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Never buy the 1st model year of anything
By iluvtigr on
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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.
Favorite Features
Power management system, (no dead batteries). Very roomy for it's size, more trunk room than my brother-in- law's Cadilac.
Suggested Improvements
Bring quality, reliability up to par with Toyota and Honda, (see J.D. Powers reports if you need details).
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