So the Malibu is back. After only 5 months of ‘away time’. She’s a little worse for the wear but we’ll get to that in a minute.
The deal was $600 for a Head Gasket but it would take some time. Not bad considering we were almost ready to go to one car anyway and everyone else wanted $1,200 for the repairs. Who cared if it took a while. After 5 months and what turned out to be 3 major redos (and no phone calls) they wanted $900. A few calls later and we settled on $700. That was the condensed non-emotional version.
So now she’s back, for better or worse, and we have 2 cars again. Kind of.
Problems the Malibu now has that it didn’t before:
- It needs a new front left shock
- When turning right it makes a horrible metal on metal scraping sound. Seems linked to the shock issue.
- While moving it smells like it’s leaking gas.
- It hesitates at first, likely due to the gas leak.
- It’s burning through fuel like it’s going out of style. Likely related.
- Rust has started to rear it’s ugly head.
- Still slightly blowing smoke/steam when accelerating.
Only really 2 main issues (shock and gas leak) that are probably causing all the issues, still frustrating.
At least it’s not blowing smoke anymore.
Anyone want to buy a Malibu?
3 thoughts on “The Malibu Saga – Part Deuce”
I got rid of my 99 Malibu about 2 years ago. After having it for almost 10 years and paying thousands every year to fix it I gave up. Even the first year I had it there were major repairs needed! I feel your pain, good luck!
Yeah it hasn't been the best of cars. But as long as it's costing us less than a car payment per month… I'm fine with it.
True. I finally had to give mine up b/c I could have had a brand new car with all the repairs.