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1999 Chevrolet Malibu

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The Good & the Bad
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By MWave
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1999 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan


Review

The Good - The Malibu is a very fun car to drive. It handles well on the highway and gas mileage is good. The car has good excelleration especially when you need to pass another car. Interior extras are very nice. Lots of trunk space. Good sound system The Bad - Reliability. The transmission needed to be pulled at 4500 miles due to a faulty switch causing the car to switch gears too soon. After 33000 miles I have had two leaky intake manifold gaskets (coolant & oil) replaced. Seems to be going through serpentine belts too quickly (every 16,000 miles). ABS light intermittently comes on. I am glad I have an extended warranty.


Favorite Features

Front bucket seats are comfortable. Very nice CD/Tape/AM/FM Radio system. Lots of luxury items were standard. Nice smooth excelleration and smooth ride.


Suggested Improvements

More reliabale Engine. Do not use Firestone tires (large tread cracks at 26000 miles). Driver side cup tray is in a bad location.


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The key is maintance.
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By HJHJHJ
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1999 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan


Review

Little noise from the engine. Run very smoothly.


Favorite Features

Engine.


Suggested Improvements


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I am stuck with it! :-(
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By FRANKJR60
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1999 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan


Review

I have experienced many of the same problems as the other folks who have commented on this site. A/C has a mind of its own. Fan speeds did not work on 1 and 2. Replaced resistor ($70) fixed the problem. Alternator died at 50K miles, no warning. I was stranded for hours. Where does the coolant disappear to? I keep adding it and I don't see any leaks anywhere. Th biggest frustration has been the serpentine belt and the belt tensioner. I have had them replaced three times in three years due to the high pitched squealing noise. No one can seem to find the problem. I haven't had the brake and tire problems that many others have had.


Favorite Features

The car looks and rides great. It is very comfortable and roomy. Lots of trunk space. The good does not outweigh the bad here.


Suggested Improvements

Climate control system sucks. Need to warn driver of impending alternator failure. Find the source of the squealing under the hood.


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Over rated
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By No more domestic
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1999 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan


Review

The 99 Malibu (V6) was just ok. Very plain design with minimal extras available. I had to have the brakes replaced 4 times in five years. The engine was the best thing about the car. Not one problem. Something behind the dash rattled from day one and the dealer couldn't find it. The dash was ok, but the materials used were cheap. Delco stereo was useable, but not impressive. Resale value is horrible. It's a good car for the price, but I'm going back to imports.


Favorite Features

Engine, quiet ride, comfy, big trunk


Suggested Improvements

BRAKES, bigger fuel tank, better interior materials, better stereo


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malibu is just ok...it always starts?!
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By paulaintacoma
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1999 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan


Review

all in all the malibu has been an ok car..I am getting ready to trade it in soon ...have had two total brake jobs in 44,000 miles..the first one on gm as they said the rotors were faulty..the brakes still click when I drive..the ac has a mind of its own..comes off and on when it takes a notion to..that sucks. also don't believe the hype about the 100,000 mile coolant system..big lie I have had to keep topping it off with that special coolant at least every 3 months and the radiator light blinks off and on frequently..also the check engine light comes on for no apparent reason..but basically it has been reliable transportation for 5 years.


Favorite Features

big trunk space, pretty inside lots of leg room in front.


Suggested Improvements

restyle the body with updated lines..fix the ac and brake problems thats about it.


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