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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 1 of 10)

problem #200

Jul 152005

Malibu

  • 75,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. After the key was entered into the ignition, the vehicle failed to operate. In addition, the anti theft warning light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the pass lock sensor needed to be repaired and the ignition system needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

problem #199

May 182016

Malibu

  • 59,476 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start without any warnings. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the theft system needed to be replaced. The manufacturer not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 59,476.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #198

Mar 192016

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the after the ignition key was turned to the on position, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition key failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and it was unknown if the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was unknown.

- Smithfield, VA, USA

problem #197

Feb 152014

Malibu

  • 133,200 miles

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

The contact owned a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 55 mph and attempting to merge into another lane, the vehicle crashed into two barrels. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle stalled. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a junk yard. The contact sustained a left knee, left ankle, and whiplash injuries that needed medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V40000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 133,200. Updated 04/20/16

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #196

Feb 152016

Malibu

  • 155,500 miles
I've been having serious issues with my 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. For the past 2 days I haven't been able to get it started, theft light starts flashing every time I get back into my car to try and start it up. I've done the 10 minute waiting game over and over. My car is doing this every time I get into it now. Also, the dealership confirmed the body control module is not communicating with the vehicle. Now, I don't know if this is the BCM, ignition switch, wiring or something else that should be recalled as there are hundreds and thousands of complaints. I'm not the only one who seems to be having this issue. Get it together General Motors, you're loosing business each and everyday because of your at fault failing parts!

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #195

Feb 142016

Malibu

  • 161,032 miles
Ehgine dies while driving on the streets many times. Horn honks after turning on engine and not drive for about 1 minute. A/C automatically switched from fresh to recycle air buttons

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #194

Jul 042014

Malibu

  • 74,000 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 the vehicle failed to start without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) however, the failure recurred. The contact mentioned that the ignition switch was replaced two additional times but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 74,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #193

Jul 052015

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles
My Malibu will start on its own and run without the key. I have found it running several times or attempting to start when the doors are locked and the keys are no where near the vehicle. This is happening when the vehicle is parked. And the horn goes off randomly and now is burned out.

- Powderville, MT, USA

problem #192

Jan 052013

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when the vehicle was turned off and parked, moments later she discovered that the entire instrument panel was illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that when the ignition key was turned to the on position, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

- East Pointe, GA, USA

problem #191

Jan 252016

Malibu

  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the key was stuck in the ignition switch and failed to release after numerous attempts. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system); however, the recall remedy did not correct the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 119,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #190

Jan 162016

Malibu

  • 1,110,000 miles

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

Key will not turn ignition; would not shut off completely; steering wheel unlocked.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #189

Jul 142015

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle had trouble starting after numerous attempts of using the ignition key. The contact stated that the vehicle was able to be operated after approximately 15 minutes. The anti-theft warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the vehicle could not be daignosed. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The VIN and failure mileage were not provided.

- Van Alstyne, TX, USA

problem #188

Nov 152015

Malibu

  • 85,600 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle would fail to start in cold inclement weather. The contact stated that the vehicle would only start during temperatures higher than 40 degrees. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic who replaced the battery, starter, alternator, neutral safety switch, crank shift sensor, and the exhaust system; however, the failure recurred. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the air conditioning compressor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 85,600.

- Elizabeth, PA, USA

problem #187

Dec 102015

Malibu

  • 156,000 miles
While driving on a busy road during rush hour, vehicle theft system light began flashing, disabling the engine while vehicle was moving. Dealer was contacted for advice, told that most likely solution is replacement of the body control module, for a cost of $700. $700 for a known and potentially very dangerous safety issue is unbelievable.

- Shippensburg, PA, USA

problem #186

Nov 052015

Malibu

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph and attempting to make a right turn, the vehicle stalled without warning. After a few minutes, the vehicle was able to be restarted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #185

Oct 282015

Malibu

  • 175,000 miles
Ignition module switch bad, car will not start, theft device will not re-set causing car not to start. Many complaints online. This has to be defect.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #184

Sep 072015

Malibu

  • 185,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled and the anti theft warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was able to restart after numerous attempts. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 185,000.

- Austintown, OH, USA

problem #183

Aug 252015

Malibu

  • 43,000 miles
Not sure what the problem is but there are other complaints for same vehicle. Some have noted repair and still the problem occurs. Car will not start (some have stalled while driving) and must leave key in certain position for 10-15 minutes before it will start again. This is my mother's car and I was with her several weeks ago and we pulled out of parking space and it died and would not start (anti-theft light also flashes). Thank goodness we were not in the line of heavy traffic and a nice man pushed our car out of the way of incoming traffic to the lot. And thank goodness we were at a dr's office (where my ill 85 year old mom had been) so we could go inside out of the 90 degree heat. This car needs to be recalled and don't know why it has not been. I am extremely concerned that my mom will be driving and this car will quit and she will be hit and god forbid there be a fatality. I have also just emailed GM about this as well. My mom obviously is not in a financial shape to run out and buy a new car. It only has 43K miles and she should not have to purchase another car just because GM will not take care of their improperly functioning cars! they must have seen all of the other complaints for this same thing. So, not sure if electrical, engine, but something is obviously wrong! and putting lives at risk!

- Lavergne, TN, USA

problem #182

Sep 302014

Malibu

  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled. After several attempts, the vehicle restarted. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) previously, but the contact experienced the failure after the recall remedy. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Richland Center, WI, USA

problem #181

Aug 172015

Malibu

  • 82,611 miles
Car tries to start, stalls and will not start. Security system light flashes. Have to leave key in run position for 15 minutes until security system light quits flashing, turn key off and then start the engine. Happens multiple times per week and is happening more frequently now. Was told the problem was caused by an after market remote starter, had it removed and am still having the same problem.

- Bay City, MI, USA

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