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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

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By ms31021
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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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I have had many problems with this car intake manifold gasket, brakes and its running hot. At this moment it is in the shop for the third time in 3 years.


Favorite Features

Cupholders in the back for my children to use. Auto headlights. Spacious trunk.


Suggested Improvements

Better quality of materials used to build the engine. Recall the intake manifold gasket.


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Good car until later in life
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By Sam
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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought this brand new in Dec 2001. Overall it was an excellent car. Our family fit well in it and the car was largely free of problems until recently. About a month ago we found out it had the dreaded intake manifold leak possibly due to the orange Dexcool coolant. It was expensive to fix, and there was no guarantee against it happening again, let alone other engine damage. We traded on a Honda. If hadn't developed the Dexcool problem, we'd still have it today.


Favorite Features

Comfortable, roomy. Got close to 30 MPG on the highway. Reliable until later in years.


Suggested Improvements

Improve brakes; eliminate use of Dexcool


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Never left stranded
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By jtucker
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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought this car in October of 2003. Its had brake pads, rotors, and calipers. The A/C hasnt worked since around 36,000 and GM wouldnt cover it. Also i avoided the dexcool related problems by replacing it around 60K with a Prestone Universal coolant. Also the car has very poor electrical systems. (replaced over 30 lights) Other than those things, its been great, never left me stranded. I bought it because of the deal I got on it.


Favorite Features

Easy to work on..


Suggested Improvements

Brakes, electrical and A/C


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Love it but have had problems
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By Tx_DreamWeaver
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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought the car at 37000 miles and drove it thru several states and Canada (about 8000 miles total), and couldn't ask for a better ride or drive, but the brake pedal went too low before I got back. I took it to the dealer, and because it happened in the 3000 mi/30 day warranty on used cars, they supposedly fixed the brakes. They didn't feel any different after, and I know the brakes and rotors need replacement now. I had the same problem as others with the no start or shutting down while driving. Just paid $500 for new ignition switch. Only time will tell if it recurs, or if I get the engine leak problem too!


Favorite Features

Great suspension system, ride, handling.


Suggested Improvements

Besides above problems, fix the flaking paint on the bumper so the car wash don't blow pieces off along with the bugs! Better support on outside eadge of drivers seat so it don't bend outward. Better cup holders in back, and another in front pass side!


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Hard to Kill
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By Brien
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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought in '04 w/56000 miles. By November '08, car has 152,000 miles. Maintainence is key to a happy car. Oil changed every 3500 miles on the dot. Driven cross country and in flatlands, got 30+mpg. 25 in higher elevations. All milestone recommended services performed. Intake manifold gasket replaced after reading about class action lawsuit. (Dexcool decision). Waiting on my claim check. Changing seats to leather this week as old seats wore out. Windshield to go after winter due to "sandblasting" on highway. Can't see on sunny days. Car has passed all NY State Emission Inspections legitametly. What a surprise. Looking keep til it hits 200,000 miles or dies. Whichever comes first


Favorite Features

Everything. Nosedived into rear of a BMW one day and did no damage to beamer. Only put crease in my hood. Had a deer hit drivers window in Kentucky at 1AM. Broke mirror lens and left teeth prints in drivers window. An amazing car for my first GM product. Been a Mopar fan all my life.


Suggested Improvements

Better hubcap attachment design. They rattle. Replaced with super aftermarket caps. No more rattle. Spare tire well capable of handling a full spare. Better intake gasket to prevent class action alwsuits to begin with.


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