Never buy the 1st model year of anything
By iluvtigr on
Vehicle1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan
ReviewAs 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 FeaturesPower management system, (no dead batteries). Very roomy for it's size, more trunk room than my brother-in- law's Cadilac.
Worst FeaturesBring quality, reliability up to par with Toyota and Honda, (see J.D. Powers reports if you need details).
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