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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,966 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

May 172004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


There was a delay and or lack of power when passing. The delay was in between acceleration.

- Pleasanton, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Car has stalled numorus times in traffic. At city speeds and highway speeds, even in the fast lane at rush hour.have you ever seen a semi that is tailgating try to stop at sixty-five in your rearview mirror because your engine just stalled" I fear for my life every time the dealer calls and say's come pick it up I think we got it fixed? how can they send me out with a vehicle that they dont even know if its fixed? when they can't even find out what is causing it to happen" it's been in the shop eight times for stalling. They replace a part and send me out on the road like a test rat hoping the brand new car I bought keeps running so I don't die or worse cause someone else to. They have checked the wiring, computers, engine, even duplicated the do I ever feel like I can drive this car safley. I have no choice because the big car company dont care for me. It's sales they care about. It's been at the dealership for six days now, no problem I'll send my payment in even though it's been in the shop for about thirty days the last four months.

- East Dubuque, IL, USA

problem #2

Feb 282004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,700 miles
When driving under normal conditions the idle sticks. RPM first time stuck at approx 2000 RPM, 2nd time was 3,000 RPM. Only way to get idle to release is to turn engine off and re-start. Dangerous as it makes it hard to judge how much pressure to apply to brake pedal to stop vehicle.

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #1

Nov 052003

(reported on)

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,368 miles
Brakes started to make a rubbing noise which progressed to a squeaking noise. Also, brake pedal would go down to the floor to stop the vehicle. Dealer has replaced brake pads/front rotors/ brake booster/calipers, and brake lines, but the problem still exists. The front driver window failed to roll up, the engine light illuminated, the A/C control was inoperative and cooling properly, the vehicle pulled to the right while driving down the road, the vehicle overheated.

- Selma, AL, USA

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