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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
75,083 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. learn to live with it as new parts won't last (1 reports)
2003 Chevrolet Malibu AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012015

Malibu 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,248 miles


During hot weather, using the A/C, it intermittently changes between fresh air and recirculated air and shuts down unless I forcibly hold the switch while driving along attempting to keep the system cooling. The system is fully charged and this has been occurring since I bought the car used from a Chevrolet dealer. Never went back to the dealer or reported it to them but am considering it this year. Appears there are too many coincidental electrical issues with this car.

- , Springfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 162010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

Just horrible the air does not stay on have to keep pushing the buttons to try to get it to work sometimes you just give up also have power outlet problems thy just don,t work no not the fuse..Pint ugh all the clear coat is peeling ow ugly!!

- , Berwick, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 082010

Malibu LS 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I bought this car in the winter 2009 and had no problems with heating. When summer came I found that the AC would come on, even if not selected, and would quite often go OFF if recirc was selected. When recirc was selected, it would usually return to OUTSIDE air. I was able to overcome the problem by pressing and holding the recirc button until I wore it's resistance down and it would stay. Then, I might have to push the AC button 10-20 times to get the AC on. This control seems to have a mind of it's own. I bought a used control on Ebay. It works much better but still has a problem with returning to OUTSIDE air. Apparently this is a common problem for which GM has no concern.

- , Kennesaw, GA, US

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