2000 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1 6 cylinder from North America


The reason American cars have a bad reputation is the 2000 Chevy Malibu


Front wheel bearing/speed sensor ~ requires replacement of entire wheel hub. Right front failed three times under warranty, dealer gave hard time about repair, tried to claim I wore it out. Left front went once under warranty. Right front went 2 more times, once 15 miles over warranty coverage, an other at 60,000 miles. Just replaced left one again at 120,000.

Warped rotors on left front & right front, several times under warranty; average life of rotor before warping: 10,000 - 12,000 miles. brake pads at least once a year.

Right front caliper went under warranty (slide bars?) likely due to rotor warp. Consequently have replaced three on right, two on left.

Manifold gasket at approximately 30,000.

Coolant leaked into transmission, from bad manifold gasket, @ 30,000 miles gumming it up necessitating cleaning. Transmission not good since. Hard shifting and slippage between 2,200 rpm and 3,000 rpm, seems to miss a gear.

At about 60,000 "theft Deterrent" light comes on and no gas gets to engine, does not start. Wait ten minutes still does not start. Happened several days in a row once a year. Now happens once a month (120,000 miles) and stops while driving. Throws a code about interrupted serial communications.

General Comments:

First time Chevy buyer (and last).

Inconsistent starting, therefore unreliable. Left walking or taking public transportation many times.

Poor manufacturer communications, even with dealerships.

Dealers and Chevy do not admit to recurring problems, although mechanics do "off the record".

I do like the engine and performs well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th November, 2007

2000 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1 from North America


Was not worth the money spent, but considering buying a non-USA car is not an option


Nice car with a few minor annoyances.

It seem everyone has this problem with the recirculation button. It switches on you from interior to exterior, but I've learned to live with it.

The brakes are a serious problem since I need to replace the rotors every break job. $300 bucks is not cheap. The rear breaks don't grab since I still have the original pads. Service guys say the rear breaks need adhjustment often, but for some reason you can't use the old back up and break a few times to adjust em.

When the car was new it had two bad gaskets that the dealer replaced under warranty. The gas tank gasket was the first; the check engine light kept coming on. Then the trans gasket at about 50k miles. Trans started leaking fluid.

The Air compressor went out just before the extended warranty went out. Glad I bought that, it would have been a $1000 repair.

The blower motor also stopped working just before the warranty went out, again sometimes an extended warranty is actually worth it.

A fan resister went bad after about 2 yrs and now that the warranty is gone the fan resistor is blown out again now I only have high speed, just hope it doesn't go out this winter. In addition, one of the dash lights at the fan knob is blown out.

To top this list off the hood is rusted through at the very front. I priced a replacement in the same color and they're going for $300 and two hours of driving to get it..

General Comments:

Thank God all the major problems were covered by warranty, I just hope nothing else goes bad.

Other than those problems the car is nice to drive. It's comfy and handles nicely. I do have popping and clicking noises, but never got that taken car of. A friend said it's in the sway bar and it's a bad bushing, and Chevy knows about it, but decided to do nothing. Shame on you Chevy.

Someone mentioned the car hesitating or surging when cruising at about 60 miles an hour. I've noticed it too, but my 89 Berreta had the same issue and I just change my speed a little and it goes away. Could be an imbalance in the air sensors.

I expect to keep this car for another five years, provided nothing else major goes wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2007

28th Sep 2007, 12:49

I can appreciate how you thanked God for things you mentioned in your review, that's good. To keep that car running 5 more years, you are going to need God. Trust me, see my review on my 2000 Malibu!!