70,000 miles and the Intake Manifold
fails. I work in the automotive
aftermarket. Now that I have had this
issue, I can't hear enough about what
a piece of junk this 3.1 is. Mechanics
said they see this problem all the
time with the 3.1. Most leaks
leak 'out'. Mine leaked 'in'. A gallon
of antifreeze in a crank case is never
a good thing. Loved the car, hate the
engine. You would have thought GM
would have said something about the
chronic problem. A new manifold isn't
that much to replace....a new engine
The car has since gone away, now I
understand why, not that the Malibu is
bought for 6 grand with only 27k at 5
yrs old. good power from reliable
engine, nice styling, back seat is
huge, but at expense of front room. I
had to replace rotors, and brakes are
not the best in general. No other
repairs in 3+ years. Handles like a
beached whale, though. If the seats
were not so mushy, and the interior not
so cheap plastic-ey, I would like it a
lot better. But, with a wax job, and
those alloy wheels, it looks damn sharp
in the driveway. And, with the money i
saved driving boring cars like this, I
live in a half million dollar house.
Not so bad for a school teacher
The engine is powerful and makes a
really cool growl when you hit the
gas. I personally like the ex.
styling. The alloy wheels are very
sharp too. Backseat is big enough to
play touch football.
If the seats were not so mushy, I'd
actually be pretty happy. The
dashboard is pitifully cheap plastic.
And no rear defroster? isn't there a
law about that?
Well, I've changed my mind on this
vehicle. I'm now at 140,000 miles and
I've had to replace another fuel
injector which cost another $300. The
mechanic said that the 4 other injectors
will probably short out in a year or so.
Great. Also, I just had to pay $150 to
get my left turn signal fixed. I havn't
been impressed with the build quality.
Cheap materials are used throughout the
whole car. I can't recomend this
vehicle, I'm getting rid of it as soon
as I can.
The torquey engine puts out some nice
low end power. Lots of room. Nice
exterior styling, but not the best ever
as I seem to have said in my earlier
The seats need neck support. Increase
the quality of the interior materials
because they're extremely cheap. Needs
standard anti-lock brakes. Definately
needs better fuel economy.
I bought the car with 75000 miles. At
82000 miles, the transmission went out.
At 90000, the head gasket went out. It
warped my heads due to the block being
iron and the heads being aluminum. I
felt kinda bad for those people who had
the 3.4L engine; those head gasket kits
were NATIONALLY BACK ORDERED. Must have
been a very bad winter on a not-so-good
engine. Now, at 93000, I noticed
transmission fluid leaking. It bothers
me that I still owe more than it's
worth and that I've put over $1300 into
it the two years I've owned it. If I
were you, I wouldn't buy one.
Good power - V6
Gas mileage ok
More comfy seats
Dash is separating and I don't know why.