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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 6 of 8)

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problem #57

Jul 102010


  • 132,000 miles


I have a 2001 Malibu I bought brand new. It went to the point where it just wont start. What's happening is the theft system light starts flashing. So I have to set 10 minutes with the ignition lights on and then it will start. But it keeps happening, I was told the only way to fix it is by taking it to the dealer to have expensive work done on it, why would Chevrolet put a system in that is that faulty. I seen on line its about the theft pass over system. There's alot of people having problems with it, is this what I get trusting Chevrolet.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #56

Jul 112010


  • 131,000 miles
2001 Chevy Malibu - passlock system engages at random times causing vehicle to not start. Leaving ignition key in "on" position for ten minutes will allow the vehicle to start, but incident occurs repeatedly. Dealer cannot determine cause, says this is rather common.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #55

May 092009


  • 103,957 miles
Intermittent issue at start with vehicle rpms elevating to 3500, if put into drive the vehicle speeds to 45 mph. Happens at different times (cold, warm, hot). Have had iac and tps sensors replaced (2 times) and most recently the power control module. Each fix works for a few weeks, then issue begins again. Most recently fremont Chevrolet had vehicle for 10 days and could not get it to repeat; therefore, could not have computer read or provide problem and repair. No service completed.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #54

Jun 152010


  • 89,000 miles


2001 Malibu security system - failed to allow owner to start the car. Required 10 minute wait to re-set. Also failed. Owner unable to drive vehicle home from work late at nite. Very dangerous situation. Has occurred numerous times in past several months. Dealers only able to temporarily fix problem at huge cost. There are many, many problems reported on this "security" system. Why isn't GM ordered to recall and repair?

- Kenyon, MN, USA

problem #53

May 052001

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
My 2001 Chevy Malibu has an anti-theft system feature on it. However it doesn't read my key right and most of the time won't start. And when it does start it will out of nowhere shut off while im driving. This is really dangerous because if this happened on the highway or on any road really, it could cause a serious accident or even a fatality. This is a serious matter and there needs to be a recall on this vehicle. I have done a lot of research and apparently every other Malibu owner has the exact same pass-lock theft system problem. It only takes a matter of time. Please investigate this problem because it really needs to be fixed this is my only car and I cant afford this thank you.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #52

Jan 022004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu and I have been checking online for a remedy for the theft system the theft system comes on when it wants to causing me to be stuckon the freeway off ramp for 10 min until it stopped flashing and became solid, the theft system has put my families well being in danger believe me I love the car but it's theft system has become a safety hazard I have had emergency's and had to wait until the theft system stopped flashing if you could help resolve the problem it would be great I don't want Chevy to lose a lifetime customer I have a 2yr old daughter to worry about and my car stopping and locking up is a danger thank you

- Banning, CA, USA

problem #51

Apr 292010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 161,000 miles


GM vats 2001 Chevy Malibu theft light comes on and car is unable to start replaced the ignition switch and the passlock sensor which is suppose to correct the problem well it did for only a few months now I'm having the same problems again. I don't have the money nor the time to keep repeating this fix. After reading numerous complaints online about this particular problem why hasn't GM had a recall on this problem. This is beyond ridiculous!

- Midwest City, OK, USA

problem #50

Jun 042009


  • 110,000 miles
2001 Chevrolet Malibu: Anti theft/pass lock problems. Sporatic issue cause the vehicle to not start. Multiple tows and service charge with no consistent fix.

- Eaton Rapids, MI, USA

problem #49

Feb 092010


  • miles
My wife drove our 2001 Malibu around in the morning, after parking it in the driveway until the afternoon it would not start. It sat for 3 day until I could research how to fix it. The passlock system was failing. The system will not recognize your key and the car will not start. This seems to be a major issue for these vehicles, numerous accounts documented on the internet. To bypass it you have to wait 10 mins and hope the reset takes place and a replacement could cost you upwards of a thousand dollars. A ten minute wait to start a car I own is ridiculous.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #48

Feb 092010


  • 100,000 miles
I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu. The anti-theft system prevents me from starting the vehicle about three times a month. I have to wait 15-20 minutes before it will start. This has caused me to be late to work many times.

- Chickasha, OK, USA

problem #47

Nov 102009


  • 90,200 miles


Not that I think doing this is going to make any real difference but I will try. I own a 2001 Chevy Malibu and besides being one of the worst cars made I am having problems with my passlock system not working properly. I know that you have had many complaints about this problem and I see that there is still nothing done about this problem. Is it because your do not care" is GM lining your pockets and you are sweeping this under the rug" what ever it is the fact that you turn a deaf ear and do not make GM fix this problem is wrong!!!!! if I had the money I would sue all of you and make them fix this problem on all of the cars! come on this is America and we are supposed to build good cars. GM will never outsell the imports in cars as long as we build junk!!

