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Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
20 City / 29 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 3.1L (191) SFI V6 3100 engine
  • 4-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission w/OD
  • 3.05 axle ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery rundown protection
  • 4-wheel independent suspension system
  • P215/60R15 all-season SBR BSW tires
  • 15" steel wheels w/full bolt-on wheel covers
  • Pwr steering
  • Pwr front disc/rear drum brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system
  • 14.8 gallon fuel tank

Exterior Features

  • Front/rear body-color fascias
  • Front/rear black body-side moldings
  • Argent color grille w/bright bar
  • Headlamps w/reflector optics
  • Daytime running lights w/auto light control
  • Dual black mirrors (LH remote/RH manual)
  • Tinted glass w/solar band windshield
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Front license plate mounting provision
  • Body-color door handles
  • Underhood blanket insulation

Interior Features

  • Cloth reclining bucket seats w/adjustable head restraints
  • Covered center console w/integral armrest
  • Tilt-wheel steering
  • Analog gauge pkg-inc: tachometer, coolant, trip odometer, fuel, speedometer
  • Warning lamps-inc: low coolant, low fuel, low washer fluid, door ajar, low oil
  • Pwr programmable door locks w/lockout protection
  • Pwr trunk release
  • PASS-Lock II theft deterrent system
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear seat heat ducts
  • Electric rear window defogger
  • ETR AM/FM stereo-inc: seek-scan, digital clock
  • Storage bin-inc: retractable cup holder, lighter, ashtray
  • Auxiliary pwr outlet
  • Front door map pockets
  • Dual visor mirrors w/map straps
  • Delayed entry/exit lighting w/theatre dimming
  • Lighting-inc: dome, under dash, glove box, trunk

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system
  • Driver & front passenger airbags
  • Seat belts w/front adjustable guide loops
  • Rear child restraint top tether
  • Child security rear door locks
  • Daytime running lights

Options & Packages

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Reviews

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The Malibu's si a boat of a car, in a good way.

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

Easy to repair. Quick. Reliable. Sturdy. Has a lot of trunk space. Has a lot of cab/ back seat space. Good work car. Good for camping and travelling. Has had some factory issues that we're manufacturer repaired free such as the ignition. Has minor electrical glitches; ie it honks to set the alarm when put into park, even though my model never had an alarm, occasionally does a theft system lock out; again, has no theft system to speak of. Am 3rd owner and it is still rolling on. Gaskets around back window between trunk have brittle and leak, but that is another user serviceable issue. I use this car to move tools, painters equipment, computers and music equipment (amplifier,, instruments, speakers, pa, monitor stands, instrument stands) paintings, easels. I can fit a painters ladder in it. I am constantly surprised at the amount of stow this little sedan is capable of transporting.

- Peter C

Old Chevy Malibu still got it

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

It's a simple car, nothing fancy at all but it gets me where I need to go. I've had the car for 5 years now and throughout those years I've had very little maintenance I've had to do on the car which is great, the downside is that when I have had an issue with the car it's been a big deal. I've had to replace my head gasket twice which is a very expensive project. Otherwise, it drives smoothly and gives me great as mileage.

- Kay F

Old red piece of garbage.

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

It's falling apart but it runs. List of mechanical problems but it is easy to fix. Have owned for over 2 years. Placed over sixty thousand miles on the engine. Has good acceleration but breaking needs repairs. Has great storage space for items. Transmission is going out. I can't repair it myself because it's a closed system so I must take it directly to a dealership.

- Douglas B

The Malibu: a generalist's go-to

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

It has parts which are relatively easy to find, and due to age, less complexity for mechanics to repair. There are backseats to place three persons, a trunk which can fit about ten square feet of things with removable spare tire even more, and internal compartments for items between seats/inside doors/customary glovebox.

- Edward S

The car is really good and reliable for it is age.

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

Really reliable for it is age it is 18 years old so has a few mechanical problems, blinkers have went out it is like $100 part to fix, rotors are going bad, as are the calipers, have never had any problems with performance, it is comfortable, just wish it had heated seats. Has all normal features and is a automatic.

- Chas R

2001 Chevy Malibu a reliable first car

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I got the car with at least 200,000 plus miles on it and I have put in at least 3,000 miles. It runs well even when there are issues with the car. And when there are issues they are generally pretty easy fixes. It is not the best looking or most spacious car but it a very reliable car at that

- Kendal K

Great family vehicle for a starter car

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

Has been a great little car for the last 6 yrs. At the moment we are having computer issues and everything keeps flashing on and off but other than that it has been a great family car. Very comfortable and enclosed. Roomy with a big trunk. Handles really well in the rain and snow as well.

- Jessica T

The only issues are cosmetic. It gets you from point A to point B efficiently.

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

The seat is kind of flat, I had to get a cushion for it so it wouldn't hurt my back. The bottom part of the seat is flattened out a little bit too, it hurts after driving for extended periods of time. Other than the seat, it's a pretty good car. It's a V6 so it goes when you need it to.

- Beau N

Chevrolet classic family sedan.

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

While my vehicle is older, it runs very smooth, is great on gas and has plenty of room for my child's car seat and for our family as well. It drives well and we haven't had any issues with it. Also the body style is classic even though it's older it doesn't look out of style.

- Lindsey H

2001 Chevy Malibu best family car around

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu.very dependable car, drives smoothly. Comes with air conditioner and Bluetooth radio. This car is my daily driver and has never left me stranded. When well maintained this car gets around 27 miles to the gallon, which makes road trips an ease.

- Kimberly G

2001 Chevy Malibu nightmares.

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I have had many issues with the cooling system in my car. It is also not an easy vehicle to do repairs on. I also have been having problems with the door locks. They lock and unlock spontaneously. I believe there are problems with the electrical system in general.

- Jennifer J

The Best of Chevrolet is a Malibu an American car to last as long as you want

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I have never had issues with the car. It takes only simple, basic general maintenance and it is something I can always depend on. I can roll out directly into the snow, it does not skid and I have never have to warm it up and it give good gas for the mileage.

- Jan S

For an 18 yr old car, it has held up, run reliably. I will trade it in soon.

2001 Chevrolet Malibu Base

I purchased this used car two years ago. It has been reliable up until recently. About two months ago, the AC started going, blowing warm air. The car is running hot even though we are adding coolant. The interior ceiling material is deteriorating.

- Kim K

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