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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • reuel3reuel3 Posts: 114
    I tend to agree with the mark-up issue. Dealers usually love to sell them because they can get such a great margin on them. Of course, it's always a bit of a risk going without the warranty. You should definitely do your research.

    Best of luck!
  • loachloach Posts: 246
    I'm thinking about buying a used '05 or '06 Malibu for my daughter. Being the protective dad that I am, I'd like to make sure I get one equipped with side airbags. My question is this: how do I tell whether it is so equipped? What should I look for inside the car to make sure?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 879
    Look at the top of the "B" pillar and on the head liner it will say airbag.
  • loachloach Posts: 246
    Thanks! Are there torso airbags that are seat-mounted too?
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Yes - you can see emblem on side of seat. I think those were added for the 2005 model year as part of the option that gets you the roof-rail airbags.

    For 2007 model year the roof-rail airbags are standard and just the front thorax airbags are optional.

    I think it is a fairly low running option so I don't know how difficult a time you might have in finding one with option - good luck :)
  • loachloach Posts: 246
    I think it is a fairly low running option so I don't know how difficult a time you might have in finding one with option - good luck

    Yep, I'm having a heck of a time finding any used ones equipped with side airbags. Seems like all the 05s and 06s available are former rentals, and the rental companies of course didn't take the option. Looks like I may have to be very patient, buy new, or focus on models that have side airbags standard (like the 05-06 Mitsubishi Galant).
  • rvothrvoth Posts: 147
    Well GM has come through again and replace the driver's seat frame that was causing the squeaking . Thanks GM ,great service at my GM dealer GSL. :) Russ
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    Did anyone have their hub axle bearing assemblies replaced? The symptom is a loud rumble in the front as the bearing starts to go bad. Looks like the whole assembly gets changed not just the bearing and if one side is bad the other is not far behind. After doing some research it looks like this part is common on many GMs and usually fails by 100K. I am mainly interested in what a repair shop or dealer charged for this.
  • shadow5599shadow5599 Posts: 101
    If the 05 had curtain airbags, it has the thorax, seat mouted ones too. All part of the same package which I believe was about a $1,000 option. Thats why the rentals usually dont have em.

    When I was shopping I found the same problem and I insisted that I wouldnt buy one without all the airbags. The dealership I deal with found one, which was owned by a rental company but only had 16,000 kms (10,000 miles) on it. Both highly unusual.

    We did hear rumour that my car was driven by a branch manager. So the amount of kms makes sense for a year's normal driving and he may have wanted to be safer than his customers and ordered his special. That made the car a more attractive for me to buy as well. Or maybe the company charged more for a better equipped car and it didnt get rented as much. Whatever the reason, it was a good deal for me.

    Keep looking, they're out there. Find a salesman who will hunt one down for you.
  • hhmaxhhmax Posts: 44
    Lost one set of key and remote start fob. What's the options for a new set of keys/remote start fob for my 2005 maxx?
    1. Have another set of key/remote start fob that is identical to the current one
    2. have a complete new key/remote start fob, i.e., disable the old key/fob.

    Is option 2 possilbe or necessary? How much would it cost?

  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    A quick look @ Ebay shows the correct key fob for a bid price of $1.99 or a buy it now price of $4.99 plus shipping. I didn't check key prices but that's generally one of the cheaper places to look. There is a way to program these, that I think was explained on these boards.
  • whitallwhitall Posts: 190
    Have an opportunity to purchase a 2001 with 57,000 miles. It's an LS w/ alloys and moonroof. Car seems to be well kept. It's on the back lot of a dealer waiting for the title so they can wholesale it (too old for their lot?). I'm hoping to get a decent deal, something slightly less than edmunds used dealer price ($6787). The NADA book site says clean retail value of 7650. It's hard to know what the dealer is making, but I think this was a trade-in on a foreign car. ANy thoughts on price? I wonder why they got rid of it, what was going wrong? ( I usually get rid of cars when I sense they are about to need expensive repait like a/c, trans, etc.)

    The car is for my newly driving teenage son. It is one of the few cars in the price range that he likes. At 57,000 what kind of problems might I look for? I will get a mechanic to look at it. The deal with the dealer will be no warranty or anything. The probably haven't even checked it over. Any thoughts???
  • shadow5599shadow5599 Posts: 101
    Be sure to listen close to the engine right after it's started COLD. Be SURE it's cold as in hasnt run for several hours. The 3.1's are known for a diesel-like rattle called piston slap. It's an obvious rattle, sometimes subtle, sometimes not.
    Stay away if it's too noisy and dont let them fool you with any lame excuses such as...needs an oil change, it's a lifter, etc.

    Always a good idea to check out what other owners say at forums, such as this one:

    As with any used car its always best to have it checked by your fave tech and a carfax report.
  • automan12automan12 Posts: 10
    I'm looking for a car for my sister-in-law, she like 2004-2006 Malibu. I'm sure you guys know better, which engine ito go with, 4-cyl Ecotec or V6? Why? Does this generation V6 have problem with coolant/intake leaks? The tranny doesn't have a dipstick, I couldn't check the fluid, is it reliable? Electrical steering - I have some doubts how the electrical steering will work down the road, any info on this? We live in rust belt, do you think it's worth to rustproof this car ? The 4-cylinder model we test-drove has a bit weird vibration/wobbling at hard acceleration, is it something to worry about?
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I have a 3.5 liter Maxx. The six will get almost as good mpg as the four. I like it a lot, very low maintenance with 6+K oil change intervals. Four speed transmissions also durable.