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #46

Oct 312009


  • 94,500 miles
The turning signal on my 2001 Chevy Malibu works when it wants to and when it doesn't it's very dangerous. This past halloween I was riding up the main St. And could not signal to cars behind me (it was dark) that I was turning. This is very scary since it happens unexpectedly when you push the arm down. Nothing. There's no lights on the car or flasher on my dash. I had to pass my turn & keep going out of my direction so I could send a signal through braking and used my hazard light to let them know I was turning. I live in South Carolina where I can't just hop on a bus or train if my car malfunctions. I'm a single mother of two girls and our car ride ended up scarier than the halloween masks. I'm writing before an accident happens. On the roads down here if you put on your hazards and slow down, people generally go around you. This would be very dangerous on a two lane road where I'm trying to make a left turn & they try to go around. GM had a recall in 2003 for this issue & when I called 11/2 they said my vehicle was serviced before I purchased it in 2005 from caring and that I'd have to figs this GM issue out of pocket. I have a problem with that. The very reason for the recall is the reason for the issue. The soldering cracks and affects the circuits. GM knows this issue will reoccur under those conditions & needs to make this right before I have to trust a mechanic to half fix this GM issue & charge me an obscene amount of money in the process.

- Laurens, SC, USA

problem #45

Jan 152007


  • 90,000 miles
Own 2001 Malibu. Began shutting off while driving about 2 yrs ago. Had ignition switch replaced 2 mos ago. Also, horn beeps, locks go off and on and hazard light button clicks as if the car is possessed.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #44

Nov 022009


  • 155,000 miles
2001 Chevrolet Malibu shuts off while in motion (much fun in Washington D.C. commuter traffic) or parked. It shuts off like the key is turned to the off position. The doors unlock and the lights turn off. Within seconds the lights are back and a with the car coasting in neutral I can restart. Occurs whether the engine is cold or hot. I see hundreds of similar complaints. I hope my wife or children being injured aren't the catalyst for a safety recall of this electrical problem.

- Fort Belvoir, VA, USA

problem #43

Oct 172009


  • miles
Purchased a 2001 Chevy Malibu and after a week worth of starting the car, the car would "crank" but not turn over. I had to wait 10-15 minutes with my key in the acc position then restart my car. I have night classes and if this happens at night it could be dangerous. My friend also has a 2002 Chevy Malibu and he has the same problem. To correct this problem I am having my anti-theft passlock system wire (yellow) disabled. How is the anti theft lock going to lock out the owner with the original key"!"!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #42

Aug 212009


  • 105,000 miles
I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu that is giving me safety problems concerning the BCM, and the passcode theft feature. I have had 2 dealer experienced mechanics try to fix this problem with out success. The theft light comes on and then prohibits the car from starting until you reset the car by leaving the key in the on position until it resets. Not safe if sitting in a dark parking lot (the system will not allow the doors to lock) and very afraid that if the car stalled in traffic this would trigger and not good to leave your car in traffic 1 min while it resets.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #41

Oct 092009


  • miles
2001 Chevy Malibu theft system, this problem is robbing people and it's just not fair.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #40

Sep 192009


  • 43,000 miles
Bought a 2001 Chevy Malibu in April with 41,000 miles. Ran fine for a couple of weeks, but then wouldn't always start (had to keep trying and try every key I owned). About 6-10 weeks ago it started shutting off while I'm driving. I have to either coast to the side of the road or jam it into neutral and try to restart it. Hazard!!!!!!! had it to my mechanic 3 times and it doesn't do anything wrong when he has it. Just got it back this past Monday and it ran ok for 4 days and then today it stopped 3 times in 1/2 mile drive. Help - I'm afraid to drive it. I fear someday I will cause an accident when it just stops running. Have had other people in the car with me when it just stops running and scared them when it happened. I need my car to get to work to make a living. I know I'm not the only one with same complaints. Who can I call for assistance without it costing a fortune to fix. I can't afford huge repair bills at this time and I can't afford to go buy another car. I put today's date as the incident date, but it has happened at least 12-15 times in the past 6 weeks. Shouldn't Chevrolet fix this for free"????" it's a defect in the car!! thank you

- Oak Park, CA, USA

problem #39

Aug 102009


  • 124,000 miles
My car is a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu ls. 1. the car failed to start. It got more and more frequent, from once a day to every start. 2. the garage diagnosed it and said the theft protection system failed to recognize my key. 3. I get new keys from the dealer. 4. the problem gets better and it is still there.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #38

Jul 052009


  • 66,000 miles
Theft system on car occasionally kicks in, preventing starting for 10 minutes or more. This happens when I put in key quickly to start car. Usually I can remember to insert the key, let it register, and then turn the ignition. The first couple of times it happened I didn't know the problem and had it towed. The dealer fixed it once, said it was warranty work, the next time a mechanic put in a new ignition system which helped for a while.

- Carmi, IN, USA

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