10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,448 miles

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problem #27

Apr 012006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
I have a 2000 Chevy Malibu. As many Malibu owners my car has the same issues. Blower fan doesn't work on setting 1 and 2, rear speakers don't work in cold weather, rear tail lights don't always work, weird braking issues in the cold, and air circulation button changes from closed to open automatically. These are just some electrical issues with the car and I think I found the root cause. The windshield rubber seal on my car was unattached from the window outside at the bottom on the passenger side. I found out because after a heavy rain a lot of water was showing on the floor of the passenger side. The water damages has been happening for years. I found water sitting in the plastic molding right under the blower fan. Water corroding the electrical cables on the floor. Water tracks over the computer board located under the glove box. I've informed Chevrolet and ask for them to create a tsb but they denied my request.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #26

Jun 152006

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Hazard and turn signal works intermittently, I found that a recall on my make of car was issued in 2003, parts no available till 2004, due to losing my home in hurricane ivan my mail was messed up for quite some time, I am having this problem and would like to know if it would be covered. We replaced bulbs and fuses but problem still there, I can tap or hold the hazard button and turn signals will work for a moment. This is a 2000 Malibu with appr. 74,000 miles. All warranty work and oil changes has always been kept up, I would like to know if my car falls in the recall.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #25

Sep 072006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,400 miles
1. ebcm failure 2. hazard light failure.

- Parkville, MD, USA

problem #24

Mar 042006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
On the way to the hospital the car died 21 times. It was acting like it was running out of gas. Had a full tank. We would sit for a time (5, 10, 15 or so minutes) and the car would start and run 10 feet or a few miles. On the way home from the hospital it died another 15 times and we called a tow truck. We have replaced the map sensor & fuel relay switch. With the tow and parts and labor we continue to get stranded. The garage tested the car and the computer gave no code. We are afraid to drive it any distance for fear of breaking down again. We just want it fixed.

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #23

May 052005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have already filed complaint in regards to the hazard light recall, which for some reason does not cover my 2000 Malibu. I noticed other complaints on the Malibu and figured I would throw my two cents in. I to have had to drop over $1000 dollars into the most defective car I have purchased this includes the $200 piece of junks I bought when I was a teenager. My list of problems. 1. coolant system leak cost $700 note: Mechanic laughed and said this happens all the time is this type of engine. In reviewing other complaints, the one really stands out. Nice I am glad GM owns up to its problems. 2. brakes constantly need to be replaced well below mileage. Glad GM saved a few bucks under sizing the rotors. 3. within a year the fans switch (levels 1,2) and lighter stopped working. Boy GM is saving lots money now. 4. within the past year I had fuel pump failure, nothing like traveling in rush hour traffic doing 75mph and car totally dieing. Boy GM has made one quality car. 5. the last insult, my first and likely last GM product is when I thought boy I finally get something from GM in regards to one small defect, the hazard switch, I find out that my vehicle is not covered by this recall. Wow not only I am out at least $1000 bucks on piece of crap product, GM does not even want to give a bone to hungry man. With this type of product it is no wonder GM is losing market share faster than any other automotive company. Keep up the good work GM. Clearly the are some serious defects with this vehicle and the GM's ownership with defects.

- Clinton Twp, MI, USA

problem #22

May 082004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Ninety percent of the time the vehicle hazard lights didn't work and made noise. It was later determined that a solder had cracked and shorted out. Other vehicle's were recalled (recall# 03V327000) but the consumer's vehicle was not included.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #21

Sep 272004

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer stated that the light signals on vehicle did not work. She had a mechanic check the vehicle and determined that the switch in the steering column was defective. Consumer claimed that there was a recall on the light signals.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #20

Jul 062004

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
We unfortunately own a 2000 Chevy Malibu. We have already replaced the rotors several times for going out of round. We have also replaced the fuel pump at less then 50,000 miles at the cost of $728. The air conditioner pops on and off on its own not cooling for the most part. The turn signals are nonfunctional and our VIN number is not included in the recall although it should be. Then there is the transmission slipping and the coolant leaking and the car overheating we are told this is a manifold intake gasket and will cost around $800 to fix. The newest problem is the factory installed radio tuner is burned out and now we have to replace the radio costing yet another $100 dollars or so this car has nickel and dimed us too much. After looking over your site I found these to be numerous complaints on the same year and model. I feel this car was a lemon across the board not just ours but, all 2000 Malibu's. please look into these cars on a whole they were very badly manufactured and we all deserve some compensation for it.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #19

