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2002 Chevrolet Malibu - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu

634 problems have been reported for the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The following chart shows the 19 most common problems for 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system with 258 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's exterior lighting (123 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Electrical System
258
  Exterior Lighting
123
  Engine And Engine Cooling
70
  Service Brakes
43
  Equipment
34
  Air Bag
17
  Steering
12
  Gasoline Fuel System
11
  Structure
10
  Tire
9
  Suspension
8
  Other Fuel System
8
  Unknown Or Other
7
  Seat Belt
7
  Visibility
6
  Power Train
5
  Vehicle Speed Control
3
  Child Seat
2
  Air Brake
1

small car iamge PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

In our research we use the PPMY index to compare the reliability of vehicles. The PPMY index of a certain model is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. The total sales of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu in the United States are 144,947 units [1]. If the total number of problems reported by Chevrolet Malibu owners in the last 16 years is 634, and the age of the vehicle is 16, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 634 / 144,947 / 16 * 1000 = 0.27.

For more information, refer to this page: A study of reliability comparison across Chevrolet Malibu model year vehicles.

The following chart shows the number of problems reported during each of the service years since the debut of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu in 2002.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year Number of Problems
  2002
1
  2003
22
  2004
41
  2005
68
  2006
62
  2007
52
  2008
58
  2009
40
  2010
41
  2011
17
  2012
25
  2013
23
  2014
85
  2015
42
  2016
17
  2017
10
  2018
1

small car iamge Compare the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu with Other Model Years

When making the decision between buying a new or used Chevrolet Malibu, the following table can be used to compare the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu with the Chevrolet Malibu from other model years. Note that the number of problems reported for the 2002 Malibu is 634 while the average number of problems reported for the 22 model years of the Chevrolet Malibu is 769.

Table 3. Compare the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu with other model years

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 Malibu
4
  2017 Malibu
20
  2016 Malibu
82
  2015 Malibu
63
  2014 Malibu
139
  2013 Malibu
513
  2012 Malibu
595
  2011 Malibu
819
  2010 Malibu
1,277
  2009 Malibu
1,274
  2008 Malibu
1,040
  2007 Malibu
1,042
  2006 Malibu
1,409
  2005 Malibu
1,521
  2004 Malibu
1,809
  2003 Malibu
664
  2002 Malibu
634
  2001 Malibu
793
  2000 Malibu
983
  1999 Malibu
801
  1998 Malibu
998
  1997 Malibu
448


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