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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • Thanks e2helper: I had looked at doc. #2 but missed that part. Hopeful the replacment column i got is a revised one.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002

    from what it says there looks like service stock was updated in very eary Feb 2004.
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    As far as I can see my Malibu was manufactured on 01-04. That's on the sticker on the side of the door. In the engine bay on the sub frame is a sticker saying date of manufacture is 01-21-04.

    My question being, what version of the steering column do you believe I have? I have not had any problems with it so far and am happy with it. If it is not the new version, what is the potential for trouble with the steering later on?
  • Does anyone own a Malibu with the Ultralux? Anyone have any it good, bad, easy to clean, etc.??

  • You haven't bought one yet? Sept. 28-30 GM is offering 0% for 72 months on 2004 models.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    My guess is that your vehicle has the old design column.

    That is good news about your vehicle.
  • dan165dan165 Posts: 653
    A 3 day deal. Wow, I thought only Hyundai offered 0-72. Seems like a long time to pay off a car. Payments for life almost.
  • jcaylor

    See my post (#4168); the door sticker indicates a mfg date 10/2003...a very early one? The steering column was replaced last week, and after talking with the service Manager, he assured me I will have no further problems because the replacement column includes a revised componet to eliminate the difficulty. If you have not replaced the column yet, I would strongly advise you to have it done because it is certainly a spooky experience, and I remain convinced an average female driver could not safely bring the car to a stop without a high probability of an is just that difficult to turn without power assistance! GM customer service from the web is no help...they deny the problem, and state their only function is to assure problems are repaired properly...possible safety hazards are seemingly of little concern to them
  • How about feedback from all owners who have had the steering column replaced to indicate whether this really fixes the problem. Mine was replaced last week, and so far, so good. The service Manager assured me the new column had a revised component and that I would have no further problems. Anybody else have comments?
  • My 99LS has developed a strange problem. With the thermostat turned off, the heat continues to flow at full blast when the car is moving and the blower motor is turned off. On other occasions, the heat won't flow at all, even when the thermostat is turned to full heat and the blower motor turned on. This doesn't appear to be a blower motor problem; I think it's a problem with the flow of heat from the engine to the car's inside. Anyone have a idea what's going on? I appreciate any inputs.
  • Our EPS failure happened when the car had about 9000 miles. We bought our car back in November 2003, which was well before the eventual fix in Febuary 2004.

    Now, we have about 14,000 miles on the car, and we've never had a problem with power steering since the fix.

    I saw a really pimped out Maxx at the plant a while back. It didn't have any badging on it, which I thought was strange. I'm thinking it was the Maxx SS concept that was at one of the auto shows a while back. I thought it looked pretty nice.
  • Hmmmmm, let me think about this a minute.....

    GM - 72 hour sale - 0%

    Toyota - 0% - About 1000 times better than any GM car

    Honda - no deals

    I would still buy the Toyota or Honda because they don't need to make deals to sell their cars, they just sell! The fact that toyota is doing deals is what peole should take advantage of, American companies always make deals. If GM didn't do cash back or 0% they wouldn't sell a car.
  • With 0% for that long means that you GM car will be broken down on the side of the road and you will still be paying for it.
  • I don't even know why I waste lifting a finger to respond, but I find you amusing.

    You say - "About 1000 times better than any GM car"

    If I were you I wouldn't even waste my time trying answer the following question, but I can't resist asking:

    Can you please specify ANY measurable or quantifiable characteristic about a Toyota that is 1000 times better than any competing car?

    You might find this challenging, because it requires FACTS.

    So, I'll give you a theoretical example: Let's pretend (I know you're good at that) that the Malibu gets 1 mile per gallon, and Toyota has a car that gets 1000 miles per gallon. When you do the math (don't be afraid to use a calculator), that means the Toyota is 1000 times better, and you've supported your claim! Oh Happy!
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Have pitty Dave. He probably just got back from another gut wrenching experience at his local Toyota dealer. You know the one: "buy my car at my price or leave my showroom"!! There isn't a Toyota built that can hold a candle to the interior room of the Malibu. Can't talk now Dave; I need to go scrape the sludge out of my Camry's engine....
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hey there - we're having a reasonable conversation about this vehicle. You can join us if you are interested in a civil conversation. But the thing is that the two posts you've made make it seem as if your purpose is just to bash it.

    If that's that case, then okay, you've made your opinion known. There's no need to keep on about it.

