2000 Chevrolet Malibu LX 3.1 from North America
A car that was not worth it. Should have bought a better one
Lower intake manifold gasket failed at 75,000.
We researched purchasing a new car, and checked around and found that the earlier Chevy Malibu's had problems, and the 2000 was a newer model, and that the problems from the previous models were repaired.
Today a puddle of coolant was found under the car after parking, and the low coolant light became lit on the dash. The car was taken to a local repair shop to be looked at. They said that the lower manifold gasket had started leaking, and needed to be repaired. The shop quoted a price of $600.00 to $800.00 dollars to repair the gaskets, depending on what else they found wrong with the vehicle.
I have been searching, and found another person with the same problem, and the repair shop and dealer said it's a common repair. The dealer and Chevy Customer service were contacted about the technical service bulletins that were issued for the Malibu, and said that there was not a specific bulletin issued for failure of the manifold gaskets. GM has even redesigned the original manifold gaskets since they were failing.
The Deal and GM would not assist with repairs. I checked out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.dot.gov) and there are two other complaints regarding the coolant leaks. I think they would look into the problem if more reports were placed with them regarding the issue.
The vehicle is a 2000 Chevy Malibu 4 door, automatic transmission, and only 75,000 miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st July, 2004
My Malibu has had the same problems. I've had the car for 3 years now, and it has about 73,000 miles.
I've had to change the front brakes twice. The brand new ones squeak. There is a rough sound at the front, at low speeds. The air conditioning doesn't work. It turns on and works fine. After a few minutes the A/C turns off. My coolant leaks, and there is a "low coolant" light no matter how often I fill it. And finally, the oil seems to be leaking. How do I fix all these problems?