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1997 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

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Chevrolet Malibu Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.1 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 155 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Chevrolet Malibu

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Amazing value, standard A/C, standard anti-lock brakes, available V6 engine

  • Cons

    No traction control or integrated child seat available

  • What's New for 1997

    First year for new midsize sedan with classic name.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (28 total reviews)  |  Write a Review


Only buy if you need

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Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan

Multiple problems. Was fine for me for the two years, but buttons fall off in the climate control, intake gasket leaks, and car just isn't built great. If you only have $1500, buy it. Don't expect any money back.




1997 chevy malibu ls-v6

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Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan

I bought this car in 2002 with 90,000 miles. It now has 171,000 and I only had to replace 3 parts, altenator, water pump, and thermostat. They were really cheaps parts and I've never had to replace anything else besides tires and brakes. It's a really good car and I recommend it to anyone. I've added a cold air intake for a few extra horses and it shows




Great bang for the buck

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Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan

This car is so fun to drive. The perfect mixture of performance and fuel economy. We bought this car with a lot of highway mileage but it was a great little car. It still is and we have only had small problems that were easily fixed and back on the road. Even the usual gasket problem didn't affect it until over 120,000 miles. I can't complain. Beats the old Ford Taurus by a long shot.




'97 malibu review

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Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan

I bought the Malibu used with 40,000 miles on it. It was our second Malibu, with the first one totaled in a wreck. We drove the second Malibu to almost 140,000 miles before selling it. Overall, a good car with good gas mileage. We did replace the power steering pump, all of the front pulleys, and alternator during our 100,000 miles of use. At the time we sold it, the head gaskets were needing to be replaced (A $900 expense if done at the Chevy dealership). We would purchase another Malibu.




She's a good car

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Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan

I know lots of people have had problems with their Malibu's, but I've had nothing. The car was purchased new and has been driven in the mountains, cross country, in city commuting mode and more. Its never failed me. It's currently serving me well in the Canadian north, where it fires up every time, even in -40 weather (without being plugged in). It gets good gas mileage (~35mpg) if one goes easy on the highway, but in city traffic, the best I can usually muster is 22 mpg. Not good there! It's a comfortable roomy car, and would make for a good first auto for a new driver. It's safe, not too fast and they're cheap to get parts for (most of the time!) While I'm no Chevy fan, iIdo like this car.




35mpg v6 + reliable!

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Vehicle: 1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan

1 alternator and tires/brakes in 135,000 miles! Gets 35 mpg and the new cars with V4's can't do that! Great car. Too bad used American cars are worthless, but then again, why would I ever sell it?



Full 1997 Chevrolet Malibu Review

What's New for 1997

First year for new midsize sedan with classic name.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 26
  • highway
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