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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,016 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #14

Oct 012007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,520 miles


Ignition switch / passlock anti-theft system prevents vehicle from starting about 70 percent of the time.

- Los Osos, CA, USA

problem #13

Mar 262007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,800 miles
Purchased car in 2002 and ran fine until about 8 months ago. Replaced alternator and car ran fine for another 3 months. Since, has failed while driving on highway and city roads. Replaced ignition control module. Ran for another month. Same problem arose. Replaced spark plugs and engine sensor. Ran for another 2 months. Still having same problem. Will kill while driving and eventually won't start at all. Will turn over but won't fire.

- Dodge Center, MN, USA

problem #12

Mar 142006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Malibu has had front brake disc and battery replaced, 16804 miles on vehicle.. mechanic has now informed consumer that ignition switch needs to be replaced.

- Springfield, PA, USA

problem #11

Mar 162006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,500 miles


Intermittently all dash lights stay on when starting the car. Also the radio/ clock does not come on for approx. 60 sec's. dealer wants to replace ignition switch and passlock sensor. This seems to be a common problem with this car. Manufacturer should be responsible for repairs.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #10

Jan 282005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,512 miles
I put key in ignition switch and it would not turn to any position, buy it does still lock all doors. Dealership would not replace the switch, free of charge.veh. Only has 62000 miles on it.I am not happy about this defect.

- Emigrant Gap, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 142005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,684 miles
The driver placed the key inside of the ignition switch and the vehicle would not turn on. The driver had the vehicle towed to the dealer, and the mechanic determined that ignition cylinder switch needed to be replaced. The problem would occur with no warning. The theft light had illuminated due to the ignition sensor and had to be reprogrammed. The theft light would also flash and the vehicle would become hard to start at times. This problem also may have occurred due to an internal failure of the ignition lock cylinder.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #8

Dec 042004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles


I have had the brakes and rotors replaced twice since buying the car in April of 2001. I took the car to jim butler Chevrolet for the turn signal/flasher problem which was later recalled and I was reimbursed. I took it to don darr Chevy which fixed a faulty switch operating the air conditioner/switching to outside air. I had the car towed to dobbs when it would not start, they said it was the fuel pump and assembly module. Today, jim butler Chevrolet replaced the lock cylinder and ignition switch because of the theft system light and the car not starting.but was unable to find the cause of the daytime running lights not working. Oh! but they noticed a recall on the hazard lights and replaced it. They were the one who replaced it the first time. I also told them of the over crank/grinding noise after the car is started, happens occasionally. They could not duplicate, so no repair. I am not happy with this car or Chevy because of all the problems and the expense it has caused and cost me. I used to hold Chevrolet in high regard, but can no longer recommend anyone owning one.

- Cedar Hill, MO, USA

problem #7

Jul 232001


  • miles
Chevrolet Malibu shut off while driving. Doors locked, gauges went off, etc. Dealer replaced the ingition switch, and the body control module.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #6

Jun 082004


  • 52,800 miles
Consumer stated that when putting key in the ignition to start vehicle it will not start. This was the second time this happened. Had the vehicle towed to the dealer the first time, and was told that they had to reprogram the computer. Currently, it was doing the same thing. The first time it happened was on 5/28/04, and again on 6/3/04.

- Burgettstown, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 012004

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving and without warning vehicle lost power. Vehicle was taken in to the dealer, and dealer determined that ignition switch needed to be replaced.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #4

Sep 102003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,925 miles


My upper and lower intake manifold gaskets need to be repaired. Under ca. Emssions law the intake manifold is covered but not the components or parts. The gaskets should not wear out this fast on a new car that has been keep in good repair. These parts should be recalled.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 152003


  • 53,000 miles
When driving at highway speeds the vehicle stalled. The vehicle also lost power steering but the consumer managed to pull over. Problem had not been resolved. Two separated dealerships stated that there was nothing they could do to fix the problem until one dealer kept the vehicle for a week and stated that the vehicle experienced a "hicc up" and the vehicle was repaired. The left front wheel bearing was noisy and the left front hub was noisy. The fuel pump and ignition switch and the consumer had not experienced any more problems with the vehicle. Also the front rotors were replaced.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 112003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,478 miles
At approximately 30000 miles my car started hesitating when starting. The dealer could find no fault and I kept driving with only periodic problems. Then my gas gauge, radio, engine check light and passive alarm system kept coming on. At, 43,000 miles the car would not start. The dealer said the key had lost its memory but I still kept having the same problems. At, 48,354 miles the car totally went out. After having the car for several days the dealer said it was the ignition switch. Under California law the ignition system is covered to 50,000 miles but the dealer stated teh ignition switch is not part of the ignition system. After writting Chevy complaint dept many times I got no where because all they do is calll the dealer, they do not go with an independent body just the dealer that gave me the advice in the first place. I had the dealer return the bad part to me and want to know if this part is covered. I paid $400 to have it fixed. The dealer did give me a $75 credit because it was never my key memory they stated it was the ignition switch the entire time. Now, the car is at 54,000 miles and coolant is leaking around, in and near the engine. I have kept this car in good repair and have all receipts. These major parts should not be wearing down this fast. The dealer had to change the hazard switch shortly after I first got the car.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

May 312002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and without warning, all of electrical outlets went out, resulting in windows/radio, and air conditioning becoming inoperative. Dealer has been notified about the occurring problem on more than one occasion; however, had no remedy for problem. The speedometer is the only thing operable on the dash. Upon starting the vehicle the only thing operable was the radio. Consumer didn't report the defect because all systems started working on their own. This problem has been reoccuring. There has been two attempts at repair but to no avail. The cause was the ignition switch shorted causing the power accessories circuit connector to melt.

- Lemoore, CA, USA

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