1998 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1 from North America
A piece of junk, whose value is reflected in its dismal second hand value
Front struts squeak consistently since 11,000. Tops must be oiled and strut adjusted to be quiet for a few weeks.
Front control arms replaced at 24,000.
Rear suspension greased to eliminate squeaks at 24,500.
Brake rotors turned at 29,000.
Rattles in the dash; attempted to be fixed by the dealer at 29,000, 30,000, and 33,000.
Loud tapping of the valves heard at 30,000. Dealer will replace the valves if the car is still under warranty.
New tires installed at 30,000.
Anti-freeze added to the reservoir because the low fluid light came on at 44,000.
Seams along the bottom of the driver's doors were ground down and repainted at 55,000.
Front driver's headlight assembly was replaced at 57,000.
Rotors and front pads were replaced at 57,000 and 84,000.
Wiper bracket on the passenger side was replaced at 79,000.
Malibu owners should go to the alldata.com website to get a list of the things GM will replace if you complain with a warranty still valid on your car.
This car is poorly designed and engineered. GM is unwilling to repair the numerous faults with these vehicles thru recalls. Preferring to issue advisories, that most individuals never see, to tell its dealers to repair these faults for any customer who complains and has a valid warranty.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th October, 2001