1999 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4 liter 4 cylinder from North America
Complexity of repairs makes this car a bad choice, but that's the GM way
Radiator fan didn't work, resulting in overheating.
ABS in rear wheels didn't work.
Air conditioning didn't work.
When I bought this car, the previous owner said the engine was replaced when the car had 230000 kms, which is not a very long engine life. The car had been maintained extremely well in order to make it to 300000 kms.
The car handled and accelerated quite well, but the complexity of repairs makes it very hard for the home mechanic to fix many of the things that were wrong with the car. I couldn't find the thermostat when I wanted to replace it. Apparently it is right next to the water pump somewhere, but I never ended up replacing it after all.
There is no dipstick for the automatic transmission fluid.
The ABS sensor for the rear wheels was enclosed in a bearing assembly, making it very hard to access, unlike my other car, a 99 Subaru Impreza.
I would not recommend any compact front wheel drive GM product. The complexity and difficulty of repairs makes it not worthwhile to own a GM, but that's the GM way.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd July, 2011