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10.0

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 1 of 9)

problem #171

Jul 192016

Malibu

  • 168,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. While in park, the vehicle failed to start and the key failed to turn from the off position. All the lights on the instrument cluster illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition lock cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 168,000.

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #170

Jul 212016

Malibu

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. When the engine was turned off, the vehicle failed to restart and the security light blinked on and off. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic who replaced the fuel pump; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who diagnosed that the pass lock sensor failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Garnerville, NY, USA

problem #169

May 182016

Malibu

  • 170 miles
I turned on my ac and the temp and fuel guage fuse blowed while having the air on still changing out fuses and the automatic car locks on it own when you closes the doors getting out or it will lock when some one gets out of the car all by itself without hitting the door lock on the keyless entry.

- Pulaski, IL, USA

problem #168

Jan 032016

Malibu

  • 110,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Reynoldsville, PA, USA

problem #167

Feb 172012

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle had trouble starting and would stall without warning. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the vehicle continued to stall and exhibited issues starting after the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #166

Nov 162015

Malibu

  • 93,567 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled as the anti-theft warning light illuminated. The vehicle was restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 93,567.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #165

Nov 232015

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles

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

GM has a recall on ignition switch (GM#14350). We had the work done at a GM dealer for the recall. (dealer provides 2 key rings and a key cover and calls it fixed.) apparently it didn't work. Car currently in my local mechanic shop for routine maintenance. During inspection, mechanic found the vehicle needs a new ignition switch assembly to solve the same problem. Mechanic says car extremely unsafe to drive unless replaced. He took a video of my ignition showing that just touching the key while in ignition causes car to turn off. (have 20 yr relationship with mechanic - very reliable.) please investigate if GM is really doing the proper work for the recall or just sugar coating a dangerous defect.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #164

Oct 022015

Malibu

  • 238,419 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start intermittently without warning. In addition, when the ignition key was turned to the off position, the vehicle failed to shut off. As a result, the battery was drained and had to be charged. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact stated that the failure recurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 238,419. Updated 1/19/16

- Robersonville, NC, USA

problem #163

Sep 272015

Malibu

  • 40,872 miles
After 10 mins car was driven, parked in a parking lot. Went inside shop, and after 15mins, came back and tried to start the car, and car did not started. Anti-theft symbol was blinking. Tried to jump start, did not work. Took battery to auto zone, and then mentioned that battery is not good. Purchased battery, and installed. Turned car key in on position. Anti-theft system was blinking. After ~10mins, anti-system stopped blinking. Turned key to off position, and turned to on and start position, and car started.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #162

Dec 162014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice. The consumer was under the impression, the dealer was going to replace the ignition switch. However, they only replaced the key ring.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #161

Sep 242014

Malibu

  • 32,000 miles

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

Anti-theft system activates for no apparent reason. One way to restart the vehicle is to turn on the ignition switch for 10-15 minutes, may have to repeat this procedure three times and it still may not start. Looking at consumer complaints many people have spent up to $1500 for repairs that don't always fix the issue. Being stranded in a vehicle in freezing temperatures could be life threating. There are thousands of complaints and GM should issue a recall to fix this issue. This problem affects 1998-2012 Malibu's and possibly some other models.

- Westbury, NY, USA

problem #160

Aug 312015

Malibu

  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system); however, the contact stated that when attempting to turn the key to start the vehicle, it failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the in dependant mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition sensor, tripped the alarm lock system. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #159

Aug 132010

Malibu

  • miles
Very often my car will not start due to the anti lock defect which is a huge inconvenience and dangerous in personal situations. I'm searching on how to look up the recall for this situation because this is a constant problem with this vehicle and I'm searching for help how to get this fixed and resolved please I would greatly appreciate your help thank you

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #158

Aug 202014

Malibu

  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. While in park, the vehicle failed to start and the security alert warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and an independent mechanic. The technicians were unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 94,000.

- Havertown, PA, USA

problem #157

Aug 112015

Malibu

  • 40,000 miles
Factory power sunroof switch has premature intermittent failure causing the window to stop midway or open partially. Closure is also partial or stopping midpoint. The switch failure requires multiple attempts to open and or close the glass. All other power accessories work as intended including other power window switches. Vehicle has never been modified or or damaged.

- Corning, OH, USA

problem #156

Nov 012014

Malibu

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the repair for NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) was performed; however, the failure was not corrected. The engine remained on while the key was removed from the ignition and they key had to be jiggle several times to be able to start the engine up, and once the key came out of the ignition while driving and the engine remained on. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 44,000.

- Whitehall , PA, USA

problem #155

Jul 272015

Malibu

  • 43,500 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. After repeated attempts, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the pass lock sensor was faulty and caused failure with the anti-theft pass lock system. The vehicle was not repaired since the parts were not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 43,500. The VIN was unavailable.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #154

May 012014

Malibu

  • 101,435 miles
Car will not start. After reviewing make & model with same issue something needs to be done asap. Who has time to wait 10 mins when needing to get tp emergency room or doctor & will not be able to afford ambulatory services. You ppl know it should be a emergency recall.

- Montgomery , AL, USA

problem #153

Jul 012015

Malibu

  • 126,000 miles
I had an ignition switch replaced by a dealer (dimmitt Chevrolet, clearwater, fl) because my key was stuck in it. The same dealer also replaced my key and key casing because of a recall. After that I starting noticing that my car would intermittently cut off forcing me to put in neutral and restart. I thought it may be a clogged fuel filter and had that replaced. The issue still exists and it is a dangerous situation to me and my family not knowing when my car will just stop running, especially while driving at highway speeds. I checked and do not see a GM recall on my model for some reason.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #152

Jun 192014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
After reading other comments, I have to laugh. Why can't they fix this with so many complaints. The turn signals just stopped working one day. Three days later they worked. Then a few days after that they stopped working again and then just seemed to work when they wanted to. Took it in to jimmie johnson Chevrolet when the signals were not working. Picked up the car to hear they could not find a problem. Sure enough the signals were working. That lasted about a week before the turn signals stopped working again. Since then, two more times to the dealership with pretty much the same result each time. Now I notice if the weather is very warm, the turn signals work more part time and while it is cool they don't work at all. Now, I have read your comments here and began playing with the hazard flashing button. If I press the button on the upper right, the turn signals work. I now have at least a little more information to take to jimmie johnson Chevrolet. Maybe this will strike some sort of recognition to the problem. Thank you everyone for writing your comments.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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