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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    I have fit one booster seat and two car seats in our car ('05 Maxx). It is tight but three car seats will fit. Keep in mind, in our car anyway, there are only 5 LATCH anchors so one position has to use the seat belt.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Thanks for the reply. The problem is we can probably fit 3 car seats in a row, but the buckling and unbuckling each time is going to be very difficult and annoying. We're trying to put off the van purchase for a while.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    Good luck with the three car seats. It will be a very very tight fit. Of course it will depend on the width of the car seats. Many of the car seats seem to have tons of padding and are pretty wide. If you have a booster seat or a thinner forward facing seat, it can be done.


    Good luck.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Thanks dtownfb. Seems we're hanging around on the same forums. Saw the excellent review you gave on the new GM vans on the Minivan Ranking board. If I remember correctly you traded in your Malibu for a new Quest, right? Hope it's treating your family well. Our Malibu is still running like new, but we can't wait to have a van.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    I did a weird trade that worked for us. I traded my Malibu and our 96 Ford Explorer for the Quest and bought a 2000 Intrigue from a friend. I had never done that before. And I knew i was upside down on the Malibu but we had to replace the Explorer since it had 145k miles and would not pass inspection (wife had an accident and the tailgate door was bent so baad the window woudl not close; and the tranny was startign to slip) and we could not afford two new car payments. So we got a very nice deal for the Quest. We were able to get from under the Malibu and have a manageable car payment for the Quest.


    My Quest has been very good to me. I haven't experienced the problems that others have had. I love the way it drives. I like the stylign of the van mostly because it doesn't look like all the other minivans. It does have a very ope feeling that we both like. The kids love the DVD player. it is great on long trips. But to each his/her own.


    I didn't want to come out and say it in the Uplander board but I will be shocked if they match the sale numbers of the Venture. There are about 5 or 6 vans that are better then the GM triplets. Plus there is no price break with the GM vans. And no side airbags. That is a big no-no esp. when the competition makes it standard or offers it as an option. Once I sat int he Grand Caravan SXT and saw the price, it was no comaprison. I'm not a big fan of the GC but it has the space, features and price.


    Good luck van shopping.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    I was thinking about doing a similar trade as well, but backed off mainly because we decided our Malibu was worth keeping. I knew we were (and are) upside down on our Malibu, but it'd been a very reliable ride. And I figured since we already took a hit in virtual depreciation, it made more sense to keep it. When we can afford to get a van, I'll just trade in my other old car. FYI, we like the Quest the most, for its weirdness :)
  • Hi. Just picked up an 05 LS a week ago. So far, pretty good. Question about the content-protection alarm. This light in the instrument cluster is supposed to go off every three seconds, right? Is there anyways I can shut it off? I tried leaving the door unlocked but after a minute the light started flashing again. I think this has to do with the "pretend alarm". I have my DIC set to RKE.


    Does this light cause any drain on the battery? I know it is a small thing, but I carpool and can go a full week without starting the car. Can this cause problems later on on a weaker battery?


    One other minor thing. Driving down a narrow street at night the other day, an oncoming car flashed his highbeams at me. I checked, but my highbeams weren't on. Can this mean my headlights aren't positioned well?




  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    The flashing security telltale has a neglible impact on battery drain because of the flashing rate. Nothing you can do to eliminate it, sorry. The only thing I could mention would likely end up drawing more current than you would save.


    WRT headlamps, did you happen to have anything heavy in trunk? I know too obvious of a question but thought I would ask.
  • Thanks.


    To answer your question, no. The trunk is pretty much empty.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Josephus: the lights on both the 'Bu and Maxx are too high. If you have another car, have your friend/wife drive your 'Bu and you'll see what everyone else has to endure. I constantly get flashed; so I went out at dark and lowered the lights a bit. All you need is a 7/32 allen wrench; or your fingers will also work, since the two brass screws are pretty easy to move.

    When I see other 'Bu's/Maxxes at night, I also think the lights are a bit harsh to be around.
  • johnnyvjohnnyv Posts: 11
    I've been having the battery indicator light come on intermittently too.


    Was your problem the alternator or something else?
  • dan165dan165 Posts: 653
    My mom just bought a new base Malibu yesterday. She picks it up Tuesday. She was looking for a smaller car (my parents have a LaSabre) and she figured this was a good mix of size and value. I will let you all know how she likes it.
  • chrpaichrpai Posts: 32
    I too have been "flashed" and sure enough my brights were not on. I guess some drivers just think they are on. Perhaps they are aimed to high, otherwise the lights don't seem to be those super bright blueish lights. ( Sorry I have a life other then cars and I don't know what kind of lights those are called but gosh they are annoying as I get older. ) Also nothing in my trunk other then my laptop for work.
  • xenon lights. They provide a better range
  • dan165dan165 Posts: 653
    Well my mom picked up her base Malibu (though it has alloys). It's a nice ride though it's all dirty already thanks to all the snow this week. I took it for a spin and I think the Ecotec is pretty nice though a 2.4L Ecotec would make it perfect. So far so good.
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    Give the Ecotec time to break in and loosen up. You'll have all the power you need then.
  • tr39nctr39nc Posts: 1
    My 2000 Malibu seems to have an electrical relay problem in fan and radio. My fan only works on levels 3 & 4, not on 1 & 2. On the radio, the two center buttons do not light up and I can only receive about two stations with any clarity.


