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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,164 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 222010

Malibu Classic 6-cyl

  • 102,164 miles


While driving home in my 2005 Chevy Malibu classic I heard a load popping sound and smoke came rolling from under the hood. I thought at first that I had blown the tire off the rim since I could smell like burnt rubber and see the smoke but this was not the case. I looked down and saw all the gauges lit up and the engine had died. I coasted to the side of the road and called the fire department because the car would not stop smoking at first. By the time they arrived it had stopped because the oil had burned off of the motor. After having the car towed home and then to a repair shop the next day it was discovered that the cap came off of the end of a rod while the piston was in the up position the fuel inside forced the piston down causing it to blow a hole in the side of the motor. How or what caused that cap to come off causing this issue? I now have to try and locate a motor to replace the one currently destroyed.

- Linn Creek, MO, USA

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