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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
37,699 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace the gaskets myself (1 reports)
2004 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 152007

Malibu LS 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,098 miles


The main seal on my 2004 Chev Malibu has started leaking. The car has only been out of warranty for 6 Months; neither GM or the dealership will help with any cost. I can not believe that i bought such a piece of the Junk.They call it the car you can't ignore; i called the car that you have to ignore if you don't want to be stranded. Also it's a shame that GM is putting down it's own product by calling it the HONDA ACCORD for GM. This thing is not even fit to being compared to KIA at least they stand by their cutomers on warranty issues.

- , Brampton, Ontario, Canada

problem #2

Jul 232007

(reported on)

Malibu LT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles

I bought the car used from Lexington Chevrolet, it had about 26000 miles on it. about 3 weeks went by and i had to add coolant. well i blew that off until i had to add coolant a second time. I took it back and told them it had a small coolant leak. they looked at it and didn't see anything so they replaced the coolant sensor(which was f%$*&g stupid). So i drove it another week or two and had to add more coolant. well they looked at it again and said the intake gasket was leaking so they replaced it. a couple of weeks went buy and i had to add coolant again. so i called them and told them it still had a leak. well now the car has about 40000 miles on it. they said they couldn't get to it just then so they scheduled it for the next week. i took it up there and the put some die in it like they should have done in the first place. (by the way they had my car for over a week before i finally bugged them enough they got around to finding the problem. the back head gasket was leaking and now the car is out of warranty and they said it was going to cost around $1000 dollars. of course i told them to kiss my ass that it wasn't my fault they waited till the warranty went out to find the problem. they need to fix it under warranty. they wouldn't do it. I had to have my car so i fixed it myself, im still trying to find a way to make them pay for it.

- , Parsons, TN, USA

problem #1

Oct 262006

(reported on)

Malibu LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

My pampered auto began leaking antifreeze from the passenger side of the head gasket. The first dealer could not diagnose the problem; an independent mechanic did. The second dealer confirmed the problem, but GM would not offer assistance until the heads were taken off and inspected. I would not allow this unless they promised to cover the problem.

I refuse to pay $1,000 for an engine problem that should not have happened. I'll drive the car as long as possible, then switch to something other than a GM automobile.

- , Cumming, GA, USA

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