1998 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews - Page 2 of 48

1998 Chevrolet Malibu LX from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired128 miles
Most recent distance311582 miles
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

Very reliable

Faults:

Not much. Have replaced brakes once, alternator once, as well as the starter. It has been a great little car.

General Comments:

This has been a great little car. Bought it new, and still drive it about 80 miles a day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2010

1998 Chevrolet Malibu V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission V6
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance187374 miles
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

Great!

Faults:

I have had to replace the fuel filter, throttle position sensor, and brake caliper. The car sat up for two years and was never driven. It was only cranked up about four times during the two years. I went to get the car and drove it an hour and a half and had no problems out of it. I fix the car myself, so maybe it is your repair people. It is a pain in the butt to work on.

General Comments:

The best car I have ever owned!!! (and I have owned several different kinds)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2010

1998 Chevrolet Malibu 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Would buy again - been dependable mostly

Faults:

Right tail light works when it wants to.

Check engine light comes on for no reason and goes off.

Right after getting it, the alternator went out.

Changed brakes and rotors many times.

A/C compressor cuts off for no reason.

I had to replace water pump, timing chain and guides.

A/C and heater fan won't work on first two settings.

Radio won't pick up stations over 10 miles away.

Sitting in the back seat is noisy beyond belief.

Seat belt clips broke off before I bought it, and dealer promised to repair them, but never did.

Plastic sun visor clips broke, and had to replace whole visor.

General Comments:

The car looks OK still, and I have made many trips in it. It has always got me home so far, and that to me is what counts.

I count everything as problems I can live with, although I admit that some of the minor things grate on my nerves.

Chevy could (with a little testing) have found most of the minor stuff, and fixed before selling, but they didn't.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2010

1998 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L 189cid V6 MFI from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.1L 189cid V6 MFI Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Reliable

Faults:

Rear sway bar bushings sprayed with teflon to stop creaking at around 75,000 miles.

Leaking intake manifold required replacement at around 50,000 and 80,000 miles (coolant leak)

Heater/cooler fan assembly required replacement twice - 45,000 miles and 90,000 miles because settings 1 & 2 stopped functioning properly (about $100 each). For me I get about 5 years use.

General Comments:

My only real major issue with my Malibu has been the need to replace the intake manifold gasket twice. Apparently this is a common concern on this model. Fortunately, I have relatives who replaced the gasket twice for no more than $100 each time.

My 1998 Malibu still astounds me with great gas mileage. I remember for the first couple of years, my Malibu would consistently get over 33 mpg on the highway, and as recently as this past October (Oct 2009), I recorded 30 mpg. I have consistently averaged 28 mpg for well over 12 years.

My Malibu has never let me down, and has been a very good car for the value. I've owned it for almost 13 years now, and hope to get at least 5 more years out of it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2010

2nd Mar 2010, 16:34

I just had my intake gasket replaced at 157000 miles. The reason they go out so frequently is because its only made of rubber, so when the engine is hot it expands, and when it cools back down it shrinks and with a rubber gasket inevitably cracks. I just had mine replaced with a metal one. If you haven't yet, I would strongly recommend it. It will save you a lot of headaches in the long run.

Hope this helps, and good luck in the future with your car.

1998 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 3.1 V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance139800 miles

Summary:

A very reliable low maintenance car!!

Faults:

Not a lot actually. Very low maintenance.

Brake rotors changed at 130k.

Alternator replaced at 138k. Very recent.

Water pump changed around 134k.

These are all from wear and tear... nothing major.

General Comments:

This car is a very reliable car. Never gave problems and never left me stranded. Engine is very good, at 139 it's still strong.. GOOD HORSEPOWER.

Love your car and it will love you back...

Regular oil changes kept the car healthy...

I only gave it one tune up, and that was at 137k... I don't know if the previous owner ever gave it a tune up or not...

Oh yeah, the car's been through 2 accidents... and the first one was major... half of the front was basically gone... got it repaired for around 1200, this was in 2005... then another one in 2008, it was a hit and run, the other front side got hit, not much damage, but had to get the frame fixed and the front bumper... after all that, the Malibu was still running strong.

I wouldn't buy another Chevy tho... it's just not my style... maybe the new ones 2009 and up.. they are hot... but only if the price is good...

OVERALL, A VERY RELIABLE CAR.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2010

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 171 reviews