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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,129 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 lights problems

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 182014

Malibu Classic

  • 109,000 miles


My vehicle drivers side light has gone out various times. The daytime running lights on that side have stopped working as well. Turn signals will stop working while merging in traffic. The power windows will stop working as well.

- Warren , MI, USA

problem #6

Jan 062014

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Intermittent problems w/ signal light. No signal (from stopped or waiting position) signal, then no signal (any speed). No signal, then suddenly signal (any speed or driving condition) I've had it in to the dealership multiple times but they have never been able to replicate, so they say there isn't a problem.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #5

May 232013

Malibu Classic

  • 83,000 miles
Turn signals working intermittent and inoperative could result in a crash when turn signals not working this is a big safety concern GM knows of this problem and has a recall no. 03043 my vehicle is a 2004 and GM said no recall on this vehicle this car has the same problem as the recalled vehicles turn signals stop working could cause a fatal crash I want GM to pay for repairs they know of this big problem.

- Stratton, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 202011

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 142,500 miles


Hazard/turn signal works intermittently. Does not appear on the indicator panel when not working. Will work for part of a trip and then stop or not work at all when the vehicle is first started and then work 20 mins. Later. The speed/weather conditions do not seem to have an effect as to when it works. Consequence could be a ticket. The town of amherst has made the news for how much they ticket and a plea down to a parking ticket would cost a person $200+. I have hesitated to replace it as I have read that this is a common problem of Chevy Malibu's. these cars need so many repairs that I hate to put more money (yet again) into something that will not work.

- Depew, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 172010

Malibu Classic

  • 50,000 miles
Intermittent turn signal failure. There is no cause or effect. Some days they work some days not. Sometimes they work or not in the same day. We have found no shorts in the system and everything else works fine on the selector switch without fail. We took it to a mechanic twice who could not duplicate the problem. We have had several near accidents due to this malfunction.

- Grosse Pointe Park, MI, USA

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problem #2

Jun 222010

Malibu Classic

  • 118,400 miles
I am experiencing problems with both of my turn signals. They are currently not working at 100%. sometimes they come on and sometimes they do not. Also, they have turned on and immediately stopped working. This has caused great concern because I am not always able to signal to change lanes which may cause an accident. Nothing happened directly before the failure occurred. One night when a friend was following me she noticed that I had "stopped" using my turn signals when in fact I noticed later that they were no longer working. The next day, they worked on and off throughout the day. When I called the dealer and reported that problem and asked about the recall, the dealer stated that my 2004 Malibu was not included in the recall though it was having the same problems as previous models.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #1

Dec 142007

Malibu Classic

  • 36,000 miles
My husband travels 200 miles a day, mostly interstate travel. At least.once a day his turn signals fail to work. Most of the time if he messes around with the hazard light button for a few seconds the turn signals will function again, but not always. This is definitely a safety issue. One mechanic said it is more than likely a short in the wiring but will E expensive to find let alone fix. I feel there is also a possibility of a fire.

- Shamokin, PA, USA

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