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7.5

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$718.00
Average Mileage:
88,227 miles
Total Complaints:
17 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (11 reports)
  2. $900. later for a fuel pump and ignition switch (5 reports)
  3. have the theft system checked before replacing the fuel pump (1 reports)
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #17

Jan 172012

Malibu 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

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

It's fricking ridiculous all the damn money have put into this fricking car. With all the repairs I have put into it I could have bought myself a brand new damn car by now. I don't give a sh*t that I got 256,000 miles out of it !!!! because it cost me nearly 5 grand, if not more in maintenance, to do so.

- , Pearcy, AR, USA

problem #16

Jun 112012

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles

the anti theft system shuts off the fuel line, I believe when this repeatedly happens it destroys the fuel pump the govt should recall chevy malibus and fix the problem!

- , lehigh, fl, USA

problem #15

Dec 012011

Malibu LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

I suffered the usual fuel pump failure in 2007. Had it replaced and now it is out again we think! When I asked the mechanic how long the replacement should have lasted, he said, "About as long as the first one". Grrrrr In all I've invested $4,000.00 into this car for repairs since I bought it used in 2005. Including Head Gasket, Ignition key lock ($800), Fuel pump, Window electronics and it goes on!

- , Delaware, OH, USA

problem #14

Jan 082011

Malibu LS 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,000 miles

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

While driving to the grocery store today, my Malibu started to shudder and then just died. From past experience i'm guessing that i'ts the fuel pump or relay, but my problems with this car started much earlier. At about 40,000 miles it refused to start, it would crank over,run for a few seconds and die.The mechanic at the shop i took it to said it was a bad ignition switch assembly........$600.00! About a year later, it starts overheating. After $800.00+ worth of repairs and aggravation i found the cause of the problem...................a bad radiator cap ($5)....dammit. I have a few other things to check out before i dive into replacing the fuel pump, but i'll probably be out $400.00 to $500.00 in the end. With my car having over 167,000 mi. i guess i should be grateful that i have'nt had any more problems than i've had, but i'll NEVER buy another GM product again.

- , San Jose, CA, USA

problem #13

Jan 082011

Malibu LS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

My wife and daughter were out shopping one day, came to an intersection with intent of turning. When my daughter began to accelerate, the car died immediately. They were stranded in the middle of the intersection, luckily there were a few good gentlemen that noticed them and gave them a push to a near by bank parking lot. She called me and of course I rushed over to assist them. Once I arrived, I attempted to start the vehicle with no success. It sounded as if it wanted to turn over but just couldn't. We called a tow service and the gentlemen arrive in approximately 20min. Once we explained what happened, he stated that fuel pump failure was very common on this model car. He got under the vehicle and began to beat on the gas tank. Wow, it actually started after he did that. I was leary of paying for the tow to our house which was about 15 miles away, so I drove the vehicle home and parked it in the garage for about a month until we decided what to do. We called around, got a couple of quotes and decided to get it repaired for about $500. Overall, it has been a good vehicle for us and GM products have been good to us.

- , Grandview, MO, USA

problem #12

Jan 172011

Malibu ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,657 miles

Ok, just found this forum while trying to find a site to help me change out my fuel pump. wow, there seems to be something wrong with the 2003 malipoo. about two hours ago was leaving the grocery store, i noticed the fuel pump sounded funny when it kicked on, i kinda gunned it when i pulled off it struggled,started getting worried, made it about half a mile an she cut off,luckily i coasted into an auto parts store out traffic thank GOD. well me and the clerk checked the relay it seemed to be good. i called a tow truck an had it hauled to the house, he did me right 65 bucks for like 40 miles for him. priced a pump at the store 256. looks like chevy needs to cash all us malipoo owners off, oh yeah had to replace a front wheel bearing 1yr ago, looking like if i keep her, shes gonna become a money pit,and possible a hazard. sure sucks being stranded, no reason fuel pumps, wheel bearing, ect. should go out in half the time...not looking forward

