2002 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Review: Engine and brake problems

2002 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan - Consumer Review

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By TMoore2491 on


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


Rattling noise deep in engine
continually gets louder with time.
Dealer (Ivan Leonard) says problem is
piston wrist pins. Says can tear down
engine and replace but noise will come
back in about 5000 miles!! Now way to
sell this thing with the noise or after
rebuilt engine. I know others with same
problem. For one person, dealer fixed
twice but claims they can't hear a
knocking noise on third round!
Also, had front disks replaced at 5000
miles. Now they are warped at 20000
miles causing steering vibration when
braking. Also make loud creaking
noises when braking.

Best Features

Nice leather interior. Plenty of cup holders. Comfortable ride (if you don't press the brakes!)

Worst Features

This engine should be completely replaced for any customer that has the problem. Saying the noise will simply return after it's fixed is a huge rip off! Also, the composition of the disks should be modified to be more durable.
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