1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1L V6 from North America
A paycheck vacuum!
The primary problem, of many I have experienced with this vehicle, is the front brakes. Over the 63,000 miles on the car, I have averaged serious ($200usd) repairs on the brakes every 8,000 miles. I have replaced four sets of rotors and 5 sets of pads.
Additionally, I am now replacing ABS components - a right front speed sensor ($600). It is unfortunate that the one recurring problem is on such a fundamental system. GM/Chevy has stated that they find this level of performance acceptable.
Please avoid the Malibu (1997 and up) at all costs. It is a frightening car to drive, and your life may be on the line with this vehicle. Chevy will not address the issue, so you are "on your own" in their eyes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th August, 2001
6th Sep 2001, 01:31
You must be working for the Japanese car companies to say such things about the Malibu... it is a fine automobile... you must be a horrible driver to go through so many brake pads... but more likely this review is not true...
My brother owns a 98 Malibu and he loves it... 60,000 miles, no major maintenance, runs like brand new.