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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu

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  • stnelstnel Posts: 338
    The blue book value on the car was only $1000 so it was definitely cheaper to total out the car. I was planning on buying a new car in another 3 months anyway.

    That car belonged to my grandmother and passed on to me in 1988. It got me by until I was ready to buy a new one. I had gotten about all the use I could get out of my previous car.
  • ferraro1ferraro1 Posts: 44
    Hello ~
    I have a 1998 Malibu that has 42,000 on it and have just had the rotors replaced @ Chevy dealer, but i was just wanting to know What is that AWEFUL shaking/vibratng that is so apparent like at stop lights etc the entire hood is vibrating but when i go it, stops I need to know the cause !! I Want that to be fixed !!! is this a common issue with the early Malibu's ? if so what is the cause ?
    Thanks,
    Paul
  • ferraro1ferraro1 Posts: 44
    Hello ~
    It is me again, last night my brother took his Malibu out and when he got into the car at the end of the night it started then shut of and he tried to jump it an it did the same thing, so he left the car in the parking lot overnight , So we go back to the car the next day and it works fine , just a little sluggish at first, I would like to know what the problem could Be , becasue we are takin the car Wayyyy up to New England in just a few days and we had the car looked over at Chevy and got the rotors replaced and now this , could someone give me any ideas of the cause , before i go to Chevy ( so i dont get ripped off) I was thinking bad/dirty fuel injectors or dirty fuel filter ? ok well any advice would be great !
    Thanks,
    Paul
  • ferraro1, would you mind telling me how much it cost you to have the rotors replaced at the Chevy dealer--I think I am about to get mine replaced, too, and am deciding between the factory ones and the aftermarket ones.
  • stnelstnel Posts: 338
    It seems that I read in a previous post that it costs around $400 or $500. Don't know from personal experience though.

    The post would probably be within the past 10-15 posts. Since I'm not sure of the exact cost, you may be able to find the post.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Pulled the old invoice from file to answer your question:

    1. The brakes cost total $431.70 (or $457.60 after addition of $25.90 sale tax @ 6%), including:

    - pads $39.72;
    - two rotors @118.59 = $237.18
    - labor $155.00

    The labor includes diagnostics. The problem with brakes occurred very soon after the car was returned from body shop, and it was not clear at first what happened. The service adviser drove with me, and listened to brakes.

    The price probably would be less without the diagnostics.

    2. I replaced the rotors at dealership. Richard Chevrolet, Cheshire, CT. Connecticut is expensive state, and dealerships are more expensive than independent.

    3. The repair was performed two years ago, 06/03/99. The current prices probably are a bit higher.
  • astrolastrol Posts: 312
    What was the mileage at the time of service? Were you out of warranty coverage? I know brakes are pretty standard at 1yr./12K but that usually refers to the pads and linings.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    It was at 21,987 miles. The car was under warranty.

    However, the manufacturer warranty does not cover brake pads and rotors. Or at least did not cover then. Later GM started to cover rotors, but, I believe, not at 22k miles.

    The car was built July 97. We bought it used, with 15k miles, in September 98. The brake pedal pulsated when braking on highway from the first days. Both I and my wife felt it and we discussed the pulsation. Now we understand that rotors were warped, but than we thought that this was how ABS works.

    I wrote recently that the car was rear-ended while braking. It happened with 21,200 miles on odometer. I believe, the accident contributed to the brake problem. The rotors died just 700 miles and 20 days after the car was returned from body shop.

    By the way, I insisted on checking the brakes while in body shop - exactly because my wife braked hard when the car was hit. According to the records in my file, mechanic aligned wheels and bleed the brake system. But he did not found that the pads will scratch rotors metal on metal just 700 miles later. I believe, he made a mistake.
  • golfdog1golfdog1 Posts: 1
    I have taken my car in repeatedly because of a problem with the AC kicking on and off. The service department finally diagnosed that there was a short in the control head and fixed that.

    However, I also have a problem with my car squeaking loudly from underneath while driving down the road at low speeds. The dealer said it was the lower control arms and they said they replaced them; however, driving it from the dealership this morning it was SQUEAKING MORE THAN EVER!! They still have not fixed this problem.
    Has anyone else has a problem with the car squeaking and rattling?
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    My car had a squeak when I test-drove it before buying. Used car, with 15 k. The sales manager told he know this is the control arm and it will be fixed before delivery. The particular squeak never returned, now for almost 3 years and more than 21k miles.

    There was another squieak a year ago. At low speed, over small bumps. The dealer simply lubed a strut and I did not hear the squeak since. However, it was coming not from under the car, but rather from behind the dash.
  • ferraro1ferraro1 Posts: 44
    Hello ~
    I have a 1998 Malibu that has 42,000 on it and have just had the rotors replaced @ Chevy dealer, but i was just wanting to know What is that AWEFUL shaking/vibratng that is so apparent like at stop lights etc the entire hood is vibrating but when i go it, stops I need to know the cause !! I Want that to be fixed !!! is this a common issue with the early Malibu's ? if so what is the cause ?
    Thanks,
    Paul
  • ferraro1ferraro1 Posts: 44
    Hello ~
    I hav a 1998 Malibu 4 cyl and when I cank up their is there ticking noise/sound comming from the car , I have to take the car in the beginning of the work week so we wil see but has anyone had this on their Malibu ?? of so please post and if someone knows what it could be please post.
    Thanks,
    Paul
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    I also have a 98 Malibu with 41k miles. No shake at stop.

