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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • hutuhutu Posts: 1
    I picked up my 2002 Malibu LS less than two weeks ago and noticed a humming sound from the rear when I rode with the kid in the back with wife driving. I took it to the dealer today and they said it was coming from the electrical fuel pump and was normal. Can anyone here confirm the same experience? Many thanks.
  • Well, believe it or not, I called the GM Customer Service Dept who investigated my complaints about my Malibu and the dealership says they will split the $849 cost with me. Something is better than nothing! My question is what happens if they recall the car in the future for these problems? Will they reimburse me for the remaining cost or do I just feel good that I am supporting American industry? If I do buy another GM car in the future, I will be sure to get the extended warranty.

    The car runs nice now but the question remains, what breaks next?


    If these problems persist
  • charyvcharyv Posts: 4
    Yurakm Thanks for the reply. I knew that this could not be good. Do you have any ideas as to what might be causing this problem?
    I am going to order the shop manual in case we experience any other problems (my husband can do the basic stuff).
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    I have no idea what caused the oil leak. Or rather too many ideas...
  • I know this has been discussed before but I am afraid that I have to bring it up again due to the lack of search features on this board. Anyway, there were some discussions on the A/C fan only worked on speed 3 and above, I was wondering if there was an easy/non-costly solution to this--it just started occurring to me yesterday.

  • malibu99malibu99 Posts: 305
    It's some sort of solenoid that shorts out. I can't remember if they had to replace the switch or if it was somthing easier. You are not looking at a huge repair.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Had the same problem 2 years ago. A resistor burned out.

    It was fixed under the manufacturer's warranty. However, according to the paperwork, would cost only $24.
  • Thanks for the prompt replies. It's a relief to hear that it's not a costly repair. I will look into it before the summer!

    On another note, it seems that my tail-light bulbs (the brake lights in particular) on the passenger side have been shorten out rather quickly. The first one on the right often burned out the next day after being replaced. I read earlier there was this problem with the circuit(?) that might be the cause of it, was there a solution to this? It's strange because I've had this car for a few years now and this just started happening. I've been replacing it with the Sylvania 3057LL (Long Life) bulbs instead of the 3057 regular if that might make a difference.

    Thanks again.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    In the 3.5 years since we bought the car, only once a stop lamp burned.

    The socket was in bad shape, in soot and what looked as melted plastic. I cleaned it by sand-paper and had no problems since.

    By the way, the car manual recommends always change the lamps in pairs (there are two stop lamps in one enclosure). I changed all four, on the both sides.

    Generally, all lamps, or even all electric and electronic devices, either burn very fast, ("infant mortality") or live long time. However, if several lamps are burning repeatedly, especially in the same socket, something must be wrong. Could be a bad contact (micro sparks) in the socket, or voltage is higher than must be...
  • vcjumpervcjumper Posts: 1,110
    I had the same problem with the DRL/signal light in my Intrigue. It was the contact melting and not the light filament. It happened once and by changing the bulb it didn't happen again for 6 months, but then it happened 3 times in a week. Bought a new socket from the parts dept (which had a lot more metal and less plastic than the one it replaced) and haven't had a problem since.
  • ramona84ramona84 Posts: 1
    I've had so many problems with this malibu. I really think the car is a lemon. The lighting cosole was faulty and drained my battery 3 times. Finally had to completely replace the whole console. The coolant tank had a leak and needed to be completely replaced, the alternator went bad, the first two levels on the A/C switch don't work, etc. And the best part is that all these problems developed after the warranty expired. I will never buy another malibu.
  • sttropez1sttropez1 Posts: 51
    Yeah Ramona. And when your next car reaches to 70K miles let us know. Abuse....
  • dgovandgovan Posts: 1
    I have 99 chev malibu 3.1 liter engine..and it has stall on me while driving down the freeway..the engine will just cut off and will start back up..minutes later..has anyone figured out the problem?
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    First off congratulations on getting your bill paid or at least half of it. If there is a recall regarding this issue, I can't see why they wouldn't reimburse you for the other half of the bill. Of course, stranger things have happened.

    I f you had bought a extended warranty which for 6yr/75k mile is about $1250, you are still out about $400 or so (not unless you have had other problems that may have been covered under warranty).

    What needs to happen is more people need to complain about the Intake Manifold gasket leaking. This might get the NHTSA to issue a recall.

    So far I have 12,600 miles on my 2001 Malibu LS and no problems. Knock on wood.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    are for safety problems only.
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    Several people tend to believe most of this guy's new car pics are fake, but after seeing actual 04' Malibu's in camo., I can say these are very close to the exact car. So, here, scroll down to the 2nd car and take a look at both the hatchback & sedan 04' Malibu:

  • vet5vet5 Posts: 9
    Just bought a used 2001 Malibu with 14,000 miles on it. The car is fine but the engine is very loud - lot's of engine noise. I have driven Chevy Lumina's that were a lot smoother and virtually silent. Is this a normal trait of the Malibu?
  • Just purchased a used 2001 LS from Hertz ($2,000 less than a similar model with more mileage from our local Chevy dealer) and it runs well but turn signals stop working and later for no reason start working again. Dealer has ordered a multipurpose stalk (has the light switch on it as well). Has anyone had the same problem?
  • hwyhwy Posts: 8
    I have a '97 Malibu LS with the V6 engine. I have 61k miles on the car. I've had the
    1) manifold gasket replaced at 40k due to the coolant leak
    2) new front brake rotors and pads (they seem to be okay now)
    I recently also had stalling (twice) when coming to a stop. It turns out that one of the injectors were faulty, but in order to diagnose the problem, all the plugs and the wires needed to be replaced.
    At an independent shop, the service cost me $600. I am up to about $1500 in repair costs over the past 5 years of owning the car which is not too bad. I am hoping that my Malibu will hold out until the model change in 2004.
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