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#1443 of 1514 Love my Malibu, but
Mar 22, 2011 (4:55 pm)
2008 Malibu, LT/LT1, V6, Auto, Red Jewel, original tires
Purchase May 2008
1,359 miles - alignment problems. Dealer aligned.
A/C not cold enough. "No codes found - working OK"
1,487 Miles - alignment problems. Dealer aligned (tried different tires, etc. to troubleshoot)
A/C not cold enough. Found loose ground & repaired
2,384 miles - clunk in front suspension. Replace defective Front stabilizer shaft.
4,863 miles - Normal service. Rotate tires.
Vibration & "tire squirm". "Normal tire noise"
11,276 miles - Normal service, rotate tires.
15,055 miles - Normal service
18,886 miles - normal service, rotate tires, alignment check.
Brake squeal - Replace defective brake pads.
25,113miles - Normal service, rotate tires
Front noise - Replace steering shaft improperly lubricated.
28,668 miles (today)- normal service, rotate tires
Resistance in steering when turning right. Replace defective steering rack assembly. Replace hydraulic pressure hose due to restriction in line.
Tires loose air pressure - Found nail in LR tire. No reason found for others.
Wanders side to side - alignment needed and performed
Chevy on-line service appointment scheduler does not work.
All work performed by selling dealer service department.
I am beginning to think my Malibu was driven off the truck before the ramps were in place.
Any other comments?
#1444 of 1514 Re: Love my Malibu, but [bohemia1]
Mar 23, 2011 (3:34 am)
can you be more specific on the alignment issue as to exactly what is our of spec in the alignment....normally a tire switch is done for a wandering issue, but you have had three alignments done so far in 25K..so seems to be a persistent issue....any abnormal tire wear?....what tires did you change too from the OEM tires?
#1445 of 1514 Re: Love my Malibu, but [bohemia1]
Mar 23, 2011 (5:12 am)
Take your vehicle to an independent body / suspension shop that has a frame straightening capabilities. Have them check to see if the vehicle is "square!" ---- (If it is not, and the vehicle has not been in an accident, you have an issue with both the dealer and the manufacturer!) ----- While the vehicle is at the body shop, have them check all the body bolts to be sure everything is tight and secure. ---- If they have alignment capabilities, have them align the vehicle. ------ It might also be a good idea to check the condition of the tires, wheel bearings and the rims together with suspension components. With all the alignments performed on this vehicle, I would look for worn or damaged components that are not holding the alignment settings. Have the struts and strut mountings checked! ---- Also have suspension bushings checked.
QUESTIONS: ----- Do you have a matched set of tires on this vehicle? ---- Are the tires holding air pressure? ----- Does the vehicle sit squarely on the ground?
Have someone follow you on the highway to see if the vehicle is tracking properly.
Best regards. --------Dwayne
#1446 of 1514 Resetting 08 Malibu Key Fob
Mar 25, 2011 (1:47 pm)
Does the 08 (4 cyl) Malibu allow you to go into program mode to Reset my key FOb?
I'm getting conflicting info from other websites and forums
I followed the steps as per this link below
BUT it will not go into a program mode . the doors don't cycle
Am I doing something wrong or does it mean I have to bring it to my dealer or locksmith ? ( ie having them use the GM Tech 2 Scan Tool. )
#1447 of 1514 Tire Up-Date!
Mar 25, 2011 (2:13 pm)
Today I had to take a short trip to South Jersey. ----- I was on the New Jersey Turnpike and Route 287. I was traveling at an average speed of 60mph. ------- The new Michelin Tires on the 2010 Malibu are outstanding. ----- It was worth the money to change the Goodyear tires to Michelin tires. ----- The car drives like a much heavier vehicle! ----- According to some research on my part, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu will be built on a Buick platform. ----- Maybe this will make it a more luxurious vehicle, and the customer will be able to get more "creature comforts" like dual temperature controls, more comfortable seats, and a turbo 4 cylinder engine. ------ Also, ---- the 2012 Toyota Camry will be updated! ----- I will be looking at these two vehicles when they appear in the showroom.
