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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,609 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #28

Apr 242010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 89,500 miles


2002 Chevrolet Malibu turn signal intermittently working/not working. Is there or is there not a recall to fix this dangerous problem?

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #27

Jun 262008


  • 12,000 miles
Turning signals and flashers work when they want to. Sometimes cut off while trying to make a turn or while waiting to make a turn. This has been going on for at least 2 years.

- Hyattsville , MD, USA

problem #26

Feb 152010


  • 31,000 miles
2002 Chevy Malibu. Turn signals work intermittently. You don't know what you've got until you try them. Of course if a mechanic has the car all day the signals work fine. This is a dangerous manufacture defect.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #25

May 012009


  • 40,000 miles


2002 Chevy Malibu, 80,000 miles brakes always noisy even when new..brakes and calipers have to be replaced every 2-3 months with minimal use......hazard light and turn signal intermittently.....ignition lock-out....could not start car or remove key from the ignition....lower intake manifold gasket failure......left headlamp field of vision narrow and short.

- Liverpool , NY, USA

problem #24

May 012008


  • 90,000 miles
2002 Chevy Malibu turn signal flickers or does not work all the time. Nov 08, $1000 paid to fix multifunction switch and hazard switch for car to pass inspection that only worked for a month. 11 Sep 09, $144 fine paid for improper lane change because turn signal did not work. Sep 09, $36 dollar for owner to replace hazard switch which did not solve the problem. Owner is unwilling to pay $240 for another multifunction function switch. Please help!

- Lawton, OK, USA

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problem #23

Aug 122009


  • 80,000 miles
At 80,000 miles my 2002 Chevy Malibu's turn signals stop flashing. This is an intermittent problem and is dangerous.

- Montague, NJ, USA

problem #22

Jun 152009


  • 61,000 miles


Intermittent turn signal on 2002 Chevy Malibu. Works only if hazard signal is pushed slightly. I must hold hazard signal while making a turn. 2001 Malibu were recalled for this problem. Why not 2002? problem still exists for this year also.

- Maple Shade, NJ, USA

problem #21

Jul 092002


  • 150,000 miles
Turn signal /hazard switch intermittently intermittently operating.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #20

Jun 292009


  • 63,300 miles
Turn signals fail to work properly. Turning on flashers for a bit usually brings them back. This is an intermittent problem but occurs at least once or twice daily.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #19

Apr 282009


  • 11,620 miles
My 2002 Chevy Malibu has been having problems since I bought it at about 104,000 miles but I am sure that it was having problems well before I bought it because of the low price I paid for it, but I needed a car badly. I have always had problems starting my car and usually would have to turn it on to make sure all the lights come on, not just the anti-theft light. If only the anti-theft light comes on, its guaranteed to not start. At exactly 111,111 miles my car would not start at all no matter how many times I took the key out and put it back in. It kept flashing the anti-theft at me! I replaced the idol speed motor and for some reason it started. A week later it wouldn't start again. I read about tricks online to get the car to start because this seems to be a prominent problem with 2002's. I finally got the car started. A few days later I was driving on a busy highway when I came to a stop light and my car just shut off. I was still able to use my breaks, thank god, but had to sit there in the middle of traffic trying to start my car for several minutes. I keep thinking what if this happens when my 2-year-old is with me" what if this happens in the dark and someone rear ends me because my lights go out" I have had the fuel pump checked, the fuel injectors, the idle speed motor replaced every time I replace something it works for a few days or weeks then it starts to act up again. The point is that the problem always comes back and it seems to get worst, and happens more frequently with every failure. The problem could be the ignition cylinder witch is what I am having fixed next, but I have acquaintances that have had the same problems that come back even after replacing the ignition cylinder. My biggest concern is having everything die again while I am driving because its not just a inconvenience anymore, it is a safety issue that Chevy needs to address before there are deaths and or serious injuries.

