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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,563 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 #3

Jan 162011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering column would become loose while driving at any speed and the wheel would sporadically shake when driving over 50 mph. In addition the power steering warning light was illuminated when the failure would occur. The contact stated the failure was the second occurrence and the steering column was replaced in 2007. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired for the recent failure. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 115,000. The consumer stated the vehicle made a clunking, knocking and rattling sound when driven at a low grade speed and when the steering wheel was turned. The vehicle also shook violently. The driver seat didn't to stay on track and was difficult to adjust forward and backward. The horn and cruise control were inoperative. The brake and accelerator pedals no longer adjusted. The safety locks did not latch at times when the button was pushed and the gas cap continued to open after it was locked causing the engine light to illuminate. Updated 02/01/12

- Jeffersonville, IN, USA

problem #2

Feb 062008

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Several times when the vehicle was driven through any more than a couple inches of snow the front brakes have temporarily seized up and won't grab. The back brakes grab immediately when brake is applied. I have slid sideways around curves on a couple of occasions. The only way to free the front brakes is to slam the pedal down as if it was a panic stop. I bought this car last summer, so this is my first winter driving it.

- Leroy, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 312005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,689 miles
Brake pedal suddenly had no resistance. It happened when the vehicle was in park so there were no consequences. If it happened while driving, there would be no way to stop the vehicle. Upon visual inspection, the brake pedal pushrod was disconnected from the brake pedal. The cause appears to be that the brake pedal pushrod retainer was missing.

- Marlborough, MA, USA

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