- , Ramseur, NC, USA

problem #11

Dec 072010

Malibu 3.1

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

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

I was on my way to work when my car just died on me! Now I have had problems with the car starting recently but it would always kick on when I heard the fuel pump priming. (sounds like the fuel pump is going bad right? WRONG!!!) When it died this time the fuel pump would not prime so after 45 minutes I had to call my wife to pick me up 30 miles away at 10:30 pm. My friends who are very mechanically inclined, myself and the Auto Zone clerk all figured it had to be the fuel pump. Well, after the fuel pump was installed it shut off again but this time the theft light was on. So after referring to the owners manual the "passlock system". has been reset and all is well, for now. Except that I am stuck with a 200.00 towing bill and a 200.00 fuel pump that I did not need. And I still don't know if this is the end to the problem. If you have a similar problem check the small stuff first. It might not have anything to do with the fuel pump.

- , Dallastown, PA, USA

problem #10

Aug 202010

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

I purchase this use Malibu form the Auto Connection ,I have had on going problems with this car ,it has really gotten on my Damn nerves ,I needed a car to get back and forth to work now I'm stuck with no car I is a piece of sh*t I will never buy another one thats for sure.

- , Richmond, VA, USA

problem #9

May 282010

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

My 2003 Malibu just dies while driving - after the car is warmed up. Many things were checked, fuel filtr replaced, and no solution yet?

- , Lititz, PA, USA

problem #8

Apr 272010

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

I have had this car for 3 years and only had to replace the battery and brakes. Well I just paid last month $1000.00 to fix a front seal leak and a brake leak along with new brakes again. Now today the fuel pump goes out! another $700.00 to fix. Don't get me wrong I know a used car has issues but it't not even at 100,000 miles yet. I feel with all the other complaints of the same issue Chevy should recall and refund on this issue.

- , West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #7

Jul 182009

Malibu 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

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

THIS IS BS. I HAVEN'T EVEN HAD THE CAR THAT LONG AND IT GIVES ME ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS. IT LOST POWER WHILE A FRIEND WAS USING IT. THE BRAKE LOCKED AND SO DID THE WHEEL. I DON'T KNOW IF ITS THAT STUPID ALARM, ALL I KNOW IS THAT THE CAR SEEMS TO WANT TO START BUT NOTHING HAPPENS. I HAD A FRIEND DISCONNECT THE ALARM, THE BATTERY AND NOTHING. THE THEFT SYSTEM LIGHT SEEMS TO BE ON. WE USED STARTED FLUID TO SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN, IT WAS ALMOST GOING TO START BUT STILL NOTHING. I HAD A MECHANIC TAKE A LOOK AT IT AND HE SAID ITS THE FUEL PUMP BUT IM NOT TOO CONVINCED. THE GAS PUMP IS VERY EXPENSIVE AND I DON'T WANT TO SPEND THAT MUCH IF ALL THESE OTHER PROBLEMS ARE GOING TO BE POPPING UP. THIS CAR HASEN'T EVEN BEEN USED THAT MUCH FOR THE DAM PUMP TO GET F***ED UP. I KNOW THAT THE CAR HAS HAD OTHER REPAIR IN THE PAST BUT IT WAS DOING JUST FINE BESIDES WASTING A LOTTTT OF GAS. IF ANYONE KNOWS OF HOW TO Disable THE ALARM OR IF THE SYMPTOMS SOUND LIKE IT IS THE GAS PUMP PLEASE LET ME KNOW AT BABYCOMBO96@HOTMAIL.COM

- , Denver, CO, USA

problem #6

Jun 172009

Malibu LS 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

I can't believe all the people who have the same problem with this car and no one at G.M. has the balls to own up to the fact that this car was this kind of problem that can cause a major accident and maybe cost someone their life. I am on a set income and can not afford the costly repairs this car will probably cost me. Right now she is sitting my sons driveway not working because of the fuel pump is gone out, not to mention my theft system is giving me hell for the past month, I'm getting reading to call the G.M. hot line and complain about my car, but maybe we should all think about getting a petition together and sending it Detroit . I am still making payments on my car and and I am going to call my finance company also and complain to them.

