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Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,950 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 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #8

Nov 032004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles


While driving consumer was entering a parking space and vehicle accelerated at a very high speed, leaving skid marks in the parking space where she was trying to park. Then, vehicle jumped the curb and hit a tree. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy. The consumer was injured.

- Windsor, VT, USA

problem #7

Jul 152004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While exiting the freeway the vehicle began to accelerate on its own. From 50 to 90 mph. The driver tapped the brake and the engine speed increased even more. As a result driver lost control of vehicle. The consumer stated the incident has happened before.

- Laurinburg, NC, USA

problem #6

Jul 132004

Malibu 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While pulling inside of a parking space, the vehicle suddenly accelerated uncontrollably. The consumer put both feet on the brake pedal and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The accelerator pedal was stuck to the floor. This caused the consumer's vehicle to hit another vehicle. Upon impact, both frontal air bags did not deploy. No injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer on four occasions. This problem remained the same. GM would not take responsibility.

- Union City, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 122004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,625 miles


While vehicle was parked, and consumer's foot was on the brakes vehicle surged forward. Vehicle's front end collided with a cement pole, dividing the parking lot. There were no injuries involved nor did the police arrive. The next day the same thing occurred, but applying the brakes prevented another collision.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #4

May 312004


  • miles
Vehicle lurched forward twice while car was coasting towards a red light. The consumer was slowing the vehicle for a stop light. When the consumer's foot was taken off the brake pedal the vehicle accelerated to 40 mph while the consumer pressing the accelerator. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the dealer was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Aventura, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 042004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,800 miles
For several days the throttle has been sticking during acceleration. When the vehicle was taken to the dealer, they could not reproduce the occurrence nor find any problem. The problem still persists.

- Crossville, TN, USA

problem #2

Apr 212004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Consumer complained that in the last three days while driving at any speed vehicle experienced sudden acceleration. Dealer inspected vehicle, and could not duplicate or correct the problem. First episode of vehicle accelerating suddenly, vehicle accelerated to 70 mph, and consumer had to apply the brakes to the floor to stop the vehicle. In addition, due to its sudden acceleration, brake rotors had warped. In addition, there's an intermittent sticking of the throttle.

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 292004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,300 miles
While driving 30 mph and without warning vehicle suddenly accelerated. Driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic replaced the speed sensor. Then, driver drove the vehicle from the dealer, and the problem still occurred.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

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