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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
105,440 miles
Total Complaints:
16 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace gasket (11 reports)
  2. i had to junk my car (2 reports)
  3. not sure (2 reports)
  4. prestone super radiator stop leak (1 reports)
2000 Chevrolet Malibu cooling system problems

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2000 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #16

Nov 302011

Malibu ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles


Purchased used November 2005 and within 6 months the car oveheated. Had te thermostat, radiator, and serpentine belt replaced. In 2008, overheated again and had the thermostat replaced which cost $170 because it is located UNDERNEATH the engine (how convenient). May 2011 overheated and took to a radiator shop where they flushed it and said there were no problems they could find. Then November 2011, it overheated one time when I had to stop every 3-5 miles to replace water to get home and never drove it again. Now there is water in the oil. I could never get enough water in the engine because I couldn't get it into the radiator directly. The mechanic said the temp thermometer was to regulate the temp to the half way mark to run more efficient but the first thermostat that was in it ran cooler. I do not have any money and work part-time and cannot buy another car. I have to rely on the mercy of family to get to work. Why do the make such cheap engines?

- , Wao, TX, USA

problem #15

Sep 122012

Malibu 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

This the second Chevrolet that has has the same problem!!!!!!!!!!!! Government Motors should be held responsible and accountable to the people they have cheerfully screwed time and again. There is no reason consumers should have to go through insane amount of problems. Since GM is using our money, please send me $2,000.00 to reimburse me for all of this!!!!!!!!

- , Angier, NC, USA

problem #14

Nov 012011

Malibu LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles

I Guess Hell Just Froze Over! My Car Has Been Leaking Coolant Causing The Car To Overheat . I Had To Get The Intake Manifold Gasket Replaced...47.99 At Auto Zone. The Labor Cost Me $180 Since I Have A Mechanic That Is Certified. Also I Have To Get My Intake Valves Cleaned Out The Car Is Jerking Real Bad And Burn Gas Until I Get It Cleaned For The SECOND Time. I Should of Listened When He Told Me To Put Premium Gas In There ...This Time I Def. Will.

I Hate Chevy's.... I'm Going To Buy Hondas or Toyotas

- , Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #13

May 122003

Malibu LS 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


purchased the car new in 2000. 3 1/2 years later had to replace intake gasket.replaced water pump (60000miles) also. 6yrs. later replaced intake gasket(123000 miles),8yrs later replaced recovery tank plus a.c.compressor.gave it to my daughter in 2009.2010 leaking intake gasket &head gasket(153000miles) plus a couple of thermostats during that time frame.bad design for the 3.1 motor. my friend had the same motor in his BUICK had the same problems. ( you can count on it)

- , Chesapeake, VA, US

problem #12

Oct 312010

Malibu 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 169,000 miles

Damn, I cant freakin spell!!! Anyway a few months ago my Malibu started overheating an making a knocking sound. Fans were not working replaced fans prob fixxed. For about a month. Now mind you about 3 years ago I replaced the t-stat an the water pump an my wifes dad replaced the serp belt. Car ran great after that for about 3 years. Now back to the present. About two weeks ago I changed the water pump again an actually put a better grade w-pump an i kno damn well I I got all old gasket off put a new gasket an the gasket juice on it an tourqed it to 89lbs. per manual. Started it up car sounded great. I happ to be a dodge man myself but this has been a very good little car for us an the engine stil sounds great. But, I take it out for a spin bring it back an the damn thing is leaking again!! WTF!! So I tt a mechanic an he told me that these engines have a perpensity to leak coolant at the intake manifold. So my ?? is does he kno what he is talking about is there any truth to this an if so is there a recall on these gaskets an can I make a claim or am I basically screwed??

- , Martinez, CA, USA

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problem #11

Mar 152002

Malibu 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

About 6 months after buying this vehicle, I noticed a burned coolant smell and started to have to add coolant occasionally. I looked and looked for a leak but found none. Someone told me the intake manifold gasket was leaking. The fix was not cheap and the mechanic said that the new gasket was improved over the factory one. It cost about $740 and worked for a few years until it started happening again. I still owed on it and had it fixed a second time and had the H2O pump replaced as well (about $800 at a different shop). The other day, my son is driving the car and calls me to tell me that the temp gauge went up so he pulled over to let it cool down. I show up with some coolant and fill the reservoir, but it wouldn't cycle through, so I figure the pump went out which would have been an easy fix, but it was worse than that. The pump, thermostat and the radiator were all bad. I was truly amazed after reading all of these complaints and wonder what a fool i was for buying this car. I've also had problems with brakes, power windows, AC compressor and the blower fan.

