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#980 of 4972 2001 Malibu LS
Jun 18, 2002 (9:45 am)
New on the board. Just wanted to comment about my 2001 Malibu LS. Have 17K miles on it, and just had a fuel injector replaced. It's had a rough idle for some time. I took it in the Chevy dealer for an oil change and mentioned to rough idle. They found the problem and tried to clean the injector but it didn't work, so they replaced it. Runs great now and my gas mileage should improve.
I have had no other problems with the car, and am very happy with it so far.
The road noise from the tires is more than I like. I guess this is a problem others have expressed. I had a 97 Malibu before this one and it had the same excess tire noise. I have Firestones on my 2001 Malibu. Car is a lease so I don't want to invest in new tires.
Jun 18, 2002 (3:27 pm)
Don't buy a Malibu. I have had nothing but problem after problem with my '99 Malibu. I have had the breaks and rotors replaced at least five times in the past three years. The first 3 times was in the first year I owned the car. I have had numerous other problems such as the coolant level light always going on and being low on water and coolant at times but not always, my front end rattles almost incessantly, my a/c button has not worked on a couple of occassions (by the way, the A/C has never been very good in my opinion). I have had to replace the fuel pump as well. It seems now that my transmission is slipping. One thing after another. I am certainly not a satisfied Malibu owner and would not recommend this car to anyone. Except maybe the girl who stole my boyfried in 12th grade. Ha.Ha. I am stuck in a 4 year lease. Does anyone know how to get out of a lease? It is the first time I have ever leased a vehicle and don't know if I can wait another year to turn it in.
#982 of 4972 re: 1999 Malibu LS by robertsthree
Jun 19, 2002 (8:01 am)
Sorry about all of your problems with 99 Malibu. Most of the items you mentioned should have been covered under warranty. The brakes and rotors were a known problem with the Malibu as well as the Grand Am, Alero and L-series. The A/C problem is a faulty switch which has been documented numerous times on this board. I hope you have had the coolant level checked. It could be an indication of an internal leak.
As far as getting out of the lease, your options are limited. If you were interested in another GM product, I bet the delaership would be willing to work with you. Unforutnately you are bound by the contract you signed and required to make those payments. There are ways to get out but normally it is not advantageous to the consumer. I would check on the Leasing Board. Those guys know can give you more information.
#983 of 4972 What Should I Do?!?!?!
Jun 19, 2002 (9:53 pm)
Malibu's are so incredibly inexpencive, and i'm a teen that's had his license for a little while and i really want a car. Now that I'm older and having to spend my own money the Malibu sounds great. But I also don't want to have to pay for repairs which the Malibu is known for. Do all Malibu's have problems, or is it just some situations and/or drivers? If you have a better idea for me or a better car I'd love to hear it. Just post another message please.
#984 of 4972 peetry04
Jun 20, 2002 (12:36 pm)
Older Malibu, 97-98, are not reliable. Mostly small problems, to fix at oil change, but a lot of them.
1999-2001 were close to average.
According to the last J.D.Power report, the initial quality of 2002 improved sharply, and currently it is one of the best cars in this respect. Initial quality (number of defect found during first month to 3 months) correlates well with long-term reliability.
However, to feel safe, I would suggest to price the car plus long-term after-market extended warranty. Something like 7-9 years / 90-100k miles. The warranty may cost about $1000 via Internet.
To the best of my understanding, with the warranty tossed in, Malibu is still less expensivethan most of competition without such a warranty.
If you decide to buy the car, you can go without the extended warranty till about 30 months / 30k miles. Then you will know, if your car is reliable or have a lot od small problems.
#985 of 4972 Re: anti theft system
Jun 20, 2002 (2:27 pm)
Well i am glad to see that i am not alone after posting my life story about my troublesome 1998 malibu and not long after i posted my original message my malibu started acting up again but bad this time my gas petal went(had no acceleration up hill) all my gauges went off and my temp,fuel and rpm gauges went dead. I ended up 30 miles away from home and having to call a tow truck to get me back to my house. the only good news i have is that is didn't get into an accident when it died in the middle of rush hour traffic in orlando florida. i was able to talk to a mechanic friend of mine who has access to ALLDATA he said all the symptoms or problems i'm having are to deal with the theft system so i guess i have to breakdown and pay to get the other part fixed.
#986 of 4972 Bought used malibu no keyless remote
Jun 22, 2002 (2:46 am)
hi all, i just got a 2001 used malibu from a car rental sales place. this car did not come with the keyless remotes, does anyone know how i would go about getting these? thanks
Jun 22, 2002 (11:10 am)
I have 98 base Malibu, with power door and trunk locks, but without remote.
Aftermarket remote lock / fobs are available from hundreds places around. Even at Pep Boys, if I remember it right. I see advertisement often in local newspapers, mostly from small shops.
For cars with power locks the remote are reasonably priced. Strong competition. Usually are combined with remote starter, for cold winter.
However, 4 years later, I am still did not bought the gizmo. Nice to have, but do not really need, no problems to live without.
#988 of 4972 Can we hear from the 2002 owners?
Jun 22, 2002 (4:56 pm)
I have a 98, and am considering trading in for a 2002. I like the many features of the car, and as I put on a lot of mileage, I don't like to spend alot on my cars, but I still need something that looks professional enough for my sales calls.
I am thinking about getting one this weekend, but would like any reassurance available that the 2002's have most of these recurring issues fixed.
Any help or insight greatly appreciated!!!
Jun 23, 2002 (7:19 am)
The Malibu LS we're looking at was built in Jan 2002. Was this after all the major improvements? We're buying tomorrow. Please comment!
Also, has anyone put in an aftermarket cassette player?