2000 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews - Page 8 of 26

2000 Chevrolet Malibu LS V6 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired25 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

Great car for the money

Faults:

Brakes replaced.

Intake manifold gasket replaced.

Original tires replaced around 40,000.

Water pump replaced.

Air conditioner not blowing on 1 and 2 right now.

General Comments:

This has been a good, reliable automobile to drive with relatively few problems.

I have owned it for about 8 years now, and the interior has worn very well; the seats are still comfortable. The carpet cleans up easily even after a muddy winter.

The paint has a great shine.. just waxed it today and I am surprised at how good it still looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2007

2000 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance127000 miles
Previous carOlsmobile Acheiva

Summary:

Went the distance & still going!

Faults:

Brakes, Brakes, Brakes, Brakes (four sets) in 127,000 miles.

Head Gasket: $600 @ 40,000 miles.

Auto window rollers broke.

Water pump.

Fuel pump.

Belt.

General Comments:

This car went the miles, and it's understandable that some of the above would go wrong. However, the brakes were a pain and should not have been designed so poorly, and the cheap faulty gaskets were an unforeseen expense. Several of the complaints in this website are about gaskets.

I still have the Malibu and it's gorgeous. It's black cherry, the paint and the body are in perfect shape, the engine is running strong, but sometimes the car shakes like it has alzheimers, and coughs going up hills.

But, I love the car, and it is used as a second car now, and is pampered. I would buy a used 2000 Malibu again, only after reviewing the maintenance record for known defect repairs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2007

22nd Jul 2007, 07:21

So you are complaining about changing your brakes every 30k miles. That is really good, that is about brakes every 2 years. I am almost at a year on my current pads, I had to replace a caliper so I did both this spring.

2000 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1L V6 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.1L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Sub-par design and performance

Faults:

*Intermittent electrical problems.

*Intake manifold gasket had to be replaced due to coolant used by manufacturer (common V6 issue from what I hear with this automaker)

*Seat cushioning has completely worn and has no support.

*Forget trying to use A/C while driving!

General Comments:

I shouldn't complain a lot because the car has been somewhat reliable without too many major issues, however, most of its use has been on the highway so the mileage is deceiving.

My wife and I took the payments over from my father-in-law when we got married, so it definitely wasn't my first choice anyway, but now that I am the primary driver of the car due to my commute, I have noticed several issues.

The indicator lights in the dash and LEDs on the radio go on and off whenever they please, and the mechanics thus far have found no lasting solution. At this point it's not worth spending more money trying to figure out.

The intake manifold gasket issue was a major issue for me because it is solely due to the coolant that the maker uses in their V6's. You can't switch to something else, and the mechanic told me the coolant will eat through the replacement gasket within another 50k or so miles. That's just a simple engineering oversight to me, but it costs almost $900 to replace.

If you have the A/C on, you lose virtually all engine power. I have to turn the A/C and the fan off when I am on an entrance ramp just to get up to speed.

Overall, the car feels cheaply made (granted, you get what you pay for), and the fit and finish of the interior leaves a lot to be desired with cheap plastics and rough cloth. The seat cushions are completely shot even though I am very easy-going on my cars and give you no support. You can practically feel the springs right through the upholstery.

In summary, I wish I still had my 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP!!!

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

Review Date: 25th June, 2007

6th Jan 2008, 17:11

The intake gasket is a known issue on the 3.1 engine. As far as the coolant, that's the first I've heard of this issue. They are feeding you a line about not being able to replace Dexcool with standard coolant. Just flush out the old stuff and put in some Prestone or something. It's not going to hurt anything.

2nd Feb 2008, 12:53

Ya to go on with that comment, you can change the coolant to the green two year stuff...there's not problem there with doing that. as for performance troubles, I've never really had any...yet. my electrical runs pretty stellar, I have the stock alternator on, I do have a huge dry cell battery in it, and I run about 3000 watts of audio through it... and the electrical has had no problems. as for the A/C...i have the same problem... no idea whats causing it, I've spent many hours trying to figure that one out... its annoying to say the least!! its never hurt my performance though. however I did open up my intake, and manufactured a performance dual exhaust for this car... so I gained some hp there... i do tend to agree on the most part that I don't think i'd get another malibu.

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