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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,975 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.

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Jun 302016

Malibu

  • 200,000 miles

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

Power steering locks up during acceleration and service air bag light never goes off, and after new brake rotors/pads the brake light stays on. Brake fluid light on with full fluid.

- Steger, IL, USA

problem #28

Jun 172016

Malibu

  • miles
I have to replace my signal lights every 2 to 3 months and they look like they melted inside also I have problems with my fuel like my car is not getting fuel while driving. And I'm angry because I've had my car for about 9 years and no one has ever mailed a recall to my home for anything on my car and I may be putting my life in danger. I learned about these recalls from my insurance company.

- Maumelle, AR, USA

problem #27

Jun 172013

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owned a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While traveling approximately 35 mph, the low beam headlamp assembly failed to work. The contact applied the brake pedal, which did not respond and extended to the floorboard. The contact stated that the vehicle spun around and crashed into a guardrail. The contact was unable to confirm if the air bags deployed. The contact was unconscious and was transported to the hospital. The driver sustained head injuries, broken wrists, a punctured and collapsed lung, and additional internal injuries that required medical treatment. The contact also stated that his teeth were fractured from his mouth due to the impact of the crash. A police report was filed. The contact also received several recall notifications pertaining to NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V224000 (power train). The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was not available.

- El Centro , CA, USA

problem #26

Jun 212014

Malibu

  • 108,300 miles

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

I was on my way to school. When I took my exit (23 on route 2), the car simply turned off, locking my steering wheel. I lost control, spung twice and landed on the ramp of that exit. The car has been useless since then. I called the recall hotline to get support and they did nothing for me. I'm left with no car and no support by the GM team that forward me endless recall letters. I've had endless issues with this car since I financed it. Endless repairs, close accidents encounter because of car sensor issues. Brakes no properly working. Traction failing. It has been a nightmare. How can I get support for a vehicle which I loved so dearly and yet nearly cost me my life?

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #25

Aug 182014

Malibu

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 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). The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired according to the recall, but the failure persisted. The service brake warning indicator light flashed on and off sporadically. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Marriam, KS, USA

problem #24

Mar 082015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While shifting into the drive position, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle did not stop. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 114,000. Updated 4/21/15

- Girard, GA, USA

problem #23

Dec 192014

Malibu

  • 180,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the brakes failed to respond. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and believed the failure was related to the recall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #22

Nov 062014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notifications 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 stated that the parts needed were unavailable to repair the vehicle under the recalls. The dealer was unable to inform when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the delay. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #21

Jan 242014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
My daughter-in-law was driving the vehicle to work, lost control of the car, went off the road and hit a tree. Her brakes would not engage and she lost power in the steering forcing her to go off the road and hit a tree. There have been several recalls on the vehicle but it is not drivable, I still have the vehicle at my house.

- Cheboygan, MI, USA

problem #20

Sep 222014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
I got an important safety recall message in the mail. So I need to make an appointment and I want to do it online. The reason for being recalled should be in your records.

- Hazel Crest, IL, USA

problem #19

Oct 062013

Malibu

  • 80,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the brake pedal failed to stop the vehicle and the steering wheel seized. The contact crashed into a tree and sustained minor injuries that require medical attention. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Edinburg, TX, USA

problem #18

Aug 062014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). While the vehicle was at a complete stop, it jerked violently. The contact had to exert force on the brake pedal to keep the vehicle at a stop. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 022014

Malibu

  • miles
My name is [xxx]. I am submitting this complaint on behalf of a close family member, [xxx] is 90 years with no access to a computer. He resides at [xxx], and owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. [xxx] received three safety recall notices that are summarized below: June 2014 - first recall notice stated: Your vehicle, equipped with eps may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist that could occur at any time while driving. Steering control can be maintained, as the vehicle will revert to a manual steering mode, but would require greater driver effort at low vehicle speeds, which could result in an increased risk of a crash. July 2014 - second recall notice stated: Traction control, electronic stability control (ecs), and panic braking assist features, if equipped, may be disabled. Service ESC and/or traction control tell-tales lights may illuminate with this condition. These conditions may increase the risk of a crash. July 2014 - third recall notice stated: Your vehicle has a condition in which the transmission shift cable may fracture at any time. If the driver cannot place the vehicle in park, and exists the vehicle without applying the park brake, the vehicle could roll away and a crash could occur with prior warning. [xxx] contacted the local Chevrolet dealership in June 2014. The local Chevrolet dealership is: Keller Chevrolet ([xxx]),. resolution: [xxx] feels that while he is waiting for GM to receive replacement parts for his 2005 Malibu, the local dealership should provide him with a safe loaner vehicle as his existing 2005 Malibu. [xxx] can be reached at: [xxx] thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #16

