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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • amos7amos7 Posts: 6
    So let's get to the bottom line.

    If a good friend was thinking of buying a new 2001 Malibu, would you recommend it or not?
  • teoteo Posts: 2,508
    Probably you can. After almost 5 model years the Malibu's main "Bugs" should already have been worked out by now. Apparently '99 and on models seem to display better reliability. The only reason that has kept me from gain any further interest in the Malibu is the lousy safety records of the N-body platform. The Grand Am, Alero and Malibu all are derivatives of the N-body platform. Based on my own experience GM's "Better cars" are the Bigger and sturdier W-Bodies, the Large H-Bodies and the Cadillacs sedans. GM's entry level cars, the J-Bodies and N-Bodies are not the best of the bunch and seriously outclassed by the stiff competition in the sub-compact and compact segments. Hopefully GM will discontinue the J and N body cars in just a couple of years with world class platforms (Delta, Sigma,etc). Until then, the Malibu, cavalier, Grand Am and Alero just don't cut it much anymore.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    I would recommend Malibu to a friend, if he have kid(s) and is looking for a car in $15-20k range.

    Price range, because for extra $10k he could buy a bigger, better car.

    Kids, because Malibu is sedan, with big and convenient rear doors, seats and trunk. For single, the Olds Alero is probably a better choice - due to the 3.4l engine.
  • aniazianiazi Posts: 39
    I bought 2001 LS and I recommend it. I compared Accord, Stratus, Malibu. Based on my needs like I love good features and Malibu was offering all I want in my price range. Plus resale and customer satisfaction of chevy is better than Dodge. Details in the brochure also impressed me as in that they explained everything in detail and it seems like they are so much focused to build a quality reliable car. I test drove all the cars but bought Malibu LS. Most of the bugs have been gone that earlier models were experiencing. Now only time will tell how is 2001. But I strongly think I am on safe side otherwise I wouldn't buy it as I don't have money to buy a car for testing. I have 2k miles now and so far perfect.
    Crash rating for front is good(4 star) but side impact is 2 star for 2000 (don't know about 2001) its up from 1 star on 99 or earlier models. Although it has side impact beam.
    If anybody buying in Austin, TX then I would recommend go to Champion Chevrolet. Their customer service and service dept before and even after the purchase is extra ordinary great.
    Especially Alex pena who worked there. I don't know about others but I guess everybody there is good.
  • I second yurakm. Don't feel alarmed by teo's comment about its safety records -- it got a good rating by Edmunds.

    My family really love our 1997 LS model. The bugs had been ironed out in the first year. I have tried another car such as Accord, Camry, and Taurus but they were too small for my tall size frame.

    Enjoy shopping!
  • malibu99malibu99 Posts: 305
    In a heartbeat! I would recommend the Malibu to anyone. My 99LS has been trouble free, very reliable, quiet, very very fuel efficient, nicely designed, comfortable, great acceleration, and I could go on and on but you get the picture. God luck!
  • Just wondering what brand/type of engine oil you guys use on your Malibu's--I've got the 2.4-Liter Engine.

    On another note, yes, I would definitely recommend the Malibu to a good friend!
  • amos7amos7 Posts: 6
    Thanks for your responses!

    I just bought a blue 2001 Malibu (also in Austin, also at Champion Chevrolet).

    I've only had it for one week, but so far I love it. It feels like I got my money's worth.

    My only regret is that I didn't opt for the remote keyless entry. I wish I had. Anyone know about getting this installed after market?
  • aniazianiazi Posts: 39
    I guess circuit city people or best buy can install it. My friend in California told me he went to circuit city to have keyless entry and theft alarm installed for his car. As far as I remember they charged him $250-$300 or so. Dealer might be expensive but I don't know.
  • ...First time posting anywhere. Prompted to find information on '98 troubles due to a power loss problem that has popped up in the last two months.

    I purchased a new '98 Malibu LS in December 97. Selected it because of price and V6. I knew going into this that I could expect more vehicle problems than I had been used to. (Previously owned Subaru-156K miles, Acura-160K miles and 2 Hondas 130K and 90K) My experience with the previous cars was great - nothing more than the usual brakes, belts, tires, oil changes at the expected intervals. Of course, I take VERY good care of my vehicles. I'm a firm believer auto care has more to do with reliability than make or model - your car will take care of you as well as you take care of it. At least that is what I thought before I purchased the Malibu. Honestly, nothing but problems - some big, some little - 39 trips to the dealer in all including regular sevice trips.

