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1998 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 150 hp @ 4800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Lots of room. Peppy powertrain. Plenty of features. Great value. Seat comfort.

  • Cons

    Poor noise isolation. Needs more mid-range power.

  • What's New for 1998

    Leather trim is newly optional on LS models, aluminum wheels are revised, a sunroof can be ordered and Base models can be equipped with Medium Oak colored interior. Second-generation airbags debut.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



From a college commuter

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Vehicle: 1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan

I bought this car for around $3500 and it is definitely worth it. It's alright on gas. I work weekends and put 32 miles in total on that travel. Then, I put around 40 miles throughout the week and only put $17 of gas weekly. I've had this car for some time now and the only thing wrong with it was a little ring piece for the A/C which the mechanic fixed for free during an alignment/oil change. The A/C blows nice and the size of the car is good enough to fit 5 people max. I plan on getting to the 200,000 mark from it's current 128,000. Just perform general maintenance of your car and don't be and idiot and this car will treat you with respect.



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My malibu

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Vehicle: 1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan

I am now 17 years old and my dad has just given me the family 1998 Malibu. Bought brand new in 1998 with almost all of the features available. It now has 300 000km on it and is running just fine. Aside from my dad never taking care of the car (oil changes once a year) I am amazed that it still runs. It charges through Canadian winters like a champ with no snow tires unlike all of those crappy Camrys or Accords. It blows away every single foreign sedan I see on the road and I love it. I am sad to see it go next spring when we upgrade to a new Chevy, but yes, Chevy has won me over and I will definetly purchase a vehicle from them.




Great car

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Vehicle: 1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan

My mom bought this car in 98 used with 17+k and it now has 248759 on the OD i change the oil every 3000mils and check the tranny fluid every few oil changesits been to NY and IN many times and never had anything go wrong but once in the winter when i went to IN the starter went out but hey it was the OE part it came with so no worries there i would tell ppl to buy one love it




Don't buy it!

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Vehicle: 1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan

I bought this car used when it was only 2 years old and had low mileage. Nothing but problems with it. it was absolutely horrible. I must have spent thousands on repair and maintenance on this over the years, I couldn't wait to get rid of it.




Possibly worst car in america..

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Vehicle: 1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan

I drove this car since last August, and it had very low miles, so I said why not? Ohh god, worst decision ever. Theres some clanging under the floorboard going faster than 10 mph, brakes needed changed twice already. It has 140,000 on it now, put new struts on it all around, new tires, battery, headlamps, left fog light fell off. Chevy, you're the worst manuf. ever. Own this car if you and 7 doctors live together, because it gets horrible gas mileage (13-15, if you drive carefully). It has noooooo power going up a hill, has to drop 3 gears and then screams. After 130 thousand miles, it developes this problem of extended cranking. It will start, but prepare to be embarrassed for 10-15 secs.




Great malibu

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Vehicle: 1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan

I bought this car in the summer of 2011 with 125,000 miles on it. I drive for pizza companies and it is now at 150,000. I only had one problem with the alternator. Inside is OK, just a little small for my taste but still great value for $1400.



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Full 1998 Chevrolet Malibu Review

What's New for 1998

Leather trim is newly optional on LS models, aluminum wheels are revised, a sunroof can be ordered and Base models can be equipped with Medium Oak colored interior. Second-generation airbags debut.

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Talk About The 1998 Malibu

1998 Chevrolet Malibu Discussions See all Started By

hcttiger
hcttiger
06-19-2001
My a unit light will go off (compressor also shuts off) and comes back on by itself after a few seconds or a few minutes. The car has 70K miles....


98maluba
98maluba
09-27-2008
My '98 Malibu LS has 109K miles on it. A few weeks ago, the engine was tapping the car was hesitating (while in gear), and that same day, it stalled going down a hill. The oil was 1/2 quart low, so ...


bonnie0372
bonnie0372
09-03-2004
Yes they noticed it...but according to the Service Manager..the car is fine.(no codes nothing)..he keeps saying he knows someone with a Malibu and his runs like that too.....well I have a friend that ...



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