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1.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,844 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic electrical problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #32

May 252015

Malibu Classic

  • 150,700 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle was unable to start and the anti-theft system warning light illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the anti-theft system prevented the vehicle from starting and needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,700.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #31

Oct 092015

Malibu Classic

  • 150,000 miles
The ignition cylinder on my 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic failed, and the key comes out of the ignition in the accessory position. The General Motors recall to make the key hole smaller on the key itself to fix ignition problems is an incomplete repair. Upon contacting GM about the ignition problem, they immediately told me not to drive the vehicle, and they had the vehicle towed to gillman Chevrolet harlingen at their expense, but so far GM has refused to make a complete repair to the ignition. GM maintains that the recall to the ignition problem is only to fix the key hole, and does not want to authorize a complete repair for the ignition failure. Also, the shifter selenoid has failed, and the key won't return to the off position. The theft system also failed on this vehicle and won't allow the car to turn on. When the theft system fails, the only way to turn on the vehicle is to leave the key in the ignition for 10 minutes which then resets the theft system. GM is building substandard vehicles and won't make complete repairs on the faulty ignitions. This is a safety issue for GM customers and after a week of trying to get GM assistance to repair my ignition problem, the GM customer service representative has not returned my calls.

- Harlingen, TX, USA

problem #30

Sep 202015

Malibu Classic

  • 1,230,000 miles
My Chevrolet Malibu classic 2005 randomly does not start. In most vehicles when you start a vehicle all you need to do is turn the key, that is not the case with this car, you first have to turn the key and listen for the fuel pump to engage then and only if you hear that can you turn the key the rest of the way to start your vehicle. If you do not hear the fuel pump and go ahead and try to start the vehicle you trigger the anti-theft system which does not allow the car to start for another 15 minutes. While this is not much of a safety issue it is still a huge issue, leaving me stranded, sometimes stuck in a hot car just trying to get it to start, made me late for work and other functions numerous times. After waiting your 15 minutes your vehicle still may not start. If you have enough patients you can set there and turn the key off and on until you hear the fuel pump engage. Everything else in the vehicle works radio, lights etc. It just does not start. Leaving me to believe the ignition is to blame, and here recently I will turn the key and absolutely nothing happens. I then try again and it starts like a charm until about two weeks ago and I could not get it to do anything, my boyfriend informed me to turn the key and put the car in the neutral position and try to start it again this worked. All I know is this car has given me many problems that my GM certified mechanic father is short of figuring out. I believe it is due to faulty parts or just a bad make of car. The only thing I could dispute that is when it is actually starting, not shutting down on me it is a reasonably good vehicle. It gets me from point a to point B not always safely or reliably but at least I have a vehicle I just which GM would take responsibility for their part in this cars issues. Or at least inform the public in how to fix them.

- Orofino, ID, USA

problem #29

Aug 042015

Malibu Classic

  • 122,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

After taking my Chevrolet Malibu classic 2005 into the dealership for the recall in which they put inserts on my key and a king ring, ridiculous if you ask me, my car has now done the same thing three more times I thought the recall was suppose to fix. While driving at different speeds ( 60 mph., 45 mph., 20 mph) my cars shuts off as if I turned the key off. My power steering, brakes all electrical components are effected. I have to then turn my key to the off position and again start my car to continue driving. It does this with no warning, while driving down a highway, while turning, while driving down a hill which are all very much safety issues. Driving 60 on a highway and the car shuts down leaving you with no power steering no power brakes no warning lights etc. Very scary. While turning a corner all of a sudden no power steering seems to me could cause a major wreck, and while driving down a hill loosing your power brakes could also. This happen to me numerous times before the recall also. I do believe it was a cheap way of Chevy to try to get out of the responsibility for this problem. When I explained to the dealer mechanic what was happening he informed me that the recall that fixed the key would not help the problem of my car randomly shutting off while driving it so what was it for then?

- Orofino, ID, USA

problem #28

May 052015

Malibu Classic

  • 69,300 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that when the key was placed in the ignition, the engine failed to start and the pass lock warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the pass lock failed. The vehicle codes were reset; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and diagnosed as pass lock sensor failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 69,300. MA 10/22/2015

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #27

Feb 042015

Malibu Classic

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact indicated that the anti theft sensor light had illuminated and stayed in the on position causing the ignition switch to become disabled which prevented the engine from starting. The contact indicated that failure had occurred on multiple occasions. The cause of the failure had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 118,000. The VIN was not available.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #26

Mar 022015

Malibu Classic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. Consumer writes in regards to airbag recall problems. The consumer was informed the part was not available. Also, the consumer experienced a problem with the key, which was previously recalled.

- Gassville, AR, USA

problem #25

Feb 262015

Malibu Classic

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Shanao, WI, USA

problem #24

Jun 052014

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
From the time we bought this car in June 2014 to now, the car has periodically shut off while the car is in motion. Usually it has occurred at very low speed fortunately. It is difficult to get the key to the true off position despite this. The recall only calls for a plastic insert to be installed on the key, which was done on 10/30/14. The car stills has the shut off issue, it has gotten worse, and the dealership says it needs the ignition switch and the lock cylinder replaced. The insert on the key is insufficient to fix the ignition switch issue. One still has to keep nothing else on the key ring, yet GM insists the problem is truly fixed by putting an insert on the key. Sounds like the ignition switch is faulty, too sensitive and they have an insufficient fix.

