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2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,488 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #60

Feb 152016

Malibu

  • 159,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. While attempting to start the vehicle, the security theft light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle would not start and was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the security system prevented the vehicle from starting. The contact stated that the system was reset by the independent mechanic, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was previously serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 159,000. The VIN was not available.

- Braddock, PA, USA

problem #59

Sep 032012

Malibu

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated the anti-theft system warning light illuminated preventing the vehicle from starting. The contact mentioned that the anti-theft system reset approximately ten minutes after shutting off the vehicle and then the vehicle was able to start. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Dewitt, MI, USA

problem #58

Jan 152014

Malibu

  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the anti theft system warning light flickered and the vehicle failed to start. The contact stated that after waiting, the anti theft system warning light remained illuminated and the vehicle was able to start. The failure occurred on five occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #57

Feb 032014

Malibu

  • 160,000 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 stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnose that the anti-theft system failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000 and the current mileage was 162,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #56

Jun 292010

Malibu

  • miles
My anti-theft light was on for a couple of days, then one morning after getting off of work (11-7am) I started my car but the sound it made was that it wanted to start but didn't click over, after several coworkers attempting to help me I had to walk home and get my car towed from my job. The car shop stated they had to reprogram the key, well 4 weeks later the same thing happened and I had to get it towed again from work. I have gotten it towed 3 times leaving me stranded, when I called the car shop stating to them this is happening again and I am tired of spending several hundred dollars for something they are stating is taken care of they stated to me to keep the key in the ignition for 10 min and then it should be able to start. I have been doing that since but recently now everytime I get in my car it won't start to where I have to do the 10 min ritual before I leave anywhere. This has been very inconvenient and dangerous for me because I am a young woman that depends on her car to work because I work night shift, currently in school and have doctor appointments that I weekly have to take my grandmother.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #55

Jul 292010

Malibu

  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start or respond. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the anti-theft system was reprogrammed yet the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the contact was informed that the anti-theft system would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 29,000 and the current mileage was 32,000.

- Fairfield , CT, USA

problem #54

Jun 162010

Malibu

  • 66,000 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 the vehicle would not start and the anti-theft system warning light would illuminate upon the failure. The contact would have to wait until the light stopped blinking before the vehicle would successfully start. The failure occurred on a daily basis. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the anti-theft system would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 66,000 and the current mileage was approximately 67,000.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #53

Apr 092008

Malibu

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact attempted to start the ignition, and the engine would not completely turn over. Suddenly, the anti-theft system warning light illuminated in a flashing motion for ten minutes and then the engine started. The contact stated the failure occurred intermittent and would require a ten minute waiting period before the engine would start. Also, she stated there had been occasions when the engine would not start after the ten minutes waiting period; and recommended disengaging the anti-theft system to resolve the problem. The battery had been replaced by an independent mechanic. The failure continued to occur. The authorized dealer was notified and they informed that the failure was related to the electronic system. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 72,000.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #52

Aug 242010

Malibu

  • 73,000 miles
I have a 2002 Malibu that has left me stranded more times than any vehicle I have ever owned. The passlock system has locked me out more times than I can remember choosing to activate itself on its own. The theft engine lockout has caused me to have to leave for work early every day cause I never know when it is going to activate. Now the key locked up in the cylinder and $450 repair bill later, I don't think this is going to fix the problem. I have contacted GM and they just blew me off. What a crappy car - the worst I have ever own. I am stuck with a car that is totally unreliable. Thanks GM - I wont forget.

- Saint Germain, WI, USA

problem #51

Mar 072010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 33,359 miles
Without warning, car suddenly will not start. Anti-theft system will activate when trying to start car. It appears that the ignition does not recognize the car key. Seems it thinks someone is trying to still the car. This first happened in the summer of 2009. It just happened again on 3/7/2010. In both cases the car had to be towed to a repair shop. The first shop was an independent repair facility. They reset the computer that controls the ignition system. The second shop was the dealer. They reset the computer that controls the ignition system. Then, they replaced the BCM unit and the ignition key cylinder. I've done some background checking on this type of problem. Many, many owners of this make & model (Chevy Malibu) have had this same issue.

- La Grange, GA, USA

problem #50

Nov 182009

Malibu

  • 109,000 miles

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

Passlock system fails preventing the car from starting. This happens almost everytime I attempt to start the car. The car cranks but doesn't start and the theft system light is the only thing that lights up on the dash.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #49

Dec 202009

Malibu

  • 78,000 miles
I have a 2002 Malibu/Chevy that has theft system and gives me problem all the time and I have to wait for 10 minutes then one minute to start the car. I am really sick and tired of it. This is very common problem for all Chevy, Malibu theft system. The General Motors should recall the situation and fix it in free of charge. Thank you.

- Fort Pierce, FL, USA

problem #48

Sep 092009

Malibu

  • miles
Chevy passlock anti theft system is always malfunctioning. Have to wait 10 minutes to start car and this is a safety issue.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #47

Jul 172009

Malibu

  • 82,036 miles
I have a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu and have had to have the pass lock system (anti-theft) replaced once and now after 1-1/2 years am having problems again. I have been stuck several times waiting for the required 10 - 15 minutes waiting for the system to reset.

- Solon, OH, USA

problem #46

Feb 022008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle did not start for a week and was towed. In addition, the anti-theft system kept activating. She had to wait ten minutes for the vehicle to start. The anti-theft indicator would illuminate while the vehicle was in motion, causing it to stall. The failure has been occurring for one week. The dealer stated that the anti-theft system was failing. The vehicle will be repaired at the contact's expense. The failure and current mileages were 84,000. Updated 03-27-09 updated 03/31/09.

- Warren, PA, USA

problem #45

Feb 242009

Malibu

  • 72,000 miles
Car will continue to turn over but not start. This has happened numerous times now. After talking with a mechanic and internet research determined that problem is the anti-theft system of the vehicle.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #44

Oct 042008

Malibu

  • 63,000 miles
My theft system light went on while I was driving my car. Two days later when I tried to start my car it would not start.

- Bradley, IL, USA

problem #43

Sep 182008

Malibu

  • 86,000 miles
I own a 2002 Chevy Malibu and for about a month the theft system light kept coming on and going off. Sept. 18 I turned the car off and it would not start back up. I reset the system and it is starting but the light stays on now. The other problem is the turn signals work when they want to and I smell coolant when I am driving.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #42

Jan 012007

Malibu

  • miles
Passlock system is awful.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #41

Aug 102008

Malibu

  • 92,000 miles
The passlock system keeps locking up. I am using the proper key but still, I am stuck at the store, work, home, ect. Because the car refuses to start, I have heard numerous other reports of the passlock system causing problems, not for those trying to steal someone else's car but for the busy vehicle owners simply trying to accomplish daily tasks. This is ridiculous.

- Whitehall, OH, USA

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