Best regards. ------------ Dwayne
#1448 of 1514 Re: Resetting 08 Malibu Key Fob [sidewinderz]
Mar 29, 2011 (4:07 am)
Beleive it needs a scan tool to reset the FOB unfortunately
#1449 of 1514 Re: Resetting 08 Malibu Key Fob [pao]
Mar 29, 2011 (4:10 pm)
Thanks for the info. I was lucky to get both of my fobs working now .I thought I lost the programming on one.
On both fobs , i found a cold solder connection at the battery holder. a pin that is soldered down to the pc board poped out . I resoldered it and it's working ok so far . When I put together the other one , it was dead . I thought I lost the programming after resoldering.
However , at one point when I was trying to go into the program mode in my car. it worked once and then died , I opened it up , resoldered the battery pins again to the board .It worked 3x and then stopped . As a last ditch effort , I roughed up the battery ( both sides ) using a nail file board .Now , it seems to work .I'm keeping this one as a back up .
#1450 of 1514 Re: Resetting 08 Malibu Key Fob [sidewinderz]
Apr 04, 2011 (11:41 am)
I apologize I was unable to find information on the manual procedures for this. I would recommend going into the dealer.
GM Customer Service
#1451 of 1514 Electrical Problems? -- Out of warranty
Apr 18, 2011 (4:18 am)
A couple of weeks after my original warranty ran out the front right speaker went silent. A week later, the door ajar light followed by a chime came on. The chime goes off while driving but not the ajar lamp. Took it to dealer, $100 for diagnostic test. They said they have to remove the front door and that will cost $700.
But here is the catch: if I wish to buy the GMPP warranty I have to spend $300 for an inspection and have to wait 60 days to file a claim, but it would not cover the speaker and ajar light since they were pre-existing conditions. I understand that but $300 for an inspection? But wait, there is one more rip-off tactic, suddenly I need front brakes, another $400 and tire rotation which I did in February.
The history of this Malibu started badly:
--One week after purchase the AC compressor failed--replaced under warranty.
--Last year resurfaced rotors for uneven wear, under warranty
--Last November, entire power steering mechanicals were replaced under warranty
Other than the above the Malibu has performed well but I am very worried that this might be the beginning of major future problems and that perhaps I should dump the Malibu and move unto something more bullet proof.
#1452 of 1514 Re: Electrical Problems? -- Out of warranty [bwia]
Apr 18, 2011 (5:55 pm)
I have had similar problems with the car- but not with the dealer. I bought a certified used Malibu with 40K on in March of 2010. late last year I had all kinds of weird things happen. The horn didn't work, the windshield wipers would not turn off, all kinds of strange things that happened at the same time. Some kind of electronic gizmo was messed up and they fixed it all. At first they could not find the source and they had to pay for me to rent a car. In early March of this year the windshield wipers again would not shut off (this time nothing woudl stop them, even shutting off the car. Only opening my door would stop them. Then my drivers side door would sometimes not open with the "clicker" or the door "unlock' button. It would only unlock if I manually opened the door lock button (pulled it up the old fashioned way. I was busy so took it in about two weeks later. They told me 1) they could not replicate the problems and 2) I was out of that kind of warantee. I said I had a 100,000 warantee, this was a certified used car. (I had never bought a used car before. I bought inexpensive new cars instead, up til now. I told them no one had told me that some things were not covered til 100K and I was very upset. Had I known, I would have taken it in immediately. The man who picked me up to take me back to the dealer told me to speak to my salesman. He said that they would cover it out of good will, but I'd have to take it in again so they would have time to get the problem to replicate itself. i couldnt' understand what was going on, as it always happened 9 times out of then the door locks were not working at all on the drivers side. the windshield wiper thing happened occasionally only. I brought the car in on Thursday and again they said they could not replicate the problem. I told them they better replicate it, as I have about 10 witnesses to the problem and I want it fixed. When my friend drove me to pick up the car- the tune was different. They now could not get the locks to work properly either. And though the saleman was not there to get them to cover the cost, the service manager said they would cover the whole cost out of goodwill, since the car was just a few miles out of that warantee. They have now ordered the part. Now the stupid windshield wiper thing they have not seen yet. Unfortunately it never happens when I can conveniently get to the dealership. Maybe you need to threaten to call Chevrolet about your problems. My dealership never said they'd charge me for diagnosis of this. I'd say your calling Chevy and complaining about the dealership. Good luck!