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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,103 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 302010


  • 98,103 miles


Vehicles intermediate drive shaft was going out. Every turn you made it would make a clunking sounds. Occurred on the vehicle right after it was bought. Talked to dealer and they said it just needed to be lubed. Lubed vehicle ourselves and did nothing. After time the clunking would get louder and louder. Took it to different repair shop and it was the intermediate drive shaft. I had heard from a source that the 2006 Malibu's had a recall on the steering column but they did not recall the 2005. The vehicles structure behind them are exactly the same just different body styles. This is not safe if it were to have gone out if we had to have been making some sort of a turn or driving down a highway or interstate. I have seen numerous accounts of this happening to the same year and make as mine on car did have the part replaced.

- Manning, IA, USA

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