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #10

Jul 122010

(reported on)

Malibu 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


got this car on June 4 2000 it had 29,000 miles on it and the coolant looked bad to me but salesman said that the coolant was a new type,i have leak after leak first a small hose more high price coolant that at about 75,000 miles have to replace pressure cap more coolant i have been adding for a look time now as low coolant light comes on, now the same dealer has done all work on this car from day one even oil changes. so with today's oil change they say i need to replace the intake gasket at a cost of est. i have in hand of $1056.70 + taxes, hope to find some one else to fix this. and now i see a lot of people have the same trouble, my grandson has one the same year and all he's been adding coolant for a year i say he has the same problem. a new ford is looking better for my wife even if wants a new malibu. gm should help with some of this cost, was it the new type coolant or poor gaskets

- , Newport, TN, USA

problem #9

Aug 282009

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

I have owned GM automobiles my entire life. This is the last GM car I will own. I'm done with GM and this means that my family will grow up believing that GM cars are JUNK. The truth is that the Dex cool eats away at the seals and GM will not stand by their product. Three weeks after having the intake gasket replaced the head gasket went out. The car now sits in the drive. Save your hard earned money and don't by a Malibue

- , Kendallville, IN, USA

problem #8

Jun 022009

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles

i have a 2000 Chevy Malibu that was overheating,I changed the radiator,thermostat,water pump,reservoir tank,it still continued to overheat, water in the oil,changed motor,to a 2000 motor,here we are 1 year later same problem all over again,i have put in more money than the value of this car,it is so not worth it.i am so hesitant to buy a new car what will i end up with next

- , la Puente, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 102009

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,300 miles

I just found out my intake manifold gaskets are leaking externally, but since the antifreeze level was very low I'm sure it's been leaking for a while. I researched the problem last night and found out the class action suit was settled last year, but even if I had been able to get listed on the suit in time, my car wouldn't be covered. I look forward to donating this GM ripoff and buying Japanese from now on. Detroit wonders why people aren't buying their cars and they're going bankrupt... Maybe to qualify for a bailout the companies should be forced to provide good workmanship and good customer service.

- , North Port, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 012007

Malibu 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


This car is horrible the rear passenger side quarter is rotting out near the fuel door. The engine intake manifold gasket has been replaced along with the water pump. And the engine has always been extremely loud including piston slap and loud lifters. Horrible engine design!

- , Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #5

Oct 052008

Malibu 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,258 miles

This is bull sh*t, No recall for intake manifold problem. Last Chevy I'll ever buy Mother f*cker!! P.S Other sh*t is going bad also fuel pump, power steering pump etc. BASTARDS

- , Flint, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 102008

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,483 miles

So I bought this car in September of 07 and a month later, not kidding, the intake manifold had a crack in it. I spent $600 some odd dollars A MONTH AFTER I BOUGHT THIS CAR to fix it, and not even a year later, the intake manifold cracked again, but this time I didn't catch it in time nor did I have the money to fix it. It warped my heads and last night I had to watch it get towed away for junking. I tried calling my dealer, I tried calling a manufacturer and nobody would do sh*t about it. I think this is retarded and I guess it isn't just me that this happened to.

- , Ogden, UT, USA

problem #3

Aug 282008

Malibu LX 3100

  • Automatic transmission
  • 166,000 miles

this is bull sh*t we were heading to KS and only made it to MO and had to pay some one else to fix there was no warning at all Iam a mech but did not pack tools for this kind of work i think GM should pick up the bill

- , Harrison, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 092007

Malibu LS 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Use the Prestone Super Radiator Stop Leak according to the instruction , and see the results

- , Elon College, NC, US

problem #1

May 062007

(reported on)

Malibu LS 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

my main pain as of now is the intake gasket, water pump, and thermostat! about every 8 months one of them is going to go out! if the manufacture would just show some concern about the problems it would help alot of peoples feelings. im not gonna say just w whole lot cause the problems is well noted! also besides these problems listed i have got to change my brakes about twice a year! that could be a major problem with the endangerment of my family! but it seems like that Chevrolet does not give a hoot! they wonder why sales hve dropped!

- , Fulton, MS, US

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