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1997 Malibu NY
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By CM
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1997 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan


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MY 97 Malibu - Great Car for the price I paid. Large enough to be comfortable and small enough for easy driving in the city. Mechanicals OK - a bit sluggish and mpg seems to be poor. Styling is adequate, not flashy. Repairs are few. Water pump most expensive repair yet. Hope to keep this for a few more years. My son could use it for college.


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Reliability


Worst Features

More support in seat cushions. Can be very uncomfortable! I like a back end that is higher and that feels like it can handle a big load.


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1997 malibu
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By r m
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1997 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan


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My 97 Malibu is still running fine - had to replace water pump at 22000 mi- and window control for driver side. Car is OK


Best Features

Front wheel drive


Worst Features

seats need more support


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A LEMON!!
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By Debs24
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1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan


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i owned my car for seven years. and unfortunatlly its paid and i cant buy a new one.but these are the things i have to share. had it two weeks the steering wheel harness shorted,2 sets of control arms,2 alternators,2 manifold gaskets,control board for tail lights,main computer had to b replaced,tracking bar was bent,2battery's,serpentine belt, now tensioner chatters,a/c control head 3 times, paint chipping the room,doesnt hold alignment,a/c doesnt function right,the first 6 months we had it we had to replace half of the interoir trim and seat cloth,now we have a piston slap,radiator cap was craked,4 sets of brakes,2 sets of rotors,leaves stuck in blower


Best Features

sound system, the split back seat is handy, the net in the trunk


Worst Features

DONT MAKE MALIBUS!!!, work on engine, electronics need improvement.


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Don't Buy First Year Models or Chevys
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By msmiley
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1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car in March of 1997 and had problems with it ever since. Let's see...3 lower control arms (they rattled), ABS sensor bad, #1 fuel injector bad, altenator quit, brakes wore prematurely, headlights fogged over, brake pedal pad fell off, rear window seal blew out, interior panelling came off, turn signal wouldn't cancell after making a left turn(took two dealership visits to convinve them it was actually malfucntioning), and numerous other problems. This car is junk, not even rental fleet worthy. I got a divorce and she got this hunk of junk, thank goddness. I bought an import which now has over 35,000 miles on it with NO problems.


Best Features

It was comfortable to drive.


Worst Features

Cheverolet should build a better quality product. I know there are die- hard Chevy owners out there and will continue to buy these crappy cars and trucks. I was even thinking of purchasing a new truck and thought about the Silverado, but have decided against it..it's junk.


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Never buy the 1st model year of anything
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By iluvtigr
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1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan


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As a long time GM owner,(11 to date),I was looking for a reliable, four- door "familymobile". Based upon Motor Trend "Car of the Year" status and use of a drive-train with a solid history I bought the first model year of the resurected Malibu nameplate. BIG mistake! Eleven dealer visits during warranty for various finish and mechanical items. The following items replaced OUT of warranty: Head gaskets (twice), ignition switch, A/C control head, ball joints & bushings. Nine sets of front brake pads and six rotors in 80,000 miles. It's time for a new car, but, sadly, this time it will be an import.


Best Features

Power management system, (no dead batteries). Very roomy for it's size, more trunk room than my brother-in- law's Cadilac.


Worst Features

Bring quality, reliability up to par with Toyota and Honda, (see J.D. Powers reports if you need details).


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