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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
79,342 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #14

Mar 232009


  • 144,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle shut off without warning. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic and was informed that the intake manifold gasket caused the failure. The mechanic also stated that this was a common issue for this year, make, and model vehicle. The contact feels that this is a major defect and Chevrolet should be responsible for the repairs. The current and failure mileages were 144,000.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #13

Nov 252007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The low coolant warning indicator light illuminated; however, the vehicle was filled with coolant. Thirty minutes later, the vehicle overheated while driving 70 mph. The low coolant warning indicator light illuminated again. The dealer stated that there was a leak in the intake manifold. No repairs were made. The contact verified his VIN; however, it was invalid. The engine size and number of cylinders were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 125,000.

- Jacksonville , AR, USA

problem #12

Oct 062007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 35 mph for approximately ten minutes, the temperature gauge displayed hot. The coolant light illuminated, which indicated that the coolant level was low. The contact stopped the vehicle and checked the level. He then took the vehicle to carmax and they confirmed that the lower intake manifold gasket caused the failure. Chevrolet stated that they were not aware of the failure. The current and failure mileages were 133,000. Updated 12/12/07 updated.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #11

Jun 282006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,039 miles


We lost all of our anti-freeze thinking we lost a hose. Upon taking it in to a certified mechanic he had to replace the manifold intake gaskets for the 2nd time. Upon showing the manifold to a mechanic for GM he found a bubble in the manifold when it was molded.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #10

Feb 132006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles
: the contact stated an odor was detected and there was fluid leaking on the ground from the engine compartment. When the contact inspected the vehicle by raising the hood, there was fluid on the engine block. The dealership determined the manifold gasket needs to be replaced. Updated 03/28/06.

- Vestal, NY, USA

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problem #9

Feb 262002

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Intake gasket coolant leaking problems which results to overheating and engine failures.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #8

Jul 152004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Manufacturer used plastic intake manifold gasket which caused engine to leak coolant and overheat. Why use plastic? what happens to plastic when it continuously heats and cools, it fails. A relative has the same engine in a different model car from this manufacturer and has the same issue. Not model specific, but engine specific. Chevrolet 2000 Malibu.

- Freeland, MI, USA

problem #7

Mar 252004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My car has had the signal lights replaced, the fuel pump replaced, & the intake manifold gasket replaced all problems w/ my car before I had replaced were very dangerous for me & my 2 children. I will never buy or refer anyone to buy a chevorlet Malibu.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #6

Apr 072004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,400 miles
Had to replace the intake manifold and gasket on my 2000 Chevy Malibu.

- King George, VA, USA

problem #5

Feb 242004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Intake manifold gasket failed at 49000 miles. GM is aware of the problem but will not take action on it. The most discouraging thing about the problem is the contempt that GM seems to have for their consumers. They released a technical service bulletin to their dealers regarding the problem, yet they do nothing for those affected by an obvious product defect. My request for cost assistance from General Motors was met with a flippant attitude toward the loss of my loyalty as a customer.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #4

Nov 252003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


Intake manifold began leaking at 45000 miles (500 dollars to replace), have replaced the brakes and rotors 4 times in 65,000 miles. The turn signals quit working. While driving down the road the engine just dies. If I let it sit for a while it will crank back up. Ase mechanic told me it was the ignition module, so I paid to have it replaced and that did not fix it. I have been reviewing forums on-line and have discovered that this is a wide spread and severe problem, I understand normal wear and tear on a vehicle but this is ridiculous. And last but not least, the fan switch has quit working on positons (speeds) 1 and 2...that happened when the car had about 37,000 miles on (not under factory warranty)....I once was a die hard Chevy man..thanks to this car I will not buy another GM product.

- Central City, KY, USA

problem #3

Feb 252004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,350 miles
2000 Chevrolet Malibu bought with 120,000 miles on it. Less than a week after getting this car for $5500, when retail on the car was $8300, I had to replace the intake manifold gasket and the valve cover gaskets because they were leaking coolant. Also, the brakes shudder and vibrate whenever applied, even at speeds less than 25 mph. Half a week later, the gas gauge fell to zero while normal driving and the low gas light came on, even though I had just filled the car up two days prior. There was plenty of gas in the car, about 3/4 of a tank. Also, the tranmission is slipping now when I speed up. When I speed up the car does not shift into 1st gear right away until 4000 RPM. When it does shift, it shift with a large jolt that shakes the entire car. There was no warning before the gas light came on, and I find the car to only now have all of these problems. Also, the car smells of gasoline and leaks, even though I had it fixed.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 122004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles
Antifreeze used in our 2000 Malibu has been found to frequently cause deterioration and failure of the intake manifold gasket. There hve been many cases sited on the internet with names and specifics and Chevy/GMC refuses to admit it is the antifreeze. They told me last night it has to do with the plant where the car was made.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 042003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
Independent shop replaced the intake manifold at owner expense of $800. Dollars and has had problems with the air conditioner. Dealer notified.

- Elmwood Park, IL, USA

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