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7.5

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$370.00
Average Mileage:
77,816 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. no new solution (2 reports)
2003 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #8

May 082014

Malibu 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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

When starting, gas gauge, door locks, windows, radio and more did not function. after about a couple minutes, everything started working again. This occurred on multiple occasions and I had mentioned it to my independent mechanic and they thought the problem is with the ignition switch. The car was in the ignition recall but all that was done was to ADD A RING to the key chain which never addressed the real problem. When I challenged the Chevrolet dealer who handled the recall, they stated my problems were not part of the recall. If not the ignition switch, what could it be? The car starts fine so the tumblers are not the issue.

- , Springfield, MA, USA

problem #7

Oct 102010

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,332 miles

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WAS POOCHED WHEN I GOT THE CAR BUT DID NOT REALIZE IT UNTIL I NEEDED TO USE THE REAR WINDOW DEFROSTER ... DID NOT WORK. ALSO FOUND OUT THAT THE HEATED SEATS, POWER SIDE MIRRORS, SEATS ALSO DID NOT WORK

- , Cambridge, Ontario, canada

problem #6

Dec 002000

Malibu 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles

replaced lock cylinder. Switch would not turn off. Cylinder shot and loose.

I believe all my electrical problems and fuel pump problems were caused

by the lock cylinder. GM knew about this problem in 2001. They did nothing

then and plan to do nothing now.

Update from Aug 17, 2015: I replaced the lock cylinder in may 2012 way before any recall. I have had no problem since

G M refuse to do anything, but still sends out to have something done.

- , Enfield, CT, USA

problem #5

May 012007

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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

sometimes you turn on the car and you hear it beep and you know that some off the doors whill lock some wont. then sometimes all the doors will lock. So when i hear a little beep i know something not going to work. is like my car has its own mind and plays with me. that sucks because sometimes i don't look to make sure doors are locked. also the horn will sound by itself. please help

- , Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 172010

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

My AC hasn't bee working right for a while. All of a sudden, the AC indicator light will go out and the air will get warm (I live in the South!). It usually comes back on after a while of after I pound the AC button long enough. Recently though, my car takes almost a full two second for the engine to turn over and the very same time I noticed this, the headlight low beams went out. I'm not a mechanic but this sounds like a fairly serious electrical problem to me. Does anyone have any ideas on how to solve this problem???

- , Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 182009

Malibu 3.1L V.6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,200 miles

There are (at least) 2 different electrical problems with my car, although they may stem from one core issue. First, the radio does not turn off when I shut the car off. Second, and this is the big one, my AC turns itself off and on when driving. It has to be either a loose connection or an intermittent short, since the car isn't fancy enough to have a specific temperature thermostat setting where you can set the temp to, say, 78 degrees and the climate control switches on and off automatically.

It'll roll along fine then the indicator light on the AC button will go out. A few minutes later it'll come back on then do it again. And again. I haven't noticed it behaving any differently if I go over bumps in the road, as it could conceivably do if it were just a loose connection.

This is a gigantic pain since I have a 45 minute commute and it's Phoenix in August.

- , Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Nov 122008

Malibu LS 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

I have the same problem related to a long delay in the radio, heater controls, power windows, and headlights of my car when I start it. Is there a solution because no one seems to know??

- , Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 152008

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

I also had a "service vehicle soon" light come on,then soon afterward when I would start my car the radio,dash gauges,headlights have a delayed start..Sometimes up to ten mins. before they are functioning properly..

The headlights thing is a major problem,since I work nights and need them to drive home after work.

Is this a electrical problem or what???

Should Chevy behaving a recall because of these problems???

- , Shoshoni, WY, USA

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