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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,836 miles

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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.

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #18

Aug 142012

Malibu

  • miles

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

Inflated.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #17

Aug 142016

Malibu

  • 153,000 miles
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 #16

Mar 012016

Malibu

  • 116,700 miles
Air bag light warning light staying on while in motion

- Bay City, TX, USA

problem #15

Dec 132015

Malibu

  • 315,000 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 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 #14

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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problem #13

Oct 032014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond. As a result, the contact crashed into a tree stump and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a chest injury that did not require medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed however, the body damage was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available.

- Newville, AL, USA

problem #12

May 262013

Malibu

  • miles

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

The contact owned a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While traveling through a stop sign at an unknown speed, another vehicle crashed into the passenger side of the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact stated that there were additional items on the key ring at the time of the crash. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a bruised knee. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #11

Oct 272013

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while stop in a parking lot, another vehicle crashed into contact vehicle and the horn malfunctioned. As result, the contact was unable to alert the other vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. In addition, the contact stated the brake lights became inoperable intermittently. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The manufacturer was not notified about the failures. The failures recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnose or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Stillwater, OK, USA

problem #10

Jul 012014

Malibu

  • 91,000 miles
First of all im waiting on parts for two recalls for my 2004 Chevy Malibu. I find it a little dangerous and for some reason nobody has been able to give me any information on what I need to do or have no idea when the parts are going to be available. My seat on the driver side feels like it is detached on one side. I have read several complaints about this happening to other people. My car randomly decides to accelerate sometimes. I cannot give you mileage or tell you exact times when it happens because it's about five times a year. I think it's when I'm on cruise control so I find it bizarre that all of a sudden my car starts speeding. I have had my car serviced and even a new engine put in and reset but my service airbag light is still on? my horn will work randomly but not all the time and this makes me feel a little unsafe because a horn is needed for warning people of danger. Thanks [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Great Falls, MT, USA

problem #9

Aug 302013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 37,800 miles
Lady lost control of car and hit a truck and smashed passenger side front section and air bags deployed. She did not have the money to pay the tow company so she let them have the car. I found this information on car facts online. My son lives in mo and purchased the car and I purchased the car due to the low miles on the car and now having problems getting the air bags to function properly. I also caller deery brothers Chevrolet dealership and they checked my VIN and this car does have a recall on it.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #8

Apr 022014

Malibu

  • 68,000 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 while driving 25 mph, the power steering stop working and the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 68,000.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 142013

Malibu

  • 147,000 miles
I was driving heard a pop and then the airbag light came on. I then noticed the wheel was turned half way and I was still going straight. This was very dangerous thank god I was on a street alone. I took it to the dealer (hove) they told me my extended warrant had expired due to mileage and it was $1300 to fix. On top of the issue of safety I also don't have the cash and I need my car. I have seen all the reports from this problem and strongly feel this should be a recalled piece.

- Bourbonnais, IL, USA

problem #6

May 212010

Malibu

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu lt. The contact stated there was an abnormal clicking sound sporadically coming from the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times but the dealer was unable to diagnose or duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where he was advised the failure was within the power steering. The mechanic replaced the power steering column and the air bag sensor at the contact's expense. The failure mileage was 78,000 and the currentmileage was 79,000.

- Sterling , VA, USA

problem #5

Feb 262010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
The driver information center would reset the time. It also displayed "service air bag" as soon as the car turns on. When driving on the freeway, my steering wheel lost its power steering and the driver information center displayed "power steering" along with a car and wrench light flashing from the gauge window. This has not been fixed due to reading a customer satisfaction program that affected certain 2004 Chevrolet Malibu's. should not be responsible for a defect that the dealer was aware of. A real scare when driving on the road, let alone on the freeway.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 182004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,500 miles
The car cut off while I was driving and in heavy traffic more than once. There was no warning that this would happen. The car was serviced before for this problem but it continued to happen. I have had 3 recalls, the horn fuse has been replaced twice, and the blinker is currently out. The steering collar has also been replaced. This car was supposed to be a new car.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #3

May 192004

Malibu

  • miles
Problems with power steering and air bags on 2004 Chevrolet Malibu.** answer required***. the consumer was involved in an accident in which the air bags did not deploy. While driving the power steering stopped working.

- Elmont, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 192005

Malibu

  • 8,900 miles
When hit on the driver's sideat 55 mph side air bags did not deploy. Consumer sustained neck injuries. Vehicle was towed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Plainfield, WI, USA

problem #1

Sep 082004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150 miles
While driving, the air bag light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealership and the mechanic told the consumer not to panic, because it was normal. The passenger side door was permanently lock from the outside.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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