    Is the radio problem most likely in the radio or the antenae or an electrical circuit somewhere?


    What about the fan?


    Has anyone else had similar problems?
  • My Battery Light Indicator came on in my 99 Malibu and sure enough

    it was the alternator.Was replaced under my extended warranty no problem. Mechanic tested the battery and it checked out OK. Would NOT

    drive too far if it comes on again as a bad alternator will eat your battery pretty quick. Hope this helps.


  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    There is a resistor in the fan circuit that has most probably burnt out. It's under the dash on a printed circuit board. A replacement costs about $25 but it can be a pain in the neck to install.


    Don't know about the radio though.
  • If I remember correctly, an antenna wiring harness in my 1998 Malibu took a whack about 18 months ago, which left only one FM station strong enough for the "seek" buttons to find. AM was a total no-go. Think the repair was like $160...


    Aside from the odd electrical glitch and the suicidal brakes, it was a good car. I miss it. :(
  • Yeah, I've got the same thing on my '99. The first two fan speeds don't work. The part may be $25, but the final bill would be close to a thousand. Unless it's critical for you to have the first two fan speeds, save your cash for bigger and better things :)


    And now a question for everyone: since almost ALL "classic" Malibus 1) have an intake manifold leak around 5 years/50K miles (good-bye 1,000 dollars), and 2) the above fan problem (usually even sooner, and good-bye another $1,000), as well as 3) premature brake pad wearing (good-bye $200-300 every 2-3 years), how many of you are willing to bet a farm that GM had no clue about the above problems when they were testing the "classic" Bu?


    Methinks they knew it all too well, and let it slide for whatever reason. And now we are paying for it. Thanks for nothing, GM!
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    i put a fan motor resistor in my car for $28, you mean I saved $972 WOW LOL.
  • If it's something someone without any mechanical experience can do, please tell us how to put in a resistor, to get those first two fan speeds back.


    And while you are at it, perhaps you have a 20 dollar solution to the intake manifold leak, and another 10 dollar solution to the brake pad problem?


  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    I had the resistor repaired under warranty. However, I remember it was about $25 part and 0.5 hour labor. The labor would cost about $40, not $1000. BTW, my dealer charges labor in 0.5 hour increments. Probably, according to some handbook. It means 0.5 hour minimum for all small repairs, except the very small, which are free.
  • I must have misread the information about the cost of the fan repair. Tell you what. Next time I have a scheduled service, I will ask the dealer how much to fix the fan, and will let you know.


    If it costs less than $100 to repair, it's not that big of a deal.


    I did read on quite a few occasions, however, that the entire blow motor thing had to be changed. Maybe, the mechanics figured out a much cheaper way of fixing it?
  • I just read where the Malibu was the 12th best seller in the U.S. year to date (albeit one month).
  • Regarding the fan speed inoperative on speeds 1 and 2.I had the resistor replaced under extended warranty on my '99 I asked the service advisor what the cost out of warranty would have been and she said

    $32.00 for the part and 1.0 HR Labour.My Stealership charges $99.00 ! per Hour on mechanical work so $130.00 plus tax would about do it.I'm sure a good local mechanic would do the job much cheaper.As for the brake pads wearing too quick,we all know the factory pad/rotor set-up on these cars is a joke.I rode mine till the rotors warped (about 35,000 KM)

    and went to a thicker rotor and ceramic pads on my mechanic's advice. So far I've got over 60,000

    KM on them and they still have alot of thickness left on the pads and the rotors are stiil straight.Also chucked the Firestone Affinity's

    and got 4 Michelin Harmony's MUCH better and Quiet Too. Sorry for the Long Post as I tend to Ramble. BD EYES
  • How is the thickness of the rotors related to the life of brake pads? Do brake pads care if they face 10mm or 20mm of metal, when they touch the rotors during braking?
  • chrpaichrpai Posts: 32
    Ya my '01's brake system was a joke. Is the hardware on the '05 better or did going to 4 wheel disc brakes just double my problems?
  • I've found that even a rotor that is slightly warped will chew up brake pads at a faster rate.

    for some reason the inner pad wears faster due to the constant high/low rotation( I guess). At any rate I would rather have a thicker rotor to allow one or two re-surfacings.The stock rotors on these cars are not even thick enough for one cut, as they would be past the allowable discard rate for thickness.My point being is that you get what you pay for when it comes to brake hardware. IMHO


                BD EYES
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