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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,150 miles

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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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2004 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 032014


  • 112,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the parking brake would malfunction and the vehicle would roll away when parked on an incline or a flat surface. Additionally, the vehicle would sporadically hesitate when the contact attempted to accelerate. The contact also stated that the transmission would become stuck in first gear and began to exhibit an abnormal jerking motion. The key would also become stuck in the ignition and the vehicle would intermittently fail to start. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- Hollister, MO, USA

problem #1

Nov 132004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 300 miles
I have a 2004 Malibu ls, when I first purchased the car during the winter of 04 I had problems with the steering. It was under warranty, I took it back every winter for 4 years and the dealership always repaired the car. In 2010 my power steering light came on and I lost power trying to turn into a parking spot. The next time it occurred, I was driving 50 mph I went to change lanes the power steering light came on and I could not turn the wheel. I was pulling out from a parking spot the power steering light came on and I could not steer the car. This year the seat belt light stays on when my seat belt is on. It happens every day the light stays on. The dealer that I use to use went out of business and did not notify the customers. I found out when I went to have some work corrected that they did. This problem is scary because I never know when the power steering light is going to come on. That is very very scary. My check engine light comes on and they can never find anything wrong. I recently had my car inspected they would not pass it because of the check engine light.I had to drive the car for 300 miles and the light went off and they passed it for inspection. The original brakes were replaced 3 times in the first 2 years of having the car. I only have 45, 000 miles. Purchased 2 batteries from GM the 2nd one lasted less then 2 years and died. An authentic GM battery.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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