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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,076 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx lights problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Dec 052014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 163,000 miles


Took car to the Chevrolet dealership, for NHTSA id: 14V252000/GM safety recall: 13036, to correct the issues in the body control module which impacted the brake apply sensor. Now rear top brake lights no longer illuminate when the brake pedal is being pushed. Front low-beam headlights goes on and off while driving. Replaced both low-beam lights on 12/6/2014. Front low beam headlights still goes off and on intermittently. Also upon visual inspection, the turn signal blinkers have melted the yellow plastic inside the headlight. Brought back to the same Chevrolet dealership on 1/2/2015, for vehicle recall NHTSA id: 14V224000/GM safety recall 14152 to have the shift cable assembly and mounting bracket installed. I notified the dealership that I was having issues with the electrical system tied to the exterior lighting system. They could not provide me the reason for the fault.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #37

Jun 092014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 124,370 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the amber lights burned out and melted the plastic shield. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 124,370. Updated 10/10/14 the consumer stated the lights were not burned out. The plastic cove over the running lights melted and the right turn signal failed. The technician advised all light S needed to be replaced but, would not assist with the repairs due to the age of the vehicle. Updated 05/18/2015

- Laurel, DE, USA

problem #36

Sep 232011

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
I purchased this vehicle used and have had an electrical problem with the passenger headlights.going on and off.I have replaced the wire harness 7 times in 2 their a recall on these cars for the headlight issues.if so I need to be notified asap before their is a fire in my car.I am a handicap mother that needs her car.

- Seaford, DE, USA

problem #35

May 302014

Malibu Maxx

  • 129,831 miles


A 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx ls. 156964 mileage. The steering wheel emitted a clucking and a creaking noise while making a turn. A clapping repeated noise somewhere in the wheels has appeared also. Blinkers burned out too often and the plastics that cover them are melt down. If it stays more than 10 minutes stopped after driving a while, the temperature gauge start rising to the overheat point, but if you turn on the air conditioning it comes back to the medium reading measurement gauge.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #34

Apr 132014

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
I purchased this vehicle yesterday and upon inspection last night I realized that the orange plastic dome that fits over the lamp for the passenger side blinker is unattached, when my father looked further into it he became aware that the wires are melted and so is the part of the orange piece that attaches, upon further research it seems that this is a problem that many owners of this model have encountered, is there a recall or something on this to have it replaced?

- Albion, MI, USA

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problem #33

Jul 162013

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
The driver side headlight orange glass in side of head lamp it has a hole melted the top of the orange lens. Has a hole on top what can you do to fix that problem, it's seams to be only on the driver side of the car. It's on a 2005 Malibu maxx. Can you replace it under a factory warranty for us thanks. That's has to be a defective part on them cars please let me know what you can do for me thanks again.

- Spring Lake Park, MN, USA

problem #32

Mar 012013

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles


I purchased my Chevy Malibu maxx January of just last year and I had to replace my front left head light thinking nothing of just normal maintenance and this was right around August of last year and it is now March of 2013 and I just had to do it again but this go round it seemed more like a short because it stopped working one night driving home from work which I drive a very busy highway at night and that next morning it was working just fine so me being the normal american person I think nothing of it but the following day it goes out fully and when I went to go change the light this time I noticed it had actually burned through the amber color cover of the bulb and also burned the socket up in the vehicle. But now get this about the same time last year my aux fuse began to blow over and over not thinking anything about it but now after reading all of these different situations I kinda wonder if the two situations could have anything to do with one another.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #31

Mar 012012

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that while parked, he noticed that a hole was melted into the amber turn signal headlight lens, exposing the housing unit. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 04/30/13 the consumer stated the amber lenses on the left and front turn signals showed black burn marks; signs of overheating or lack of ventilation from heat generated by the lamps

- Canadian Lakes, MI, USA

problem #30

Jan 222013

Malibu Maxx

  • 162,000 miles
Turn signals burning so hot they explode, and melt not only housing for bulb, but also the socket in order to replace bulb is melted too. There needs to be a recall on this as I have found over 200 other complaints of people having the same issue!

