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#618 of 4972 My list of problems/solutions and price for my 1998 !!!
Jun 18, 2001 (10:10 am)
Hello Everyone ~ * I need someone to tell me if i am getting srrewed here on all this repair listed below *
I thought i as ok a few weeks ago but I have now fallen into Malibu Hell, ok well I I have now taken my 1,000 mile + trip to upstate New York ( That is where i am writing this) well before I left Arkansas we had a new motor mount and a new computer chip put in the Malibu, but the dealer in Little Rock could not locate/find the front end noise / ticking problem so we still took this trip so 1,500 miles later this problem is AWEFUL the car sounds like a popcorn machine so today i hae located a Chevrolet dealer here in New York and boy did they find stuff wron here is what I need!
1. Lower Control Arms ~ $458.00
2. Upper Strut Mounts ~ $312.00
3. Rear Swey Bar Bushings ~ $98.00
4. 4 Wheel Alignment ~ $106.00
GRAND TOTAL = $1,078 with New York Taxes
And now I have the flickering AC unit I will Be driving and the little green light on the AC will go on and off causing major discomfort. Can some one tell me the root of this flickering AC Unit Please , becasue i will have the dealer take A look at it and get it fixed.
Yhank You !
#619 of 4972 ferraro1 - A/C Problem
Jun 18, 2001 (1:48 pm)
The problem with the A/C is its control unit--replacing the control unit/panel will fix the problem.
Are you replacing Lower Control Arms on both sides? Where did you get the estimate? I am in upstate New York, too (Albany/Troy), and the dealers around here gave me an estimate of between 310 and 320 dollars + Tax. I need only the Left one, though.
#620 of 4972 RE: Chevymalibu98
Jun 19, 2001 (5:58 am)
I took it to Salsbury (spelling) in Scotia. WOW is that a correct price ? the $310 $320 I am not for sure what I Need i think both ?? is so Are the left and right diffrent prices? I dunno if i want to go through with this reapir through this dealer I will go to Albany/Troy even through Troy is .... you know not the nicest little town, are their any trustworthy dealers in Schenectady ? but please tell me a good honest dealer here that You have gone to and liked that would really cut down on my nervousness !!! Ohh and on the AC problem how much is that reapair cost ??? thanKs alot !!
Jun 19, 2001 (11:33 am)
I am not sure how much the repair on the A/C would cost, since I got it repaired under warranty.
My guess is that the left and right lower control arms probably cost the same. $458 is not too bad if you are having both replaced, but would seem more like a rip-off is you are replacing just one, either left or right.
I purchased my Malibu at DePaula in Albany, but have had my car serviced at three different dealerships since I got it: DePaula (Albany, NY), Portsmouth Chevrolet (Portsmouth, NH--used to work in the area for almost a year and then moved back to NY), and Action Chevrolet (Troy, NY). The people at Portsmouth Chevrolet are the nicest and don't try to rip you off, but I guess it isn't an option. Both DePaula and Action aren't too bad, either.
DePaula gave me an estimte for the same job (Left Lower Control Arms) for $318, but said that they would match up with it after seeing the estimate from Action for $310. I decided to go with Action anyway, since it is closer to my place and that I was treated nicely when I was there. The only downside is that Action needs to have the part ordered, whereas DePaula has them in stock.
By the way, the $310 + tax includes the lower conotrol arm AND wheel alighment.
#622 of 4972 lower control arm?
Jun 20, 2001 (10:14 am)
Why would any one need a lower control arm,it should have a replaceable ball joint & bushings?
Jun 20, 2001 (6:16 pm)
Apparently the balljoints on the Malibu are sealed and part of the Lower Control Arm. It can't be lubed (because it is sealed) and if worn off the entire lower control arm has to be replaced! Not sure why it is designed this way, but just the way it is.
#624 of 4972 Hello Everyone
Jun 22, 2001 (4:01 pm)
Well I got my Malibu Back and it is wonderful no noise at all !! and the best thing is the dealer took a chunk of cash off the final price because they had to keep the car overnight when they promised same day delivery the total went from $1,078 to $960 I mean reguardless it was alot but some reduction does help. As for the Air Conditioning flickering I have not drivin the car too much since i have had it back and the times I have drivin I have not used the air , the weather has been in the 70's here in upstate New York !! no need to use it :)but when I do I am gonna really watch the air-conditioning to see it the problem re-surfaces. I first noticed the flickering of the AC when it was in the 90's, but if the problem comes back i will take it back to the dealer ( I think the dealer here in New York is ALOT better than the one in Arkansas)Ohh for those who have spoilers , does Anyone know where I can get some replacement bulbs for the light ?? random question, but I noticed some were burnt out..... ok well thanks !
Jun 22, 2001 (4:10 pm)
#626 of 4972 ferraro1
Jun 22, 2001 (5:29 pm)
Try Pep Boys.
Do not know about the spoiler lights, I have no spoiler, but they have a very wide selection of auto bulbs. Bought from them the rear-light bulbs for my Malibu.
#627 of 4972 spoiler lights
Jun 23, 2001 (9:53 am)
Not sure but if they are leds you need to replace the complete assy,had to do this on my cap brake light.If there numerous little lights in a long row there leds.