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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
109,250 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu body / paint problems

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 172014


  • 84,000 miles


100% of brake lines failed via rust also, control arms front/rear severely rusted.

- Winsted, CT, USA

problem #3

Dec 152013


  • 130,000 miles
I was traveling on a snowy/icy road when I lost control of my vehicle at about 50 mph. My vehicle went sideways until traveling into a ditch at which point the vehicle collided with a tree. The front end was completely destroyed and pushed the motor back a good 2 feet. My head slammed into the windshield and airbags were not deployed. The impact of the front end was just a little off center to the passenger side.

- Sparta, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 312012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
While driving on the freeway I was rear ended and pushed into the center divider and bounced off only to be struck again from the rear. The front and rear quarter panels were damaged the frame was compromised. My complaint is that the airbags never deployed. I suffered back, arm, leg & knee injuries in the collision. The car has been totaled by my insurance company but I am still curious as to what happened to the safety air bags.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 112011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 25 mph, there was a loss of control in the steering. The contact was able to regain full control of the vehicle and continued to drive with caution. There was a nearby independent mechanic who inspected the vehicle and stated the sub frame was fractured due to corrosion. In addition, both front coil springs fractured. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Chesterfield, MI, USA

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