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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,387 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.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 122004

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Problems with the:"rack and pinion steering, brakes, front suspension.

- Guayama, PR, USA

problem #6

Jan 232006

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
: the contact stated when brake pressure was applied at 15mph or less, the brakes made a loud grinding noise. The vehicle was seen by a local dealer. The dealer replaced the wheel speed sensor of the antilock brakes. The service department noted there was extensive rusting due to the corrosive road salts. There was a NHTSA recall #05V379000, regarding the antilock brakes. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #5

Nov 052004

Malibu Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
A recall for the ABS system was issued.consumer was waiting four months.

- Coeburn, VA, USA

problem #4

Sep 042004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles


After having the steering column replaced in my 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, I noticed the brake pedal is not releasing all the way. This only happens on the freeway, so for some reason only when the car exceeds 50 miles. I reported this problem to the dealer and they said they couldn't find anything wrong with the brakes. Now I am concerned that my brakes with be harmed if they are not releasing like they should.

- Sumner, WA, USA

problem #3

Aug 112004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 310 miles
While stopped at a red light the vehicles tilt steering unlocked without warning. As a result the vehicle began to roll forward even with the brakes applied. The vehicles ABS light would illuminate when the vehicle was driven. The light would go off once the vehicle was parked, turned off then turned back on.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 282004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,500 miles
The vehicle ABS control module failed prior to the consumer acting on the notice received on June 21 ( NHTSA#04V190000). The failure resulted in an accident on June 28, 2004 while driving between 20 to 25 mph. The consumer applied the brake but the ABS did not activate. As a result the driver hit the back of the vehicle in front of him.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

Jan 122004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
While driving at any speed and without warning, the vehicle lost power steering. This problem happened four times in four months. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who replaced the steering column unit. Also, the ABS light came on and the brakes made a screeching noise when depressed. The dealer replaced the ABS module and front brake hubs. Although the repairs had been done, the same problems recurred. There were electrical failures with the dash dimmer switch and headlight dimmer, the keyless entry needed to be replaced and grease leaked from the left front wheel. Pe04031_cat

- Chalfont, PA, USA

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