    Ok, I'm getting to the point, my latest problem loss of power. The Malibu experiences a loss of power and "bunny-hops" as one poster stated. I can't reproduce it but it has happened 7 times in the last two months under varying conditions. Now have 42,900 miles. It has been to the dealer 4 times for this specific reason. Yesterday being the 4th. The dealer has not been able to pinpoint the problem although he was able to experience it this last time and wants it back on Monday to do more diagnostics. The mechanic that did the test drive didn't have the portable computer connected so he could pull data when it happened and wasn't able to reproduce the problem after returning to the shop to get the unit - Thanks guys.

    Anyone experience this problem and find a solution? If you haven't experienced this particular problem first hand you have no idea how frustrating it is! And it is definately a safety issue. Any assistance will be appreciated.
  • One of my Malibu 97's brake lights was broken. Put in the new bulb and it still did not work.

    Read the manual that come with the car about two fuse boxes in car(one under the dashboard and another one above the engine). I have hard time of finding which fuse for the brake light. Did not notice any bad fuses that I might miss. Noticed several Malibus on the road at night with brake light out. Did you have any experience with this? Thanks! Greg
  • malibu99malibu99 Posts: 305
    I believe the problem was with the module where the light bulbs are connected to. Someone broke the lens (right side) of my Malibu and I had to buy a new unit but the old one works fine just a busted lense. My 99 never had problems so if you find out that that is the problem let me know and I can mail you the module ( no charge ). Good luck.
  • I have a 99 LS and had to have the right rear taillight bulb assembly replaced. One of the bulbs was burned out so I put two new bulbs in and then 4 weeks later the same one was burned out again.

    So I took it in to have it looked at, and was told that the circuit panel (where the bulbs plug into) was bad and that was causing the one bulb to burn out quickly. This was replaced under warranty, so I don't know what the cost would be to get a new one.

    I have also seen several Malibu's driving around with the same problem. Must have been a manufacturing problem with the earlier models.
  • I had a long and hard look at the fuses last night after taking your tips and no luck. Knew that fuses and bulb lights were fine till the art guy brought it up. It was no question about the bad circuit behind the light panel.

    Just called my dealer and they believed there is a bad circuit. Well there is no factory recall at this time. They will call me back for the replacement cost soon. I will stop by the auto store tonight and see if they have it.

    Checked the NTSB's consumer complaints section and there are no news about this. We need to report this incident to the NTSB since the Chevrolet does not recognize this as a serious problem.
  • Am looking for suggestions for replacing the original Firestone Affinity tires that came with my 98 Malibu LS. I would like something with less noise and handling. Have found the Affinitys to be noisy and they seem to be a bit soft on curves. I have the tires inflated to the recommended levels front 29/rear 26.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Replaced the Affinity by Firehawk SH-30. About $465 at local Firestone, all included. Tires, installation, alignment, road hazard warranty, taxes, fees...

    Like the handling and cornering very much. Much better than Affinity in dry weather, as I expected from the performance tires.

    But the difference is even higher on the wet pavement, absolutely no comparision, head and shoulders above. Practically the same as if dry.

    This is important in our places: New England, hilly terrains, winding roads, fast changing weather.

    Had no problem with the tire noise before nor after: always drive with tape on.

    The SH-30 tires are substantially more stiff than Affinity. But I am also inflating them a bit higher, to 32/29: with my driving style all tires are wearing-out on edges first.
  • The Chevrolet dealer just informed me that the circuit board for brake/tail lights costs $43 each. Well my car is no longer under the warranty.

    Do you know where i should go shopping on the internet?
  • The next generation Malibu is looking even better now thA gm has given olds the ax!! It means that the next generation will be built on the grand am/alero platform!! This will not only give us a bigger care, but hopefully it will also improve the quality and styling as well!!
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Are you kidding?

    1. Alero and the current GA are built on the Malibu platform. Already.

    2. They are smaller cars than Malibu.

    Good as coupe, but unconvenient as sedan. Hard to get to the rear seats, less legroom here. OK for occasional use, no way if you have kids.

    Additionally, they have smaller trunk.

    3. No difference in quality. Including the infamous brake rotors: the same parts.

    4. Do you like the GA styling more than Malibu?
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