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1999 Chevrolet Malibu AC / heater NHTSA complaints: Equipment:Air Conditioner

NHTSA — Equipment: Air Conditioner Problems

8.3

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,156 miles

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1999 Chevrolet Malibu AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1999 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #20

Feb 012004

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Ongoing problems since February 2004. Seems to get worse as time passes. ABS and emergency brakes lights warning comes up at the same time either during driving or 10-15 second after starting car. When this happen, power windows locked up. Also, air conditioning power light went out and don't work. Sometime restart cars several time to clear but doesn't always work. Problems can last a few minutes to hours or until restart cars. Only worry is when driving on highway on very hot days with windows close and ac on and problem locked windows and shut A/C down. Had to do this once. Had to pull over and restart car to open windows. Not sure if this is related to A/C switch problem. A/C turn off/on at will. Was fixed once before but problem reoccured. Also have problem with brakes, ac smell, rotors warped... same reoccuring problems as many other 1999 Malibu owners had. Have problem check but technician unable to pull error codes from it. Been to a few places to have problem checked, get charge for diagnostic but no one seem to know what causing it. Because problem is intermittent, make it even harder.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #19

Jan 022004

Malibu

  • miles
Since I've had the car, the brakes have been replaced twice, rotors replaced (also cleaned and other things-to the point they asked me to see if there was a recall on brakes and rotors). The right front passenger window will not work from the driver side to roll down but can still roll it up from there. The air conditioner button(resistor) needed replacing and then the vent button(resistor) needed replacing. Also, had to replace tie rod end and wheel bearing. Not to mention a water pump. We bought the car used from sawyer Chevrolet with 38,000 miles on it. It now has 76,000. But within a year and a half of owning it, this is all the work we had to put into it. I've never had a car that needed all that repairing done before it reached 100,000 miles. Plus we had to get new tires because they had Firestone tires on them that were warping, etc. But sawyers refused to replace them and Firestone did not get back to us in time before our vacation. So we put new tires on ourselves.

- W. Coxsackie, NY, USA

problem #18

Aug 262003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A/C cuts off and blows hot air, when I press the A/C button, it will come back on, but will not stay on for any length of time. Dealer replaced the A/C console in August/September 2001, and now it is out again.

- Lavonia, GA, USA

problem #17

Aug 312001

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,625 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While turning the steering wheel became hard to turn. The service dealer found a leak in the rack and pinion. The dealer stated that there was no leak and had given the vehicle back to the consumer. (the rack and pinion was replaced) the ac was found inoperative due to the suction and discharge hose leaked, the engine raced but didn't move due to low transmission fluid, and the left rear tail lamp seal had fallen apart.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #16

Aug 112002

Malibu

  • miles
The air conditioner doesn't cool properly. It seems that once my car is getting cool the air conditioner will shut off and will blow warm air. There also is a short between the recirculating air button and the outside air button. The lights will blink on and off simultaneously without even touching the buttons. Sometimes an odor will come from the air conditioner. The rear-passenger door is hard to open. My rotors have been resurfaced and replaced. My brake pads have also been replaced but my brakes still grind and squeek.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #15

Oct 102000

Malibu

  • miles
Consumer stated at times when the A/C or heater is on, all of a sudden ventilation system will blow either hot or cold air, dealer replaced air condition thermostat, and the second time dealer replaced switch control blower motor assembly.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #14

Aug 072001

Malibu

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer states A/C will cutoff at will and start blowing hot air. Dealer replaced A/C control head.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #13

Aug 012001

Malibu

  • miles
Air conditioner (A/C) will blow hot air when pressing A/C button. Also, A/C light will not remain illuminated. Dealer has been contacted.

- Hillister, TX, USA

problem #12

Aug 012001

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When pressing the button to turn on air conditioner there's a light that comes on at the same time. Light has started to go out on its own. When it does, air conditioner goes off. Consumer has contacted dealer. The manufacturer was unwilling to fix the defective A/C. the four Firestone tires had to be replaced because they were all dry rotting. (P215/6-R15)

- Medway, MA, USA

problem #11

Jun 282000

Malibu

  • miles
Air conditioning inoperative. Nlm

- White Lake, MI, USA

problem #10

Feb 152001

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Alternator replaced. Dealer thought would remedy stalling/coolant leak at 38000 miles. Manual said no maintenance needed until 150000 or 5 years. Dealer told her to replace coolant, it kept leaking. Finally, dealer found crack in intake manifold, replaced that. Water pump was replaced due to leaking. The A/C had never worked properly. The battery cable snapped off due to corrosion.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 032001

(reported on)

Malibu

  • miles
The air conditioner does not cool properly.

- Harts, WV, USA

problem #8

Oct 012000

Malibu

  • miles
Vehicle has had 6 sets of rotors. Steering wheel and front shake and vibrate at highway speeds. Vehicle experienced engine and coolant problems. Air conditioner faulty and was repaired.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #7

Aug 302000

Malibu

  • miles
Air conditioner blower makes noise, when set on high.

- New Orlean, LA, USA

problem #6

Mar 022000

Malibu

  • miles
The brakes have been resurfaced once. The pads have been replaced 3 times and the rotors replaced twice. I have had the car in for the final repair attempt on the brakes. They say there is nothing wrong with them. While the car was in the shop for this, the driver's power window went out. Three people in the service dept. Tried to get it to work. I had to leave the car another day. When I went to pick it up, I was told there was nothing wrong with the window and it is now working. The power locks lock and unlock themselves periodically. I hear air coming in the driver's door. The cd player face gets to hot to touch and I smell burning. I was told this was normal. The steering column wouldn't tilt down because of plastic debris on the assembly. The brake light circuit board melted. The air conditioner control head shorted out. The evap system vapor pressure sensor had to be replaced. The rear doors stuck and had to be lubricated. The glove compartment latch had to be adjusted to stop rattle. The transmission had to be replaced.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 011999

Malibu

  • miles
No summary

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #4

Jun 011999

Malibu

  • miles
No summary

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #3

May 102000

Malibu

  • miles
Odor from air conditioner unit very bad causing dizziness and nausea company says this is normal for Florida second attempt to correct problem service dept also said water build up is normal also causing odor this is a potentaily dangersous situation as most driving in Florida is by interstate this is also a health hazard

- Plam Coast, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 302000

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle will vibrate when applying brakes usually at highway speeds, possibly causing loss of vehicle control. 2. a smell is coming from A/C.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 261999

Malibu

  • miles
Dealer believes that the leak is in the cabin, so our safety concern is that five loads of freon have leaked into the cabin within a six week period.

- Florence, KY, USA

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