2001 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1 litre from North America


Good, but not great


Brake pads replaces at 60,000km.

RR tail light circuit board replaced at 30,000km.

Repaired flaking paint from bumper surrounds.

Low speed dash fan capacitor replaced at 50,000km.

General Comments:

I must have one of those cars that actually work. Yes, there is the horrific piston slap that 3.1 engines have (You'd think after 20 years they'd get it right). The ride is stiff (I like that). The stock brake pads/rotors are bad (my Lumina was worse). Seems GM can't make good brakes and after 30 years of owning various GM vehicles still can't do a decent paint job. But overall the car has done well for me (to date!) I may buy another, now that it's German engineered (2005), but will wait and see.

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

Review Date: 17th May, 2004

2001 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1 from North America


Turned the front rotors and replaced pads at 58,000 miles.

General Comments:

My wife and I agree that the "cheaper" Chevy Malibu simply makes our previous 2000 Buick LeSabre look like a lemon. We have have no problems with the window motors, water leaks, brake problems, etc. We were somewhat hesitant to "come down" to Chevy from Buick, but we are very pleased with the Malibu.

We should have selected one with the power drivers seat ie: the LS. My wife is getting a consistent 27 MPG from home to work. Yes, we would own another one!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2004

2001 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1L from North America


A total piece of junk!


I bought this car new in December 2000. My auto repair file for my 2001 Malibu is already thicker than the one for my 1991 Grand Am.

2494 Miles - right side fog light and side marker light burned out, dealer replaced under warranty.

I took the car into the dealer several times for suspension rattles around 10000 miles, dealer could find nothing. I still have the rattles.

35,486 Miles- check engine light comes on. Dealer replaced fuel injector and HVAC control head. A/C controls were not working properly. Check engine light was still on when I picked up the car. I limped back to the dealership the next day. They replaced the oxygen sensor and flashed the PCM.

43,747 Miles - Car would not start. I had the vehicle towed to the dealer. Dealer diagnosed the problem as a defective ignition lock cylinder. They could not make repairs on the same day (Friday), so I had the car towed to an independent shop that worked on Saturday to get the repair done since I had plans to go out of town that weekend.

Since then, I have had the intake manifold gasket replaced, and both coolant pipes going to the heater core replaced. Both pipes were leaking. After that, I noticed the head gaskets were leaking. I was able to take the car to a personal friend who works as a service advisor at a Chevy dealership in another state. He was able to persuade Chevy to pay for the repair under warranty. Chevy can warranty anything they want up to 60,000 miles. This favor saved me at least $1000.00.

Even then, the car was in and out of the shop for two months. The dealership had to replace the head gaskets twice before they got it right. I finally have a car that does not leak coolant, at least for now. They also flushed out the Dex-Cool and replaced it with green antifreeze. (Yes, the dealership recommended to flush out the Dex-Cool and replace it with green coolant.)

Now, my theft system light comes on from time to time. My starter makes a grinding noise when I release the key from the start position. I still wonder if the car will start every time I get in it. I wish I bought the extended warranty.

General Comments:

I would not sell this car to anybody I knew because I know it has problems. My next vehicle will be a Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th May, 2004

8th Dec 2005, 17:50

In response to the above comment all I have to say is I agree. I too am a current owner of a 2001 Chevy Malibu and am experiencing the exact same problems! I am quite concerned to have discovered such similar difficulties in another Malibu of the same make... it makes me wonder how much of these problems I, or any other Malibu owner of the same make, should be paying for!!