By moonlight on Sunday, October 04, 2009
overall rating 7 of 10rating details
"I purchased a 1998 Malibu 4 cylinder new. I did have some of the problems that I have read looking back over the years. I do love my car which has almost 179000 miles on it. For those who have the Anti Theft problem where the car won't start I also had that problem and took it to the dealer many times while the light was on and the car was running and they couldn't find anything wrong but the last time they actually disconnected the wiring and I never had a problem again. The only drawback is the anti theft light remains on. The other problem which I had that others have complained about is the antifreeze leaking. My mechanic found a water outlet housing that was corroded which was a very small plastic part. Another problem was the temp. running hot. It needed something called a H valve. I also had to replace the exhaust system and the thermostat twice. I do believe most of the problems have been with the cooling system which my mechanic says this car and most GM cars do have. Most of the repairs have occurred when the car was over 120000 miles except the Anti theft deterrent. One of the things that I made sure of was to do regular maintenance. Oil changes on a regular basis rotate tires and replace when needed. Needless to say, I still do have my car and she (Molly) is still going strong after 11 yrs. I am thinking of investing in another Malibu with low miles and hope to get as many years from it as I have from Molly. I would love to invest in a new car but with times as they are I think I will go with used. Thank you all for your reviews and I hope my review will help those who did have the same problems that I have had in the past. P.S. I also am having a rust problem below the gas cap. Has anyone done any repairs for that and if so what did you do?"
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By scottfl on Friday, February 15, 2013
I owned and sold this car
Reason: mechanical problems
Cons: "Terrible quality"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Same problems as everyone else. Bought at dealer for $3500 w/102000 miles. Within a month had problems with AC (controls on 3-4-5; not 1 or 2), turn signals, headlamp. The biggest problem was that the engine would shut off after driving for 30+ miles. Lot's of fun when this happened on busy highways. Took back to dealer who told me $1400 to fix 2 leaks and bad head gasket. Got $2000 for trade-in on it. Owned for 6 months."
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By 1998 Malibu Owner on Monday, March 08, 2010
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"Purchased My Wife's 1998 Malibu in the Summer of 2003 as a fill gap auto. 75,000. on the clock when purchased. She loved it, (surprised me), and still drives it to this day. Current Clock 192,000 miles. What have I done? Replaced a tension pulley, water pump, belts, brakes, and one hub assembly. My total costs (I do my own work).. Less than $500.00 out of pocket. Car still is running the original timing chain. Say what you will about Imports and quality, this has been more reliable than any Honda I have ever owned. Headliner, seats, dash, not a rip, not a crack, not a sag. (I agree with the other folks. Flush your system and change your Antifreeze from the red stuff to the green stuff.)"
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful