2002 Malibu bought used in July 2003 with 52,000 miles on it.
Here is the list of things fixed since then:
- Bald tires on the car after 2 months of having the thing
- Catalytic converter clogged at 60,000
- MAS replaced at 60,000
- EGR Valve replaced at 60,000
- Fuel Filter replaced at 60,000
- Spark plugs replaced at 60,000 so they wouldn’t feel out of place
with all the NEW parts in the car. :?
- Brake pads worn out and left rotors out .07. Had them replaced at
Firestone (the dealership we bought from went under). 2 months later,
same old story
- July of 2005, air conditioner STOPS working entirely. Air condenser
went out and had to be replaced at the tune of $900.
- Now air conditioner flips between MAX air and AC on a whim.
- Brakes barely work.
- Ever since the catalytic converter was replaced, engine lacks power
(apparently a low backpressure cat system).
-Now the thing won’t crank. It turns over, but won’t start. The
battery doesn’t have any juice to crank. I left it sitting with the
key in ON to clear Passlock errors. It cranked ONCE yesterday and
anytime immediately after that it would crank.
Could someone describe the difficulty of replacing the ignition
cylinder? Is this a possible reason for the car not working now? I
am wanting to fix it and sell it before it’s too late.
BTW, can we not start some sort of group complaint to BBB or Consumer
Affairs to get Chevy to take responsibility for these cars?! :evil:
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What does GM have to do with:
Bald tires at 60000 miles. Didn't you look at them when you bought it 2000
All the engine stuff and converter was probably bad fuel. Several gas
suppliers have been caught on that lately.
Brakes and rotors at 60000 and poor quality replacements. What do you
Air condenser out because of a rock more than likely. That is happening
across the board in increasing frequency today which is more to do with poor
regulations on trucks dumping junk on the roads.
The cranking problem could be the switch but unlikely and you need to
troubleshoot where the signal is being lost.
All of this sounds like you bought a car that was beat to death without
looking at it and now want to blame GM.
So you bought this car with 52,000 miles put on it in one year and you are
complaining about what? Let's take a look...
On a one year old car with 52,000 miles on it they probably were the
original tires, but I figure you were lucky to get even the additional 2
months out of them. As a general rule I haven't found stock factory tires
that go much past 35,000 miles.
Bad fuel. Heaven knows that with 52,000 miles on it it drank quite a few
gallons in that first year, and if this was a fleet car (which it sounds
like it was) then I can guarantee that it didn't get the highest quality
gas. Then again if this was the first time the fuel filter was replaced
then it was still 30,000 miles overdue.
Tell me you were surprised by the brakes going bad after that many miles.
If they went bad again after only two months I'd have a strong word with the
Firestone dealership if I were you.
Road debris. Sounds like you caught a rock - unfortunate but not unheard
Normal. The AC switches between Max (which is simply a recirc mode) and
Normal depending on interior and exterior temperatures to try to keep you as
cool as possible. Last time I checked it was still August...
Go back to Firestone. They have some explaining to do.
So what you're saying is that the cat was replaced with an incorrect one or
the work was incorrectly done? Am I the only one who sees this as an
oxymoron? Sounds like you are on the verge of answering your own question.
Did you have the alternator checked, or charged then tested the battery?
Either or both could be the culprit. I'd start there.
Well, I wouldn't be taking it back to that Firestone anytime soon to have
any more work done, that's for sure!
Chevy ain't got nothing to do with this, plus this car is most likely way
out of warranty (36,000 miles I believe). You can file complaints with the
BBB until the cows come home but you already said the dealer you bought it
from went belly-up. Sounds like now we know why.
Good luck - Jonathan
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