2003 Chevrolet Malibu LS 170hp 3.1 V6 from North America
Disappointed that a car with less than 100,000 miles is falling apart
Loud noise under the car - had to replace wheel bearing assembly and lower control arm bushing - $450.00.
Replaced another lower control arm bushing and replaced a CV axle - $320.00.
Replaced bearing place, shock and strut assembly, four wheel alignment - nearly $500.00.
Twice had to replace brake pads and rotor - $215.00 each time.
January 2010 - the car would not start - again. Replaced fuel pump and filter - over $700.00.
May 2010 - the car does not start again. Supposedly the pass lock sensor has to be replaced - cost $737.00.
Near the rear wheel - one inch square of paint fell off - tried to touch up the bare spot.
I have no problem with routine maintenance, but this year having the car not starting several different times is getting costly with tow bills. Replacing a fuel pump and now it needs the lock sensor. Repair shop said these are common problems with this car. I did not know about these costly common problems when I purchased the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th May, 2010
31st May 2010, 17:25
The fun has only just begun. At roughly 100k miles (first one I owned at 94k, 2nd at 103k) the intake manifold gasket will go. Put aside some money, maybe $800 for this, and might as well shop around now so you know which mechanic will do this the cheapest. On the 3100 engine GM used a plastic material in there to save money, and basically they melt.
2nd Jun 2010, 02:21
Agree with the comment above. I might just suck it up and dump the car off if at all possible. My Malibu seriously cleaned me out by 110K miles. GM makes some very good vehicles, unfortunately, this is not one of them. The 3100 and I'm pretty sure that the 3400 are notorious for the intake gaskets going out. I think the fours in these cars are a little better though. I don't know, I was able to get out of mine, and I wish you the best with yours. At the least the new Malibu seems like a solid car...