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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
231,373 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 132014


  • 96,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start or would stall shortly after being started. The contact vehicle would only restart after several attempts. The vehicle was driven to an independent mechanic where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who advised the contact to remove the extra weight from the key holder in order to prevent the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000. Updated 1/28/15

- Banning, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 222014


  • 1,580,000 miles
The ignition switch is acting up. I got into the car tried to start the car but there was nothing, I thought it was the battery but that was not it. Everything working. But when you turn the key there was nothing, I tried it 4 times. On the 5th time ith turned started. This has happpened 8 different times. I know there is a recall on the ignition switch but I haven't received one. I need it so that if I can ever get into a dealer ship that had parts I can get it fixed..

- Huntington, IN, USA

problem #6

Oct 012011


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start properly on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) and stated that the parts were unavailable. The dealer was uncertain when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Ashfield, NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 102014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Oakland , CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 222006


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While attempting a turn at approximate speeds of 10-15 mph, the power steering failed causing the contact to barely avoid crashing into another vehicle. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three times for concerns of the power steering failing. The dealer replaced the power steering column, ignition switch and throttle body. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 082004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,383 miles
I have had many problems with my 04 Malibu. Rough idle, power steering faliure many times took to dealer 3 times could not duplicate, brought in with power steering out at it was duplicated, but could not figure out for a while told me to continue to drive, no safety factor.finally thought they figured out put in a new steering column, 9,000 miles later back to having problems with power steering. Also problems with hard shifting, and also with ignition sticking or continuing to turn over after leeting go of the key. I would not recomend this car to anyone and they should all be wife is terrified of the car and will not is at dealer right now we are driving a loaner. Ea04018_cat

- Hamlake, MN, USA

problem #2

Jan 012004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles
Problems with keys getting stuck in ignition.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 012003


  • miles
Key gets stuck in the ignition, will not come out. Chevy service buffed key, graphited lock, but still the key is getting stuck! service said there is nothing more they can do which is totally unacceptable!!! it's a brand new car!!

- East Meadow, NY, USA

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