Radiator Problems of Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 20 problems related to radiator (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Radiator problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 04/13/2017

Tl- the contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that they where involved in a collison weith a large dog which caused damage to the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they inspected the vehicle and informed the contact that the vehicle was safe to drive prior to the repair. The contact stated three days later the vehicle experienced complete loss of power. The vehicle was towed back to the independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the radiator and the ac condenser needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however they heard an abnormal sound. The vehicle was returned to the independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that 12 engine codes where on the vehicle. The vehicle was transferred to a new independent mechanic where it was timing chain was defective. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000. Kh.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 02/21/2015

The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, there was a loud noise and the vehicle lost power as the hood collapsed and folded in two without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the engine, the headlights, and the radiator failed. The air bags deployed. The contact sustained hand, eye and neck injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 59,000.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 02/25/2013

I along with a friend was riding from phila. To chester,PA. About 25miles south on. Interstate 95. . I was in the middle lane about 10 miles in and the engine cut off. . I remained calm and glad my friend was with me I shifted into neutral turned the key and the engine started right away. This happened two other times before getting to my destination. On the way home the engine cut off two more times. This time I was alone, as you can imagine I was scared and quite upset. I have also had problems with the key turning in the ignition sometimes it works often not even after purchasing a new key and batteries. The engine light remain on , the anti theft system light on and off, the horn, lighter and the receptacle for phone not working even with new fuse and the radiator leaks. Just this year I have spent over 1100. 00. This is dangerous and disgusting. Our family have been very conscience about purchasing american made cars and have invested in made in the USA but it seems gm has little to no interested in our safety. Today the problems still exist and I was told that I have to pay even more to get a diagnostic 149. 00. Wrong answer. . . Please help restore my faith in gm after all we the people did bail you out now own up and look out and take responsilbiltily fix this before more tragedy. . Take care of americans where is your honor ?.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 10/21/2011

My car seemed to be riding rough and my radiator light came on. Today I went for an oil change and the mechanic said I had an "intake manifold gasket leak. " my oil is leaking into my coolant. He told me there was a recall from gm for dexcool. I can't seem to find any information on this but to have it fixed will be very costly.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 11/02/2008

Noticed coolant leaking for the 2nd time in 2 years. This is now the 2nd time to replace intake manifold gasket. The 1st replacement was done 2006 for ~$750. Now the estimate to replace gasket and flush cooling system is ~ $800. New radiator may be required if the service shop can not flush oil out of the radiator.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 07/15/2008

After engine coolant light coming on and reservoir being almost empty service station added coolant. Same thing happened approx 2 months later same action taken. Went to get oil changed and person said don't waste your money because you have oil mixed with your radiator fluid, you have some major engine problems. Took car to my local mechanic and he said this was a common problem on the 2003 Malibu and that the manifold gasket was the problem and needed to be replaced. He replaced it at great expense to myself,and he did make the comment that there is a design flaw with this particular part.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 09/05/2006

On sept. 5, 2006, my husband, 2 children, and I were driving down a 55 mph highway, when I pushed on the accelerator, and my car just decided it was only going to go 35-45 mph! luckily, there was no one behind me. I had time to put my flashers on and get the car down the road to the mechanic. I was on a car complaint website trying to discover what is wrong with my car when I found out I'm not the only one. . Read more...

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 8
Failure Date: 07/30/2006

While driving my car along the freeway and without any notice the car went from having a normal temp to red lining on the temperature. I immediately slowed the vehicle down and turned on the heat. At this point no heat came out and soon afterwards the vehicle overheated and died. I cruised it off the freeway and onto a side road. I was in the middle of nowhere and a passerby was nice enough to stop. I ended up refilling the coolant and was able to drive to where I need to go and return home. I had refill the fluid level multiple times. I took it to a radiator shop that stated that the seals on my engine were leaking exhaust into the fluids which caused the vehicle to overheat. They stated that chevy was having trouble with the dexacool coolant in the vehicles and that it was eating away the seal in the engine.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 04/21/2006

: the contact stated while driving the heat indicator light illuminated. The vehicle was pulled off the road without incident, coolant and water was added to the radiator. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, upon inspection the intake manifold gasket had been leaking. The gasket allowed the coolant to leak onto the exhaust, causing the vehicle to over heat. The manufacturer was alerted.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 10
Failure Date: 03/09/2006

I am having problems with my car overheating. I have brought my car to several different places and everyone tells me that this is common in Malibus,and something should be done about it. I have had my radiator replaced,my thermostat changed, my coolant system flushed. Now Chevrolet is saying it might be my water pump that's causing the problem. That will cost 586 and if that's not the problem they will check other things while im going to be the one taking the lost.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 02/05/2006

