Re: What Else?!
If it's any consolation to you, it's not just you! I guess tranny failure is common on this car, (as are the other afore mentioned problems) and in the ones that it platform share with it as well... But if you had it rebuilt that's the way to go as the companies that make the rebuild kits studied what fails and manufactures those parts to BETTER than factory! Or at least that what my rebuild guy told me.... Mine quit at just over 100K. It's my understanding that most of them give out @ 90K give or take.
With so many of these trannys failing at such low mileage, I asked my local GM dealer why don't they recall them. He said "GM doesn't consider it a safety issue, and they only have to recall for safety issues." Then he goes on to say he's never seen one fail in that car. I said, well, that's probably because when I called you for a quote it was around $5K, all the independent shops were between $2000 to about $3000. Then he said, "Well, they're in the transmission business, I'm not"
As I called around, every time I said "Malibu" I was met with "(insert expletive of choice here) one of THOSE" on the other end... Apparently there is a cross member that makes the tranny hard to get out.
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