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2002 Chevy Malibu
By dlynnh on 06/19/14 14:19 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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Has its quirks but keeps on plugging
By pegdee on 05/30/14 17:51 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 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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This car is a [non-permissible content removed]
By pag_089 on 01/18/13 21:26 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 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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Terrific bang for your dollar!
By stfdc00069 on 10/08/12 09:15 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 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 Sedan 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 Sedan 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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The car that ruined my love for Chevy
By sparkles4 on 09/28/11 15:47 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 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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This car has been nothing but trouble
By rjb1012 on 06/18/11 20:39 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 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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Many, many problems
By jodi7 on 02/21/11 09:36 AM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

I bought this car about a year ago, in that time I have replaced tires, brakes, fuel pump, blinker switch, battery, oil pump switch, intake manifold, gasket, water pump, and currently the head gasket is also leaking. The car continues to have an electrical problem, sometimes the windows will power up or down, sometimes not, only half of the lights work, and the car has a continous intermittant starting problem that cannot be fixed, I never know if I'll be sitting for an hour or two waiting for this car to start. currently the car is broken down, I've decided not to fix the head gasket and as someone who loves american cars I'll be looking to buy a japanese car for my next one.
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