2001 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 from North America
Chevy's worst production model going
I was so happy when I purchased my 2001 Chevy Malibu LS, my very first car. It didn't take long to turn that smile into a frown.
I had to replace the brakes at 30,000 km.
Stock tires replaced at 35,000km.
Heater controls never worked on settings 1 & 2.
Battery replaced at 61,000km.
Severely cracked flywheel replaced at 67,000km (expensive fix).
Wheel bearings replaced at 74,500km.
My Malibu is a real source of disappointment, and Chevy takes no responsibility for their technical blunders.
My advice to fellow Malibu owners is get to know your mechanic well, you will be seeing him/her often.
I still have a year of payments left on this car, but after that Chevy will never get any of my hard earned money again.
Do yourself a favour and buy an import. You can pay less for a domestic up front, but in the long run imports are much more reliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th April, 2004
9th Jan 2006, 23:34
Sorry, but I have 118k..on my LS.. and have never had a problem...1st turn up was at 112k miles... engine lite went on today.. so I guess there is something wrong... other than battery, tires etc... never a problem...
Sorry for the good news... among all the problems... i see here.. then again I have never had a problem with an American car...
25th Feb 2009, 11:47
What car don't you have to change the brakes? Would you rather your brakes go out and you run into a tree?
26th Feb 2009, 18:48
We spent more on ONE of our three imports than on ALL of our domestics combined over the past 10 years. And NO, you AREN'T "doing yourself a favor" by rushing out to send your money to Japan or Germany. In the U.S. roughly ONE OUT OF FOURTEEN jobs (possibly ours) is either directly or indirectly related to the U.S. auto industry. And PLEASE, none of this "Japan builds cars HERE" baloney. Japanese car manufacturers account for only 9% of U.S. auto workers and less than 1% of auto-related jobs. So if you want to cut your own throat, you have that freedom. I'll buy reliable domestics. If our Honda, Mazda and Volkswagen are examples of "superior" cars then pigs can fly. NONE of them made 100,000 miles without costing us an arm and a leg. The Honda never even MADE 100,000 miles.