1998 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews - Page 5 of 48

1998 Chevrolet Malibu from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles

Summary:

Nice car - maintenance too high - too many factory induced design problems - built with cheap parts

Faults:

Replaced intake manifold gasket.

Replaced battery several times as well as brakes, but not more than normal for these items.

Struts make a noise at low speeds, but we tolerate it.

Had to have other sensors replaced - dealership maintenance rates VERY expensive.

General Comments:

Had the AC switch intermittent problem. AC would go off and on at will. Turned out it was the switch itself. I got under the dash and sprayed a switch contact cleaner into the switch and it works perfectly now. A dealership would probably want to replace a lot of parts when a simple squirt of cleaner into the AC switch was all it needed.

Now my ABS light is coming on. Probably just needs cleaning but not sure I want to tackle that job myself. Will be over $400 for the dealership to fix it so they told me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2009

1998 Chevrolet Malibu Base 3.1 V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carGMC S-15

Summary:

Terrible

Faults:

My head gasket blew twice.

My alternator went at only 45k.

My brakes need new rotors.

The power steering is leaking.

Tie rods are bad.

The tension idler locked up.

General Comments:

This car was terrible. I owned it for 10 years. Everything on it broke. Shame on GM for producing such a piece of crap. Shame on the dealer for selling it for me. Shame on me for buying it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2009

1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.1L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet C2500

Summary:

Let's build it as fast and cheap as we can!

Faults:

Heater fan does not work on settings 1 or 2.

ABS light stays on no matter what (I've cleared it 8 times).

Front end has a very odd vibration when turning the wheel (especially over 100km) but have checked bearings.

Seats flattening out.

Spark plug shattered.

Lights dim when hitting brake, but the battery never dies and holds a good charge (haven't checked ALT, but assume it's good)

Rear springs sitting pretty low.

Key-less (FOB) entry stopped working.

General Comments:

This car was owned by my grandma for 8 years.

Always driven slow, garaged and serviced.

It handles like a 2 ton, but accelerates OK for a 3.1.

Ever tried to change the spark plugs? Dumbest design I've ever seen.

Should not be aging this quick.

Changed plugs, wires, fuel filter, air filter, Tran fluid, oil is Mobil 1 syn, O2 sensor, front pads, PCV valve, used injector cleaner and tank treatment, also used engine oil treatment for cars over 120000, always well maintained!

Yet this car doesn't even get 500km to the tank???

My truck cost me 1300 with 164000km and all I had to change was the water pump, EVERYTHING original. It's pretty sad that a car 18 years newer falls apart that much quicker.

I loved the look of this car, it would have been nice as a sleeper, but it's too bad GM doesn't care about quality

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th November, 2008

1998 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4 Don't Know
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

Lousy car wouldn't recommend buying one

Faults:

Wheel bearings four times.

Struts front (TWICE)

Brake pads three sets in a year.

Water pump leaking.

Thermostat stuck.

Heater blower motor and switch resister.

Drive belt and belt tensioner.

Too many to list!!!

General Comments:

This is only a handful of problems of the top of my head.

I must say I have owned a lot of cars/trucks in my day but this one is the worst of the bunch. Seems that its to the point that I should cut my loses and move on. The only thing that has saved me with this Piece Of S#$T is that I can do the work myself having to pay for the parts only.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd August, 2008

1998 Chevrolet Malibu LX 3.1 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.6 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carDodge Stratus

Summary:

The nightmare of all nightmares!

Faults:

FUEL INJECTORS malfunctioned constantly.

STARTER had to be replaced ($900)

ALTERNATOR had to be replaced ($700)

ENGINE had to be replaced ($3000)

FUEL PUMP had to be replaced ($400)

WHEEL BEARINGS on FRONT replaced.

BRAKES constantly gave us problems.

A/C keeps going on and off on its own.

When battery is disconnected, the fuel gage flips over the bar.

This car is the worst nightmare on wheels!! I purchased it at 66000 miles from a reputable dealer and I am very sorry that I ever did! Every month since I've had it (mind you its only been 8 months) a major component had to be replaced not to mention the $7000 sticker tag price I am still paying on. The car shakes, rattles and rolls itself into a junkyard (I can only hope).

I think it is a serious safety issue with the constant brake and wheel bearing issues. I must say its probably one of the best looking cars on the road, but it is a real money pit. All the options in the world can't account for the emptiness of the pockets at the end of the day! I never had a problem with any of my previous cars (Dodge and Jeep) and this was surely an eye opener to how bad Chevys really are. The technicians were constantly mystified by the crazy problems of a car with its own mind! And to think, the car isn't even worth $1500 at its best, it's sad to say. Chevy nickles and dimes everyone saying that this car has all electric parts - each one costing upwards of $400. Eight months with my pile of junk has cost me well over the price that I am paying for it to begin with.

General Comments:

Do not buy it!

No matter how nice it looks- the malibu is trash!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th August, 2008

12th Feb 2009, 20:05

If you paid 900 dollars or 700 dollars to get either the starter or alternator replaced, then you got screwed. Both of those parts on this car are fairly easy to get to, and Chevy parts are no means that expensive.

You didn't mention anything in here about preventative maintenance you did to it. Engines just don't fail at 70k for no reason. Maybe something was going wrong for a while and you just brushed it off and said "I'll get to that next time".

11th Feb 2012, 21:20

The engine absolutely does "go" for no reason. Well, there is a reason. It is the inferior intake manifold gasket in the 3.1L. GM, to try and free themselves of liability, blaming the failure on the Dexcool coolant. The same coolant they use in many of their other models. Once the mechanic replaced the OEM gasket in my 2nd engine" with a Felpro gasket, the top-end never leaked again.

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 171 reviews