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Chevrolet Malibu, Sedan
Jan 11, 2012 (8:35 pm)
My 2008 Malibu needs only natural oil but last time ,by error, the dealer used synthetic oil. I put around 4,000 miles a year and GM wanted the oil to be changed at least once a year so I complied to preserve my warranty. What do you suggest is a reasonable amount of time or miles before I need to change oil?
Thanks for any advice you can give me. Dewey
#4953 of 4972 Lower part of fender/grill
Jan 11, 2012 (8:34 pm)
The part of the fender/grill and below the fog lights has significant scratches due to high curbs when vertical parking and hitting a steep driveway entrance. Am I the only one that has that problems. Body shops want a fortune to repair as they remove all of the fender/grill assembly.
Any hints on how to prevent and how to repair. My other GM cars had a black synthetic material in that area.
#4954 of 4972 Re: Synthetic Oil [uncledewey1]
Jan 12, 2012 (8:03 am)
doesnt the malibu have the GMOL....GM Oil Life Monitor?..I have one in my 04 Malibu....Ive been running synthetic in it since 30K and it now has 197K on it...I change it out every 5K, but have let it go as far at 7500 before changing it...running Mobil 1
#4955 of 4972 Re: Synthetic Oil [pao]
Jan 12, 2012 (10:46 am)
Dewey, Even the BEST synthetic oil co.'s recommend the oil be changed at least once a year or 25,000 miles. ( Whichever comes 1st. ) Since you don't put very many miles on your car maybe you should use a synthetic blend motor oil to save money or use a high quality petroleum oil & change it twice a year. AWB
#4956 of 4972 Re: Lower part of fender/grill [uncledewey1]
Jan 28, 2012 (1:00 pm)
I was hoping someone else would respond. Try looking under the grill/fog lights and you might be surprised for 2008 Malibu and newer.
Feb 04, 2012 (5:14 pm)
My 2008 Malibu is low on radiator coolant. The owner manual states I need to use "Del-Cool". Is this true and if not what would anyone recommend?
Thanks, Uncle Dewey
#4958 of 4972 Re: Radiator Coolant [uncledewey1]
Feb 04, 2012 (5:39 pm)
About four years ago I bought a bottle of GM Dex-Cool at the dealership and have been using it since then on my three cars -- there is very little you need to add (and you dilute it with water, one to one). You should be able to find a Dex-Cool compatible coolant at an auto parts store, but I would only use the GM Dex-Cool. About $30 for a big bottle that will be serving you for years, on the one hand, and an expensive engine on the other. "True/not true" do not make sense here: do what the manual says -- this is not the case worth experimenting.
#4959 of 4972 Re: Radiator Coolant [malexbu]
Feb 05, 2012 (9:06 am)
Dexcool can be bought in Walmart for about $14 a unmixed gallon.
Dealer is rip off.
#4960 of 4972 Re: Ever try to Change the Oil...? [csb1]
Oct 23, 2012 (8:06 am)
First of all, the bulbs are way to easy to find and you can find those at walmart, secondly i done about 15 oil changes since i had this malibu and the oil filter is not hard to change at all, takes less then 5 minutes.
I have had no problems with my 1998 chevy malibu but minor water pump issues and that is not bad at all !!!
1998 chevy malibu 2.4 l has a quad engine the plastic in there tends to crack making your car vibrate at stops.(vacuum leak)
So as far as i can tell you suck at your job !! i am not even a mechanic yet i have changed bulbs without any issues and changed oil filter/flush without any issues.
Only thing i do not like is the anti freeze in these cars !!!
#4961 of 4972 2012 Malibu Roof Popping
Oct 30, 2012 (11:41 am)
I heard a popping noise every time I went through the car wash, at first I had no idea where it was coming from until the last time I took it through and it damaged my roof. I checked my car out each time I washed it because of the popping to make sure there was no damage Well the last time there was damage, the roof had a dip in it. There is a major flaw with the roof it has no support. The roof flexes with the slightest bit of pressure. This damage was caused from the blowers at the car wash, this should not have happened with the proper support in the roof of the car. The roof just could not take anymore flexing after so many washes and just gave away. I am having a GM rep look at this to see if they are willing to fix this problem. This is a manufacturing flaw, the roof should not be so weak.