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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 9
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 1
Average Mileage:
76,251 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #106

Sep 252015

Malibu

  • 194,000 miles

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

The park light/daytime running lights are constantly melting the amber lens. The bulb socket melts causing the turn signal not to work. Every few months I have to remove headlight lamp and fix bulb so it will work. I have seen a number of people with the same problem with their Malibu. Chevrolet needs to fix this problem. This should be a recall as many as are having this problem.

- Scranton, SC, USA

problem #105

Feb 022015

Malibu

  • miles
The front driver turn signal does not work, it has melted the plastic inside. I have changed the bulb several times and it continues to burn out. The passenger turn signal is now blinking very fast and then slow so I'm guessing it won't be long before that one doesn't work. Also the drivers side rear blinker and brake light do not work. All of this is a hazard when driving and could easily cause an accident. I have heard of numerous people having these same issues and this needs to be resolved. Clearly this is a manufacturer problem. I would appreciate your prompt response and resolution. Thank you.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #104

Sep 012014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle lost all electrical power to the instrument panel and other electrical systems. As a result, the contact could not read the speedometer and other electrical gauges. The contact stated that this was a recurring failure. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the ignition module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #103

Apr 102013

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 approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted after several attempts. The failure recurred on fourteen separate occasions at any given speed being driven. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the ignition switch was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Westchester , OH, USA

problem #102

Feb 102015

Malibu

  • 162,000 miles
I was driving as normal with no incident, parked went into home and came out 10 minutes later, car would not crank, as if battery was dead.. went back in to get a multi-meter and checked battery, showed 12.3 volts. Went back into car and it cranked right up, no hesitation. Next day went to get my grand-daughter (2 years old) and parked at her home. Loaded the baby-seat, and went to start car, dead battery symptom again. Jumped the car from my daughter and went tom walmart to have battery checked. Battery and charge system checked fine. Tried to start the car after test, acted like a dead battery again. Walmart tech said looks like a bad starter motor. I purchased a new starter and installed. Cranked on first hit. Checked charging amps while running, 13.4 volts. Went 25 miles to town. Parked and after 2 hours came back to car and would not crank. (turned motor once then click click. Click.) got a ride home and checked internet for probable cause, seems like hundreds (thousands) have the same situation. I feel the anti-theft system is cutting off power to car. I tried the fix that I found, lock, unlock, lock unlock car with key then wait 10 minutes and crank the car. It worked. I pulled away from my lodge and went down the road. Stopped, made a right turn heading for a traffic light and the car died in the middle of the road. Could not turn the steering wheel, no electrical signs other than anti theft light flashing on dash. Tried repetitively to start the car but again just click click. Click. If I had been on the thru-way, it would probably been an accident. Further search on internet shows this a major problem, but no recall is found. Why"?"

- Guyton, GA, USA

problem #101

Nov 012010

Malibu

  • 83,115 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start intermittently and the security alert warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition pass lock sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 83,115.

- Harlingen, TX, USA

problem #100

Jun 222015

Malibu

  • 185,445 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 the anti-theft warning lamp flashed up to three times and that the key would not turn over to start the vehicle. The contact indicated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the anti-theft module, ignition switch, BCM, and additional components needed to be replaced due to the failure. The vehicle was also included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train), but the contact had not received notification of the safety recall to schedule the repair. The vehicle was not repaired and the contact was not able to get the key to turn over to start the vehicle. The anti-theft warning lamp continued to flash three times or more and the vehicle was unable to be driven. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 185,445.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #99

May 182015

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 50 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the engine after multiple attempts. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and diagnosed for electrical code failure. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Litle Rock, AR, USA

problem #98

Apr 012015

Malibu

  • miles
The turn signal bulbs get too hot and melts into the socket which makes the connection go bad. Even if you change the bulb the connection is bad so the socket has to be changed. This has happened on both of the front bulbs

- Northglenn, CO, USA

problem #97

Jun 172014

Malibu

  • 118,000 miles
Head lamp bulbs and turn signal bulbs have repeatedly burnt out. Bulbs have been replaced by certified GM shop only to burn out again.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #96

Mar 012013

Malibu

  • 199,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 65 mph with the cruise control engaged, the cruise control deactivated and the brake lights illuminated without warning. The contact depressed the brake pedal and the brake lights turned off. The contact powered the vehicle off and back on and the brake lights resumed normal operation. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake light switch was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred on several occasions. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 199,000.

- Winamac, IN, USA

problem #95

May 302015

Malibu

  • 201,000 miles
After a few days of owning this car I noticed there was an issue with the brake lights turning on while driving. When this happens it also shuts off the cruse control too. When you first press the brakes the lights shut off. Press them again and they work for a few minutes. I searched the internet for help, and noticed GM posted a service bulletin on this issue. GM advised to clean, and grease contacts for BCM. I did just that. The cleaning was only a temporary fix because the issue returned days later. Around may of 2014 I received notice that GM issued several recalls. The car had been broke down until February of 20015, and in April it was sent to my local Chevrolet dealer to have the recalls fixed. Shortly after fixing the recall issues the brake light issues returned. I contacted GM/ Chevrolet and they contacted my local dealer who agreed to look at the car again for free. After they inspected it I was told the brake switch needed replaced. On May 28, 2015 my local Chevy dealer replaced the switch. On May 30, 2015 the brake light issue returned. This is a family car and im afraid that someone will end up hitting us. Can you please help.

- Winamac, IN, USA

problem #94

Jan 012014

Malibu

  • 139,855 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle would overheat and failed to turn off. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was repaired; however, the failure recurred. In addition, the contact received notifications for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control); however, the parts needed to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 139,855.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #93

Apr 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
My wife and I have contacted Chevy dealer a long time ago about safety recalls on this vehicle a long time ago and have not received any info. On when these recalls can be done. Most of these recalls state that the parts have not been sent. What can your company do about getting these resolved.

- Camron, NC, USA

problem #92

Dec 012014

Malibu

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Oakland, KY, USA

problem #91

Sep 052014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the key was difficult to turn over to start the vehicle and that the vehicle stalled several times. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer six months ago and was repaired according to NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and 14V224000 (power train), but the contact indicated that the dealer stated that the repairs were not sufficient. The contact was waiting for the repair for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V224000 (electrical system) and was unable to determine when the recall would be performed. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was not available.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #90

Feb 022015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet mailbu. The consumer was dissatisfied with the services of the recall. Updated 02/12/15 the consumer received two recall notices. Recall# 14V252000 and 14V224000.

- Tunica, MS, USA

problem #89

Oct 072014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer received a recall notice stating the parts for the vehicle are not in stock. Consumer would like to know if they should wait for the parts or will they be rewarded a new vehicle. Recall # 14V252000.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #88

Jan 132015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 116,603 miles
My front blinker lights have melted the blinker light housing (the individual plastic globe the bulb resides in). They have to be replaced at a rate of approximately 6 months and I believe it is the car not the lights as I have tried different brands to see if the problem is with the bulbs. **note: As I have not kept a record of the incidents, I have listed the last time as precise date.

- Ada, OK, USA

problem #87

Aug 152014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle did not exhibit any failures before the recall repairs were performed for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and 14V224000 (power train). The vehicle was also included in a third safety recall, but was unable to confirm if the manufacturer performed the recall repair for NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The contact stated that after the repairs, the key was difficult to remove from the ignition, various warning lamps illuminated, and the gear lights did not illuminate for the gear box when the driver changed gears. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer and the contact waited for longer than two weeks for the vehicle to be further inspected and diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was not available.

- Stamford , CT, USA

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