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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,267 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #14

Nov 032014


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the horn and signal lights failed to operate. In addition, the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Sparta, GA, USA

problem #13

Aug 112008


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the driver's side-turning signal failed to activate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, who stated that the light failed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #12

Dec 302013


  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while traveling 40 mph, the instrument panel lights failed. The contact mentioned that the directional signals independently activated without being engaged. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 9,000 and the current mileage was $9,127.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 172012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 86,987 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger side turn signals continued to burn out. The contact stated the turn signal bulbs would fail immediately after they were replaced. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The test results showed a defective headlight assembly. The dealer suggested that both headlight assemblies be replaced. The contact did not have the headlight assemblies replaced. The failure mileage was 86,987. Updated 9/13/12 the consumer stated the lack of the front turn signals failed to warn oncoming traffic, that he was in the process of turning and could result in a head on collision. Updated 09/20/12

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #10

Feb 072008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Right turn signal keeps going out, have replaced bulbs a few time and still have same problem.

- Victorville, CA, USA

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problem #9

Aug 152006

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the turning lights burned out and also caused the headlights to burn out. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the failure was a known issue with his particular year vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 140,000. Have replaced lights 3 times since owned car. Something is wrong to make it burn out turn signal and melt the lens and connectors. Updated 09/14/2011 the turn signal lights were replaced three times. Updated 12/13/11

- Carrollton, AL, USA

problem #8

Jun 152009


  • 50 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at an unknown speed the contact turned on the front turn signal and it did not work. He changed the light bulb which corrected temporarily corrected the failure. He replaced the bulb 6 to 8 times per the manufacturers recommendation and the failure continued to occur. The globe was hot enough to melt the bulb. He replaced a bulb on November 18,2010 and the following day that bulb burned out. The last bulb was not replaced. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that there was no recall related to the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000. The current mileage was 105,000.

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #7

Jun 252010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that a round amber-colored globe became hot and melted onto the turn signal bulb. He called the dealer and was told that he would be responsible for the cost of a diagnostic test. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that they were unable to offer him any assistance. The current mileage was approximately 100,125. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Union City, IN, USA

problem #6

Jun 282010


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel became extremely stiff and the power steering warning light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was pulled over and upon restart, the vehicle operated as normal for approximately one half mile before the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was not examined for the cause of failure. The contact also stated that she was experiencing a recurring failure in which her front turn signal would not stop working and she would have to replace the bulbs approximately once a month. The failure and current mileages were 87,000. Updated 10/27/10.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #5

Dec 192007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,707 miles
My car's lights are melting, smoke even comes out of them.I've seen this on other 2005 Chevy Malibu and they are all doing the same thing, which means its a manufactures one at GM wants to help me, and if my car doesn't get fixed its going to cause a has burned out my bulbs very quickly and often.I took my car in to a GM goodwrench service shop at american Chevrolet in modesto, ca.the service consultant there seen my car and said that it was not normal, he brought out another 2005 Chevy Malibu that they had there and its doing the same thing.he tried to put me in contact with the GM, but I got told I was a liar, by a representative.I need help becuase there has to be a recall on the lights, before it causes a fire.check and see any 2005 Chevy Malibu and you'll see that its true.thank you for your time.

- Hughson, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 262007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. Both of the front turn signal lenses have a one half inch hole burned into the top of the plastic. The plastic has completely melted and turned brown. The shiny material has turned a dull white. The dealer stated that nothing could be done because the vehicle was out of warranty. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 64,000 and failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 02-14-08. The consumer stated the dealer informed him the repairs would not be covered by the dealer. The consumer stated would have to pay out of pocket for repairs. Updated 02/14/08

- Verona, MO, USA

problem #3

Jul 022007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2005 Chevy Malibu that for approximately a year and a half. During this time I have need to replace the bulbs in the right front turn signal twice and the rear right turn signal once.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 172007

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
I owned the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu for almost 2 years. During that time I had to replace the rear turn signal once, and the front turn signals about 3 times each. Somethingwas definitely wrong with the electrical part of this vehicle. The warranty has now expired, so I can get nothing done about it from GM or Chevrolet. A second complaint concerns the fan for the airconditioner/heater. It rattles constantly. Before the warranty expired I took it in twice to the dealership and had repairs done on the vehicle. Once the motor was replaced... was told their was something lodged in the fan. A week later the same noise. Nothing has been resolved.

- Etowah, TN, USA

problem #1

Mar 012007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Pulls to the left, broken struts, broken brake calipers, rear turn signal broke! anytime I mess with tires or brakes the car pulls more and more to the left, haven't had steering checked but its driving me nuts. I thought it was from the front right strut being cracked and broken but the dealership says it shouldn't effect the pull to the left. Got new tires last week and new brakes, still pulls. Tail light quit working, changed bulbs then quit again. Car is driving me nuts, worried about driving it across country this summer! recall it soon - please!!!

- Thornton, CO, USA

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