2000 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1L from North America
High maintenance, not worth the trouble
20k - Rotors warped - Dealer turned them
35k - Rotors Warped - Replaced Rotors and Pads myself. - No break problems since
37k - Environmental controls switch broke. Fan speed 1 and 2 don't work.
39k - Faulty pass-lock on ignition switch
42k - ABS hub sensor replaced. Tires replaced.
61k - Hazard and turning indicator problems. Some intermittent hesitation during acceleration (unsolved)
65k - ABS light came on again - pulled fuse - not replaced
72k - replaced bushing on front right tie-rod assembly myself
80k - Theft-lock system disabled
97k - Front wheel bearings need to be replaced, just detected an engine coolant leak.
My previous car was a Pontiac Sun fire. I loved that car. Lots of factory recalls, but I personally had no problems with the car.
The Malibu has had nothing, but problems since day one. I didn't have the stomach to go through all the brake trouble, so I decided to replace the pads and rotors Myself. I have not had any break problems since.
I have had many cars in my life, and drove them all to 100k+, but not once have I ever had to replace the wheel bearings. My next car is a Honda.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st April, 2004
24th Jul 2004, 16:19
Most of the problems mentioned are regular. Tires replaced, signals faulting, brakes... it comes with wear and tear. It has to be taken care of and not driven like a race car.
15th Feb 2005, 15:26
I have had similar problems with my 2000 Malibu. I think the problems we're experiencing with brakes and rotors go far beyond normal wear and tear. Mine went bad before I ever hit 25,000 miles.
5th May 2006, 19:48
Another good way to save your brakes in city driving, is to lock the transmission out of o/d, it utilizes engine braking, so you have to use your brakes even less, and it will also save your transmission, as it eliminates gear hunting between 35-45 MPH.