1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS from North America


Very overrated, I will never purchase GM again!


Seats had problems and wouldn't recline as they should, had to be replaced twice.

Radio went several times, there was a cable that had to be replaced.

Control arms needed replacing on 2 occasions.

Headlamps had excess moisture in them.

Brakes had to be replaced four times, the first time was at 7,000 miles!

Rotors had to be turned 4 times.

New rotors after the 4th time turned.

Alternator went at 60,000.

Emissions light stays on all the time.

Seatbelt is inserted on driver's side and as you are driving becomes disengaged leaving you not wearing a seatbelt.

Electrical problem with taillight circuit board.

ABS light has decided to make an appearance so I guess this will be the next item on the list to be repaired.

General Comments:

I phoned General Motor's customer service when I began having problems with the vehicle, at 7,000 miles. I was very unhappy with the vehicle at that point and time. When I phoned I got called a nasty name and had the customer service rep hang up the phone on me. This call, of course, was not documented!

I loved the look and feel of the car when I purchased it. It was General Motor's motortrend car of the year, it must be a great car, or so I thought.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd March, 2003

1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1L from North America


The Malibu is an unreliable money-pit!


The alternator was replaced at 30,000 miles.

The battery has been replaced twice.

The car surges forward while braking.

The water pump blew at 55,000 miles.

The air conditioning turns on and off at random.

The automatic transmission fluid leaks from the pan. The gasket was replaced and it still leaks.

The engine coolant leaks.

The headlights fog up in humid or wet weather.

General Comments:

The Chevy Malibu has been a money-pit since the first year I purchased it.

I would not recommend buying the Chevy Malibu.

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

Review Date: 25th February, 2003

1998 Chevrolet Malibu V6 V6 3.1L from North America


The reason not to buy a GM!


Tail light sockets melted.

Water pump bearing started leaking.

Transmission pan started leaking and required two repairs to fix.

Ventilation fan failed.

Air conditioning shut off randomly.

Cruise control shut off randomly.

ABS stopped working.

Bad wheel bearing.

General Comments:

My company began purchasing these cars in 1998 to replace the Corsica. I was one of the first to receive one and it has been plagued by constant maintenance issues. All of the other subsequent Malibus purchased have had similar problems. Many have had serious brake and tire problems.

Chevrolet is going to put themselves out of business producing vehicles like this. Our company is switching to Dodge for all vehicles beginning in 2003.

Personally, I have never owned an American car and this experience confirms my fears.

I urge everyone to avoid Malibus and those that report no problems are the exception, not the rule.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th February, 2003

16th Feb 2003, 10:01


DO NOT BUY ANY CHRYSLER VEHICLE!!! You will regret it.

Tell your company to switch to either Cavaliers or Impalas would be better. I've had experience in those vehicles. They are a dream and the only repairs you will do on them is just maintenance such as oil changes, filters, brake pads etc.

READ the reviews on Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Voyagers, and then the Chevy Impalas and Cavalier. You'll notice a big difference.

Trust me, you won't regret it!!

1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 V6 from North America


I wish I could trade it in


Serpentine Belt at 100,000 miles.

Intake Manifold Gasket at 98,000.

Pulley Tensioner Pulley at 105,000.

Fuel Line O Ring at 110,000.

Rotors, Brake Pads and Calipers replaced twice a year.

Continually squeaking from brakes even after replacement.

Also thumping from front passenger fender and once again nothing is wrong.

General Comments:

This car is my Dad's nightmare. I have only owned the car for one year yet I have spent more money on this car compared to my 91' Lumina which you would assume at 198,000 miles it would need more work. My Dad spent about 20 hours working out in the 5 degree weather fixing my Intake Manifold Gasket. This was a spread of 4 days. The closer he got to the gasket the more problems he found. The job was quoted at $759.00 and my Dad completed the job for just under $150.00. I am a college student not a millionaire and if I was I would never again buy a Chevrolet I think I will stick to foreign made vehicles.

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

Review Date: 13th February, 2003