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#694 of 4972 Nearing End of Waranty
Aug 18, 2001 (7:08 pm)
I know have 32,000 miles on my 1999 Malibu LS. The only problem thus far, was the battery went dead, & was replaced at no cost. I am thinking of taking it to the dealer to have it checked prior to the 36,000 mile end of waranty. There have been no problems at all with the car, & I have been very pleased with it. My question is: If I take it to the dealer, what problems should I ask him to check for. I am concerned about the brake problems that seem most often mentioned, & there is a slight creaking sound from the rear of the car every so often. Anything specific that should definetly be checked out before the 36,000 mile waranty expires. I would appreciate your comments & feedback. Thus far, I am definetly very pleased with the car, & would recommend Chevy Malibu to friends. Thanks for your suggestions
#695 of 4972 Re: Tire pressure
Aug 21, 2001 (8:24 am)
You may want to check your tire pressure again afer your car has sat for a while..like in the morning before oyu go to work. If you checked the tire pressure after you've driven a while, they were warmed up and the tire pressure was probably high. So by reducing it down to 30/28, you may have taken too much air out and now your tires are under inflated. Which explains the squealing.
I believe warm tires can raise the pressure by at least 4 psi. Most likely more. I would try your tires at 32/29 and see how that feels.
so far I have 1700 miles on my Malibu and I am really happy with my purchase. So far we have recorded 28 mpg, 22 mpg (lot of stop and go driving that tank) and 24 mpg. This coming tankful should yield close to 30 mpg (90% highway driving). I'll know after lunch when I fill up the tank. My only gripes about the car is the tires (can't wait to replace those) and the small fuel tank. The tank should be at least 18 gallons instead of 14. But we are still getting much better gas mileage then our 96 Explorer (main reason we bought a car). I just hope I can get 100,000 trouble free miles out of this car. First time I have bought a Chevy. I just hope I don't regret it.
#696 of 4972 Re: Nearing End of Warranty
Aug 21, 2001 (8:32 am)
I wouldn't get too worried about the end of the warranty. If you took it to a Chevy mechanic anyway, do you really think they would tell you that something was wrong and fix it for free for you? And as far as the brakes are concerned, you've gotten 32,000 miles on the original brakes, I doubt Chevy will replace them for free for you, even if the rotors are warped.
I'm hoping my experience is similar to yours..trouble free. We tend to drive a lot of highway miles and have had very, very good luck with our vehicles even my 1989 Ford Tempo. I think driving highway miles is the key. We have never been straded and have had very few $1000 repair bills. Actually only one for our 1991 Explorer at the 80,000 miles checkup. It needed a bunch of little things that just added up (brakes, muffler, A/C,etc).
Hope you continue to have good luck with your car. Kepp us up to date too. We need more positive conversation on this board.
#697 of 4972 nestorm: Nearing End of Waranty
Aug 21, 2001 (11:39 am)
My dealer performed a 30,000 mile service, including the general checkup, the last summer, before the end of warranty. Only two serious problems developed during the next year: a coolant leak through the intake manifold gasket, and a rain/wash water leak into trunk.
Now I recall that the engine coolant was added every 3 months when the car was serviced at dealership during the warranty period. Possibly, the leak already was developing. There is a lot of reports on Edmunds concerning this defect with the 2.8l, 3.1l, and 3.4l v-6 GM engine family.
rbenton "Common General Motor's 2.8, 3.1, 3.4 V6's engine problems" Feb 4, 2001 12:15pm
Pressure test costs about $20-$30: cheap insurance. The repair cost about $550, mostly labor, at Firestone, and probably more at dealership. In my case the price does not matter, because I have a 3-party extended warranty. However, it took time to get authorization.
As to the body leak, my dealer repaired it for free, under GM body warranty, even while the original 36/36 warranty was expired a year before. I believe, this defect is unusual for Malibu.
#698 of 4972 Coin Holder for malibu LS
Aug 25, 2001 (7:59 pm)
Help!!! I just realized my Malibu does not have a coin holder. It's in the base model but not the LS. Has anyone found a place that sells coin holders for this vehicle? I checked with the dealership and GM does not sell anything. Does anyone have another rememdy to hold my coins?
1900 miles on the vehicle and running great. Last tankful of gas - 31.5 mpg.
#699 of 4972 Air Conditioning.....
Aug 26, 2001 (5:06 pm)
This problem has probably already been brought up in past posts, but our air conditioner in our 1998 LS basically is on and off very often while driving. The green light on the button is constantly fluctuating on and off while the AC is switched on. Is this a bad switch or the symptom of a larger problem? Thanks for your help.
#700 of 4972 Malibu safety recall, anyone?
Aug 28, 2001 (5:06 pm)
I received a safety recall notice for my 1998 Malibu in mid August. According to the letter:
Reason For This Recall: GM has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 1997 and 1998 Chevrolet Malibu and Oldsmobile Cutlass model vehicles. If a buildup of snow or ice restricts the movement of the passenger side wiper arm, the pivot housing can crack and the wipers will not operate. Reduced visibility in inclement weather could lead to a vehicle crash.
#701 of 4972 Safety Recall, etc.
Aug 28, 2001 (5:18 pm)
I took my 98 Malibu LS in for the recall last week, and 45 minutes later, it was done. I never heard of any incidents but it must have happened to someone.
As for the coin holder, I'd be surprised if they took it out of the LS. It's just a rubber insert that fits in the space in front of the console.
The A/C problem requires the climate control panel to be replaced. I don't know how much it costs, since mine was replaced last year under warranty.
Aug 28, 2001 (7:13 pm)
Drove to my dealer. They already had the new wiper part and installed it in about 1/2 hour.
#703 of 4972 no air on "1" and "2" setting
Aug 28, 2001 (8:03 pm)
I have a '99 Malibu with 26k miles. Recently, the fan stopped working on the 1 and 2 positions. It will only turn on when it is set to 3, 4, or 5. When it is on 1 or 2, it's the same as if it's on 0. Has anyone else had this problem? I plan on taking it to the dealer under warranty in a few days.