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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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problem #2

Jan 302005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own an '02 Chevy Malibu (since 2/28/02). I had the same hazard switch problem w/my '02 Malibu that the '00 & '01 model years had, and I had to pay for its replacement (roughly $130). I had no turn signals or hazard blinkers until it was replaced. Gibson Chevy of South holland, il did the replacement (it's in their repair system). My car presently has a little over 45K miles. GM should reimburse me for the money I was forced to pay, given the history of this defect with prior model years and the fact this situation has not seemingly been replaced with the '02 model year, either. I got no notification of a problem with this switch or a recall on it, either. I have had to have a modulator replaced last week (10/5/05) which affects the blower motor speeds in my vehicle's ventilation system ($152). At speeds 1, 2 and 3, the blower motor wouldn't work at all. Each speed starting with the lowest to the higher speeds was going out-the only speeds working were #4, #5 & defrost. I was forced to have this replaced or I wouldn't be able to use the vents or defroster or the blower itself (& the defroster), would not work at all. This repair was done at brach auto repair (103rd & western ave., Chicago il -- this repair detail is in their system). Brach auto also replaced some parts in my fuel injection system (it was malfunctioning/about to go out). The amt I paid for this is also in their system. At that time, tom beaulieu informed me that GM has distributed a tsb re: This situation (which I was not informed of until I took my car in for the modulator repair), & how I must run my car w/ only shell or bp's 93 octane gasoline (even though the owner's manual states it should/can run on 87 octane). Now, due to a poor fuel injector design, running anything less than 93 octane in my '02 Malibu will result in more costly repairs. (3 separate failures / 3 separate parts on the same car). I want GM to reimburse me for the money I've spent for these repairs.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Nov 092002


  • miles
The car died while driving on three separate occassions. Twice I was on the freeway at 70-75 mph when the vehicle lost power, resulting in a struggle to turn the vehicle onto a side lane of the freeway (once I was going 30 mph, in city streets and was again barely able to avoid an accident by struggling to turn the car into a side street when the vehicle lost power). On each of these incidents, I was unable to restart the vehicle for a time period of 10 minutes, the starter would crank but not turn over. The three incidents all occurred on the same day. I turned the vehicle in to GM to review and they stated nothing wrong and gave my car back unfixed. 3 weeks later, I was going to start my car and again the vehicle would crank but not turn over. Upon taking it back to GM, they discovered the fuel filter was bad and burnt out the pump. They replaced both. I further learned the same service station had to replace similar parts on another 2002 Malibu within the past week.

- San Antonio, TX, USA