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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,620 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Chevrolet Malibu body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 152006


  • miles


Bubbling and rust on the back panel of the car where the gas cover and tank is. It has rust and all kinds of bubbles only on that panel.

- Paynesville, MN, USA

problem #4

Sep 012006


  • 30,102 miles
I own a 2002 Chevy Malibu, the left rear light assembly leaks water, consequently leading to the erosion of the assembly and causing it to need replacing. This was a cost of approximately $200, and no guarantee that it would not continue to leak since the seal around the assembly is worn.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #3

Dec 102007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The seal on the back lights gets bad and allows moisture to get in and short out the brake, turn signal and back up lights. Repairs are over $200 and they cannot guarantee it will not happen when the lighting housing is replaced. This should be a recall, because living near atlanta, brake lights and turn signals are very important. I never know when they are working. This is very dangerous. Come on GM, make drivers of your vehicles safe!!!!!

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 102007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have own my 2002 Malibu since December 2001 have changed the A/C control switch 3 times. It is at the dealership again today for the same reason. After only two months since the last new switch was installed, the A/C will change from blowing out air conditioning to just blowing air. My husband tells me that this last time the air circulation changed from inside air to outside air. This was a great vehicle, but an extremely annoying problem. Is there some kind of defect that we are not aware off?

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 282004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
When driving 60 mph vehicle produces a loud whistling noise coming from the windshield. The dealer replaced the seal around the windshield.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

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