1998 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews - Page 6 of 48

1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS Sedan V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired136000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles

Summary:

Friends don't let friends buy Malibus!

Faults:

RIP Malibu 1998-2008.

Can't even begin to describe the feeling I felt when the Malibu finally blew up! (P.S I was happy).

We've been through 1 transmission, 6 left taillight bulbs, 2 taillight boards, 2 head gaskets, fixed the "power" moonroof 2 times, 2 sets of rotors, a couple of fans for the A/C which NEVER made it to levels 1 & 2.

I can't even estimate how many gallons of antifreeze with the devil dexcool... etc, etc.

If you are reading up on Malibus to decide if you should buy one, I promise you a tandem bike will be more reliable and will probably get you to your destination faster.

The last straw for us was the time we were on the highway going 70, and the Malibu shut off all by itself for the THIRD time, and would not start again. Thankfully this time traffic was not bad.

The motor finally blew and for that we are thankful. I paid 1000.00 for the car almost 4 years ago and have put well over 3000.00 fixing it. I can swear that every post of things going wrong with this lemon happened to me to!!! RIP Malibu!

General Comments:

* Has made me cry at least 20 times

* Is about as reliable as a weatherman

* Cost me lots of money

* Is something I WILL never buy again in my life

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th June, 2008

30th Jun 2008, 01:35

I would be happy that you got 170K outta it. My 2003 went down the crapper at 51,000. Poor excuse for a car.

26th Nov 2008, 17:47

Ran for 177,000 miles and you are complaining. When you buy a car with over 100,000 miles you will have problems with it.

1998 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.1L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired124500 kilometres
Most recent distance173500 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

Awesome, reliable, nice riding car

Faults:

It had the water pump replaced, and leaking intake manifold gasket replaced ($$).

The brakes were done 2 times, and new tires, but this car was very reliable and sturdy.

General Comments:

If we had winds of around 120 km/hr (which happens often where I live), this car stood still at lights etc. and did not blow around. That is one of the reasons it needs brakes frequently, because it is a heavy fantastic riding car.

I would buy another one in a second. They handle well and are good on gas if you don't have a lead foot.

I think many people have put derogatory comments about the 1998 Malibu because they drive it hard... 5 fuel pumps?? Come on! After one, I'd figure it was my driving... I never had to replace even one fuel pump on my Malibu.

Words to think about - get some driving lessons to learn how to drive properly and not beat the hell out of your car or buy a V8 - then you'll know what gas consumption really is all about. You'll lose the lead foot in a hurry :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2008

1998 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance164000 kilometres
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

Just a light years behind Toyotas or Hondas

Faults:

Many things are just plain wrong with these cars. Intake gasket - transmission leak - A/C - brakes as I owned many cars same size, same use, I never spend so much on brakes.

The spring coil driver side just broke! For no reason. I knew then that was happening with many Malibus... The car starting to rust very early. Wheel aligment out of this world and... I am the only passenger, a 170lbs person!!!

Do not buy any of 1997-2004 Malibus; they're just lemons.

General Comments:

Not a reliable car - good on gas (and that's about it)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th June, 2008

1998 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles

Summary:

Id rather ride a horse!

Faults:

Well I own a piece of crap Chevy malibu. The front brakes kept wearing uneven. I replaced both calibers that fixed the problem. after my car got hot it would not start for 30 to forty minutes. when it did start if I tried to drive it would bog out. checked fuel pressure it was only pushing 18 psi. it should be at 35 to 40 psi. Changed the fuel pump + filter runs great no more problems. but my alt went out, my power steering pump fell apart the pulley on it, the auto tension er, went out, the idle air control valve went bad, the main window switch went out. i have a 1990 Buick Lasabre in my yard I've never had a problem with it 200000 miles and still going it's a bit rusted but I think i'm,going to park the Chevy piece of poop.

General Comments:

Don't buy this car unless you like replacing parts as often as you change your underwear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th May, 2008

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