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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,500 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 012014


  • 91,000 miles


First of all im waiting on parts for two recalls for my 2004 Chevy Malibu. I find it a little dangerous and for some reason nobody has been able to give me any information on what I need to do or have no idea when the parts are going to be available. My seat on the driver side feels like it is detached on one side. I have read several complaints about this happening to other people. My car randomly decides to accelerate sometimes. I cannot give you mileage or tell you exact times when it happens because it's about five times a year. I think it's when I'm on cruise control so I find it bizarre that all of a sudden my car starts speeding. I have had my car serviced and even a new engine put in and reset but my service airbag light is still on? my horn will work randomly but not all the time and this makes me feel a little unsafe because a horn is needed for warning people of danger. Thanks [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Great Falls, MT, USA

problem #6

Jan 162011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering column would become loose while driving at any speed and the wheel would sporadically shake when driving over 50 mph. In addition the power steering warning light was illuminated when the failure would occur. The contact stated the failure was the second occurrence and the steering column was replaced in 2007. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired for the recent failure. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 115,000. The consumer stated the vehicle made a clunking, knocking and rattling sound when driven at a low grade speed and when the steering wheel was turned. The vehicle also shook violently. The driver seat didn't to stay on track and was difficult to adjust forward and backward. The horn and cruise control were inoperative. The brake and accelerator pedals no longer adjusted. The safety locks did not latch at times when the button was pushed and the gas cap continued to open after it was locked causing the engine light to illuminate. Updated 02/01/12

- Jeffersonville, IN, USA

problem #5

Apr 262009

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 23,800 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 35 mph the steering wheel began pulling to the right. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that the steering rack had excessive play and needed to be replaced. The failure also caused the driver and passenger side front tires to become worn which needed to be replaced. The repair cost was $657 since there were no related recalls or valid warranties. The wiring in the horn was also defective and it was repaired at the owners expense for $200. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure and current mileages were 23,800. Updated 11/15/10 updated 11/24/10

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 042005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


2004 Chevrolet Malibu with noise in the steering wheel customer states that this problem has been going for 2 years without correction from the dealership* the dealer replaced various parts in the steering, however the problem remained the same. The battery was replaced. The vehicle hesitated to start. The dealer found the ignition switch had shorted out internally. The horn was replaced. The cd player made a clicking sound.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #3

May 182007

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The horn on my vehicle failed. This led to a near collision as I was unable to utilize the horn to alert the other driver to my presence. I took my 2004 Malibu to my mechanic who replaced the fuse. The horn worked for about a day and then when being operated by another driver, he tried to use the horn when another vehicle ran a red light and the horn did not work. Per the mechanic the fuse blew again. He ran a check on service notices for the vehicle and found that condensation forms in the location of the horn due to a known defect in the location. GM is aware of this, but has not issued a recall even though the mechanic states that it causes the horn to quit suddenly and the average consumer will believe it is the fuse, repair that only to have the horn fail again within days.

- North East, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 182005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The horn is not working. Contact does not know how long she has been driving without a horn. She noticed it on Saturday June 18, 2005. The contact had numerous problems with the vehicle. GM stated that they could not do anything else for her. Every since GM closed the file for her account she was still having problems with the vehicle.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #1

Oct 182004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,700 miles
While driving 60 mph the steering wheel locked. The consumer pulled over and restarted the vehicle. The horn did not work as well. Ea04018_cat

- Houston, TX, USA

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