2001 Chevrolet Malibu LS uk from North America


I am very disappointed with this model, it concerns me that the brakes might fail on me.


I purchased my Malibu in 2001. I have replaced the brake pads 4 times. The rotors have been replaced at 30,000 miles. There is definitely a problem with this model. I am so disappointed with a the expenses that I have incurred with this model.

I have driven other vehicles for 70,000 miles without replacing brake pad, much less replacing the rotors.

I would like to see something done about this problem. I believe that it is something to do with the front end. Whatever something needs to be done. I have discussed with others about their brakes, and they are having the same problem.

I look forward to see the problems with the Malibu taken care of in the near future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th June, 2003

9th Apr 2009, 22:22

I have owned a 2002 Malibu for 7 years (purchased new) and now have over 230,000 kilometers in harsh Canadian weather conditions on the 3.1 V6.

I put a fuel pump in it at 120,000 km, but now believe it could have been resolved by resetting the security system, which is done by simply leaving the key in the on position with the engine off for 10 minutes. (don't forget to turn of the air blower motor and any other accessories to prevent draining your battery). It explains how to do this in the owners manual, and if I had of taken the time to read it, I may of saved myself the largest repair bill this car has seen.

It been a good car, it handles well, been through some major snow storms and the V6 delivers a lot of pep, yet gets better gas mileage than my girl friends 4 cylinder. Anyway, my advice is read the owners manual; I know it would have saved me some money.

2001 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 from North America




Brakes are a constant source of complaint needing service/replacement prematurely in my estimation.

Fuel gage has let us down twice erroneously indicating we had fuel when we didn't and more often showing empty on a full tank.

Rear doors 'groan' when opened even though at every oil change they are lubricated (as a courtesy) by the oil change company.

From day one of ownership the engine had a loud ticking noise at startup which did go away until it reached 64k when it didn't. The clatter was so bad it was deemed un-driveable and was immediately taken to the dealership. We are awaiting the report to find out if the extended warranty person is satisfied that we have indeed maintained the vehicle after having to produce all receipts. Keep your receipts!

General Comments:

My wife and I bought the car as we both have elderly parents who need easy ingress and egress from a vehicle. The Malibu fit the bill and I have always owned GM of one badge or another. The Malibu, with its engine problems of late, has let us down as far as long term reliability goes. I will likely return to Saturn for a replacement vehicle.

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

Review Date: 11th June, 2003

2001 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 from North America


A total waste of money!


I had the bumper repainted at 34000 miles.

Head lamps were replaced at 35000 miles.

It needed to be calibrated at 36000 miles.

It needed new door lock switch.

I had to replace the resistor on the blower motor.

It makes a popping noise coming from the back end of the car.

It now runs rough and isn't reliable.

I have had the cam sensor replaced.

I have had problems with the power windows.

I have had problems with the trimming.

I have had the speakers replaced. (normal usage).

General Comments:

It it comfortable on the inside.

It does have power for a family car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th June, 2003

2001 Chevrolet Malibu from North America


I have owned this 2001 Malibu for 1 year now. In which time, too many things to list have needed repair. The most annoying is the noise from the struts, piston's and rod's, which are being replaced.

It is costly to insure, about $1400.00 Canadian.

It is costly to fill with gas, and goes too quickly. A full tank lasts only a week, and that's only 'in town' driving.

General Comments:

It is a very attractive looking car, but is labeled as a 'retirement car'. And I can see why. It doesn't have any performance that's impressive.

One has to 'bite the bullet', with this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th May, 2003