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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • ferraro1ferraro1 Posts: 44
    Hello ~
    Well I got my Malibu Back and it is wonderful no noise at all !! and the best thing is the dealer took a chunk of cash off the final price because they had to keep the car overnight when they promised same day delivery the total went from $1,078 to $960 I mean reguardless it was alot but some reduction does help. As for the Air Conditioning flickering I have not drivin the car too much since i have had it back and the times I have drivin I have not used the air , the weather has been in the 70's here in upstate New York !! no need to use it :)but when I do I am gonna really watch the air-conditioning to see it the problem re-surfaces. I first noticed the flickering of the AC when it was in the 90's, but if the problem comes back i will take it back to the dealer ( I think the dealer here in New York is ALOT better than the one in Arkansas)Ohh for those who have spoilers , does Anyone know where I can get some replacement bulbs for the light ?? random question, but I noticed some were burnt out..... ok well thanks !
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Try Pep Boys.

    Do not know about the spoiler lights, I have no spoiler, but they have a very wide selection of auto bulbs. Bought from them the rear-light bulbs for my Malibu.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Not sure but if they are leds you need to replace the complete assy,had to do this on my cap brake light.If there numerous little lights in a long row there leds.
  • himomerhimomer Posts: 59
    I have a 1999 Olds cutlass with the current malibu 3.1 V6. Every morning as I back down the driveway(its on a hill) I get a chime alerting me that my engine coolant is low I also get the chime as I drive. I took it to Nelson Hall Chevy Olds here in Meridian Mississippi and they said that I had a leak around the intake manifold. They wanted to charge me around $600 dollars for the repair (2 gasket kits, 1 gasket, 2 EGRV gaskets, Quick Lube, Sealant R, and coolant), I got charged $70 for them to locate the problem. They wouldn't honor my extended warranty so i took the car back to Tolbert Chevy Olds In Philadelphia(45mile drive) where i bought it, I didn't tell them that i took it somewhere else i just told them about the coolant light. I dropped the car off that morning at about 9am, since i had to work up there that day i just decided i would check on it about 2pm. When i called to check on it i asked "will my car be ready at about 2:30" they said "well, it's ready now, it was just a little low on coolant so we added some more and reset the light" I said, "there wasn't a leak around the manifold or anything" He said no. This was around May 3, i had 54,000k on my odometer, now its june 23 i have 60,000k and i am having the same problem. Has anyone had this problem with their Malibu?
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    1. The leak trough intake manifold gasket is not unusual with the engine. More info here:

    rbenton "Common General Motor's 2.8, 3.1, 3.4 V6's engine problems" Feb 4, 2001 12:15pm

    2. The pressure check costs about $25-$30 at Firestone. $70 looks excessive.

    3. The repair costs about $550 at Firestone, not including oil change (necessary with the repair). $600 at dealership looks normal.

    4. Mechanics do not like extended warranties for a good reason: it takes a lot of labor to get autorisation and payments. I called the warranty company myself, and still they hold my mechanic on line for a long time.

    In my experience, the repair itself took 3 days, while dealing with the warranty took another 4 days. The car was at shop for a whole week.

    5. Some extended warranties no not cover gaskets.
  • himomerhimomer Posts: 59
    Well with my extended warranty, the mechanic calls in and may stay on hold 5 minutes at the most but when they come off of hold the warranty company pays for the repair that day with a coporate credit card.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Well, probably the dealer do not know that your warranty company is exception and provides prompt, good service.
  • himomerhimomer Posts: 59
    they know case we have told them, I wasn't in the room but they say they called in and were on hold for too long. I called and was in touch with a person in 3 minutes
  • malibulsmalibuls Posts: 3
    Once in a while my malibu have a hard time starting. It would crank at least 5-8 times before starting and have a wired kinda burnt smell
    from the exhaust. Normally it would take 1-2 cranks to startup..

    In the fall/spring season when the weather is cooler it happens more on cold startups. It would take a number of cranks before it starts and
    when it starts, the idling is very weak and the RPM bounces up and down for about 15-20 secs before it stablize around 1100 rpm.

    I've complained to the dealship a number of times, but they can't seem to replicate the problem. They checked my computer, but no error
    code showed up. I had the engine flushed a number of times and fuel filter changed, but problem still occurs. They even told me that I was
    starting my car wrong, I have to turn the key to the ON position and hold for 3 sec before turning it to START(they said it had to do
    something with filling up my fuel reservoir????). Even starting this way, I still get this problem sometimes.

    This problem is driving me NUTS!! If anyone have experience this problem and got it fixed, please let me know how. Or what should I
    check to try to trouble shoot this problem..
  • kduong1kduong1 Posts: 7
    Malibuls, have them check your ignition cylinder. That is what ever go with the lock in
    your dash. I had mine replaced four times so far for various defects. Two days
    ago it was for weak RPM and bounce up and down and dying on me. They said
    it made intertmittent electrical contact. They can tap on it or the key and can reproduce
    the problem. You can test this yourself by taping it or wiggle the key while the engine is
    running. I have the same problem a long time ago with my 626. They replaced everything
    before zoomed into the lock. The connection for the starter is good but not the one for the
    spark. They opulled it out and showed to me. The copper electrodes burned badly. Good luck
  • sean258sean258 Posts: 5
    Hello all. I found this forum here and just wanted to add that I have a 1997 Malibu that I bought from Enterprise Car Sales and it has been really reliable. It has 69000 miles on it. I try to keep it regularly maintained. This has been an excellent car for me..
  • himomerhimomer Posts: 59
    I recently had the oil changed (not at the dealer and never again at the dealer until they earn my trust) and the mechanic said that the coolant level is fine. That is leading me to believe that there is something wrong with the coolant light, maybe a short or something.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    There is no need to be a professional mechanic to check the coolant level. It is clearly marked on the coolant tank. The translucent white plastic tank is under the hood, on the passenger side.

