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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,849 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

May 012005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The turn signal malfunctions on my 2002 Chevrolet Malibu, which leads to total failure of the turn signal lights and the indicator on the instrument panel. These incidents occur without warning. They do not flicker. They just stop working and then work without problem. The incidents are random. I will be replacing the turn signal when I have the car serviced later this month.

- Oreland, PA, USA

problem #15

Jun 092005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Without warning the turn signals stop operating. By hitting the hazard light switch numerous time the turn function returns. This has happened periodically during the last four months.

- Belvidere, IL, USA

problem #14

Aug 092005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
At approximately 81,000 miles we noticed that occasionally the signals would not work. It was very sporadic in nature at first. However, over the course of the next 3,000 miles we have noticed that it is happening more frequently. When this was mentioned to the dealership representative at the 81,000 mile service we were told that the car had to be there when it was not working properly. Naturally, on the service date the signals were working. Some days the signals work and some days they don't. we have noticed the frequency of failure is more during damp, humid or rainy weather. The failure can be as short as five minutes or as long as one hour. We will be taking our vehicle in for the 84,000 mile service within the next few days and we will be showing them the information regarding your organizations investigation into the matter. We are very concerned that during one of these failures an accident will occur.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #13

Sep 302005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 575,000 miles


I drive a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. My turn signals work intermittently. This is a potentially dangerous problem not being able to inform other drivers, pedestrians, etc of intentions to turn. I have been informed to replace the hazard switch. Researching online I find that the 2000 and 2001 models have a similar problem and a recall has been initiated to replace a defective switch. It appears from online forums that many other drivers are experiencing the same problem with their 2002 Malibu. I wonder if the same defective switch was utilized on the 2002 model since the same problem exists. The recall should be extended to include the 2002 Malibu model as well.

- Wales, ME, USA

problem #12

Jul 252005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,500 miles
Turn signals stop working (or won't work at all after first starting the car). This started happening the end of July and happens numerous times every time I drive the car. So far, activating/deactivating the hazard switch while keeping the turn signals on has eventually restored their use. I commute 50 miles each way to work every day, most of it on I-85 & 285 in atlanta. This is an incredibly dangerous situation that is obviously caused by a pervasive problem since there are numerous reports of this same failure. My mechanic has replaced my turn signal switch twice and has been assured by his parts source that this (3rd) time he will be provided a switch without the defect. So far I have paid $304.98 and should be reimbursed by GM.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

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problem #11

Aug 302005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,400 miles
Beginning yesterday (8/30/2005) our 2002 Malibu turn signals and high-beams sometimes work and sometimes do not. This is a known problem and a safety issue, but no current recall for this defect is in place, though there is a recall on 2000 and 2001 models with the same problem. I am having the hazard switch replaced Friday (9/2/2005) as the turn signals "go through there" according to jerry from the service dept. Where it will be replaced. He feels 85% sure that will fix it as he has "seen it before". I don't want to travel in high traffic areas without the ability to signal lane changes or turn intentions. I will save my receipts as surely a recall will be issued before someone dies due to this well-documented defect.

- Jouhstown, PA, USA

problem #10

Jul 102005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles


Blinkers/signals do not work, hazard switch replacement

- Lyndhurst, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jul 202005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On several occasions I have an intermittent failure of the turn signals to operate. I have looked on this website and have noticed there is a recall of models of this vehicle up to 2001. It is obvious that Chevrolet is not including the 2002 models on the recall. I have seen several complaints from other consumers also. So why is Chevrolet not being forced to include 2002 models when there is obviously the same problem?

- Paragould, AR, USA

problem #8

Jan 022005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The consumer stated that her turn signals do not function. The consumer was aware of a recall for the 2001 model for the same issue, however she owns a 2002 model.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #7

Apr 052005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The radio sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. after 7 trips, it was determined the problem was the amplifier. The radio worked for about a year and now is doing the same thing again. Also, the turn signals work when they feel like it. I had the dealer check and they said I needed a new switch. I did not get one as yet, but see where other owners are having the same issue. I have not received a recall, nor did the dealer inform me of the issue. I initially had trouble with the outside mirrors but they did remedy that. I get shocked (electrically) many times when I exit the car as do some of my passengers.

- Frostproof, FL, USA

problem #6

Feb 082004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The signal lights worked intermittently or sometimes did not work at all. Recall 03V327000 concerning hazard warning switch was issued. Consumer stated on several occasions she came close to having an accident.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

Dec 122004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
2002 Chevrolet Malibu turn signal works intermittently. My daughter drives this car and was involved in a minor accident in December 2004. She was trying to merge left in heavy traffic when a car just behind her, and two lanes to the left, went for the same spot. Because the turn signal failed, the driver in the other lane did not know she was trying to merge and proceeded into the spot. My daughter had to swerve back into her lane to avoid the other car, and could not avoid rear-ending the vehicle ahead where traffic had suddenly stopped. I recently took this car to the dealer, who could find nothing wrong. A quick internet search reveals that this is a common problem, and in fact the previous two model years were recalled for this same problem, which is related to a bad hazard switch. I fiddled with the switch and found that tapping the switch causes the signals to malfunction. Although we didn't get this checked out until after the accident, I believe the accicent would have been avoided if the signals had been working, and I am really annoyed that the dealership seemed so ignorant of this well documented problem. Fortunately no one was injured, but they easily could have been.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #4

Jan 272005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The hazard switch is cutting off the blincker when I turrn them on. If I touch or move the hazard swtch then the blinker will start working again. 2002 Chevy Malibu. I purchased this car band new with 11 miles on it. This started happening last year. I also see that a recall was done for this on the previous year model, looks like they didn't fix it on all Malibu's.I

- Poplar Grove, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 132004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
Hazard warning/turn signal switch failed to work intermittently. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #2

Jul 252004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The signal indicators and hazard lights have failed without warning. Please provide additional information.

- Milford, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 182004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
The turn signals worked intermittently.the consumer stated there was a recall on a previously owned vehicle, same make and model, for the existing problem. The recall was for headlights.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

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