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Chevrolet Malibu Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.1 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 170 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu

  • Chevy's non-descript Malibu is one of the best cars General Motors makes. Roomy, quick and loaded with features for a low price, it's tough to go wrong with the too-often overlooked Malibu.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Comfortable and roomy interior, speedy acceleration, contemporary styling, ultra-low price despite high feature content.

  • Cons

    No traction control, refinement is exchanged for low payments.

  • What's New for 2002

    Only minor changes are added to Chevrolet's midsize sedan. Floor mats and an AM/FM CD stereo are now standard on all models. Three new colors have been added along with newly styled 15-inch cast-aluminum wheels.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 26
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Definition of a "normal" car

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Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

The 2002 Malibu is extremely normal. It's practical, a bit faster than you might think, but its boring looks keep it in the "grandma car" category. Pros: -Practical size. Not to big on the outside, plenty of space on the inside. -Reluctantly fast. At first I thought I was driving a slow car since I got it from my grandmother, but it's actually pretty quick compared to these new eco-friendly 4-cylinder sedans with a million gears that won't let you touch 4,000rpm. If you coax it, it'll move. Cons: -Looks. It's not ugly, it's just boring. Silver lining: cops won't notice you. -Lots of little repairs. Annoying things like the indicator keeps clicking for no reason.




2002 chevy malibu

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Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

If anyone has issues with it not starting refer to GM service tech bulletin no 01-08-49-020 concerning the ignition lock cylinder/switch replacement revision dated December 2001. I am so sick of this problem, have contacted GM since they seem to have issues with ignitions, they need to look at this model. According to the local dealer, no recalls never took place. Fear that if it does start and I go somewhere will shut off while on road.




Has its quirks but keeps

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Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this car used from Hertz (at 24,000 miles) in 2003, and 11 years later it's at 152,000. I've used it for lots of city driving in San Francisco (those hills and traffic are hard on a car), highway driving, and trips on rough roads in the Sierra. Engine is still going strong, and I haven't had to spend much on repairs. The biggest (and scariest) problem was a fuel pump failure while I was on the road. The anti-theft system can be annoying when it won't let you start (has happened to me about 4 times over the years), but all you need to do is wait it out for 10 minutes.



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great car

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Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

We had a 2002 Malibu that we originally bought in 2007. Never had any major issues with it and because of high mileage hubby put on it driving 90 miles back and forth to work, we decided to look for another car. We found a 2002 Malibu (this one is loaded) with 80,000 miles on it and promptly bought it. My husband is a back yard mechanic of sorts (built a '66 Chevy II from the ground up into a pro-street car) and so he does regular maintenance on it and changes the oil religiously and tune ups and such. Sure, we've had to change the brakes on both our vehicles, but that is the norm. Great, great car.




I regret buying this car!

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Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

I usually don't leave reviews like this, but maybe I will save someone from the headache of owning this piece. I bought my 02 Malibu in 2010, and it only had 80k miles on it. Now, with 130k miles and regular checkups, I've had to replace the ignition switch, fuel pump and filter, water pump, the wheel baring twice, the master cylinder and entire brake system, oxygen sensor, the throttle body sensor, the temperature gauge, spark plugs,2 speakers, 2 batteries, 2 sets of brand new tires, and the door handle. This adds up to a significantly higher amount than the car is actually worth, and guess what? My head gasket just blew and flooded my entire engine. Thanks, Chevy, thanks a lot.



2 of 5 people found this review helpful

No problems

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Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)

bought at 87,000 miles I haven't had any mechanical issues after a year. I drive it almost every day for 100+ miles as a delivery driver. I think the only people that review this car are the ones that are pissed that it isn't working how a car should.



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Full 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Review

What's New for 2002

Only minor changes are added to Chevrolet's midsize sedan. Floor mats and an AM/FM CD stereo are now standard on all models. Three new colors have been added along with newly styled 15-inch cast-aluminum wheels.

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Talk About The 2002 Malibu

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bikerbill9
bikerbill9
06-09-2014
Could a bad blower motor resistor blow the blower motor relay? I had no ac/fan, gas gauge not working, power windows dead. Found blower motor relay in engine fuse compartment. Change relay and everyt?...


gmalltheway
gmalltheway
07-02-2003
My wife has a 2002 Malibu LS and i HATE the Daytime Running Lights. I'd like to override the system. The only thing i know to do and i've done it is cut out i little peice of towel and put it over the...


deciding3
deciding3
04-20-2003
So only the maxima and malibu are left to decide between! Like you said the malibu has reliability problems. If i buy the malibu from Hertz that can give a good warranty, would that help. test drove b...



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