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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu transmission problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #4

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 #3

Apr 152003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After researching the service bulletins section of this website, I have come to realize that I have complained/had serviced about 85% of the same problems that are listed on your database. I purchased this car new, from everett Chevrolet, wa in 2000. Since the purchase. Date, I had Chevy do the following: New brakes (all the way around - once, front rotors/pads - twice), all new pistons, transmission replaced, miss on #1 cylinder - replaced 1 failed spark plug, left rear door squeaks when open/shut - lubed (has happened 3 times now), front left noise from struts/brakes - not able to verify as of yet (possible strut problem/lube), fan in dashboard has a sound in the middle (just above the cd player/radio) like there is a piece of paper caught in the housing (confirmed after 4 complaints, faulty fan motor), passenger front seat squeaks when occupied (dealerships have not been able to duplicate./fix), rearview mirror rattles while driving at highway speeds (tightened, still does it in hot weather). Bottom line, this is my first new car purchase and I am having serious doubts about keeping the car - as it only has 21,405 miles on it. With the 3/30 warranty. Coming up in Oct. 2003, I am very much afraid that I have purchased a lemon and not looking forward to spending anymore time/$$$ on this vehicle. Any suggestions?

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 142001


  • miles
Problem first reported on 5 June. Car spent all day 6 June at the dealer they could not find a problem.June 9 transmission had problems shifting. June 14 transmisson at low speeds in heavy shifted in and out of gear.June 14 car went to the dealer and at this time it is still at stan roberts Chevrolet. I should not be having transmission problems with less than 3000 miles on the car.

- Lincolnton, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 092001

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine check light illuminated, and transmission had problems shifting. Dealer has not been able to correct problem.

- Cathedral City, CA, USA

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