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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,176 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #11

Apr 012010

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


My 2004 Malibu - the frame to the drivers seat came unwelded so the seat tilts to the right. This caused strain on the motor that moves the seat back and forth so now that is out as well. I have seen many similar complaints online for this exact issue. I'm very surprised there has not been a recall. Chevy wants $500 just for parts!!!! insane.

- La Porte, TX, USA

problem #10

Feb 102010

Malibu Maxx

  • 107,000 miles
2004 Malibu maxx driver seat frame breaks under normal use.

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #9

Jan 102010

Malibu Maxx

  • 105,000 miles
1. a support/adjustment bar for the driver's seat broke causing the drivers seat to suddenly drop to the right. 2. support/adjusting bar is broken and will require repair/replacement. Can not adjust the seat correctly for comfortable and proper driving position. Almost put the car into a guard rail in when it happened. Good thing my 16 year old was not driving it at the time. 3. dealer wants $1000 for repair, no replacement part available, requires entire seat frame to be replaced at $400+.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #8

Jan 192010

Malibu Maxx

  • 92,000 miles


Power dirver seat on 2004 Chevy Malibu maxx broke causing the seat to lean to the right.

- El Cajon , CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 282009

Malibu Maxx

  • 67,800 miles
Bought a certified used 2004 Malibu maxx in August 2007 with 19000 miles. Currently have 68000 miles. Drivers seat frame cracked. Was not in any accident or any incident which could have caused the frame to crack. The driver seat is 4 way electric powered seat.

- Holland, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 312009

Malibu Maxx

  • 109,000 miles
Drivers seat frame broke at weld. Seat was no longer attached to vehicle. Almost caused me to have an accident. $843 to replace the frame.

- Point Venture, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 102007

Malibu Maxx

  • 49,000 miles


The weld broke on the driver's seat mounting bracket. There was no abuse of the seat to cause this to fail. It did not cause crash or injury. The drivers seat mounting bracket was replaced.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 102008

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,653 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving approximately 60 mph, the driver's seat dropped approximately 3 to 4 inches on the right side. The contact arrived home and discovered that the bracket failed. The current mileage was 42,678 and failure mileage was 42,653. Updated 09/10/08. The seat frame weld broke. Updated 09/12/08.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 012008

Malibu Maxx

  • 99,500 miles
Seat bracket broke while driving causing seat to suddenly drop to one side. As a result, driver nearly lost control of vehicle. Inspection of the seat mount revealed two failed welds. Contacted GM the next day, then brought vehicle to nearest dealer at GM's request. Dealer initially reported that the problem was a clear factory defect and suggested that GM should repair it at no cost to us. After two weeks of "considering our request, " GM denied the claim and suggested that we should have purchased an extended warranty. The problem has not been corrected at this time.

- Montross, VA, USA

problem #2

Apr 022008

Malibu Maxx

  • 130,000 miles
Was driving when drivers seat lurched to the left. When I got home and inspected the seat I observed that a weld had broken in the lower seat frame component associated with vertical height adjustment for power seat.

- Rising Sun, MD, USA

problem #1

May 082008

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Was driving on exit ramp on local expressway when drivers seat lurched to the left. When I got home and inspected the seat I observed that a weld had broken in the lower seat frame component associated with vertical height adjustment for power seat.

- Levittown, NY, USA

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