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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,949 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu suspension problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 012013


  • 110,000 miles


This 2001 Chevy Malibu had the rack and pinion break free from the engine cradle due to frame corrosion. The car is now undrivable and needs new engine cradle (front frame). This is a safety issue and the frame should not rust on a car in a place that could kill somebody. Bad design. Poor quality. Never buy a GM....ever.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 102012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 109,740 miles
I had my car tow to a auto services center cause it would not start, the tech told me it was the starter but said there was another problem the sub frame very rusted and the engine could fall out anytime. They replace the front sub frame, outer tie rod end, sway bar link kit, the cost was $927.39. Is G M responsible and can I be reimburse for my cost.

- Northford, CT, USA

problem #3

May 082001

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4 miles
Consumer states: ABS system 11oo miles brakes started gridding, at 37000 had to replace master cyclinder, ABS system and the drum and brake lines in 2003 July and is getting worse. Had new brakes pads put on again in January 2005. Now ABS coming on again for 2 or 3 days at a time.

- Belding , MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 012004


  • 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 #1

Jul 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
** I don't have all the above info available at this time. Bought 11/01- hit pothole 12/01, replaced two passenger wheels(bent) and complained of "thumping" noise. Dealer 2X claimed not to hear noise. Car would not start on numerous occassions starting 5/02. Paid $111 for rental while dealer inspected. Dealer found nothing. Next week, failed to start again, 800# tech advice told me about "anti-theft" was acting up and gave me procedures to start car. "anti-theft" system has since quit working. Auto in "very minor" fender bender" in 10/02, that week driver door hinge started "crackling", hanging up. Insurance company body shop said "no relation" to minor accident. Hinge has completely broken and not working at all since then. 7/03 driver power window "fell down" upon attempt to open as normal with power button. Other problems have been/are: Rear passenger speaker doesn't work, interior light doesn't always work, "" blinkers/emer. Flashers"" have quit working properly about 4 to 6 months ago. (this is very dangerous since I live 'up' a blind driveway on a high speed road)?!! 1st week I had the car I noticed motor rattled pretty loudly upon start up. Questioned dealer and was told this was "lifter bleed down" and dealer was waiting on GM for remedy, if available. I bought this car as used with new warranty in place, about 23,300 miles on 36/36000 new car warranty as well as bought a $1500 extended 5yr/100000 warr. Any suggestions, very ticked off and don't know where to turn.

- Franklinton, NC, USA

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