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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
130,667 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Classic drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 012015

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 207,000 miles


Vehicle is unable to smoothly shift into park position to allow the key to be turned off. Certified mechanic stated the shifter cable is most likely the defect. Many models have already been recalled. The car in not able to shift into park to allow turning of the key ignition switch to the off position so that the car battery turns off. Sifter cable could possibly malfunction during normal driving/operation, starting/stopping.

- Dickson, TN, USA

problem #2

Feb 102014

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
When in reverse, but not moving, the whole front of the car shimmies and makes noises. The affected part was just replaced (supposedly) in Feb. 2012. Now they say that the parts again must be replaced because they are just finding it now, a couple of months after the warranty has expired.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #1

Nov 252010

Malibu Classic

  • 65,000 miles
I was driving along the road, and the yellow wrench popped up, the wheel was difficult to control. Also, while turning the car the wheel was difficult to turn. This problem occurs at least 3-4 times a year. My brake peddle acts up in the snowy months. When I press the brake peddle-the peddle jumps pushes up and down into my feet. When it snows, I worry about running into a car.

- Calumet City, IL, USA

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