  • "Incentives help bring surge in Sept. auto sales
    GM leads the way with 24.9% jump

    It picked up a strong 3.8 percentage points of market share compared with September 2003, capturing 31.7 percent of industry sales."

    Your descision to buy a Malibu helped Bring GM back to life! We don't need you toyota, nissan, America can make her own cars and trucks!
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    but can GM build cars that sell that briskly without bribery?

    and what is really an "american" cars these days?

    "we" americans like having lots of choices so the foreign makes aren't going anywhere soon.
  • GM factors in incentives when they configure pricing structures.
  • hbund216hbund216 Posts: 162
    About a month ago I took a trip to from LA to Grand Canyon then Vegas and back. I took my mom's 04 Malibu. The car was great. Four people, luggage, 104 degrees going uphill with the AC on. The car was not even straining! I liked it for long trips a lot. It was getting around 29 MPG. Not my type of car but it beats by 2000 Accord when it comes to long drives. Oh and mom loves her car too.
  • if cars like the Malibu were bad no amount of incentives could move them.

    The Malibu, for example is a better car in a number of respects (fuel economy and price bieng a few) than the accord, but many people have this perception that the accord is just the better car, offering a crazy incentive would get people with that perception to reconsider, and those who buy just saved themselves a load of money on a superrior product for simple, comfortable, fuel efficient transportation.
  • Thanks tricky73: I had my steering column replaced around aug. 27. So far i haven't had any more problems with it.e2helper dircted me to a document on the nthsa site that revealed the new components had been incorporated in the replacement steering column in feb 2004.Sorry i had not responded sooner but i was having trouble login in to the forums web site.
  • beedublubeedublu Posts: 236
    "The Malibu, for example is a better car in a number of respects (fuel economy and price bieng a few) than the accord, but many people have this perception that the accord is just the better car"...

    Good point...I test drove a Maxx and an Accord LX, back-to-back, over the same roads and within an hour of each other. The difference in the driving experience was *so* negligible. And the Maxx gives me 25% more horsepower, side-curtain airbags, traction control and a ton more cargo space all for less than the 4-cylinder Accord. (And not even counting my GM Card rebate).
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    The 2005 Accord has side impact and side curtain airbags standard, the Malibu does not. Are thoacic bags available for the 2005 Malibu or is it still only the side curtain with no chest protection? The Malibu is a very good value, but its not on par with an Accord in terms of execution. Its darn close though, and GM should be proud. Where does the Malibu fall down for me? Interior materials quality is significantly improved over the past, but it doesnt approach Accord levels, nor does the Malibu offer the Accord's superb electroluminescent instrumentation. ABS is still an option on the most basic Malibu, as well.

  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    For the 2005 model side airbag option on Malibu include thorax bags in front seats to go along with the side curtains.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    I drove the two side by side as well. I think the Accord is much more refined under the hood. However, as a complete package, the pendulum swings the other way.....the Accord can't touch the Malibu in overall value, convenience and design.
  • And the Malibu 4 (ecotec) should be as refined under the hood as the Accord four cyl, but I have never driven an ecotec, so I wouldn't know.
    What i do know is that the little bit or extra execution in the accord accounts for and insane premium when compared with the malibu. And the Bu might not have some features standard (hence the price) but you could get them and still cost less than a comparable accord. Don't forget the incentives and GM card. The Bu is a killer deal, the only other reason to buy an accord is that type of styling, but the G6 will more than handle that :)
  • 307web307web Posts: 1,033
    Might as well forget about the ecotec when the V6 get's such good mileage.
    The V6 Accord is much more refined, but pricewise, you would compare the V6 Malibu to a 4 cylinder Accord, then the Accord has much less advantage.
    A stripped Malibu compares to a Civic.
  • 37453745 Posts: 152
    Highway mileage for the Ecotec Malibu is 38mpg. Acceleration of the Ecotec Malibu is neck and neck the same as the 4cyl. Accord. The Ecotec has very good low end torque and a very responsive transmission. Twin balance shafts give the power delivery a turbine like feel. I have easily achieved 90mph and could have gone higher if I had wanted to.

    A stripped Malibu compares to a Civic? No way!
  • 307web307web Posts: 1,033
    Pricewise it compares to a Civic since a 2005 Civic LX goes for about $16,000 and you can get a plain 2005 Malibu discounted to that price.
    Some people say they have managed to get nearly the same gas mileage with the V6 as the Ecotec.
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