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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,443 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 012013


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. While the vehicle was being inspected, the inspector stated that the fuel was not traveling through the vehicle properly. The dealer stated that the intake manifold failed and damaged the engine. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- East Point, GA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,126 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that upon inspection, the engine coolant was found to have mixed with the engine oil when the dip stick was pulled to check the engine oil. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle stalled without warning and had to be towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the engine had to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified. The failure and current mileage was 139,126. Updated 01/28/14 the consumer stated the intake manifold was defective. Updated 04/21/14 updated 06/30/14

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 042007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,647 miles
Manifold intake gasket cracked and leaked into the engine. This caused the car not to start.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 052007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 30 mph for approximately ten minutes, the temperature gauge displayed hot. The coolant light illuminated, which indicated that the coolant level was low. The contact stopped the vehicle and checked the level. He then took the vehicle to carmax and they confirmed that the lower intake manifold gasket caused the failure. The failure was repaired. The current and failure mileages were 45,000. Updated 12/12/07

- Smyrna, GA, USA

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