My family have always bought G.M. cars and most of my family have worked for them for since the mid 50's. This is shame that a company that big has done nothing about something that can be potentionlly dangerous and the goverment hasn't stepped up also. I want to thank everyone who wrote on this sight because I would not have known what to do but pay the big bucks to some dealer who is out to make a sh*t load of money off all me and still have the same problems. Malibu Mom.

- , Flint, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 042009

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

I think I kicked myself in the a$$ with this one.

So, it was a Saturday night and I took my niece to hang out with her friends. On the way there my car stalled... I was sort of taken back because this had never happened. Well it stalled while I was turning at a 4Way [very inconvenient]. So I turned it off, flipped my hazards on and called my brother. He didn't know what was up so we pushed it to the side of the road and left it until the next morning. I get up Sunday and have my brother drive me down to my car. He doesn't know what it is. Thank God my neighbor runs a towing company and has a heart of gold. I call him up and he comes to tow it for free. Well, he gets under the car and bangs the fuel tank with a hammer and whaddya know, it comes on [for a few seconds].

He tells me it's the pump.. We get it home and find out that the battery died from trying to start it so much... This car has been a pain in my A$$. I've replaced the brakes and rotors twice already. Now I'm finding out the pump's on these things blow big ones AND have electrical problems?!

Fuel pump&Filter- $400

Battery- $80

Finding out you're stuck with a piece of sh*t- priceless.

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 202005

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

I am a 2003 Cevy Malibu owner. I have had many of the problems that most people have had with this car. My first problem was the engine cutting off while driving it. this was two weeks after i had bought it. Took it to the dealer and they found nothing wrong with it. Then the darn thing wouldn't start so again took it to the dealer and this time had a new computer put in it. For this i used my warranty.It cost $100.00 for an $800.00 repair. Problem solved. Not hardly. The engine cut off again while driving. Again to the dealer i went, but this time they said my warranty had been exceeded. So I took it to a mechanic and they said it was the fuel system. Had that replaced. Total cost $600.00. It was ok for a few months then it wouldn't start, the engine would cut off, now the coolant leaks and it will cost me $800.00 to fix. I also had the starter and the ignition replaced a few weeks ago. That was another $300.00. My computer was also recoded adding another $155.00 to the car repair bill. Right now my car is parked in front of my house because as i was driving on the freeway the engine cutoff. I had my 3 kids with me and we were barley missed by a semi-truck. I now refuse to drive it. I still have 5 more payments left on this car. I wish something could be done about this car. It is a safety hazard to the drivers and the passengers of these cars. What will it take for the Chevy Co. to make a recall on these cars???

- , Westland, MI, USA

problem #3

Jan 292009

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

I bought my car about four months ago and yesterday i drove to work just fine then on my first break i wanted some heat in my car so i tried to start it and it wouldn't crank like the motor wasn't getting fuel. I bought a fuel filter and changed it in the parking lot at one o'clock in the morning and after trying a few times it started so i thought i fixed it, NOT!! Today i got off work and went to my girlfriends house i left at about three in the morning and got stranded in the middle of no were. I was driving when my car began sputtering and then died so i pulled over. My dad had to come out and tow me home with a tow strap. Please if any of you figured out the problem email me at pcwbonehead@aol.com.

- , Eatonville, WA, USA

problem #2

Dec 032008

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,202 miles

I took it to the Rothrock Chevrolet Service Shop and was told that they do not know what is happening..... Has there been a recall. My car cuts off when traveling between 30 and 35 mph. What should I do... I do not want to trade in the car

- , Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 182008

Malibu 4DR 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

Bought this car used from a dealership and there was no mention of a possible problem with the fuel pump. I was on a Provencal Highway when it just died (very life threatening situation). OPP officer told me the problem right off the top of his head (common problem he sees all the time, as did the tow truck driver). I'll be contacting GMC in Detroit about this common problem for resolution (hope they are still in business so they can address this problem).-- it's no wonder the US congress might not want to help with a "bridge loan". I'm concerned though since reading this page that it might happen again so I'm going to press the shop for a warranty on the new pump and ignition switch! This is very disheartening to me since I am a Big 3 person growing up around the auto industry

- , Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada

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