    Electric steering assures good mileage, but may be a weak link. I just spent $800 to replace column. Grease and electricity don't mix.

    I haven't seen a car rustproofed lately, around here all of the aftermarket shops seem to have gone out of business. Don't most cars of the last fifteen years have good rust prevention?
  • shadow5599shadow5599 Posts: 101
    I like my 05 and havent had a problem at all. I like the electric steering and not sure about any problems but hydraulic steering has always had its problems as well. I never tried a 4 cyl, I wanted the extra power the 6 has and have enjoyed it alot. It gets almost the same mileage anyway. It's too soon to tell if this engine will have gasket problems but I know they've been trying to improve on that, just as many other manufacturers have. As for rust, the bodies on these cars are made with galvanized steel so rust shouldnt be a big problem.

    I'd certainly have that vibration checked out before buying, it doesnt sound normal. My car is smooth on acceleration and at high speeds.

    If you're concerned about safety, seek out a Malibu with the full airbag option which includes the standard front bags as well as the side curtain bags along with the front seat mounted torso bags. With that option the Malibu ranks in the top 5 for crash ratings. That was one of the top reasons for buying mine.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    There's a lot of knocking the electric steering by C&D and other magazines. Other than the $800 bill for replacing it, I really have no objections. It's vaguer than hydraulic steering and tends to wander a bit depending on the pitch of the road but it's pleasant for low speed maneuvers and works pretty well at high speed. The gas savings by not having hydraulic are considerable.
  • automan12automan12 Posts: 10
    I test drove the V6 Malibu Maxx and it feels a lot better than 4-cylinder. I guess we will look for an extended warranty to take care of electrical steering or other possible problems should they arise. On few Malibu I noticed there is no engine undercover and the engine is kind of dirty, is that undercover available or there is no such thing on Malibus?
  • I have always changed my own. I can't find the drain plug or oil filter on this recently purchased car.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Keep looking. Since you have 4 cylinder you should find it on back of engine located on vertical surface on side by accessory drive (passenger side). Pretty much completely across from location of the oil filter which is on front of engine on driver side.

    Oil filter has a cap on it that has to be removed and filter is below it - that is why you don't see filter.
  • stacietstaciet Posts: 1
    Hello. I have a 2005 Chevy Malibu, approx 19K miles. I hear this ticking noice (kind of like a chirping noice) constantly near the left front tire while driving. It usually happens when I'm going > 40 mph. I've taken in to the dealership SEVERAL times and they don't hear it! Anyone else having this problem or know what it could be? It's driving me crazy!!!! Thanks! :cry:
  • Thanks for the info! What mpg are you getting with your 4cyl?
  • yuryyury Posts: 146
    got a pebble stuck in the tread somewhere maybe ?
  • yuryyury Posts: 146
    the comments about the vaguenes of the electrical steering continue to baffle me. i've been driving my 05 LS for over a month now and I have no objections whatsoever to the way it feels. yes, i was oversteering a little at first, not any more, got adjusted. highway ride is very nice, the car goes in the straigth line and feels pretty comfy. I come from a number of 4 cyl compacts and none of them (except maybe my mom's Sentra that has has a very stiff steering) compare to the bu on the highway. normally those cars would be a bit nervious at the nose at highway speeds, so it'd add fatigue on long trips.

    I also find that this not-so-small car is sirprisingly easy to park. normally with a new car for some time i would not be as presize pulling into a marked spot.

    On a general note, I can't quite understand how one can get a conclusive feel from one or 2 test drives. Cars differ quite a lot in a number of ways and i find that the initial feel can be deceptive bacause you're only drawn to those things that are very different from your old car. But we get used to things real quick. In 2 weeks the overall impression of the can be quite different. me a good test would last a month...alas, it is not realistic :)
  • mcleandmcleand Posts: 3
    I own an 06 malibu with about 30000 miles on it and not a problem. The electric steering takes some getting used to but the car is great.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Glad I could help - actually I don't have a Malibu - I just looked up the information for you :)
  • gf is looking for a new car and comes from a GM family. The base Malibu seems to fit the bill in terms of price, reliability, and economy.

    I know the Malibu is about to redesign and get the 2.4l as the base engine. I don't know if that platform will provide the same economy. I'm also sure the price will increase on the new model (as opposed to an end of the year deal we can make on the 07 LS).

    Should we wait for it, or go with the current generation Malibu?
  • shadow5599shadow5599 Posts: 101
    The next gen appears to be alot different and more refined but obviously there wont be used ones around and you'll pay more and lose with the high 1st year depreciation hit. The current gen is plentiful as used cars and new and with the redesigned Malibu out in late 07 there will be some great bargains available.

    Nobody can say if the new Malibu is going to be better or worse but by all indications it is better, but higher cost to buy. I usually go the lower cost route and the current gen Malibu is a very decent vehicle.
  • yuryyury Posts: 146
    well, one can always get a used 07 Saturn Aura next year :)
    i haven't checked the specs, but isn't it supposed to be basically the same vehicle?
  • paper17paper17 Posts: 1
    My 2006 Malibu LS clock time is right when parking car , Later start motor and clock is wrong time and some radio presets are wrong station . I reset and 1or 2 days later same thing time is wrong agan . Anyone else with same thing? And yes battery is good.
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