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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

May 092010


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start intermittently. In order to start the vehicle, the contact would have to turn the key to the on position and allow it to sit in the ignition for approximately 10 minutes while the vehicle would reset itself. In addition, the rear tail lights would become filled with water whenever it would rain, causing the bulbs to blow. The manufacturer would not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Waynesboro , NC, USA

problem #2

May 232006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
When driving after a rain noticed there was water in right rear taillight. When trying to start the car the only way to get it started was to disconnect the negative battery terminal and reset the computer. Well that was great except you might not want the car started then because everytime you step on the brake the radio shut off, gauges would peg out and not be able to be reset. Then car would die in the middle of highway driving. If it takes the nhsta to have a death for someone I am not the one if it is water the car doesn't like I will send it back to detroit where they can put it in it's final resting place, lake Michigan. Let our voices be heard because these small inconveniences to them are major expenses to us all. And they wonder why the car industry is struggling own up to the problem General Motors.

- Raeford , NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 052004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,500 miles
Driver side arm rest cracked without warning. The part had been replaced once before. Plastic that held the arm rest was deformed and weak inside the arm rest. Dealer replaced driver's door arm rest assembly.

- Berkshire, NY, USA

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