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2.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,657 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #33

Apr 142008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. Intermittently, the vehicle would not start because the anti-theft system kept locking the vehicle. It takes 10-15 attempts to start the vehicle when this occurs. The failure has gotten progressively worse over time. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer. The current mileage was 49,000 and failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 05/05/08. The dealer would not disconnect the theft system. Updated 05/05/08.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #32

Apr 212008

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
Anti-theft system: Causes the car not to start on several occasions. Takes several minutes for system to reset.

- Clemmons, NC, USA

problem #31

Nov 102007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles
Pass lock system failure on a 2003 Chevy Malibu. Or the theft system will activate and not allow the car to be started. This has happened on numerous occasions.

- Black River Falls, WI, USA

problem #30

Apr 062008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,500 miles

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

I have a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu the passlock anti-theft system messes up it either wont allow the vehicle to start or it stops the vehicle while driving on the highway or road and wont start this is problematic for Chevy owners and could be very dangerous if on a busy highway could cause an accident numerous people have contacted GM about this problem they refuse to recall and fix this problem.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #29

Feb 282007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Passlock system activates unpredictably on a 2003 Chevy Malibu. The only remedy is to wait 10 minutes for it to reset and then the car will start. This caused my son to be late in getting to his job that day. Car was brought to a mechanic about a year ago for this very problem, and it was temporarily fixed by reprogramming and replacing the passlock sensor. The problem was fixed until now. It is a recurring issue, and is unpredictable in its occurrence. If this were to happen in the wrong place, like a darkened parking garage, someone could be mugged or attacked, or it happened in the winter, they could freeze or suffer hypothermia waiting 10 minutes for the car to start.

- Union Grove, WI, USA

problem #28

Sep 092007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have 2003 Chevy Malibu, I have problem with my theft system, every time it turns on I have to wait for 10 min, please advise...thanks.

- Mississauga, 00, USA

problem #27

Feb 092008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The passlock system in my vehicle continually malfunctions, and causes me to wait 10 minutes in order to start my car. I am aware that this is an ongoing and very common problem with GM vehicles with the passlock system. It is inexcusable that GM allows this problem to go on unacknowledged.

- Leola, PA, USA

problem #26

Apr 102007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I went out to start my car and it would not turn over. After waiting and trying several times, still nothing. I had the card towed and learned that it was the anti-theft device which meant that the ignition would also need to be replaced. I had it repaired for $650. Thirty days later, same problem. Another 30 days, it would not start again. It has been over 6 months now and not problems starting; however the anti-theft light has come on once while driving and my understanding is that the car can cut off immediately when this happens. It was a bad time when it first happened in April. I had my grandchildren at my house for easter break and we had great plans...never mind! I did contact GM and they assured me if there was a recall that I could claim my expenses for reimbursement.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #25

Dec 192007

Malibu

  • miles
Anti-theft light flashing on my 2003 Chevy Malibu.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #24

Nov 062007

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The passlock system disabled my car, and I was unable to start it. There were no events leading up to this, and my car is only 4 yrs old with 50,000 miles on it, so I don't believe this amounts to a wear-and-tear related problem. Repair cost was $200; no parts were replaced.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #23

Mar 092006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I have a 2003 Malibu sedan, and the alarm/horn has a defect. Last year we had a high power wind storm and my alarm blew for about 45 minutes (2 horns). They finally died down by themselves. My car was not hit by anything except for the high winds. I had to take fuse #43 out to make the horn stop blowing every time I started my car. My car need to pass inspection, but the dealership want to charge me $95 an hour, to do an exploratory deal on the car, to locate the problem. Another car repair company told me the cost would be $900, but could not justify, what they were going to do. They stated it could be the turn signal or it could be the fuse under my air bag on the steering wheel. No one can actually explain to me what's wrong, but they want to charge the heck out of me. I do not have that type of money for exploratory examinations on my car. I am quite sure the manufacturer know what the problem is with this Malibu, and can fix it without a problem. I can not afford this, I was not told the car had two recalls on it when I brought the car. I feel this is very wrong, I would have never purchase the car, if I knew of recall problems. Now I am stuck in the middle without a horn/alarm system. Since the dealership wanted to go into my steering wheel to check the fuse for $95 an hour, my air bag light comes on.