    This is explained in the car manual, with pictures.

    Danger: Do not open the cap while engine is hot.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Tap the coolant tank where the sensor is [wire attached]with the handle of a screwdriver,if the light goes out add more coolant.
  • himomerhimomer Posts: 59
    I do have a leak around the manifold gasket, and i will have the blinking A/C unit replaced all for around $600 so in the end i'll get around $550 back. Something that has come to my attention is that sometimes when i am backing up and i put the car into drive without being at a complete stop the gears do not engage properly i think, it's something really hard to describe you have to drive the car to understand it, but to correct it i have to pull over put it in park and turn the car off or either floor it and burn a little rubber
  • mwellmanmwellman Posts: 6
    I have a 2000 Malibu that makes a "klunk-klunk" noise right after I start the engine. It only happens on maybe every fifth start and usually when the car has been sitting for several hours -- leaving work at the end of the day. It has always done this but was very subtle until recently when it started getting louder, so I never thought much of it. I mentioned it to the dealer recently when I brought the car in for service. They want me to leave it overnight, but I would have to leave the car for a week to get them to reproduce it. Has anyone else had this problem?
  • njdevilsrnnjdevilsrn Posts: 185
    After you have the engine serviced on that car, be very careful to check the coolant level, and keep an eye on the oil too.

    I had the pistons changed out in my 2000 Malibu in March. There are two explanations of what happened next

    1) My thoughts...they didn't put it back together right, and the head gasket was compromised. The thing nearly overheated and all the coolant was gone. Oil level was high, and had a weird odor to it.

    2) Chevy's excuse...there was an air pocket in the reservoir as a result of pollution control equipment. There was no compromise of the head gasket, they only needed to fill the coolant to compensate for the air pocket which was relieved. Curiously, they changed the oil for free.

    No problems since, so who knows.
  • jriethjrieth Posts: 1
    Has anyone had a problem (or known of one) with their air bag on the 200 Malibu AS? I know it isn't something you can actually check.

    This past weekend my daughter drifter off a road at ~ 50 MPH and ran through on telephone pole and into a second one. She actually removed her seat belt to reach for a DC that fell on the floor. She hit the windshield twice and completely bent the steering wheel. The air bags never inflated (driver side or passenger side) even though it was a head on crash (about 1 inch off-center) pushing in the front end ~ 2 feet. She walked away with a concussion and some stitches in her mouth - all caused by impact with windshield and steering wheel (which could have possibly been prevented IF the air bags inflated). Her "Guardian Angel" was definitely watching over her that day.
  • gastricgastric Posts: 1
    This past spring I sold my 1990 Chevy Corsica as it had 141k miles and the body and suspension was finally starting to show it's age.

    I shopped around hoping to find a nice inexpensive import, but couldn't find anything that was in the condition I wanted in the price range I wanted (under $8k).

    I did come across a nice, shiny 1998 Malibu LS with 68k miles on it. It appeared to be a "nice" used car at a decent price. I figured even if it did need the break work or mainifold gasket it was still a good price. I even had a mechanic provide a "prepurchase inspection" which turned up a few very minor things, none of which were serious (tire rotate+balance, some squeaks, but no major mechanical).

    Now that I've owned the car for a couple months here's the list of problems and complaints I have with it.


    * Glovebox is very loose and rattles. Dealer est is $190 to replace the entire unit.
    * A/C cycles off occassionally. Pressing the switch twice cycles it back on. Annoying, but at this time it's not worth the dealer est of $183 to fix.
    * Gas guage isn't accurate. At "E" there is still approx 5 gallons of gas left in the tank. Dealer est. $300+ to replace the sending unit in the tank.
    * Left front suspension makes a noise when driving straight or turning left. I thought it'd be the ball joint, the dealer est. $297 to replace the front left wheel bearing. Another repair shop est $177 for the same job. I'm going to get this one fixed. 8-)
    * FM radio receiption is so bad every single radio station has some amount of static. I listen to CDs mostly so I haven't had it looked at.
    * Driver window sounds like it's going to break if the window is left 1/2 down and the door is swung shut.


    * Wipers are very tiny, as is the windshield in general.
    * Highbeams are engaged by pushing the lever forward instead of pulling it backward like every other car I've ever driven.
    * Firestone Affinity tires are NOISEY. So noisey I can't hear my bad wheel bearing when going over 40mph.
    * LS comes with tons of electric gadgets but no lighted driver mirror and no locked gas cap door
    * The 1-star front side impact rating scares the Hell out of me. 1 star in this day and age???


    * Car has decent power, engine seems very nice.
    * Extremely affordable used when compared to similar makes/models
    * Quite roomy
    * LS comes with lots of gadgets

    I plan on keeping the car for a few more months, if it develops any more problems I'll probably sell it and hope to break even and invest in another import. If no further problems develop I'll probably keep it.
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