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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,344 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 9)

problem #177

Feb 012016

Malibu

  • miles

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

Car will not start

- Sylmar, CA, USA

problem #176

Jun 072017

Malibu

  • 39,800 miles
My car dies running and it sometimes doesn't wants to start due to a switch problem the same I had in other Malibu that I had and the dealer fixed for

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #175

Sep 222016

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 chervolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a loss of power. The dealer repaired the vehicle per NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000(electrical system); however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Flushing, MI, USA

problem #174

Mar 152017

Malibu

  • 99,500 miles

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

:takata recall" purchased and next day went by dealership as the taillights were inoperatable. He said bring it when it wasn't raining or wife was there. I went to crank it to go to dr. And it wouldn't crank. I thought it was fuel pump. After a week of not cranking I called a mechanic and he said he would check it out. I had to have it towed. It was the ignition switch. Drove the day was fixed and drove and check engine light came on. We didn't turn off but drove back to where we got it running. He put the light to it again and still showed iginition switch. He told us to be careful until you get it fixed. I called chev dealer and said they didn't have in stock would have to order for recall. I found out then the recall was for 2 keys. I stopped by gro store on way home from church and went got in car and all the lights came on. Brake light, fuel light even though it was full, check engine light, battery, and they all stayed on until I got home about 2 miles.this is not just a complaint, it is for my safety and for everyone else's. what if we ended up wrecking because of this igination switch. All these problems and only had it less than 3 months and only 100,000. I am not able to walk any distance bcause of breathing. Something needs to be done before one of these cars ends up killing someone. The first time this occurred, I was in motion but 2nd it was parked in driveway. When I turned the ignition switch off, it also made a metal scrubbing sound and would not stop until I got it completely off..

- Jonesville, NC, USA

problem #173

Mar 102017

Malibu

  • 74,000 miles
Headlights dim when brakes are applied such as coming to a stop or slowing down to negotiate turns. This creates a dangerous situation where visibility is compromised during night driving. It is very easy to miss turns, exit ramps, and road signs. Vehicle has been to GM service center, and was told this operation is normal. Battery, and charging system no problems found. New headlight bulbs installed no difference. Vehicle is like new condition; always garaged. No damage, rust, or modifications. It should be noted that there is a tsb #02-06-03-008A concerning the issue.

- Corning, OH, USA

problem #172

Nov 302016

Malibu

  • 10,112 miles
Intermitten on right and left hand turns the car will stall and stop. Replaced module asmelek/ignition control and my same problem persisted. Took it to the dealership and they fixed they replaced the module and swtich and my problem still continues. My car is still at the dealership now as of Jan. 26, 2017.

- Duncanville, TX, USA

problem #171

Jul 192016

Malibu

  • 168,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. While in park, the vehicle failed to start and the key failed to turn from the off position. All the lights on the instrument cluster illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition lock cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 168,000.

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #170

Jul 212016

Malibu

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. When the engine was turned off, the vehicle failed to restart and the security light blinked on and off. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic who replaced the fuel pump; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who diagnosed that the pass lock sensor failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Garnerville, NY, USA

problem #169

May 182016

Malibu

  • 170 miles
I turned on my ac and the temp and fuel guage fuse blowed while having the air on still changing out fuses and the automatic car locks on it own when you closes the doors getting out or it will lock when some one gets out of the car all by itself without hitting the door lock on the keyless entry.

- Pulaski, IL, USA

problem #168

Jan 032016

Malibu

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Reynoldsville, PA, USA

problem #167

Feb 172012

Malibu

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle had trouble starting and would stall without warning. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the vehicle continued to stall and exhibited issues starting after the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #166

Nov 162015

Malibu

  • 93,567 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled as the anti-theft warning light illuminated. The vehicle was restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 93,567.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #165

Nov 232015

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
GM has a recall on ignition switch (GM#14350). We had the work done at a GM dealer for the recall. (dealer provides 2 key rings and a key cover and calls it fixed.) apparently it didn't work. Car currently in my local mechanic shop for routine maintenance. During inspection, mechanic found the vehicle needs a new ignition switch assembly to solve the same problem. Mechanic says car extremely unsafe to drive unless replaced. He took a video of my ignition showing that just touching the key while in ignition causes car to turn off. (have 20 yr relationship with mechanic - very reliable.) please investigate if GM is really doing the proper work for the recall or just sugar coating a dangerous defect.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #164

Oct 022015

Malibu

  • 238,419 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start intermittently without warning. In addition, when the ignition key was turned to the off position, the vehicle failed to shut off. As a result, the battery was drained and had to be charged. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact stated that the failure recurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 238,419. Updated 1/19/16

- Robersonville, NC, USA

problem #163

Sep 272015

Malibu

  • 40,872 miles
After 10 mins car was driven, parked in a parking lot. Went inside shop, and after 15mins, came back and tried to start the car, and car did not started. Anti-theft symbol was blinking. Tried to jump start, did not work. Took battery to auto zone, and then mentioned that battery is not good. Purchased battery, and installed. Turned car key in on position. Anti-theft system was blinking. After ~10mins, anti-system stopped blinking. Turned key to off position, and turned to on and start position, and car started.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #162

Dec 162014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall notice. The consumer was under the impression, the dealer was going to replace the ignition switch. However, they only replaced the key ring.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #161

Sep 242014

Malibu

  • 32,000 miles
Anti-theft system activates for no apparent reason. One way to restart the vehicle is to turn on the ignition switch for 10-15 minutes, may have to repeat this procedure three times and it still may not start. Looking at consumer complaints many people have spent up to $1500 for repairs that don't always fix the issue. Being stranded in a vehicle in freezing temperatures could be life threating. There are thousands of complaints and GM should issue a recall to fix this issue. This problem affects 1998-2012 Malibu's and possibly some other models.

- Westbury, NY, USA

problem #160

Aug 312015

Malibu

  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system); however, the contact stated that when attempting to turn the key to start the vehicle, it failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the in dependant mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition sensor, tripped the alarm lock system. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #159

Aug 132010

Malibu

  • miles
Very often my car will not start due to the anti lock defect which is a huge inconvenience and dangerous in personal situations. I'm searching on how to look up the recall for this situation because this is a constant problem with this vehicle and I'm searching for help how to get this fixed and resolved please I would greatly appreciate your help thank you

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #158

Aug 202014

Malibu

  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. While in park, the vehicle failed to start and the security alert warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and an independent mechanic. The technicians were unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 94,000.

- Havertown, PA, USA

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