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6.8

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,229 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

engine problem

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1997 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Sep 172007

Malibu

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car engine overheating not due to thermostat or water pump.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #23

Sep 252003

Malibu

  • 59,000 miles
While driving at any speed and without any warning vehicle stalled.

- East Tawas, MI, USA

problem #22

Jul 101997

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Losing water from radiator reservoir into the intake manifold gasket. I have researched this problem and it seems to be very common on 97 Chevy Malibu.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #21

Mar 182003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Coolant poured out of vehicle. Manifold gasket was a lemon. Repair place informed us, this was a common problem with Chevrolet vehicle's.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #20

Jan 262003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There has been numerous problems with the brakes, they have been replaced every 20,000 miles. The cruise control has been fixed a few times and needs repair again. Now, the engine has started to consume oil and I have been told it needs replacement. The Malibu is a lemon of a car.

- Depere, WI, USA

problem #19

Dec 042002

Malibu

  • miles
The tensioner pulley for the accessory belt completely broke off from the engine block. The dealer had to remove the engine to drill out the old bolt and to get the new assembly in. This is a piece that should never just break.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #18

Jan 312002

Malibu

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Renee borstad, director/superintendent of the board of chosen freeholders writes on behalf of parker flores, also, 2 of the 3 engine mounts on vehicle failed, incurring damages where extensive repairs and replacement was needed.

- Mt. Holly, NJ, USA

problem #17

Jul 152002

Malibu

  • miles
Cars add engine coolant light came on, no obvious leaks; taken to auto repair place and was informed that I had an intake leak; then informed by another repair shop there was water in my oil ; possibly because of a problem with gasket; basically same situation as ODI-ID758781.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #16

Jan 312002

Malibu

  • miles
Renee borstad, director/superintendent of the board of chosen freeholders writes on behalf of parker flores, " also, 2 of the 3 engine mounts on vehicle failed, incurring damages where extensive repairs and replacement was needed.

- Mt. Holly, NJ, USA

problem #15

Aug 082000

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer stated there was a fluid leak coming from the engine, the dealer replaced the coolant hose, consumer also stated while driving, the vehicle began to vibrate, consumer was informed that 2 of the 3 engine mounts failed, which caused damage to the front exhaust pipe converter.

- Willingboro, NJ, USA

problem #14

Mar 012002

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer states intermittently the vehicle anti-theft light would come on while driving, within a few seconds it would start to flicker on/off, when this occurs the vehicle would cut off, dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. Also, consumer states dealer replaced fuse, multifunction switch, dome lamp wiring, ignition lock cylinder, power steering hose, fuel pump, engine mount, heater, left door window switch, right front seat belt, left front door handle cover, and left front door lock switch.

- Wallins Creek, KY, USA

problem #13

Aug 082000

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer stated there was a fluid leak coming from the engine, the dealer replaced the coolant hose, consumer also stated while driving, the vehicle began to vibrate, consumer was informed that 2 of the 3 engine mounts failed, which caused damage to the front exhaust pipe converter.

- Willingboro, NJ, USA

problem #12

Oct 302001

Malibu

  • miles
Motor mounts are defective. If consumer would continue to drive then motor and transmission could fall out of vehicle.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #11

Feb 012001

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the defroster is turned on, fuses in vehicle short out, causing all gauges and electrical systems to fail including the lights. A private mechanic replaced compressor in vehicle to correct this defect. Vehicle also has a head gasket leak.

- Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #10

May 241999

Malibu

  • miles
The vehicle stalled on highway when the drive belt snapped due to broken pulley assembly.

- Garden Cit, NY, USA

problem #9

Apr 151999

Malibu

  • miles
Engine failed due to gasket leaks.

- Garden Cit, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 151999

Malibu

  • miles
Engine failed due to gasket leaks.

- Garden Cit, NY, USA

problem #7

May 241999

Malibu

  • miles
The vehicle stalled on highway when the drive belt snapped due to broken pulley assembly.

- Garden Cit, NY, USA

problem #6

May 241999

Malibu

  • miles
The vehicle stalled on highway when the drive belt snapped due to broken pulley assembly.

- Garden Cit, NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 151999

Malibu

  • miles
Engine failed due to gasket leaks.

- Garden Cit, NY, USA

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