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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,907 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

May 252005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,500 miles


Key is not released from ignition unless shift lever is put again back in drive and then park after car is off. GM has replaced both ignition components and shift components but has not solved the problem since car was new, Malibu 2004 lt, and it means sometimes having to leave car with key in ignition if can't remove it.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #4

Dec 012004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact states that vehicle will not start. The car will die while it is idling. When getting out of vehicle and turning it off and then get ting back into the vehicle it will not start again. This happened four different times. The cd player will not work, and sometimes when he tried starting vehicle the trunk will open. So it had been several different electrical problems with this vehicle.

- Woolwich, ME, USA

problem #3

Dec 082004

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
Number one complaint. 2004 Malibu is having problems with intermittenly not starting. Purchased the car with 6000+ miles. The problem started right after purchase. Dealer can't find anything wrong. Was told to drive it until it becomes frequent problem. Last episode was on 12/8/04. Also have had warning come up on regarding the powers teering, took to dealer. They had to "reprogram the car". haven't had that problem since. Very concerned over the issue of car not starting. Worried it my quit running while driving, and cause accident.

- Auburn, KY, USA

problem #2

Aug 092004


  • miles
First two occurrences I would be completely stopped at traffic light and my Malibu would go completely dead. No warning lights on the dash would light up. The third occurrence my husband was backing out of the parking lot at home and the car went dead again. Also, at times when turning the key in the ignition the car would take 3 times to start. The first time the engine would just click like the engine wasn't turning over so to speak, then the other attempts of trying to turn the car on it would just make this god awful noise like it was trying to start but nothing would happen. I am currently filing the Florida lemon law on this vehicle.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 242003


  • 3,035 miles
After putting the key in the ignition, it became stuck and was not able to be released right away. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealership several times, but the mechanic could not resolve the problem. When the power steer locked up, the consumer had trouble turning the wheel. Steering column and steering position sensor replacedcw. Pe04031_cat

- Flint, MI, USA

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