1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 from North America
A safety hazard and waste of good money
Unexplained buzzer going off Intermittently. Dealer unable to diagnose problem when car was under 10,000km.
Car shook violently on braking and rotors had to be replaced at approx. 20,000km. Rotors were again replaced for the same reason at approx. 60,000. This is a safety hazard and we avoid transporting children in the Malibu. This is common to all Malibu's.
Brake lights continually burn out due to water leakage into lens. Common on all Malibu's.
Intake manifold gasket had to be replaced at approx. 30,000km and now needs to be replaced again at 64,000km at a cost of $900 plus. This may permanently damage the motor, but the dealer will not admit to this. Common on all GM 3.1 L and 3.4 L engines.
Interior fan switch does not work on first two settings (1 and 2). Common on all Malibu's.
Paint failing and peeling off.
Unexplained noises from rear of vehicle area.
The Malibu is a lemon. The documented list of problems common to all Malibu's is significant. GM continues to document the problems, but will not do issue a recall.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th June, 2004