2001 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 V6 from North America


You get what you pay for..


Front brake rotors, front brake pads. The front pads came loose at 35,000 miles. The repair involved turning the rotors and replacing the front pads. NOT covered under warranty, despite the fact that the car mileage was within new car miles and dates; and despite the fact that this appears to be a common problem on Chev Malibus. Front end noise on this model is excessive, both before and after the repair.

General Comments:

1) Excessive front end noise.

2) Front end brake problems seem to be common.

3) GM won't cover these problems under warranty.

4) Front tire wear also seems excessive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th March, 2004

8th Sep 2005, 10:28

You are so right!! I have to replace my front brake pads at least every 4-6 months. This is a ongoing issues, seems most every complaint includes their braking system. However, most places warranty the pads for life, so all your out is the labor of having them replaced and the MAJOR HEADACHE of having to deal with this constant issue.

My front tires also wear extremely fast.

My car has started running warm, this started about 2 years ago, around 60K miles. We thought it was the intake manifold because it was leaking, had that repaired, but it still runs warm. We've never been able to find out what is causing this.

Also, my airbag light came on one day for no apparent reason. I wasn't sure if I was going to make it home or that thing was going to pop out in my face while I was driving.

Some of the other sensor lights have come on for a short time, but gone off within my drive home.

Other things I've attributed to normal wear and tear.

I haven't a clue what I was thinking when I bought this car, but will NEVER buy another Malibu.

2001 Chevrolet Malibu LS from North America


A vehicle that should be recalled


Needed to change tires after only 2 months of owning it.

Had to get my battery cables, alternator and battery changed after about 6-8 months of owning it.

Had to keep adding coolant about 4 times in two months.

After owning for only 9 months paint has bubbled up and is peeling very badly.

After owning the car for only 9 months my intake manifold was leaking coolant and I had to get that fixed. I also had to replace parts such as a thermostat, gasket and seal. Along with repairs, I had to get a cooling systems flush.

General Comments:

I had bought this vehicle thinking it would be great. I love Chevrolet so I thought that this would be a great car. Well, I guess I should have researched more on this vehicle before I had purchased it.

If you read all the things that have happened to my vehicle all of these had happened within only a 10 months period.

I have spent more money repairing this vehicle than I have even spent on payments so far for the vehicle.

More worse, the trade in value is not even half of what I bought the vehicle for.

I am really disapointed and hope that this manufacturer consider looking to see why this Vehicle had so much mechanical problems and consider a recall on it.

I don't think people should spend so much on a vehicle that is too new that repair manuals haven't even been issued out.

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

Review Date: 23rd March, 2004

2001 Chevrolet Malibu LX 6 Cylinder from North America


Very disappointed


1. Intake Manifold Gasket is leaking coolant externally from rear of engine.

2. Rotors replaced at 44,945 miles.

3. I have to jiggle key in ignition to turn car on.

4. Once car engine is turned off car horn honks as if I have a car alarm I do not have a car alarm.

5. Engine rattles when first started in the morning. Stops once engine is warmed up.

General Comments:

Intake Manifold Leak causes coolant light to continue to come on. I can see the coolant leaking out of the right side of the engine on the drivers side. Rotors replaced at 44,495 miles. Customer Service refused to assist in the repairs. I believe in buying American cars, but I am having mixed feelings. I am going to mail letters to Chevrolet and the Media, until Chevrolet acknowledges they have a faulty product. I have also filed a claim with the Better Business Bureau. Other people with these problems should do the same, maybe then Chevrolet will acknowledge this problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th February, 2004