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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,000 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012014


  • 106,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled as the ABS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the starter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

May 282004

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
We are paying on a 2001 Malibu. The fuel sensor went out showing gasoline when there wasn't. the car stalled in rush hour traffic. The sensor was replaced but I had to pay for the fuel filter plus a deductible on my extended warranty. Next the blinkers decided to only work occassionally same week the starter started dragging then the car started to run hot. Took it to the dealer, replaced blinker switch (no mention made of the recall) replaced the starter and replaced the gasket that was leaking. When I had added coolant to get myself home the coolant that was N the car was green, the coolant I put in the car green..was supposed to be orange when I told the dealer there was green coolant in the car he said oh someones booboo unfortunately you have to pay for it...almost $300. Yesterday, long memorial day weekend left work again rush hour, car begins to make a horrible noise I pull off notice the alternator belt is coming apart but the noise that I heard had nothing to do with the alternator belt sounds like metal on metal. $1400 worth of work done in April, $800 a few months before that and now this...the car is well maintained by my husband. Now I read what I have to look forward to, the car was bought Chevy certified from a Chevy dealer.

- Fountain, CO, USA

problem #2

Sep 012003


  • miles
As an auto-tech for many years, there are times when a vehicle's starter needs to be "bumped over'' or short cranking time, to assist in testing. Some of the newer GM cars, (1999 and newer), have a feature that is dangerous for a tech. That is to say, once the start position is reached by the ignition switch, the computer continues to crank the car, whether or not the ignition is held over or released. This was unexpected and could be extremely dangerous for technicians. I do not know the reason behind this feature, but it was a rude awakening.

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #1

Mar 272003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
1) leaking coolant from intake manifold into engine, required gasket replacement and coolant / oil change 2) turn signals work intermittently, had to replace turn signal switch 3) A/C does not work, blows hot air, dealer unable to repair 4) brakes weak, vibrate. Replaced with after market components (powerslot rotors and performance friction carbon metallic pads) 5) automatic door locks inoperative, dealer unable to repair 6) poor fuel mileage, best is 28 mpg highway (cafe violation??) 7) starter failed, replaced with rebuilt unit.

- Tipton, IN, USA

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