1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 from North America
Awsome car, but some repairs, it's 10 years old, what you expect?
I got this car in 2005 from a previous owner, and it was 8 years old with 144 thousand km on it. I bought the car fully loaded for 1500 bucks.
After three months of owning it, I had to replace the transmission mounts because of a defect in the design. The new mounts had a new design; thicker rubber and bigger in size.
Around the fall, I had to replace my two wheel bearings, rotors, calipers, and brake pads, because the owner who had it last didn't take good care of it while driving the car with screwed up brake pads, which were very worn out. This caused the damage to the rotors and calipers.
A year later I had to replace the two front table bushings, and one master wheel cylinder.
My fan speeds were not working on one and two. The solution to that is the blow motor resistor. It was very easy to replace, and not costly at all; around 35 bucks, and that part was redesigned, and it's now longer in length and better quality.
I also have a leaking intake gasket, which is the big defect on this type of car, that mostly happens to all Malibu's, but GM has a new redesigned intake gasket, which is thicker and has a thin layer of silicon. That, I'm still working on money wise to get fixed. It's been leaking for a year, and it's still running; just have to keep topping it off with engine coolant.
One more thing; I had to replace the radiator hose that is located near the battery that goes to the engine. It split open because of age and use, from heat and cold. Only cost 50 bucks for the hose.
I have to say, overall, it's a great car. I have no grudge against it. Every car isn't perfect; lots of cars have their own defects and problems. It's a lot better than the Corsica I had, which was a 2.2, which caused me to replace the transmission 3 times, and the engine once.
This Malibu is the best Chevrolet I have owned. It's comfortable, reliable, very nice interior design, roomy, peppy, great style.
If I had to get another car again, it will be a Chevrolet. The next car I'm thinking of is a Monte Carlo.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th December, 2006
7th May 2007, 15:38
It doesn't matter how old the car is, it matters how much mileage is on it. When I bought my '99 Malibu in 2002 (31,000 miles) the air conditioning was faulty, the brakes needed to be replaced, and the transmission was starting to slip. I know of cars that are 15 yrs. old that are still on the road (without any problems). Malibu's are junk, period!