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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,600 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Apr 052005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


: the contact stated the engine intake manifold allowed oil to mix with antifreeze causing a leak. The antifreeze mixture ate through the gasket which resulted in replacement of the intake manifold. The repairs were performed by an independent repair shop. This occurred twice in 10,000 miles.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,514 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's intake manifold gasket cracked which caused antifreeze to leak onto the engine. The auto body shop stated the leak could lead to the engine getting locked.

- Harvey, IL, USA

problem #6

Jun 272006

Malibu 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
Malibu 2002 purchased on May 18, 2003 with 33,000 miles. On July 15, 2003 there was a problem with the coolant system and car overheated. According to dealer car was fixed. On June 1, 2004 there was a problem with the electrical system. June 27, 2006 with 72, 000 miles, there is oil in coolant reservoir and a coolant leak. There was a lower intake leak and leak at water pump. The lower intake and water pump was replaced but on July 17, 2006 the same problem came again. July 17, 2006 only a few weeks after the problem with oil in the coolant reservoir, same problem occurred and dealer does not want to take responsibility for it.

- Reedley, CA, USA

problem #5

May 112006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


Car has failed to start on numerous occasions and no one has been able to tell us why. We have had to replace the head gasket, which had not fixed the problem. Our wipers only work on high. Our heat only works on number 4 and 5. while driving home on the freeway during rush hour with my baby daughter in the car, the car just decided to die on me. I had to try to get out of the passing lane, so that I could pull off of the road. My radio and heat still worked, but car would not restart. My oil and battery and cruise control lights were on (I had not even used the cruise control) and my car just would not start. It took me an hour to get my car to start again, now I am afraid to drive it any distance for fear of being stranded.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #4

Oct 162004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
I bought my 2002 Malibu in 2003 and since then I have had to replace the head gasket twice. The first time it went the mileage was 74000 now it is at 109000 kl and it has to be replaced again.

- Strathmore, 00, USA

problem #3

Jan 152004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
The dealer informed the consumer that there was no problem with the vehicle, but the consumer heard noises and the vehicle felt as if it was not going to stop. The consumer was not sure what the problem could be. The dealer was shut down by the general state inspectors office. The noise remained the same. The vehicle felt unsafe during extreme wet weather.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 222004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
My turn signals work intermittently my, fuel pump failed at 38,000 miles, coolentent system acts up off and on it overheats and then it might work just fine, head gasket starting leaking at 39,000 miles, motor is very loud and noisy when it first starts, it misses out while running but parked, gas gage doesn't read properly it bounces all over the place.

- Claremore, OK, USA

problem #1

Aug 012004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
Problems with vehicle's radio equipment. The vehicle would lose the time and the radio would lose stations when the vehicle was turned on, the temperature gauge read above normal, the cruise control would cut off and when the engine was cold there would be a hesitation.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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