6th Apr 2010, 22:04
I bought my 2001 LS at the end of December, 2000 and have put 115,000 miles on it.
I've had problems with this car I never had with my Toyotas. I'm changing brakes and/or rotors almost every year.
I've dealt with the car not starting because of the passlock sensor.
I've had a valve tap the last four years.
The check engine light has gone on several times over the years, each time costing me hundreds.
This time, screw it, I'm not bothering, the ABS light has come on.
Major tune-up needed early.
Blowers didn't work except on levels 1 and 5.
Driver's mirror shot.
Recalls for blinkers.
I can't believe I'm actually going to buy another GM car after this, but I was fine with my wife getting a Hyundai and not a GM after what I've been through.
12th Jun 2010, 21:18
I have a 1997 Chevy Malibu. It has been great most of the time.
The check engine light come on, but before you get a part replaced, I would do some quick easy fixes. I don't know about the newer versions, but usually all it is, is a dead bulb or a dirty gas cap.
Once it came on because the mass airflow sensor, which cost me like 10 dollars to get it cleaned, and once because it needed a new battery. So before you start flipping out, tell your mechanic to clean your sensors and fuel caps, and reset your computer; they always try to take the quick way out and replace a whole part, but if you have an honest mechanic, they will try all the easy fixes first. Most of misfires are because bad dirty spark plugs, which is not a costly fix.
I have had this car for 5 years, and have only had to replace brake pads, a caliper, rotors, an O2 sensor and a catalytic converter.
Another tip; once you find out what parts you need to fix your car, buy them yourself; it is so easy, you don't have to know what you're looking for, just the make, year and model of your car. If you buy them online, you can get the best price. I got an O2 sensor for 15 dollars, and it has lasted three years.
It also helps to do some research on your own before you take it in. You can almost always diagnose the problem by comparing the symptoms. Then when you go in, tell them what you think the problem is. This makes it sound like you know more about a car than just how to drive one. They won't take advantage of you.
And never tell them you will pay whatever it takes to fix it. Always tell them you are on a tight budget, and give them a set amount; a little lower than what you have to spend on repairs. Make sure to tell him that you need the most serious issues fixed first, and that you need a detailed bill, with each service listed with the service price.
And remember, sometimes it is not the car, but the person driving the car.
15th Jul 2010, 10:47
I have a 2001 Malibu LS, purchased in 2004 with 34k. It now has 85k.
1) Intake manifold repaired due to leak at 36k.
2) BCM (Body control Module) replaced 2 times.
3) Ignition Cylinder lock replaced 2 times, reworked 3 times.
4) A/C compressor replaced due to worn pulley (GM sells as assembled unit pulley, cannot be replaced separately). Big money maker.
5) Water leaks in around top seal. Replaced. Still leaks after heavy rain.
6) Catalytic converter rattling at 85k. Just over federal replacement warranty of 70k.
6) Idle control valve replaced also.
This will be the last GM I will ever buy, I am 52, and have tried many makes and models, Ford and Japanese.
GM is the worst. I cannot afford to give them another chance. I surveyed independent repair shops and found that records show that Malibu from late 90s to 2002 have repeatedly the same problems. They (GM) keep claiming to be better every year. I have heard it before.