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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • shadow5599shadow5599 Posts: 101
    A chain drives the camshaft? I didnt know that! Are you sure?
  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 236
    Yep, the 3.5L LX9 engine used in the Malibu has a timing chain. Most new engines use a timing chain because they require a lot less maintenance than a belt and are less likely to break or slip.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    In addition to the inherent durability of the chain, I doubt if non ohc engines can be interference. Plus I think the chain would probably make a lot of racket before snapping. My last car (an Elantra) cost me $800 for a 60K service. I think the Chevy (supposedly) low tech engine is a big plus. That additional costly service for an OHC engine with a timing belt can pay for a lot of gas.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    costly service on a timing belt can pay for a lot of gas

    he, he, he....not these days :cry:
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Like the others said, it has a chain. I believe the only non-chain vehicle that GM has is the Aveo which like the imports required service every 50-60,000 miles. I know in the past they said to change the chains at 100,000 miles, but I am not sure if this is necessary now? Does the manual say anything?

    My S10 with over 130,000 miles has never been touched. My mechanic friend said not to worry about the Chevy V6 engine because the timing chain rarely stretches to the point that it will cause any issues or just plain come off.
  • I've got the aforementioned 97 Chevy Malibu 3.1 V6, and i'm looking for a little more horsepower. Granted, this is a family sedan, that's irrelevent. I took out the old airbox and put in a AEM air filter instead, I wanted to put in a pipe instead of the excessive stuff they have in there, but i'm not sure how to get around the mass air flow sensor. anyone have any suggestions on how to get around that? Or just get a little more horsepower out of the car using other means?
  • I was wondering what you found out, I am having the same problem?No power going to the unit and did not want to tear the whole thing apart.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    A lot of times these are misdiagnosed. If you know that no power is going to it please let us know how you determined this.

    If your vehicle has cruise control does cruise control work?
  • It does have power going to the unit I just checked ti tonight. So, I determine that it is the light assy. itself.

    Yes, the cruise does work?? Why?
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    If cruise didn't work then I would have suspected it was something else - since it does work then I agree you are correct about CHMSL
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I would go to or else where and look. I have seen sites in the past that had performance accessories for Malibu's, Impala's, etc., out there.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    Mine was a faulty CHMSL...ordered thru, took about two weeks to get it..see if you dealer will match the price....simple replacement..took me about 15 minutes......pop off the top molding...two retaining nuts holding it in place....unscrew them gently as they are self tapping on the plastic studs of the CHMSL.....once off pull the CHMSL off the top of the hatch...disconnect the quick connectors..install the new sure to lift the rubber window seal back over the base of the CHMSL...reinstall the two retaining nuts and pop the molding back on
  • smoke76smoke76 Posts: 9
    You dont get around the M.A.S., A good cold air intake ( im assuming this is the pipe you are referring to ) from a reputable company will have the provisions for the m.a.s.(fuel injected cars gotta havem) and air intake temp sensor if it has one. I dont think many people make them for 97 malibus but...

    Check out
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Hi all, we owned an 02 Malibu LS untill it was totaled. It was a good experience granted we had it only for 3 years and 30k something miles. Can you all comment on the reliability of the new Malibu? I'm in the market for a new car and want to give the Malibu a chance at earning my business. Thanks.

    PS: Is the Malibu Maxx essentially the same car mechanically?
  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 236
    It stormed here for about 5-10 minutes with quite a bit of hail. All the cars in the parking lot of my apartments had damage. It knocked out part of my driver-side mirror (pic in my "carspace" taken with my phone so not crystal clear) and put several dents on the hood/roof/trunk. Made it about a year and half w/o getting any hail damage, guess it's to the body shop for me...again!
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Try one of those dent buster places.
  • The other day I rented a Malibu for a day and was pleasantly surprised! I didn't pay attention to if it was the LT or whatever. But the handling, power, performance, comfort, were much better than what I would expect from a car this size. It felt very stable, as if it were a larger vehicle. Yet the handling was very nimble.
    Since some of you who have rented one were discussing which company/location, I will tell you, I rented from Budget at the Canton/Akron airport. This one had only 2000 miles on it.
  • Since some of you who have rented one were discussing which company/location, I will tell you, I rented from Budget at the Canton/Akron airport. This one had only 2000 miles on it.

    I rented mine from CAK too. I think mine had 9,000 miles on it.
  • Have you tried turing the key without starting for upto 30 minutes to see if light will reset? I have had problems with my passlock, but mostly with the key not turning at all.
  • It's that time of year here (COLD) so I went looking for the block heater cord. It hasnt been used yet and I found it to have a thermostat controlled AC plug which says it only turns on below -18C. I normally run the block heater from about -5C and below when parked at work. I've never seen one of these types of cords. All I've ever seen is a regular AC plug that powers the block heater when it's connected to AC power.

    Now I'm thinking to cut it off and put on a regular plug.
  • To bad it's built by GM, I've had so many problems with my present(2004) Malibu, that in 2008 when I'm ready for a new vehicle I'm looking at Honda (again), Toyota or Nissan, sorry Ford and Chrysler (you guys still say 1970's built in America).
  • Don't forget to look at the Sonata. Money savings and loads of standard features.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    but be careful of the scheduled maintenance costs.....they are considerable as compared to GMs
  • Used to be I'd laugh at those poor buggers who owned [non-permissible content removed] cars. They'd have to pay $100's for basic parts like an alternator, rad, brakes, etc. when my GM rwd was so cheap to buy parts for, and fix. It's not such a difference now but I think it's still cheaper to keep a North American car going. I've never owned an import and would bet my cost of ownership is cheaper than people who buy only imports.
  • Hi, y'all!

    Just bought a new "old" Malibu. Got a good deal on a new 2005 (only 225 miles). I love the car so far. Any hints on things to watch for? Thanks in advance.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    By new "old" you mean the present platform and not the old 1997+ platform that soldiered on as a Classic, right?

    I've had excellent luck with my 05 Maxx. 42K on the odometer. Had one recall that I can't even remember the details of, it wasn't bothering me and was taken care of as part of regular service.

    If you have a 3.5 v-6, it's an extremely easy engine on oil. The oil life monitor indicates approximately 7000 mile oil changes and I think you can push dino. that far.

    Sitting around for two model years shows lessening demand, guess they're right to get the 08's out. What trim level did you get? How much did you pay? Shouldn't have been much.

    If you look on the Malibu (some old platform stuff is mixed in-- should have broken out the 2004+ car) and Malibu Maxx you can see some problems that have developed, mostly in the 2004 cars.
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    My drivers seat squeaks when ever I turn the car or going over uneven pavement. Has any one else experienced this similar yet annoying problem. Russ :confuse:
  • It's a 2005 LS with $1500 in factory add-ons. New retail was 23, 950. The dealer gave me a generous trade-in on a dead Dodge Stratus and I got it for 13, 500. More important to me, I got the 3 year, 36,000 m. warranty because the car is still considered new. I'm trying to decide on an extended warranty. I've never been concerned with one before, but this is my first Chevy, and I've read some interesting posts on this forum...... Any other thoughts? Thanks....
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I bought one extended warranty in my life, for a 1986 Ford Tempo. Worth the $$$ since everything broke once.

    For the most part, however, there is an approximately 100% markup on extended warranties. Although you can save big expenditures, on average, they're taking a great deal of your money and not giving half of it back.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    dont know if you can still get a GMPP warranty or not since its a 05........I know a good place for a discounted GM plan...but the car must be less than a year old and no more than 12k on it when can call them and check

    04 Maxx LT here...87K and no problems at all..
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