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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,719 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #2

Jun 062001


  • miles


Engine pistons replaced at 2395 miles due to" piston slap". replaced all six pistons with teflon coated ones. Patch areas on opposite sides of piston in area where the most vibration and wear occurs. All six pistons showed signs of significant wear in areas where teflon added. Advised by different dealer ase certified mechanics & service manager that installing teflon coated pistons is just a short-term stop-gap measure and the problem would return. Photos were taken of old pistons. Brakes continue to make popping noise, like calipers are sticking and there is noticable reduced braking on wet surfaces. Dealer says "nothing is wrong". rack and pinion failed initially at 4044 miles. Replaced and the same sounds and feel has returned. 24 days out-of-service to date. Will take action via lemon law after 6 more days out-of-service.

- Eastpointe, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 212001


  • miles
Item#1) brought vehicle in for service for engine noise. Advised pistons needed replacment. Advised car was "safe to drive". pistons on national backorder. Left copy of service repair order with saleswoman and advised her to contact general manager of dealership and Chevrolet of problem. Item#2) brakes, brought in vehicle for service on 02-14-2001 for brake instability on wet pavement. Advised brakes were "normal" after test drive. No on hoist inspection was performed. Brought in vehicle on 03-21-2001 for brakes and engine noise. Advised brakes were "normal" again, no action was taken regarding brakes after road test by dealership. Pistons needing replacment constitutes a failure of major drivetrain components and this vehicle will not be construed as "safe". a replacement vehicle must be provided or refund of all expenses and return of trade-in vehicle which was reliable.

- Eastpointe, MI, USA

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