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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012007

Malibu Maxx 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the vehicle veers to the right due to steering failure, the interior lights illuminate and dim at random, and the starter on the vehicle was malfunctioning. The failures generally occur while driving 35 mph. The main failure, however, is that the vehicle fails to start occasionally. When she starts the vehicle, it sounds as if it is attempting to engage, but never does. The vehicle also makes a cranking sound. The vehicle has been to the dealer approximately 8-10 times. The dealer will make a repair, but the failures always continue. The VIN and engine size were unknown. The current mileage was 39,900 and failure mileage was 33,000.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 022007

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Trying to start the car, the car sometimes doesn't start. You can hear it turning over but it just doesn't start. You can try and try and then, magically, it just starts. Then, you try later and it starts as if there isn't a problem. It is incredibly unreliable, unpredictable and frustrating as there doesn't seem to be a pattern for the car not starting.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 202006

Malibu Maxx

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
I went to the dealership and traded my Saturn vue for the 2004 Malibu maxx. When I test drove the car, after the acceleration reached 4rpms, there was a high pitched whine from the engine closest to the tire. They looked at it and said that it was a loose belt. So I bought the car and they said to bring it the Chevy dealership to get it fixed. I took it in and they said they couldn't duplicate the problem so I had to ride with them. Also, my seat heaters were turning on automatically, car constintly pulls to the right, I have to turn the key over for a long time to get the car to fully start up. They couldn't duplicate any of the problems so I am still dealing with all of them. For the whining noise, they said it is a drive belt that needs to be replaced, but it is out of stock. How convienient.

- San Jacinto, CA, USA

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