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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,723 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu fuel system problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #13

Feb 012010


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. When attempted to start the vehicle it would not start. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the fuel pump was replaced. The failure has since recurred 4 times. Each time the vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the fuel pump would be replaced. The failure mileage 150,000 was and the current mileage was 177,000.

- Clayton, MI, USA

problem #12

Aug 252008


  • 80,000 miles
The car will start fine, but once you turn it off and go to start again it will just crank. The first time I replaced the fuel pump. The second time I repaced spark plugs and wires. The third time I didn't know what else to change and a friend said to try putting the key in the on position for 10 mins. I did and it started right up. It turns out the ant-theft system keeps locking me out about every month. It is a major pain to have to be somewhere and not know when the car will start or not, and then sit there for ten mins to reset it.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #11

Oct 172007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,300 miles
2001 Malibu with 50,525 miles with first occurrence 12/07/06. Passlock system failure and car will not start (new fuel pump). Anti theft light keeps blinking and car won't start continues almost monthly. Malibu has been towed to dealer 7 times since Dec 06. Fuel pump replaced Dec 06 not the problem. Iginition cylinder not the problem. Towed again 10/17/07 same problem. Dealer clipped 3 wires to passlock sytem said they were crimped. (that might be the problem according to tech) however, probably been that way since car purchased in 2001 new. Wait and see. Called GM at one point and they covered half of a $800 repair bill. So far over $1500 in repairs and $400 plus in towing plus rental car fees. GM why not recall? too many complaints on same problem.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #10

Jul 102007

Malibu 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 70 mph, the steering wheel locked and the vehicle shut off. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. She also stated that the anti-theft system engaged and there was a loss of power. The contact believed that the cause of failure was electrical. The dealer stated that the fuel pump failed and discovered a leak in the intake gasket. The dealer stated that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 07E021000 (fuel system tank assembly: Pressure relief devices). As of September 12, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The failure mileage was 65,000 and current mileage was 70,000.

- Benita Springs, FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 012003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
The vehicle has completely shut down five times. The first time was in April of 2003. The contact had it towed ito the dealership. They told her that there was a problem with the ignition cylinder. They replaced the ignition cylinder. The theft system light came on before the vehicle shuts down. The second was in June 2004. The contact had just pulled out of driveway when it shut down. Dealership replaced the fuel pump, which did not need to be replaced. The third time was in July, 2004 and the dealership said that the battery needed to be replaced. The contact had the battery replaced. The fourth occasion happened on October 25, 2004. The dealership replaced the ignition cylinder. In March of 2005 the theft system light came on, and she took vehicle back to the dealership. They told her that they could not do anything because there was no problem. The most recent time was October 4, 2005. She had it towed to the dealership, and they replaced the ignition cylinder again. The service dealer said that the part was known to go out but, not as often as on contact's vehicle..

- Crestview, FL, USA

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problem #8

Mar 262001

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Chevrolet Malibu has developed problems with the braking and the cooling systems.** answer required***. one month after the vehicle was purchased the rotor assembly was replaced. The vehicle would turn over but it wouldn't start. The dealer replaced the fuel pump. When accelerating the vehicle's coolant light illuminated on the dash. The dealer determined that there was a leak at the by pass pipe at the lower intake manifold. The alternator was replaced under warranty. The hazard and turn signal switch were replaced. The right outer tie rod were worn loose. The dealer replaced the right outer tie rod ends and set the front end. The right front wheel bearing was replaced. The ABS malfunctioned.

- Bridgton, ME, USA

problem #7

Nov 222004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 166,000 miles


I have had to replace the fuel pump on my 2001 Chevy Malibu twice. I also had to replace the fuel filter twice after that. I keep getting black residue in the filter that plugs it up. I have tried to get gas at different stations but that has not helped. The car has left me stranded 4 times now. The local Chevy dealer has no explanation on what the black residue is.

- Hager City, WI, USA

problem #6

Dec 042004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
I have had the brakes and rotors replaced twice since buying the car in April of 2001. I took the car to jim butler Chevrolet for the turn signal/flasher problem which was later recalled and I was reimbursed. I took it to don darr Chevy which fixed a faulty switch operating the air conditioner/switching to outside air. I had the car towed to dobbs when it would not start, they said it was the fuel pump and assembly module. Today, jim butler Chevrolet replaced the lock cylinder and ignition switch because of the theft system light and the car not starting.but was unable to find the cause of the daytime running lights not working. Oh! but they noticed a recall on the hazard lights and replaced it. They were the one who replaced it the first time. I also told them of the over crank/grinding noise after the car is started, happens occasionally. They could not duplicate, so no repair. I am not happy with this car or Chevy because of all the problems and the expense it has caused and cost me. I used to hold Chevrolet in high regard, but can no longer recommend anyone owning one.

- Cedar Hill, MO, USA

problem #5

Sep 012004


  • miles
2001 Chevy Malibu complained of head gasket and fuel pump problems. The consumer had the upper intake and head gasket replaced. A month later the vehicle's fuel pump failed which caused the starter to burn up.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #4

May 012004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
There was a rear collision that occured a week after purchasing the vehicle. The car was fixed with no frontal damge at all. The rear damage was minor. A week after receiving the vehicle the car would not start. The car was towed to the dealership and it was determined that the car needed a new ignition(600.00) that was not covered under the warranty.the dealership received the payment and the car was fixed.the dealership didnt have any sort of explanation to why the ignition was needed that soon after the purchase of the vehicle. Eight months later the car wouldnt start.the car was then towed to the dealership.a fuel pump was install but other items weren't covered under waranty.the car was received after the dealership received the payment. Four months later, ( May 1,2004),the car decelerated in the middle of the highway.the driver was forced to steer to the side of the road, where the temperature gauge went to the maximum level and the car would not start. The next day the car was towed.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 312004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,100 miles


Sudden fuel pump failure and consequent vehicle stoppage led to hazardous roadway situation.

- Carriere, MS, USA

problem #2

Aug 152003


  • 53,000 miles
When driving at highway speeds the vehicle stalled. The vehicle also lost power steering but the consumer managed to pull over. Problem had not been resolved. Two separated dealerships stated that there was nothing they could do to fix the problem until one dealer kept the vehicle for a week and stated that the vehicle experienced a "hicc up" and the vehicle was repaired. The left front wheel bearing was noisy and the left front hub was noisy. The fuel pump and ignition switch and the consumer had not experienced any more problems with the vehicle. Also the front rotors were replaced.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 292002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was going 60mph as throttle lost pressure and engine was hesitating. Problem was intermittent, and already been in to dealer 6 times. Fuel pump/ ground wires, and fuel filter were replaced to correct the problem that was still progressing. Dealer was contacted.

- Olney, MD, USA

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