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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • wilfj1wilfj1 Posts: 52
    to bcmalibu: I give up what does happen? I tried to for a good 10 min,nothing . I have a 2002
  • Well, what happens is that it well ding, just like a warning down, to remind you that you left it on. It's a really neat and thoughtful feature. My is a 98.
  • if you leave your turn signal on for 3/4 of a mile (time doesn't matter), but the funniest thing is that the Bu's turn signal is so obnoxiously loud, that the warning chime is all but excessive, hehehe
  • Thanks for your info. I'll likely do the checking this weekend, and I'll tell you guys what turns out.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    I have a booster seat and a child seat in my Malibu. I doubt you can fit another chld in the middle. The car seats made today are very wide and they tend to overlap the seat belt positions. Luckily our second vehicle is an Explorer.
  • wilfj1wilfj1 Posts: 52
    Ok..... if you leave the signals on for about a mile, a chime warnig sounds. Amen
  • deminindeminin Posts: 214
    I just did the first oil and filter change on my new LS. Whoever put the oil filter on at the factory is either the biggest guy at the plant, or some dude with his impact wrench set to max! I've had overtight filters before on new cars, but this one was the worst. After I finally got it off..used a cheater pipe on the filter wrench, I really inspected the filter mount and threads for damage. Luckily, all looks ok, and no leaks at the new filter. Unless you have plenty of tools and patience, you may want to let the dealer do the first change..maybe the dealers people understand the concept of snug + 1/2 turn. Come to think of it, maybe thats why the plant cinches the filter down...I spent $ wants 25.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    I had the same experience deminin. Check out my post a while back. The filter is actually quite easy to get to, compared to my Geo storm anyway...
  • aub789aub789 Posts: 19
    Greetings, currently own 98LS with 78k miles. Have recently noticed odd noise emanating from under front end when making sharp turn to right or left (mostly left). Sometimes a "squeak" and sometimes a "clunk" and most noticeable when turning up and left onto my driveway; never hear it when driving normally on street or highway. I intend to take to dealer this week for a look, but I'm wondering if any members here can give me a clue as to what I'm dealing with, seriousness, possible costs ,etc? Thanks for your help!
  • deminindeminin Posts: 214
    With 78K, you may get lucky and just have a worn out strut. Most original shocks and struts start showing their age at about 40 to 50K. You may also have problems with a CV joint at one of your front wheels. Can you tell which side its coming from? Look at the inner center of the wheel for a rubber boot covering the end of the stub shaft. If there is evidence of damage to this boot or what appears to be oil around the area, that may be your trouble. There are also numerous steering and suspension links and pivots that could be starting to wear, any one of which could cause the problem. If you can hear or feel a noticeable clunk, it shouldn't take a mechanic too long to find it with a little prying and poking. Have you noticed any difference in the effort needed to turn the wheels? Sometimes the steering gear asm goes bad, but that usually shows up as hard steering when the engine is cold. At any rate, let the dealer look at it, and if in doubt, get a second opinion from another dealer, or try an independent garage/mechanic if the expense sounds too high.
  • You know, I really like this car. We bought it a little over a month ago and am amazed at the quality, etc. for the price. BUT, those Firestone Affinities are something else. I never really tested them but could tell they were not very good. Then I checked the reviews on and this and other sites. These have got to be about the worst tires ever made. With only 1,050 miles on them I replaced them with Dunlop SP Sport A2's. Night vs day. Handling, ride, everything. I did not want to die.
  • I just wanted to thank everyone who posts here for the excellent discussions I've read about over the past 3 years. On Monday, I returned my leased Malibu LS in and got a Cavalier. I ended up not getting another Malibu for one reason - money saved. With a daughter still in college, one that graduated less than 2 years ago and two more at home, I went for the least expensive car with the features I wanted/needed. (No cracks about "jumping into the fire from the frying pan" - I owned a 1984 Cavalier that I had for 10 years and put over 161,000 miles on it. It was one of the better cars that I've owned, from a reliability and cost standpoint. It didn't look like much at the end - body rust was a big problem with those cars.)

    Before I go, I would like to offer my thoughts on 3 years of experience with the Malibu LS. Overall, I have to rate this vehicle as very good. From a mechanical standpoint, it has been reliable. My Chevy dealer did have to fix the brake/rotor problem (under warranty) and did replace the leaking manifold gasket (again under warranty) that has been previously discussed on this board. Both of these issues were detected and fixed during routine maintenance check-ups, so they weren't much of an inconvenience for me. I think the ride and the level of features you get in a Malibu is hard to beat, for its class.

