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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,781 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 9)

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problem #151

May 012015

Malibu

  • 106,000 miles

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

Took car in for the ignition key recall #14350, to dealership. Had not experienced any problems in relations to the igniton, but to be safe took car in to dealer. After got car back, started having problems with the car starting right away. At times, the car seem to want to turn off. This cause the A/C unit to turn off and not be at the correct cold temperature. Took car to mechanic and mention had experienced same problems with this model from other clients. Order new ignition key, had replaced by mechanic and cars works without any problems and A/C unit works as normal.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #150

Mar 192014

Malibu

  • 170,248 miles
They are now telling me I need ignition lock cylinder and housing and a pass lock sensor. Just for this they charged me $282.07 labor no parts they did nothing to help this matter. Purchased this Chevy malbu in 2004 with 31000 miles on it garaged kept and maintain records. Because of electrical malfunction replaced catalytic converter four times each time was not necessary. Sensors issue and missed diagnosis on service and still having the same problem.all they did for my car was to fill in the slot on my key.no help at all I never had had weight on my key ring. Just the key and plastic door lock sensor. I know this all started too show up eight years ago.I have been charged for the last eight years with unnecessary parts and labor. Ignition lock cylinder and electrical system GM problem not mine. Faulkner Chevrolet lancaster pa. Just another services scamming customers on this matter. Wanted over $ $2300 to fix the problem.

- Conestoga, PA, USA

problem #149

May 252015

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. After the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system), the failure still occurred. When the key was inserted in the ignition, it failed to prevent the ignition switch from turning off. The contact felt that the repair scheduled by the manufacturer failed. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Knoxville, NC, USA

problem #148

May 242015

Malibu

  • 133,000 miles

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

When attempting to start my son's 2002 Chevy Malibu the anti-theft light came on, and the car would crank but not start. I looked online and found that this is a common pass lock sensor issue. The key needs to be in the on position for at least 10 minutes (until the anti-theft light goes off), then turn the key to the off position, take the key out, then put the key back in, and it will start. This is a known issue and can be referenced on numerous online sites, so there is no reason this should not be a recall issue. Mechanics will tell you it is the fuel pump, fuel lines, or the ignition, and you can spend a great deal of money without solving the issue. At $300-$450 (estimates) you can have the ignition switch replaced, but this is a known issue and should be on the recall list. I do not want my teenage son stranded for something that GM knows about and should replace.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #147

May 062015

Malibu

  • 84,000 miles
I have had a problem start with the anti theft system going off and having to wait ten minutes for light to go out and start vehicle.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #146

Apr 122005

Malibu

  • 25,000 miles
This is a well known problem with the passlock system. The 10 minute delay is normally because the passlock sensor detected an improper key and will time out for 10 minutes even if you use the right key next. There are various fixes that may or may not work, including getting copies of your key made and trying a different key, replacement of the sensor, and a common fix is to replace the ignition cylinder.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #145

Dec 192013

Malibu

  • 77,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle began to experience electrical malfunctions with the automatic locks activated and deactivated independently. The contact stated that shortly after, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the battery needed to be replaced. The contact was not aware if the repairs had been made. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Lincoln , RI, USA

problem #144

Apr 192015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 166,600 miles
This is the second report I have had to make about a problem with my 2002 Chevy Malibu. I went to start my car yesterday and the car would not start and instead would just crank. After reading in my owner's manual that the passlock anti-theft system in the car needed to be reset, I had to sit with my car key in the on position for 10 minutes; then I turned my car off and my car started fine. I just had my car towed last week to a dealership where they found nothing wrong with it because I did not know about this problem. If you do a simple internet search anyone can see this is a flaw in the 2002 Chevy Malibu and other years of this same make and model. I do not always have time to wait the 10 minutes to reset this problem and am afraid it is only going to get worse and worse. In the event of an emergency what would I do if my car wouldn't start and I had to get somewhere urgently. I wish this organization would do something about this major problem because some hard working americans cannot afford to be late or miss work because of a flaw in our car's design.

- Peoria Heights, IL, USA

problem #143

Apr 152015

Malibu

  • 166,500 miles
I tried to start my car yesterday morning after having it only sit for an hour when the car would crank but not start. It seemed as if the car was not getting fuel and less than 3 weeks ago had a new fuel pump fixed on it because of this same issue. As I stated before, the car would crank but not start. I had it towed to the local Chevy dealership and they were unable to find anything wrong with the car and had it starting and running every time they tried to diagnose the problem. After doing research online, it appears this is a common problem with Chevy Malibu's as it deals with an error in the anti-theft device for the car and deals with the passlock system. This is an inconvenience for owners of Chevy Malibu's and is such a common problem it needs to be fixed by the manufacturer or this vehicle.

- Peoria Heights, IL, USA

problem #142

Mar 022015

Malibu

  • miles
2002 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall. The consumer stated he received a recall letter stating the ignition key would be modified, instead of replacing the ignition switch. The consumer stated the ignition switch should be replaced. Updated 06/17/15.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #141

Nov 282014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles

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

2002 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall issues. The consumer had an appointment at the dealer for November 7, 2014. The dealer informed the consumer, to keep the ignition on a ring by itself. On November 28, 2014 while driving, the vehicle stalled. It was determined the ignition key caused the starter to jam. The starter was replaced.

- Kihei, HI, USA

problem #140

Mar 022015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
Won't crank, interior lights flick on and off.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #139

Mar 092010

Malibu

  • miles
Letter from congressman goodlatte on behalf of constituent re 2002 Malibu recall. The consumer stated the vehicle stalled. The ignition switch was replaced on three separate occasions. The consumer is seeking reimbursement. Updated 04/08/15,

- Vinton, VA, USA

problem #138

Sep 012008

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to stop. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic on three occasions, who diagnosed that the brake pads and the rotors needed to be replaced. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle failed to start as the anti theft system warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system).the failure mileage was unknown.

- Mullins, SC, USA

problem #137

Jan 012015

Malibu

  • 172,200 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated when attempting to turn the ignition switch, the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The vehicle was repaired under the recall but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 172,200.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #136

Feb 062015

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Long Beach , CA, USA

problem #135

Oct 122014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 79,735 miles
Car's power turn off while key is in ignition switch if going over a bump. I lose power, none of the dashboard light, power window, air bag work. And this is after a recent recall fix....I know GM has fix some ignition problems but my vehicle is not on that recall. Please help.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #134

Sep 262014

Malibu

  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the ignition switch seized and, as a result, the key became lodged in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 152,000. Updated 02/24/15

- Wade, NC, USA

problem #133

Nov 212014

Malibu

  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while at a stop sign, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle by shifting into park and starting the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). However, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 149,000.

- Rocky Hill, CT, USA

problem #132

Dec 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Chevrolet Malibu. Safety recall on key ring. The consumer was informed the parts were not available.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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