1999 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4 from North America
Performance car if the engine stays together
If I had known that there was going to be problems with the engine being such a lemon I would have purchased extended warranty. The engine is so poorly designed that the local wrecker can't keep rebuild ones in stock. 75000 km and the bearings for the crank rolled. Left me stranded on my holidays. Quoted a cost of $6500 to have a new one from the factory. It is only 15 000 km over warranty!
I love the car, but the cost of a new engine is more than 1/2 the price of the car. Buy the extended warranty.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th July, 2003
6th Jul 2004, 00:55
Buddy, you might have wanted to check the resale last July. I believe it was right at $6800, and so a new engine was $300 short of the total value of the car.
7th Nov 2005, 20:11
To the owner or whomever posted this review, sounds like you consider the '99 Malibu as a performance car since you said so at the top. You have the 2.4L 4-cylinder motor, right? Granted, at 150 hp this engine does have plenty of get-up-and-go and I know this from having owned a couple of 4-cylinder cars in the past (one of them being a '92 Olds Achieva 2.3L 4-cyl with 120 hp, but this car was very peppy!), but I'm sure this car wasn't designed to be run like a Camaro or a Corvette. Do go for either one of these if performance is right up your alley, but if you prefer a 4-door sedan, dump the Malibu and go for a Pontiac Bonneville SSEi. That is, if you still prefer GM, but 2000-later Nissan Maxima comes to mind if you want to go foreign for a change.
I realized the post in question is over 2 years old already, so whomever reads this might want to keep this in mind. I've read all the reviews back to 1998 up to this one, so it sounds like the 1997-later Malibu isn't very forgiving unless all recommended maintenance is followed to a T.