2000 Chevrolet Malibu V6 from North America
Not a bad car, just a few things to fix. Cheap if you do it yourself
We have had problems with our 2000 Chevy Malibu over heating; the fans would not run on. We are also having problems with the right outer tie rod.
Perhaps to help a few other people that may be having this problem, what you want to do is check your sensor for the radiator. It is a small piece on the driver's side. Turn your car on and disconnect the wires from the sensor; they should just pop off. If your fans turn on, it is your sensor. It is an easy piece to change, and only costs about $15.00; 10.99 for the sensor and 4.99 for the thread sealer. Make sure before you take your sensor off, you relieve the pressure from your radiator so you don't get hot water sprayed in your face. Once this is fixed, it will help your A/C be cooler, but it will not completely fix your A/C.
Another thing he did to help with that is replaced the blower, and make sure get a can of A/C stuff to put in. Where you put it in is on the passenger side close to the firewall. You will see a small plug (it is not easy to get to), and just connect the hose you get with the can of A/C stuff. Try to do it at a time when your car is not hot.
Once we get under there, look at the passenger outer tie rod. I will make another update that may help a few people with this car. And please, by all means, if someone tells you that unhooking the sensor with not help check your fan, I promise you if it is your sensor, your fans will turn on... just try it. It's about a 5 minute process.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st July, 2010
21st Jul 2010, 18:18
It's so refreshing to read reviews from people who actually do their own repairs.
I'm a car enthusiast and mechanic, and I'm shocked at the outrageous prices I see on here that people pay shops to do very inexpensive and simple repairs. I've seen $900 brake jobs. You can replace every part in the entire system for $200 or less, and most shops tell you you need brake pads tens of thousands of miles before you really do. One of my very UN-car savvy friends paid a shop $275 to replace a TAIL LIGHT BULB (a $10 part that takes 30 seconds to replace), and my clueless mother-in-law paid $415 to have a HEADLIGHT FUSE replaced (a 50-cent part that takes 10 seconds to replace). Congratulations on saving yourself a LOT of money!!
28th Oct 2010, 11:18
I have a 2000 Malibu LS, I have had very few problems with this car.
I do all my own work and it saves a bundle, have done the intake gaskets already. When I bought it, it had about 43,000 miles on it. Now 4 years later it has 79,000. I guess if you abuse the car it will not treat you right! It all depends on how it is driven.