    A final note. I've read a number of messages that compare the Malibu with foreign cars (usually Honda or Toyota). My oldest daughter bought a brand-new 2001 Honda Civic after graduating from college. The car came standard with the same Firestone tires as my Malibu. In addition, the paint on the front bumper and hood is starting to peel, after less than 20,000 miles.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    I hope your Cavalier will give you a great many trouble free miles as your last one did. I have tremendous respect for folks raising a big family and still able to make ends meet. Between work, time, hobbies, food and everything there's a lot of sacrifice to be made (certainly including one's choice of wheels :) )
  • Hi.'all....been thinking about my plain vanilla '02 Bu, and want to jazz it up a bit. Anyone know anything about adding a sunroof, or maybe a rear spoiler to their 'Bu. I've also seen some window vents added....d'you know if these are readily available from a dealer? Had my Bu about 5 months now, after 10 years and 193,000 miles on a Lumina...very happy with both, actually love the 'Bu even tho it's a plain power windows, seats, cruise....but a great ride. Still only about 23-24 MPG, but I attribute that to the bitter cold we've been getting up here in the New England area...need to warm it up a touch before driving it.
    So far, no complaints about the Affinity tires, but I figure to leave 'em for about 25-30K miles, then see what's available. No sense spending $500-700 when I don't have to.....
    Any help on the add-ons would be greatly appreciated.... thanks.
  • deminindeminin Posts: 214
    You can buy a spoiler and vent visors from J.C. Whitney for a better price than almost anywhere else. If you do a spoiler, be VERY careful about drilling the trunklid..measure 3 or 4 times, and drill once. Then be sure you seal the holes carefully, or you open the door to rust. I would think a sunroof could be a real problem..and expensive, unless you know a shop that specializes in this..and ask for references to see how well they really do. One item that is easy and cheap is the factory mudflaps. They are only about $36/set from the dealer or chevy web-site, and they fit perfectly, and look opinion. Plus, they do a pretty good job of keeping lots of crud off the car.
    We got our LS loaded, so everything was already on it..still debating on the vent visors. Wind noise isn't too bad with a window cracked, but they may be good to have when it starts raining.
    We're getting about 26/27 combined mileage so far with about 1500 miles on it. Warmer weather and more miles should get us up to near 30 on the road. So far, I have no problems with the Affinity tires. They have a UTQG of 500 which means they will probably wear like iron, but with that high a rating, they may not have the best of grip for aggressive cornering, etc. Thats ok with me as I didn't buy this car to run road rallies with. I did catch myself doing almost 90 the other day on the interstate, and the car and tires were smooth as butter.
  • thanks for the help. deminin....very much appreciated.
  • bryancosbryancos Posts: 282
    A good source for the GM accessories for the malibu is (competitive pricing compared to jcwhitney for some of the parts)

    I picked up a bug shield for $25. They also have the molded splash guards ($25 for set of four MSRP $36) and painted rear spoilers ($250 MSRP $359). Check the following URL for part numbers and then plug them into the search engine at - jsp?make=3&model=5&year=1&sid=5424830638236251
  • jdmortonjdmorton Posts: 24

    You're right, it does take a lot of juggling with a large family to get what you want out of life (just ask my wife); but I wouldn't trade it for anything else in the world. With four daughters, Father's Day is getting to be like Christmas for me. Of course, now that they are older, I keep saying elopement is an option <grin>.

    I'll stop in from time to time on this message board to see how things are going. Like I said, I really did like the Malibu, and I continue to recommend it to people who are in the market for that class of car.
  • deminindeminin Posts: 214
    Yes, you are right..GMpartsdirect has cheaper prices. However, I don't like to recommend them because of their high shipping charges. They are the website for Flow Chevrolet, and what they save a person on price, they make up for on shipping and handling. The mud flaps are a small savings through them, but I am probably going to add a hood protector before we start heading out on the summer trips, and my local Chevy dealer has a better deal. Flow will save me about $10 on the protector, but adds almost $25 shipping/handling/tax. The local dealer just adds the part to his next shipment, and when it comes in..about a week..he just charges me sales tax. This is a savings of about $14 under what Flow would charge. Call me picky, but I just have a thing about ordering from sources that try to jack up their shipping and handling charges to make their profit. I would rather they be honest and up front, and price their items fairly. Well, thats my soapbox for today..use gmpartsdirect carefully, and compare the final price before you buy from them.
  • jdmortonjdmorton Posts: 24
    The Internet is great for research and finding out what is available. It is also great for ordering items that you can't get at all locally (or in your country). But, if you can go to a parts store (or clothing store with a web page or catalog), you can usually order whatever it is you want, pay the sales tax, and save on the shipping charges.

    Some people order from the Internet from store web sites like Wal-Mart, Sears, JC Penny Home Depot, and then are "surprised" when they find out that they have to pay hefty shipping charges (sometimes handling charges as well). Also, most (if not all) of these stores allow you to place an order and pick it up, also saving on the shipping charges.

    Of course, some people are willing to pay these other charges for either the sheer convenience of being able to order at 2 AM on Sunday morning or they hate to go shopping.

    For some people, time is money. Paying $25 dollars shipping and having it delivered right to your front door might be a bargain, if you work hours that don't allow you to get to the store when it is open or do a lot of traveling. For others, their time is worth a lot more than $25/hr, so if it would take an hour to pick up the item (round trip), then they might be happy to pay these charges.
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