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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 4 of 4)

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problem #11

Dec 172006

(reported on)

Malibu 3.2 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles

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

After a great day of Xmas shopping 38 miles from our home we were ready to call it a day and drive home to Chicago. To my dismay my 2001 Chevy Malibu would not start. The red anti theft light in the left side of the dashboard was flashing. After cranking the battery to death we had to call a towing service and get it towed home. What a pain in the ass!! Thanks to Allstate motor club they sent me a tow truck in 15 minutes or so and towed me home for a hand shake !! Great guys !!. After a day of analyzing the problem,,,, no luck at all !! Recharged the battery a few times but it died after cranking and trying to start. I was all ready agonizing over monday morning because I would have to go to Firestone to get it fixed !!

Just before I went to bed I decided to give Google a shot, to see if I could come up with a solution. And what do you know ?????!!!!!! I found this site and the solution was right in front of my nose !!!! Turn on the ignition for 10 minutes and sit tight for 10 minutes(do not crank it)and exactly after 10 minutes the anti theft light stopped blinking and wow !! It started it right up !! What a relief !!! Thanks to this web site Firestone will have to wait until next time.......... I appreciate this web site and the great help it gave me !! WOW !!

- , Chicago, IL, USA

problem #10

Dec 032006

(reported on)

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I've had a problem with my 2001 Malibu to where when my anti-theft light started blinking I knew I was not going to be able to start my car. What I did to solve this problem is log on to this site and read a comment from Kathy. B from Chattanooga, TN. She was having the same problem and her fix came after taking it to the shop and they gave her a fix straight from GM. You simply reset the code and how you do this you turn the ignition switch to "on" for approximately 10 minutes (until the theft system light stops blinking), then turn the ignition to the off position for about 5 seconds. This is supposed to be repeated 3 times to reset the code.

- , Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #9

Nov 272006

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

I'm in college and quite poor. I went out to run to work and behold- my 2001 Malibu that I have owned for only 3 months- will not start. It was here that I saw the solution to leave the car in the "on" position and the light with go off. I am really grateful for this site and the information posted on it because i almost paid to have my car towed and inspected at Sears. IF YOUR CAR WONT START AND YOU HAVE NOTICED YOUR "THEFT" LIGHT ON TRY THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS ANNOYING BUT IT WILL SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY!!!!!!!!

- , Fresh Meadows, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 282006

(reported on)

Malibu

  • 118,000 miles

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

Problem is accompanied by antitheft system light coming off and on. After many dollars worth of new parts that didn't fix the problem, a Firestone dealership told me there is a short somewhere that causes the car to lose a "code" which allows the car to start. They gave me a written method of resetting the code, whuch has enabled the car to start every time I have had to use it. The reset procedure is to set the ignition to the "on" position for 10 min., or until the theft system light stops blinking..... then turn the ignition switch to "off" for 5 seconds. This is supposed to be done 3 times before the car will start, but my car has started every time after doing this 10 min,/5 sec. procedure once. I have had a new fuel pump, relay sensor, and many other expensive parts that I can't remember. The car is paid for, and I refuse to put more money into a problem that no one seems to be able to find and fix.... but I'd love to have it fixed if there is a sure way to do it.

- , Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #7

Sep 282006

(reported on)

Malibu

  • 118,000 miles

Theft system light coming off and on is an annoyance, and would certainly effect resale. Problem has existed intermittently since I bought the car at 33,000 miles. The theft system light seems to accompany a major problem which also occurs intermittently, in that when the theft system light is on more frequently, my car will have fairly frequent episodes where it almost turns over, but will not start. I have also had instances where it quit while going down the road. After having it towed multiple times, a new fuel pump, relay sensor, and other expensive parts that I can no longer remember, a Firestone dealership told me the problem is that my car's "code" which allows it to start is being shorted out, but that it would be extremely difficult to find the problem and fix it. They gave me a written procedure from GM which allows me to reset the code. When the car doesn't start, I have to turn the idnition switch to "on" for approximately 10 minutes (until the theft system light stops blinking), then turn the ignition to the off position for about 5 seconds. This is supposed to be repeated 3 times to reset the code. However, have had to do this many times, and each time it has started after only one cycle of 10 min. "on" and 5 seconds "off". I feel like my car is "possessed" but it is paid for, and I refuse to pay any more money, when no one seems to know how to fix it. My son has a friend with a Malibu like mine.... same problem, even after having it "fixed" at the dealership.

- , Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #6

Sep 262006

(reported on)

Malibu LS

  • 48,000 miles

getting stuck in walmart parking lot after working a 14 hr day was just dandy since i didnt know the trick of letting it sit for 20 min in acc then starting had towed and they coulndnt find the problem but they left the key turned forward for bout 20-25 min while they were trying to figure it out they tried to start it-n- low and behold it worked so when it happened again i tried to let it sit and it worked

- , Jacksonvile, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 122006

(reported on)

Malibu LE

  • 88,889 miles

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

At times my car runs, but while driving my radio shurts off and my theft light, abs, fuel reads empty, and brake light all comes on, and the times it will not start my theft light comes on and car shuts down as soon as i start it after going to 2 repair shops they both say "I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS PROLBEM WE RAN EVERY TEST AND YOUR CAR IS FINE TRY THE DEALERSHIP IT MUST BE A DEFECT" p. s no charge on either side b/c they couldn't help me. Well dealership wants to charge for dignosic and to YEAH RIGHT i have gotten 2 all ready, but on the filp side after running my car on ON and my ac for about 20 mins it will drive off but lights pop right back on as i drive away..

- , Laplace, LA, USA

problem #4

Aug 302006

(reported on)

Malibu

  • 47,000 miles

We purchased the chevy malibu last year, we spent money on the breaks and a new battery, we are still having problems with the anti-theft system. We have had it looked at three times, they replaced the battery once and another time in was in the shop hooked up to a computer and they couldnt get a code off the machine to find out what the problem was, and today the same thing, it won't start anti-theft system light on again, I think chevy should fix this problem, it should have been recalled its obivous there is problem with this system. I need the number to customer service at chevy , I will never buy a chevy again , screw the anti-theft systems I asked my mechanic to disconnect it , but he said it would cause other problems for the car.

- , Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 232006

(reported on)

Malibu

  • 33,000 miles

i had to have car towed before i found the problem on this web site i think gm should tell customers about this so they dont have expensive towing bills. i fixed this with no parts but it was sure a pain in the ass

- , Jerseyville, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 102006

(reported on)

Malibu LE

  • 88,811 miles

Chevrolet refuses to acknowledge that the Passlock system can engage for no reason, and takes no responsiblity to fix or compensate for cost incurred for a simple fix you can do yourself if you knew your car had a passlock device. All they want to do is charge to diagnose. Also if you look up flashing theft system in the manual it does not refference the passlock. I only found out after I found it while complaining to an unsympathetic Chevy corporation. So if your car will not start for no reason dont pay chevy to diagnose, look up passlock in your manual or on the internet and then try turning your key to acc for 10-15 min, theft light goes out turn off car and restart. P. S. and never buy a chevy again not because of a bad car but because of bad customer service. Thanks again GM.

- , Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 092006

(reported on)

Malibu LE

  • 88,000 miles

Car wont start and had to have someone drive me and my kids 30 miles home to find out this is a common problem. Know I have to go back tomorrow to try and start it or have it towed

- , Rocklin, CA, USA

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