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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx lights problems

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 152004

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I own a 2004 Chevy Malibu maxx, which has automatic headlights. When the headlights work in automatic mode, everything works fine. Unfortunately the solar sensor that activates them "thinks" the sky is bright when it is very overcast. For the most part not a problem, as you can turn the lights on manually. Un-fortunately, the dash-board lights do not come on when you do this, unless the sensor "thinks" it's dark. To rememdy this, I put something over the sensor, but should not have to, and if I don't, even though I can see in front of my car, I can't see how fast I'm going, tachometer, battery meter readings, etc. When I took the vehicle for service, they replaced the body control module 3 times, told me it was fixed, I went to pick it up, same thing happened. We got into another Malibu, and it happened with that car as well. In other words the system is working the way it was designed. Unfortunately, that does not mean it is working correctly. I believe this to be a safety issue as I can not see dash indicators when I need to turn the lights on manually. I also own a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche with automatic headlights, and this problem does not exist. I've also owned a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu with automatic headlights, and this problem did not exist. My friend owns a 2004 GMC Yukon with automatic headlights, and it does not exist on that either. It appers to be only with the the 2004 (and possibly above) Malibu, and possibly only the Malibu maxx. I would appreciate any help that you may be able to provide. Thank you in advance.

- Rockaway Twp, NJ, USA

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