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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,431 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #16

Aug 142014


  • 53,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed, but the vehicle accelerated on its own. As a result, the contact crashed into the preceding vehicle. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to an unknown location for diagnostic testing. The mechanic replaced the water pump and the body control module, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

- Lake Worth , FL, USA

problem #15

Sep 172014


  • 185,000 miles
There are three safety problems that have occurred. The first is that the turn signals sometimes work and sometimes don't. the second is that the engine will at time accelerate on it's own while driving and while idle. The third is that the engine sometimes completely shuts off while driving when it rains. A car repair shop has identified problems with the throttle position sensor and the idle air control motor. Searching on the internet reveals that this particular car has problems with the emergency light control that causes turn signal problems. I performed a recall search and the only recall I found was for an ignition switch modification which doesn't seem to relate to my problems.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #14

Nov 301999


  • miles
2000 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch problems. The consumer stated the ignition switch was replaced twice. It was replaced on November 30, 1999 and March 19, 2014. The consumer stated while driving, the vehicle the steering and brakes failed. Also, the oil pressure switch and throttle body were replaced.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #13

Sep 152014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


Bought vehicle on Sept 3 2014 within a couple weeks while driving car literally just shuts off. Steering locks up, electrical shuts down. Let car sit for a few minutes and will restart. First attempt to fix was new fuel pump. Ran great for 2 weeks then suddenly started again. There is no consistency to the problem-- full tank, empty tank, different speeds, rain, dry. Side roads, main roads. The problem is not predictable. Second solution new ignition module. Great for 3 weeks. Died in the middle of driving 40mph at night. When it dies very hard to get safely off road. Could not get the car started for more than 40 min. Went fine for a few days then happened 4 times in one trip less than 20 miles. First couple times started with in a few minutes, next had to sit for 15+ minutes huge safety issue to have car literally shut down in the middle of driving. Possibility to get struck by another vehicle. This is a known issue and yet can find no one who has satisfactorily fixed it.

- Danville, NH, USA

problem #12

Aug 072013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
My boyfriend and I bought a 2000 Chevy Malibu from a used car dealer in June of 2013. In August I was driving to a doctor's appointment and there was a lot of traffic so I got off the freeway and took back roads - and I am glad I did. While I was on a road where the speed limit was 45 miles per hour the car just started speeding on its own. The RPM's went up along with the speed and you could hear the engine just roaring. I was able to stop safely and I pulled into a bar parking lot and called a tow truck. When the tow guy got to the parking lot he opened the hood of my car and the throttle was about an inch from being removed from the apparatus that it is supposed to be attached to. He put the throttle back to where it was supposed to be and told me I should be fine - I said no and had it towed to a auto shop where they said the only thing they could do is zip tie the throttle to the apparatus. So my throttle and my safety currently depend on a zip tie...

- Oak Creek , WI, USA

problem #11

Aug 222013


  • 177,900 miles
We replaced the fuel pump and fuel filter after the car continued to cut off while driving. Another issue was sometimes while driving the car would automatically speed up which made braking hard and rough. I was recently told by the mechanic to replace my ignition switch which is supposed to fix the car turning off while driving.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #10

Oct 052012

Malibu 3-cyl

  • 106,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving, the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The contact restarted the vehicle while it was still in motion and it resumed normal function. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was106,000. Updated 01/15/13 the consumer stated the current mileage was 107,697. The throttle body was cleaned, throttle sensor replaced, idle air control valve replaced yet, the failure persists. Old parts are available. Updated 1/23/2013

- Perry, MI, USA

problem #9

Jul 152009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving approximately 30 when mph she engaged the left signal and the vehicle began to exhibit an abnormal noise. The turn signal would not activate. In addition, the contact stated that the hazard lights had also failed. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop, yet the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 03V327000 (exterior lighting:hazard flashing warning lights:switch). She contacted the manufacturer who advised her that her vehicle was not included in the recall. Also, the contact stated that after refueling the vehicle, the vehicle would become slow to respond to the contact's attempts to accelerate. The vehicle was taken back to the same local mechanic where they were unable to duplicate the acceleration failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 84,649.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #8

Jul 132010


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated the ignition was started and the throttle stuck in an open position without warning. The contact informed that the vehicle was not being driven when the failure occurred. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Lancasterr, PA, USA

problem #7

Apr 242010


  • 89,000 miles
I was driving my girlfriend home in her car when I put the car in reverse it sped down my driveway. As I was driving and I had to stop it took all my strength to stop the car. When I let off the brake pedal the car took off, giving the feeling of whiplash and squealed the tires. I am a young driver so I did not know what was happening and why. I just know it took all the strength I had to stop the car and I did notice that the tachometer was increasing when the car was stopped. I feel if my girlfriend had been driving her car, she would not have been able to control the car. I am very strong, I work out and am able to press 200 lbs. This incident took all my strength.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 202002


  • 0 miles


-the contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph and preparing to stop, and suddenly a vehicle crashed into the rear end. A police report was filed of the incident. The driver sustained a concussion, fractured hand and wrist; and additional injuries to the eye, ankle, and right leg. The severe injuries resulted in four surgeries on the hand and wrist, and two surgeries onthe ankle. The contact stated additional surgeries were required as a result of the failure. The manufacturer was notified but there were no resolutions. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unknown.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 222008


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 65 mph with the cruise control engaged, the accelerator button became stuck. The vehicle accelerated to 80 mph and would not stop. The contact drove onto the shoulder to slow down and stop the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. She had to place the vehicle into park in order to stop because the brakes would not stop the vehicle either. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer. The failure mileage was 57,000.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 062004


  • 27,000 miles
While braking at any speed vehicle surged forward, and the steering wheel jerked. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #3

Jun 112002

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving and without warning vehicle accelerated at a faster speed. Applied brakes and vehicle slowed down; however, did not stop. Driver proceeded to shift gear into park.

- Boca Ratown, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 232002


  • miles
While driving vehicle started to accelerate by itself. Dealer contacted. Please add VIN.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

May 022000


  • miles
On two occasions at an intersection and upon applying brakes, vehicle commenced to jerk itself into an intersection. At another time, it occurred while waiting at a stop light. It started to jerk itself again while applying the brakes. Vehicle has been in/out of dealer's shop on three occasions, and the problem is still unresolved.

- Bay City, MI, USA

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