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Average Mileage:
41,437 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #47

May 212014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 67,631 miles


Over the past month, the Malibu has stalled out while driving. It has occurred both on acceleration and deceleration one time almost causing a broadside impact as my son pulled out to make a left onto a bust street. He was fortunate and the oncoming driver was able to brake in time. We took it to a garage that said our ignition switch had to be replaced, which we had done. Curious because this is the exact problem that has occurred with the other vehicles involved in the Chevy recall, but our vehicle has yet to be recalled for this obviously hazardous defect.

- Voorhees, NJ, USA

problem #46

Feb 032009


  • miles
This car is an absolute lemon, it forces you to use dexcool antifreeze and this eats away the rubber in the lines, have spent thousands fixing head gaskets and redoing the whole cooling system to be able to use the old green antifreeze and after all of the problems(cant afford new car!) I have looked on line and I am not alone, thousands have had same problem, this needs to be recalled. It is common knowledge with Chevy about the anti theft system, you have to put key in on pos. And wait ten mins for it to reset. I have lost a job B/C I was late for work too many times, have had ignition replaced twice, it has nothing to do w/ignition. I get stuck in the middle of nowhere car wont start and gotta freeze to death (in Michigan!) waiting for it to reset. This is ridiculous. And Chevy does nothing!

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #45

Jul 072011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 10 miles
I would like all the recalls for this con of a car and I would like to get in on any lawsuit against GM for their drug dealing business ethics or lack of these cars are a death trapwaiting to strike get GM out of business and bail out the consumer not the greedy liars that sell trinkets for 50K or more giving us less than safe garbage they call a car. My skastes run better $2100 2X for replaced engines and $375 parts and labor for alarm fix not working properly from factory you know it and you ask for a bail out I want you in prison every worker and the ceos no bail outs bail us out you robbing liars that sell garbage that can kill humans bail out my rear end.

- Galt, CA, USA

problem #44

Oct 212011


  • miles


My car seemed to be riding rough and my radiator light came on. Today I went for an oil change and the mechanic said I had an "intake manifold gasket leak." My oil is leaking into my coolant. He told me there was a recall from GM for dexcool. I can't seem to find any information on this but to have it fixed will be very costly.

- Weare, NH, USA

problem #43

Oct 012009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Passcode antitheft system - 2 separate repairs, latest Oct, 2011 involving the ignition/theft system. The system malfunctions and the vehicle will not start.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #42

Aug 012009


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact noticed that antifreeze was leaking from the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and discovered that the intake manifold gasket failed and would need to be replaced. No repairs were performed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The current mileage was 69,000 and the approximate failure mileage was 62,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #41

Apr 052011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 133,000 miles


Car over heated, temp gauge over normal range. Added two gallons of antifreeze, still over heated, and checked for antifreeze in the oil. Antifreeze was present indicating a blown head gasket. No corrective repair has been done yet>.

- Honey Brook, PA, USA

problem #40

Nov 012009


  • miles
Shawn jansen's maliubu was driving fast, and I could clearly see him winging it.

- Sully, IA, USA

problem #39

Jun 012007


  • 58,000 miles
Why wasn't there a recall done" the Chevy dexcool issue has been going on forever and according to this there was a settlement but there is no recall. How does this happen. I've got a leaky intake manifold gasket and no way to cover the cost. Not only that but because I was never told of the results of this lawsuit I've missed the time to repair and file. What's the deal and how come there isn't a recall"

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #38

Jul 012007


  • miles
We had purchased a 2001 Chevy Malibu ls in 2004, it had 28,922 mileage. On July 1st 2004, had 28,959 miles, the engine light kept coming on so we brought it to forest city to get it checked out, they found the reservoir low and topped it off, they said no visible coolant leaks! on July 12th 2007 we had brought it back to quirk ( which was forest city) they said that the lower intake manifold caskets were leaking coolant, they wanted $879 to fix it (mileage 46,495). We got it fixed by a certified mechanic for $370 on july27,2007. Now we had a 20 point inspection done onjanuary 29th 2007 and quirk said that we need intake manifold caskets again!, with only 9,953, after the first time they went, ( milage 56,248). I have talked to quirk and they said they would take 10% off the $695 price to fix it, so I talked to GM and they said it wasn't there problem but would take 25% off. If it wasn't there problem then why would they do that? when I asked them why I wasn't contacted about the dex cool problem, they had no answer. I have checked a lot of web sites and this is happening over and over again to people. Why can't something be done about this. I don't feel that I should have to pay for something that GM is responsible for. I hope that you can help all of us, that are having this and other problems. Thank you for listening.

