1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.0 from North America


A poor display of workmanship


Leather wears on driver's seat.

Replaced Transmission at 60,000 miles.

Replaced brakes 5 times.

Door handles stripped, and fell off.

Replaced fuel pump at 80,000 miles.

Replaced Serpentine belt at 80,000 miles.

Replaced Serpentine guide wheels at 80k.

Replaced Water Pump at 80,000 miles.

Horrible radio reception.

Had to replace AC De lco stock radio.

Cheap, Cheap, Cheap Hardware used.

General Comments:

There is nothing good about this car. I will never buy GM or Chevy again.

I am 21 years old and drive like a Grandpa, and bad things still happen in this car.

I bought a 1989 Volkswagon for my first car with 120,000 miles on it, and nothing went wrong, but the clutch. I used it as a down payment for a piece of junk 1998 Malibu, and have had nothing but headaches and regret.

Curse GM for making a 30,000 mile piece of junk.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th March, 2003

1998 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1 V6 from North America


Not worth your money at any price


Since purchasing the car used in 2000, I have had a number of problems:

The power mirrors failed, which under warranty required a complete replacement.

The engine has numerous oil leaks, some fixed under warranty, after the warranty expired, more leaks began, and were not fixed.

The engine made a knocking sound when cold. The dealer described this as "normal piston slap" and indicated that they would not fix this.

The interior fan motor quit under warranty, and was replaced.

Shortly after warranty, the first two fan speeds quit working.

The air conditioner never worked well, and would turn on and off at any given time. On a hot day, the car would never really become cool.

The brakes were horrible, and were completely replaced a few times. With pads and rotors the bill would be about 600.00. Even with different upgraded and expensive rotors, one good fast stop from highway speeds would warp the rotors.

The ABS light would come on and off at times. The dealer described this as normal.

At cold idle the engine would surge and sputter. Again the dealer described this as normal. The told me the engine's computer was just doing its routine checks of the sensors.

Frequently black or blue smoke would be emitted from the exhaust on startup.

The battery was replaced, and the alternator was weak.

The suspension had a number of problems, shocks and struts were worn out by 70,000KM and numerous vibrations and rattles emitted from the suspension.

Overall, fuel economy was atrocious! In the city I swear I could see the gas gauge moving on its descent. The highway was a bit better, but not great.

General Comments:

Generally I would describe the car as garbage. Designed to last just long enough for you to be able to pay it off, and therefore be in a position to be able to buy another one.

I traded the car in this year on a brand new Suzuki, and would not consider buying from GM again in the future.

This car had one saving grace: The transmission was flawless, and shifts smoother than just about any other car that I have ever driven.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd March, 2003

11th Dec 2004, 07:58

I just wanted to let you know GM owns Suzuki.

1998 Chevrolet Malibu from North America


Chevy should recall the Malibu if everyone is having the same problem with the brakes and rotors!


We have had to replace the brakes at least 3 times per year and also the rotors. We are getting ready to put it back in the shop for another new head gasket (the second in 3 years). Front passenger seat belt is cracking where you buckle. Loud whistling noise in the windshield when you hit 55. They have tried to fix it twice and can't find the problem.

General Comments:

The comfort of the car is pretty good. It is a very roomy car. Just too expensive to maintain when constantly replacing the brakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th March, 2003

18th Mar 2003, 21:34

I had the exact same problem with my 1998 Malibu LS. I was going through brake pads and rotors every 10 thousand miles. Finally I quit taking my car back to the dealership, and I went to Midas. I bought a set of after market NON OEM rotors and pads, and I am at 17 thousand miles and no need for replacement. Stay away from GM pads and rotors as ALL of them ware down and warp after about 10 thousand miles.