    I have a slight shake at stops (not nearly as strong) with my older car, Ford Taurus. I found that the shake disappear when switching the gear to "N" (neutral). So it is somehow related to auto transmission idling when braking, e.g. on stop light.
  • av8r4av8r4 Posts: 2
    This 1998, 4 cylinder with 30,000 miles is a constant source of irritation that is now more entertaining than irritating.

    We went through all the brake problems other posting commented on. The AC problems and the shudders, shakes, rust spots, fogged headlight enclosures, mirrors falling off and suspension squeaks.

    We now drive this car in Korea, after driving it throughout Europe for 2 years. At autobahn and expressway speeds in Europe the squeaks were not noticeable, but at the snail's pace of Seoul traffic they are turning out to be helpful because they warn the pedestrians of an approaching auto. (The bushings were replaced all around, but after a few days they started chirping as usual).

    Unfortunately we had to work with GM dealerships in Europe through the military car sales organization.

    But, despite all the trials and tribulations of Maliblue ownership, we really do like the car. It handled the autobahn well, both at high speed and during panic stops. It is great in snow and has never failed to start. The original poor factory paint finish is now hardly noticeable under the layer of Seoul industrial grit that is rubbed in/off daily by our parking garage person.

    But even after all the difficulties, I am confident that when we return to the states one of the vehicles in our garage will be a new Malibu.
  • robby8robby8 Posts: 17
    I have a 2000 Malibu LS. The right, front wheel makes a sound every time I hit a bump. The sound is more like a baby rattle or a tambourine rather than a sqeak. I can hear it at all speeds however it is more noticeable at lower speeds because of less road noise. I have complained to the dealer about the noise three times but they claim they cannot hear it. I will mention it again at my next oil change.

    My car also shakes when I am at a stoplight. Is this just the design of the engine? It is very annoying.
  • malibuinscmalibuinsc Posts: 10
    Hello,I had the same problem and noticed it alot during the day after the humidity was low and/or dry air. It puzzled me for awhile but suspected the front struts and bushings. The Chevy dealer could not diagnose the problem. I fixed it myself by buying some white lithium grease and some bushing grease from the part store and sprayed and rubbed every bushing and bearing I could see. I drove it awhile to work it in and a day or two later the problem was solved completely and never reoccured. I also have had three A/C control heads replaced which caused the system to kick on and off. Just last week it started hinting to me that its not feeling up to itself and acting up in its strange, once and a blue moon way again. Its doing it just so that the dealer won't be able to reproduce it because of its sporadic behavior. It seems that every spring it does this. I have what Chevy told its dealer a redesigned control head. This control head is rigged that when you turn on the recirc button, the A/I will come on without the A/C button activated. The reason, to eliminate window fogging in winter when some people use this button in humid cold days with the heat on. Year, Malibu's have pretty consistent problems across the board. GM should spin more time on A/C Control units. They are new in this field and need to take a page from Toyota who has had them in Camry's since the 80's. GM is use to vaccum and cable slides more than electromechanical units. I hope the Epsilon chassis Malibu is 100 times better that these P90's/N-bodies. Good powertrain, poor electrical items,and brakes.
  • ferraro1ferraro1 Posts: 44
    Hello ~
    You seem to be educated on the Malibu , do you have any idea on my shaking/vibratng situation while in drive but not moving (Stoplight's) The other issue occurs when I am backing up and the wheel is turned and there is this ticking/clicking sound coming from the front end of my 1998 hope you or someone knows.
    Thanks,
    Paul
  • malibuinscmalibuinsc Posts: 10
    Your question is a little unclear but here are different scenarios. If you have a four cylinder with shaking and vibration, that is normal. Yes, the 2.4 L has balance shafts but they can only quell but so much vibration. Four cylinders larger than 2.0 liters have this problem and its due to connection rods of the pistons on the crankshafts. This rotational force is not quite as even as a six or eight cylinder engine. Balance shafts help but some engines will vibrate more than others due to design.
    Next Scenario, if you are driving with this condition, check wheel balance or out of round tire condition. Firestone Affinities were bad tires, they wore uneven and were very hard to balance once old.
    For the ticking and clicking problems with the wheel turn and backing up, check the CV joints in the front. See if a boot has torn with grease leaking. You may need a new CV joint.
  • smut1965smut1965 Posts: 1
    I have a 99 malibu where the a/c clicks on and off. I read about the short of the control head how much is it to repair this? Also, there's a noise coming from the left front-end of the car I notice it a low speeds(under 20 mph) and when the car is coasting to a stop. The noise is really loud when the car comes to a complete stop. The tires were rotated January 2001 and I'm still hearing the noise. Does anyone have any ideas what this might be?
    Thanks
  • eat_thiseat_this Posts: 1
    I didn't cheap out when I bought my new car, I was considering a Malibu but after reading this board Im glad I didn't. I decided to spend a bit more and got a 2001 Fully loaded Impala LS. No complaints here...
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