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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,790 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2000 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #10

May 282006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


(1) car would not start on the first try on several occasions (2) car would not start & battery could not be jump-started - battery acid & corrosion were all over the positive post engine wire (3) had car towed to mechanic who replaced battery & installed separate connectors to the positive post wire(old battery not available).

- Macungie, PA, USA

problem #9

Feb 012005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer states that the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu's signal and hazard lights malfunctioned. The lights sometimes work and sometimes they do not. This has been happening for about six months. The consumer took the vehicle to dealer once to have it checked. The consumer said that he looked at it himself. The consumer has not contacted General Motors. The consumer said that the battery pole had a short life. The consumer replaced the battery pole himself. The consumer indicated that there was a delay in the signals coming on.

- Pembrooke Pines, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 102005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,900 miles
Had trouble starting car. Replaced battery, alternator and belt. Same thing happened; car would turn over, but not fire. Automobile repaired, replaced battery; next day, car would not start again. Would start with a jump, but when I stop, it dies. 3 occurences; same problem. I've used aaa 3 times for same item. I only have 1 more service call left!!! also, interior lights don't work all the time. Brake noise on right side.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #7

Apr 052004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


Positive post of ac delco battery in a 2000 Chevy Malibu failed, resulting in total power loss to vehicle. Research has shown that this is a common problem. Dealer parts person stated that they see this failure often due to battery having a defective seal on the pos. Post. Excessive acid leakage resulted from this failure.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 132003


  • miles
Consumer stated that brake line indicator light did not come on to inform her that she needed brakes or there was a problem with the brakes. She would hear a funny noise sometimes. Then, she took vehicle to the dealer where she purchased vehicle, and after examining the vehicle, was told she needed brakes, and that the calipers on driver's side were going out. They wanted to charge her $140 to turn rotors, and put brakes on the vehicle. She has had the vehicle only one month. Also, consume rgot stranded, and had vehicle to the dealer. Deale rfound that the battery post was corroded, she was told that vehicle needed a new battery.

- Blue Ridge, GA, USA

problem #5

Oct 142002

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
Numerous problems: Brakes made noise when applied, vehicle jerked when at a complete stop, the vehicle shut down on the consumer three times, it started loud and hard, bounced while being driven and a bolt fell off from under the passenger seat, however the dealer stated the bolt did not belong to the vehicle. Also the rear passenger window was inoperative, and the battery was weak.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 042003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


Front/rear suspension-squawking noise -GM well aware of this issue hazard lights - have gone out twice. Fuel integrity - erratic fuel reading - shows 1/4 tank - when in reality there is no gas. I have ran out of gas approximately 7 times - several times late at night. No cruise control - GM would not repair. Brakes pads/rotors - have replaced 3 times. My local dealer rotolo Chevrolet and GM customer service would do nothing. It was expensive. Premature tire wear - two sets of tires. Cars runs hot - would never go on a trip - because it would get too near overheating. I was afraid of getting stranded in the middle of the desert. Engine ticking noise - local dealer said this was normal. Now, I find none of these things were normal and many, many more car owners have experienced the same type of problems. Also, I had a battery that exploded while car was under warranty. It was my problem. Dealership would not replace battery. I finally had enough and turned this automobile back to gmac. Is it going to take people getting killed to make GM responsible for these issues with the 2000 Malibu. All of these problems were reported to the dealer, but since nothing could be duplicated, even though GM was aware of these issues, they would do nothing. After the car was out of warranty, the dealership was more than willing to correct these issues. The problem I have is the deception.....GM is aware of these issues and have been for some time. Someone needs to hold then accountable.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 162001


  • miles
Consumer stated the vehicle would not start and the power windows were inopeartive, it was discovered that the battery was dead.

- Belford, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 042002


  • miles
Brakes failed for the 2nd time accident occurred have not had car for 3 weeks, have been waiting for GM to send inspector. Car is out of service for more than 15 days and GM has exhausted the time limit for action. I do not want this "death trap" (car) back. I also want to be credited for lease payments. I should not have to pay for manufacturer defects.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 152001


  • miles
While driving, vehicle was hesitant after stopping, transmission would begin to shift every 4 seconds, dealer stated that a piece of metal from the front pump of the transmission had come off and sent pieces of metal circulating through the entire transmission, consumer was told that since the transmission was sealed that it was not anticipated that the metal pieces would affect the other systems of the vehicle, dealer made repairs and one mile down the road transmission began acting poorly again, consumer took back to dealer who stated that transmission was stuck in second gear, dealer replaced transmission. Oxygen sensor failed. Rotors warped and were causing vibration, dealer replaced pads and rotors. Battery leaked acid into engine compartment. Coolant cap was defective and replaced.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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