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#933 of 4972 98 Malibu LS
May 11, 2002 (10:14 am)
I have to say that my spouse's 98 Malibu LS looks nice. However, (here is where I start to complain) this vehicle has been very expensive to maintain. Yes, it may SEEM to be a good buy but in the long run it will cost you!! I am very particular about my vehicles. I take very good car of them and change the oil faithfully (maybe more often than needed). My Malibu has 40,000 miles on it. Have already had the brake issues, the rear bushings problems (had to finally tell the dealer to replace them to stop the noise!), the starting problems, the AC switch is going out, air coming in through the inside door handles, front struts replaced, Affinity tires were bad by 25,000 miles, dash raddles, and the good old classic INTAKE MANIFOLD GASKET replacement ($500 repair!!). Now, I bought this vehicle because I wanted a vehicle were I would not have to worry about any problems in the short-term (of course every vehicle needs work over time). But let me tell you that this is ridiculous. A 1998 vehicle having a major repair like an intake manifold gasket replacement is ridiculous (especially when it was taken care of so good). Almost all older vehicles with 100,000+ miles never have this problem, but almost all Chevrolet Malibus do???? I noticed the coolant leaking about a couples months after the warranty expired but I know it was leaking before that as the coolant slowly seeps and rests on the engine block and overtime it will build up and start to drop on the ground (but try telling this to GM!). I had a GM vehicle before I got Montero and I dumped $2000 into it within 2 1/2 years of having it. My father has a Nissan and he has just reached 100,000 miles and let me tell you that the only thing he has had to do is replace the tires. I know my expirence is one in many millions but I would take an import over a GM vehicle any day!!
May 11, 2002 (10:43 am)
I also have a 98 Malibu. Build in July 1997. Bought it used in September 1998, with 15k miles.
Had a lot of repairs even before the original 36/36 warranty expired. Suspected a coolant leak. Bought an aftermarket extended warranty while still under the original one.
The extended warranty cost $1200, with optional zero deductible. Good till 100,000 miles or 6 years after the sale date, till May or June 2006. This is almost 9 years total: 3+6, minus couple of months overlap with the original warranty.
The warranty already paid for itself 2.5 times ($2300 transmission, $550 intake manifold gasket, and $180(?) oil pump gasket). Currently I have 48k miles on odometer.
I would say, that Malibu plus extended waranty are less expensive than a Japanese car of comparable size, even without a warranty. However, it is hard to say what is a better deal, if reliability is paramount.
May 11, 2002 (11:12 am)
I was offered the extended warranty but declined as I do not want to invest money into the vehicle as we plan on getting rid of it in the near future (eventhough I could have had the premium prorated back). Even with the warranty (which has a hefty price tag on it), I want reliability and not a new car that needs to be in the shop every 2000-5000 miles for something other than normal maintenance or be stranded somewhere and the vehicle will not start. Also, it is a hassle taking it back and forth the dealer. I'd pay a little more for a good reliable/solid vehicle:)
May 11, 2002 (11:47 am)
Agree, I would do the same now. Had less experience in 1998, and less income .
However, am not sure what I would do, even with my current experience, if still could not afford more expensive car.
May 15, 2002 (7:45 am)
I just found out the rotors on my 2000 Malibu need replacing. They were machined once before, but now because of rust etc. they are too thin to machine again. Is this something that should be covered under warranty? I have approximately
21,000 miles(33,750 km) on the car. Any help would be appreciated.
May 15, 2002 (8:11 am)
the warranty is for 1 yr,thats what my Chevy dealer told me.If your dealer wants to keep you for a customer they might help you out.
#939 of 4972 Wiper Blades & Expiring Warranty
May 18, 2002 (2:21 pm)
I have a 99 Chevy Malibu LS with 24K miles purchased new in September of 99. Two questions:
1. I have tried my damndest but I have attempted to change the wiper blades myself with no luck. There is lever I press and I can't get the old blades out. Any advice? These are the original blades believe it or not. Otherwise I can ask the dealer which I would rather not.
2. My three year warrantly runs out in September. Should I take the car in for some sort of "inspection" to ensure there are any last things that need to be looked at before my warranty expires?? Just wondering.
On a different note have enjoyed my Malibu. Particularly since I stand 6'6" I have found the car a comfortable ride. My rotors did warp at 10K, had a a/c malfunction, all rectified quickly by the dealer, but that's it so far.
Thank you in advance, Magnus
#940 of 4972 mjohns7861
May 18, 2002 (2:58 pm)
1. Look here:
Different car, but the same wipers design.
The wiper arms are ending in a hook. After pushing the lever, you can slip the blades out the hook, as shown on the pictures.
I am using Trico blades for my cars. Buy them in Pep Boys. I believe, the OEM were made by the same company. There are 4 types of the blades, for different attachments; the hook is type 1.
My 98 base Malibu is using 22 inch wiper blade on driver side, and 19 inch on passenger side. Trico Perfectfit 22-1 and 19-1. Most probably your 99 LS is using the same sizes, but it is better to verify with your car manual. Any case, there is a book in the blades aisle.
2. The general inspection is allways a good idea.
Many GM V6 engines, including the 3.1l in my Malibu, are developing a coolant leak in intake manifold. The leak is slight (like one quart every 3 months), but it can cause other problems later. The intake manifold gasket must be replaced to fix the leak. Cheap part, but a lot of labor. Costs from about $550 in independent shop, and up to $800 at some dealerships.
Pressure testing the coolant system costs only about $25. By the way, my Malibu manual recommends a yearly pressure test. GM must know better...
#941 of 4972 Air Conditioning Problem
May 19, 2002 (6:27 am)
I have a 98 Malibu LS with the V6. Dark Cherry Metallic. I am having the oft mentioned problem with the air conditioning flickerig on and off constantly causing me to overheat in more ways than one! I have loved this car and continue to do so. It is as tight as the day I bought it and I dare you to find a rattle or a squeak in the thing. Great power and I have been lucky enough to be still using original tires, brakes and rotors. (56,000 miles). Tires need replaced, and brakes need checked I'm sure...but I have not had problems with either. The only real problem that I am having is with the AC. It's great AC...when I can keep it on. I have some questions for you:
1. What needs to be replaced to correct this problem?
2. How much does it cost on average for parts and labor?
3. Can I take it to another auto shop and avoid the dealer to have this work done?
I don't want to be taken on this repair and as we head into summer, I need the AC to work properly. I know I probably could find these answers in the 900 other messages...but it did not see the ability to search via keyword....thus making the search extrememly tedious and difficult. Let me know if you can and I appreciate the help!
#942 of 4972 Random stalling problem with 2002
May 20, 2002 (4:38 pm)
I have a 3 month old 2002 Malibu with 5000 miles. The other day the car began to stall. 4 time now the engine quits with no putter or attempt to continue running. It has happened 4 times:
Right after starting
Rolling to a traffic light, car pulling itsef
Starting to move from a stand still up a small hill
Do 75 on I81 in NY...
Local chevrolet dealer ran diagnostics, with no uck, no trouble codes in the computer. Road test for 15 mins. could not reproduce the problem, even I can't figure when it will occur. Car will start immedialty and run fine...I drove 270 miles after the stall on the highway with no problem.
Anyone have any ideas...Thanks