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#41 of 197 Problem already
Oct 29, 2006 (5:37 pm)
Please can you help me?
Just bought 2006 Malibu LS, 13K, within 2 weeks noticed it felt like it was going to stall when at red light, floored it, was okay. Frankly, I just put it out of my mind because I couln't bear the thought that I just spent all this money on a lemon. Anyway, gave it to my son to drive to Va. (about 1500M), did fine until last leg of the trip, he's on the highway doing about 60 or so when suddenly the car won't accelerate past 30M. One mechanic said it might be "bad gas" he put in? Put in hi-test, same thing happened. Brought it to a Chevy dealer down there, they did a computer check, guess what? Can't find anything wrong! Does anyone have any advice, suggestions, ideas?
Car is still under warranty, I am very concerned son will have an accident if this car won't accelerate when it has to. Is there a specific test I should request from the mechanic? I was reading another web site on the Malibu and most of the cars were 2000's, what a nightmare, fuel injection, gasket, etc. Has Chevy fixed these problems in
the last 6 years or did I just committ to a huge car loan for nothing? My sincere thanks to anyone who can help.
#42 of 197 Re: Problem already [cindi4031]
Oct 30, 2006 (8:27 am)
Try to isolate when the problem happens and take it your dealer to have them fix it. you are still under warranty.
#43 of 197 Ignition Switch
Nov 10, 2006 (5:50 am)
My vehicle has Check Engine lights coming on intermittently
and the dealer says that Ignition switch has to be replaced.
Any idea as how much will it cost to fix the Ignition Switch and what will happen if its not fixed.
#44 of 197 Re: Ignition Switch [yerth10]
Nov 10, 2006 (1:52 pm)
You should mention what model year you have to get a decent reply.
#45 of 197 Re: STARTING PROBLEM! [e2helper]
Nov 10, 2006 (3:49 pm)
E2, can you tell me, please, if this addresses "luke warm" starting conditions?
I've noted sometimes my Maxx will be very difficult to start. This seems to happen when the engine is "lukewarm" (neither cold nor hot).
It especially happens if I start up the vehicle in 50 degree weather, drive it for 2 minutes or so, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then try to restart. In that case engine barely catches on first startup attempt and may need two or three tries before it will start (when it does, it runs very roughly for 15 seconds afterwards)
#46 of 197 Re: STARTING PROBLEM! [kurtamaxxxguy]
Nov 11, 2006 (3:07 pm)
All I can say is that there is an updated calibration likely available for your PCM covered by TSB #06-06-04-049. This calibration which came out in late September 2006.
#47 of 197 Electrical Nightmare?
Nov 18, 2006 (7:02 pm)
I've been have a problem with my 2004 Malibu V-6. It has been starting very slow. I have to keep the key turned for a good 5-10 secs, a few weeks ago it would start right up. Additionally, sometimes when you start the car, the trunk pops open! My remote starter only works once in a while and the clock resets every time the car is started. It has roughly 60,000 miles on it, but I wouldn't expect stuff like this to be going on already. I already tried disconnecting the battery to reset the system, but no luck. Any suggestions?
#48 of 197 Re: Electrical Nightmare? [loadfet17]
Nov 19, 2006 (7:56 am)
Sounds like your system voltage is dropping too much. Either a loose connection or your battery is going bad.
#49 of 197 Re: Electrical Nightmare? [e2helper]
Nov 26, 2006 (6:55 pm)
I put a new battery in last week and so far, so good.
Nov 29, 2006 (9:35 am)
Is the estimated battery life in these cars around 3 years?
I've noted my lights dim a little more during start than before, but nothing serious yet.