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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,620 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 162012


  • 119,241 miles


After experiencing numerous steering lock up and key not turning in ignition (locked up) my Malibu would not budge out of the lock position when inserting key. I had to call a tow truck and since the key would not turn in ignition the Malibu had to be dragged onto tow truck with wheels locked. Car was towed to dealership at the cost of $70. At the dealership the Malibu had the ignition lock cylinder and case replaced and reprogrammed theft system at (labor) $247.50. The cylinder kit was (parts) $225.90 and subl code new cylinder was (other) $20 for a total of $493.40. With misc. Charges of $5 and sales tax at $29.90 the total was $528.30. Add the additional $70 towing expense and total is $598.30. I believe I am entitled to reimbursement for my expenses as this has been a recalled vehicle. I experienced on numerous occasions a locked ignition and steering which caused me to have to sit and try and try to get my key to turn the ignition. Many times I was late for work/school as I could not get the key to turn. I had to call friends and family for rides.

- Gillette, WY, USA

problem #1

Nov 022012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
My wife was driving through the college parking lot at approximately 15 mph. When she went to turn the car in a turn lane she had no control over the direction of the car. She ran over a curb with the car before coming to a stop. The local auto maintenance shop said the steering mechanism broke in the front causing loss of control. Because of this she ran the curb and broke off the left front wheel. After reading the almost 600 complaints on here my problem seems to be a very... very common one. I called the local Chevy dealer and Chevy. They both told me sorry, but sorry. They couldn't do anything for me. "I" broke the car. They are ignoring huge safety issues with the 2001 Malibu. My wife could have been on the interstate and this happened. She could have died, and I would have brought Chevy down in court. Basically, Chevy needs to grow a pair and man up by fixing these real issues that are putting peoples lives in danger. Chevy is a great example of what is wrong with America today..... corporate greed at any expense so people can make copious amounts of money without worrying about making a great product or keeping consumers safe. I will never... never buy another Chevy. They do not stand behind their products at all. What a shame for an "american" company. Oh wait, they are own by the U.S. government and Fiat. Aka not american anymore.

- Muncie, IN, USA

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