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#1473 of 4972 Malibu Rotors on My 2000; Windshields
Mar 03, 2003 (4:48 pm)
1. On my 2000 Malibu, I had to have the front brakes and rotors replaced and rear brakes refaced - after only a little over 20,000 miles. All of the work was done under warranty. I believe if you do a search of this Malibu topic, you will find that Malibu front brakes and rotors have been an issue that's been discussed previously. Some model years are more prone to it than others - I think the 2000's were. Interestingly, while my Chevy dealer was doing the work on the brakes, they discovered that the intake manifold gasket was leaking. They had to order a part and did the work about 2 weeks after the brakes. Again, this was all done under warranty.
2. Speaking of bad luck and windshields, I had an 84 Cavalier that I had to have the windshield replaced because a stone chipped it and then the crack traveled all the way across my windshield at eye level. Less than a week after getting the windshield replaced, another stone chipped the the new windshield. Fortunately, that chip could be repaired. Like Deminin, I've had the same insurance company for years (still do). They attributed it to bad luck as well and didn't raise my rates. It's the only claim I've had in about 15 years or so.
#1474 of 4972 Rotor Problems
Mar 03, 2003 (5:58 pm)
I own a 2000 Malibu LS with 51 000 km on it (about 30 600 miles)and have had the rotors changed 3 times and machined 3 times. The first time the rotors warped the dealer replaced them as it was just after I bought the car. After that I had to pay each time. The dealer said that this was normal wear and tear and that GM would not pay. If the dealer covers you after 25 000 miles then you have a good dealer. Good Luck
Mar 03, 2003 (11:28 pm)
attn Hobasil.... I would'nt wait to long or I'll buy it ! There a fine auto and in the condition you have outline and at $5000 Can. can't go wrong.
I looked at one 2 weeks ago 128km excellent condition but the price was $9800. out of line but it was a private sale and owner could wait.
the early lumina's had rear brake problems, big time but the design was changed I think in 1995.
#1476 of 4972 brake problems?
Mar 04, 2003 (5:30 am)
Brakes are very inexpensive for the malibu. Easy to change the pads and the rotors with only two bolts. The rotors fall off when you lift off the calipers. The pads pop out and back in as easily as any car made. Wagner pads are $34 for both front wheels and the rotors are $26 apiece. $86 and change will be a front brake job if someone is the least bit mechanical, has 30 minutes on a saturday and has a screw driver and SAE socket wrench set. For the few problems the malibu has there might not be a better car for the money in its class. Looking forward to a test drive of the 2004 Epsilon platform car with the 2.2 engine. If it is any where near as good as my 99' I might just be tempted. I expect it to be much like the camry to drive with somewhat better handling. Hope GM kept the good automatic we are use to.
Mar 04, 2003 (10:08 am)
Where can i get these Waner pads? Are they at any local auto store, and what about the rotars for $26, are they Waner too?
#1478 of 4972 pad access
Mar 05, 2003 (9:28 am)
chevymalibu19 I was able to get the pads at a small NAPA parts store in my town. I don't need rotors yet at 76,000 miles but priced them when I got the pads. Most any place will have them and between $26 and $30 should be the price anywhere. I am in the North East so my price could even be high. I should really be able to tell how good this car is by 200,000 miles. Gonna take a few more years but if it keeps running like it does now, I will enjoy the time with it.
#1479 of 4972 Accessories & Silver Star Bulbs
Mar 06, 2003 (12:22 pm)
You're right... shipping costs must really vary... It cost me $8 in shipping for the hood protector, for a total of about $32 rounded off. Installed it on Friday and it fits like a glove, and no drilling or 3M tape was required. It's low profile and looks good w/ the tinted windows.
Had a burned out headlight, so replaced both lowbeams with Sylvania Silver Star bulbs... (19.99 ea Autozone and there's currenly a $10 mail in rebate on a pair) WOW! What a difference in night time driving... they're better than the PIAAs I had installed in my Envoy at a fraction of the cost. The DRLs appear brighter as well.
Mar 06, 2003 (6:12 pm)
Well just got my Malibu back from the dealer. had them check outthe brakes and yes the rotors were warped as well a a leak in the rear cylinder. They replaced the front rotors and the rear cylinder for free under warranty without me even asking. Not bad considering ihave 25k miles on my 2001 Malibu. The service guy even admitted that the brakes are a weak point on the car.
They also tried to get me to replace the front pads since I have new rotors. I declined.
I guess the next thing I can expect is the dreaded intake manifold leak.
#1481 of 4972 Edmund's Consumer Rating on '03 Malibu
Mar 07, 2003 (6:18 pm)
Has anybody noticed the Edmund's Consumer Rating keeps dropping on the new Malibu? Just a few weeks ago it was 9.4 and now it is down to 9.1. Anybody have an explanation of this?
#1482 of 4972 Question dtownfb, Why Didn't You Have the Pads Replaced as Well?
Mar 08, 2003 (6:18 am)
I had to have the rotors in my 2000 Malibu LS replaced under warranty, and my dealer replaced the pads as well (again, under warranty). However, if he wouldn't have replaced the pads under warranty, I would have asked him to. My rotor replacement was around 21,000 miles and 2-1/2 years of getting the car.
How far between brake jobs do you normally drive? I find that I usually get between 35,000 and 40,000 miles, but it's been as low as 30,000 (especially since my two oldest are now driving).
Just from the peace-of-mind aspect, I would want new pads with the new rotors. But then, that's just me and my $0.02;-).