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Chevrolet Malibu Maintenance and Repair

Hello. I am having no other issues with the key fob except the remote start. It has stopped working. I tried the other fob we have, where no buttons except the remote start work, and swapped the battery from that one. Still nothing. Is it a FOB issue or Remote Start issue?

thanks,
joe
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  • I have a 2001 chevy malibu that i love but when you use the blinker it will not shut the hell up it keeps on ticking for anywhere from1 minute to10 minute sometime and now that the warm wheather is here it is worse do any one else have this problem or can you help me :shades:
  • naludabinaludabi Posts: 4
    Isn't it sooooo annoying, blink blink blink.... It's either one thing or another with this car. I found some helpful info online recently, sounds like the :multifunctional switch might be the culprit..check it out http://www.carcomplaints.com/Chevrolet/Malibu/2002/lights/blinkers_have_gone_hay- wire.shtml
    Good luck, let me know how it goes :)
  • sneakyusersneakyuser Posts: 12
    I have a 2007 Malibu, 2.2 with automatic trans with only 5,000 miles and the engine/front end vibrates at about 15 mph. It starts, idles and shifts fine.

    It will accelerate fine about one in every 20 times, but will have a noticable shake/vibration in the engine (or transaxle?) at about 15 mph.

    I've taken the car to two Chevy dealers and the first one noticed it but had no fix ("no engine light comes on") and the second dealer said their mechanics could not find a problem.

    My friends have driven the car and can notice the shake. I heard another owner say this could be loose torque converter bolts , or similar transaxle issue. What can I do? Have a third-party shop drive it and give their opinion?

    Will GM then try a fix? Have owners been repaid for a third-party shop's diagnosis?

    Thanks for the assistance.

    Sneakyuser.
  • I have the same problem with my 07, 2.2L also. The dealer tries to normalize the engine mounts according to GM service bulletin but problem still exist. I am thinking that the mounts themselves are bad. If you get your car repair and the problem went away, please drop me a note. This is really upsetting me.

    thanks
  • winzwinz Posts: 9
    I have a 2007 malibu that has like a wobble/vibration in the front end, mostly when turning right between 12-15 mph. Then it goes away. Dealer tried exchanging axles, torqing motor mounts, changing front right tire. Then the GM rep. drove the car and the next thing I know they are telling me it's a characteristic of the powertrain! BS. Why would they try to fix a characteristic? Maybe we all have the same problem(defect).
  • Winz,

    I was told to call the dealership and ask for the GM or Chevrolet "Zone Service Representitive." When I did, the dealership's service manager said customers cannot contact them and that to give him a chance to work on this issue.

    Since then the vibration, or wiggle problem, has gone down about 50% and is sometimes not noticeable. I will go in for an appointment next week and let you know what happens.

    In the meantime, if there is a solution, post it here.

    Regards,

    Cy
  • winzwinz Posts: 9
    Hi Cy, What happened with your appointment at the dealership? Thanx for any info.
  • Took the car to a sympathetic Chevy dealer. The service manager even gave me a rental car for a day since I was there last spring and there was no fix. My car was OK until it hit 2500 miles and now at about 8000 it still has the problem.

    The dealer noticed the problem, although it had settled down and is sometimes difficult to feel. You must accelerate slowly and right at 15 mph it will vibrate like clockwork.

    The dealer felt it, had other mechanics drive with him, they eventually noticed it. He even found some 2005 and 2006 Malibu models on the car lot that DID NOT exhibit this problem.

    They did not have a 2007 to test so he went down the street to the Enterprise rent-a-car dealer that they work with and found one. (Like I said, he was thorough.) And, presto, it vibrates too!

    He called GM and talked it over, etc., and in the end there is no fix. He says that certain vehicles have certain "issues" like this. He was nice but I explained that if and when I try to sell the car, a potential dealer or buyer will notice the problem and I wouldn't get full value and this is not fair.

    Since the 2007 model is the only one where GM changed the motor mounts (for some reason) I asked him to replace them to see the results but he felt that it would not fix it. I pressed him but he declined.

    Still, there is nothing he can do until GM comes up with a fix (or an interest in finding one) and he said that they may never issue one.

    This is the third time I've taken the car to a Chevy dealer about this. At this point we (2007 Malibu owners) need to pursue a legal solution or a "Lemon Law" reimbursement or ?

    Any help will be appreciated. We need to see what we can do about this. any suggestions?
  • winzwinz Posts: 9
    GM wants to know nothing or do anything about this. It could cost them plenty. What state do you live in? We need to contact the attorney generals of our states and see what they think about this. Because this will effect the trade in/resale value. A class action suit may be in order.
    Let me know thanks.
  • Winz,

    I reside in the state of California.

