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#177 of 4972 himachal
Nov 18, 2000 (6:48 am)
For 98 Malibu information, pricing, etc., you may start from here
or, if you are buying LS,
or use http://www.kbb.com
The same with other used cars.
I have a 98 Malibu and like it. Bought it used, one year old, with 15k, September 98. Now it have 37k, just out of warranty.
Generally sound car. Very good engine and excellent transmission. Was rear-ended and repaired; it is build strong.
Had a lot of nuisance problems. Examples: dead speakers, squealing struts, sticky "door open" sensor, a dead resistor in the fan speed regulator.
Except ruined brake rotors, almost nothing need visits to dealership and was fixed when changing oil. Several times this required only lubricating (strut, sensor). It cost nothing for me -everything was fixed under warranty. But, given the repair history, I bought an extended warranty with zero deductibles. For peace of mind, if not savings.
The repair / maintenance / cost of ownership:
Replaced brake rotors at 22 thousand miles, about $400-450, tires at 37 thousand, $465 or so, and the 30 000 mile service cost me about $400, as well as I remember. Except tires, replaced at Firestone, did everything at dealership. Must be less expensive at other places.
Other than this, paid only for oil change / tire rotation / air filter.
Hard to say about resale value - Chevy started to produce the model only from 97. Probably, only so-so.
The resale value does not matter, though, if you are really planning to use the car till 95-100k miles. With such mileage, all non-premium American cars cost next to nothing. About $1500 or so as trade-in.
Nov 18, 2000 (6:59 am)
No warranty covers brake rotors. They are considered expendable maintenance items, like the brake pads.
I would reserve $300 or so at saving account, to cover rotor replacements till 100k miles. Not at dealer - it is way too expensive.
The after-market rotors, like Rasbestos, usually have a life-time warranty (this is for part, but seldom for labor). And the parts have way better reputation, than the original GM ones.
Most of service stations provide some labor warranty, for 6 month to one year. Some places, like Firestone service stations, are doubling the labor warranty for AAA members.
#179 of 4972 Sunroof/Leather
Nov 18, 2000 (3:36 pm)
I'm thinking of getting a Malibu with a sunroof. I'm curious if any Malibu owners with sunroofs have experienced any problems (leaks mainly) with them. I've also noticed that most of the LS models in my area that have a sunroof also have leather. I'm curious to hear feedback on those who have leather (comfort, stains, quality etc.)
#180 of 4972 Resonse 98 Malibu
Nov 18, 2000 (5:15 pm)
Thanks a lot yurakm for your information.It realy helps me.
Nov 18, 2000 (6:10 pm)
I did all my brake jobs on the three Dodge Dynastys I had. Lifetime rotors are worth the money. I spent about $25 for a set of premium pads at each change and the rotors cost $45 each initially and AutoZone replaced them with no questions asked. They measured them, checked the specs, took my receipt, and handed me the two boxes. No problem. If they were not warped they resurfaced them for $6 each. I got lucky like that once. But I would prefer to get them free. It takes me about 40 minutes to get it done and here's all you need for parts:
wheel cover/lug wrench
socket to fir caliper bolts
coat hanger to hang caliper off strut to keep it from denting or stretching brake line
C-clamp to compress caliper
pad lubricant (usually comes with pads)
can of brake parts cleaner
box under the master cylinder to catch any spillage
If you haven't added any brake fluid to your system you shouldn't have to worry about spillage. But if you have been topping it off as your pads wear, it will overflow when you compress the caliper.
Nov 19, 2000 (6:03 am)
I have the LS with leather ( no sunrrof though). The leather is of good quality. I have a habbit of using leather cleaner and conditioner every week on the leather and it still feels and smells new. I know once a week is probably overkill but I really pamper my cars. But in short the leater seats are great, cold as hell in the winter but great! Good Luck, you'll love the car!
#183 of 4972 Leather & Sunroof
Nov 20, 2000 (2:52 pm)
I have both in my 99LS. No problems with either.
#184 of 4972 STAY FAR AWAY!!!!!!
Nov 23, 2000 (5:29 am)
Stay far away from the older models. I just got rid of my 97 after 105,000 miles and about 25 trips to the dealer. Bought the after I fell in love with it, brought it home with only six miles. The waste was in the shop after 2 weeks and 1000 miles. The car was a lemon from the get go. Brakes three times (under warranty) transmission at 17,000 miles plus a multitude of others. Mostly driveline and suspension problems. Struts,rotors, seat covers and doorpanels.Power steering hose broke at about 20k, picked it back up a month later and it broke again 3 days later. Went through 2 hoses pump and rack and pinion on that trip. What got me was you take it in and they call you tell you it's ready 3 weeks later and the door panels and seat cover are nowhere near the right color. The dealer left the trunk open in the rain and it had about 2 gallons of water in it when i picked it up. After 17 visits to the inbred dealer where I bought it and went somehwere close to home they managed to fix every problem on the first visit within two days. Don't even think about trying to get gm to buy it back went through that 3 times with no luck. Oh yeah let's not forget the straw that broke the camel's back. Was making a slight knocking noise at 105,000 miles. Changed the oil and the next day the hunk of metal is about to throw a rod. Still oweing $9000 on it no wasy i'm going to put $2000 more for an enigine.
Nov 28, 2000 (2:48 pm)
Just got back from a 830 mile round trip from NJ. I'm am so happy with my gas mileage, I got 38 MPG on the highway at 70 MPH 90% of the time and at 60MPH 10% of the time. Great traveling car. Now all i need is to get her clean again from the rain and dirt .
#186 of 4972 malibu99
Nov 28, 2000 (6:02 pm)
Wow! Fantastic mileage!
Especially in NJ. I believe, it is very hard to drive in the "Garden State". They are always complaining about traffic on NJ highways. People do not complain so much about I-95 in the CT/NY area, nor about the route(s) from CT to the JFK airport. NJ must be much worse.
When I measured the highway mileage with my 98 Malibu last summer, it was 31.5 mph, as well as I remember.
Well, I have a heavy foot. And never tried to save gas: I like the feel of accelerations. But, any case, this is highway, not a city. I believe, my wife would get 10% better mileage (she always gets), but not 38 miles per gallon.
Did you use cruise control?
About my test. It was a short trip from New Haven, CT to the border of Vermont and back by the I-91. Very nice route: hills and low mountains farther to North. Roughly 4 hours the both ways, including a half-hour stop.
It was a hot summer day. Air condition on 3. Moderate to heavy traffic about 60% of distance, heavy one in/around Hartford CT, and Springfield MA. Traffic became light soon after Springfield.
Average speed for the trip was 65 mph. Down to 50 mph in Springfield, higher in light traffic, but I kept the speed less than 80 mph all time. In our places it is normal to drive about 10 mph above the posted speed limit, with good road conditions. But more than 15 mph above is generally considered speeding.