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#1447 of 1510 Tire Up-Date!
Mar 25, 2011 (3:13 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 1510 Re: Resetting 08 Malibu Key Fob [sidewinderz]
Mar 29, 2011 (5:07 am)
Beleive it needs a scan tool to reset the FOB unfortunately
#1449 of 1510 Re: Resetting 08 Malibu Key Fob [pao]
Mar 29, 2011 (5:10 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 1510 Re: Resetting 08 Malibu Key Fob [sidewinderz]
Apr 04, 2011 (12:41 pm)
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 1510 Electrical Problems? -- Out of warranty
Apr 18, 2011 (5:18 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 1510 Re: Electrical Problems? -- Out of warranty [bwia]
Apr 18, 2011 (6:55 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!
#1453 of 1510 Re: Love my Malibu, but [pao]
Apr 19, 2011 (5:17 pm)
Sorry I took so long to reply
The alignment issue goes back to day 1. After this last service, parts replacement, and alignment it does finally seem improved. I have filed away the service ticket with the alignment sheet in a safe place that I have not yet located so I cannot share the details yet.
I had my son drive the Malibu this week. He confirmed that he felt some side to side wandering but not real bad.
Tire wear is normal. I had a local mechanic check tires to get an opinion on their condition. Mechanic said they looked good. She was surprised actually as she expected abnormal tire wear based on what I told her, but did not find any. I take all of my cars to this shop after the warranty expires so I trust them.
I still have the original Goodyear tires at nearly 30k miles. I will keep evaluating the handling hoping it is now fixed so I can avoid a new car purchase. Thanks
#1454 of 1510 Re: Electrical Problems? -- Out of warranty [bwia]
Apr 27, 2011 (1:09 pm)
I apologize for your frustrations. Can you please email me your VIN?
GM Customer Service
#1455 of 1510 Re: Electrical Problems? -- Out of warranty [starrmalibu]
Apr 27, 2011 (1:15 pm)
I am glad to hear most of your problems were resolved. It is nice to hear that you have such a good relationship with your dealer. If you have any questions comments or concerns please feel free to contact me.
GM Customer Service
#1456 of 1510 Re: Electrical Problems? -- Out of warranty [gmcustsvc]
Apr 30, 2011 (3:17 pm)
Thanks for your offer of help but the door ajar light and stereo were fixed under warranty, although it still cost me $323 for an "unscheduled" 30K maintenance service.
And when I thought the worst was over up comes yet another problem. Leaking transmission fluid. Dealer says new lines were ordered but were damaged in packaging. This will require yet another trip back to the dealer but thank goodness this is covered under warranty.
I've owned GM products (Oldsmobile) in the past but never had so many problems. With the new 2013 Malibu on the horizon I hope GM gets its act together and begin producing better quality products as I know they can.