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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,575 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 9)

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problem #118

Aug 072012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


2002 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to a faulty ignition switch. The consumer stated the ignition switch was replaced twice. The consumer is seeking reimbursement.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #117

Jun 252009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes to express disappointment with the vehicle. The consumer stated the vehicle would not start at times. On several occasions, while driving, the vehicle would shut off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. However, at the time they were unable to determined a problem. The consumer went to her local repair garage, where it was determined, the ignition was the problem. Also, the entire gas cover and cap came off in the consumers hands, due to severe rust. The consumer has since traded the vehicle.

- Cropseyville, NY, USA

problem #116

Sep 102014


  • 60,000 miles
For over a year now I have had issues with my 2002 Malibu not starting due to a faulty anti- theft system. The system is the original stock manufacturers theft system. It first begun over a year ago, where my car would not start leaving me stranded. The car sat for nearly 4- days, not knowing what to do! the car has very low miles, only 60,000 original; don't drive much, really only to and from work daily and maybe to the food store here and there. Anyway, I wound up googling "2002 Chevy Malibu not starting", problems with the pass lock theft system came up, telling me to try the 10- minute reset by putting the key in the ignition and turning to on w/out turning the engine on for 10- minutes, removing the key, waiting 5 seconds and then putting the key back into the ignition. Figured what the heck, it doesn't hurt to try it!! well what do you know, it worked!!! well for the past year now my car has left me stranded roughly 3 - 4 times a month because of this issue. Each time I had to do the 10- minute reset and it would then start right up. I shouldn't even have to deal with this, this is crazy and should be recalled and fixed at Chevy/GM's expense, not mine. Especially considering there are over 3,000 complaints regarding this issue!!! I should not have to constantly worry about my car not starting because of a faulty theft system that was but in my car by GM. Chevy. On September 10th 2014 I got in my car to take my son to school and go to work, car would not start, tried the 10-minute reset, this time it did not work, waited 4- hours for a tow truck, son missed school and I was late to work! well, because of me having to keep cranking my car throughout the year because of it not starting because of the faulty theft system blew out my starter and battery. Was without a car for a week and a half got my car back and the theft system issue has started again!!!

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #115

Oct 102011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the fuel system, transmission, cooling system and power steering needed to be flushed. The spark plugs, fuel filters, and hub kit were replaced. However, the failure persisted. The vehicle was returned to the independent mechanic who replaced the ignition switch. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 01/06/15

- Hazelpark , MI, USA

problem #114

Jan 152006


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the rear driver side parking and turn signal blinker indicators failed to illuminate. The contact stated that the rear driver side lamp contained moisture. The failures occurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed the failure as an electrical issue. The rear driver side lamp was replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 31,000.

- Jamaica , NY, USA

problem #113

Aug 102013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic for diagnosis. The technician stated that the ignition lock cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000. Updated 11/20/14

- Latrobe, PA, USA

problem #112

Sep 032012


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated the anti-theft system warning light illuminated preventing the vehicle from starting. The contact mentioned that the anti-theft system reset approximately ten minutes after shutting off the vehicle and then the vehicle was able to start. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Dewitt, MI, USA

problem #111

Sep 012006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
My car is part of the GM recall #14350. My car specifically has problems with the pass lock anti-theft system allowing the car to be started. Several years ago I took it to superior Chevrolet and at that time they told me the pass lock was an ongoing issue. They could fix it but it would not stay fixed. I paid over $500 dollars and they replaced the ignition cylinder. 2 or 3 years later. Same problem. I contacted GM and was instructed to again return to a dealer and they would take care of the fix. I took my car to tom gill Chevrolet. They performed diagnostic and informed me the pass lock was the problem and for another $500 dollars they could repair it. I was under the impression GM was going to pay for repair. They said the GM representative declined the repairs. I then took my car to an authorized service center and had it rechecked. Again the diagnostic was the pass lock system. At that time the ignition cylinder was replaced again to the tune of $500. I just received my recall letter and I called jeff wyler florence Buick GMC to schedule repairs. I ask what was going to be the solution and if the repairs would fix the pass lock system anti-theft. They said no. If I wanted that fixed it was $94.50. For a new diagnostic plus parts. Really. I need the anti-theft pass lock system fixed in my car. That should have been part of the recall. Waiting to hear some good news. Please. My car now has 92,000 miles on it. I typically have to walk to or from work because it will not start when I need it to. Pass lock shuts off the fuel and you have to wait until it resets. Please help with this. Thanks

- Florence , KY, USA

problem #110

Jul 232014


  • 94,990 miles
The vehicle wouldn't start at all, towed to the garage had to put a new ignition switch, lock cylinder with passkey security systems total, ignition switch $175.68, lock cylinder with passkey security system $230.21 labor $152 total $602.52. I called regarding this recall that I just got in the mail, and they said that I will not be refund for this. I believe that this was caused by the keys, we have had problems in the past with this, and finally had to get it to a garage to fix it rather than be stranded or in an accident.

