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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,365 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #102

Aug 142016

Malibu

  • 153,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 23 mph in the rain, the vehicle spun out of control and crashed into a cement barrier. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. Two days later, the interior of the vehicle caught fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. A police report was filed. The fire department informed the contact that the fire was due to the electrical wiring in the dashboard. The vehicle was not towed or taken to the dealer. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 153,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #101

Mar 312016

Malibu

  • 252,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 252,000. The VIN was not available.

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #100

Feb 222016

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. After the key was inserted in the ignition switch, the ignition switch failed to respond. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #99

Jan 242016

Malibu

  • 53,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the windshield transmission wiper linkage bushing failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact also stated that the rear passenger side tail lights failed. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The contact also stated that removing the key from the ignition was difficult at times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and offered no assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #98

Jan 072016

Malibu

  • 157,048 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact started the vehicle and noticed that the ignition key pulled out while the engine was still running. The contact also was able to turn the vehicle off without the key turning to the off position. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The contact called the manufacturer and was advised to take the vehicle to a local dealer to check for recalls. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who stated that there were no recalls. The contact insisted that the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 157,048.

- Bandera, TX, USA

problem #97

Sep 102015

Malibu

  • 109,821 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the key would get jammed in the ignition and there was difficultly shifting the vehicle. The vehicle could be shifted after it was warmed up. In addition, the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). The failure mileage was approximately 109,821...updated 04/26/16

- Cadillac, MI, USA

problem #96

Jun 232015

Malibu

  • 145,691 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. When the contact attempted to start the vehicle, the ignition failed while the anti theft and check engine light illuminated. The failure occurred randomly. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition cylinder was failing and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 145,691.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #95

Jul 032006

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) but the recall part was not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 02/23/16

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #94

Oct 142014

Malibu

  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine and anti theft lights illuminated. The vehicle failed to start and was towed to an independent mechanic. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 152,000.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #93

Jul 102015

Malibu

  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while turning left or right, an abnormal noise emitted from the steering wheel. The contact stated that upon trying to remove the key from the ignition, the key had to be adjusted back and forth several times in order for it to release from the ignition switch. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V153000 (steering) and 14E044000 (steering). The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 41,000.

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #92

Jun 182015

Malibu

  • 118,000 miles

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

The contact owned a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 50 mph, there was a burning odor coming from the vehicle. The contact noticed smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle and a door caught on fire. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. It was unknown who extinguished the fire. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #91

May 152015

Malibu

  • 162,825 miles
While driving I5 North I adjusted my electronic front seat for more comfort, and when I did I found the seat moving closer to the dash board, I couldn't stop it or reverse it so I frantically went from the fast lane to the shoulder of the road almost crashing into someone. When I stopped I found myself almost trapped between the steering wheel and the seat my legs were almost jammed into the underside of the dash board and the electronic seat non responsive. What I found out was that the switch had come off the control knobs and when that happens the seat went all the way forward and you have no control over it. Somebody should look into this matter. There is no recalls for this but there should be.

- Madera, CA, USA

problem #90

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 #89

May 062015

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the key was permanently stuck in the ignition switch and would not eject. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Zebulon, NC, USA

problem #88

Jun 192013

Malibu

  • miles
2004 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to switch replacement recall repairs and seeks reimbursement.

- Ferriday, LA, USA

problem #87

Dec 102014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, the steering wheel seized as the instrument panel lights failed to illuminate. The contact also stated that after ten minutes of driving, the instrument panel lights flashed and the steering wheel resumed to normal. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14R044000 (steering) but the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the electrical power system module needed to be repaired. The contact did not disclose if the vehicle was repaired or not. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000. Updated 03/30/15 updated 10/21/2015

- Levanon, OH, USA

problem #86

Apr 222010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2004 Chevrolet Malibu. Vehicle engine stopped running, while traveling on highway. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop. It was determined the ignition switch was faulty. The consumer received a recall notice and submitted documentation along with the reimbursement claim. The consumers request for reimbursement was denied. According to Chrysler, his claim for reimbursement was not valid, therefore it was not covered by the recall.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #85

Jun 022014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2004 Chevrolet Malibu. Customer states that he has received three recall notices for vehicle in June 2014 and July 2014. All three noticed indicated the parts are not available and hasn't heard any response since.

- Middleton, WI, USA

problem #84

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 #83

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

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