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1.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,462 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu accessories - interior problems

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #64

Jun 012016

Malibu

  • 87,400 miles

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

Front drivers power seat frame weld broke right side causing the seat to drop and wobble. Not safe with a seat not properly attached to seat track

- Elmhurst, IL, USA

problem #63

Nov 202009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
The weld on the drivers seat broke.

- Southport, NC, USA

problem #62

Mar 082016

Malibu

  • 129,400 miles
Had been noticing progressively worsening sag in seat over past week. Got in car this evening and felt seat kind of pop. Seat now sags to back and to right. Found broken bracket on right front of driver seat frame; partly broken weld and partly "ripped" metal.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

problem #61

Feb 082016

Malibu

  • 85,000 miles

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

Side of the seat frame is broken. Happened while car was in motion.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #60

Dec 262015

Malibu

  • 200,658 miles
The front driver electric seat sags to down and to the right. Bar across the bottom of front seat near motor as broken right near the weld.right before where it bolts down. Car was purchased and they this issue was found.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #59

Nov 092015

Malibu

  • 80,000 miles
Noticed driver seat was tilted to the right when sitting on it recently. Inspected underneath and saw a weld that looks broken. Broken metal bar (image attached). Looked online and see many others have complained. www.automotiveforums.com/T919217-discuss2004_chevy_malibu_maxx_broken_power_seat.html www.carcomplaints.com/Chevrolet/malibu_maxx/2004/accessories-interior/seats-4.shtml dealer says it will cost about $1000 but this seems like a safety issue if I'm in a crash and the seat is not properly fastened to the car.

- Moscow, ID, USA

problem #58

Jun 232015

Malibu

  • 128,124 miles

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

Underneath the front seat where a small pipe connecting the seat to the rails broke off at the weld. This made the driver seat to lean to the right and moves from side to side while driving. It's very unstable! it will be a cause of death or injury since the seat belt is part of the system. Upon closer look, it appears the job was not done properly. Poor welding and poor workmanship is very obvious upon inspection. A quick search in the internet shows it's a common problem on Chevy Malibu. This needs to be recalled as it poses danger to the driving public.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

problem #57

Jul 022015

Malibu

  • 80,000 miles
Driver's seat rail broke. Seat tilts towards console, not allowing proper seat positioning and rocks back and forth.

- Mount Zion, IL, USA

problem #56

Jul 152014

Malibu

  • 60,000 miles
Frame on drivers seat failed while adjusting seat. Seat no longer firmly attached to frame, risk of going through windshield in front end crash since seat no longer attached.

- West Branch, IA, USA

problem #55

May 152015

Malibu

  • 162,825 miles
While driving I5 North I adjusted my electronic front seat for more comfort, and when I did I found the seat moving closer to the dash board, I couldn't stop it or reverse it so I frantically went from the fast lane to the shoulder of the road almost crashing into someone. When I stopped I found myself almost trapped between the steering wheel and the seat my legs were almost jammed into the underside of the dash board and the electronic seat non responsive. What I found out was that the switch had come off the control knobs and when that happens the seat went all the way forward and you have no control over it. Somebody should look into this matter. There is no recalls for this but there should be.

- Madera, CA, USA

problem #54

May 072013

Malibu

  • 80,000 miles

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

Power drivers seat frame broke at a weld. This occurred while I was travelling at 65mph on the highway. I startled me and I swerved almost hitting another car. I have seen many people complain of the seat frame breaking in the exact same spot at a weld. This is obviously a manufacturing defect and because this can be a safety issue a recall should be issued. Also - I believe the seatbelt is connected to the seat. Definitely a safety issue. I have seen complaints from many people of varying sizes/weights. Even a smaller, 125lb woman had the same thing happen.

- Danielson, CT, USA

problem #53

Sep 012004

Malibu

  • 100 miles
Reporting multiple issues. Increased problems after recall work performed..items 2 and 3. item 1 from the original purchase and no GM solution on what has been a wide spread part quality problem documented. Drivers side seat early on from purchase dealer welded break once. Broke again driving with broken seat now leg nerve back problems. Concern on safety if in accident a..no recall why no option to get replacement parts or seat why"???? while driving vehicle power steering went out reduced acceleration dashboard varying lights random varies off and on able to coast out of traffic. No ability to restart. Towed dealer indicated need to replace generator and battery both performed vehicle drains unable to start jump start runs fails again later - no solution problem started after dealership recall work done on ignition switch related to recall work???? sitting in driveway - do we tow back to dealership that had us replace the generator as an unnecessary expense??? selector malfunction not working serviced now no ability to use low gear selection push button. Stays on 3 why again related to recall work performed??? some sensations of slippage between gears as well. Why?" like the vehicle and want it to be safe to drive and keep in service. Loyal GM family member that is considering changing manufacturers. Saturn owner - no longer available Pontiac owner Grand Am no loner available Pontiac vibe owner Chevrolet Blazer owner Chevrolet camero. Chevrolet Impala our family list goes on. More difficult to keep the family loyal drop down box on vehicle never displayed.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #52

