Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,000 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.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012004

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles


2004 Chevrolet Malibu maxx has a burnt oil smell. Consumer states that the dealership can not find the cause of the problem. The consumer stated after he changed the oil, the smell would linger for 3-4 weeks after traveling highway speed for more than 20 miles or more.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012005

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
Consumer concerned about owners being notified by dealership about recalls. The consumer was informed of two recalls (04027 and 04030) when she contacted the dealer about the dipstick being difficult to remove and the owners manual. The recalls came out two months before the consumer purchase her vehicle.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #1

Jun 142004

Malibu Maxx 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Power steering went out while driving. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer on 5 occasions, but dealer was unable to resolve the problem. The service engine soon light illuminated.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

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