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2003 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #2

May 112017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,652 miles


We live in Deltona, FL and are not the original owners of this vehicle. Currently the 2003 Chevy Malibu has almost 95K miles. I received a recall notice involving "possible unintended key rotation" and on May 11, 2017 I took the vehicle to a Chevy dealer in Sanford, FL. Both of the keys were fitted with a "plug" and two rings were added with the fob so that there would be less "play" in the fob. On my way home from the dealership, on I-4 at almost 70 mph, I had to brake when debris began flying up approximately 10 car lengths ahead. The battery and oil lights came on and I felt the car lose power and the steering began to lock.

What saved me was that everyone behind me had also braked because of the flying debris and I was able to coast from the middle lane to the emergency lane. I put the car in Park and started it up again. Approximately 4 miles later, as I exited the ramp in Deltona, the car did exactly the same thing. I called the dealership from the side of the road and asked why the car had never done this until the recall for the key issue had been completed and I was told to come back and they would do a diagnostic. I wasn't driving it any farther than the local mechanic who I have used for about 15 years. They checked the car based on the symptoms described and determined it was the iginition switch and they also purge the Solenoid, costing $366.

Today, May 23, 2017, I was traveling on I-4 at about 65mph when it became necessary to brake. The stretch of road is a little rough, and while braking I saw the two lights come on and felt the engine shut off. I was in the passing lane with easy access to the emergency lane, and once again the car started up and I continued on my way and back home. I drove in the right lane the remainder of the trip down and back so I would have access to an emergency lane if needed.

On the day of the original repair, after the car shut down twice on the way home, I checked the government recall page to see if there were other recall issues and I learned that the fob is not recommended to be attached to the key. I removed the fob from the key and attached it to a lanyard, but apparently that does not help the problem. The dealership returned both "corrected" keys to me on the fob, with a second ring on each. There is a problem here and I'm not sure what it is. I am planning to contact Chevrolet directly about this.

- , Deltona, US

problem #1

Feb 192016

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 214,380 miles

I was told that my car was being recalled to fix a problem that might cause my vehicle to shut off while driving. I had, at this time, never had my vehicle shut off but brought it in to have the key modified to supposedly fix this problem. A few months later, my car began to die at intersections.

First I had a sensor replaced that reads the air and gas intake into the motor. Then, after a couple more months of driving, and my car getting really rough I had the spark plugs and wires replaced. But the worst, by far incident was yet to come!!! Just a few days ago, on Friday, February 19th, I took my daughter to school and headed home on the interstate. Slowing rapidly from 60 to 30 miles per hour and entering a short exit ramp area that led directly onto a dangerous tight, 270 degree turn my engine shut off with the key "STILL IN THE ""ON"" POSITION!"

Luckily I slowed down a bit more than usual before starting this turn. For a second or so into the tight right hand turn I noticed that my car was trying to pull me off the ramp to the left! As I was fighting to stay on the asphalt, I noticed that my car's engine had died at 30 MPH! Holding my vehicle on course with one hand while slowing with my brake I glanced in my rear view, put on my emergency blinkers, saw no one coming, came a complete stop, noted the key position, "On", put my car in park restarted the engine and drove home.

My mechanic cannot find anything wrong with the vehicle, but if I had been going a bit faster or if another vehicle had been following too closely!?!?!?!

No harm done this time, but what if anyone else has this happen in an even more dangerous place at an even higher speed, someone could really die with this problem.

- , Memphis, TN, USA

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