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3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,065 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 172010

Malibu

  • 47,000 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 would suddenly shut off at least five to six times a day. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership but the dealer could not duplicate the failure. The dealer replaced the fuel pump, fuel modulator and coil springs. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The vehicle was at the dealership at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 47,000.

- Edwardsville , PA, USA

problem #6

May 262010

Malibu

  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. While traveling at 35 mph, the battery warning light illuminated on the dashboard. Seconds later, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle has not been diagnosed or repaired by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 9,000

- Coosbay, OR, USA

problem #5

Oct 182009

Malibu

  • miles
My wife has a 2003 Chevy Malibu. We went to take my car to an auto shop because we thought there was a leak somewhere under my car. The mechanic told me it was a gasket on the thermostat. He replaced that and still the car leaked. Then mechanic told me it was antifreeze leaking from the lower intake manifold gasket and that this was a common problem on this type of engine. Imagine how upset we was to know that cars this problem is occurring to a lot of people and that it will cost nearly $500 to fix. Since this is happening to alot of car there must be a major problem. I was later told GM uses a glue onto a gasket in this area when they build the car. GM must do better. This is not right.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #4

Jul 082009

Malibu

  • 65,452 miles

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

Went to take my car to auto shop because I thought had a transmission leak. The mechanic told me the good news, the tranny wasn't leaking, however it was antifreeze leaking from the lower intake manifold gasket and that this was a common problem on this type of engine. Imagine how upset I was to know that cars this problem is occurring to a lot of people and that it will cost $700 to fix it. The mechanic said that there was a class action suit for this defect. Considering the economic problems and all the help GM has received from americans it seems like they would help their loyal customers by fixing this for nothing. This Malibu is the 4th Chevy that I have owned since driving. If american companies want us to buy their product they should make with quality material. I also had to have the fuel pump about 3 months after buying the car in 2007. That cost me almost $800. If I had known that these cars were going have such a list of problems I would have listened to my brother and got a foreign vehicle. GM can earn some goodwill with its vehicles by admitting its mistakes and helping the little guy out, like the little guy has helped them out with the bailout.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #3

May 012008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The vehicle has been shutting off intermittently for the past eight months. The dealer keeps resetting the computer, but the failure persists. The weather was not a factor. The power steering and brakes fail without warning. The failure occurs while accelerating or cruising. The failure mileage was 132,000. Updated 2/5/09 updated 02/10/09.

- Rockwood , TN, USA

problem #2

Oct 102006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle engine hesitated and lost all power at various speeds under normal road conditions. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer, who could not identify the problem.

- Altamonte Springs, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 172004

Malibu

  • 15,000 miles
While driving 40 mph engine failed. As result, consumer engaged the vehicle in neutral and coasted to the side of the road.

- Landisburg, PA, USA

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