1998 Chevrolet Malibu
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Great Starter Car

by on July 11, 2017

This car did better than expected. It ran and ran until the thermostat and water pump blew. Then it was a cascade of problems. Sensors went out, the timing chain went bad, the catalytic converter blew...
This car did better than expected. It ran and ran until the thermostat and water pump blew. Then it was a cascade of problems. Sensors went out, the timing chain went bad, the catalytic converter blew, and the hoses sprung leaks. It was a good first time car until then.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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This car just keeps on going like Energizer bunny

by from Port saint Lucie, FL on June 6, 2017

This car has been dependable from the day I bought it with 126,000 miles on it. Currently just over 200,000 miles on the odometer. No problems, just routine maintenance. Would buy another one in a hea...
This car has been dependable from the day I bought it with 126,000 miles on it. Currently just over 200,000 miles on the odometer. No problems, just routine maintenance. Would buy another one in a heartbeat!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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1998 and still driving it

by from Spring, TX on March 8, 2017

I bought my 1998 in 2000 used. It runs great and I've had no major issues with it beyond normal wear and tear. I believe my nine year old son will probably be driving it when he turns 16.
I bought my 1998 in 2000 used. It runs great and I've had no major issues with it beyond normal wear and tear. I believe my nine year old son will probably be driving it when he turns 16.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Not a bad car.

by from Cincinnati, OH on May 28, 2012

I bought this 98 Malibu LS from my niece who bought it new. It had 150K on it when I bought it and it was in decent shape still. She had kept up the maintenance on it well. While she owned it, she had...
I bought this 98 Malibu LS from my niece who bought it new. It had 150K on it when I bought it and it was in decent shape still. She had kept up the maintenance on it well. While she owned it, she had to have the intake manifold gaskets replaced TWICE. (This is a VERY common problem with GM's 3.1 liter engine. They know it but won't stand behind it. A Chevrolet technician told me that GM never did solve the problem in production.) There is debate over what causes the intake gasket to blow. Some say its due to the GM's corrosive DEXCOOL coolant. Some say its poor quality gaskets. Some say the intake manifold bolts stretch and loosen. Whatever the cause, its not uncommon to have the intake gaskets replaced over and over. I drove the car for about a year and a half (10K miles) and had the intake gaskets blow again (3rd time). About three months after that repair, the timing cover gasket started leaking coolant as well. Other than the coolant leaks, it has been a very reliable car. Average looks, decent MPG for a V-6, nice ride for a midsize car, average comfort. I've heard of another common problem with these Mailbus: Body control modules going bad which keep the car from starting intermittently. I did not experience this problem with my particular Malibu.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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good car; don't expect Mercedes engineering

by from Georgia on August 15, 2011

We've had good luck with this car. Over 150K miles and it has been a dependable commuter car. Some of the parts are inferior though. For example, belt pulleys are plastic and one exploded on me while ...
We've had good luck with this car. Over 150K miles and it has been a dependable commuter car. Some of the parts are inferior though. For example, belt pulleys are plastic and one exploded on me while driving on the interstate (replaced all pulleys with aftermarket steel ones); plastic interior parts break around the dash; FM radio is weak and AM radio does not work. I think the key is to change the oil regularly. Oh -- the fuel gauge broke and apparently this happens frequently enough that there is a Technical Service Bulletin on it -- but the dealer won't let me have it and NHTSA charges $25 for it on their webpage. Since the taxpayer bailed these guys out, the least they can do is spring for a lousy TSB.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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dont buy

by from illinois on May 9, 2009

i have had nothing but trouble with this vehicle. mechanics have said why did you buy this it is the worst vehicle made. they were right. i have put a lot of money into this car just so i can keep bre...
i have had nothing but trouble with this vehicle. mechanics have said why did you buy this it is the worst vehicle made. they were right. i have put a lot of money into this car just so i can keep breaking down. i am in the process of buying a new car but to let everyone know how horrible this car is!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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great car

by from tn on November 24, 2008

the chevy malibu is a great car!It is totaly worth the price and it runs great!i have owned this car for 4 years and not had any problems! its a wonderful 1st car!
the chevy malibu is a great car!It is totaly worth the price and it runs great!i have owned this car for 4 years and not had any problems! its a wonderful 1st car!
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car!!

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Reliable Car

by from on November 10, 2008

Most Reliable Car I have owned. I didn't visit mechanic shops everyday. Easy to drive. I would strongly recommend this car...
Most Reliable Car I have owned. I didn't visit mechanic shops everyday. Easy to drive. I would strongly recommend this car...
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car!!

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10 yrs and still going strong

by from Pendleton, IN on November 2, 2008

My wife and I bought this Malibu a year before we had our first child, planning for the future. This was a GREAT choice for us and our family. The car runs well, few problems that I would need to brin...
My wife and I bought this Malibu a year before we had our first child, planning for the future. This was a GREAT choice for us and our family. The car runs well, few problems that I would need to bring up, maintenance is cheap, AND it's AMERICAN!! We will definitely buy another Chevrolet in the near future. Have about 125,000 miles on it now, have done regular maintenance like tires, brake pads and rotors, plugs, wires, etc. But I expect that. IT'S PART OF OWNING A CAR!! GM got it right with this one. Go USA!!
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Purchased a new car

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Does recommend this car!!

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Got my moneys worth, and still driving it.

by from Atlanta, GA on September 2, 2008

Purchased Dec 03 for $4,000. Looked good, and ran well at the time. Spent around $1,200 on the A/C the following summer, they never got it right. Doesn't always cool at slow speeds, but great on the r...
Purchased Dec 03 for $4,000. Looked good, and ran well at the time. Spent around $1,200 on the A/C the following summer, they never got it right. Doesn't always cool at slow speeds, but great on the road. Replaced tires shortly after purchase. Brakes last Winter, 109K on car at time. I now have 113K, the tires just around 30K, 1/2 the Guarantee millage, but according to Sam's, expires after 4 year. The CD player just stopped playing, and the AM doesn't work. Shop, said replace antenna. Hey for 4 Grand, plus another $1,600 for repairs, and tires = $5,600. It still looks good, runs well, get 18-30 miles to the gallon. I really can not complain to laud. If I just could find some one to fix the A/C correctly, I would keep it another 4 years. I had 180K on my Corsica, and I purchased that used. It had the same engine, but a 3 speed trans.
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Does recommend this car!!

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