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Chevrolet Malibu: Problems & Solutions

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  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Well that is good news but intermittent problems can be very frustrating. I am interested when you were having this problem did you ever notice the Check Engine Light on?
  • mybooomybooo Posts: 92
    Well, I just got a call from the service manager at my local dealer. The new steering rack that was supposed to be out 1st quarter 06 is now not going to be out until 2nd quarter 06. Man, that will be over 6 months for a fix! They told me they will not put a new one in, as the problem will just be back in a few thousand miles. What to do? What can I do? It is kinda disappointing in having a new car that takes so long to get fix! Anyone have any thoughts? Oh, I have an 05 MAXX LS. 35000miles. They said don't worry about the warranty, they will cover it.
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    My 2004 Malibu came with a front plate mounting kit and instructions. I bought the car in California where a front plate is required. The kit includes a plastic mounting plate and 4 pop rivets. There are 4 dimples in the center of the bumper which are drilled for the rivets and the backing plate fixed to it. The license plate is then screwed to the backing plate with supplied screws.

    Check with your dealer for the kit.
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 869
    Does this new rack apply to 04 Malibu also.
  • I have a 98 also, and guess what, it just did that to me a couple of weeks ago after a collision garage had worked on the front end, but I think it was due to the accident I was in and not the collision people? So I took it back to them. They fixed it but just thought I'd comment on them. Maybe you can take it to a car garage and they can help?
  • You people won't believe how many times I've had my 1998 Malibu brakes replaced. I've finally replaced the rotors because I had enought of having to go back and get pads. Calipers have been replaced also, this was all as of just yesterday evening. It makes the car a safety issue when the brakes wear down so quickly and you don't have the money to fix them ever 6 months! And everyone tried to tell me I was a heavy braker. If that was true then I would've already rear-ended somebody since i live in Columbus Ohio!
  • I have a 98 Malibu also and can tell you up front that brakes are the one issue it seems 98's and 99's have big problems with, if you read the updated forums it seems like the later models also. Did your mechanic show you the rotors? Seems to be a problem with most of these vehicles. I'm not sure about the MPG though, do you have any idea if the previous owner drove it on the highway a lot?
  • Hi. I have a 1998 Malibu that ever since I've had been dealing with one tiny annoying problem: my radio seems to get interference from the heating system when I turn it up. Also, the sound has also been a bit static-y because I cannot get Columbus OH radio stations right outside of the city limits. Don't understand that because the radios in every other vehicle I've had could get the stations.

    Also, I have recently found a windshield visor (driver's side) at the local junkyard, am trying to remove the piece from the old one that I accidentally broke a couple of years ago, was wondering if anyone knows of instructions anywhere on the net or something on how to install one because I wanted to replace it myself?

    Thanks
  • Now I am confused. Not sure __what__ they put in my '04 maxx to replace the bad rack that was in there.
    Are __all__ the racks in '04 and up Malibu going to have problems or just selected ones?

    Also....
    Has anyone else had a problem with the Lumbar support in the driver seat going "boing" and abruptly shifting when adjusted?
    If so, what was the fix, if any?
  • redmaxxredmaxx Posts: 627
    Well, I woke up this morning to a dead Malibu. It was running fine last night. Locked it up and all the lights were off and nothing was plugged in. This morning I can barely eek out a beep from the horn and it just clicks when I try to start it. :sick:

    Should the dealer perform a test to see how much power its drawing when its off?

    As for the lumbar, I haven't had problems with it. Although my power driver's seat tilts toward the back right. If I lower the back of the seat bottom to the floor and then raise it, the left side comes up for awhile before the right side does anything. Make sense? Its verrrry irritating driving at an angle. :mad:
  • redmaxxredmaxx Posts: 627
    I haven't been keeping up...When I turn my steering wheel I hear clunking. Is this the steering rack?
  • Help...I need help replacing our fuel pump on our 2003 Malibu. We can not find an access panel. Does anyone know if we have to drop the tank to replace the pump?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 869
    Yes you need to drop the tank, this applies to most GM vehicles.
  • wrt steering, yes, it could be the rack (mine clanked and rattled until it was recently replaced).

    also, my Auto nation Chevy dealer apparently cleaned house and fired the manager, many sales staff and the entire service department last year. The new sales staff is the usual persian bazaar hustler model (sigh). But The new service guys seem helpful and knowledgeable, and fixed several long term issues with my maxx including the rear shade latches.

    wrt the lumbar support, they are going to fix it, but they do it in an odd way; they order the internal mechanism, then send the car to a seat specialist who takes the seat apart, replaces the lumbar mechanism, and then sews the seat back together. while under warranty, my fingers are X'ed this will work!
  • beedublubeedublu Posts: 236
    Last month I had my '04 Maxx LS into the dealer for the malfunctioning cruise control, plus an oil change and tire rotation. Having tried everything else, they replaced the Body Control Module. This seems to have done the trick...I haven't taken any real long trips, but from the limited time I've spent on local expressways the cruise appears to work reliably now.

    The only problem: Now, the Fuel Economy readout on the Driver Info Center reads much differently from before. Whereas it used to change gradually in .6 MPG increments it now fluctuates constantly. That's not a big concern, but what I'm wondering is why it indicates so much lower than before. With the old BCM I used to have an indication of 30 to 32 MPG on the highway at a steady 60 MPH. Now, it barely breaks the 25 MPG mark!

    I've checked the mileage on the three fillups that I've made since the BCM change and they're in the 23 MPG range, a couple of MPG less than before but it's hard to judge with the colder weather.

    I'm just wondering if this is anything to be concerned about. e2helper, or anyone else familiar with this car's electronics -- your input will be appreciated. Thanks.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    As you mention with the colder weather your actual economy is lower. The new BCM they put in your vehicle would have had updated software which made some changes to the fuel economy calculations. So the new display should be more accurate.
  • I had the same driver seat problem with my 04 Maxx. I have a very early build and the replacement parts they got did not work right. They had to order a new frame. After much frustration and 4 or 5 trips back to service, the seat is as good as new (hopefully better).

    I have had my roof liner replaced to fix the rear shade issues, had the steering column replaced on recall, had the rack replaced, and just had the fuel pump and battery replaced. All under the original warranty.

    I know it's crazy, but I still really like the car. It handles well, and is very comfortable and fun to drive. I just hope to have all the rotten stuff replaced by the end of the third year.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Oh - One other thing you might notice - If you use remote starter much - is that the rear window defogger will be turned on during a remote start at a much higher temperature than originally. It used to only come on if temperature was in mid-30s F or lower.
  • 04bu04bu Posts: 16
    It's been a while since my directionals went away and came back quickly. Yesterday I had been driving about twenty minutes and my parking brake light came on. Then it went off, and came on and off a couple more times. I use the parking brake all the time (16 years of manual transmissions does that to you) But, the brake was fully released. I pulled over the first time to work the pedal and again later at a light. No problems on the way home.

    I'd like to bring this up with the dealer but nothing like chasing an intermittant electrical thing for wasting time. But it would be worth having them look into the clunking sound with my steering. I'd also like to drive a new one to see how much clunking that makes.
  • 04bu04bu Posts: 16
    A good thing to say about my car. The remote start works reliably. It's nice to get ready leave work at about 10 minutes to 11pm, stand by the door and watch the lights of the car respond to the lock and start buttons of the remote and have the lights stay on to confirm the engine is running.

    It was a few degrees below zero a few nights ago and it was good to see the car still cranked and started with the remote. Yes, I think GM got that feature correct.
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