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2000-2011 Chevrolet Malibu



  • I bought the malibu from a dealer it had 72,000 miles on it the car now has 120,000 miles on it and I have only had it for two years. had no problems and only had to do required maintenance. It has been a great car.
  • mayvillemayville Posts: 2
    I have a 2005 Malibu with 31k miles and I recently bought the car. When slowing down to stop, I noticed that at times it seemed the engine speed was not decreasing very quickly. I would put the car in neutral in found the tach at anywhere between 1,000 to 1,800 rpm's. Usually, when put in neutral when coasting, the idle is at 1,000 but 1,500 to at times 1,800, which I have seen, seems high. The dealer checked the car over and said nothing is wrong. A non dealer mechanic said that Chevy ought to reflash the computer. Has anyone seen this problem before or is it normal? If the idle speed is not normal, would a reflash help? Also, I have an interesting tranny question. I noticed that when coasting in neutral that my tranny makes a clunking noise at 8 mph. I have been told that this noise is the tranny preparing for the car to stop. HUH? I have never heard a noise like this in neutral. Any comments to either of these problems would be greatly appreciated as my warrenty is running out soon. Thanks.
  • shadow5599shadow5599 Posts: 101
    My 05 (once warmed up) idles at about 800 in neutral when stopped but cant really say while moving since I dont put it into neutral while moving...wondering why you do? The same goes for the clunk...I dont put it in neutral while moving so cant say. In gear at 1800 rpm I'm cruisin at 110Kph.
    What's it idling at when warm, no a/c on and in park?
  • mayvillemayville Posts: 2
    The idle issue came up when I thought the engine braking was not slowing the car much in drive when coming to a stop. As such, I would put the car in neutral to check the idle. Thats when I detected idles from 1,000 to typically 1,500. Once or twice the idle has been 1,800 when the car has only been running for a short period of time. These idles are when I put the car in neutral and coast for a short period of time. When warm in park, the idle is 800. A friend of mine who owns a foreign car, said his idle in neutral when coasting is 600-800. I'm wondering if there is a sensor that controls the idle.

    I want to make sure that the car is running correctly before my warranty runs out.

  • Does anyone know the GM part numbers for the radios for the Malibu? I'm trying to find any of the head units better than the one in the 2007 LS, because all of those have an AUX input to handle the XM. I can get a cheap adapter via eBay, but not for my base-model radio.

    There's a couple of parts companies out there, but they won't certify 04-06 head units for 07 -- GM won't tell them yet.

    My other option is an aftermarket unit plus an aftermarket frame for $100 that will display the Menu/Info stuff, which sounds like it will look awful, compared to OE units.

    Thanks in advance
  • how much trouble are they to instal
  • Hi,
    I'm new at this site but I do have a few issues also, I have a 2005 LS Malibu. I always thought that the sterring was stiff. I had always had a rattle from day one and taken the car several times back to the dealership. I also had some problem that was electrical with the radio it would sometime just go off an not come back on for a few days. I had an acciendent this past saturday that something just happened with the steering and had problems controlling the car and I hit an embankment at 58mph and rode the hillside for 20ft and then back into the ditch into the highway before i could get stopped. This is was the real kicker the airbags did not deploy at all. we had to replace the front rotors at 30,000 miles and new tires at 12,000. I always like the car good gas mileage but I am afraid that this car is dangerous with the steering. Has anyone else had similar issues with the malibu 2005 models? :confuse:
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I never considered the steering stiff in the best it was loose with the electronic assist steering....glad you are ok from the accident...remember an airbag is normally deployed when certain physics factors are meet, normally associated with rapid stop of a vehicle resulting from a direct impact...sounds like yuo had more of a glancing blow for lack of better terms at an angle...and not head on....

    rotors at 30K, why...warped..or turned too many times...and certainly 12k on tires is way too 35K on my OEM tires...and over 60k on the michelins now on the car....04 Maxx LT here....
  • my wifes malibus warranty is over in about three months or in 6000 miles. so far its been trouble free. is there any reason that i should take it in to the dealer before the warranty is up. any recalls i should know about? thanks in advance.
  • Hi,
    I understand what your saying at a glance and thank god it wasn't headon, but when I sent pics to GM they couldn't understand either about the airbag deployment because the front bumper not quite in the middle but real close looks like i hit a pole. I explained to them I had the cruise control set and when the accident happend the TC did not come on and the cruise did not disengage. GM is sending an investergator to look at the car and take it apart to figure out what exactly happened. GM was extremely nice about the whole thing. We had taken the car back to the dealership after owning the car 2 months about the TC wasn't working and they said it was even though when they got the car into a spin the light and TC never engage. They couldn't explain. Hopefully something will come good out of it all. As far as the rotors they had never been turned.
    Thanks for replying have a great day :D
  • bbrillbbrill Posts: 5
    Hi, does anyone know if a 2000 malibu has a cabin filter?
  • ls6454ls6454 Posts: 11
    I purchased a 07 Malibu LS in June, my main reason was fuel economy. I have 6000 miles on the odometer and no complaints as of yet, the fit and finish is great and the car has a lot of standard features for the price.
    I originally went to the dealership to look at Aveo's and Cobalts's but after driving both of them I did not like the size, my salesman suggested I drive the Malibu, this car had the room I needed and the fuel economy is comparable to the Cobalt. After 6000 miles I am averaging 34.2 MPG.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
    A reporter seeks to talk with intended owners of the 2008 Chevy Malibu who are also parents. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to [email protected] no later than Thursday, November 15, 2007 and include your city and state of residence as well as the age of your child/ren.
  • I have a 2005 Malibu w/67,000 miles. When I open my car door, the alarm will go off, so then I have to get in and start it up. Well sometimes, when I play with the lock, to try and make the door open up right, it kills my engine. My trunk button on the driver side door won't work. I have an XM radio plugged into the lighter outlet and it will kill my engine if I leave it on. My engine will also die if I turn off my engine and don't open my door to shut off the radio. I went Les Scwab and had the check the battery and its alright. I've been watching for my lights to flicker at night, just incase its the alternatator, so far so good. Once I get a jump, my car starts right up. When my battery dies and I try to turn it over, it makes a clickin sound. Any thoughts anyone?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 879
    When you don't open the door when you shut off the engine the power is turned off in 10 minutes. In less than 10 minutes your battery goes dead?

