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I bought a used Chevy Malibu at auction for $2600. I have no repair records. It is in remarkable shape, not a spot of rust, extremely well cared for, oil is clean, runs perfectly, excellent tires, battery appears fairly new, really in remarkable condition, otherwise I'd not pay $2600. Other than change the oil when the on-board system tells me to what else is needed? It has a timing chain and I believe a non-interference engine so changing the chain seems unnecessary. The manual says to change auto transmission fluid every 50k miles ONLY if you tow or are a taxi/police car. At 200k I think I'll have this done anyway. The manual says change plug wires every 100k, but the ones in it look quite new. It seems to be a remarkably maintenance free car. Thoughts appreciated.
Posted by Anonymous on
I would recommend having a shop you trust inspect the suspension and steering. Shocks/struts, tie rod ends, ball joints, wheel bearings and such. From the information you have provided it appears the drive train is in good shape. Other than having the suspension and steering (maybe brakes too) looked at just keep up the regular services.
Posted on Aug 17, 2014
You could certainly give this a shot:
Drive safe =]
Posted on Jan 14, 2009
Your vehicle is equipped with a timing chain. There is no periodic maintenance schedule fr the timing chain.
If your spark plugs have never been changed, now might be a perfect opportunity to change them. Ensure that you properly gap the plugs before installation. You will find gap specs on the engine information tag/sticker under the hood.
Posted on Jul 24, 2009
The front seal could be replaced, and not have a problem. If you have a shop other than a transmission shop do the repairs, make sure the torque converter hub is inspected to make certain its not scratched/scorn. If the trans shifts properly and the fluid is not burned or smells burned, this would be an easy repair. If the trans fluid smells burned, and hasn't been serviced regularly, the rebuild would be the way to go. Also, ask what the warranty for any and all repair are on your vehicle. Normal warranty is 1yr, 12.000 miles in the automotive business.
Posted on Jan 07, 2010
The transmition is not the problem. The cables that run from the shifter to the transmition are the culpret. I recently rescued my wife from the road when the linkage broke on our VUE. I purchased new connectors and cables from the dealership and replaced them. For those that have the proper knowledge and skill set, you can replace them yourself. Others are better off having it done at a shop. The following is my personal experience and is not meant to be a guide, repair manual or procedure for those who lack formal automotive repair training! The new shifter cables come as a set. The cable with the white housing does not seem to be a problem. The cable with the black housing controls the push forward-pull back and the cable with the white housing controls the side to side movement. I found that the new cable with the black housing had the same sort of stiffness when I pushed and pulled the cable by hand. Then I noticed that the cable end was bent, causing it to bind in the housing. I straightened the end by bending it with my hands untill I felt the least amount of binding or resistance when pushing and pulling it. When I installed it the difference was amazing! I kept the old cable set for emergencies. The only tools you need to replace the cables and couplings are a 7mm socket on a screwdriver handle, a phillips head screwdriver and a pair of needle nose plyers. Remove the center console, (4, 7mm screws) and electrical connections. Then remove the plastic panels around the shifter, (7, phillips head screws and 2 plastic push pins) associated snap together panel fasteners and electrical connections. Pop each cable end off it's shifter joint/ball and push the collar back on each cable housing anchor. Pull the carpet back and push the rubber grommet through the firewall in the passenger footwell. Then pop the cable ends off at the transmition. Pull the old cable set out and reverse the procedure to install the new cables. There is an adjustment of the cable length. This should be done before replacing the plastic panels and center console. The new cable ends that attach to the shifter can be positioned/adjusted. Looking at the old cable pair you will see where the old clips were positioned and can start with that. Then run the shifter through all the gears to make sure they all engage. If you run out of travel on the shifter handle re-position the clips on the cable ends, as needed, to get full gear engagement without running out of travel.
Posted on Aug 15, 2010
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