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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,000 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Malibu cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2000 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 102004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles


Car was getting hot then cooling back down, while getting hot heater would not work. Took to mechanic, had thermostat and water pump replaced. Car ran fine for a couple of days, then same problem. Took back to mechanic. He said its possible the thermostat purchased was defective. Installed new thermostat from the dealership. Got in car did not get hot and cool back down it got to normal operating temperature and heater worked. Three days later, car started getting hot, cooling back down and bubbling the water out of the overflow reservoir. There are no leaks anywhere, no blown gasket, or cracks. This problem is becoming a big pain. I think it is a defect caused by manufacturer and if the problem cant be fixed, I know ill never own another GM {great mistake} vehicle again.

- Roxton, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 142000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle first towed to shop on 04/04/00 for vehicle overheating. Top radiator hose split. Informed dealer of vibration in front end at 30 mph and up, they said they could not duplicate. On 04/11/00 heard thumping noise from front and while pulling in driveway lost control of left front wheel. Towed to dealer and left side outer tie rod end replaced. Picked up from dealer on 04/12/00 and 2 miles away ABS light came on. Parked vehicle in driveway and next morning light was off. Left for work and got 6 miles away when check engine light came on and transmisson started slipping. Caled and notified Chevy and they said drive vehicle then have it towed in the next day. On 04/14/00 was driving down road at 40 mph when I lost control of steering again and hit a tree. Repairs to steering/ABS light/check engine light/transmssion slipping not taken care of yet.

- Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

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