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3.1

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,860 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #14

May 282005

Malibu

  • miles

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

Went to crank car and it would not crank anti theft light was on. This is the 4th time that this has happened and each time I have to spend $300 plus dollars to get it fixed. Chevy should be responsible for this. Last year I had the same thing replaced 3 times and now here it is agian.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #13

Jun 012004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Chevrolet Malibu experiencing problems with the vehicle not starting. The consumer has had the anti-theft system, and the ignition switches replaced. Consumer stated the theft light comes on and vehicle does not start.

- Burgettstown, PA, USA

problem #12

Apr 022005

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Had a leaking intake manifold gasket. Was told it would cost about $1000 to fix. I called the phone # for Chevy in my owners book. Filed a complaint, and went to the dealer, gave them my case # Chevy gave me. They called Chevy, came back and told me it would cost me $350. They changed the intake manifold gasket, flushed the radiator, and changed my oil. Chevy has a reimbursment assistance program for problems that aren't bad enough for recalls. They also reimbursed me $862 for my problem with the anti-theft, fully reimbursed. If you live in Illinois, the best place to have your car serviced is george weber Chevrolet in columbia, Illinois. The people are great, the service is great. I live 50 miles away but after dealing with other Chevy dealers in Missouri giving crappy service, its worth the trip!

- Cedar Hill, MO, USA

problem #11

Apr 252005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,998 miles

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

Car wont start anti- theft system again, towed to garage replaced ignition system again.

- Burgettstown, PA, USA

problem #10

Apr 252005

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
My 2001 chvrolet Malibu ls had to be towed to the dealership in order for the anti-theft/passlock to be replaced which was around $300. This is not the first time my car has had this problem. I had to have it towed the first time and they had to reset it. I followed the instructions to wait 10 minutes and then unlock your car and try and start it. Nothing worked. This is very frustrating and expensive to deal with.

- Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #9

Apr 182005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Car ignition. Would not start. This has happened on three separate occasions. We were told that it appeared that it was the anti theft device. Upon putting the key in the ignition it was being seen as an intrusion and will not allow the car to start. We have been told by both the dealer and secondary repair shop that the cause appeared to be a loss of memory in the chip. The procedure, which was quite unacceptable, was to wipe the key with alcohol and proceed to turn the ignition on and off several times. My wife, who is the primary driver, has been stuck on more than one occasion. Car has became completely unreliable! dealer, without knowing the problem, insisted that warranty expired, and to replace the ignition cylinder was around $300, 00 something that drastic should be covered by GM.

- Stanhope, NJ, USA

problem #8

Dec 042004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

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

I have had the brakes and rotors replaced twice since buying the car in April of 2001. I took the car to jim butler Chevrolet for the turn signal/flasher problem which was later recalled and I was reimbursed. I took it to don darr Chevy which fixed a faulty switch operating the air conditioner/switching to outside air. I had the car towed to dobbs when it would not start, they said it was the fuel pump and assembly module. Today, jim butler Chevrolet replaced the lock cylinder and ignition switch because of the theft system light and the car not starting.but was unable to find the cause of the daytime running lights not working. Oh! but they noticed a recall on the hazard lights and replaced it. They were the one who replaced it the first time. I also told them of the over crank/grinding noise after the car is started, happens occasionally. They could not duplicate, so no repair. I am not happy with this car or Chevy because of all the problems and the expense it has caused and cost me. I used to hold Chevrolet in high regard, but can no longer recommend anyone owning one.

- Cedar Hill, MO, USA

problem #7

Jan 052003

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Security light keeps coming on car wont start. Emergency flashers comes on by themselves sometimes and the flashers dont work at times unless you touch the flasher switch then the blinkers will work. Didnt get no letter about the recall on the flasher switch just found out about it on this website. I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu sl I bought it from harvey Toyota in bossier city Louisiana...I took the car to them told them what the problem was on the security system they couldnt find any problem with it. I told them about the flasher switch and they told me they would replace it but I would have to pay unless I wanted to do it myself. So can you tell me what I can do cause it is an annoying and agravating especially when your stuck on the side of the road and your car wont start un till the security light goes off and you have to reset it every time. Thankyou P.S we I bought the car in 2002.

- Haughton, LA, USA

problem #6

Jun 012004

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Filled gas tank, drove 100 yards, gauge drops to read empty. Happens occasionally in the same manner. Erratic. Requires utilization of the trip meter to track fuel usage. On one occasion gauge read tank was about 1/8 full, car stopped running and was out of fuel. Second issue: "theft security" light has begun to come on erratically. Driving along, light will suddenly come on. After departure of car, and return, driver must then follow 10 min. Procedure to alleviate the problem. Third issue: Without installation of high quality tires on this vehicle, the noise level and wear pattern is absurd. The cupping and wearing has occured on 2 different sets of good quality tires. Upon installation of Michelin high quality tires, the problem stopped.

- Upperville, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 012003

Malibu

  • miles
While driving theft lock deterrent system light illuminated. Once shutting the vehicle off. Vehicle will not start again. Took vehicle to the dealer, who indicated it had something to do with the ignition.

- Linden, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 032004

Malibu

  • miles

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

Problems with the electronic anti theft control on 2001 Malibu. When the consumer attempted to star the vehicle, with the key provided by the manufacturer, it would not start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was determined that the electronic anti-theft controller failed. The consumer would like to be reimbursed for the replaced part.

- Barnhart, MO, USA

problem #3

Jun 162004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,853 miles
Car will not start and needed to be towed. Problem 1st occurred on 6-16-04. Issue was identified as the anit-theft system, which caused reprogramming of the module. On July 1st anti theft light came on and car was driveable to service shop at which time both ignition switch and body control module were identified as issues. Reprogrammed again to see if problem persists. I've complained of hesitation upon car starting for 3 years which the dealer was never able to recreate. I feel that the anti theft issue may have been the underlying issue all the time and intend to pursue this with the dealer if problem reoccurs. I feel though warranty has expired that issue was reported and should be rectified by dealer and GM.

- Whitesboro, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 292003

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer complained about a power lock problem. Also, vehicle would not start. Dealer was contacted, and stated that vehicle was recalled. However, consumer was never informned of the recall, and had to have the whole ignition swich changed.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012002

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Anti theft system activates, vehicle cannot be started. This has happened 18 times. Dealer has to reset the system.

- Fredricksburg, VA, USA

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