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6.9

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$130.00
Average Mileage:
65,582 miles
Total Complaints:
18 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (11 reports)
  2. connect it to a diagnostic machine and it resets itself (3 reports)
  3. cut the dark green wire with the white stripe from the door (1 reports)
  4. disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, refreshes the ats (1 reports)
  5. replaced pass lock sensor (1 reports)
  6. Reset it (1 reports)
2005 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #18

Feb 102008

Malibu Classic 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

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

GM NEEDS TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. 4 years & a thousand dollars later finally done.

- , Ashtabula, OH, USA

problem #17

Jan 132011

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

the 2005 chevy malibu is a waste of a car. the anti theft system is a pain in the ass. ive had the car since 2006. after two years the anti theft system keeps activating. it activates at anytime of the day. or night. i got word that if the anti theft system triggers, turn the key to the on position and let it sit in that position for seven minutes. it should turn itself off. it has worked so far, but today it triggered in the middle of an intersection. i had to push my car to the side of the road. then, start the de-activate procedure. i haven't had any luck how to turn it off. ive asked mechanics, servicemen and friends about how to fix it. nobody knows. this will be the last chevy i buy. good ole american craftmanship. what a joke.

- , Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #16

Jun 052010

Malibu 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,124 miles

This crappy auto theft system locked on one of the most important days of my wifes life. She and some ladies from church had planned a Mother Daughters seminar for months and guess what? The morning of the seminar this freaking car would not even start. She was scheduled to open with a prayer and speech. This is the second time this has happened. The first time we had no idea what was wrong with this car, had it towed at 2:00am (cost more because it was late) we were about 17 miles from home. The repair shop reset the system, told us about the ten minute reset solution, but this time it didnt even work.

I am furious. Now some more expensive procedure has got to be done. Not to mention the brakes are squeaking again after replacing the pads about 2 months ago, and several cosmetic things that are constantly falling apart. This was a very cheaply made automobile that I would NEVER BUY AGAIN. I think a Swhinn bicycle would last longer.

- , Jackson, MS, USA

problem #15

Jan 282010

Malibu 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

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

I was at work (26 miles away from home) and had to run around the campus several times which meant I was started the engine and cutting the engine off a lot. At one point we had an emergency and I had to pull my car off the road and onto a gravel parking lot at which time it would not start again. I had the mechanics at work take a look at it and they tried everything they could think of to get it restarted but couldn't. We ran the battery down trying to start it.

I had to let it sit at work for 5 weeks until I thought I saved enough money to get it worked on. I then had it towed and the auto shop said they charged the battery and it started right up for them. I told him I was not picking up the car until he could tell me why it kept doing this. He said the only thing he could think of what the Auto-Theft system and that I should unhook the positive post for 15 minutes and then try starting it. It should fix it OR I should bring it to a shop and have it hooked up to a diagnostic machine and the machine will reset it. Other than that, he had no idea. It has done it to me twice since then and is currently sitting in my driveway right now. I wasn't aware of the reset option so my husband is going to try it and see if it works.

- , Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #14

Aug 122009

Malibu 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

I stopped at Wal-Mart to get an oil change and when I tried to start the car to pull my car up, it wouldn't start. The mechanics came out and tried to check fuses, etc. but to no avail. I eventually called my husband because I was thinking it may be the key. He brought his key up there and we tried again and it still wouldn't start. I had to call a tow truck to tow it to a nearby shop. The mechanics came out and was going to push it into the stall but decided to try and start it and it started right up. They checked everything on the car (battery, fuel pump, fuses, etc) and couldn't not find a single thing wrong with my car. Was off work for 1/2 day due to this issue.

- , Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #13

Apr 122009

Malibu Classic 2.2L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

I have a 2005 malibu and the theft system keeps going off. I also know several people with cars like mine that deal with the same problem. It is ridiculous that there is not a recall on this!!!! My car has only 56,000 miles and its acting like it has 150,000+!!!

- , Newbern, NC, USA

problem #12

Sep 242009

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,345 miles

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

The alarm system started going off at my wifes' work, she had to constantly be excused to go turn it off, It started going off all night long and killing the battery everywhere we would go. I had to carry a different battery and jumper cables around with me. The dealership said we had a dead cell in our battery, so we got a new one and it made no difference. The dealership then said they might could fix it but GM didn't give them any information about how the alarm system was wired, so it would cost a fortune. They weren't allowed to disable the alarm by law. I finally went to the auto parts store and got a book, it didn't have the alarm system wiring in it either. I did find that one of the power sources for the alarm comes from the door lock control. I managed to find the right wire and cut it. The alarm works now and doesn't go off all the time.

- , Asheville, NC, USA

problem #11

Jun 192008

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles

For the last year, my car will loose all power when parked. When attempting to restart, the cd changer keeps clicking. One time the horn wouldn't stop honking, the lights on the dash were blinking, the cd changer kept clicking. We had to disconnect the battery to have everything stop. We had it towed to the dealer, the car started right up and they couldn't find anything wrong. It happens, of course, at the most inopportune times. It has happened at least 5 times in the last year. Everything goes dead: doorlocks, trunk, etc. everything is inoperable. After a period of time, the car will start as if nothing happened. This should be a recall as others are experiencing the same problem. Any Fixes?

