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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,000 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #4

May 212016


  • 185,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. When the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for brake repairs, the technician noticed that the entire frame was rotted out and advised the contact to take the vehicle off the road. The technician did not proceed with the brake work, stating that the vehicle was completely damaged and not able to be repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 185,000.

- Barnegat, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 032014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
The car was taken in for routine maintenance. Upon inspection the GM mechanic showed me that the brake lines were completely rusted out. There are other parts of the under body that have a lot of corrosion. There is potential risk of failure which could lead to an accident. The car has under 100,000 miles on it, is garage kept and very well maintained. Upon further research, there have been many complaints and accidents relating to this specific issue on GM vehicles. Discussing the problem with GM customer service, it was told that it would the responsibility of the local dealer to workout a method of payment but GM was essentially not going to be of any help. The local dealer clearly has no incentive to to bare the cost of the repair. This is a engineering design flaw that should be taken care of by the oem. Other vehicles by GM have had this problem but no recall or acknowledgment of this issue is present. Other oem have had similar problems and quickly addressed it has a free repair/recall to the their customers.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 152007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Found corrosion on the brake lines and master cylinder, and other lines that are located under the battery corrosion plate. The battery corrosion plate was a good idea. However, putting brake lines & other components under were are not a good design. It's flawed, for if the battery plate becomes corroded, then it leaks onto the lines below and causes damage as in my vehicle.

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Mar 092005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
My Chevrolet, Malibu is a 2002 and in the back panels near the rear doors the paint is starting to peal off.

- Dansville, NY, USA

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