- Andalusia, PA, USA

problem #22

Sep 142007

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,200 miles
Passlock anti-theft system engaged with no identifiable cause. Using original key and no tampering occurred prior to problem. Theft system light went on randomly 3 weeks ago, but was on only for a few minutes and never on again prior to this no-start. Able to re-set the system, according to the manual, by waiting 10 minutes for the computer to re-set, but this is not acceptable when parked in certain areas (malls during the evening, etc). Happens frequently enough that it gets to be very inconvenient, and in need of repair. Repair can only be done at a GM dealer - which is very profitable for the dealer.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

problem #21

Aug 132007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Car would not start so had it towed to the shop they said computer said nothing was wrong and it started for them. They said maybe a weak fuel pump. Drove it for a week and same thing happened. Had it towed to the shop again and they replaced the fuel pump. Drove it for 2 days and same thing. Now they said it was the antitheft the whole time. Out of pocket total expense was $1300. There should be recalls on this stupid thing I went to start my car and it would not turn over so I had to have it towed to the dealership and they told me it would be $650 to fix the ignition switch. In the mean time the car is now running because the dealership told me they "reset" the computer. I told them I would take my chances with it and drove off after paying the $85 diagnostic charge. Well 2 weeks later it does not start again. I call aaa and the tow comes out and the driver tells me it's the anti-theft device, wait 10 minutes and the car will start. Low in behold it worked. So why didn't the dealership tell me this is the problem. Funny they told me the "reset" could last 3 weeks, a year, or forever... but they still wanted to milk me for $650. So I do a google on this and find I am not the only one with the problem. What the hell is wrong with GM if they know this problem exist and don't fix the problem with a recall or a fix! I will never buy a GM car again!!!

- Pearl, MS, USA

problem #20

Jan 072007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
My car would not start. I thought it was the battery. The battery was fine. I took it to the dealership and they said my passlock sensor failed. To replace it was $1200. I don't even have an alarm on my car just the factory installed theft system. I feel it is a defect with the car manufacturer, nothing I did to the car.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #19

Aug 082007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Anti-theft system keeps shutting down the car.

- Greenview, IL, USA

problem #18

Jul 262007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
My daughter drove my car to work. It would not start after a trip to mall. She was left stranded due to a Chevrolet Malibu defective anti-theft system. My car had to be towed in a strange city, and it is still there. The major consequence of this breakdown is that a 19 year old girl was left vulnerable in a mall parking lot. Is it a safety hazard that could affect her" I think so. I am feeling vulnerable because my vehicle is no longer 'safe' to drive. Has this issue been investigated by the NHTSA? what was the outcome? why does GM feel this is not an issue? a pattern of breakdown has been established, and a solution, whether monetary or in repair, should be offered. Will it take someone being injured from a second- hand incident as a result of 'equipment failure' to make GM notice? there was no prior warning with this 'shutdown' of the car. As a mother, I cannot let my children take this car on the highway. In good faith I purchased this car, expecting a reliable mode of transportation. This was supposed to be a kid-car for college this year. How can we send our child off and always wonder if a call will come in from her that she is stranded on a deserted road that she has to travel to get to school?aaa should be furious about the magnitude of calls for design failure on this vehicle. There is a moral issue here, and I believe that GM is not interested in the 'human' factor of car sales. The right thing to do would be to figure out the problem, address it and fix it like the good old days of customer service used to be and move on. I would be willing to pay for the repair in order to have a reliable car again. I am now worrying that my 2001 Malibu with another daughter out of state will have the same problems. A car that could not start on a whim does not offer peace of mind to me. Do the executives at GM drive Chevrolet Malibu? would they let their children drive a car like mine? ps. Why don't you list 'website' under the referral sources"

- Johnstown, NY, USA

problem #17

Jul 282007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,984 miles
My car stalled on my daughter and I, recently took my car to the dealer because my theft system light came on every once and a while had to pay $115 just to put on the machine and they told me that my ignition switch have to be replaced at a tune of $515 plus tax, well my car stopped on my daughter and I had to push it on the side of the road. Had the battery replaced and still would not start. I'm tired they're should be a recall on this model(2003 Malibu).

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #16

Jul 222007

Malibu

  • miles
Got in my car, put my key in the ignition and turned it to the start position. The vehicle would not start. The anti-theft light came on. I tried the procedure from the manual to correct the problem, and it did not work. It's a 2003 Chevy Malibu.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #15

Jul 112007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu with 47000 miles every couple of days the anti theft system light comes on while im driving. I called the dealers and explained what happened, and they stated that they have to put it on the machine and it was going to cost me $105 just to put it on the machine. I wa S upset because I bought this car brand new, and I only have 47,000 miles on it. Vehicle should not be having this problem this early. I have read complaits on this vehicle, and there should be a recall for the 2003 Malibu because this should not be happening. Also, sometimes the car will not start. So I read in the owners manual that you have to wait 10 minutes to try to restart the car. This did not make any sense. There should be a recall on this vehicle.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #14

Jun 132007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,190 miles
Car failed to start on random occasions. Became more frequent. Anti-theft system was causing it not to start. Would have to wait for ten minutes to start - in places like at a gas pump with others waiting to use it. Theft system light would occasionally stay on even when it started. It became like playing russian roulette hoping the car would start and hoping against hope that the car would never stall in traffic and then not re-start. Dealer finally had to replace the ignition switch, ignition cylinder and lock cylinder to the tune of $682. This was done at 71,190 miles. The ignition switch and ignition cylinder were already replaced at 46,000 miles. Others I have spoken to have had the same problem with this year's model of the Malibu but they never recalled it. The theft system is obviously defective.

- Cinti, OH, USA

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