- , Parlin, NJ, USA

problem #10

Dec 012008

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

I originally ran into this problem while trying to fix the Electronic Range Control on my shifter (known to some as the Manual part of this Automatic tranny). Anyway.. I tripped the anti theft system which then wouldn't let it start about 80% of the time or after a time range of 10mins to 2 hours later. This became very annoying. And it would also randomly shut-down with no cause. I finally was able to get it home tonight and assembled the car gods known as My uncle. Budweiser fleet manager for Utah. And my grandfather who was in that position previously till he retired last year. We put our heads together and just decided to disconnect the battery and give the anti theft system a kick in the ass. Let it sit for 5 minutes after disconnecting the battery. note Make sure your car is unlock and not lock armed otherwise you'll set off the car alarm getting some unwanted attn. Anyways after connecting the battery again. I was able to start it 3 times by key. And after we close the hood I was able to remote start it as well. I will wait about another hour and try it again. And then the real test will be the drive to work tomorrow.

- , Kearns, Utah, USA

problem #9

May 122007

Malibu Maxx Lt 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

Trying to do my part for the US economy by buying domestic cars. Had driven Mazdas, Honda, etc. for a few years and decided to give the General a try. Gotta say, not too impressed so far with only 30K on the clock. Replaced the intermediate steering shaft, resurfaced the warped rotors at 12K and they're warped again at 30K (if my other cars did this I'd say it's because of my driving, but out of the 20 or so cars I've owned in my life, this is the first one that warps rotors every 15K). Anti-theft system locked the car down tight at 9 pm after leaving a movie with the kids - called roadside assistance, but even their advice failed to get the car started. Had to have it flat-bedded to the dealer...and it fired right up for them the next day. Front seat heater comes on by itself....

Each problem on its own is not a big deal, but add it up and draw your own conclusions about the quality behind the "American Revolution".

- , Farmington, CT, USA

problem #8

Oct 202007

(reported on)

Malibu MaXX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

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

My '05 Malibu was a great car up to today. Now it is in the driveway not starting--- My husband is out west preparing to go to stupid Afghanistan. How do I get the car to start?

Any ideas?

- , Sydney, NS, Canada

problem #7

Feb 192007

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

I'm joining in with all of the other people out there that have been having issues with the anti theft system. What a real pain in the ass this is!!!!! I was unaware the problem even existed until this past weekend when leaving Walmart the damn thing just wouldn't start... so I had to wait 2 hours for a wrecker come tow then go another day without a car until my mechanic could look at it. After looking through the owner's manual I discovered this could be the problem called my mechanic and sure enough it started right up. Now I have to wonder if it's going to happen again every damn time I start my car!! It's cold here in Maine and having to sit in a cold car for ten minutes waiting for the thing to reset is a bitch! As much as we think Cheverolet should recall and fix this we know they won't because it isn't what they consider a "safety" issue. When someone gets hurt or dies and sues then and only then will they sob's do anything.

- , Ellsworth, Maine, USA

problem #6

Nov 272006

(reported on)

Malibu LT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

I have had this problem when I first got my car and the dealership could not figure anything out. They had my car for two weeks. It has happened almost everyday now for the last week or so, even while I am driving. The power, lights, everything just shuts down completely. It it getting very dangerous because it is happening while I am driving. It may just sit a few minutes, then start back up, or it may sit for an hour. My husband the other day just let it sit for about an hour, went out and honked the horn and it powered back up. What is with that? Of course my car is now out of the manufacturer's warranty, but I do have an extended warranty that I hope will cover.

The first time it shut down while driving it messed up the CD changer. Now I cannot get my cds out of the changer and it does not work at all. It acts like it is trying to shuffle but nothing is happening and I get the message "CD Changer Error". DUH!

If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I am so frustrated with this car.

- , Sperry, OK, USA

problem #5

Nov 152006

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

the anti-theft system keeps activating, almost every other tiime I get in car, at this point - I don't always have 10 minutes extra to reset

- , Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 152006

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

the anti-theft system keeps activating -- I dont always have 10 minutes to "reset"

- , Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 152006

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

the anti-theft system keeps activating - usually at the worst possible times. Happened once or twice, months apart, didn't think much about it, once I figured out how to "reset", but now it's happening about every other time I get into the car, and I don't always have an extra 10 minutes! Last time, I was running my husband to airport!

I am about to take it to Chevy dealer, and was looking for recalls, when I found this site.

- , Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 152006

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

I am getting really tired of never knowing if my car will start, when I get in, or if I'm going to be sitting there for ten extra minutes (which I may or may not have!), waiting for the darned thing to reset AGAIN.

- , Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 152006

(reported on)

Malibu

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

anti-theft system keeps activating - usually at the worst possible time, like on way to airport -- tired of having to re-set!

- , Tallahassee, FL, USA

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