Aug 162014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 200,022 miles
I am a mechanic and I do preventive maintenance for a living I noticed my parking brake cable to be worn very thin and cause of the recent recalls if a user were to hit the parking brake in an emergency or just to apply it the brake might not apply I strongly believe there should be a safety recall for this cause the line is rubbing against the frame and there is no simple fix it has to be replaced and a plate installed to keep it from rubbing against the frame.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #15

Aug 112014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
We have received 3 separate recall notices from GM. (1 for electric steering, 1 for brake apply sensor and 1 for a shift cable fracture). However, GM will not fix any of the problems. They tell us to call the dealer. The dealer then tells us that GM will not supply the parts. Upon calling GM a third time, they will not reveal who is making these parts, where they are coming from, or have any idea when they will be available. They again instruct us to call the dealer. Each recall states that it is an "important safety recall" in accordance federal laws but yet nobody will fix any of the issues. The first recall notice came in 2012 for electric steering. We are still being told there are not parts to fix this. The brake apply sensor came in July 2014. The shift cable fracture also came in July 2014. (this indicates that the cable can snap while driving).

- North Versailles, PA, USA

problem #14

Aug 162010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I have received numerous recall notices and whenever I call a dealer I am told either there is no recall for this notice or they don't have the parts for this recall. I think they are waiting for me to either get rid of the car or get in an accident. If my car is affected I want it fixed. Is there anything the NHTSA can do?

- Elmhurst, IL, USA

problem #13

Jun 022014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
To date, I have received 3 different recall notices from GM dealing with my vehicle. Though I understand that these parts may not be available immediately, I don't and will never understand why I am unable to get a loaner car until these problems can be taken care of. I was instructed to drive my vehicle until I had a problem and then it would be taken care of. What kind of advice is that? I've talked to several people today about my issue and no one cares. I can pretty much guarantee none of them would have their wives and small children in the same position I'm in. All I want to be able to do is go to work and make it home safely to my child.

- Desoto, TX, USA

problem #12

Jun 302014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
I own a 2005 Malibu. I keep getting recall letters (electronic steering, ignition, body control module) they have no parts to repair any of them. What good is a recall when you can't get your car fixed? how long does the gov give manufacturers to actually repair a recall. Seems to me if the default(s) is/are dangerous enough to issue a recall, there should be some repercussions when GM does not repair recalls in a timely manner. Should I just go to the dealer and demand a rental till my car is made safe to drive" how about a picket sign? should I go and pay an independent mechanic and bill GM" [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #11

Jul 072014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the power steering failed intermittently. The contact stated that the vehicle resumed normal functioned immediately after being restarted. The contact mentioned that he received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded the reasonable amount of time for the repairs. The dealer stated the parts were not available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not taken for diagnostic test. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 87,000. Updated 08/27/14 updated 09/18/2014

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #10

Jul 102014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
Over a course of three years, I've continuously had problems with my taillights going out, cruise control malfunctioning, etc. I've had several near miss accidents because of this issue. My brake lights randomly go on and go off while my car is in motion and when braking the brake lights fail to "light up". I have had several mechanics give me different diagnosis' and have spent a few hundred dollars to remedy this and every thing has failed. I recently did some research and came across this which is exactly what is wrong with my vehicle. www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/owners/searchresults my car was also given a diagnosis of what might be wrong with my vehicle and the mechanic at Chevrolet specifically mentioned that after I spend $700 to get this fixed, this might not remedy the problem. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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