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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,437 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #7

Nov 102003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle experienced sudden stalling while traveling at various speeds on the road. Taken to the dealer 3 times for testing, but the cause was undetermined.

- South Hadley, MA, USA

problem #6

Dec 142004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalled while driving. Consumer tried was unable to restart vehicle, and had it towed to the dealer. Mechanic could not be duplicate the problem. Consumer informed mechanic this problem occurred more than once, and had not been resolved.

- Bryant, WI, USA

problem #5

Dec 092004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Gasket leaks antifreeze. Most of my firends and co-workers who own Malibu have the same problem. The dealer estimated the repair at $1266 (michael Chevrolet, summerville, SC - 843-875-8034). To me, it appears that most of the cars (2 years or older) have the problem. The part should last much longer.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #4

Jul 012004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving 55-60 mph consumer noticed that engine hesitated. Consumer had vehicle serviced, but the technician was not able to identify the cause of the problem.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 072003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Engine has experienced "valve-slap" since approx 5000 miles. The dealer advised that this is inherent in the design of this particular engine to make it economical. Chevrolet offered 100,000 mile extended warranty on the engine. The (check engine) light activated several months ago. Code indicated "small emissions leak". made sure gas cap was on tight, then cleared code with reader - issue resolved. Approx a month ago, check engine light on again. Code was P1404 (temporary code). Tried to clear out code with reader, came back. Dealer advised that this was caused by faulty egr valve so replaced the egr valve with genuine chevey part, cleared code with reader - approx 20 miles later (check engine) light back on. I suspect that issue is related to the valve-slap problem and related wear on pistons.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #2

Jan 302004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,163 miles
I have 43,000 miles on my 2001 Chevrolet Malibu and have been told my head gaskets are leaking. Anti freeze is leaking external to the engine. I have had the car maintained and see no reason a head gasket should fail with only 43,000 miles, the mechanic said this is a very common problem with this engine. If the local mechnic's knows about the problem why hasn't Chevrolet been made to take care of this defect at there cost instead of the consumer for a know defect.

- Williston Park, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 212003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
My 2001 Malibu has 45,000miles and I now have to change the intake manifold gasket, because it is leaking coolant. This I'm told is a frequent problem with the Malibu 3.1 liter motor. Is this possible" I've never heard of such a thing? I also have had the egr valve changed 3 times by the dealer. It now seems to be fixed"

- Amherst, NY, USA

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