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Chevrolet Malibu, Sedan
Dec 05, 2000 (8:24 pm)
I bought 2001 LS and I recommend it. I compared Accord, Stratus, Malibu. Based on my needs like I love good features and Malibu was offering all I want in my price range. Plus resale and customer satisfaction of chevy is better than Dodge. Details in the brochure also impressed me as in that they explained everything in detail and it seems like they are so much focused to build a quality reliable car. I test drove all the cars but bought Malibu LS. Most of the bugs have been gone that earlier models were experiencing. Now only time will tell how is 2001. But I strongly think I am on safe side otherwise I wouldn't buy it as I don't have money to buy a car for testing. I have 2k miles now and so far perfect.
Crash rating for front is good(4 star) but side impact is 2 star for 2000 (don't know about 2001) its up from 1 star on 99 or earlier models. Although it has side impact beam.
If anybody buying in Austin, TX then I would recommend go to Champion Chevrolet. Their customer service and service dept before and even after the purchase is extra ordinary great.
Especially Alex pena who worked there. I don't know about others but I guess everybody there is good.
Dec 05, 2000 (8:42 pm)
I second yurakm. Don't feel alarmed by teo's comment about its safety records -- it got a good rating by Edmunds.
My family really love our 1997 LS model. The bugs had been ironed out in the first year. I have tried another car such as Accord, Camry, and Taurus but they were too small for my tall size frame.
Dec 06, 2000 (2:39 pm)
In a heartbeat! I would recommend the Malibu to anyone. My 99LS has been trouble free, very reliable, quiet, very very fuel efficient, nicely designed, comfortable, great acceleration, and I could go on and on but you get the picture. God luck!
Dec 06, 2000 (3:29 pm)
Just wondering what brand/type of engine oil you guys use on your Malibu's--I've got the 2.4-Liter Engine.
On another note, yes, I would definitely recommend the Malibu to a good friend!
#210 of 4972 Thanks for your responses!
Dec 07, 2000 (3:55 pm)
Thanks for your responses!
I just bought a blue 2001 Malibu (also in Austin, also at Champion Chevrolet).
I've only had it for one week, but so far I love it. It feels like I got my money's worth.
My only regret is that I didn't opt for the remote keyless entry. I wish I had. Anyone know about getting this installed after market?
Dec 07, 2000 (5:32 pm)
I guess circuit city people or best buy can install it. My friend in California told me he went to circuit city to have keyless entry and theft alarm installed for his car. As far as I remember they charged him $250-$300 or so. Dealer might be expensive but I don't know.
#212 of 4972 98 Malibu Power Loss
Dec 10, 2000 (12:32 am)
...First time posting anywhere. Prompted to find information on '98 troubles due to a power loss problem that has popped up in the last two months.
I purchased a new '98 Malibu LS in December 97. Selected it because of price and V6. I knew going into this that I could expect more vehicle problems than I had been used to. (Previously owned Subaru-156K miles, Acura-160K miles and 2 Hondas 130K and 90K) My experience with the previous cars was great - nothing more than the usual brakes, belts, tires, oil changes at the expected intervals. Of course, I take VERY good care of my vehicles. I'm a firm believer auto care has more to do with reliability than make or model - your car will take care of you as well as you take care of it. At least that is what I thought before I purchased the Malibu. Honestly, nothing but problems - some big, some little - 39 trips to the dealer in all including regular sevice trips.
Ok, I'm getting to the point, my latest problem loss of power. The Malibu experiences a loss of power and "bunny-hops" as one poster stated. I can't reproduce it but it has happened 7 times in the last two months under varying conditions. Now have 42,900 miles. It has been to the dealer 4 times for this specific reason. Yesterday being the 4th. The dealer has not been able to pinpoint the problem although he was able to experience it this last time and wants it back on Monday to do more diagnostics. The mechanic that did the test drive didn't have the portable computer connected so he could pull data when it happened and wasn't able to reproduce the problem after returning to the shop to get the unit - Thanks guys.
Anyone experience this problem and find a solution? If you haven't experienced this particular problem first hand you have no idea how frustrating it is! And it is definately a safety issue. Any assistance will be appreciated.
#213 of 4972 Broken brake light - help!
Dec 10, 2000 (4:36 pm)
One of my Malibu 97's brake lights was broken. Put in the new bulb and it still did not work.
Read the manual that come with the car about two fuse boxes in car(one under the dashboard and another one above the engine). I have hard time of finding which fuse for the brake light. Did not notice any bad fuses that I might miss. Noticed several Malibus on the road at night with brake light out. Did you have any experience with this? Thanks! Greg
Dec 10, 2000 (4:54 pm)
I believe the problem was with the module where the light bulbs are connected to. Someone broke the lens (right side) of my Malibu and I had to buy a new unit but the old one works fine just a busted lense. My 99 never had problems so if you find out that that is the problem let me know and I can mail you the module ( no charge ). Good luck.