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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,154 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #7

May 102008


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the left and right turn signals seem to shut off immediately after they were engaged which made it impossible to alert the other driver that she was making a turn. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor had it been repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised her that he vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

- Round Roack, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 062009


  • miles
The turn signals on my 2003 Chevy Malibu don't always work, I flip the switch and sometimes they blink and sometimes they don't. sometimes they stop blinking before the turn is actually made. This is annoying and dangerous. I've had to miss turns because my turn signal wont come on and to avoid being rear ended I just keep going, there should be a recall for this!

- Fredericksburg, PW, USA

problem #5

Nov 102008


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that there was an electrical issue with her vehicle. The turn signals would operate without initialization and the power door locks were also inoperable. The check engine warning light continued to illuminate on the instrument panel; however, there were no other failures. The independent mechanic advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer could not assist with the repairs because there were no recalls available. The current and failure mileages were less than 87,000.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 102008


  • 88,075 miles


I had a problem with my turn signals. They would work when they wanted to. I took my car to a Chevy dealer to find out what it was and how much it was going to cost to fix the problem. The service attendant was very knowledgeable about this particular problem. I was told that they had recall up to 2002 Malibu for this same problem but of course mine is A2003 so I had to pay for it to be repaired. The cost was $110 which wasn't bad but the 2002 and 2003 parts interchange. So why wouldn't they have same recall?

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #3

Oct 012007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
A few months ago my 2003 Chevrolet Malibu turn signals stopped working for no reason. Some days they work and some they don't. this is very dangerous if you have to make a turn and another vehicle is behind you. Also the front right side of the vehicle makes a creaking rubbing noise and a clunking noise. It's very irritating.

- Nashville, TN, USA

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problem #2

Mar 092006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
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 #1

Sep 252006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
My 2003 Chevy Malibu is having the same problem with the turn signals and four way flashers as noted in you posted information below. ODI opened the investigation based on 9 complaints of turn signals operating sporadically on the 2000-2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The turn signals quit working without warning and may occur while the vehicle is in motion or standing still. GM identified the hazard switch as the root cause of this problem. Electrical current to the turn signal passes through the hazard switch. Failure of the hazard switch results in loss of turn signals and hazard lights. GM reports 318, 184 and 201 consumer complaints for the Malibu, Alero and Grand Am respectively. GM also reports the following models have the same design turn signal/hazard switch as the Chevrolet Malibu: Chevrolet corvette, Monte Carlo, and Impala; Oldsmobile intrigue and Alero; and the Pontiac Grand Am. The complaint and warranty data show the highest occurrence of the problem in the my 2000-2001 Malibu, Alero, and Grand Am.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

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