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#126 of 4972 air vents, rotors.poor performance
Nov 08, 2000 (2:50 am)
Recently took my 2000 Malibu in for warranty work
1. Air vents directional not working properly. In eight months sinced I owned this car this problem has happened! The shop stated that the A/C control was shorting internally. They replaced the control assembly. This problem has been posted before by other Malibu owners.
2. Bad Rotors. At 7,000 miles brakes started pulsating. Shop replaced rotors per technical bulletin. These rotor replacements are supposed to be an upgraded rotor. Only time will tell.Thsi story has been told before by many owners. Also, all the cars I have ever owned I have never had the rotors replaced before 150,000 miles. Poor design by Chevy.
3. Car would stutter, not fire properly when driven the first 10-15 miles on the Interstate highway in the morning. Problem even worse during the rian.I took my car in four times to the largest Chevy dealer in Indianapolis. I was told " we felt the car do it, we don't know what it is but it is safe to drive." What a pathetic excuse by Chevy. Finally took my car to the dealership where we bought my Pontiac at. Specifically told them to check the spark plug wires. They had to spray water on the waters before they could consistently reproduce the problem. Two spark plug wires were arcing. Finally the problem has been fixed. People have posted similar complaints about there Malibu's here on Edmunds.
After 8 months and way to many visits to the Chevy dealership I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND this car!
Do yourself a favor if you are thinking of buying a Malibu-spend a few extra bucks and buy a Grand Prix.
Nov 08, 2000 (5:03 am)
You recommend Grand Prix over Malibu. Though, it depends on trim, driving style, and price.
The base trim, GP SE, indeed is not much more expensive than Malibu. Possibly, even less expensive sometimes - depending on incentives and options.
Though, it have the same engine as Malibu. I believe, with the same spark plug wiring.
Would the same problem developed as with your Malibu, all depends on the dealer service. Your Pontiac dealer was better than the Chevy one - but in other city the opposite can be true. To say nothing about the Pontaic-Chevrolet dealerships.
The GP is much heavier than Malibu, though. I did not test-drive the GP SE, but my wife and I drove the sister car, a base Chevy Impala, with the 3.4l engine. It is a bit stronger than the 3.1l one in GP SE. About the same maximal power (hp), but substantially better torque through the full curve.
We were disappointed. Our 98 Malibu (base, but with a 3.1l engine) had much better acceleration. Even while the 3.1l engine at this times was less powerful than now: it get additional 15-20hp in the summer of 1999.
Without doubt, the GP GT, and especially GP GTP, are better cars than Malibu in most respects. They have much more powerful 3.8l engine (supercharged in GTP). I can recommend additionally the Buick Regal - the twin of GP with the same 3.8l engine. We own one, and like it very much. And the Impala LS owners like it very much.
But these cars are more expensive than Malibu, and not by "few extra bucks". More like extra five to ten grands, depending on trim and options.
#128 of 4972 Yurakm
Nov 08, 2000 (2:26 pm)
The W-Body cars (Impala, Montecarlo, Grand Prix, Regal, Intrigue) are much better choices than the N-Body cars (Alero, Grand AM, Malibu). The current stable of W-Body models haven't had the recurring problems owners of N-body cars have been forced to cope with. The N-bodies are notorious for premature brake problems, less than stellar safety records, build quality issues, etc.
The W-body cars boast better drivetrains, better safety records, better quality, better reliability,etc.
No ofense intended to Malibu and other N car owners, but the N-bodies are not the best GM has to offer, period. I am eagerly awaiting for the upcoming Sigma platform to change the state of affairs with the entry level offferings of the General.
Nov 08, 2000 (3:50 pm)
I don't understand what you talked about "W" and "N" body models. Definitely, the Malibu and Gran AM are not the same family.
Nov 08, 2000 (4:23 pm)
Chevy Malibu, Pontiac Grand Am, and Olds Alero are sharing the basic underbody structure, so named "platform". They have a lot common in suspension, brakes, etc.
Obviously, the upper body of Malibu is different.
#131 of 4972 Yurakm
Nov 08, 2000 (4:34 pm)
The Malibu, Alero and Grand AM all share the same basic platform and engines, except the 3400 V-6 engine optional on the Grand AM and Alero models. The malibu only gets the 3100 V-6. These cars are code named P-90 bodies or the "N" bodies. The other member of the "N" family is the discontinued malibu clone sold as the Olds Cuttlass from 97-99. The Cuttlass was replaced in favor of the Alero. Same car, different body style.
Nov 12, 2000 (3:48 pm)
I was at the New Wngland Car show last night and I have a few things that I am not happy about. First, Chevy used the majority of their space to display trucks. All the sedans were behind a wall where it was easy to miss that they were there. They had one base as base can get Malibu there. I'm not sure if the LS is the same as the base but they made the glove box smaller and it no longer has a lock, the coin holders are no longer there ( the little storage space under the HVAC controls), the shifter knob only covers the top part ( my LS has a leather wrapped shifter and an additional extension that cover all but the last inch of the black shifter metal rod, makes it look luxurious),the door panels are now two pieces ( bottom half one color the upper part a lighter color). Is this the way all 2001 Malibus are? Is the LS the same way? If so I am glad I have the 99 and if the redesigned one goes the same route I'm buying my 99 off the lease and running it for years until it dies.
The Cavalier was nice and the Impala was OK but it's sad to see that Chevy is focusing their attention on trucks while sedan buyers get the short stick. the Impala was nice but the controls are too far and to adjust the temp one has to lean forward to do so, so I still remain un impressed with the Impala. I love Chevy cars and I wish they would put as much effort into the sedans as tehy do in the trucks. Neddless to say I was very disapointed at this years show. Last year they had a top of the line Malibu that really made you admire the car, this year they just didn't care enough .
#133 of 4972 Just test drove a 2001 Malibu LS
Nov 13, 2000 (2:50 am)
After going to the Auto Show, I was impressed with the Malibu. So I went to my local Chevy dealer and got to test drive an LS model. It handled much better than I expected. It shifted gears without me even noticing and had plenty of pickup. However, I have two concerns:
1) The wipers seemed short. They didn't seem to swipe high enough. Does anyone else feel this way?
2) I didn't notice a Day/Night switch on the rear-view mirror. Does it have one? I meant to look but forgot.
Thanks in advance for any input.
#134 of 4972 Malibu99
Nov 13, 2000 (3:07 am)
The HVAC controls on my Impala are very easy to get to. Not sure about having to strech to get to them. They are very comfortable to operate with no fuss and minimal distractions. I have the bucket seats and center console so perhaps this makes access easier to them than in the bench model.
Saw the other day a Navy blue 2001 Malibu. Looks very nice. However, I am still unimpressed by the poor side crash scores on that car. What's up with that?
Nov 13, 2000 (3:49 am)
I have a base 98 Malibu. Do not know about 2001 LS, but:
1. My Malibu have different-size wipers. 22 inches driver-side, and 19 inches passenger size. The driver-side wiper is the same as with larger GM cars: Buick Regal, Olds Intrigue, etc. Big enough, never have problems.
I have impression, that the passenger-side wiper also is better than adequate. By the way, Regal is 3 inches wider, than Malibu - and the total size of wipers are 3 inches larger too.
Any case, the size of passenger wipers is not a safety item.
2. The rear-view mirror of my Malibu have a manual Day/Night switch.
Do not know, if the automatic electrochromic mirrors are available as option in the 2001 LS. If yes, I would suggest to buy it. I have such a mirror with other car, and was impressed. With all the SUV and blue-headlight cars on the roads, often driven with high beams, this is a really useful feature, not a luxury.