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2002 Chevy Malibu
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COLUMBUS, OHIO -- I purchased my 2002 Chevy Malibu in great condition with only about 30,000 miles on it. Since I purchased the vehicle I have had several issues,it started with the rotors and brake pads needing replaced about once a month, and then it escalated. One morning out of the blue my car wouldn't start. After replacing several costly parts, we figured out that it was the anti theft system from an article on the internet. The fix was that the key had to be inserted into the ignition and turned to the on position and left to sit for 10 minutes and then turned off before attempting to start the car. About two weeks after fixing that problem, the car started to make a funny noise.

It turns out that there was a rod knocking and now the engine needs to be replaced on the car. I cannot believe that GM could deny an issue with this car, and I think that they should either fix the problem or replace the car.
     
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Anonymous on 2008-06-05:
You bought a used car. How would GM, or in fact you, know how the car was treated and maintained before you owned it?
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Engine Tapping
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NORTH BERGEN, NEW JERSEY -- I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu that I bought in 2002, since I had this car in the 1st year I had the hazard switch replaced, I had the ignition switch replaced, and My brake drums replaced because they were warped and they were already cut once. Also my a/c and heater temp control switch does not work on numbers 1 and 2.

Now after six years and only 77,000 miles I need to have the engine replaced because of water in the oil which caused my head gasket to crack. I see a lot of people with the same exact problems as mine and I really think that GM should do something about this because my next car is going to be a foreign car....
     
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tnchuck100 on 2007-02-12:
Most likely the head gasket failed. That resulted in water in the oil. Not the other way around. You have 77,000 miles on this car. Things do happen. GM is not at fault here.
Anonymous on 2007-02-12:
Sounds like you drive the thing hard. As chuck pointed out, you got water in the oil from a failed head gasket. Put some stop-leak in your radiator, change the oil and sell it to a high school kid.
nstigator3920003 on 2007-02-12:
I agree, after that many miles and buying it used, you never know how the previous owner treated and serviced the engine. GM gets enough bad press and blame that is their fault, but in this case, I don't believe that they are to blame.
Anonymous on 2007-02-12:
Real sound advice, pirate. Pathetic!
andreastu on 2007-03-29:
OP is correct. There is a serious problem with GM and the Dex-Cool coolant they shipped these cars with and instruct in the owner's manual must be used. Blown head gaskets resulted through no fault of the owner and caused completely by the Dex-Cool coolant. There are numerous class action suits against GM and Dex-Cool because of this. Co-lead counsel is the Girard Gibbs firm in San Francisco. Go to http://www.girardgibbs.com and click on "our cases" then choose "consumer cases" from the drop down. You'll find Dex-Cool listed among the current cases. They have a form online where you can sign up to get involved with the lawsuit.

Note to the folks who replied above: Maybe you should find out if you know what you are talking about before you are so critical of the OP.
maxxman on 2007-08-06:
I just wanted to mention that the water in the oil was a result of the cracked head gasket, not the other way around.Please check out any car you are thinking of buying at any of the many web sites that show car reviews. Buying foreign cars do not mean you won't have repairs. Domestic cars are rating higher than ever before. The lastest Malibu design is a very good car. very reliable
anniea24 on 2008-05-10:
I have a 2002 Chevy Malibu. I had an awful experience with a corrupt Toyota dealer. For the money it was and still is a great car, not great, but reliable,and easy to drive. when my granddaugher arrived, we fit 4 adults comfort. with her in the back in her car seat. I had an accident and the Chevy dealership where I purchased it honored the warranty, and fixed everything that the body shop didn't. It's not a BMW or Mercedes, The only problem is that they depreciate a lot faster than the foreign cars if you plan to resell, which I never planned on when I bought it at the end of 2002. So far I've only paid for routine maintenance and it still drives great.
anniea24 on 2008-05-10:
I have a 2002 Chevy Malibu. I had an awful experience with a corrupt Toyota dealer. For the money it was and still is a great car, not great, but reliable,and easy to drive. when my granddaugher arrived, we fit 4 adults comfort. with her in the back in her car seat. I had an accident and the Chevy dealership where I purchased it honored the warranty, and fixed everything that the body shop didn't. It's not a BMW or Mercedes, The only problem is that they depreciate a lot faster than the foreign cars if you plan to resell, which I never planned on when I bought it at the end of 2002. So far I've only paid for routine maintenance and it still drives great.
jen m on 2008-06-05:
I can't believe some of these comments! I have had the same trouble with my car and we take excellent care of it, also if you google chevy malibu you will find many complaints, as well as a class action lawsuit against GM. so before people make smart comments maybe they should do some research!
Anonymous on 2008-06-05:
I agree jen m...GM has some serious quality issues. Poor paint adhesion is one and it affects the other major automakers as well. The security system on GM cars is problematic...the BCM (body control module) fails and the system no longer recognizes the key...some cars simply stop running until the BCM is replaced...an expensive part. The Malibu developed so many 'issues' that many police departments abandoned it (a LOT of PDs used them) in favor of Ford Crown Vics and such. Good luck poster.
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Chevrolet Malibu
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My son has bought 2000 Chevrolet Malibu with the 3.1 V6 engine. Only had it one week when the intake gasket started leaking. Contacted GM using the 800 number and was told that there was nothing wrong with that engine. I have spent numerous hours talking to many auto mechanics, and was told that it is a common problem with that engine.

The phone technician informed me that GM will not be doing anything about it, and if there is a recall it will need to be issued from the federal government.
     
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GenuineNerd on 2010-02-05:
I remember reading where GM has had cooling system issues with certain engines, mainly because some GM V-6's used plastic intake manifolds that did not hold up well to extreme heat over long periods of time, as well as issues involving the Dex-Cool antifreeze used in those cars. Your son would be better off having the head gasket replaced and the cooling system completely flushed, since at this point, GM will not do anything about that engine, although there have been issues with those in the past. His car is 10 years old.
dan gordon on 2010-02-05:
let me get this str8. You bought a ten yr old car and think that GM should fix it? Why would they? You bought a used car, stuff happens. Your expectations are pretty unrealistic no matter what car you buy your going to have to do some repairs.
FaireMaiden on 2010-02-06:
Agreed. Your son bought a 10-year-old used car. GM is under no obligation, legally or morally, to fix any problems arising from said used car, (whether a common problem or not), unless he bought it from a GM lot and purchased an extended warranty to go along with it. Example, in 2006, my husband and I bought a used 2000 Mitsubishi Montero from our local Subaru dealer; but we also purchased an extended warranty along with it. Everything that has had to be repaired has been done at no cost to us because of that warranty.
let me see? on 2010-02-06:
Please this is a joke right?! Your son buys a ten year old car and can't believe GM will not fix it. The warranty has been expired for about 7 years. And you called GM on the 800 number and someone told you there was nothing wrong with engine?? How would they know by you calling the 800 number. As always dan gordon speaks the truth "your expectations are pretty unrealistic" why didn't your son have the car checked BEFORE buying it?
saj80 on 2010-02-06:
The government will not force a recall unless it is a safety issue; an intake manifold gasket my result in a TSB to the dealerships, but it is not a safety matter.
anniea24 on 2010-04-21:
I have to agree with everyone else. The car is 10 years old & you have no idea how it was taken care of. you didn't mention how many miles it has. I have a 2002 Malibu, which I love, bought new, and it was the one I test drove. Try buying a one or two year old car that you can buy an extended warranty on.
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