I bought my 1999 Chev Malibu brand new in 1999. I find it interesting to read other comments about the front end because I am currently experiencing the same problems. I too have had my brakes replaced. The current problem is when I apply my foot to the brake, the steering wheel shakes sometimes violently. Curious to read more about what others are experiencing. Jim.
I have had my Malibu for 3 yrs and have replaced the brake system over 5 times. This has been a ongoing problem for me from the beginning. Thank God that I finally see it is not me, but the car.
Have a 2000 Chev Malibu - 25,000 miles and needed new front brakes and rotors. Heard of many similar problems with Malibus.
We purchased a 1999 Chevy Malibu because it had a good crash rating and was roomier than other mid sized cars we looked at.
Our first problem was the rotors, which had to be replaced a little over a year after we purchased the car (violent steering wheel shaking when brakes were applied). 18 months later we have had the rotors replaced again, but now the warranty is expired.
Second problem is the air conditioner. It turns itself off and on and you fight the buttons the entire trip. This started about 18 months after we bought the car and the buttons were replaced. 18 months later and we are back to the same problem, but now the warranty has expired.
Third, the manifold gasket failed and the car was overheating within minutes. That cost us over $600 to repair.
Fourth, the radio has weak FM reception now and I have no idea why.
Overall, the car would be great if not for the brakes and AC. The manifold gasket seems to be a problem on this year model also, but I expect a problem with something during the life of the car. It is a roomy car and has good power with the 3.1L 6 cylinder engine. The interior is holding up great.
Charleston South Carolina.