- Buskirk, NY, USA

problem #109

Jun 012005


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 5 mph, the key ejected from the ignition without warning. The vehicle crashed into the dog house. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The body of the vehicle was repaired, but the electrical failure was not. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #108

Aug 162014


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact the stated that it was difficult to start the ignition with the key. After several attempts the vehicle started and was able to drive normally. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Lexington , TN, USA

problem #107

Apr 182014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 70,300 miles
Antitheft system intermittently causing car to stall and fails to restart tail lights are failing fuel system cutoff.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #106

Jul 012009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 122,874 miles
I was driving at about 45 mph when negotiating a turn and went to use the turn signal and it would not work. Since then it only works a quarter of the time and often the hazard relay is clicking in and out very fast like it is shorting out. If you push the hazard button in sometimes you can make the turn signals work and sometimes not. And often times the hazard will not work either. No fuses are blown?

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #105

Jul 072006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 7,879 miles
Had many incidents and almost crashed where car will shut down while vehicle is moving. I had change my ignition at the GM dealership twice and my car still has the same problem. I special order my car Feb 2002 and had been the only owner of this car to present. GM dealership technician notes: - on January 16 2007, 7,879 miles. My car would not start. Put key in the ignition and the gauges went up about half way and stayed there until doors auto locked, then the gauges dropped all the way down. Tried to start and it cranked but will not start. Usually you can hear the pump priming but did not. This still happens to this date. After 20 minutes or so car did start and drove for a while. It died at a stop and would not restart. When tried to restart gauges still moved with the locks. But anti theft light was on the gauges did not come up. Technician verified concern. Car did start and drove into the shop. After several attempts the car did not start. Testing found loss of ignition 1 voltage. Technician isolated to an open circuit in the ignition switch. Technician replaced ignition switch. After a few moths I had the problem come and go and the dealership could not figure out the problem. - on November 24, 2012, 47,906 miles. Ignition will not turn over at times, and also will set off alarm when key is turned at times. Technician found code B2960, ignition pass lock sensor failing. Technician replaced lock cylinder and key, system operated as designed. But on December 17, 2012 vehicle lose power and shut off while driving on the highway. Took it back to the dealership but they could not duplicate concern while test driving it. Dealership did not do anything else and turned me away saying my car is in good working order. I have all receipts when I took my car to be fixed at the dealership. Car still have the same problem and very concerned and scared to drive it.

- Chula Vista , CA, USA

problem #104

Feb 032014


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnose that the anti-theft system failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000 and the current mileage was 162,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #103

Aug 132013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 107,500 miles
I have a hard time getting any key to turn the car on. It seems like the whole where the key goes into is very loose. I sometimes have to try to turn it up to ten times before the car will start, I have tried both keys that came with the car and even got new ones and nothing works, if I ever have to start in an emergency I won't be able to do it. My turn signals also click when not in use, I did have a recall on this years ago, but it didn't work, I 'm afraid that one day they may not work at all.

- Jessup, PA, USA

problem #102

May 182013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 107,332 miles
May 2013: Car hard to start; multiple attempts before engine started May 2013: Had new key made at local Chevrolet dealer December 2013: Continued problems starting car; replaced ignition switch July 1, 2014: GM announces expanded recall to include 2002 Malibu; called local Chevrolet dealer; they said we have to wait for the letter from GM; dealer did not know about expanded recall July 14, 2014: Car engine turned off while driving July 15, 2014: Called local Chevrolet dealer again; still knew nothing about expanded recall; couldn't advise as to whether car is safe to drive.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #101

Jun 012014


  • 63,500 miles
I'm having trouble with the ignition. Sometimes it will start right away, and then other times it will take 3 - 9 tries!! especially when it's really hot outside 90+ degrees. What's causing this. I purchased a new battery so that is not the problem!!

- Lodi, CA, USA

problem #100

Apr 232005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 16,152 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated the ignition failed to start after numerous attempts. The contact mentioned that in a different occasion the engine stalled twice and restarted immediately. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer on three separate occasions where the ignition switch was replaced each time. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 16,152. Updated 08/14/14 updated 08/23/2017

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

problem #99

Jun 082014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 69,140 miles
My 2002 Chevrolet Malibu ls left me stranded at a busy fueling station. The car refused to start due to the faulty passlock ignition switch system. These parts were replaced at an authorized GM service center at approximately 47,000 miles due to the same issue of refusing to start. Now at around 21,000 miles later the parts have failed again. GM and NHTSA need to resolve these safety issues. I don't feel safe in this car, and I don't believe it is reliable. Wake up this is yet another GM ignition problem that has been known for decades! anyone in doubt just do an internet search on GM passlock or Chevrolet Malibu ignition problems.

- Corning, OH, USA

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