Nov 022003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
Intermittently when the brake pedal was applied, the brakes grabbed so hard that the entire vehicle vibrated severely. When this occurred, the vehicle failed to stop immediately. This resulted in extended stopping distance. The brake rotors warped. On one occasion this failure caused lost of control, in which the consumer almost crashed into an 18 wheeler, but was able to pull over to the medium. The dealership has acknowledged that there was a problem with the braking system, but was unable to correct the problem, and was now refusing to work on the vehicle. There was a rattle under the hood at the firewall area while the vehicle was in motion, the hose assembly was found rubbing under the vehicle, both front rotors had wore thin, the fuel pump sender did not hold the correct amount of fuel pressure, there was an open circuit in the 24X crank sensor, there was a rattle in the front suspension due to weak front lower control arms which were noisy (the right lower control arm was replaced), the coolant level sensor shorted, the water pump assembly leaked coolant, there was a vibration at highway speeds, hardware was bad and was loose in the caliper, rotor pulsation which was replaced per bulletin, the turn signal was inoperative, and the A/C had internal damage and would cut on and off.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #18

Jan 212004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,593 miles
I had the car for 3 1/2 years and it has given me so many problems with misfire sensors, clicking noise in the engine, noise while driving over a bump or hole, this is besides other problems like water pump, fuel pump, transmission, check engine light on the dashboard and much more.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #17

Feb 202004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,950 miles
Electronic computer module malfunctioning. Chevy Malibu 2000 is only four years old. This problem should not be happening. When starting the car all of the warning lights come on, fuel gage does not work, speedometer does not work, no heat or air conditioning blows, windows will not roll down, eventually all lights pop off except the check engine light and everything begins to work... windows, temperature, speedometer, fuel gage, etc...

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #16

Feb 102004

Malibu

  • 37,000 miles
When the consumer attempted to started the vehicle the anti theft lights illuminated on the dashboard. When this light is illuminated the vehicle will not start. The heater and signal lights also failed to operate. The manufacturer and the dealer will be informed of the problem.

- Lyndhurst, NJ, USA

problem #15

Jan 072004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
While driving and/or attempting to use the turn signal, a short in the flasher switch made the turn signal inoperative and made other electrical components inoperative (ex. Gauges, radio and A/C fan). The electrical problem also caused the engine to stall. When the consumer pushed the flasher switch repeatedly the electrical components would work temporarily. The fuel pump was replaced to alleviate the stalling condition. The technician has identified a problem in the flasher switch but has not replaced it. A recall on the switch is scheduled to start later in 2004 however the consumer's vehicle is not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Ferriday, LA, USA

problem #14

Mar 152003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
I bought this car brand new (had 4 miles on it) in August of 2000. Within a month, the A/C motor had to be replaced. Within 6 months the engine began to surge, and felt like it was going to stall whenever at a stop. During this same period of time, the brakes began pulsating, and I replaced them on my own. I have not had an issue with them since. Then this year, 2003, it completely died on me while doing 70 in rush hour traffic on the freeway in san diego. My whole family was in the car, and we could have been killed. I couldn't even turn on the flashers to let other drivers know we were in trouble. Obviously, the power steering went out, and we had to cross three lanes of traffic, solely propelled by our existing momentum, without the ability to steer. I am beginning the process of trying to assess what the issue is, though I am sure it is the alternator. The battery was tested, and diagnosed as perfect, other than needing a full recharging (it was drained by another component). Once I determine what is wrong, I intend to go to Chevy, and harass them until they fix it. Then, I am going to try and enter into arbitration, and hopefully get rid of the car altogether. If anyone has the "solution" to the stalling problem, please email me ! mjaramillo @ excite. Com

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 012003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,800 miles
2000 Chevrolet Malibu, engine shut down at normal driving speed 4 times although plenty of fuel in tank.

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #12

Sep 092003

Malibu

  • miles
The 4 way flasher failed to work properly after being turned on. The turn signals worked only intermittently when in use.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #11

Jan 092003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,999 miles
Vehicle shuts completely down at when going over a bump or pothole in the road. Does not happen every time a bump is hit, but has happened over 10 times and you never know when it might happen.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #10

Oct 142002

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
Numerous problems: Brakes made noise when applied, vehicle jerked when at a complete stop, the vehicle shut down on the consumer three times, it started loud and hard, bounced while being driven and a bolt fell off from under the passenger seat, however the dealer stated the bolt did not belong to the vehicle. Also the rear passenger window was inoperative, and the battery was weak.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #9

Aug 012002

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have encountered the following problems in the year since I purchased said vehicle: -signal &/or hazard lights work periodically -radio & lighter short out/blow fuses -A/C not working -A/C cuts on automatically w/ recirculation button -vent only works on level 3 or higher -water present in trunk -uneven tire wear -erratic gas gauge readings -coolant ran completely out w/out reason.

- Radford, VA, USA

problem #8

Jul 132003

Malibu

  • miles
I bought this Chevrolet Malibu ls in 2000 and already I have the following problems: Alternator is out, air compresser out, blower motor is out, battery is out they are still checking on the oil leakage.

- Littleton, CO, USA

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