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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,130 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu fuel system problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #8

May 052014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer states two keys are being used. One for the doors and trunk, and another for the ignition after ignition lock cylinder and sensor were replaced. The consumer is requesting reimbursement. Also, the fuel pump and fuel filter were replaced.

- Madera, CA, USA

problem #7

May 232014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
I was traveling at 60 and took my foot off gas to decelerate and car wouldn't go less than 50. Engine RPM's wouldn't go below 2500. I could still stop car with brakes but this appears to be a constant problem and not intermittent like the person reported a few days ago. I checked the throttle linkage because I thought the non functioning cruise control could be affecting engine speed but neither cable kept the flap from bottoming out.

- Newport, WA, USA

problem #6

Dec 022011


  • 121,455 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact smelled gasoline coming from the vehicle. He also heard a popping noise from the front end of the vehicle. The dealer was able to hear the popping noise however, was unable to duplicate the failure. The failure progressed and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the fuel regulator was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 121,455. The VIN was unavailable.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #5

Nov 182009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 100,525 miles


This complaint relates to the poorly designed GM passlock anti-theft system that erroneously enters anti-theft mode and disables the fuel injectors. GM should be forced to recall this passlock system żż it is simply unacceptable to strand motorists because of an incompetently designed anti-theft system. I have replaced both the in-tank fuel pump and two ignition modules (at an expense of three towing bill plus $1000+ in repair costs), only to find out that the anti-theft system was misreading my ignition key and disabling the injectors. Several internet forums that I found after the expensive repairs describe how to reset this erroneous signal after having to wait 10 minutes for the system to clear. I have personally read hundreds of similar horror stories in online forums, and this is a widely known issue. It is unacceptable that people have to deal with this defective system, and that dealerships and mechanics make huge profits replacing fuel pumps and ignition modules unnecessarily. By the way, after each of the expensive repairs I mentioned were done, the car experienced the same issues within 30 days of the repairs.

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #4

Dec 282007


  • 80,000 miles
There has been a failure to the fuel system several different occasions. Fuel regulator has been replaced 3 different times. A fuel pump was purchased 300$ to replace old one. The right tail light has been bogging on and off almost caused several different accidents. I would like to know if I can sell this vehicle or get what I paid for it atleast? I shall take further legal action until something is done.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

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problem #3

Apr 012004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
After turn signal recall was performed, consumer continued to experience problems with them working intermittently. After the dealer performed recall 03043 the problem recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who indicated that since they replaced the recall component that the problem had to be with another part. The consumer was told that they would have to pay for any additional repair. The evaporator vent solenoid and gas cap were not holding pressure, as a result the check engine light illuminated.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 272003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
1) leaking coolant from intake manifold into engine, required gasket replacement and coolant / oil change 2) turn signals work intermittently, had to replace turn signal switch 3) A/C does not work, blows hot air, dealer unable to repair 4) brakes weak, vibrate. Replaced with after market components (powerslot rotors and performance friction carbon metallic pads) 5) automatic door locks inoperative, dealer unable to repair 6) poor fuel mileage, best is 28 mpg highway (cafe violation??) 7) starter failed, replaced with rebuilt unit.

- Tipton, IN, USA

problem #1

May 032003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 58 miles
In a two week period, my 2001 chev. Malibu has left me stranded in the middle of nowhere with my two children. I had to have a wrecker pick it up both times, and both times I have had to rent a car. Both times I was told it is out of gas. It was showing having plenty of gas. The mechanic at the Chevrolet dealership said this is the 15th one in two weeks time. He stated that it is the fuel sensor module.!!!!!

- Swainsboro, GA, USA

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