27th Sep 2003, 21:32

My 1980 Malibu Classic with the 229 V6 continues to serve well after 23 years and 270,000 kilometers, even the air conditioning still works. No major repairs ever to the engine or transmission; the usual GM headliner drooping began about 5 years ago and I just rectified it with a kit, with good results. Only annoyance ever was resonating exhaust which coincided with replacement of catalytic. Still haven't found a fix for this, and the noise annoys, but it's not the Chevy's fault. Great bumpers, my Maxima is already scuffed, marked, and dented, but the Malibu has never seen a body shop, those 5 mph bumpers were great, I wish they still had them and I bet insurance would cost less. Mine Malibu has original paint too, thanks to regular waxing and the interior is rugged, that cloth is very comfy, but wears like iron. I've taken care of it, granted, but it's taken care of me.

3rd Oct 2003, 16:48

Yes!! My 1980 4 door Malibu Classic is just that!! really, this car looks great, runs like the wind and is problem free. G body car's were the best!Love the style, just beautiful, The desert is very car friendly, car's last forever out here.. Lake Havasu city Az. too bad they broke the mold.. The last of the real American made cars. the new

Malibu looks like a wind up toy, It's made to break! I'll have this car for another 23 years, then my son will drive it..!

13th Jul 2004, 23:15

I have a 1980 Malibu Classic as my first car with the 267 v8. It was my grandmothers and wasn't driven since 97' but since then it has run great after the carburetor was put back on. My father and I only had to replace the dryer for the air conditioning and the catalytic converter and with 95'000 miles it looks and runs great.

6th Jan 2007, 08:07


I've had my 1980 Malibu Classic post Coupe for 3 yrs now. It was an original one owner with 32,500 miles on it. The body is very good, interior is excellent, trunk is superb, and the undercarriage is wonderful (esp being from the Chicago area).

Camel over bronze exterior with a camel vinyl interior and no vinyl roof. The metric trans is slipping a bit from lack of use. The V-6 runs fantastic. I did put 15x7 older Camaro rally wheels and wider tires on it. It made the ride even better. Last of a breed and getting harder to find. Great car and still under the radar for cost.

21st Nov 2008, 20:58

I got a 1979 Malibu 302 m/t 3 speed. Would love to find doors. E-mail @ frappe8100@email.com

22nd Apr 2012, 17:30

I just can't part with mine. The 229 3.8 V6 with high back bucket seats center console was my first car. I've owned it for 17 years. I love the way it drives. I know it has its flaws, but I still love the old girl.

The thing that drives me a bit crazy is the windows have never been able to roll up to the top at highway speeds, due to no window track on the 2 door.

I'm no mechanic, but this car has been pretty easy for me repair. Parts are getting harder to find though. I just had it repainted 2 tone blue and silver. I restored the original 14" rally wheels and the 'bu looks amazing!

I had to have the engine rebuilt at 160,000 miles, because the timing chain slipped a cog. I just drove it across the country (2350 miles), and to my amazement it got average of 20 miles/gallon. I like that it still has some of the same cues from the 60's in the body design. Great car, and I hope to pass it on to my son!