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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,167 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 192015

Malibu Maxx

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Noticed drivers seat was leaning inward, toward console, and felt wobbly. Took car to laoca mechanic and was informed the ancorage on my seat was defective and need to take my vehicle to a Chevy dealership. I contacted GM to inquire about recalls concerning this matter was told nne on record. I did inform them that I'd done some research and found that this is a problem with Malibu'. I was referred to a Chevy dealership which is going to cost me $85 for a problem that has been reported long ago. Im sure this the first time the dealership has seen this problem. I was told by my mechanic that my seatbelt will more than likely not hold if I were in a collision. This dangerous. Are they waiting for someone to die!!!

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #5

Jul 012005

Malibu Maxx

  • 4,000 miles
What can I say I have been writing about this car for the longest. I just want to say the other complaints about the bulbs burning out, the driver's seat breaking at the weld and the seat belt light constantly coming on is an ongoing problem I'm sure GM knew about this. I have complained to deaf ears both to NHTSA and GM. The last time I made a complaint was in May 2014 to both of them about the steering. GM and NHTSA says there is nothing they can do since there was no recall. Exactly 2 weeks later the CEO of GM comes out to say the Malibu maxx is included in the recall! I paid to have my steering wheel replaced in 2007 because of power steering failure, the dealer said I needed the steering column replace and I did to the tune of almost $800. Now a bulletin was sent out to dealers in 2005 about a key insert for any customer who came in to complain about power steering failure, but this was not given to me as a choice. They were sure I needed the steering column replaced, so I did. Now that my car is included in the recall and I paid, perhaps, unnecessarily to have my steering column replaced as anyone know this defective part is part of the steering GM still does not want to reimburse me my money back. I bought the Cadillac catera which was discontinued due to many recalls and because of all my complaints GM gave me $3000 toward a new GM car, which I applied to the Malibu maxx. I won't put my money or given credit toward a GM again, I'm through and since nearly half of my family members are GM owners I am getting them to make their next purchase something other than american made cars. I make sure I tell everyone about my experience so they will think twice about a company who didn't want to invest 90 cents topossibly fix a problem per car.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #4

Jul 202011

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The seat belt do not lock in case of an accident. The drivers seat rocks while you are driving an adjusts by itself you can not keep the seat still. The welding has come apart from the base. The head lights are melting the bulbs for the signal and running light. I just caught that last weekend the lights stopped working when I look at the bulb it was melted which could have started an fire. I am waiting for the letter for the recall on the stern now. This would be the second time for it. I keep my car up to date with everything oil and whatever need to be done I am on top of it. But I have to many safety issue with it right. Seat belt, stern, drivers seat, headlights. Not only that the rotor warps every six months.

- Oxon Hill, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 202011

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The seat belt do not lock in case of an accident. The drivers seat rocks while you are driving an adjusts by itself you can not keep the seat still. The welding has come apart from the base. The head lights are melting the bulbs for the signal and running light. I just caught that last weekend the lights stopped working when I look at the bulb it was melted which could have started an fire. I am waiting for the letter for the recall on the stern now. This would be the second time for it. I keep my car up to date with everything oil and whatever need to be done I am on top of it. But I have to many safety issue with it right. Seat belt, stern, drivers seat, headlights. Not only that the rotor warps every six months.

- Oxon Hill, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 032010

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
The welds on the driver seat frame break. I first noticed this in February 2010 when my seat would raise at an angle. Recently I was cleaning my car and I noticed the seat belt was not attached securely. The weld holding the seat belt to the seat frame had cracked and broken free. I found a used seat and when it was delivered, this seat had the same exact problems, multiple welds on the seat frame that are cracked and broke. This frame is critical to the safety of the driver. This website shows that there are many more complaints of regarding the same defect. There are more places online talking about this very issue. My car has 55000 miles on it. I am 150lbs. These welds should not be breaking so easy, and so prematurely.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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problem #1

Oct 242009

Malibu Maxx

  • 49,000 miles
I was driving on 91S in hartford ct. I had just gotten on the highway and moved into the second lane. It was raining and I hydroplaned. I went into a 360 and at the 180 point I hit the cement divider head on. I continued in the 360 and as I came about again I hit the metal guardrail, again, head on and went into another 360. There was no airbag deployment at all and my seatbelt didn't lock up which caused my face and upper torso to hit the steering wheel. I lost teeth and was injured on my upper torso and neck. I called Chevy and was told to take pics of car and send them. I did so and still have the pics and the car. Chevy sent a "tech" out to do "tests". the tech showed up not only an hour and a half late but without the proper equipment to do the tests and wound up borrowing certain things from my neighbor. I waited 3+ months to hear from Chevy. I received a letter stating that they take no responsibility., and that the tests said it was under the threshold if when an airbag should deploy. Included with the letter was a "copy of the test" which was/is absolutely incomprehensible to me. There was no explanation of anything this "test" said. But Chevy takes no responsibility at all. If needed I will forward all pics and the letter from Chevy as well.

- Hartford, CT, USA

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