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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,333 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.

2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012012

Malibu Classic

  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that the anti-theft light illuminated and prevented the vehicle from starting. The failure recurred on a regular basis and the vehicle was towed to a mechanic. The mechanic was able to reset the anti-theft light; however, the failure persisted. The contact felt that the vehicle was unsafe to drive and stated that it had not been able to start since the last failure. The manufacturer was not notified and no further repairs were made. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Oak Harbor, WA, USA

problem #2

Jul 252010

Malibu Classic

  • 86,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Chevy Malibu classic. The anti theft system comes on as the operator drives the car. I have been driving several times and the vehicle just lost all acceleration. Every week I have problems getting the vehicle to start because the anti theft system comes as the operator turns the ignition on. This is a very serious and dangerous problem. I strongly feel that this cars should and needs to be recalled.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 282007

Malibu Classic 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
In the past week, both of my sons' cars developed the same problem. The theft security system (GM passlock system) failed with a resulting cost of $500 each to repair. On E was a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero and the other a 2005 Chevrolet classic. This is a bit tooooo coincidental for me. I looked at forums online and have found that many people with GM vehicles have the same problem with the same part number.... this is a recall item, and GM needs to make it right if they want to sell cars to americans. The cars just refuse to recognize the ignition key. This goes for backup ignition keys too. Help us.

- Urbandale, IA, USA

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