    The static current draw is about 25mA, that can be checked at the battery with everything off.

    Generator can be checked with a volt meter with a full load.

    If everything checks out I would put in a new battery.
  • Yesterday I attempted to drain, flush and refill the radiator on my 1999 Malibu (3.1 Liter V6) I tried to open what appeared to be a petcock to drain the radiator by turning a small plastic light green plug at the bottom right side (looking from the front) of the radiator. It was difficult to get a grip on with any tool I had at my disposal, and I was not able to get it to turn very far, or get it open. I finally gave up and disconnected the lower radiator hose, which allowed me to drain the cooling system, but it was a messy solution at best. Can anyone tell me if what I was turning was indeed a drain valve and if it is, should it be relatively easy to turn by hand or minimal force with a pair of pliers. Of course if some one could instruct me on a better way to drain the coolant, I would certainly appreciate it.
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 879
    Yes that is the drain. I spray it with penetrating oil and wait 30 seconds or so then turn it counter clock wise to open. Spray it again to close it. Without the lube you can break it .
  • I have a 2000 chevorlet malibu with about 140 000 kms on it. yesterday i get out of mcdonalds to start my car and the key will not turn whatsoever. I have tried numerous sets of keys, stepped on break, wiggled steering, etc... nothing seems to work. please help?
  • I have a 97 Malibu that stalls when put into gear BUT DOES NOT STALL IN REVERSE.. Any Suggestions on what could be causing this?
  • I have a 97 Malibu that stalls when put into gear BUT DOES NOT STALL IN REVERSE.. Any Suggestions on what could be causing this?
  • cindiscindis Posts: 1
    I have been having a problem with the battery going dead in my 2005 Malibu. Did you ever find an anwer to this?
  • babybubabybu Posts: 10
    I own a 1999 malibu, it has a 3.1 V6 engine. i intend on finishing the car as a show car this summer, so it will not be a daily driver, just an occasional hot rodder and show off. Ive stumbled upon a supercharger for this engine. is it a good idea to purchase and install this supercharger. keep in mind that its a front-wheel drive, so ive been told the drive terrain will be under enormous stress with such a dramatic power increase. can anyone here help me?
  • babybubabybu Posts: 10
    my 1999 malibu had that same problem, i just got myself a high line battery and got me some new cables... but im no mechanic, im sure im not being much help... sorry :(
  • staceeljstaceelj Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Malibu LS. Yesterday, my son ran the battery down. After getting the battery jumped, everything works except the radio. It is not a satellite radio, just a radio with a CD player. I was wondering if this could be a fuse, and if it is, I can't find a fuse for the radio. Has anyone ever experienced this or could anyone tell me where to find the fuse. Thank you.
  • packer3packer3 Posts: 277
    It's hard to rubn down the battery on most GM cars, there is a battery run down protection mode that shuts down all any electrical unit left on. It is either a short in the wiring, or what I think it is as was on my 04 Malibu was the battery it had a dead cell and the battery had to be replaced and the problem never came back.
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 879
    If Z model look at the left passenger kick panel, the fuse cover is there. Pull the radio fuse for a few seconds and see if it resets.
  • Here is the deal. Came out a couple of days ago and the car wouldn't start. In fact, the electronic locks wouldn't even open the car doors. I had to manually open the car doors with the key.

    I charged the car this morning and it started. I drove it to the store and around for about 10-15 minutes. Came home, turned it off, and it wouldn't turn back over.

    How do I know if it is the altenator, starter, or battery?

    2005 Malibu
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    Im betting its the can get it tested at most auto parts stores....the fact the locks would work make me beleive its the battery......most begin to fail around the three year mark.......replaced mine in my 04 Maxx LT last year.
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 879
    Check battery voltage with engine running, should be around 14 volts. If your battery light was not on with engine running, I would say battery.
    Short battery life in hot climates.
  • Are chevy malibau good cars. 2000 chevy malibau, automatic, power windows, 75000 miles, good condition for 2500? is this a good price? some help please anyone that is honest to me. no joke!!!
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