1998 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1 from North America
Good lease vehicle, but ditch after 36,000 miles
Power Steering Hose leak which is a $200 repair.
Very slow coolant leak is a broken manifold gasket which is another $700 repair.
To date, I loved my Malibu. I had a bunch of little (and not so little) things break when the car was under warranty such as the gas cap, split folding back, and ABS locking up.
But $900 for repairs for 2 faulty parts on a car with only 52,000 miles is unacceptable. I might be inclined to pay and keep the car, but after reading this site, I see that the manifold gasket is a recurring problem with the Malibu. I'm thinking I should trade the car in now and cut my loses.
I hate to do it, but I'm probably going to get a Toyota or a Honda like all the yuppies I work with. It's ashame because I always buy American. I think that's about to end.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th January, 2003