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2001 Chevrolet Malibu exhaust system problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

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Oct 012000


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From the initial operation of the vehicle it smelled as if it had a slight oil leak on the exhaust. The vehicle emitted a slight odor that continued to grow stronger as the car was driven more. At no time could an oil leak be found. The car was eventually taken in for this problem and others on March 17, 2001. By April 24, 2001 Chevrolet stated that the problem was determined to be related to the catalytic converter and they could not fix the problem. The car has not been able to be used since March 7, 2000 due to the acrid smell of burnt oil inside the car. The smell caused me to be unable to operate the car do to irriation to my sinus and eyes. I am concerned that this problem could cause someone to be seriosly ill and possibly lead to a collision as a result of impairment to the driver.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

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