8th Apr 2008, 14:26
I own a 2001 Chevy Malibu LS that I have had for only 2 years.
Apparently, I got it at the wrong time in its mechanical life cycle, because it has had one problem after another, and I mean literally.
I got it with 50k on it, and soon had to have the recall fixed on the blinkers. They just worked when they wanted to.
Next came the theft system, which included the light always staying on and never knowing if the car was going to start or not... had that reset twice, now the light still comes on, but not as frequently.
Then ABS light telling me, supposedly that the brakes were ready for replacement or whatever, got them fixed, light stayed on. Had to pay to have the computer reset.
Have had the brakes and rotors changed twice in 2 years (once a year) and was told that this model is notorious for uneven wear... even though since getting new tires on car when I first got it, I have had them rotated EVERY 10k, or about every 3rd oil change.
Fuel pump then went out and so did catalytic converter. Maybe those two were just normal vehicle wear.
Then the head gasket problem that is so often mentioned.
In all, I have had this car for 2 years and have spent about $5,000 on it. The Blue Book on it is only around $3k. Unless you have the $$ to put into this car to make it a good car, STAY AWAY from it! I'm still having problems and I shouldn't have spent half the money on it so far that I have already! God knows I couldn't afford it, I just thought that if I got this problem fixed, it would be fine for a while. Guess not! If you have a complaint or just want to check it out, go to www.carcomplaints.com
9th Apr 2008, 22:53
People, if you want to get a Malibu, you guys should have gotten the 2004 Chevy Classic. Read all the reviews about this car; it's PERFECT, it is verrryyy reliable and for all you saying you will never buy a american car again, IT'S 2008, American car companies have improved A lot, especially GM.
8th May 2008, 04:48
I have a 2001 Malibu LS. This Car is the best car I have ever owned. I bought it new and now have 180,000 and all I had to replace on it is a few sets of brakes. I drive this car like a rental and it takes all I put it through. I'm feel bad for all the Malibu owners that have had bad luck with theirs.
21st May 2008, 08:31
I have a 2001 LS that I purchased new. I've had the usual problems with the intake gasket... but I don't know anyone with a 3.1L V-6 who hasn't had that problem. I had a '98 Buick century with a 3.1L that had the same problem. My son has an '00 Malibu, same thing. The dealer even admitted it was a problem and GM should've had a recall.
Other than that the car has only had a few quirks here and there. I also had the blower stop working on 1 & 2 but that was a simple replacement of the switch. There's a resistor in there that burns out. No big deal. Only other problem I've had was a faulty fuel gauge sensor. I've got 90,000 miles on the car and for the most part it's been a good vehicle. I'm looking forward to getting a 2009 Malibu next year.
10th Jun 2008, 12:22
I purchased a 2001 Malibu two years ago used. We have replaced just about everything. The latest problem is about two weeks ago, the car would stall when sitting at red lights. That lasted about a week, now it will stall when slowing down and starting up. Took it to Autozone and had them run the scan came up as EGR valve and MAF sensor. Not even sure if this is exactly what it is. I replaced the air filter and it stopped some of the stuttering. I am tired of putting money into a car that just won't run. I agree with the lawsuit someone wrote about. Something is definitely wrong when this many people have the same problem with the same car.
26th Aug 2008, 07:00
I have a 2007 Chevy Malibu, only a year old, with so many problems with it. Only has 19000 miles on it.
I was coming down a mountain and my rotors start shaking, and my brakes locked up. I had to turn it off to get the brakes to unlock with it in drive.
I am so disappointed with my Malibu. I never had a problem with my Chevy that I used to own; a 1992 Corsica. It ran mountains all the time with no problems with brakes.
The dealership told me they can really get hot, that other people have been calling asking why their rotors shake like this.
And that was the first time I ran it on a mountain. I don't run my car, but around to appointments. I take it in for oil changes and check ups. I take very good care of my car.
It's in the shop this week to see why the engine light is on.
Window shield wipers on low are, acting like they are on delay.
The key rings need new batteries already; they should last 10 years.
I am so upset with my car; these problems should not happen just being a year old.
If i wanted a car I had to fix all the time I would have bought a used car. I needed a reliable car to take my two disabled children to their appointments.
9th Sep 2008, 13:36
We bought a 2001 Chevy Malibu. When we bought it from our uncle he had already had the transmission replaced.
3 days after putting it on the road, the engine blew because of the gaskets. We replaced that.
We've replaced the brake system several times.
We've also had to replace the fuel pump.
After all the work we put into it, it was involved in a front end collision hard enough to break off the back seat and the airbags never deployed.
I know Canada has a class action suit against GM to reimburse for some of the expenses. I want to know if anyone in the US does. We have put over 3000.00 in this car for problems that GM knew about.
5th Aug 2009, 14:51
I've have a 2001 Malibu since new. I stopped putting ceramic pads on the brakes and get 40K out of them. At 60k I replaced the intake manifolds and at 104 k the catalytic converter (this was due to the intake manifolds I suspect). To me that's not too bad. Oh, and the starter grinds, but it starts every time.
25th Jan 2010, 21:33
I have a 2001 Malibu V6. This car has been pretty good to me except for the leaking intake gasket, faulty climate control circuit board, and a horrible engine coolant plastic cap, which doesn't unscrew without breaking, all of which should've been recalled, but GM had no interest in recalls unless the problem could kill someone.
This car was built in a time when GM didn't pay good engineers to design economy cars (Toyota and Honda hired all the good engineers). They only built decent V8's.
If you own one of these Malibus, I hope you would be smart enough to lift up the hood every once in a while and do some routine maintenance, which is cheap for American cars. You would be surprised at how much longer your car would last with a little TLC.
FYI... if your AC only works when it wants, don't take it to the dealer to get it replaced. They will tell you they have to replace hundreds of dollars in parts. All you need to do is pull off your dash cover, pull out the circuit board, clean it with rubbing alcohol, and then lubricate the two connections with a graphite pencil. Good as new for another two years then repeat, LOL.