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Chevrolet Malibu, Sedan
Jun 26, 2002 (7:04 am)
Yes, I actually just lucked into it. My 98 Malibu had the dash go dead ON THE WAY INTO THE DEALERSHIP!!! hehe
My dealer was Henna Chevrolet here in Austin, the 3rd largest in the nation. They had 3 cars in this configuration, white, black and silver.
And yes, dindak, the 2002 is MILES above my 98. Much more solid...tight...better build quality and materials...and the extra 20hp is very noticeable...
Now, if my K&N air filter will just come today, and then if I can get to the performance shop for a better muffler...I should be up around 190hp...
Woo hoo...glad I have that radar detector!!!
#998 of 4972 Question for brdmalibu98
Jun 27, 2002 (12:46 pm)
Wow sounds like we are experiencing similar things. My car (99 malibu)Theft System light was blinking on 2 different occassions (would not let me start the car until it stopped blinking) and recently my dash went from being readable to everything being faintly lit (sporadically). Thank God it has not left me stranded (yet)!
So what is the repair or part that need to be bought/done? Would I have to take the car to the dealership or is it an easy enought job that my fiance (mechanicaly inclined) can handle???
Please let me know at your earliest.
#999 of 4972 2001 Malibu
Jun 27, 2002 (6:15 pm)
I have a 2001 Malibu purchased in Sept. 2000, just turned 11000 mi, also just got back from a 5300 mile trip from CA to PA, no problems, great gas mileage from 32mpg and one 300 mi stretch got 36mpg 80mph(had a 45 to 70mph tail wind in Wyoming),average mph on trip over I-80 was any where from 65 to 75 + mph, other wise no problems as of yet, car handles like a sports car and yes on some concrete highways there is a lot of road noise, read on another intenet site a fellow said he put Michilen tires on his Malibu and what a difference. Mine to has the Firestone Affinity tires and haven't made up my mind yet rather to change or wait, no more long trips planned in the near future, so must say at this time great car for the money, mine is an LS w/rear spoiler and cloth upholstery and I like that best (personal perference)........have a great day!!!!!
Jun 28, 2002 (6:51 am)
Can anything be done to the suspension that would help reduce body roll? Maybe strut tower braces would work? Where would I find such a thing. Any help and suggestions is appreciated.
Jun 28, 2002 (10:51 am)
The recommended tire pressure is 29 (front) and 27 (rear). That seems a little on the low side. Have any of you tried higher pressure? If yes, do you notice unusual wear on the tires? Thanks!
#1002 of 4972 Malibu body roll
Jun 28, 2002 (1:52 pm)
bigdaddy - strut tower braces will sharpen the handling when pushing the envelope. They won't decrease the roll. Yes I thought the rental I drove rolled a lot too. Got out and looked under the rear to see if there was a rear anti-sway bar. There is one but obviously not very effective.
Bigger anti-sway bars will do the trick if you can find them. Start with a bigger (thicker) rear bar unless it is a matched front and rear set (then get the set). There are aftermarket hi-perf bars, braces, springs and struts for Grand Prix's (Grandprixstore.com). Don't know the availability for Malibu's. Hopefully there is a similar source.
Jun 28, 2002 (9:53 pm)
For 98 Malibu GM used to recommend 29/26 psi front/rear. I am inflating my tires 3 psi higher: 32 psi front, 29 psi rear, as suggested by my Firestone mechanic. Currently I am mulling adding 4 psi instead of 3.
However, it depends on your driving style and driving pattern.
For example, I seldom drive on concrete slabs. Connecticut highways are mostly paved by asphalt; the same with streets. NY highways are mostly made from the slabs, and require lower tire pressure. I feel every road seam when venturing to NY state, and especially NY city. Uncomfortable.
Second, I am turning a bit faster than usual, and my tires are wearing out on shoulders first. Moderate overinflation helps somewhat. With slower turns, overinflated tires would wear out first on center.
Jun 29, 2002 (9:23 am)
I turned in a 1989 Toyota Tercel with 189,000 miles for my new 1998 Malibu LS. BIG MISTAKE. In all the 11 years and miles on the Toyota, aside from normal wear and tear items, I had to replace my alternator twice. Since 1998, I have replaced (most AFTER warranty) four sets of rotors (the NTSB website has over 10,000 complaints of bad Malibu rotors) which was finally fixed by changing from GM to Raybestos, the starter, the alternator, the water pump, I just replaced the intake manifold, the air conditioner control button keeps shutting itself off, the fan control went out after two years so I have only the top two positions, and I now have a new "clunk" in the front end. I do a lot of highway driving, and the car has 86,000 miles on it. But hey, I thought these cars were supposed to be as good as Japanese cars! I know two other people who have Malibus, one a 1999 and one a 2001. They are beginning to have problems, some the same, some different. You know, if this was a new model, ok, I'd throw Chevy a bone here because it's REALLY a nice ride and I love the sound system. But the Malibu has been around FOREVER and there's just no excuse for not having it right by now. So, I'm going today to buy something else. I'll probably miss the ride but I won't miss the ever present doubt about the car's integrity (I hope). With the price of cars today, we shouldn't have to make allowances for shoddiness. That just lets the makers off the hook and does nothing to improve reliability. I wanted my American car to impress me. It has, Just not the way Chevy wanted it to. Hope you all have better experiences than I did.
Jun 29, 2002 (6:02 pm)
Thanks. I think I'll just inflate my tires a couple of psi higher.
#1006 of 4972 2002 Malibu runs fine
Jun 29, 2002 (7:19 pm)
Have a base 2002 Malibu. Have had no problems at all. There was a recall for the left lower beam headlight not meet fed standards, and that was dealer replaced. I live in a mountainous area, and have driven the Affinity tires thru snow and heavy rains with no problems. I really found no appreciable difference between base and LS. Cars are mechanically the same, just different bells and whistles.