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Chevrolet Malibu, Lights, Electrical, Sedan
#105 of 208 Re: 2001 Malibu [bateejeff]
Mar 03, 2007 (6:59 am)
To be honest, I'd be very reluctant to buy an American car again in the future.
The above is your quote. I don't normally respond to these I'm never going to buy another (insert brand here) type rants because mostly they come from the kids on here but you sounded more educated and eloquent. Despite that, because of some anecdotal evidence, you take the same stance. Extrapolate that out a bit and nobody would ever buy a car again.
I have no particular brand loyalty. A car is a tool with a job to do and at the moment a Chevy Maxx is doing that job fine. I've had VW's, Datsuns, BMW's, Ford's etc. some better than others but at no time would I paint a car company with a broad brush derived from my narrow experiences.
#106 of 208 Re: 2001 Malibu [prdm]
Mar 03, 2007 (10:02 am)
Thanks for your comments. You were making some good points.
However, I'd like to point out that even though I had very bad experience with 01 Malibu and 06 Malibu as I described in earlier messages, I have nothing against GM. In fact, as I metioned, last November I bought another GM vehicle, i.e., Buick 07 Rendezvous. Some friends said I was crazy to buy another GM vehicle despite all the trouble I had gone through with GM.
If the Buick 07 Rendezvous doesn't do good for me, I will try a Japanese car to get a comparison. Maybe the lawn is indeed greener on the other side of the town. Or, may be not.
Good luck with you Chevy Malibu Maxx. I sincerely hope you won't have to go through what I went through with my 01 Malibu.
#107 of 208 2000 Malibu Electrical Issue
Mar 15, 2007 (5:46 am)
#108 of 208 2000 Malibu Electrical Issue
Mar 14, 2007 (10:04 am)
I have a 2000 Malibu standard with 74k on it, V6 3.1L. Recently I have had some interesting issues on startup. The engine will crank and start just fine, however the fuel gauge, coolant temp gauge, A/C blower, daytime running lights, high and low beam headlights, radio, and power doors and windows all will not function. If I turn off the car and restart it, it may happen again, or it may be completely normal with everything working. In other words, this is an intermittant problem with no rhyme or reason. Other than having no headlights at night, it doesn't seem to affect the driving characteristics of the car.
#109 of 208 Re: 2000 Malibu Electrical Issue [ffemtp628]
Mar 15, 2007 (5:46 am)
Check and test the battery. If it's original definitely change it.
#110 of 208 Re: Rear turn light (05) [rvoth]
Mar 27, 2007 (7:01 am)
Yes the left turn indicator flashes faster than when the right signal is used.
I had the same problem with the left turn bulb and the rear right stop signal bulb. 05 LS.
The solution I came up with was incredibly simple It looks like there are pairs of contacts in a socket. One of them had wider spacing than the other on both sockets, hovever the bulb has the same thickness at the base. None of the bulbs had actually burned out.
So I took a thin screwdriver and bent those plates so they are closer to one another. And I also had to sand the wires on the bulb to remove the black resedue.
Works so far. I did the turn signal abobut 3 weeks ago and the brake light 2 days ago. Not sure if it will last, on the other hand don't see why not.....
#111 of 208 Turn Sugnal Problem
Mar 29, 2007 (5:23 pm)
The left turn signals, both front and rear of my 2005 Malibu have broken twice during the past year. The dealer has changed bulbs for me. The rear brake bulb also was broken once. I doubt that the left side circuit or the bulb socket has deficiency. Does anybody have similar experience? Thanks for your advice.
#112 of 208 Re: Turn Sugnal Problem [sean74]
Mar 30, 2007 (5:42 am)
have you read my post just prior to yours ? i fixed my problem by simply bending the contact plates in the sockets.
do your bulbs actually burn out ? I found that in my case they don't.
#113 of 208 coolant temp stays on C
May 20, 2007 (7:30 am)
04 new style. I found some old posts on coolant temp intermittent, no fix reported.
I had my not move off C for a whole day, next day it worked. Anyone know of a fix, or TSB.
#114 of 208 Re: coolant temp stays on C [gonogo]
May 20, 2007 (10:25 am)
he, he, he....its fixed....this seems to be a right of passage for the Malibu. It seems to happen only once to everyone; most people don't even know that it happens. I don't believe there has been one repeat incident reported on these pages.