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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
111,400 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace throttle position sensor (2 reports)
2000 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

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2000 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

May 012010

Malibu Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles


This car was purchased new in 2000, by me and given to my daughter in 2002. This is the transportation for her and my 2 year old granddaughter.. We have had several trusted mechanics look at the car and work on it, including the Chevy dealership in the town in NC she lives in, but nothing has alleviated the problem. It is not only annoying, it is down right dangerous.. She drives over two hours on a busy Interstate to come home to visit with us, and traffic was stopped due to an accident, she had to fight the car to keep it from rearending the car in front of her... too hot to turn it off. When she got to our house, she left it sitting all weekend... her dad got in it to fill her gas tank, and he said on the way home he had to fight the car to keep it from speeding, he was doing over 55 miles per hour and did not have his foot on the accelerator... When he pulled in the drive and put the car in park, it sounded like an airplane about to take off. He had her drive his car back and he plans to take the car to the Chevy dealership here in our town in SC.Hope he makes it without hitting someone...Please, is there anyone out there that has had the same problem, and tell us how to fox it... I fear for their lives....

- , Greenwood, SC, USA

problem #4

Sep 042010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 178,000 miles

Since I didn't panic and the brakes were still functioning the issue didn't cause any real problems other than inconvenience and money. Had my 16 year old new drive been at the wheel it might have been another story. The unintended acceleration was preceded by weeks of engine surges with the tach running >1500 rpm while idling in neutral.

Adding fuel injector cleaner to a new tank of high octane fuel helped with the revving engine so may be unrelated. The car hit 65 mph without me touching the accelerator.

- , Conyers, GA, USA

problem #3

Nov 102007

(reported on)

Malibu 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

My Malibu Self Accelerated. It was horrible going through town having to ride my brakes, And the cost of replacing everything that wore down because of this. However I changed the TPS (throttle position sensor) it's about $45 and the problem was resolved.

- , Phoenix, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 172006

(reported on)


  • 96,000 miles

I have recently reported several significant problems with my year 2000 chevrolet malibu. I bought this car at 96,000 miles from a private owner and generally bought it with all of the problems it still has. i've reported about the heating core, engine and other related problems but did still need to mention one other thing... that when i'm going a steady speed but still following in lanes beside and behind other cars, my car will speed up drastically by itself and i have gotten up to as much as 20 mph. Most of the time it is around 10-15 mph, but my point is that it is not only dangerous... i have almost re-ended several people... We all know that chevrolet never lives up to any standards other car companies do and they have probably almost killed hundreds of people with what is wrong with their cars by never fixing those problems (such as the fuel tank), but my point is.... how is it not illegal to deny fixing problems like these? I will never buy anything chevrolet again.

- , Roachester Coz. Rd, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 302006

(reported on)


  • 78,000 miles

Put car in reverse. Accelerator stuck. With both feet on the brake I could not stop motion of vehicle. Had been parked and ran in reverse accross two lanes of highway into tree at about 35 mph. I had no control of the car. Did not leave skid marks on the highway even with both feet on brake. This was fixed once at about 35,000 miles. I do not know anything about mechanics. How did this happen and has it happened to anyone else. I did not have my foot on the accelerator as patrolman might think. God has anyone else had this problem. This was a promotional car. I got it with about 900 miles on it and have been the only owner that I know of. How can I get a work history report on my car? I have not received any recall reports on this vehicle.

- , Arapahoe, NC, USA

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