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8.6

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$595.00
Average Mileage:
88,636 miles
Total Complaints:
71 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. turn ignition to ON for 10 mins, off for 5 seconds, car starts (35 reports)
  2. not sure (21 reports)
  3. replace the passlock sensor(kit) (6 reports)
  4. replace ignition cylinder (4 reports)
  5. onboard computer reset by a mechanic (2 reports)
  6. cut yellow wire, install a single pole toggle switch (1 reports)
2001 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #31

May 072008

Malibu LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

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

This problems starts 6 months ago. Towed the cars to multiple garages. When the car was there, the car started no problem (the key was in ignition and ON). Mechanics suggested this, that, change, try, etc. Got the car home, 2 days later on average, it won't start again. Call the mechanic up, complained, got them to my house to look at the problem. Nothing solved. The car towed, and history repeats.

This damn problem has cost me over $1000 so far and is still not fixed. Until I saw the fix from this site (turn on 10 minutes, then start). For the past 6 months I only was able to drive the car for about 10 days. The rest of the time it was in a garage somewhere. So bad that I had to buy a Toyota which is known for NOT HAVING SCREW UP designs as GM cars.

- , Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #30

Sep 302006

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

The car won't start problem started with us in September 2006. We paid to have three different things replaced on this car and it continues to happen. My dad's mechanic looked at the car and he's the one that told us about the 10 minute in ON trick. Thank God for that. I am discouraged to hear that people have had the passlock changed multiple times and this continues to happen. We have vowed to never buy a Chevy or GM vehicle again. We will go Ford or a foreign car from now on. My husband has driven VW and Kia in the time we've been married. He's had other problems with the cars, but never anything related to how it runs or the computer. It's usually things like the glove compartment latch or something small that's just an inconvenience. We run around with our girls a lot and I'm just waiting for the day when the 10 minute trick fails to work. I can't believe Chevy doesn't take this seriously.

- , Peoria, IL, USA

problem #29

Mar 202006

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

This happened about 2 years ago. It was covered under the extended warranty and only cost me my deductible. But, the "Theft System" light came on a few times a few weeks ago. Finally last night, it wouldn't start. I turned the key waiting the 10 minutes, and sure enough it reset and started! I have had so many problems with this car! Can't wait to get rid of it. The A/C.......OMG! Don't get me started!!

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #28

May 062007

(reported on)

Malibu 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

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

This theft light comes on every once in a while. The next time I drive the car it will go off and then a couple weeks later it will do the same thing again. Very annoying.

- , St. CLoud, MN, USA

problem #27

Jan 022008

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

when Malibu don't start check ignition wires under the ignition switch

- , Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #26

Jan 212008

Malibu LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

Went out to leave for work and the car would not start after starting faithfully every day since I got it four months ago. Had it towed, got new starter put in, with a few other things, the cost was $460. The next day, the anti-theft light came on again and the car would not start. Luckily, my mechanic told me what to do by turning to the on position and waiting for ten minutes, then starting again, but it's a pain. I took it to the dealer where I bought it and just found out today that it is costing $525 to replace the sensor, but they are going to take care of it for me. I bought the car because I was looking for something that would be be dependable for me, too bad I didn't find this site until after I bought the car.

- , Ogdensburg, NY, USA

problem #25

Nov 172007

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

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

I have had this problem several times, i towed it to the shop, then, after 1 month it did not start again, then another mechanic charged me 250$ to fix the fuel pump and filter, but that was not the problem either!!!!! then i saw this wonderful AUTOBEEF SITE. I saw that OTHER PEOPLE had the same problem as my car, I went to try it and it worked i turned my car to the on position and 10 mins later it started............. why the hell the mechanics did not tell me I DONT KNOW, and even CHEVY WANTED TO DIAGNOSE THE PROBLEM for a small fee of 180$..........

- , Auburn, WA, USA

problem #24

Nov 082007

(reported on)

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,540 miles

I AM SOOOOO SICK AND TIRED OF NOT KNOWING IF MY CAR IS GOING TO START. (YOU NEVER NO WHEN YOU MIGHT HAVE TO MAKE A QUICK GET-A-WAY)LOL... I HAVE SPENT MONEY ON A TOW TRUCK 3 TIMES BEFORE I GOT MY MANUAL OUT AND LOOKED UP THE "PASSIVE LOCK" SECTION AND IT TOLD ME WHAT TO DO. THANK GOD I LOOKED IT UP, BUT IT IS BECOMING TO BE A PAIN IN THE ASS!!!!!!!!! I HAVE HAD TO REPLACE THE THROTTLE, BECAUSE I WOULD BE ON THE INTERSTATE AND DOING THE LIMIT UNTIL MY CAR SAYS: "HEY LET'S GO FASTER", AND THEN I WOULD NOT HAVE ANY CONTROL OF MY CAR. IT WOULD JUST SPEED UP ON IT'S OWN. THEN, I HAD TO GET MY INTAKE GASKETS REPLACED (THAT COST A GRIP!)BECAUSE MY TEMPERATURE GAGE WOULD GO AS FAR AS IT COULD BEFORE RUNNING HOT! NEXT, WAS THE SIGNAL LIGHT. AT LEAST THEY HAD A RECALL FOR THAT AND I DIDN'T HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING (THAT WAS 3 YEARS AGO), BUT NOW IT IS DOING IT AGAIN! LUCKILY MY CAR BEHAVED RIGHT ON THE DAY THAT I HAD TO GET AN INSPECTION STICKER! :-) I CAN GO ON AND ON ABOUT MY CAR, BUT IT WON'T DO ANY GOOD. CHEVY SHOULD SEE THE COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS CAR AND PUT A RECALL ON IT SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GET IT FIXED, BECAUSE NOT EVERYBODY CAN'T BUY A NEW CAR WHENEVER THEY FEEL LIKE IT! YES, THE 2008 CHEVY MALIBU LOOKS GOOD, BUT THE MALIBU HAS PUT A BAD TASTE IN MY MOUTH! I'LL NEVER GET ANOTHER ONE EVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #23

