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#63 of 4972 ITS A "LEMON"
Oct 10, 2000 (7:50 pm)
I OWN A 1999 MALIBU LS, BUT FOR MUCH LONGER. I BOUGHT MY CAR IN JUNE 99 WITH 11 MILES ON IT. SINCE THEN MY RADIO ANTENNA HAS COME APART, THE RUBBERS ON BOTH FRONT DOORS HAVE CAVED IN THE DOORS & SCRATCHED MY GLASS,THE RUBBER ON THE OUTSIDE OF MY REAR VIEW WINDOW BLOW OFF ON THE HIGHWAY,THE COATING ON MY WHEELS ARE PEELING,MY EMBLEM IS COMING OFF & THE REAL KICKER IS SINCE DEC I HAD MY CAR IN THE SHOP 5 TIMES FOR ODOR IN MY AIR CONDITIONER. WELL COME TO FIND OUT THERE IS MOLD & MILDEW GROWING IN MY AIR CONDITIONER.(BIG HEALTH PROBLEM FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES & ASTHMA) THIS IS A PROBLEM DUE TO A MANUFACTURE DEFECT. THE DRAIN HOLE IS TO SMALL. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THEY CLEAN & SPRAY CHERRIES IN IT IT COMES BACK.THE STATES ATTORNEY FOUND IT TO BE A LEMON & CHEVY MUST BUY IT BACK. NO MORE CHEVYS FOR ME. P/S I'M GETTING A HONDA!!!!
#64 of 4972 gormely
Oct 10, 2000 (8:18 pm)
I have an early 98 base Malibu, build date July 97, bought used in September 98. Air condition is practically never off. Nevertheless, no mildew.
I had read at other Edmund board (Impala?) that with any air condition it is important not to use it much in the recirculate mode. Now and then is OK, but generally air condition must work in the vent-through mode. Otherwise the mold will grow. I think the same info can be found in the car manual.
I had read also at the board, that to kill the mildew, the condition must be fryed (max heat, max fun, 10 minutes in recirc mode, 5 minutes in the vent-through one). Probably need repeating several times to kill all the mildew. I did this couple of times during the last wet summer, even without founding any mildew - just in case.
#65 of 4972 Gormely
Oct 10, 2000 (8:20 pm)
I wish you tons of luck with your Honda. Please, when your automatic transmission blows up within the very first few weeks of ownership, please feel free to swing by and share your rant of Honda products. Since you seem to have very bad luck with your cars, I advise you to read the Honda owners forums so you can see the reality of what Honda ownership is all about. The "other side of the fence" is not always that greener. Get the facts before you sign the dotted line again.
Some of your Malibu's "Problems" seem to be the by product of abuse rather than normal wear and tear:
* Radio antenna falling apart (What??)
* Door rubber seals getting caught in the door's glass
* Rear window blow off in the highway (What the heck???)
Let me not continue because I find this to be too hilarious.
Did you ever have the car serviced at the dealer???? Did you ignore some problems until they got progressively worse????(Negligence?)
"Mold & Mildew growing in the Air conditioner" Of course my friend! Any car's A/C operating in a very hot and humid climate will develop mold inside the evaporator and air outlet lines behind the dashboard. Do you know the correct procedure to get rid of mold????
Guess what, don't even have to take it to the dealer for that.
With the windows closed, run the heater and fan to the max position (Make sure the Recirc mode is on)exit the car, leave engine and heater running for 20 minutes. The heater's heat will kill and burn the excess mold in the air outlet lines. Repeat procedure as necessary until smell goes away. After you have done this run the heater with the "Fresh" position on...this will discard the remains of the mold out of the exterior vents.
What to do to prevent this?
Simple, when you run the A/C, avoid leaving it in the "recirc" position all the time. This will decrease the chances of mold to grow ever again in your system.
Based on your compilation of problems, I guess your car has failed to perform due to your obvious lack of automotive and car care knowledge. Sorry but based on your posts it sounds that way.
Good luck with that lemon proceeding..an uphill battle awaits you.
#66 of 4972 Yurakm
Oct 10, 2000 (8:24 pm)
Yes, I did post that procedure to kill the A/C mildew way back in the Impala forum. Glad you found it useful.
Oct 10, 2000 (9:36 pm)
It's fastfoodman again with a different name. What a riot this guy can be. . Look for him in other GM forums, he must be laid off again.
#68 of 4972 Malibu
Oct 10, 2000 (9:40 pm)
Yes, you are absolutely right. It figures, based on the writting style...."Window blew off the door in the highway"....crap like that...
I think fastfoodman must be one unhappy ex-GM employee or Ford salesman.
#69 of 4972 smooth ride?
Oct 10, 2000 (9:44 pm)
I'm considering looking at a new Malibu to replace my 95 Bonneville. My wife and I had an odd experience in 1997 when we rented a 97 Malibu during a trip in Texas. After driving 1.5 hours, our legs fell asleep!!!!
Any current owners notice this or anything else odd during long distance driving?
#70 of 4972 Retro Rotors
Oct 11, 2000 (2:30 am)
I understand that the thinking is that the current malibus have solved the rotor problem. Is the solution available for installation on older models or is it limited to the newer models??
#71 of 4972 madtown1 (posting #69)
Oct 11, 2000 (5:50 am)
We have a 98 Malibu, the base model with the v-6 engine. My wife and I several times drove it for substantially longer than 1.5 hours, and we had no problems. The same with our friend who own the tween of Malibu - the Olds Cutlass.
But the Buick Regal is definitely even more comfortable. I even would say, much more comfortable. Very probably the same is with Bonneville.
Oct 11, 2000 (2:32 pm)
I believe the rotors for the 2000 model are fine also. If you get a 99 and your rotors go they replaced them ( they should) with the new ones. good luck!
I have driven to NJ and back ( from Massachusetts 0 and haven't had any problems with the seats, actually they are quite comfortable, probably not as comfy as teh Impala but comfortable.