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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Review
A decent commuter car.
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The 1998 Chevrolet Malibu comes in two models: the base model and the LS. The base model comes standard with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, while the LS come with the 3.1-liter V-6 engine. Although there are many standard features available for both models, the LS have most of the base model’s optional features standard. This makes it worth it to buy the LS, which comes with cruise control, a keyless entry system, and power windows, locks, and mirrors as standard with an option of leather seating. Both models have the option of a power moonroof and an AM/FM/Cassette/CD audio system.
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.1-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu LS
The 1998 Chevrolet Malibu can be graced with optional leather trim on the LS and the aluminum wheels have been redone. A sunroof is now available as an option and a new interior color is available for the base model. Second-generation airbags are now standard equipment.
The 1998 Chevrolet Malibu has monotone paint with body-colored front and rear bumpers and body side moldings. Rocker panel extensions and a chrome grille make I stand out from the others on the road. The windows are lightly tinted and 15-inch wheels are standard with standard alloy wheels for the LS and optional for the base model. An antenna is fixed on the exterior for use with the included AM/FM audio system.
The 1998 Chevrolet Malibu seats five occupants, including the driver. This vehicle comes with many comfort, convenience, and storage features. Comfort features include cloth bucket seats in the front with adjustable head restraints, fixed rear head restraints, a four-way powered passenger seat, tilting steering wheel, and manual air-conditioning with under seat ducts. In the LS, the driver’s seat is also powered, which is an option in the base model. The LS also has the options of leather seating and leather trim for the steering wheel.
The 1998 Chevrolet Malibu gives convenience features that include a day-night rearview mirror, an AM/FM audio system, four speakers, remote trunk release, a powered trunk/hatch/door release, and one 12-volt DC power outlet. Additional standard features available in the LS include a keyless entry system, a rear window defroster, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, and an AM/FM/Cassette audio system. All of these additional features that are standard for the LS are optional on the base model.
The 1998 Chevrolet Malibu provides storage features that include a center console, center front armrest with storage, a locking glove box, full floor console, front cup holder, bin instrument panel storage, and dual door bins. The interior cargo space is a little larger than the Lumina, a car that is often compared to the Malibu, at 16.4 cubic feet. A power moonroof and an AM/FM/CD player are available as options for both models.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Chevrolet Malibu is front-wheel drive with a front strut suspension, using rack and pinion steering. It has both a front and a rear anti-roll bar for increase stability and safety. There are coil springs in the front and rear to absorb the impact of road imperfections, which add to the comfort when driving over dirt roads or other rough surfaces. The tires are all season tires, and a compact steel spare wheel and tire is included as a standard feature
The 1998 Chevrolet Malibu gives consumers standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes with front vented disc brakes and rear drum brakes. Rear child safety door locks and driver and passenger airbags are standard as is an anti-theft alarm system with ignition disable. It warns the driver when fuel, coolant, or washer fluid levels are low and provides a warning when the battery is low, lights are left on, door is left open, and keys are left in the ignition. Other safety features include automatic on/off headlights, daytime running lights, a center high mounted stop light, cargo light, fading dome light, and variable intermittent front windshield wipers.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Abundance of Features
You Won't Like
- Lack of power
- Lack of traction control
A decent commuter car.
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