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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,644 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 10)

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problem #160

Sep 282006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles

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

2003 Chevrolet Malibu faulty ignition switch vehicle shut off in the middle of the road. The consumer stated she had to replace the ignition switch on two different occasions. The first time was September 28, 2006 and the second time was June 3, 3014. After the second switch was installed, the consumer experienced other problems. She was informed the vehicle needed a body control module and lock switches. The dealer installed a chip in the keys, which did not correct the ignition problem. The front struts were replaced and the fuel pump needed to be replaced.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #159

Sep 142014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V400000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #158

Sep 052014

Malibu

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the service engine warning light illuminated intermittently. The contact mentioned that the cruise control functioned intermittently as the instrument panel gauges and sensors flashed several times. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #157

Sep 012003

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 500 miles

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

The key will shift from the 'on' position to the 'accessory' or 'off' position by itself and without warning. This shuts down the engine, ps, pb, airbags.... I first complained about this back in 2003/2004 to the dealer and was told to remove the keys form the key ring. Now this car is under a recall (GM recall #N14350, NHTSA recall #14V400) and all GM and the dealer say they will do is shave off some of the plastic from the GM emblem on the original keys to make them lighter. I was told that they do not even have to have the car in the shop - all they do is modify the plastic emblem on the original keys. This won't solve the problem as I don't use the original GM keys and there is no plastic to shave off and I don't have a huge key ring full of keys. This is an ignition problem, not a key problem.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #156

Jun 112014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Chevrolet Malibu customer requesting reimbursement for replacement of ignition switch. Also, the fuel pump was replaced.

- Warren, RI, USA

problem #155

Jun 052014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The car shut off with no warning while driving on the road. This was a total shut-down of the car; including the loss of power steering and the functionality of the brake booster. The car afterwards becomes difficult to start. It may take several tries or a prolonged waiting period until the car will want to start. After it does start there's no telling if it will shut off again while driving. It has shut off while going through turns, and pulling out into traffic.

- Richland, PA, USA

problem #154

Jan 012015

Malibu

  • 216,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after several attempts, the vehicle was able to start. In addition, the horn would independently activate. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 216,000.

- Garnite City , IL, USA

problem #153

May 152009

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated he was unable to remove the key from the ignition switch. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #152

Oct 242014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer had to have the anti-theft system reset due to recall, and would like to be reimbursed.

- Hatboro, PA, USA

problem #151

Oct 262009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Chevrolet Malibu. First ignition switch faulty, had work done at non GM dealership, consumer wants reimbursement. The ignition lock cylinder was replaced.

- Holly, MI, USA

problem #150

Nov 042014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 264,000 miles

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

I tell dealer check engine light on "he says not to be concerned there is white smoke coming from tailpipe ignition can take up to 5 min to get on code says car needs egr valve car needed brakes and rotors all the way around and tyrod dealer will not respond to calls car was recalled for ignition switch never repaired I need to know if I can take it in to Chevy dealer ony had 1 month vehicle is not safe and I am 76 there is a waranty on engine and transmission.

- Lawrence, IN, USA

problem #149

Mar 032009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 89,590 miles
Vehicle won't start and security light is on. I have to wait 10 minutes with key in the on position to restart anti-theft system and then engine will start. The car as well died and security light came on while driving on the highway at speeds of 60 mph and had to coast over 2 lanes and was luckily not hit or injured. After this I took it to my normal mechanic to look at it. He fixed ignition switch on 3/3/2009 which I have documentation of problem I was having and him fixing it. This did not fix the problem and the car still does not start. I haven't had it stop while driving since then but in the back of my head I'm telling myself I need to get rid of this car before something terrible happens. Sometimes the car is fine for months and then it won't start twice in one week. This is especially a pain when it is freezing cold and I have no where else to wait 10 minutes but in my car. Seems to be very intermittent. But one thing is for sure that if I try to remote start the car with the key fab it will most likely ends in tripping the anti-theft system and the car will not start. I've seen so many complaints on-line about this issue. And I ask why has it not been recalled especially if the car can stop running while driving. This has made me lose confidence in GM, and if I buy another car I will think twice about buying another Chevy even though I like everything else about my car. I am not about to take it in and spend hundreds of dollars getting it fixed when I can save my money and buy something more dependable besides a GM car. In the next couple of years I will be able to buy a new car and I will be glad when I don't have to deal with this problem again.

- Camby, IN, USA

problem #148

May 092012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The consumer stated the ignition lock cylinder, was replaced two years ago. The consumer is seeking reimbursement.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #147

Jul 152014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Chevrolet Malibu engine refused to start due to ignition system, replaced ignition and key, reset computer. The consumer stated the anti-theft light illuminated roughly 50 times within the last two years. On several occasions, the vehicle would not start and the vehicle had to be towed. The ignition was replaced. The vehicle ran fine for nine months, and then the problem returned.

- Manteno, IL, USA

problem #146

Nov 102014

Malibu

  • 168,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 10 mph, the engine stalled and all of the instrument panel lights illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle started to exhibit the failure immediately after being repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The dealer and manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 168,000.

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #145

Aug 042014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch replacement and recall.

- Elkins, WV, USA

problem #144

May 142014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
The ignition lock failed resulting in an inability to start the engine.

- Norton Shore, MI, USA

problem #143

Jun 032014

Malibu

  • 59,290 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the driver side window failed to close. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the driver side window motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 59,290.

- North Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #142

Jan 142014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Chevrolet classic. Consumer writes in regards to ignition key recall repairs and seeks reimbursement. The consumer stated the ignition switch was replaced prior to the recall.

- Oakfield, TN, USA

problem #141

Nov 022014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Chevrolet classic. Consumer writes in regards to ignition key recall notice. According to the recall notice, the parts were not available.

- Detroit, MI, USA

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