- Hartford, WI, USA

problem #29

Dec 172012

Malibu Maxx

  • 125,000 miles
Both the front turn signal amber bulb housing keeps melting to the bulb and also the light sockets, oem and after market ones.

- Evansdale , IA, USA

problem #28

Nov 232012

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


My 2005 Malibu maxx indicated that a turn signal bulb was out and when I went to replace the bulb I noticed, not only that the bulb itself was significantly burned at the socket, but also that the blinker plastic was substantially melted. I checked the other side of the car and even though that bulb is still functioning, the plastic blinker housing is starting to melt on that side as well. Clearly the bulbs are burning way to hot to be melting the plastic housing and I would assume since the bulb itself was burned that this is a larger issue of both potential fire risk and now water damage since the blinker housing is compromised.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #27

Nov 022012

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 80,038 miles
My cars headlights are dim at night and take a while to get brighter even though I have had the bulb replaced and the lighting components checked out. The windows won't roll down from any side of the car, a recurrence from two years ago. Also my doors won't unlock from the auto-unlock button that sits on the drivers side, this has been an issue for the past 2 years of my Chevrolet car ownership.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #26

Aug 282012

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
2005 Chevy Malibu maxx front headlight turn signal bulb melted the housing surrounding the bulb with correct bulb replacement. Bulb keeps burning out and am concerned that this melting will result in safety issues or further damages to the headlight housing.

- West Salem, OH, USA

problem #25

Nov 082011

Malibu Maxx

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger side turn signals failed. The contact stated that the lenses were melted on both sides. The contact replaced the lenses three times in the last nine months. The contact stated that the connection for the light bulbs were burned out but the light itself continued working. The fuse for the light bulb had not failed. The failure mileage was 84,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Cumberland , MD, USA

problem #24

Sep 172011

Malibu Maxx

  • 95,000 miles
I have owned my 2005 Malibu maxx for just over a year and have had to replace the front turn signal sockets, both driver and passenger sides, three times now due to melted sockets and amber covers melting down to the bulbs. Even though they are vented they do not stay cool enough to prevent severe electrical damage to the components. In replacing these components I have to wait a week until the parts are shipped out and am forced to drive with faulty equipment. I am unable to just replace the bulbs and have to constantly change the bulbs out before they melt to the sockets. This is a huge hazard as they can go out on me in the middle of driving in rush hour traffic putting me at a greater risk of injury. Please force GM to issue an actual recall on this issue and not just skate free on the service bulletin that has been issued. Thank you,

- Ashland, NE, USA

problem #23

Jul 012011

Malibu Maxx

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the turn signals failed intermittently. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact replaced the bulbs however, the failure continued to recur. The current mileage was 138,000 and the failure mileage was 108,000.

- Sheridan, AR, USA

problem #22

Nov 102011

Malibu Maxx

  • 89,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While parked, the contact noticed that the front passenger side headlight was burned out. The contact replaced the bulb but the headlight burned out a second time. The contact later noticed that the turn signal light wires were melted into the bulb socket. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing where the mechanic advised the contact that the head lamp assembly would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000. Kmj

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #21

Aug 042008

Malibu Maxx

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the yellow plastic cover for the headlights was found burned on both the driver and passenger sides. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that there were no recalls or for the failure. The dealer advised that the front headlight assembly would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Avon, IN, USA

problem #20

Aug 012010

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated the headlight wiring harness melted causing the light bulb plastic covering to melt and the light bulb to fail. A local mechanic replaced the passenger headlight assembly, but the driver headlight also failed. The drivers headlight assembly was not replaced. The failure mileage was 86,000 and the current mileage was 92,000. Updated 10/14/11 updated 10/28/11

- Arab, AL, USA

problem #19

Jul 072011

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
Driver side day time running light/turn signal bulb socket causes bulb base to melt and cause a shortage. In one year bulb has had to be replaced 4 times. Bulb manufacturer sent me heavy duty replacement bulbs to help solve the problem they suggest that GM is aware of. Two heavy duty bulbs have also gone bad with most recent melting the base within two days. Problem is no day time running light or turn signal. Passenger side bulb was replaced once, likely under normal wear.

- Florence, KY, USA

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