The vehicles heat gauge stopped working and low coolant light came on. Checked coolant level and discovered sludge in expansion chamber ( coolant recovery tank). Flushed system of sludge and trouble shot reason for coolant loss. Found intake manifold gasket leaking. Vehicle will require new intake manifold gasket set, thermostat, hoses, water pump and possibly radiator. Tried to flush system completely but found secondary plumbing such as heater core, radiator,coolant crossover and coolant bleed hosing gummed up with oily waxy type substance resembling gumballs (dex-cool?). I think gm should step up to the plate and take responsibility for the so called "wonder coolant". After all the sticker on the expansion chamber does say anything about changing every 5 years or 150000 miles.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 03/10/2005

A slow radiator leak was observed over a period of 2 months. I took it to a mechanic who diagnosed a faulty intake manifold gasket. He had mentioned that it is a very common problem in the Malibu, even though gm told me that it was not. The manifold gasket was replaced before any anti-freeze leaked into the engine.

car image   Radiator problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 08/01/2004

Water light coming on intermittently - taken to dealership 3 times for repair. After warrenty,car regularly overheats and the light came on and book said 'coolant' problem. I had radiator flushed and filled with antifreeze. Car now continues to overheat. Mechanics (3 so far) said this is a common problem with Chevrolets. Cost would be $800 - $1,000 to repair leakage around lower intake gasket. I believe if this is a common problem with Chevrolets and it will continue to happen yearly, Chevrolet should be responsible for repairs.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 04/13/2004

Consumer stated that anti-freeze was leaking in vehicle for about 3-4 months. Consumer was told that there was a recall for the same problem. Consumer has not yet taken vehicle to a mechanic, but will do so soon.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 01/10/2004

Car was getting hot then cooling back down,while getting hot heater would not work. Took to mechanic, had thermostat and water pump replaced. Car ran fine for a couple of days,then same problem. Took back to mechanic. He said its possible the thermostat purchased was defective. Installed new thermostat from the dealership. Got in car did not get hot and cool back down it got to normal operating temperature and heater worked. Three days later, car started getting hot, cooling back down and bubbling the water out of the overflow reservoir. There are no leaks anywhere,no blown gasket, or cracks. This problem is becoming a big pain. I think it is a defect caused by manufacturer and if the problem cant be fixed, I know ill never own another gm {great mistake} vehicle again.

car image   Radiator problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu 16
Failure Date: 04/15/2003

Air conditioning - electrical failure, would flicker on and off. Engine - head gasket, faulty. Was replaced. Power window - regulator and motor faulty, the window just stop rolling up and down, did not show signs of faiure till it happened. In shop right now, not covered under manufacturer warranty. Other - cooling system, uses the infamous dex-cool coolant. The engine gets hot every time I drive it. Hot meaning two bars above middle. It usually resides in the middle. The radiator cap has been replaced twice and the head gasket was also suspected of being a problem related to this. The problem still exists and is going to the dealer tomorrow for another inspection. The worst time it occurred was after the head gasket had been replaced. The vehicle ran fine for two months. We took it on vacation to lake powell when the problems occurred again. The engine started to get hot. I turned off the a/c and turned on the heat. This was able to get the engine driveable without causing damage to it. My worry is that this will happen to my wife on the freeway or driving home to see her parents. Had this occurred the first time with just her in the car she would not have known what to do and would have been stranded.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 12/01/2001

The car made a horrible knocking noise shortly after I bought it brand new. 5 different dealers stated that the teflon from the rocker arms in the engine wore out and thatw as what was making the awful noise. Itwas cosmetic, so to fix it would cost a lot of money. Also, the intake manifold on the car has cracked causing the engine/radiator to leak anifreeze out the exaust. Gm needs to recall these cars because of all the problems. I can go on and on with my car. I have maintained it every 3,000 miles meticously and should not have this problem with a car that only has 60,000 miles.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 04/14/2000

Vehicle first towed to shop on 04/04/00 for vehicle overheating. Top radiator hose split. Informed dealer of vibration in front end at 30 mph and up, they said they could not duplicate. On 04/11/00 heard thumping noise from front and while pulling in driveway lost control of left front wheel. Towed to dealer and left side outer tie rod end replaced. Picked up from dealer on 04/12/00 and 2 miles away abs light came on. Parked vehicle in driveway and next morning light was off. Left for work and got 6 miles away when check engine light came on and transmisson started slipping. Caled and notified chevy and they said drive vehicle then have it towed in the next day. On 04/14/00 was driving down road at 40 mph when I lost control of steering again and hit a tree. Repairs to steering/abs light/check engine light/transmssion slipping not taken care of yet.

car image   Radiator problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 11/26/1999

The coolant cap was leaking causing the coolant light to illuminate. Nlm.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 07/10/1997

Losing water from radiator reservoir into the intake manifold gasket. I have researched this problem and it seems to be very common on 97 chevy Malibu.

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