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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,801 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 252004


  • miles


While driving home from work in 90+ degree heat my car overheated to the point where I had to have it towed in and was told by the mechanics that my coolant had been leaking and causing the car to over heat there blowing the head gasket and causing me to have to pay $1200+ to have another engine put it. I have heard this is a commom with the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. I don't know what the repair shop done with the old motor, but it was fried.

- Wildwood, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 102003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,925 miles
My upper and lower intake manifold gaskets need to be repaired. Under ca. Emssions law the intake manifold is covered but not the components or parts. The gaskets should not wear out this fast on a new car that has been keep in good repair. These parts should be recalled.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 112003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,478 miles
At approximately 30000 miles my car started hesitating when starting. The dealer could find no fault and I kept driving with only periodic problems. Then my gas gauge, radio, engine check light and passive alarm system kept coming on. At, 43,000 miles the car would not start. The dealer said the key had lost its memory but I still kept having the same problems. At, 48,354 miles the car totally went out. After having the car for several days the dealer said it was the ignition switch. Under California law the ignition system is covered to 50,000 miles but the dealer stated teh ignition switch is not part of the ignition system. After writting Chevy complaint dept many times I got no where because all they do is calll the dealer, they do not go with an independent body just the dealer that gave me the advice in the first place. I had the dealer return the bad part to me and want to know if this part is covered. I paid $400 to have it fixed. The dealer did give me a $75 credit because it was never my key memory they stated it was the ignition switch the entire time. Now, the car is at 54,000 miles and coolant is leaking around, in and near the engine. I have kept this car in good repair and have all receipts. These major parts should not be wearing down this fast. The dealer had to change the hazard switch shortly after I first got the car.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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