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1.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
109,322 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.

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 042015

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. After the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train), the engine stalled and the check engine light illuminated. The failure occurred during the thirty two mile drive from the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. Prior to having the recall repair performed, the contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000.

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #12

Oct 312015

Malibu

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when the ignition was turned to the on position, all the warning indicators illuminated and the engine failed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the control module and the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Middletown, DE, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Oct 072014

Malibu

  • 298,000 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 power steering and service engine sensors illuminated on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer. The technician serviced the vehicle according to NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic and vehicle speed control). The contact indicated that the vehicle stalled several times after the recall repair and the power steering failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer for further inspection, diagnosis and repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 298,000.

- Waynesville, GA, USA

problem #9

Jan 012014

Malibu

  • 13,916 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was diagnosed. However, the contact was unaware of the diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 13,916.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #8

Oct 042012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
Theft system kept car from cranking.

- Stantonsburg, NC, USA

problem #7

Jun 152009

Malibu

  • 80,000 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 70 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The dealer stated that the fuel relay switch overheated and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also indicated that the brake lights failed and were replaced multiple times. In addition, the headlights would not illuminate bright enough to see in front of the vehicle while driving at night. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the headlight assembly needed to be replaced. While activating the cruise control at any speed, the vehicle would suddenly accelerate on its own. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #6

May 062013

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start after numerous attempts. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Kansas City , MO, USA

problem #5

May 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 233,272 miles
My battery light came on this morning and I came home from lunch tried making a left turn onto a street and my steering wheel locked on me. I couldn't turn my car, now my car won't even start. I barely made it home, thank god because I almost crashed into my neighbors house from my steering wheel locking.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 012014

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the contact refused diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage on the vehicle was 205,000.

- White Bear Lake, MN, USA

problem #3

Mar 192014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles

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

While driving around a corner the engine shut off, the key was not turned to the off position. I was able to glide the car to a parking lot, turned the key to the off position, let the car sit for a few minutes, turned it back on and continued driving.

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #2

Dec 282012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while parking, the steering wheel failed with the illumination of the power steering warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnosis where it was advised to the contact that the motor and the power steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 28,000.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #1

May 262011

Malibu

  • 108,000 miles
Since purchasing the vehicle (used), there have been more than 12 instances where the car cuts out while driving. This has occurred at speeds as high as 55 mph. There is a total loss of power and the car must be brought to a rolling stop outside of the traffic flow. Also, there have been weekly instances of the car failing to start. This has since increased to daily. The key will only start the ignition when the dash lights (battery, oil, etc) are on, and they are on and off completely at random. Sometimes I have to wait up to 10 minutes with the key partially turned before the lights come on and I can turn it the rest of the way and start the car. The other electrical issue that has happened is that the blower fan has gone on and off and the power windows have gone on and off.

- Richmond, IL, USA

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