    Let me know the procedure to contact the attorney generals of our states and how this works.

    Any research about previously successful cases like this against automakers will be greatly appreciated.

    Maybe we should also get together, via email, with others on this thread (and elsewhere) about the issue.

    Thanks,

    Sneakyuser
  • To: 1988fierogt,

    Last week, I took the car to a sympathetic Chevy dealer. The service manager even gave me a rental car for a day since I was there last spring and there was no fix. My car was OK until it hit 2500 miles and now at about 8000 it still has the problem.

    The dealer noticed the problem, although it had settled down and is sometimes difficult to feel. You must accelerate slowly and right at 15 mph it will vibrate like clockwork.

    The dealer felt it, had other mechanics drive with him, they eventually noticed it. He even found some 2005 and 2006 Malibu models on the car lot that DID NOT exhibit this problem.

    They did not have a 2007 to test so he went down the street to the Enterprise rent-a-car dealer that they work with and found one. (Like I said, he was thorough.) And, presto, it vibrates too!

    He called GM and talked it over, etc., and in the end there is no fix. He says that certain vehicles have certain "issues" like this. He was nice but I explained that if and when I try to sell the car, a potential dealer or buyer will notice the problem and I wouldn't get full value and this is not fair.

    Since the 2007 model is the only one where GM changed the motor mounts (for some reason) I asked him to replace them to see the results but he felt that it would not fix it. I pressed him but he declined.

    Still, there is nothing he can do until GM comes up with a fix (or an interest in finding one) and he said that they may never issue one.

    This is the third time I've taken the car to a Chevy dealer about this. At this point we (2007 Malibu owners) need to pursue a legal solution or a "Lemon Law" reimbursement or ?

    Any help will be appreciated. We need to see what we can do about this. Any suggestions?
  • I am from NY. I have not look into this since my last post. I still have the problem, and decided to ignore it. They and I try everything so far without luck. Other than the low speed vibration when taking off, the car is performce nicely and returns good gas mileage. I figure whatever causing the vibration will eventually failed and sort it out then. I am not planning on trade it in or sale it. Hopefully, when it happened it would still be under 3 yrs, 36K miles warranty.

    My opinion is the mounts or the wheel bearings are faulty. I hate to look into the lemon law in NY.

    Please keep me posted of what you are going to do. Thanks
  • winzwinz Posts: 9
    I'm also from ny. Where do you live? Maybe we can get together and compare. I have to tell you. When one part of a machine is out of balance, eventually other parts connected will have premature wear and failure. This will effect the value of the car down the road if not now and may cause you to have some big repair bills in the future when the warranty has run out. Let me know, Thanx
  • I am from Lockport, NY. It is near Niagara fall area.
    You?
    Anh Le
  • winzwinz Posts: 9
    I'm from the syracuse area. How would you like to proceed from here?
    Let me know, thanx
  • Winz,

    Did you or the listmate find a solution to the 2007 Malibu shake issue yet?

    Here's an update:

    I bought my 2007 Malibu 4 cyl new in December 2007. At about 2400 miles I noticed a vibration or shake in the front end when I accelerate.. It happens at 15 mph regardless of shifting, usually after warmup.

    This problem was not seen to occur on 2005 or 2006 models. They changed the motor mounts on the 2007 Malibu (although they may have done this on same late-model 2006 models). There is a GM Bulletin about this: 060601025 November 06 - (NHTSA Item Number - 10020726). In February 08 I visited a dealer who went through the "lower motor mount tightening procedure" and this had no affect and the issue is still there.

    In June 08, I went to a second dealer, dropped off the car for service. They said that they drove it with the head mechanic and they swore they never felt anything (!?)

    On my third visit (back to the first dealer) in October 08, the head of service noticed it, drove some 2005 and 2006 versions and they did not shake. He found another 2007 model (from their Enterprise Car Rental affiliate) and it vibrated too. He called GM and they are aware of it but there is no official recall and they won't approve the dealer to replace anything. They gave the the stock answer of "This is how this powertrain will likely operate." I left disgusted. No one wants a new car that shakes. I can drive cars with 150,00 miles on them that don't vibrate!

