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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,510 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #44

Aug 142012

Malibu

  • miles

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

Inflated.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #43

Jul 142014

Malibu

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. Prior to the contact owning the vehicle, the dealer indicated that a recall repair was completed for the transmission shift cable. Upon driving the vehicle, the gear failed to properly shift into park and other gears. As a result, the contact could only shift into the drive low gear at an extremely low rate of speed. The dealer replaced the transmission shift cable twice after the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #42

Dec 132015

Malibu

  • 315,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 15 mph, the transmission shift cable failed. As a result, the contact lost braking and steering functions. The failure resulted in a front end collision. The air bags did not deploy. Prior to this failure, the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). A police report was filed. There were no injuries sustained that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed but it was unknown if it was diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 315,000.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #41

Dec 272014

Malibu

  • miles

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

Airbag light continues to come on. I've had this car since 1/31/2014.used. No accidents. Power steering went out. Took to GMC for recall. 2/2014 claimed it was fixed. 11/2014 steering wheel hard to turn..now the tires won't turn to the right. Loud clonking noise when I turn the steering. Tires won't turn..near accident. Had car since 1/2014.took for recalls 2/2014 7/2014 transmission died. 1000+ in repairs. This car is a safety hazard and I am still paying for this car. Something needs to be done so that I don't have to continue to come out of pocket and waste my money.

- East Saint Louis, IL, USA

problem #40

Nov 302015

Malibu

  • 144,067 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that when the gear shifter stick was changed from park to drive and while driving at various speeds or coming to a stop, the vehicle jerked. In addition, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 144,067. Updated 02/05/16

- Milton, FL, USA

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problem #39

Aug 292015

Malibu

  • 161,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While reversing at 5 mph, the vehicle failed to shift gears. The contact stated that the emergency brake had to be applied in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and was informed that the vehicle was previously repaired under a manufacturer recall related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 161,000.

- Chincoteague, VA, USA

problem #38

Jun 102015

Malibu

  • 68,000 miles

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

While driving my car through an intersection, the transmission completely gave out and I lost all power to the engine and had to swerve. Having suddenly lost all power to the engine I maneuvered to the side of the road and narrowly avoided a collision. The car is perfectly maintained and the service representatives at the Chevrolet dealership (bunnin Chevy) concluded this was a manufacturer error.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #37

Apr 102014

Malibu

  • 167,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, the vehicle went into reverse instead of neutral and there was a loud grinding noise. The contact merged to the side of the road, where the transition failed. The failure recurred once. The vehicle was towed to the contact's resident. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 167,000.

- Diomandhead , MS, USA

problem #36

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 #35

Apr 012015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2004 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to transmission recall notice. The parts were not available

- South Boston, VA, USA

problem #34

Feb 262015

Malibu

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V153000 (steering) and 14V224000 (powertrain) and stated that the parts needed were unavailable to repair the vehicle. The dealer was unable to inform when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #33

Feb 242015

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train) however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Cumberland, WI, USA

problem #32

Jan 282015

Malibu

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle would not accelerate over 15 mph. In addition, the engine warning light illuminated and flickered on the instrument panel. The contact also stated that there was a transmission fluid burning odor. The contact stated that the burning door did not occur until after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Fort Lauderdale , FL, USA

problem #31

Jan 122015

Malibu

  • 154,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that gears failed to shift properly and the transmission slipped. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, he lost control of the vehicle as the gear slipped from drive and upon turning the steering wheel to the right, the vehicle went to the left and crashed into a barrier. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V224000 (power train) however, the part was not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 154,000.

- Gasper, IN, USA

problem #30

Mar 012014

Malibu

  • 162,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and there was a sudden increase in engine rpms. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle jerked before shifting into gear and the engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V153000 (steering) and 14V224000 (power train). The failure mileage was 162,000.

- Elkins, WV, USA

problem #29

Sep 202014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering), and NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). The contact was not certain of when the part and remedy would become available to schedule the appointment for the repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the safety concern with the three recalls and the contact was still waiting for the parts to schedule the recall appointment. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #28

May 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2004 Chevrolet Malibu experiencing power steering problems, ABS and shift cable, all replaced. The consumer stated the vehicle was taken to the repair shop seven times, due to power steering failure, which resulted in the steering locking up. The consumer was involved in two accidents, in which the air bags failed to deploy. The consumer received a transmission, steering and brake recall. However, the parts were not available.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #27

Aug 222014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train) however the part to the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was unavailable.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #26

Oct 062014

Malibu

  • miles
The traction light, ABS brake light, and service light are coming on and do not go out. The shift gear also has a problem.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #25

Jul 282014

Malibu

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift from drive into park. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who stated that the shift lever cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering), but the part was not available. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Raymond, ME, USA

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