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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,333 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 152007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


1. normal usage of car 2. anti theft system engages arbitrarily causing car not to start for 10 minutes until you do a reset procedure. Notified it is a problem with the ignition lock cylinder. It seems this is a widespread defect and the repair is expensive. Also, reports show the new part will have the same problem. It is a fundamental defect. 3. nothing, to expensive, should be covered as a defect.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #5

Jul 032007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Passlock sensor prevented starting the car although the original key was used. Had to replace the ignition switch and the passlock sensor. Car had to be towed to the service shop for repair.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 092007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
First incident of leaking happened after dealership worked on car. Arrived home coolant poured out on ground towed back. Dealership said reservoir cap seal. 10/2006 or 11/2006, picking up at school and smelled not engine. Parked saw coolant on ground. No engine light on but needle was past middle. Family brought coolant filled it up and went 5 blocks to dealership. They said nothing was wrong. Yesterday, 1/9/2007 car overheated in the school line. Added coolant. I brought it to a non dealership radiator shop owner thinks intake manifold gasket leaking. Car at dealership. I really don't know what the real problem is but because my warranty expired feel dealership will tell me it is a new problem from the first event so I will be responsible. At least two rotors replaced on the front driver's wheel & 5 sets of pads. Reported to GM they claim it is the way I drive! a non dealership tire company had the pads replaced with a good brand. 1 1/2 years since I had to have pads. Problem with the right front passenger door locks. Car is running and the driver gets out leaving car on and then the passenger turns off the car and gets out, locks car, the radio stays on. I went inside the store and came out and the radio was still playing. When you unlock the car but enter only the passenger front door and then close it and walk away, the car locks itself. Happened several times. I had not placed the keys on the seat of the car and shut the door or I would have been locked out. I reported this but no one seemed to care. Radio was replaced for left button paint (not sure if it is paint or cover on button) rubs off. Ignition switch was replaced. Fuel pump replaced.. I Transport grandchildren and I need a safe car.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #3

Aug 252004

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While placing the key inside the ignition switch vehicle would start. Ut when consumer turn the vehicle off and attempted to remove the key it would not come out. When the vehicle was turned off and the key was cstuck in the ignition consumer could shift from park to reverse without applying the brakes. Consumer took the vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic maintained that the problem could not be duplicated with the key's failure to come out of the ignition switch. But the shifting from park to reverse was duplicated and repaired. The key won't come out of the ignition. When the key is stuck in the ignition the car will come out of park without the consumers foot on the brake.

- Grandview, MO, USA

problem #2

Mar 302004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
Upon putting the key into the ignition and turning it ignition switch failed to move. The remedy was to have the entire ignition switch replaced. Five months later the same thing recurred, and again the switch had to be replaced.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

May 152003


  • miles
Ignition switch locked up, making it impossible to turn the vehicle on.

- Fairview, OR, USA

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