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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-30-2016, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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So I purchased a used (Yeah I know, stupid me!) 2006 white Malibu SS almost two years ago from a dealership because it only had 63,000 miles on it. I did my research and thought I was making a decent purchase. I also loved the look, the feel etc... and the reviews were not bad. Ten months after i bought it i notice some transmission issues. I take it to a reputable shop in my area and had to spend $3,200 to get the transmission rebuilt. Around 5 months later i notice stains on my driveway where I park my Malibu. Last week I found out I had a leaking oil pan gasket! Cha Ching! I paid a bill of $915 yesterday to fix that! Upon picking up my car I am informed I have and exhaust leak at my flex pipe, I need two new outer Tie Rod Ends and, I need struts! No biggy on the struts but now I have to shell out another $480.00 to fix the Tie Rod Ends (Which ironically starting making noise when the shop returned it to me yesterday!) and have the flex pipe welded and patched. So I ask what can I expect next? I also did some minor stuff like change the stock stereo which had the infamous CD player breakdown and, the temperature sensor for my radiator went last month. I love my car and still have quite a bit left to pay on it but im getting fed up!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-14-2016, 01:50 PM
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Did the dealership sell it to you AS IS or with a warranty?? Just think about it after the car is fixed it will be almost brand new. Just do what you can do as far as repair bills and drive it and enjoy it. I had my car for almost 9.5 months and I bought it used AS IS. I put a lot of work into it as well but not as much as you did. Keep the chin up you got a nice ride there.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-18-2017, 05:23 PM
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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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