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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,211 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu lights problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Aug 012004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


Recall notice regarding 2000 and 2001 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles and the solder joints on the hazard warning flasher switch may crack.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #7

Jun 092004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently turn signal and hazard lights became inoperative. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the hazard light switch needed to be replaced.

- Cache, OK, USA

problem #6

Dec 072003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Driver side door clicks loudly while opening/closing, is it a bad hinge? one other person has complained about this. Does not feel like a lube problem. Afraid bad hinge may break/move causing door to shift. Turn indicator works intermittently-saw on your site that there is a recall for the hazard light switch causing this.

- Hinsdale, IL, USA

problem #5

Nov 242003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The turn signals and hazards lights worked intermittently. The dealer has been contacted.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #4

May 132003


  • 37,000 miles
I was having intermittent trouble with the turn signals and hazard lamps. They will stop working when you most needed them. My mechanic changed the turn signal switch but that didn't fix the problem. At that point I saw that there was a recall on hazard switch pertaining to same type of problems. I contacted GM, they told me my car is not part of the recall, and referred me to a dealer. I went back to my mechanic, and he figured out that the hazard switch was the problem. As that is where all the power is distributed to rest of the exterior lighting, and it will fail particularly on a hot day when it was hot, and the air condition was turned on. He replaced the hazard switch, and the car has not have that trouble for last one month. Can somebody tell me, how is this problem different that the problem explained in the recall? also, having trouble with starting of the car. Once in a while the car doesn't start, and the ignition makes a wierd noise. The original tires that this car came with, M were a joke. They wore unevenly, and made the car shake and rattle. Have put new michelins on, and that has solved that problem.

- Mason, MI, USA

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problem #3

Oct 212003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,811 miles
The turn signals operated intermittently due to a malfunction in the hazard warning switch. Dealer replaced the hazard warning switch.

- Farmington, NM, USA

problem #2

Apr 112003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,478 miles
At approximately 30000 miles my car started hesitating when starting. The dealer could find no fault and I kept driving with only periodic problems. Then my gas gauge, radio, engine check light and passive alarm system kept coming on. At, 43,000 miles the car would not start. The dealer said the key had lost its memory but I still kept having the same problems. At, 48,354 miles the car totally went out. After having the car for several days the dealer said it was the ignition switch. Under California law the ignition system is covered to 50,000 miles but the dealer stated teh ignition switch is not part of the ignition system. After writting Chevy complaint dept many times I got no where because all they do is calll the dealer, they do not go with an independent body just the dealer that gave me the advice in the first place. I had the dealer return the bad part to me and want to know if this part is covered. I paid $400 to have it fixed. The dealer did give me a $75 credit because it was never my key memory they stated it was the ignition switch the entire time. Now, the car is at 54,000 miles and coolant is leaking around, in and near the engine. I have kept this car in good repair and have all receipts. These major parts should not be wearing down this fast. The dealer had to change the hazard switch shortly after I first got the car.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

May 102003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Turn signals on 2001 Chevrolet Malibu quit working at unpredictable times. Thru trial and error, discovered that by turning on hazard flashers and then off, that turn signals would then work. Contacted dealer, and was told " that is a common problem, most likely hazard switch". when next in for service, (June 17, 2003) had problem checked, and hazard switch was replaced, at a cost of $119.50. If this is a "common problem "(as I see it is by a number of service bulletins and defect investigations on NHTSA web site) and apparrently a known defect, it should be covered by a recall, or "unwritten extended warranty".

- Hopkins, MN, USA

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