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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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Chevrolet Malibu transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012004


  • miles


While decreasing the speed vehicle stalled. Consumer tried to start the vehicle numerous time but was unable to do so. Vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem.

- University Park, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 112003

(reported on)


  • miles
While traveling rpms would idle high, resulting in vehicle not to gaining speed or changing into passing gear. Vehicle has been serviced six times for problem.

- Walled Lake, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 032003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 15,000 miles I had a piston knock develop. Pistons were replaced and was told this was a common problem with this engine. Gas cap seal bad at same time. Deck lid not properly adjusted at time of purchase. At 25,000 the rear left speaker was replaced due not working and the torque clutch converter was coming apart and stuck in the off position. First problem was noted in 2002.

- Tennyson, IN, USA

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