- Van Buren, AR, USA

problem #23

Sep 012014

Malibu Classic

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) had exceeded a reasonable amount of time. The dealer stated the parts needed were not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the delay. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact did not experience the failure.

- Hixson, TN, USA

problem #22

Oct 162014

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My car has been stalling out randomly usually at highway speeds has done this about 5 times in two weeks I just had my recall done but the problem still exists very dangerous mechanic seem to think its my ignition switch not just the keys and cover GM did on recall I'm wondering if other complaints have come in and what should I do. I thought this is why they recalled the cars for stalling out, no steering, brakes etc.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #21

Oct 162014

Malibu Classic

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Shawano, WI, USA

problem #20

Apr 012008

Malibu Classic

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that the key became lodged in the ignition switch and failed to turn into the on position. The anti-theft sensor illuminated intermittently. The dealer replaced the ignition switch and reset the pass lock sensor, but the failure recurred. The contact was notified of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Plaquemine, LA, USA

problem #19

Jun 022014

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Car wont start at times because of ignition switch a real problem getting to work been waiting for my recall haven't received yet its not just a problem while driving its a problem getting the car to start also please let GM know this.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #18

Jun 152010

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The electrical system L will not always work correctly sometimes a widow will not roll up or the automatic lock will not work on one or two doors. The anti-theft sensor has had to be replaced and re-programmed 3 times since June of 2010. The first time it was re programmed and the senor malfunctioned again and the sensor was replaced and now on July 30 the sensor malfunctioned again and needed re programming.

- Lake Elmo, MN, USA

problem #17

Jun 122014

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
While checking out my daughters 2005 Malibu classic for complaints about intermittent airbag light I happened to slightly tug on her keychain while driving about 50 mph on the highway. The engine shut off. I lost power steering. I lost power brakes. I could not restart the car while it was moving. Luckily I was able to pull it over to the side of the road. It would not restart until I put the shift lever into park. I investigated this on the internet and found other GM vehicles being recalled but not this one. I called GM's recall line. They said to contact my dealer. I asked the dealer to make some keys with a center hole rather than a slot (at my expense) to prevent the ignition switch from rotating to engine off when a keychain is attached. They said they could not do it without GM authorization. I am concerned about my family members using this vehicle. Luckily no one was hurt.

- Cedar Falls, IA, USA

problem #16

May 202014

Malibu Classic

  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph, the ignition key was able to move out of position causing the vehicle to stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage were 128,000.

- Sandy , UT, USA

problem #15

Apr 042014

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 117,792 miles
We bought a 2005 Chevy Malibu classic base model from a reputable dealer. Everything was working fine until my son flipped the switch on the turn signal indicator for the lights from "auto" to full lights at night. The dash cluster illumination went out along with the radio back lighting, HVAC back lighting, door lock and window switch lighting. The dome light stopped working. The dome light had burned wires and the plastic fixture was burned. Replaced it back to the harness. Fuses kept blowing. Have since tried replacing the turn indicator/lights/wiper module, the dimmer switch, and dash cluster, upon inspecting the body control module I found corroded module connectors that were corroded and burned. Now the car won't start and the suspect is the anti-theft system. This is clearly an electrical malfunction from the assembly line and thousands of dollars in waste by myself my son and others reporting across the internet with the same problems as ourselves.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #14

Apr 042014

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 117,792 miles
We bought a 2005 Chevy Malibu classic base model from a reputable dealer. Everything was working fine until my son flipped the switch on the turn signal indicator for the lights from "auto" to full lights at night. The dash cluster illumination went out along with the radio back lighting, HVAC back lighting, door lock and window switch lighting. The dome light stopped working. The dome light had burned wires and the plastic fixture was burned. Replaced it back to the harness. Fuses kept blowing. Have since tried replacing the turn indicator/lights/wiper module, the dimmer switch, and dash cluster, upon inspecting the body control module I found corroded module connectors that were corroded and burned. Now the car won't start and the suspect is the anti-theft system. This is clearly an electrical malfunction from the assembly line and thousands of dollars in waste by myself my son and others reporting across the internet with the same problems as ourselves.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #13

Sep 102012

Malibu Classic

  • 146,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle very used at 143xxx miles, from a "reputable" dealer. I got a tune up as well as an oil change, standard used car purchase procedure. My dad initially brought to my attention that while driving my fuel gauge dropped down to E, the low gas light lit up and the check engine light came on. A local auto parts store said I should use a fuel injection kit for the check engine light. Now I have 146xxx miles and it happens every single time I get gas. It's nerve racking because I do drive frequently and my main concern is how much gas do I have? I came across a guy that works at a different auto store and he said it's probably my sender unit for my gas tank, which should cost about $300 to fix depending on where I take it. My next set of issues is my horn, I was unaware that it didn't work upon purchasing until I went to honk it and nothing happened. I took it to midas and they replaced the fuse. After driving it home the horn stopped working again. I heard it's just some wires touching but nobody does electrical work. Today, a friend asked if my turn signals were working. I said they did and he said they were burnt up, plastic and all. I looked and sure enough they were melted and the light itself was black on the inside and it looked like it's on the verge of shattering. He asked if there were recalls on anything with this car, I told him I called a local Chevy dealer and the guy insisted otherwise. Now, I checked this website and both the gas and lights are on a list of recalls. Apparently, not all dealers know half the information they should for concerned drivers.

- Campbell, OH, USA

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