- Westbrook, ME, USA

problem #37

Feb 212009


  • 149,130 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the lower intake gasket, located near the water pump, was leaking water and antifreeze. While driving at any speed, the vehicle would overheat and water would leak out. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop and the mechanic stated that the lower intake gasket needed to be repaired at the cost of $695. The dealer has not been notified. The failure mileage was 149,130.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #36

Apr 012007


  • 108,000 miles
Have a 01 Chevy Malibu whose lower intake have been replaced twice. Have 53 other people who also have the same problem with lower intake and many more to come.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #35

Aug 012007


  • 70,500 miles
I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu with a 3.1 liter engine and I have had to replace the intake gasket once because it leaked oil into the antifreeze and antifreeze into the oil. It was a problem that I did not know existed with this motor" I found out a short time later that the damage was extensive and had to put a motor with 30,000 miles into my car. That was 1year ago last August and as of today September 5th I have the same problem with this motor and I'm going to have to replace the intake gasket again. How can I get this replaced at General Motors cost, rather than mine again" I know of many others that have the same problem that I do.

- Grass Lake, MI, USA

problem #34

Mar 012008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,800 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact took the vehicle to the mechanic for routine maintenance and he stated that there was a leak in the intake valve. The dealer and another mechanic inspected the vehicle and diagnosed the same failure. The dealer repaired the vehicle and the contact stated that she would like to be reimbursed. The current mileage was 95,000 and failure mileage was 94,800.

- Columbia Heights, MN, USA

problem #33

Aug 252007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,800 miles
I have twice replaced the intake manifold gaskets on my 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. Both times it has started as a slow seep from the end of the engine on the drivers side. At first we didn't have any puddles, just a low fluid indicator alarm. Then we had intermittant puddles. The latest occurence included a catastrophic failure with about an half a gallon of fluid into the engine, and it was 200 miles from home. We were fortunate that we were not driving when the failure was discovered, so we didn't have to replace the engine. The first repair occured in January 2005 at 101K miles, this one in August 07 with 144K miles. The first repair was done at an asce shop and cost $700, this one was at a dealer and cost $1200. I described the incident to another mechanic, and his first question was, "GM car?" it is quite common and well known to mechanics.

- Zillah, WA, USA

problem #32

Aug 132007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,400 miles
Car initially wouldn't start, would only turn over. Car would die in traffic at highway speeds with no warning requiring trying to coast to a safe place out of traffic if possible with a severe potential to be hit from behind even with hazard lights on. Car towed to chev dealership. Dealership replaced intake manifold gasket. Tech said gasket was leaking causing engine to hydrolock. Third time driving the car since repair, car died in traffic again on freeway. Car is setting at dealership again waiting for technician to diagnose since obviously the $1200 repair just completed didn't solve the problem.

- Wasilla, AK, USA

problem #31

Apr 282007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103 miles
I own a 2001 Chevy Malibu and out of the blue one day my engine just shut down right on the interstate. I have not yet had it checked due to finance problems. Not only that I also have to change my wheel bearings every week to two weeks. I have had this checked and the garage I take it to for all my repairs can't seem to figure it out either. Please help thank you, Mrs. Sparks

- Dille, WV, USA

problem #30

Sep 012006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
: the contact stated when the vehicle was started, the check engine light illuminated. When an oil change was performed by an independent service dealer, a coolant leak was found on the engine next to the intake gasket. A second opinion was sought at another independent service dealers and when the leak was confirmed, the vehicle was taken to a service dealer and the manufacturer was notified. The contact continued to add coolant to the vehicle. The interior of the windows were coated by the coolant vapor, entering the vehicle through the ventilation system.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #29

Oct 272006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
: the contact stated a puddle was noticed under the engine. The dealership determined there was a faulty intake gasket. A new gasket needed to be installed.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #28

Dec 152005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
5 mos after purchasing car, the transmission had to be replaced. A few months later the engine would shut off while driving on the road. The following parts have been replaced: Ignition module, spark plugs, fan belt, water pump, knock sensor, camshaft position sensor, crankshaft sensor, ignition switch.

- Navarre, FL, USA

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