- St. Peter, MN, USA

problem #18

Mar 062009


  • 74,000 miles


Low coolant light kept coming on. Had this checked during an oil change and oil was found in the coolant. Intake manifold gasket was replaced for the 2nd time. The intake manifold gasket was previously replaced 2 1/2 years ago. Starting in the spring/summer of 2008 started having problems with the turn signals only working part of the time. This was checked at a dealership and I was told that since the signals seemed to work fine for them and the problem couldn't be reproduced they weren't able to determine what was wrong to be able to fix it. The problem continues.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #17

Jan 222008


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at an unknown speed, the turn signals failed sporadically. As a consequence, the contact was unable to notify other drivers of his intention to turn the vehicle, which increased the risk of a crash. The dealer stated that the VIN was not included in the campaign issued by GM. The turn signals would have to be repaired at the cost of $400. The contact has not had the vehicle repaired. The VIN and NHTSA campaign id number were unknown. The failure mileage was 67,000 and current mileage was 87,000.

- Masa, AZ, USA

problem #16

Dec 202008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving less than 70 mph, the exterior brake lights on the vehicle continued to illuminate even when the brake pedal was not depressed. The contact was concerned that the other drivers would swerve around her and assume that she was braking, when in reality, she would be in acceleration or drive mode. The dealer replaced the ECM and the sensor approximately three times. The vehicle has been at the dealer at least twice a month for one year. The repairs have not corrected the failure. The failure and current mileages were less than 40,000.

- Rico, VA, USA

problem #15

Oct 012008


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. While leaving the highway at an unknown speed, the contact noticed that the turn signals failed. The failure has occurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but they could not determine the cause of the intermittent failure. The dealer replaced the upper and lower head gasket seal, but the failure was not corrected. The rack and pinion failed and was replaced in 2006 and again in October of 2008. The failure mileage was 30,000 and current mileage was 52,300.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #14

Aug 112008


  • miles
I bought a 2002 Chevy Malibu from a car dealership. Once I drove off the lot the blinkers stopped working for me, they were working during the test drive. After trying to figure out what was going on I found that the problem was connected with the emergency lights box. Whenever it was in a certain position the blinkers would work otherwise they did not. I tried fixing it with some rubberbands and duct tape- for some reason that worked for awhile but now it's acting up again! help!

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #13

Jun 152007


  • 120,000 miles
Turn signals worked fine until mid 2007, then they started working intermittently. I have to fiddle with the hazard button to get them to work, then they only work for a short period of time before I have to fiddle with the hazard button again. This failure occurs on a daily basis. The consequences are that it is very unsafe! nothing has been done to correct the problem, I am trying to wait for a recall to fix this issue. If that doesn't come soon, I will have to repair it myself at my cost!

- Gaylord, MI, USA

problem #12

Jun 162005


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. Through online research, the contact found a recall for her vehicle. She called the manufacturer and they stated that her VIN was not included in the recall for the exterior lighting, which was the same failure the contact was experiencing. The contact would be responsible for the repair costs. The NHTSA campaign id number was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 23,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #11

Aug 152008


  • 75,000 miles
My 2002 Chevy Malibu has bad signal lights. Sometimes they work sometimes they don't. I see there is a bulletin posted about this problem so I called the local dealer and they told me that they know nothing about it and I have to pay to have them fix it. Can you look into this for me? the last 8 digits of the VIN. That's what they asked for to check. Thanks.

- Ashford, CT, USA

problem #10

Jul 112008


  • 45,000 miles
2002 Malibu turn signal work when they want. Have to hit dash by hazard lights to make them work. Haven;T had a accident yet, but am scared to drive my car. Bought the car new from the dealership. Have never received any recall notices. Horn also has a mind of it's own. Only have 45,000 miles on my car. I used to love it but now I am afraid of having a wreck and either dying or killing someone else. Chevy needs to recall all the problem cars and not just a few.

- Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #9

Aug 052008


  • 106,753 miles
I own a 2002 Chevy Malibu and I am experiencing an intermittent clicking noise coming from somewhere in the dash. I took it to the dealership and their diagnosis was "small intermittent voltage bleed from the turn signal switch. Needs the switch replaced." Although I referred the to the defect found by the ODI, GM refused to replace the switch at no cost because their internal policy is that they will only replace the hazard switch. When I showed that the report listed the components as the hazard switch and the turn signal switch. They still declined. They stated that although the two exhibit the same symptoms, their policy states they only cover the hazard switch alone. They recommended replacing the turn signal switch at my cost. Then "if the problem persists, which it may, then replace the hazard switch." Which at that point, I would be eligible to replace the hazard switch at no cost.

- Ogden, UT, USA

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