    I contacted the national Chevy customer service center and they pushed the issue up to another level. After 5 days (!) they called me back, (because of a weekend and they called an incorrect number) to keep repeating that this may be a "characteristic" of the vehicle. I said no, it's a DEFECT. He wanted me to go to a dealer for the FOURTH TIME. I said for what? He kept insisting and I requested a loaner which he balked at. After contacting the local delaer to arrange it he came back and said that the service manager said another visit will be a waste of everyone's time if GM doesn't approve of replacing any parts.

    The customer service rep said a final decision will be made next week by the local GM rep. When I asked for a summary of my calls and visits, he refused.

    What are the chances that they will offer a buy back? Have any of you, or your friends, had to deal with the automaker via the Better Business Bureau or with a Lemon Law attorney? I've heard bad things about both but If they don't repair the car or offer a buy back what is my next step? How do I prepare?

    Any help is appreciated and Happy New Year everyone!

    Regards,

    Sneakyuser
  • winzwinz Posts: 9
    I got pretty much the same thing. Dealer became hostile towards me and GM stated they had satisfied my states laws(NY). The dealership also stated that this car met GM specs. No wonder GM is going under and asking for tax payer money, producing a product like this they should go under. Filed for lemon law but the attorney generals office refused it. I did have a very reputable repair shop check it out and they found that there was excessive play between the right axle and where it goes into the transmission. It feels to me like a machined part that is out of balance. Bottom line is they probably have a lot of these cars and it will be very expensive to repair them all. The options I see available are1) all band together and go to the attorney generals office 2) trade the car in and hope the value isn't lowered because of the vibration (shouldn't - it meets GM specs.) 3) and last of all hire an attorney and spend untold amounts of money. doesn't look good.

    Did the GM rep get back to you yet. If so what was the final decision?

    PS- I did contact a no fee lemon law attorney, he also refused it. Not a slam dunk for him to get his money.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    Try the local BBB...you can file a claim on line.....I did with a vehicle back in 03...sent a nice letter to the dealership owner..outlined my problem....his employees answers .....and told him I was filing with BBB and researching the state lemon law......throw a little sugar on it..dont go into it with an attitude....see what kind or response you get....

    I also let my salesman and the sales manager know what I was doing and wasnt satisfied.....
  • "Try the local BBB...you can file a claim on line.....I did with a vehicle back in 03...sent a nice letter to the dealership owner..outlined my problem....his employees answers .....and told him I was filing with BBB and researching the state lemon law......throw a little sugar on it..dont go into it with an attitude....see what kind or response you get....

    I also let my salesman and the sales manager know what I was doing and wasnt satisfied..... "

    Pao,

    What results did you get after filing with the BBB? How did the dealer respond and what fix did you receive?
  • "Bottom line is they probably have a lot of these cars and it will be very expensive to repair them all. The options I see available are1) all band together and go to the attorney generals office 2) trade the car in and hope the value isn't lowered because of the vibration (shouldn't - it meets GM specs.) 3) and last of all hire an attorney and spend untold amounts of money. doesn't look good.

    Did the GM rep get back to you yet. If so what was the final decision? "

    Winz,

    I contacted the Customer Service number on 12/26/08 and would you believe they still have not resolved the issue! After calling me back on the wrong number, and trying to get me to go back to the dealer for the 4th time (even the dealer said this is a waste of everyone's time) and saying he has to speak with the Zone Rep, he was supposed to call me on Friday but didn't (although I did receive a voice mail but no one left a message). The only progress is he confirmed with the Zone Rep that no repair will be performed and the vehicle shake is a "Characteristic."

    So, my only hope (with GM) is for a buy-back or trade. If not I will have to go the BBB route. But first, I am going to visit AAMCO and two more local shops to get written evaluations of the condition and their repair opinions/ cost estimates.

    If I must I'll take them to small claims court, altough the maximum awarded is $7500.00. I was thinking on filing a claim for the devaluation of the vehicle and the unnecessary costs I will have to absorb to get another car - $600.00 delivery charge, local taxes, transfer fees, licensing, etc.

    There is no way I will sit still for this. This is grand larceny by GM. If we purchased an HD TV with bad pixels or a washer/ dryer with a flaw, the manufacturers would stand by the warranty. But car makers can be the judge of what THEY consider to be normal? No, no, no.

    If all of the methods to get renumeration fail, I plan on doing some sort of publicity stunt. We can locate (online) disgrunted GM/Chevrolet owners to get together and tape segments on how they were mistreated and why they used to buy American cars but will never do so again. Reporters are always looking for news stories and the public is aware of automakers asking us to bail them out. This is the perfect follow-up to why they caused their own problem. In the 1970s, US car makers had 90% of the market. Now, it's about 40%.

