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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,800 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Malibu body / paint problems

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2000 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 252015


  • 91,000 miles


Rack and pinion mount bracket rusted out

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #8

Jun 172011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Traveling on interstate I 40 doing 65mph cross over the media luckly their were no other car beside me or coming after I cross the media all I know it picked up speed like the gas pedal had stuck and it juke like but the air bag didn't come out it tore the front end of the body up the it accelerate by it self sometime just seating still.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #7

May 132009


  • 85,000 miles
The day May 13, 2009 my wife was driving the vehicle for about hillsborough avenue at 12: 15 a day. Another vehicle driving in the opposite direction crossed the street to enter the parking lot of ross. My wife quickly use the brakes but the vehicle was when collided with the other vehicle stopped. My wife suffered trauma to the spine and neck. Breaking the 5th lumbar vertebra and herniated cervical. Never again could work or it could operate. Requires a spinal Fusion which costs $ $80,000. Now we know why the vehicle did not stop and did not prevent the accident.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 272014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles


Steering wheel locked, engine power was lost, brakes would not work. I could not control the vehicle, I hit a poled, borke both legs, have a rod in femur and messed up my knee, still recovering and in awheel chair for now.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #5

Jan 102010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
After parking the car I was notified by a neighbor that my vehicle was on fire. The fire dept. Was call and extinguished the fire.the arson squad was called and determined the vehicles fire was due to a mechanical problem. After I researched the vehicle safety recalls and found out there had been a recall for this vehicle and I was unaware of it. I purchased it used. I did not receive any notice on the recall. I found there were many other fires associated with this failure. The vehicle was totally burned up vehicle was non repairable and towed to the junk yard after arson investigation was complete.

- College Park, GA, USA

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problem #4

Apr 122014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 89,200 miles
While parking I heard a noise in the front end and upon turning the wheel harder the power steering went out. I could barely turn the wheel. Later in the day put in more power steering fluid thinking that was the problem but had the same issue. I thought the power steering was going out as I was hearing a grinding type noise in the front end. The next day I could feel something under the driver floor board and louder noises when turning hard. Took it to my mechanic and was told sub-frame is rusted and needs replaced as well as the rack and pinion; this will start out as a $2000 repair and could go up to $4000 depending on what else they find when they work on it. This is a safety hazard and should be fixed by GM as they used shoddy materials building this vehicle. My mechanic said I shouldn't drive it as I may loose control of the vehicle. This car was kept in a garage for the first 10 years I have owned it and has only been parked outside for about 5 years. At only 89,000 miles I am disgusted at the way this vehicle was built. I have also replaced the head gasket, not once, but twice!

- Perrysburg, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 042013


  • 168,000 miles


Bought this car as a project car with low mileage. Got bought at a used car dealership. Piston slap!!! especially cold. Front sub frame rotted out and rack and pinion destroyed needed immediate replacement. Later was told rocker panels are destroyed with huge holes I was clearly upset another Malibu with another problem. Common problem with Malibu's from '98-'02. Was unable to safety because of panels missing a layer in spots (holes). Rear quarter panels severe rotting around wheel wells and gas cap area requiring bondo to fill in holes a horrible problem with Malibu's. air conditioning clutch grinding constantly and half the time A/C bottom works. Sadly GM will not recall these issues now have to invest $7000 to make into a show car. GM should be ashamed of body problems and constant piston slaps and lifter knocking. I have to do an overhaul of $600-800 on engine. Pathetic GM link to the piston slap on my car on youtube :

- Camden, AR, USA

problem #2

Jun 012012


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while turning, an abnormal noise was heard from the front end. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who advised that the the sub frame was corroded. The sub frame was replaced and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. In addition, the contact stated that the power steering assist failed. The steering was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 57,000.

- Mentor , OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 182005


  • 40,000 miles
On 2000 Chevrolet Malibu's and other Malibu's of the same body style, rust will occur underneath the fuel door. The rust appears to start from the backside of the quarter panel and work its way to the front. I have noticed this on many Malibu's of this body style.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

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