1998 Chevrolet Malibu 2.5 4 cylinder from North America


Overpriced, underpowered and unreliable


Transmission failed at 70K miles. It was replaced, but the car still doesn't run right. It hitches and bucks, and the engine is much louder than it used to be.

The 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine has terrible acceleration and is very loud. The fuel economy is much worse than I expected from a 4-cylinder.

The seats are hard and uncomfortable.

The brakes have been replaced twice and they still vibrate and screech.

The front shocks are too bouncy and make a lot of squeaking noises.

General Comments:

The radio works very well (which is interesting compared to the reports written by other Malibu owners).

The trunk is spacious.

The cabin is spacious and comfortable.

Overall, I regret buying this vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st July, 2003

10th Apr 2007, 08:55

For one I'd just like to say that I drive a 1998 Chevy Malibu, and have had no major problems and few minor problems, the car works well, the transmission has never given me any problems, even though I do manually shift it sometimes. I admit that I have probably mistreated my car, but it has proven to be a great, reliable, powerful car, I love it, my family loves it and my friends love it (except for the few who tried to out-run it). And no, I have not made any modifications to it at all. It is the best car I have ever driven.

1998 Chevrolet Malibu Base 3.1L V6 from North America


Typical American vehicle, a


The front disc brake rotors warped at 20K miles.

At about 22K both tail lamp assemblies become intermittent in operation due to poor contact between assembly conductors -- Chevy knows about problem (sells redesigned assemblies), but doesn't do anything to warn owners: safety hazard = no brake / turn signals!

The front suspension developed a "clunk" when turning at 30K miles.

At 35K miles the front wheel bearings/velocity joints (?) developed a "growling" noise that dealer (S) can't seem to diagnose.

At 35K miles the a/c control module died; replacement unit operates differently -- can't shut a/c off unless fan is stopped.

The a/c vent door "broke" and stuck half on a/c half on heater! Dealer had to take whole a/c unit out (>$500 labor) to replace door assembly.

General Comments:

Very comfortable ride (due to Firestone tires?)

Very good highway mileage, >32 MPG.

Good (not muscle-car level) performance.

Decent (not Porsche level) handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th July, 2003

1998 Chevrolet Malibu Standard V6 from North America


An expensive junk heap - thank goodness for the extended warranty!


The car has always had a problem with the air conditioner blowing on 1 and 2. It would also shut off while on 1. The dealer fixed it and I have not had a problem in two years.

I've also had many coolant problems. First the serpantine belt and now the water pump. Luckily both have been replaced under the extended warranty. Hopefully after the water pump is fixed, I will no longer have to add coolant for awhile.

As for brakes, the dealer had to fix what Midas severely messed up. Midas insisted it was the O ring and master cylinder, however it was their poor workmanship.

General Comments:

I guess it just feels like I have the car in the shop all of the time. At least every 6-7 months. We bought a Nissan Frontier for my husband and he has had very minimal problems. (knock on wood)

All in all I've been fairly pleased. It's been a heck of a lot better than my 1995 Saturn SL1!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th July, 2003

1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 from North America


A rotten excuse for an Amrican made car


The A/C switch went bad with in the first three months. Rear suspension started squeaking as if it were never lubed. Air leak in cabin creating a high pitch noise at highway speed. Dash lights started burning out after two years. Alternator went bad at around 62500 miles. Fuel gage went bad at the same time as the alternator. Valve started making a tapping noise around 73000 miles.

General Comments:

When we first bought this car, we were impressed with engine performance, handling, and standard features. we quickly became disappointed with how soon the problems occurred.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th July, 2003