    If enough of us did this, contacted the media and put up a great-looking, 10-minute Youtube video, it would get spread around and cause others to notice and reconsider buying from GM in the future. Locally, a dozen or more current, disatisfied owners could form a car parade, with service records and and attract all sorts of negative media attention for GM. This could continue city-by-city until it was just too embarrassing for them.

    Even if we did not receive direct renumeration from GM, it would be satisfying to know that they didn't get away with this crap this time. I want your ideas on this plan.

    I'll post my results from their final decision next week.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I filed the paperwork with the BBB for arbitration....sent same to the dealership owner.....with all my other documentation from the service department...names of the regional rep, my GM customer service rep and case number..and explained my issues to him and what I expected to happen.....giving them one final opportunity to make things right

    got a nice response back from him stating he would make things right....and within 72 hours they took the vehicle back and replaced it with another one of the same level, with a few more options on it than the original model, since it was the end of the model year......at no cost to me....

    my problem was they couldnt get a check engine light to ever go out and stay off...after 5 attempts.....now this was a brand new vehicle with lest than 200 miles on it.....it took me three months to get to this point....but I drove away satisfied....and still own the vehicle today...5 years later..and 115K on it
  • Winz,

    A friend of mine that has been successful in Small Claims Court suggested us to do this:

    Have documentation of all of GM service center trips and phone calls to the national customer service line (with their final say that they will not repair the car for you.

    Also have a copy of the GM Bulletin Number: 060601025 about the 2007 Malibu shake (available inline).

    Then, get several local repair outlets, like AAMCO, Pep Boys, etc. to give you a written evaluation that the car does have a shaking drivetrain defect (it is not a "CHARACTERISTIC") and an estimate (on the high side, like the entire transaxle needs replacing).

    File a claim against the local Chevy dealer with the Small Claims Court, GM should be served and they will likely lose.

    Sound like a plan?

    I'm going to do it.
  • Has anyone else had this problem with a 2005 Malibu?

    -The door locks lock and unlock erratically by themselves. After this occurs, a single beep sounds under the dash.

    -The power door lock buttons don't work. The keyfob only works to lock the doors occasionally, but never to unlock.

    -The alarm sets itself, and goes off unexpectedly when unlocking the doors with the key.

    -The trunk unlock button doesn't work.

    -The auto start doesn't work.

    All of these symptoms started at the same time and have gotten progressively worse over time.

    I would appreciate anyone's diagnosis.
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 872
    Some vehicles had trouble with brake lights not working right, turned out to be corroded connectors at the BCM.
  • He are having less serious but similar problems with our '04 Maxx. The alarm can be set off (occassionally) when opening an unlocked door (any door), unless we specifically lock and then unlock it with the remote. We had it in to the dealer yesterday, but the tech said the alarm was working correctly, whatever that means. We had an incident 2 weeks ago when someone in the car locked it from within and then unlocked it as my wife got in. When she tried to start it, the engine immobilizer kicked in because the alarm thought someone was trying to steal the car :mad: . CAA got it working again, but ever since, I think the computer in the alarm system is wonky. Thankfully, the car will lock and unlock when we use our remote.

    If your problem isn't the alarm system itself, it may be some other sensor linked to it. Good luck.
  • I have seen others suggest that the BCM may be at the root of the problem. I have also seen others suggest that one of the power door lock buttons may be stuck in the lock position. These suggestions have been made to others with the same problem on this and other forums. I have yet to see anyone who has fixed the problem, come back and say for sure what the solution was.

    I suppose I should figure out how to inspect the BCM. I think its located in the dashboard fusebox.

    Thanks for the response.
  • I'm not sure if this is the case for you, but if the alarm is armed by the driver locking the door with the key fob or I think with the power doorlock and shuts the door, the alarm is supposed to go off when someone unlocks the car from the inside. I think this is designed to handle the scenario in which a thief breaks the window and unlocks the door to get inside the car. Malibus have no shock or glass breakage sensor for the alarm system.

    Thanks
  • have a 2004 malibu classic. If I am valet parking the car and using the valet key, how do I deactivate the trunk release that is in the driver's door, so the valet cannot pop the trunk open? I have looked through the owner's manual, which, unless I overlooked something, merely warns that when valet parking, the valet key should be used.
  • Beyond pulling the fuse for the trunk popping solenoid, I'm not sure there is a way for a Malibu. Although, I'm no expert.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,083
    Hello Javon,
    Does the key fob still work to unlock/lock the vehicle? If it does then it is possible the key fob works fine. I do recommend taking it to a service tech to have them look at the problem. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
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