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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,908 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Classic electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 222011

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 177,000 miles


My 2004 Chevy Malibu keep shutting of at various times.the alarm keep engaging and disables the car.this has happened 5 times in the last 2 months.I have been reading and even on the complain site it seems to be a problem.this is very dangerous because I have read that this could happen while the car is in motion.I have looked an this is a very expensive task. Like I said I am not the only one who is having this problem.I also asked Chevy and they say there is nothing to be dome it is all wear and tear the car.I hope you can help me and the others out there with the same problem. Thanks

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #4

Aug 242009

Malibu Classic

  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated when the anti-theft light was illuminated, the vehicle would not start. The contac stated that the would have to remove the key from the ignition and wait approximately 5-10 minutes before being able to start the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure would occur at least once daily. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the contact was informed that the fuse, ignition switch and the computer would need to be replaced. The dealer advised that he could not guarantee that the repair would remedy the failure. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 54,000.

- Marrero, LA, USA

problem #3

May 182010

Malibu Classic 6-cyl

  • 109,540 miles
2004 Chevy Malibu theft system failure.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #2

Jan 112006

Malibu Classic

  • miles
The 2004 Chevy Malibu classic will no start for 10 minutes everytime I get in the car. I want to fix the problem but was told by a Chevy dealer that it would cost $400 but it is a hit or miss situation. I would love if GM recalled it. I work in child protective services and children lives can be at risk if I can't get to a family in time. If GM will not recall the car could they please tell me how to fix the problem that will have money and lives.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 082008

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My problem is with a 2004 Chevy Malibu classic...since the day I bought this car I have had to replace the ignition cylinder three times because the car would not start in the cold weather..and now I my car is not starting because of a theft passlock module issue...this car has left me stranded everywhere and im a single mother and need to go to work and this car is undependable due to the faulty theft system..I have spent over 2000 dollars already for nothing, because the same problem occurs all over again...please look into this situation...there is a need to for a recall....

- Horseheads, NY, USA

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