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Chevrolet Malibu, Sedan
May 26, 2011 (6:55 am)
Just bought a 2011 LT1 with the Red tintcoat Premium Package and Interface Package/Mat Package off the lot. Unable to order a red tintcoat LT2 because the pigment comes from Japan and is unavailable. $4,000 discount. $2,000 rebate, $1,000 from being an AARP member, $1,000 military discount. $22K and change out the door. I decided on the 2011 without waiting for the 2013 that comes out in the spring of next year. For one thing the new one will be more expensive and secondly I am concerned about the 5" shorter wheelbase. I'm primarily interested in ride and the 2011 rides ok. I rented them several times. I also have no interest in a touch screen like my wife"s Traverse - that "MyChoice" or whatever Ford and Chevy will call them. I could have had a red LT2 shipped in from Albuquerque but it had a sunroof and the ceiling is too low on the Malibu with a sunroof. It brushes my head even with the seat all the way down (and I'm 5'10"). Anyway the LT1 is fine with the LT2 wheels and other options it had on it except for the silly mat package. I always put in rubber mats. Unfortunately GM was too cheap to include a trunk net so I'll have to order one.
#4922 of 4972 Re: BOUGHT A 2011 LT1 [dispencer2]
May 26, 2011 (9:03 am)
Since you are the same height as me I was wondering if the headrests bother you like they bother me ? I have a bad back & I need to keep the seat back up straight for lower back support & this causes my head to constantly bump against the headrest. Fortunately we bought this car for my wife and I do not ride in it very often. But every time I do the headrests really bother me. AWB
#4923 of 4972 Re: BOUGHT A 2011 LT1 [ahoser13]
May 26, 2011 (3:49 pm)
Luckily My knee is bad - back is fine. I always tilt the seat slightly back and the headrest isn't an issue. The lumbar support works fine with the seat slightly tilted. The headrest is worse on my 2009 Cobalt but I've gotten used to it. It probably is safer than the old headrests.
#4924 of 4972 Re: 2001 chevy malibu [awil28]
May 26, 2011 (3:58 pm)
Make sure that the key is not the problem. I had a 2001 Malibu and the ignition switch didn't recognize the key -I needed a new ignition switch as I recall. The car would crank but wouldn't start. Check with the dealer. There was some sort of test -As I recall it was 1. Try and start. 2. Turn off ignition and leave key in and wait 15 minutes then 3. try and start it. This may be wrong. This was two cars ago and I can't remember what I ate two days ago so check with the dealer. There IS a problem with the ignition that reads the key that will cause it to crank but not to start. Quit replacing stuff and check with the dealer.
#4925 of 4972 Re: BOUGHT A 2011 LT1 [dispencer2]
May 27, 2011 (12:12 pm)
Welcome to the GM family. If you have any questions comments or concerns please feel free to contact me directly! Have a great weekend!!
GM Customer Service
#4926 of 4972 2011 Malibu transmission problem
Jun 01, 2011 (6:40 pm)
I have about 1300 miles on my new 2011 Malibu, The trannsmission was hesitating. I brought to dealer. I was told the tranny is now 6 speed . the Cruze and the Traverse have the same new tranny. They told me the hesitation is the gears changing. I accepted the answer but realized its more than that. The massive hestations starts at 20 to 40 mph. It hesitates (feels like car is being held back) 3 times until it hits 40 mph. Bringing back to dealer. Is anyone else have this pblm or heard of this pblm? The strange twist is that it doesn't happen every time
#4927 of 4972 Re: 2011 Malibu transmission problem [yanks5]
Jun 02, 2011 (3:11 am)
I have a LTZ 4 cylinder with a "surging problem" that is presently at the dealer for this problem. (See my postings on the "2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu board!) ----- Take it back to the dealer ASAP! -------- Best regards. ------ Dwayne
#4928 of 4972 Re: 2011 Malibu transmission problem [yanks5]
Jun 03, 2011 (7:04 am)
Please keep us posted on any information from the dealership.
Thank you and have a great weekend!
Caron, GM Customer Service
Jun 03, 2011 (4:11 pm)
My husband and I bought a new Malibu and has been nothing but problems. After having the car 2 months the brakes started squeaking. Not typical for a brand new car so we took it back to the dealership. They said they fixed the problem. I then was going to a dr appointment when the car wouldn't shift. I would run the engine up then had to release the gas for the car to slam into the next gear. Took it back to the GM dealership only to have them tell me that there was nothing wrong. Brakes started acting up again, took it back, once again was told they fixed it. Transmission still acting up a month later but now brakes again too so I took it back to the dealership on to be told nothing wrong with transmission and brakes were fixed but technician said it was MY driving that the brakes were giving out so often so he told me how to "properly" brake. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. Took it to a Midas to have oil changed and the technician came out and said, did you know you have a transmission leak? I called my husband right away and put in a complaint with the GM dealer, they advised me to take it to another dealer. Took it to the next dealer where they finally found the problem with the transmission and fixed it. Back to the brakes..........Husband is now on his way to another state when the brakes gave out and he ended up running a red light. He had it taken to a Midas where they replaced the brakes and said the calipher was hanging up. They fixed it at an expense of $250.00 plus labor. So I went back to the initial dealership and complained that it wasn't "my driivng" it was the crappy brakes they were using and requested a refund for the $250.00 that I had to pay Midas to fix it. I to this day over a year later have the same brakes. So it's not MY driving it was the brakes they were installing on the car.
Now onto my current issues. Last month I started the car on only to have it beep at me and on the message read it said "power steering" So I shut off the car and turned it back on. It went away. This month did the same thing to my husband only he lost power steering going down the highway. Not fun. He shut the car off and turned it back on. It worked again. So it did it to him 2 days ago so I filed a complaint......again....with GM. They said it would be covered under warranty to have it repaired. But until we can get it serviced we have to drive the car seeming as it's our only one and my husband is military so he can't just "call off" So this morning on the way to another base, its pouring down rain and our windshield wipers quit working. I can hear the motor for them running but the wipers are not going.
But I would like to know what the problem could be with the windshield wipers and if I could fix it before taking it to the dealership and having to pay for labor?
I have always driven GM vehicles and am really disappointed with this car and the service that I have been getting!
#4930 of 4972 Re: BOUGHT A 2011 LT1 [gmcustsvc]
Jun 04, 2011 (3:53 pm)
Thanks - My first Chevy was a new 1956 and we presently have 4 -the Malibu, an 09 Cobalt coupe, an 09 Traverse and a '97 truck. Karl Spence