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Great car
By jilikins on 04/01/14 07:33 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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I regret buying this car!
By ck1102 on 08/16/13 22:42 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful
No problems
By juan_d on 06/14/13 21:08 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This car is a [non-permissible content removed]
By pag_089 on 01/18/13 21:26 PM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

I bought my Malibu in September 2010, and immediately the problems started. I can't even begin to think of the number of times this car has been in the shop. So far, I've spent over $5,000 on it out of pocket, and that's not counting the work that was performed under the dealer's warranty. This car is nothing but a money pit. I'm telling everybody I know to avoid this car, and to avoid Chevrolet in general like the plague. They produce poor quality vehichles and don't stand by their work.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Terrific bang for your dollar!
By stfdc00069 on 10/08/12 09:15 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

I will preface my comments with this: I do not trust GM for a second and was very sceptical when buying this vehicle and fully expected a potential headache. I purchased this car used in 2009 at 58,000km (36,000 miles). Presently I have 84,000km (52,000miles) on it plus 10 Canadian winters. Replaced original tires at 80,000km. Battery went last year, also original. Replaced brakes once only because I wanted new pads and discs in the face of approaching harsh Canadian winter. You really couldn't ask for more. This car so far cost me $5k for three years of ownership. Taking a bus woudl have been more expensive! Absolutely love it! Go GM! Terrific value for not much dollar
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Makes my miss my Ford Taurus.
By ephrata_1992 on 08/23/12 15:19 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

This car has been in my family for 4 years my mom had it from 08' to 11' I have been driving it since 2011. She got it with 59K on it. I got it with 92K on it, It now has 111K on it. Over the 4 years we have put $2000 into it with repairs and general up keep. The typical Malibu "problems" have happened to it like the Cat, turn signal, 4 way flashers. Have not had any brake problems yet I'm mainly thinking some people that have these are hard on their brakes that's why they keep spending on them. The interior is amazingly cheap and uncomfortable. With the right tires the car does to excellent in the snow. Car lets you hear a ton of road noise.
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Never a Chevy Again!
By bfairchild on 10/19/11 13:29 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

Worst care ever. Lower intake manifold seal replaced for $1100 due to dex-cool eating apart the gasket. Turn signal shorted due to the hazard switch that Chevy decided to put right next to the a/c vents where it could accumulate moister. Why they wired the signal switch to the hazard switch just shows what type of corners they cut in manufacturing. A/C blower replaced. Random beeps heard from the stereo. Intake manifold gasket started leaking again and required constant coolant. It was just disappearing from the car! Went through tires every 5,000 miles. They never wore evenly despite an alignment and balance. Chevy should have stepped up and recalled this car. Last Chevy I ever Buy
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful
Good Car
By ajscott on 10/14/11 18:38 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

I bought this car with about 110K on it. I've had this car for about 3 years now and it has over 130K on it. So far really nothing has gone wrong with it just needed to fix the gas cap once which was no more than a hundred bucks and the brake pads twice so far. But overall no engine problems. The car drives smoothly but a bit heavy (which I prefer). As long as you get it in for your yearly service nothing should go wrong. It's a great car and will get the job done. Just a little bit of rusting on the body but overall engine sounds great and never anything major. GREAT CAR!!!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The car that ruined my love for Chevy
By sparkles4 on 09/28/11 15:47 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

I bought this car from a little old lady who lived next door to me and only drove it to bingo. I got it around 60K. As it neared 100K everything started to go. Catalytic, engine stuff, electrical problems galore. I spent almost $2K in repairs in one month on it. Now the transmission & brakes are about to go and my A/C just quit today. I wish I wouldn't have put the $2K in. I could've used it as a down payment on something better! I do like the layout of the car, though. It is a very roomy sedan and everything is easily accessible.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This car has been nothing but trouble
By rjb1012 on 06/18/11 20:39 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

My parents bought this car for me from a friend of my grandma's when I first got my license at 16. It had about 50k miles. Since day one, it has been nothing but a money pit. For the past 3 years, it has gone in the shop at least twice a year for repairs. The first problem that I encountered was that the air condition would always switch to outside air at random, and when it did that, it would shut the air condition off for a couple minutes. Then the next major problem was that the brakes needed to replaced. All this in just the 1st year of owning the car. Next year the brakes were at it AGAIN. This year, the intake gasket needs to be replaced AND the air condition is broken again.
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