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#116 of 154 Great info on V-6 2011 zal
Sep 11, 2011 (8:45 am)
Tranny shift problems are really not a cause for the "Lemon" talk..I did the "GM buyback" route on a 1998 Olds Intrigue which had brake and steering issues..No yelling or screaming, no lawyers, 26k miles and GM bought the car back less $800 off the original sale..I signed the check and gave it back to the dealer and drove away in a 1999 Olds Intrigue w/3.5 V-6, short-star alum engine which was a sweetheart..Yep, it had less issues and was kept for 75k miles, and traded in on the final Olds Intrigue model run 2002..Put 120k on it and traded it on a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GT which now has 61k..
Most of these 6-spd trannys are somewhat erratic in operation, so keep driving the dealer crazy and load the system with complaints..Copy some of the complaints on this forum and forward them to GM customer service..Be nice, but keep the system flooded..
Owned 53 cars to date and I am a senior citizen, and 34 of cars have been GM, spent 30+ years supplying parts to the Big3 and never ask for a supplier discount, didn't need the charity, and was never under any obligation to any manufacturer..
GM has a history of lousy 4 cylinder engines using cast components, cheap materials, maybe they are improving, for they watched Honda and Toyota eat their lunch with great 4-bangers..
Awaiting the 2012 Mustang GT, will keep the S/C Pontiac and the 2002 Camry SLE..
Good Luck to your mis-shifting Chevies..I was thinking about the final build of the V-6 Malibu to replace the Pontiac but it's a waste of money with the MSRPs at low 30s..Cheap LS Goodyear tires, and mushy suspension..Sunroof is a must on all my cars, so I am not to happy that Ford doesn't offer a sunroof on Mustangs..
Another buyback was in my boating world, a 25.5 ft, t-350 powered, took 3 yrs and a lawyer, but received a new hull with original engines, which had only 33 hrs of use..I won't name the manufacturer for they really build outstanding boats..Never ran the boat again, was sold, and it was truly a happy ending, made a few dollars on the sordid deal..
#117 of 154 Re: Engine Surging / 2010 4 cylinder Malibu ? [gmcustsvc]
Oct 15, 2011 (1:14 pm)
2011 Malibu transmission hesitating from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rs. Went thru GM Customer Service, who did absolutly nothing. When I wnet to the dealership, the service manger new nothing about the call. Said there was nothing wrong with the car. Snd time back, their best trans mechanic would not even look at the web blogs on the problem. When I picked up, they said they had canged codes, etc and car was fixed. IT WAS NOT FIXED. Tomorrow, I am taking back for a THIRD time. Car has less that 6,000 miles.
High Point, NC
#118 of 154 Re: Engine Surging / 2010 4 cylinder Malibu ? [wgrady]
Oct 15, 2011 (1:40 pm)
get them to reflash the ECM with the lastest software...that should fix the issue...I beleive there is even a TSB out on the issue....
#119 of 154 Re: 2010 LTZ 4 cyl [johns1law]
Nov 09, 2011 (5:49 am)
John, my Malibu would also shudder when you take off on a hard pull, example: taking off on a hill it feels like the front end is shuddering. GM engineers explained that the car is under powered for the 6 speed trans and that there is no solution to repair it, so I contacted my State Lemon Law office and was assigned a laywer for free and we sued GM and settled out of court for 5 grand.
I kept the car and all warrenties still apply. I have gotten use to the shuddering.
#120 of 154 service engine light
Nov 21, 2011 (4:47 pm)
my 2011 malibu LT2 is missfireing and says low traction service esc . and the engine light is on now. It came on when I spun out in snow and the started to missfire, and say low traction service the ecs .
#121 of 154 Re: service engine light [jdsaber]
Nov 22, 2011 (9:16 am)
Warning lights like that store codes for the dealer to read. I would recommend speaking with a dealer. Please keep me posted on your progress. Feel free to email me directly.
GM Customer Service
#122 of 154 2000 Chevy Malibu Transmission issue
Mar 07, 2012 (11:59 am)
My 2000 Malibu has over 230,000 miles. I have had the recommended transmission flush and new filter done at 100K and 200K. After my Chevy garage put a new shifter in the car, a couple weeks later I started having a clunk underneath the car near the front, and then it started some minor 'bucking' on occasion. A couple weeks ago, as I was driving down the highway, the car suddenly acted like it shifted by itself into 1st gear. I couldn't go 25 on the highway, and the RPM's reving over 3500. I got off the next exit and limped home on back roads. Took it to Chevy garage. They said it just needed a transmission flush, which they did. Picked the car up, and within 24 hours, it did the same thing while driving through downtown. Was only 2 blocks from garage, so swung by the dealership. They wanted to replace the transmission at cost of $3,200 without even doing any diagnostics on it. I took the car to the other side of town this morning to a Transmission Shop. Waiting for their 2nd opinion. My son did some experimenting with the car last night. When he would manually shift it thru 1, 2 and 3 on the shifter, the car acted fine. As soon as he shifted it to D, the speed dropped, and the RPM's reved to over 3,000. The Transmission Shop said that it could be electrical/computer, but they would check it out. Something that irked me about the Chevy garage was that the Service Manager was 'guessing' that it was "something internal in the transmission" and that the only thing that could be done was to totally replace the transmission with a new one. I am wondering... could that shifter they replaced in December maybe caused or triggered something?
#123 of 154 Re: 2000 Chevy Malibu Transmission issue [bryan200k]
Mar 08, 2012 (8:01 am)
No electric power to the transmission would be my guess, can be checked.
Would need wiring schematic
#125 of 154 2011 Malibu LTZ Transmission
Jun 14, 2012 (7:02 am)
We bought a used 2011 with 9700 miles on it. On a trip at 11000 miles I noticed the transmission slipping and rough shifting. We took the car back to the dealer and in turn they contacted GM and are installing a new transmission "module", whatever than means. The dealer has been very cooperative and has kept us posted throughout the process.