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#3805 of 3823 01 Chevy Malibu Sputtering, Poor Accel,Cuts Out
Oct 10, 2006 (7:40 pm)
I own a 2001 Chev Malibu LS 3.0L V6 with 150,000 miles.
My engine developed a sputtering problem, and has poor acceleration and cuts out. It feels like it's ignition related the way it cuts in and out. Sometimes it stalls and sometimes it clears up. Today it was fine then the idle began racing, shut it off then re started then ran like garbage. When I got home I removed my batt cables and cleaned. Seems OK but still sputters. Just last weekend it died while parking and I got an ERROR on my radio display, shut it off and came out 15 minutes later and was fine.
Seems to be getting more frequent and worse.
I'm no stranger to cars and car repair but what the heck, I'm not too proud to ask for help.
REPAIR HISTORY: Original owner, replaced fuel pump and sender and filter, intake gasket job, turn signal/hazard switch, 100,000 mile full tune-up.
Occasionally the engine light comes on.
I know somebody out there has had this same problem, GM made millions of the cars.
Please help !!!
#3806 of 3823 Re: 01 Chevy Malibu Sputtering, Poor Accel,Cuts Out [01malibu]
Oct 10, 2006 (7:43 pm)
Correction_ It's not a 3.0L, it's a 3.1L V6
Oct 10, 2006 (8:10 pm)
So the other day my headlights didnt turn on. My parking lights, brake lights, and everyting else on the inside turn on at night. The only thing that doesnt, is my headlights. My check engine light comes on, so Im going to go to autozone to see what comes up. I checked thefuses and relay for the headlights, and they seemed good.
I just wanted to check here for any ideas.
#3808 of 3823 Re: the gift, given [kurtamaxxxguy]
Oct 11, 2006 (5:49 am)
just curious..beleive you have an 04 correct..how many miles..just curious..I too have an 04 Maxx LT..and just rolled over 80K this week.....
#3809 of 3823 Re: 01 Chevy Malibu Sputtering, Poor Accel,Cuts Out [01malibu]
Oct 11, 2006 (8:09 am)
My first thought is a problem with the ignition module. commone problem.
#3810 of 3823 Re: the gift, given [pao]
Oct 11, 2006 (10:24 am)
I have 44K miles on my Maxx so far. It was built in Jan '04, just before the bad batch of transmissions came about, and when they had the bad steering columms.
Hopefully this steering fix will be the last.
#3811 of 3823 Re: the gift, given [kurtamaxxxguy]
Oct 11, 2006 (10:48 am)
mine was an Feb 04 build and I purchased in Mar 04....have not had one problem with the original column....and no suspension issues..at least those I can hear anyway.....so very happy with the performance and durability of the car to date...knock on wood.....did have to replace on turn signal socket (under warranty) and the CHMSL myself.....but otherwise..still a strong car.....probably hang on to it for at least two more years..and it will probably see 130-150K
#3812 of 3823 Re: the gift, given [pao]
Oct 11, 2006 (3:27 pm)
I think your Maxx got past several issues mine got nailed with, pao.
Despite its problems, the Maxx is one of the better cars I have owned, and given I like hatches, there isn't all that much else available outside of the German offerings whose bad reliability scares me away.
Only other worry is what happens when Maxx is discontinued next year (unless Chevy decides to keep older E1 Maxx chassis in production while sedan moves to E2 design). How long are auto makers required to make spare parts for these cars?
#3813 of 3823 Re: Won't Start from Time to Time [dispencer1]
Oct 11, 2006 (4:24 pm)
For what it's worth I have an '01 mailbu and had an experience similar to yours.
Without any worning I parked my car at the supermarket and when I came out it wouldn't start. I actualy killed the battery trying to start it because it sounded like it was going to start but just wouldn't come to life.
I had it towed to the Chev dealership thinking it was serious but all it was, was a clogged in-line fuel filter.
Ussualy a clogged fuel filter will give you some signs like falling on it's face under heavy accelleration or die out going up a hill. But nope, no warning at all.
Maybe yours is clogged.
#3814 of 3823 Re: Fuel tank problem update [gearhead4]
Oct 11, 2006 (4:36 pm)
My malibu sucks !
I'll never buy GM junk again.
My malibu ran out of gas 3 times! when the gauge said it had gas.
I had to drop the tank and put in a new pump and sender.
Cost me $ 300.00 to do it myself.
I've had more major probs with this car than any other car I've ever owned.
YOU MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE BY TRADING IT IN.