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#1414 of 3823 Malibu Brakes and warping
Jan 12, 2005 (7:37 pm)
Deciding on an 2002 Chevrolet Malibu, My 1988 Mazda MX-6 has finally hit the dust with no heat and a bad clutch and broken starter and like 300,000 miles on it almost. My Malibu problem... "everyone tells me they have cheap/not worth a cent rotors and brakes which cause you to end up in the shop every couple thousand miles." Wondering if any ones Malibu is having this problem... I fount a 2002 Malibu that only has 31,000 miles on it and wanting it bad but dont want it if I have to replace the rotors every month or two... Its only a one owner vehicle and only traded it in because they wanted the 04 new malibu style. Its immaculate runs smooth as any GM I have ever heard and wondering if I should get it or not! PLEASE let me know what you think or it suppose to be.... will buying higher quality not factory standard rotors for malibu's fix this Easy warping problem?! Help anyone if you are an expert or know on this situation then LET ME KNOW IMMEDIATELY!!!
Jan 12, 2005 (9:12 pm)
The leading non profit consumer magazine states in their reliability studies that older Malibus have much more brake and electrical problems than average.
I'd suggest you have a trusted mechanic look the car over and see if it is in good shape.
#1416 of 3823 Re: OLDER malibu notes [kurtamaxxguy]
Jan 12, 2005 (9:17 pm)
So u say take my mechanic with me to inspect this car before I decide to purchase it to look it over... wonder why they having such problems, my grandmother had an older malibu and hers she drove for a decade and still ran beautiful when she got rid of it for something lower mileage. Now sounds like since they have brought it back they are nothing put pile heaps of Junk.
Jan 13, 2005 (10:26 am)
"Now sounds like since they have brought it back they are nothing put pile heaps of Junk."
I'm not sure where you are getting your information from. There are a lot of extremely satisfied owners of the new Malibu and Maxx who ply these forums, myself included. Admittedly, my length of ownership is very short, so far I have found the quality of workmanship is top notch.
This vehicle is good looking, comfortable and roomy, handles very well, very powerful V6, great mileage, etc. I fully expect few problems during my time of ownership.
#1418 of 3823 Older Malibu - brakes, etc.
Jan 13, 2005 (11:13 am)
My son is still driving a 98 Malibu I bought new (currently 110K miles). Looking back, it has been a very good car, with few repairs - and still runs very well. It did churn thru rotors early, but aftermarket rotors helped (still some warping, but not like the originals.) On the other hand, those are not terribly expensive, and if driven with a light brake foot, the problem can be avoided/delayed. Offset with no timing belt to change, very little maintenance required, etc. I haven't had electrical problems, and my only repairs (beyond the brakes, fluids&filters, and tires) in the first 100K miles were a new battery and plug wires. I would recommend a good 2002 Malibu.
#1419 of 3823 Steering Alignment
Jan 13, 2005 (11:31 am)
I have a brand new '05 Malibu and the electric steering seems fine except that the steering wheel is not centered with true straight ahead. It leans to the right alittle ( about 1 o'clock ).
Tire pressure seems equal on boths side. Is this a valid service complaint to be resolved by the dealer or should I just live with it out of fear they might accidentally make it worse?
Otherwise the car dives wonderful.
#1420 of 3823 Re: Quality [hickoryd]
Jan 13, 2005 (12:09 pm)
"This vehicle is good looking, comfortable and roomy, handles very well, very powerful V6, great mileage, etc. I fully expect few problems during my time of ownership."
Hickoyrd, you can add me to the list of very satisfied owners. I echo your comments. After 7,400 miles, a very sweet experience thus far.
Jan 13, 2005 (12:24 pm)
My hope is the new Mailbu (04 and on) has addressed the issues with electrical and brakes that the leading consumeer magazine tabulated as being so poor in previous Malibus.
The brakes in my '04 Maxx, so far and knocking on wood, seem to be working fine (14000 miles or so).
By comparison, Both Toyota products I owned (the Camry and Prism) were very vunerable to brake rotor warpage and needed several services each.
#1422 of 3823 Re: Steering Alignment [chrpai]
Jan 13, 2005 (2:01 pm)
"I have a brand new '05 Malibu and the electric steering seems fine except that the steering wheel is not centered with true straight ahead. It leans to the right alittle ( about 1 o'clock ). "
I have the same steering problem only it goes to 11 o'clock. been in the dealer 4x. last time for ten days. i just got it back and the problem is still there. i'm sending it back for another model. I love the car, but holding against the pull of the steering wheel's a pain.
#1423 of 3823 Re: Steering Alignment [chrpai]
Jan 13, 2005 (2:09 pm)
email me. let's compare notes on the steering problem -- nietzcheanhotmail