Apr 082015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 134,295 miles
I sat down in the vehicle and found that the drivers seat was leaning. I looked on line to see if I could fix it myself. I found a lot of complaints that the welds break and this is a common problem with these vehicles. I contacted Chevrolet and they told me I had to have the vehicle checked by a Chevy dealer. I brought the vehicle in and they told me that the seat welds did break. I am not an overly heavy person, so I thought that even though the vehicle was older, that this is a design problem, and not an age or neglect problem by the owner. Chevrolet told me that since the car was too old, I was responsible for getting it fixed. This is a safety issue, as if I get in an accident with the vehicle, the fact that the seat belt is attached to the seat, and the seat is not secured, I can be hurt badly. If I were the only person with the problem, I could see why I should fix it. Since this is a known problem with these vehicles, it appears that it is a design flaw, and poor quality workmanship from Chevrolet. I have attached the web site that I saw the complaints on. It is: www.carcomplaints.com/Chevrolet/Malibu/2004/accessories-interior/seats.shtml. some of those complaints state that they filed complaints with you. Please check on this as this is a very serious problem and could cause lives lost. I would appreciate a reply to tell me how I go about getting this problem resolved. Thank you

- Oconto, WI, USA

problem #51

Oct 042014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at various speeds, an abnormal noise emitted from the driver side seat. The contact also stated the driver side seat moved intermittently and leaned to the right. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the frame section needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Updated 5/29/15 the consumer stated an inspection revealed two welds within the driver's seat frame broke away causing the seat to wobble. Updated 06/04/15

- St Louis Park, MN, USA

problem #50

Oct 122011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
When seat was moved, it became very loose and rocks back and forth as well as side to side. Dealer tech said there was an inferior weld which connects the seat to the base and it is broken. Told me if we weld it back together it cancels the warranty on it as we're putting a new weld on top of an inferior one and it may not hold. Have not done anything to fix it. Cost is too much and not guaranteed. I have the seat propped up with wooden blocks and it is always moving so needs continual adjusting which is difficult to get just right. This is a serious safety issue as this seat will move in a sudden stop or sharp turn. Only seat belt will hold me and seat in place. Could cause serious injury to me. I listed the part above but it wouldn't stay there. I believe it is the driver seat assembly. This change is urgent - don't know why GM won't fix it since it was a mistake in the assembly process and is extremely dangerous to drive with the seat constantly moving. It's like sitting on a ball.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #49

Jan 222014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Electric power seats frame broke. Seats won't adjust, and leans to the side.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #48

Dec 212014

Malibu

  • 134,000 miles
Driver seat rail broke... I barley move the seat.. I'm 5'3" and my daughter is 5'2" she just started driving and tried to move the seat up just a little then we heard a loud screeching sound the seat did move up, but it was slow.. that's when I check to see what was wrong and the rail the seat is on was broke. There are several complaint about this same problem, so clearly it's not our fault. And why does it cost so much to get fixed? www.automotiveforums.com/T919217-discuss2004_chevy_malibu_maxx_broken_power_seat.html.

- Ellenwood, GA, USA

problem #47

Dec 052014

Malibu

  • 143,681 miles
My daughter purchased this car about a year ago, she stated the drivers side seat would not adjust. I assumed a bad adjustment motor. When I examined the seat I discovered that the welds on the front cross-bar and the rear cross bar were separated between the seat and lower adjustment frame, this causes the drivers seat to lean toward the center console and rear of the vehicle. Upon first examination I thought the welds had broken, but on closer examination it appears that the weld did not penetrate the metal far enough as the weld and bar were both intact, except for some superficial scaring on the tubing. This results in a major safety problem as the seat belt is attached to the seat at the right side of the drivers seat, not to the floor of the vehicle. Should this vehicle be involved in a frontal crash these broken welds render the seat belt ineffective at best or useless, depending on the weight of the driver. If the air bags do not deploy the driver will be thrown foreword along with the seat with the appearance that the drivers weight broke the seat, when in-fact the seat was either broken already or severely weakened by inadequate welds. A cursory on line search revealed that this defect exists in the Chevy Malibu, monta carlo, Pontiac Grand Prix, Pontiac G6, Saturn aura and ion. Model years 1999 through 2009. I contacted GM ref#[xxx] and as with many other on line complaints were told in essence too bad out of warranty your problem not ours. I am fully capable of welding this frame my self, and will do so however, GM dealers charge app $1000. For the repair and if using the same stock frames, will install a faulty frame. In my opinion these faulty welds expose people without a passing familiarity to mechanics, to unnecessary expense as well as an unnecessary safety hazard. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

problem #46

Apr 152014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 98,933 miles
Driver seats tilts to the right and can not adjust forward or backward. Had it repaired at my local mechanic (re-weld) at a cost of $214. Now it is broken again.

- Garrettsville, OH, USA

problem #45

Nov 042008

Malibu

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the front drivers seat weld failed causing the seat to become unstable. The contact mentioned that the seat belt failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed the seat weld had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Cumming, GA, USA

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