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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,623 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 262005

Malibu 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,492 miles


I first purchased this Malibu 2002 in Feb 2002. Nov 02 ( 9 mos later) I had to have my ignition switch replaced which was under warranty. Around the same time my turn/hazard signal went out and I haven't had it replaced yet after 4yrs of having this car. If I want to use it I have to keep pressing the hazard button to make it come on. Nov 2005 I tried to start my car, but it kept cutting off. My dad stated it was the fuel pump. I had the fuel pump, crank sensor and module replaced. My car still didn't start. Finally my dad went under the steering wheel and pressed this black button (cut off switch) and that was the only way it would start. I have to travel 25 miles to work so I was tired of worrying about the car. I thought it was the theft system. I took my car to the dealer 11/29/2005 they had the car until 12/15/2005. I was told that it was my ignition switch, crank sensor and my alarm/automatic starter. I was out of $366.73 to the dealer and taking a cab to work at 5:30am for X7dy coasted$210. I was also out of money for a rental car for the last 7ys they had my car plus gas on both because they used all gas in my car. I have had X2 ignition switches put on my car, I have to change my tail/park/brake bulb seemingly every 6mos. I am only getting my hazard/turn signal replaced when NHTSA reviews it as being an defect. I am having a hard time with the speed of my car also on the E way. I have to put my foot to the floor in order to make it take off at 60mph. I have to put gas in my car every 3dys. I last changed my fuel filter 1yr ago and again having it replaced 1/1/06. My check engine light came on 1wk after I got my car out of the shop on 12/22 and it has been on since. My coolant light comes and goes off every now and then. I have had my coolant/fuel flushed. I had it winterized what's the problem. If we have 47-50 people complaining about the same thing why cant it get done. Please respond and help us Chevy owners asap/wf.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 192003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Catalytic converter went out while traveling 500 miles from home. Mileage was only 60000 miles. Was under warranty but part was on nationwide back order. Chevrolet customer service would not authorize rental or towing. We were stuck for two extra days while someone took coverter off and drove home without it. Then I was informed by customer service that I had voided warranty. Dealership was able to get coverter replaced under warranty only after a huge fit was thrown on my behalf. Second, gas cap seal is bad; after fill up sometimes have to restart car because empty light comes on. Third, at 80000 miles the intake air gasket had to be replaced. Cost of $1200. Fourth, while trying to install after market cd player discovered that you have to buy $100 wire harness and new front speaker in order for stereo to work, the way Chevy made it to be.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 162002


  • miles
Vehicle hesitates at highway speeds (65-70 mph).

- Buda, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 152001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the vehicle hesitates between 65-70 mph. The dealer cannot find a problem.

- Edinburg, TX, USA

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