Nov 062007

(reported on)

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,789 miles

I have owned my Malibu for 2 1/2 years and have replaced the passlock sensor 3 times! I'm ready to go to school and my car won't start, and i'm stuck without a vehicle. I didn't know what to do besides get it towed to the nearest Chevy dealer. The parts manager says "oh yeah we get these a lot but I can't tell you what else you can do besides replace it." so I got it replaced for the 3rd time! Over $300 every time because the warranty went out right before it happened. I don't have that kind of money! I am a college student and work part time at a minimum wage job!

- , Bath, IL, USA

problem #22

Sep 152007

(reported on)

Malibu Classic V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 182,000 miles

Car starting this problem last weekend, just wouldnt start had to jump it just to get it to go, I tried unhooking the fuses to the anti theft system but that didnt work, then yesterday for no reason at all I was playing around with some buttons on the radio to set the time and just began to start again. I have no idea why or what I did but for the last 2 days it has been starting on its own.

- , Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada

problem #21

Sep 242007

(reported on)

Malibu 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

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

5 months later after replacing the pass key system the Malibu failed again, this time after the tow all it needed was fault codes deleted and switching ignition on and off.

- , Knoxville, GA, USA

problem #20

Sep 242007

(reported on)

Malibu 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Towed vehicle to repair shop, they replaced pass lock kit for approx $500. I wish I could have just disabled this terrible system. March 2005

- , Knoxville, GA, USA

problem #19

Sep 042007

(reported on)

Malibu STD V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Thank god for this site because we almost spent $125 to $200 and who knows how much to get it fixed. This was the second time that the car stopped starting out of nowhere. I happened to run across this site and found out that it is a common problem with the anti theft system. My husband was going to try replacing the fuel pump tomorrow just to see if that was the cause on his friend's advice and so I thought about doing some research before we blew the funds. The ten minute thing worked, but who knows when this could happen again.

- , Lansing, IL, USA

problem #18

Aug 102007

(reported on)

Malibu Classic V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

The car was purchased with 40k on it nad ignition replaced 2x by previous owner under warranty.

.. since then has been replaced approx every 8-10 months and now had the 3rd incident today. now warranty is no longer covered despite history and the fact that it was again done about 10 months ago but simply due to the fact that the mileage was over 12k. not sure what mileage has to do with turning the ignition but it sucks

- , Davidsville, PA, USA

problem #17

Jul 022007

(reported on)

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

i paid to get the pass lock sensor replaced and a day later the car wouldn't start again the dealer said to bring it back so i can pay them to look at it again

- , Lexington, KY, USA

problem #16

Mar 262007

(reported on)

Malibu 3.1

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

A local GM Tech gave me the info and logic to do the repair.

- , Hibbing, MN, USA

problem #15

Mar 152007

(reported on)

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,954 miles

Car won't start. (Un)fortunately, this has happened before so I knew what to do. After waiting 10 minutes with the key in the on position, we're finally able to restart the car. Fortunately my family and I weren't in a huge hurry when it happened.

- , Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #14

Mar 152007

(reported on)

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,902 miles

The car wouldn't start after my wife went grocery shopping. Fortunately, I've had the problem before and had told her what to do: turn the key into the on position for 10 minutes, wait for the theft light to turn off, turn the key to the off position for a few seconds, and restart. The Popsicles melted a little more than normal, but no one was injured.

- , Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #13

Feb 182007

(reported on)

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,500 miles

This problem has occurred several times with my car. In the past, the dealership has said things like "Boy, that's weird. We've never seen this before." I don't remember exactly, but the repairs seem to have been around $250. This last time, the people towing my car started laughing after I told them the problem. They indicated most of the Chevy's they tow are being towed for this reason. They went on to tell me that there's a pretty easy fix. After they dropped the car off at the dealership, I jumped on the net, found this site, and found the solution. I turned the ignition to "on" for 10 minutes and turned it to "off" after the theft light tuned off. The car started immediately. I'm furious, this summer my family was stranded, for this reason, more than a thousand miles from home. Had GM actually fixed the problem the first time I brought it in or taught me how to restart the car, we would have had a much better vacation. Sounds like this problem is pretty rampant. In fact, my father-in-law was excited when I told him the solution because his 98 Chevy truck apparently has the same problem. I won't be buying American again for a long time.

- , Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #12

Nov 122006

(reported on)

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

This is how i got an american junk car? 2001 chevy malibu is the worst car ever, theft system light on and off makes the car turn off, a/c light is on and off, from the second i took the car they buttered me telling me they will fix it, but nothing, my car got towed for more than 10 times, and the stupid dealer told me if the theft system is on they are trying to steal the car, they new all along about the problem and made me spend money for nothing.

Please people don't buy american cars buy japanese or european car because there is a reason american cars are cheaper because they are a piece of sh*t, pardon my english, i got rid of this car, please i am urging you from ford that started with problems of tire rotation to chevy malibu, please reconsider when walking in a dealer . Buy a car but not a piece of junk, buy a car but not a pain in the ass, buy a car for your family safety, buy a car but not a chevy malibu .

- , Miami, FL, USA

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