2000 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews - Page 5 of 26

2000 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 Liter V6 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.1 Liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles

Summary:

I wouldn't buy another due to reliability

Faults:

Brakes/rotors went constantly.

Engine blew at ~75,000.

Gas hog.

Car overheated a few times.

General Comments:

Car was a gas hog for the smaller v6 it had. Didn't produce enough horsepower/torque for the MPG.

The car was pretty comfortable and had exceptional handling for a FWD car. Roomy interior and the exterior was nice. I like the dash mount ignition.

Spark plugs were hard to replace due to the way it was mounted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th June, 2008

2000 Chevrolet Malibu LX 6 cylinder from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired33 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carSaturn Saturn

Summary:

Don't do a Malibu!! Try the Impala or something

Faults:

Brakes and front rotors were bad from the start.

Head gasket issues - leaked coolant. Fixed 3 times.

Radio issues - CD went out, rear speakers stopped working.

Fan control issues - would work when it wanted to.

Door lock issues - continually going out, fixed and would go out again.

Windows not rolling up or down.

Check engine light stays on. After $2000 to repair, it's still on.

General Comments:

The car has been a general pain in the ass the whole time we owned it.

Always something.

Once it went out of warranty it started costing us $$ to keep it going.

Dealer would not even offer an extended warranty on it when we bought it new. That should of told us something.

I am a Chevy person, and this was the WORST car we ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th June, 2008

2000 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Prizm

Summary:

Excellent!

Faults:

Front brakes needed replacement.

Manifold gasket needed replacement.

A/C blower needed repair.

General Comments:

All repairs were done before I had any driving problems. I never had the car break down on me.

It did cost me to repair the problems, but it was a lot cheaper than buying a new car.

My Malibu runs like a new car right now. I have taken care of the car and it looks good and runs good.

I have friends with imported cars that break down on the road; newer cars than mine that need tow trucks to pick them up. I never had that problem.

Sure, the car isn't perfect; I had a Prizm before and had to replace parts as it got old, it was better than the Toyota Corolla version since I had more options on my car and the paint job was better. I moved the car before I needed to perform more expensive repairs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2008

2000 Chevrolet Malibu LS 6 cylinder from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

These cars are junk, and GM will lose even more of its market share

Faults:

Here are the problems I have had, and most have recurred over and over, within and outside of the warranty.

Brakes - 20k miles - rotors and calipers. GM told me it was because I used the brakes too much. They asked if I delivered pizzas. These were all freeway miles.

Wheel sensors and bearings. Replaced several times. Gave up on the dealer who was making all kinds of money with no results.

Intake manifold - three times. Once in warranty and two time out.

Brake harnesses and ABS module. They wanted $750 for the module. All the module is are a couple of transistors. The mark up on these is easily several thousand percent. Never fixed. I don't need ABS to drive.

Various emissions leaks and sensors. Never fixed all of them because they keep failing.

Fuel sock & filter. Air conditioning switch. Blower switch. Dome light. More, but I have to go find info on how to fix the fuel sock in the fuel tank. Good luck!!!

General Comments:

I bought this car new, and have had problems ever since. I have driven GM cars since my first, and this will be the last. What makes it worse is that GM DOES NOT STAND BEHIND ITS CARS OR DOES NOT CARE ABOUT ITS CUSTOMERS.

Too many issues to get into detail. There is a class action suit on the intake manifold and details are being worked out. Find a lawyer; you may be reimbursed for intake repairs and hazard switch replacements. NHTSA site has a list of recalls as well. This car will go to the junk yard because I cannot sell it to someone else with a good conscious. GM could though as they just released the "new" Malibu.

These cars are junk and I cannot believe GM is selling the "new" Malibu. Are these guys out of touch? Wow. Time for an import. Sorry American Workers - GM, I will tell everyone I know about your poor quality and policies as long as I live.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd March, 2008

4th Mar 2008, 09:05

I feel your pain had both front wheel bearings go out within 2 months TWICE!! Lower intake gaskets (700.00) Piece of crap car!!!

4th Mar 2008, 11:26

If the car is horrible why did you keep it 8 years? The new generation Malibu is nothing like yours. Heck, I'll never buy a Toyota after the problems I had with my 04 Camry.

7th Apr 2011, 13:59

I've had little to no problems with mine. There are the common flaws. I have the bad hazard switch, and the blower motor resistor issue. Other than that, it's been basic maintenance. I will say, these cars MUST be maintained, or they go to hell fast.

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 99 reviews