The truth is that Chevrolet should recognize that everyone is having the same problems. My 2000 Malibu has the following problems:
Blinkers work only about once a week.
Coolant level keeps getting low.
Rattling noise every time there is a small bump in the road.
A/C switch will not stay on recirculating air and always switches to outside, stinky air.
If General Motors would recognize that they designed some shoddy parts, they should be recalled. I will not purchase another Malibu that is for sure.
I change the thermostat twice water pump and line on my 2000 Malibu ls and it is still overheating. even changed one of the fan motors. can you give me suggestions on what to do next to stop my car from overheating.
1998 Chevy Malibu: Have had an assortment of repair work needed on this vehicle and every mechanic that I have talked to says that they see a lot of the Malibu's in their shops. The coolant system leaking seems to be universal even from comments on this page. My vehicle has an incredible rattle that has a tendency to increase in volume with the air conditioning on and when the vehicle is idling. Noise seems to decrease somewhat when vehicle stops idling. Chevy mechanics say that they have seen this more than a time or two and generally it has to do with some tension belt something. My car only has 70,000 miles on it and I've been the only owner. I was hoping to double that mileage, but I'm beginning to think my expectations for this particular vehicle are too high and considering a new vehicle purchase.
I own two of these, a 2000 and a 2001 I maintain them very well and drive a considerable amount of miles. Both were bought new and both have over 80,000 miles. I too have had to replace the blower resistor switch in both cars, one of them twice. The dealer has been wonderful, working with me and adjusting his part of the charges. My issue is not with the cars or the dealer, but with "CAC", the Chevrolet customer "NO" service center. I submitted the information asking for some guidance, not even demanding my money, just what they though they might do. It took 5 months to work out the fact that they don't know what they're doing. They called and asked me to prove ownership of the car. I finally said I had too much time and to just log me in the record aa dissatisfied. They did and sent me a coupon for a free oil change. I will use it, but my dealer sells Chrysler's too and that is what I am purchasing from now on. JG.
I have a 2000 Malibu that I bought new, with only 7 miles on it. I have had a series of problems with this car, mainly with the cooling. I have replaced the water pump and thermostat twice with factory parts both times. My water pump has again just gone out, however, this time I will be replacing it with an aftermarket part. I have experienced several problems with the A/C. The interior dashboard switch has gone out twice, and I am now having to replace a relay switch. I have a positive attitude toward the Chevrolet brand of vehicle, however, I believe that there are some serious issues relating to the 2000 production of the Malibu and will never again buy one of these vehicles. I am in the process now of replacing this car, however, there is little to no resale value on this car, and I will probably be stuck keeping it and parking it on the side of my house.
For the person giving up on GM to go to Chrysler... Good luck with that crap!! Chryslers, in general are worse than GM vehicle, statistically speaking. As a matter of fact, they are the worst in durability and reliability among all domestic makes according to Consumer Reports rankings. I would recommend a foreign make, but if you're the domestic only-type I would go with Ford WAY before Chrysler gets any inkling of consideration from me!!
OK, I have a 2000 Malibu and I love the car. I have had it for three years now, and it runs great acts great drives great! I don't understand how you guys are having such bad times with them. I'm 19 and I keep good care of my car. Everything is done on time. The only thing I have had to replace is a head gasket, and that was $650, but that is all and my car has 122,000 miles on it. I take it everywhere.
To the happy 19 year old. Welcome to the Malibu head gasket club, that is only the beginning.
I have a Malibu 2000, and had to change the head gasket twice, going for the third soon, turning lights work sometimes, emergency lights same problem, no inside lights at all.
Changed coolant tank twice, water pump twice, and it still rattles. Advice; do not buy this car; I paid 19,000, thinking the car would last me a few years, but I have spent about 6,000 extra.
Here's how to fix the blinkers that don't seem to want to work. Buy a new hazard switch. The hazard switch is the button you press to turn your hazard lights on. I got my new switch at Bond Auto Parts for $18. Pop the old switch out with two butter knives, disconnect it and plug in the switch. That completely fixes the blinker issue.
Here's a YouTube video detailing the whole process.
It's very easy to replace it.