2002 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1L from North America


Intermittent blinkers: Read about putting a shim next to the hazard switch and after trying it the blinkers worked again. Thanks for the idea.

I also had water in my right rear tail light. Corroded the "circuit board" and had to replace it.

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

Review Date: 17th October, 2008

2002 Chevrolet Malibu 3.1 V6 from North America


Overall a very good car for the money


Well the brakes had to be replaced at 90,000, not sure the last time they were changed. Had to have the rotors turned, but that was my fault because I drove with the brakes bad for a while before I could get my Dad to fix them.

One of the brake calipers was bad, but Dad didn't notice it when he changed the brakes, so we ended up having to replace that, and the brakes on the right side.

At 102,500 miles, the check engine light came on, took it to the dealer and the catalytic converter was stopped up, so we ended up having to pay 100 to have it fixed. It was an easy fix we that we did ourselves with the help of Advanced Auto Parts.

Then two of my speakers blew, one on the right front side, and the one on the left rear side, which probably is my fault for cranking up the radio too high. Chevy speakers aren't very good any ways, replacing them with Kickers.

The blinker switch had to be replaced at 99,000 miles.

Other than a few small things, the car has been great.

General Comments:

The car has a lot of power and is very easy to maneuver.

The car has a lot of room, even in the trunk.

The car has very bright headlights, for factory headlights.

The bucket seats are very comfy.

The car has 4 cup holders, which is great.

Hate the spears in the car, they suck.

The CD player does have a pretty good bass range.

The heater and air conditioner in the car works great.

The car does around 30+ on gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2008

2002 Chevrolet Malibu LS from North America


Do not recommend


I got the car new in 2002 and it has been in the shop 11 times since then. I am not particularly hard on the vehicle, and only I drive it. Last time it was in the shop almost 2 weeks because some items needed to go to the machine shop. The service center at the dealership told me that all the items that I have brought my car in for are the same things they see all the time for this year, make and model. I would not recommend this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th July, 2008

2002 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.1 from North America


While Nissan, Toyota, GM sell their cars almost at same price, get a Nissan or Toyota. Say no to GM


Fan only works with 4 and 5, changed the blower resistor but after 12000 miles, same problem. Now only 2345 working, but I know eventually 2 3 will go bad and stop working.

Poorly built car, rear stop light, LED high mount light seal is bad, water in the unit. I have to change the bulb frequently.

Theft system problem; I've installed a remote car starter, that helps to prevent costly dealer repairs. Dealers are only using some big theory to scare the customer, so that the customer spends thousands of dollars.

Front brake pads; you've to change them every 15000mi. Rears are just like brand new,

Chevrolet is not an American evolution. GM does not care about after sales service. GM knows the problem (as the dealer) but refuses to recall, and they continue to make cars with the same problem year after year.

This is my first American GM car, and I'm disappointed with it. I had a 96 Nissan Maxima that I drove 265000 miles with one motor, one tranny, with some electrical problem after 150k. I had a 4 cyl 92 Camry, which I spend nothing except regular maintenance; drove 225k. But this 02 GM vehicle is draining my money. Only 70k with so many problems

General Comments:

While all manufacturers sell their same class car at almost the same price, we should go for a reliable one. Camry, Malibu, previously Maxima, but now Altima, Accord, even Sonata, Kia optima, VW Jetta, low line Volvo V40, Mazda M6; lots of choice, so why the Malibu, when we know all the problems year after year. and malibu have the worst resale value. You dont want to spend money for major engine problems while still paying the car payment. roomy interior,soft comfy rear seats, big trunk, nice music system and auto light and courtesy light.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th June, 2008