The review is for a 1999 Malibu, not a 2001 compact. It might seem that lots of malibu owners are "untruthful". Unfortunately, I as a malibu owner, have tons of problems that make it seem unbelievable. It is hard to imagine there is such a horrible car out there, however, it is true. Malibu's are junk, period.
Anyone thinking Malibu owners are untruthful has not owned one.
I'm still milking a 99 Malibu. 3.1 intake gaskets will leak antifreeze and will need to be replaced. GM should have covered the repairs ($650 later).
Poor front to rear brake bias wears out the front brakes quickly. My car has over 120k and the rear brakes are like new (yes, they are adjusted correctly).
Front hub bearings have been replaced at 75,000 miles; it's way too early.
Fan resistors made in Mexico burn out any time (although are a cheap fix).
Ignition switch, theft system can leave you stranded for 10 minutes any time it feels like it. Dealer wants $400 to replace the ignition lock cylinder.
Air conditioning head switch design is poor, causing the air to go on and off because of a poor connection. This part should not have to be replaced.
Poor tire wear due to a OE 60 series tires on a 6" wide rim.
OH, but I'm NOT BEING TRUTHFUL.
I am the one that posted this review. I did not lie about the problems with this car. In fact my new car, which is a 2006 Elantra, now has 53000 miles on it. Maybe I am hard on cars; I had to put the Elantra in the shop last month. My CD player would not eject. This was such a major issue. My Elantra now has the same amount of miles on it that the Malibu did when the engine had to be replaced. CD player VS engine; which one would you rather deal with?
We owned a 2001 Malibu. After it hit 50 thousand miles it took all we had to keep it running because we was still paying for it. We had constent problems with it running hot even after an over $2,000 head gasket repair. The only thing that didn't need repair was the transmission. A few months ago after it broke down again and we finally finish paying for it and we couldn't afford to repair it we traded it in. I hope the new Malibu repairs aren't as much as the older ones.
Again I am the previous owner of this piece of crap. I still have my Elantra and it now has 86,000 miles on it. This is funny since that is where I got rid of my Malibu.
I will admit I had another problem with the Elantra, My steering wheel started to crack again covered by warranty.
Good luck Malibu owners, my heart goes out to you. And just to show that I am not a American car hater, I also own a 2007 Mustang and a 1998 Mustang.
To all you guys that hate and despise Malibu's, I agree with you, but why rub it in? I just bought one and having nothing but problems with the over heating!!!... Even after I did an overhaul on the engine. BUT, my little lovely wife, not me, figured out the problem, it was a cracked radiator over flow tank, what a dumb ass, cause it wasn't me who found it. Praise to her and now the problems fixed and a very nice runner. Oh ya, I too had to do the drivers and passengers side brake hubs! No big shaker though, I work at a salvage yard.