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#2460 of 3823 Has anyone else had these problems, and if so, was it ever fixed?
Sep 26, 2005 (12:18 pm)
My husband and I have a 2001 Malibu that we bought 6 months ago, thinking we were getting a "reliable" car. We read some reviews that said Malibus ranked with Toyota Camry. Needless to say, we have found otherwise. Our car has been in the shop 6 times in the past 2 months, and the problem STILL isn't fixed.
The starter will turn over fine, but the ignition doesn't fire half of the time. The doors will automatically lock and unlock at odd times, which keeps the car from starting. Sometimes they will unlock while we're driving down the road, which causes the engine to shut off, which makes it hard to steer and put on brakes. The AC shuts on and off at will. The whole brake system had to be replaced; mechanic said that has happened with a lot of Malibus. The windshield lining came loose, which caused water to leak into the floorboard and destroy the airbag sensor. Also, we had to reset the theft system over and over.
The first time the car was in the shop for not starting, the mechanic said that it was the airbag sensor that needed replacing, so we had him to unplug the airbags- $90. The second time the car was in the shop for not starting, the mechanic said it was the ignition module- $300.
We decided that Chevrolet should know best what was wrong with it, so we took it to them. They said the reason why it wasn't starting was because of the starter- $300. After picking up the car, guess what..... it did the same thing again! Chevrolet says this time, "It's the Passlock Security System sensor". $300!
I get the car back, and on the way home from Chevrolet, it shuts off! So, this time they graciously offer to "take me wherever I need to go" while they check it out. The car was in the shop for 4 days this last time, and Chevrolet finally admits that they don't know WHAT is wrong with the car. ...thanks for the info after we've maxed out our credit cards! Now that we searched on the internet, I see that everyone else is having the same problems with Malibus, and Chevrolet can't figure it out.
Has anyone else experienced the same thing, and if so, did you EVER GET IT FIXED?
PS. If anyone out there has trouble with their theft system causing the doors to unlock and lock, do NOT worry about getting your car worked on! Sell it! It will only get worse! Search the internet and see for youself!
#2462 of 3823 Re: rattle rattle [willscary]
Sep 26, 2005 (12:55 pm)
thanks for the suggestion, i only use the one key. i made an appt. with the dealer i guess i will see what happens.
#2463 of 3823 Re: Has anyone else had these problems, and if so, was it ever fixed? [poj2001malibu]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Sep 27, 2005 (8:29 am)
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#2464 of 3823 Re: Problem with ALC on Instrumental Panel [e2helper]
Sep 27, 2005 (12:49 pm)
I'd just like to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH. It was the INST LAMPS fuse that was acutally burnt up and didn't work anymore. Even though I tested it with a light tester and it lit up. I dont really understand why but I pulled that fuse you told me to pull out and there it was the fuse was burnt and so I replaced it and kaboom all the lights go on. Like I said I just want to thank you very much for helping me out. You saved me lots of money from me taking it somewhere to fix a simple problem that a mechanic would of made it big and charged me to much for something as simple as pulling out the right fuse. once again THANKS
#2465 of 3823 Re: Problem with ALC on Instrumental Panel [jose_mx18]
Sep 27, 2005 (2:01 pm)
NP and thanks for letting us know you were successful
#2466 of 3823 Re: Problem with ALC on Instrumental Panel [jose_mx18]
Sep 27, 2005 (3:46 pm)
I'm glad you found the fault.
#2467 of 3823 Paging e2helper ! !
Sep 27, 2005 (3:53 pm)
Problem - the horn on my 2004 Malibu works intermittently. I seem to recall that I had problems with it from new but didn't bother too much about it. As the car is still under warranty, what do you suggest? Have you heard of this problem before?
#2468 of 3823 Re: Paging e2helper ! ! 
Sep 27, 2005 (5:15 pm)
hmmm, I think I may have that problem too. I thought I was going crazy. Perhaps you and I need to aim more for the center chevy logo and reduce the smashing of our palms around the perimeter of the horn area
#2469 of 3823 Re: Paging e2helper ! ! [maxx4me]
Sep 27, 2005 (5:45 pm)
I've tried the center as well. Doesn't work at all then.