1999 Chevrolet Malibu LS 6 cylinder from North America
Nice looks, but too many problems
The front end shakes badly, especially when braking from any speed greater than 55 mph.
Both front and back brakes were replaced at about 36,000 miles. Completely, with rotors. Just this week I noticed a bit of drag, so chances are they need to be replaced again.
The alternator was replaced at 50,100 miles after two months of troubling, randomly-occurring electrical problems. My mechanic initially told me that the alternator performed well on an electrical test, but the problems ceased once it was replaced.
The ABS brake light comes on unexpectedly even on the driest roads anytime the temperature is a little cold.
The air conditioner condenser cuts off after about 5 minutes in the summer heat, so I pretty much swelter. This happens at all settings and especially on the hottest days. The air conditioner seems to work best when its about 65 degrees outside and it's not really needed.
The bearing in the front end just recently started a high pitched whining, especially after the car has warmed up just a bit.
The factory tires were absolute junk. I ended up replacing them with Yokohamas which perform surprisingly well for a relatively inexpensive tire. The Yokohamas have handled far better this year on the snow and ice than the Firestones ever did.
In the two years I have owned this car I have had pretty much every problem mentioned by other reviewers.
I loved everything about my Malibu when I first got it. Now, I hate to even look at the car. I have not found it to be a reliable car and I'm beginning to think that it's really not all that safe. What makes my experience even more disappointing is that other family members have been quite pleased with their Chevrolet products, a Venture van and two Sonomas. My previous car was a 1990 Pontiac Grand Am which lasted for nearly 11 years, got about 200K on the odometer, and actually performed pretty well until about the last two months of its long life. I'd buy another Pontiac in a heartbeat, but I guarantee I'll never buy another Chevrolet.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st February, 2003