• (3.9) 12 reviews
  • MSRP: $509–$4,493
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24
  • Engine: 170-hp, 3.1-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2001 Chevrolet Malibu

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The conservatively styled Malibu is Chevrolet’s mainstay midsize sedan now that the Lumina is sold only to fleet buyers.

A rear window defogger and power door locks are new standard features on the base model. Stereo units with cassette and/or CD players add the Radio Data System, which displays weather and traffic emergency warnings and allows station selection based on the type of programming.

Available only in four-door styling, the Malibu is 190 inches bumper to bumper — an inch or so longer than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, two of its key rivals.

Bucket seats are standard, and a front bench is not available. The Malibu’s spacious rear seat has more legroom than the Lumina and nearly as much as some full-size sedans. The split rear seatback folds to expand the trunk’s already spacious 17-cubic-foot capacity, and the trunk has a wide, low opening for easy loading.

Standard features include air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, stereo radio and theft-deterrent system.

Under the Hood
A 3.1-liter V-6 engine with 170 horsepower and a four-speed automatic transmission are now standard on both Malibu models. Antilock brakes, a feature that is optional on several competitors’ vehicles, are also standard.

Driving Impressions
Short on thrills and frills but long on practicality and value, the Malibu offers acceptable performance, ample space and a lot of features for a reasonable price. The styling is middle-of-the-road bland, but if you can get beyond the nondescript look, this car is a pretty good deal compared to rivals like the Accord, Camry and Ford Taurus


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com


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315,000 miles & going strong

by Peter L from Hannibal, MO on October 29, 2017

I bought this car used with 94,000 miles on it. It needed the head gasket replaced (Chevy recall). Other than that I've replaced those parts that need replaced regularly. The only minor issue has been... Read Full Review

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There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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