1998 Chevrolet Malibu User Reviews

1998 Chevrolet Malibu Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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"power" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"ride" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"comfortable car" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"light" 2 reviews

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Shawn writes:
1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS Review
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3

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Good if not wanting to drive long range

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was great for commuter, but aside from that not so good.

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High Miled Older Car *commuter* — Car was older but was leather and sunroof and spoiler. sat outside and often got covered with Bird droppings so i and wife decided to call it the malipoo.

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James writes:
1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS Review
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Its very reliable

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Kinda bad radio

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It's Awesome — There really isn't anything that I DON'T like about it, ........................................................... ..................................

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Tyler writes:
1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS Review
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4

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Acceleration

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115mph limit

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Nice First Car — Performance - Nice acceleration, 115mph chip limit?, haven't hit anything yet so i like the handling. Build Quality - Had to replace the master control switch, thats pretty much it. Appearance - Bland kinda granny car style outside, alright interior appearance. Cost of Ownership - Nice gas millage, same old same old maintenance. Fun Factor - I drive it like sports car and it feels like it too.

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Michael writes:
1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS Review
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3

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Decent Appearence, Not Over Sensitive, Fairly Cheap Maintenance

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Poor Build Quality, Not Much Fun, Breakdowns Common

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Decent Car, But You Can Get So Much Better For The Same Money. — The Malibu performed adequately in every way, and wasn't exactly a poor-looking car, but the build quality was terrible and five years into ownership, the undercarriage had completely turned to rust. All in all, not a great car, but a decent enough way to get from A to B.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joshua writes:
1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS Review
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5

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The look

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The preformance

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This Is A Good Car. — The car is very reliable and for a v6, has more than average power. Its quick for what it is.

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palu writes:
1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS Review
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5

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Water leaks in trunk, headlights and tailights. Gas mileage. 22 mpg overall

palu
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All In All, A Good Car, Dependeble, Good Power, Some Problems — Bought my 1998 Malibu LS in 2006, one owner, 85000 miles. Now have 107,000 miles. Problems? A/C switch intermittent, traced problem to bad blower speed switch. New one was $175. Took out old switch assembly,(easy) took switch apart, replaced contact spring (ballpoint pen spring works well) problem solved, saved $175! Engine stalled or ran rough when turning or parking. Local dealer found broken and shorted wire in fuel injector harness behind alternator. Also replaced O2 sensor, serpentine belt, cleaned injectors and throttle body, for $1035. Ouch! Need to replace heater blower resistors, lost fan speeds 1&2.Now the oil light comes on at idle. Still runs fine, however. Overall, I love this car. Handles well, good acceleration with 3.1 V6, smooth, responsive transmission, very good handling, braking. Great stereo. I haVE AM/FM CD with remote cassette. My car is loaded, lacking only a sunroof, leather, and a rear spoiler. All of which I don't need. This car was a one owner, driven 15,000 miles/year. Came with owners manual and original window sticker. Paid $5000 for it in Lebanon, IN, where I was living at the time. I travel 22 miles each way to work, on the highway at 65 mph. A nice, quiet highway car. Good power for merging or passing. I need to either find a replacement set of alloy wheels or a way to clean the ones on the car. They are dull and corroded. My advice? If you find a clean '98 Malibu that you can afford, buy it! It is the poor man's Accord/Camry.

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asadsh writes:
1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS Review
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4

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spacious , smooth quit running , abs , safety , everything power like steering side mirror and locks

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no cd player

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Excelent Beautiful Family Car — spacious car good for family , dashing looks , excelent running car , ABS system , Power steering , power mirrors , power side locks , no remote access , cassette player am fm , brakes are excelents even if you are above 80`90 miles it stop you with short spam of time.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mrlittlefingers writes:
1998 Chevrolet Malibu Base Review
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5

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Checking auyo transmission fluid a pain in the ___.

mrlittlefingers
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160,000 Miles And Still Running Strong. — Great riding car with plenty of interior room, large trunk, good highway MPG, city MPG so, so.

Owner for 4 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:30,000

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itchykitty writes:
1998 Chevrolet Malibu Base Review
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Power, Reliable, Comfortable.

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Head gasket, fuel gauge

itchykitty
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All Around Excellent Car — What's special about the 1998 Chevy Malibu? Nothing really, but that may have been why I held onto this vehicle for 12 years, no matter what stage in my life I was in, this car could fit into it. I purchased my Malibu used in 1999 when I was 18 years old, this car was great in college, it comfortably fit 5 adults, was easy enough to parallel park for a mid-sized sedan, got decent gas mileage,and I could always surprise people and smoke them at stop lights (as long as they weren't an actual sports car). This car was also great when I started my career and endured daily hour long commutes in Minnesota winters like a champ, I only ended up in a ditch with this car once and guess what, the 3.1L engine had enough oomph to get me back out. The engine provided enough zip to feel completely safe passing other vehicles on 2-lane highways. The four door sedan was also perfect as a family vehicle, it was extremely easy to get my daughters in and out of their carseats in this vehicle and the interior cleaned up very nicely. I gave my Malibu to my SIL in 2011 when I obtained a job closer to home and she needed a reliable vehicle to commute to her job. The only real con to this vehicle was that the 3.1 engine is notorious with head gasket issues, I had to replace mine twice. In 12 years the only major repairs I had were the gaskets and a broken tie-rod, but the great thing about this vehicle is that so many were made so it is easy to find used parts and to save money. I never had been stranded on the side of the road with this car, sure I blew a tire or two in 12 years, but the donut was so easy to pop on. All in all, I loved this vehicle as is evident with my review/love letter to the 1998 Chevy Malibu.

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Melissa108 writes:
1998 Chevrolet Malibu Base Review
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4

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its got wheels...

Cons

air conditioner and lights

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It's Great For A Compact Car. — Very big trunk and backseat... enough space. Air conditioner sucks. The lights don't go off when i put the car park at night. Electric locks and windows.

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