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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,671 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 8)

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problem #97

Jan 242014


  • 120,000 miles


Headlights, all gauges, and all other electrical devices cut off while driving 45mph on a busy highway at night. Unable to see without headlights or be seen. Unable to detect speed of vehicle. Unable to use heater. Unable to lock or unlock doors. Unable to determine fuel level. Unable to safely operate vehicle due to malfunction of all electrical components during operation.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #96

Nov 232013


  • 104,000 miles
Yesterday as I was driving, the passlock, (anti theft system) had shut the car down. Luckily I was only on side streets and there weren't a lot of people out at the time. It got me looking into ways to solve this problem, and it amazed me how many other people are having this issue of cars dying on them with this issue. I have been told by many mechanics that it is a common problem with these cars, yet im unsure of why there has never been a recall. Its only a matter of time before this causes a serious accident, or kills someone.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #95

Oct 142013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 66,120 miles
Yet again it is me. As many of you on here know there is an electrical problem with the Malibu that appears to be a grounding issue according to my local auto mechanic. This is what happens: I am driving along and for no apparent reason the car's electrical shuts off. Including the radio, ac/heat, engine gauges, speedo, tach, everything inside including head lights. This happens about every other month. After reading over the 594 reports on here I have gained and understanding that alot of you have the same issue. Chevy, I just want to take a sarcastic moment to thank you. To thank you for everything you don't do. Thank you for producing unsafe cars and not having the morality to care at all about peoples lives, and the fact that we have to actually work hard for our money unlike your corporate "big wigs". then we spend our hard earned money on an "american" brand car, which turns out to be junk and its manufacture doesn't care if it really works or not and is unsafe. Thank you Chevy. You are the best!!!!

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #94

Nov 052013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 66,237 miles


Hi, it's me.... again. Imagine that with my Chevy Malibu. I went to start the car this morning. However, it wouldn't. I could hear the fuel pump run for a few seconds then turn off. The engine would fire briefly, and then stop. The starter is working great. So I turned to google. I found, like so many of the complaints on here that the anti-theft system is to blame. It likes to random turn on, preventing the car from starting. I called the dealer to ask what Chevy was going to do to fix Chevy's busted anti-theft system. I was told to turn the key to the "on" position for 10 min. The anti-theft would reset, and then I could start me car. They forgot to tell me that it would continue to do this until I spend $500 of my own money to fix a problem Chevy knows about. Why should I have to pay to fix something that is due to poor engineering and manufacturing on Chevy's part? oh what.... corporate America says so. They are bigger than me, and therefore are more important than putting out a reliable product to consumers. Chevy is a great example of a corporate greed manager. Just man up and fix your crappy cars.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #93

Sep 052007


  • 88,000 miles
All electrical went out including radio, air conditioner, power windows...I had to stop and pull off road and call for help. This has happened over 5 times and dealers will not do anything but look at me. Also the security system went out and I could not crank car and spent $500 to get it fixed.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #92

Mar 272012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I've had several issues now with the theft system on my 2001 Malibu. It happens about every couple days to weeks now & is becoming a major problem with my job & also when it happens at night when I'm in a dark parking lot, outs not the best situation to be in. Im a single mom & have had plenty of problems with this car but this seems to be the worst & constant one of them all. If GM knew this would be a problem then they should have done the right thing for their consumers & taken care of the defect, which is not our fault yet we the consumers have to pay & suffer for it.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #91

Jan 012013


  • miles


Cruise control slips as well as dashboard beeps

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #90

Jun 262013


  • miles
Theft system engages for no reason, and have to wait ten minutes before car will start. This should be a recall on GM's part to fix this.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #89

Jun 042011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 97,104 miles
When I tried to start the car, the engine turned but the car would not start. The theft light in the dash would flash. I called GM dealer and they explained that many of the GM models of these years had a similar problem. He said there was a fault in the ignition switch where the theft system was not recognizing the key as being the correct key for my automobile. He told me to turn the ignition switch to the on position for at least 10 minutes and the theft light would go out, and then I could start the car. He said to bring it in and they could repair/replace the problem for around $500 dollars. After starting the car and having the repairs made, again within two years, the theft light in the dash started flashing again and the car would not start until I left it sitting with the key/ignition in the on position for the 10 minutes it takes to reset the theft security system. I think GM should have to repair this problem.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #88

