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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,255 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 8 of 8)

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problem #18

Nov 102006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The horn will beep on its own, usually when car is first started or turned off, but will also beep (by itself) while driving. Also the automatic power door lock switch on the driver side door, which is supposed to lock all doors when depressed when I am leaving the vehicle doesn't work properly. Both of these problems have been "fixed" several times over the last 12 - 18 months by the dealer, but they keep recurring. Another problem, which the dealer had "fixed" a couple of times is that I would go out to start the car, it just wouldn't start. The dealer claimed it had something to do with the anti-theft system/ignition lock cylinder in that if you try three different keys or make three attempts to start the car, then the anti-theft system would lock the car out. Two times over the last 12-18 I've gone out to the car, put my car key in the ignition (once each time) and the car would not start, would not even turn over. I'm waiting for it to happen it again, because once the horn and locks start malfunctioning, the anti-theft system usually starts malfunctioning.

- Norristown, PA, USA

problem #17

Dec 152005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
5 mos after purchasing car, the transmission had to be replaced. A few months later the engine would shut off while driving on the road. The following parts have been replaced: Ignition module, spark plugs, fan belt, water pump, knock sensor, camshaft position sensor, crankshaft sensor, ignition switch.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #16

Oct 052006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My turn signals work when they want. I call Chevrolet and I was told this part had been changed July of 2001. This was a recalled part and I'm not sure if the one put in in July 2001 was a new part or still one that was on recall. But I was told by Chevrolet that they would not pay to fix it.

- Oconto, WI, USA

problem #15

Aug 132006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

First my intake manifold needed to be replaced and I got Chevy to pay half. I had to pay around 400 to get it fixed. Now my car won't start. I got it towed and it started to work again. They couldn't find any problems, so I took the car back. Two days later it won't start again. They still don't know what the problem is. My brother also has the same car and his is doing the same thing. They don't know what is wrong with his either. This has been going on for three months now. I can not afford to keep paying for this car. Chevy really needs to recall the Chevy it self. The car is nothing but problems and they are safety issues and will hurt someone one day.

- Croydon, PA, USA

problem #14

Jun 212006

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Three times car wouldn't start when key was put in ignition. Had it towed to dealer each time. When dealer tried to start car each of the three times, it started every time except the last time. 1st time (Oct 2005) dealer ran diagnostic test revealing nothing and replaced no parts. 2nd time (Jan 2006) dealer replaced ignition switch and sensor for $450. 3rd time (June 2006) dealer couldn't start car, but waited 1-1/2 days to run diagnostic tests so when they finally got to looking at the car it started up again. Dealer ran diagnostic test which again revealed nothing since the car was running again. Dealer wanted to talk about replacing more parts (fuel pump and the ignition switch again) but I said no and took my car back. Dealer cannot explain since 1st time why this is happening. This is now a very unreliable car since we never know when it will happen.

- Moon Township, PA, USA

problem #13

Jun 142006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After driving approximately 20-30 minutes, car will surge, and then stall. After waiting a few minutes the car will start and go another 15 min or so. This has happened on multiple occasions, and after multiple repairs. The last incident occurred on a busy bridge with no hazard lane; a police officer pushed me off the bridge with his squad car. I have replaced the alternator, fuel filter, & fuel relay. After each repair I was assured that the problem was corrected. After each repair the problem occurred again. I have taken it to two mechanics and they have not been able to find any problems.

- Carrabelle, FL, USA

problem #12

Feb 122005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,651 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

There was a recall on the 2001 Chevy Malibu for turn signal/hazard light defect. I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu and I had experienced the exact same problems. I contacted GM and they indicated that my VIN number was not in the recall and therefore will not reimburse me for the cost of having my turn signals/hazard lights repaired.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #11

May 072005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Driver's side window switch stalls before rolling up. Turn signals do not work all the time. Internal fan switch only works on 5. if I turn the fan switch on or off, turn signals will start working instantly. Turn signal problem started right after the blower went out. I cannot listen to the radio and run the rear defroster at the same time. The driver's side seat belt will not release all the time when I try to put it on. The car has died as I tried to turn left at a stop light. This was a used car with less than 30K miles when I bought it in March 2005, no problems until about May. Now a problem a day seems to appear. The car now has 39K miles on it and my husband wants me to trade it in already because he says it is going to "nickel and dime us to death". I have seen several of these problems on recall sites, but the dealer said that my VIN was not included in the recall.

- Blackwell, OK, USA

problem #10

Jun 092005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
When going over a railroad track or a man hole, consumer's car shut down. The vehicle steering and brakes locked up and the consumer had to manually maneuver the vehicle and put it in park.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #9

Jul 102003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ac automatically switches from internal circulation to vent intermittently

- Port Allen, LA, USA

problem #8

May 102005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Type of vehicle- 2001 Chevy Malibu on at least 5 occsasions, the vehicle has failed to start. The battery is ok, as all accesories ork perfect. The car has had fuel, and we actually replaced the fuel pump, just to see if this was the problem. It will act as though it wants to start. I have had an automotive technician try to see what it is by hooking up to a diagnostics machine, although as quick as it is released from the wheel dolly, it starts, as if jarring the car makes a difference. In light of this we are unable to locate the problem, although we know it is likely related to a misfiring of a wire to the computer. After hooking up to machine when it starts, no fault codes are shown. It is very frustrating. The engine will crank, fuel pressure ok. Ignition system plugs ahve fire. All normal systems are good, however engine will not fire.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #7

Jul 232001

Malibu

  • miles
Chevrolet Malibu shut off while driving. Doors locked, gauges went off, etc. Dealer replaced the ingition switch, and the body control module.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #6

Oct 062003

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle failed to start. Towed vehicle to dealership. Informed by mechanic a computer chip was causing lack of starting problem. Would have problem checked and repaired each time. Vehicle been to dealership 9 times for non start.

- Edenton, NC, USA

problem #5

Sep 272003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Car have problems starting and continuously acts as if the battery is dead. Battery was checked and cleaned the problem still exists. On a normal basis when the key is turned, car won┐T start, which happens several times in a few minutes until it finally starts successfully. This incident happens about every three days.

- Cochran, GA, USA

problem #4

May 172003

Malibu

  • 65,000 miles
Turning light has failed due to an an electrical short.

- Pocono Lake, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 162003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,145 miles
Engine noise dealer is unable to locate. Hazard switch shorts out no turn signals.

- Casa Grande, AZ, USA

problem #2

May 072003

Malibu

  • miles
The vehicles ignition switch failed. The signal lights also failed. Nlm

- Seymour, MO, USA

problem #1

May 302002

Malibu 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle and when road condition varies (such as a bump in the road), vehicle shuts off as if deactivating the car, e.g. car doors unlock, no RPM, gas needle immediately descends to E, immediate deceleration.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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