1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 from North America
Many similar 1998 Malibu problems
Fan speeds 1 and 2 are not working at 45000 miles. Three and above are usable, but louder to use.
A/C switch went bad at 43000 miles. I swapped the recycle switch for the A/C switch and it's working fine now.
Number one spark plug clogs up from burning oil. Added slick 50 and the burning has stopped.
Rotors needed cutting at 20,000 miles and warped soon after a fast stop at 70 MPH. Changed out the rotors and pads with upgraded parts. No problems now with brakes warping, only some grinding noise when car has sat for a while.
Small gas tank.
Performance is great with the 3.1 motor. I have added an K&N air filter and my gas mileage and performance has gone up.
Seats are hard in the 98 model year.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th February, 2002
2nd Nov 2004, 14:38
We purchased a used, 110,500 miles, 1998 Malibu LS 4 months ago. I believe it was the best $2,500 we ever spent! At that price we knew it had a few issues, bad RF wheel bearing, Rear tires and struts, 2 low speeds on fan did not work, and it had some body damage to the RR door. We have fixed all the above at a very reasonable cost and love driving the car. The 3.1 has plenty of power and uses -0- oil.