400,000, & still runs as strong as the day I bought it.
Only has 1 factory option- AM radio. Yes kids, there was a time when a car could be purchased without a radio from the factory.
Bare bones all the way down to the dog dish hubcaps & 3 speed manual trans. No power steering, power brakes, A/C, none of that on this one.
This Malibu has been very faithful to me, & I will drive it till it drops. My beige beauty is also an excellent workhorse. I wish Chevy would make new ones as dependable & nice looking as my 78.
My friend has an 80 coupe with a 267 V8 & an automatic trans with 255,000 on it, & his runs like a top too. Great cars, dependable, good looking & won't kill your budget.
I love it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th December, 2002