Sep 012010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
The anti-theft won't let me start my car for several minutes in the morning an other times. It takes forever to get started an I need to get a recall on it hopefully. I'm only one of many with this problem. Please help me get this resolved.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #87

Dec 142012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 92,500 miles


I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu. The theft system keeps coming on and prevents my car from starting. This has been going off and on over the last 3 years. This time I happened to be driving the car when it shut down. My door locks won't function properly because of this. I do not have the money to take this in to get repaired just for this to go out again. I had it done when I first purchased the car now it needs fixed again. GM needs to do a recall on the passlock sensor. There are alot of people that are having this problem and you would think by now that GM would do a recall to fix this problem.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #86

Dec 142012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
On at least 10 occasions over the past 10 years when attempting to start the vehicle the anti-theft passlock system will activate for no apparent reason, which disables the ability to start the engine by cutting off the fuel. If I turn the ignition key to on position and wait for 10 minutes, then turn the key to the off position and then attempt to start the engine it will startup successfully. This is very annoying and potentially dangerous when it happens while parked in dark parking lots late at night or operating the vehicle in very cold weather. This problem has been reported by tens of thousands of GM owners over the past several years. Why hasn't GM been forced to repair the problem.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #85

May 182010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 105,445 miles
About every three mo. The [xxx] car won't start because of the anti-theft system, and the door locks don't work right, also the power minors. The car is a piece of junk!!!!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Whinchester, CA, USA

problem #84

Oct 082008


  • 65,000 miles
On at least 20 occasions over the past 4 years when attempting to start the vehicle the anti-theft system will activate for no apparent reason, which disables the ability to start the engine. If I turn the ignition key to on position and wait for 10 minutes, then turn the key to the off position and then attempt to start the engine it will startup successfully. This is very annoying and potentially dangerous when it happens while parked in dark parking lots late at night or operating the vehicle in very cold weather. This problem has been reported by tens of thousands of GM owners over the past several years. Why hasn't GM been forced to repair the problem?

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #83

May 242012


  • miles
The turn signals on my 2001 Chevy Malibu stopped working then they started working again they seem to be intermittent and sometimes pushing the four way flasher will make them work again its a constant problem and never knowing when your turn signals will work is very annoying and quit dangerous.

- Belmont, NH, USA

problem #82

Jul 242012


  • 87,000 miles
Anti theft system on this car along with hundreds if not thousands of people have left us stranded. You call the dealer they say nothing of the reset stuff that is in the book. I did not have a book went on line last winter the first time it happened. Dealer said bring it in and get it tested never once offered the fix in book, so if they have a fix in manual don't you think they know its an ongoing issue"??" please make them do the right thing. This is the 6th time for me 3 on my way to work. Call polar Chevrolet and tell them your car wont start and anti theft system is on bet ya get the same answer I did. They are ripping the consumer off with bogus fixes for a problem they know about. I drive a school bus for a living I just need to get to work. Google antitheft Chevy Malibu check it out please! next site is abc cbs nbc and cnn.

- Hugo, MN, USA

problem #81

Apr 252012


  • 147,825 miles
I crank the car and it wants to catch but acts like there is no gas or something? theft system light is on solid not blinking. My car has been stuck in the parking lot of my job for 2 days.

- Gainesville , FL, USA

problem #80

Feb 072011


  • 146,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving 50 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The anti theft system warning light illuminated after the failure and the vehicle restarted. The failure repeated many times after the initial failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 146,000 and the current mileage was 180,766.

- Reedley, CA, USA

problem #79

Mar 262012


  • miles
When trying to start he car the security light will flash, the car will rev, sound like it is trying to start but won't. took it to a repair shop and the mechanic said that it was due to the security system not reading the key and shutting the fuel to the car so it will not start. Upon researching this I have found that this is a very common problem with this car.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #78

Feb 032009


  • miles
This car is an absolute lemon, it forces you to use dexcool antifreeze and this eats away the rubber in the lines, have spent thousands fixing head gaskets and redoing the whole cooling system to be able to use the old green antifreeze and after all of the problems(cant afford new car!) I have looked on line and I am not alone, thousands have had same problem, this needs to be recalled. It is common knowledge with Chevy about the anti theft system, you have to put key in on pos. And wait ten mins for it to reset. I have lost a job B/C I was late for work too many times, have had ignition replaced twice, it has nothing to do w/ignition. I get stuck in the middle of nowhere car wont start and gotta freeze to death (in Michigan!) waiting for it to reset. This is ridiculous. And Chevy does nothing!

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

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