1997 Chevrolet Malibu - Reliability

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Base Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

Reliability Rating for 1997 Chevrolet Malibu by Identifix

Ratings Key Minimal Problems Moderate Problems Significant Problems
  Rating Comments
Engine Occasional problems with this vehicle are the Fuel Pressure Regulator, Fuel Injector(s) and Intake Manifold Gasket, 3.1L engine only.

The cost to repair the Fuel Pressure Regulator is estimated at $67.96 for parts and $45.50 for labor, 2.4L engine, and $91.00 for labor, 3.1L engine. The cost to repair the Fuel Injectors is estimated at $127.46 for parts and $71.50 for labor, 2.4L engine, and $117.00 for labor, 3.1L engine. The cost to repair the Upper and Lower Intake Manifold Gasket is estimated at $54.95 for parts and $383.50 for labor. All prices are estimated based on $65.00 per flat rate hour and does not include diagnostic time or any applicable taxes.
Transmission & Driveline
Steering & Suspension
Brake An occasional problem with this vehicle is the Wheel Speed Sensors. This problem can cause diagnostic trouble codes to be set or false cycling of the ABS while braking at low speeds.

The cost to repair the Wheel Speed Sensors is estimated at $110.55 each for parts (there are four) and $84.50 each for labor. All prices are estimated based on $65.00 per flat rate hour and does not include diagnostic time or any applicable taxes.
Heating & Air Conditioning Occasional problems with this vehicle are the Blower Motor Resistor Block and HVAC Control Module in the dash.

The cost to repair the Blower Motor Resistor Block is estimated at $23.50 for parts and $32.50 for labor. The cost to repair the HVAC Control Module is estimated at $162.40 for parts and $32.50 for labor. All prices are estimated based on $65.00 per flat rate hour and does not include diagnostic time or any applicable taxes.
Starting & Charging Occasional problems with this vehicle are the Ignition Lock Cylinder and Ignition Switch. A problem with the Ignition Lock Cylinder can cause the Security Indicator on the Instrument Panel to be illuminated. A problem with the Ignition Switch can cause some fuses to not receive battery power when the Ignition Switch is in the run position.

The cost to repair the Ignition Lock Cylinder is estimated at $156.63 for parts and $45.50 for labor. The cost to repair the Ignition Switch is estimated at $133.02 for parts and $52.00 for labor. All prices are estimated based on $65.00 per flat rate hour and does not include diagnostic time or any applicable taxes.
Accessories An occasional problem with this vehicle is the Instrument Panel Cluster. This can cause some lights to remain lit when they should not be or gauge readings to be incorrect.

The cost to repair the Instrument Panel Cluster is estimated at $391.58 for parts and $52.00 for labor. All prices are estimated based on $65.00 per flat rate hour and does not include diagnostic time or any applicable taxes.
Overall 4 out of 5

Reliability Ratings displayed above reflect style specific standard features and may vary from aggregated values displayed for the same year in the historical model overviewed bellow.

Reliability History for Chevrolet Malibu by Identifix

  1997 1999
Engine
Transmission & Driveline
Steering & Suspension
Brake
Heating & Air Conditioning
Starting & Charging
Accessories
Overall

Reliability Ratings by Identifix is based from repair shop-reported issues. Though this data may be for years prior to model you are researching, it exposes how reliable this model platform has been historically.

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