1999 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews - Page 6 of 35

1999 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance26000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

Very, very weak

Faults:

Bought the car new, only has 26000 now.

Two sets of front brakes.

Tail light replaced four times.

A/C control panel inoperable with air shutting on and off.

I did find a fix on line which has worked and is still working, about one hour repair.

Blown manifold gasket.

Owned by my wife with only 26,000 miles. She is a school teacher and drives cautiously.

General Comments:

Weak, I feel like I got ripped off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd August, 2008

1999 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1 garbage from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 3.1 garbage Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired106000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

It's a wolf in sheep's clothing

Faults:

Everything is made with GM Chevy cheapness and falls apart.

They look good and drive nice, but don't be fooled by them.

General Comments:

Well it's a comfortable car and it rides nice. It is pretty much a nice little midsized car.

But it is a mechanical nightmare.

Between blowing a head gasket, the transmission jerking and many other problems, the car is a total piece.

I wouldn't recommend it.

My Ford was way more reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th August, 2008

1999 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.4 I4 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 2.4 I4 Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres

Summary:

I would rather drive nails through my hands, than drive this car

Faults:

Major problems with the brakes, rotors, AC, internal wiring. The list is too long to mention.

General Comments:

STAY AWAY from this CAR!!!

It is the devil re-incarnated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th August, 2008

1999 Chevrolet Malibu Standard 3.1 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.1 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance800000 miles
Previous carDodge Dynasty

Summary:

Disappointing money pit

Faults:

One week off of the dealers lot the car needed a new wheel bearing. I should have taken this as a sign of things to come...

Every 20000 miles I've needed new brake pads/rotors/drums. To date this has cost me more than $6000. I've been to several mechanics GM and non-GM. Both have admitted that the design on the Malibu brakes was really bad... too bad GM will never admit that. The non-GM mechanic says he's tried every type of pad and nothing seems to stop this problem.

Air conditioner cuts out intermittently and car occasionally stutters upon accelerating. I believe this is due to a bad thermostat but GM said that's not the problem, not that they could find a problem.

The alternator went bad on my way home from work at 70000 miles, normal wear and tear?

Most recently had the Dex cool radiator fiasco at 75000 miles (apparently normal for this car) so $1000 poorer and one replaced head gasket later. Thanks GM and Dex cool.

My check engine light is now on and the driver side power window is cutting in and out. Plus it must be time for new brakes again.

General Comments:

Except for the horrible design flaws leading to constant and costly repairs, I've really liked my Malibu. It has nice power and good handling. Fits my family of four nicely with great trunk space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th July, 2008

1999 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.5 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles

Summary:

Even for free it's too expensive

Faults:

Intake gaskets at 35,000 miles, $750.

Alternator at 45,000 miles.

Complete all 4 struts at 50,000 miles.

Several brake jobs, including rotors.

Spent a small fortune trying to get rid of off idle stumble, shop refunded my money as long as I never bring car to him again.

A/C chronic problems.

General Comments:

Very uncomfortable, and backseats useless for anyone over 5 feet tall.

Rides bad, handles worse.

Been a royal pain in my backside since I got it. My mother gave it to me for free, it wasn't worth it.

Three shops and two dealers have given up trying to get an annoying stumble out of it. They've thrown parts at it like crazy, nothing helps, even a little.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd January, 2008

1999 Chevrolet Malibu LS from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

Great comfy car, but low gas mileage

Faults:

Brake pipe was damaged over time at around 90000 miles. Cost was around 400 because pipes for Malibu LS's aren't made any more so they had to make a custom pipe.

Engine was making funny noises at 100000 miles and I needed a new piece of tubing. The cost was less than 30 bucks to replace.

General Comments:

All in all a great car, but because of high fuel costs it doesn't get a lot of gas mileage like it used to do. I've had to replace all 4 tires over time and other than that I am fairly happy with it. A great car, you just need to keep up with oil changes etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2008

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 122 reviews