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#504 of 4972 Coolant Leak/Check Engine Light - NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS
Apr 21, 2001 (4:50 pm)
My 1997 Chevy Malibu (108,000 miles) has had TOO MANY problems: theft system issues/ignition module (replaced countless times because the car wouldn't start -even after 15 minutes- and we needed to be towed), brakes/rotors, etc.
For the last several years, my husband and I have complained to the dealer about a coolant leak and was told there was no problem. However, we were filling it every month or so as the red light came on. Last month, we needed to fill it every week, so I decided to take it to the dealership. The morning I was dropping it off, the check engine light came on. I lose power on acceleration sometimes as well, I was told that it was the intake manifold, so $1000 later, I was told it was fixed. As I left the parking lot of the dealership, the check engine light came on again and I turned the car around and brought it back, I waited for about an hour, at which point I was told that one of the temperature sensors was reading incorrectly, wire replaced, problem fixed. So I go home that night and my husband checks the car out... the alarm doesn't work, and the coolant reservoir isn't filled (after $1000 dollars, the least they could do was fill it). I called the dealer and went back in two days. Surprise, surprise, on the way to the dealership, the check engine light goes on again. This time, I am told that it's the EVAP sensor and that it could mean a lot of things (gas tank not closed properly (WHATEVER!), hoses kinked...) so they say everything's fixed, a hose was apparently pinched. This morning while running some errands, the blooming light goes on again! Obviously it's back to the dealership I go, but it's getting OLD!!! I've heard a lot of complaints by Cavalier, Lamina and Fire bird owners about the check engine light. Unfortunately, we still owe money on this hunk of junk. We really enjoy the car with the exception of the fact that it's in the shop more than we can drive it. Any one else sharing the same experiences?
#505 of 4972 mottsz71: Coolant Leak
Apr 21, 2001 (10:17 pm)
I have an early 98 Malibu, build date July 1997. Bought used, with 15k miles, September 1998. Currently a bit above 40k miles.
The first two years the car was serviced at dealer, oil change every 3 months. The coolant level decreased, but the dealer mechanic just added it.
The difference between full tank, to the notch, and the "add coolant" light on the dash, is one quart. Only once lost so much coolant between oil changes. According to manual, it is OK to add it every 3 months. My impression is it is a bit too often, but who I am to argue with manual. I had no reason to complain, and did not care.
After warranty expired, I switched to local Firestone with oil change etc, and to adding the coolant myself. Did not like how fast it decreased: had to add a quart every 3 months exactly. Then, in cold winter day, the signal appear one month after the last adding the coolant...
Replaced the tank cap to exclude evaporation. After this the coolant did hold better, but still decreased.
Last week, told the Firestone mechanic about the problem and asked to replace coolant and flush and check the cooling system. Turned to be, they can check the system without flushing and replacing the antifreeze. Just pressure check. A simple and cheap work, costs something between $25 and $30, do not remember exactly.
Turned to be, there is a small leak from the intake manifold gasket. Fortunately, it leaks outside of engine, not inside it.
Called my dealer, to check if GM had a recall or hidden warranty concerning the problem. The answer was negative.
The next week I am planning to fix the problem by replacing the gasket.
I have a third-party extended warranty from an Internet company named Warranty Gold. Will look how it works. Have an impression, that my mechanic does not like the third party warranties, though. He told me to call the company myself and to check if the gasket is covered (according to the policy, it looks as it is covered). Probably, calling the company adjuster means too much trouble to mechanics. At least, when I called them, the line was always busy and the comapny did not answer my voice mail.
My suggestions to owners of Malibu and other cars with the same engine: ask for pressure-check of the coolant system. Do it before the warranty is going to expire, and/or when buying the car, if buying it used. You will waste $30 for peace of mind if there is no problem, but can save a lot of time and/or money if it leaks.
#506 of 4972 AC seems to be always on
Apr 26, 2001 (6:41 am)
We have a 2001 LS Malibu. I notice that the air blown out of the fan is always cool when we turn on the internal air circulation whether we turn on the AC or not. Is this normal, or a feature, or something wrong? Thanks,
Apr 28, 2001 (5:38 am)
I've noticed the air is always "cool"...not cold when on without the A/C button pushed. If you are getting "cold" air all the time...something is wrong! Could be the A/C is engaged.
#508 of 4972 want to hear about our JUNK malibu
May 02, 2001 (6:33 pm)
in 99' we bought a new malibu 6cyl auto, fully loaded. It has been junk, all it does is break down,can you share some similar experiences. the motor was smooth for a short time, and tended to get un refined and when we turned on the air the motor ran bad. CAn you tell me about your malibus out there..we service our car alot , but always tend to floor it when accelerating. Plus the sucker only has 83,021 miles , our camry can run over 100,000 in two years , unlike chevy......please share all you can with us.thank you for your time
#509 of 4972 truckdude1
May 02, 2001 (7:35 pm)
Well, in the last two or three years you bought:
- new 99 Malibu, and put 83,021 miles,
- new Grand Am, year unknown, put 15888 miles,
- new 99 Cavalier, now 36555 miles,
- new 00 Hyndai Elantra, now 41,632 miles, and
- just bought used 95 Toyota Corolla, with 126,917 miles.
You also have a 97 Toyota Camry, with 82,556 miles on odometer (either bought used or owned it for years) and currently you are planning to buy a Honda Civic. Of these new cars you love only Elantra.
Well, probably you have somewhat unusual tastes. Are driving a lot. And have a very big garage, ha?
Or, possibly, just like spamming.
May 02, 2001 (7:44 pm)
Hi, we were being sarcastic, i only own two of these specific cars, my family always likes me to post articles on their cars and what they have done based upon their opinion, i am not against many cars, since they are transportation.i have never driven the malibu, so i cannot say.I let them type this up or they email the info to me.
#511 of 4972 Re: Truckdude
May 02, 2001 (7:53 pm)
His name is Paul Pattillo.
May 02, 2001 (8:02 pm)
why do you have to be sarcastic??????? Larry Rymal thinks he is something, what a piece of sarcastic trash.
#513 of 4972 Don't listen to this guy
May 03, 2001 (6:40 am)
He's been in the Chevy Cavalier forum stating that he had a Cavalier and it was junk so he bought a used Corolla and unlike chevy he will never buy chevy junk. Now he is here saying he had a Malibu and then be bought a Camry and unlike Chevy he will never buy that junk. This is that fastfoodman guy with a different user name. Let's keep the forums informative as they have been for teh past few months and let's ignore this guys comments which are only meant to stir up conflics. I bet if I check in the Impala forum he has been in tehre also claming he ha an Impala and it was junk. Ignore people like this.