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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
142,952 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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2004 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Apr 142014


  • 175,600 miles


My 2004 Chevy Malibu skipping where the brakes are sticking at 65 miles and when I let off the gas it slow down fast and that unsafe to have my disk brakes changed and new caliper on both sides and it's still making a grinding noise their smoking/ really hot on the driver side.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 292013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
The car steering wheel locked up and unable to control where it was going to guide as coming around curve. Ended up in ditch and shaking like crazy! im so afraid that something is going to happen. I want another car!

- Hollis, OK, USA

problem #3

Apr 032013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 98,700 miles
While on my way home, driving North on I-95 near Washington, DC, I experienced lots of electrical problems (noise and grabbing to the left in the steering column, repeated bulb and light unity failures) then suddenly, a total loss of power steering. I became so scared while needing both hands to manage in heavy traffic traveling at an average of 65mph that I immediately threw a lit cigarette out the window in a desperate effort to control the vehicle. The steering wheel is almost impossibly difficult to steer. I was unaware that it had blown behind my back onto the driver"S seat until it burnt me, my shirt and the seat. It is by the grace of god that I didn"T have a fatal accident. It is probably needless to say that I continue to experience back pain. A disaster is waiting to happen! the fact is that sometimes while driving the power steering will start working again as quickly as it went out. Consider that I could be turning the wheel as hard as I can and at that second the power returns to send me spinning. Keep in mind that this is occurring more frequently everyday. Sometimes it does stop when the car is turned off and sometimes it does not. With regard to the brakes they make a loud and grinding sound when I lift off of them.

- Fairchance, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 122012


  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while the cruise control was engaged at 75 mph it suddenly disengaged and caused the vehicle to lose speed. The contact did not apply the brakes in order to disengaged the cruise control system. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic who stated the brake lights malfunctioned and caused the cruise control to disengaged due to the brake lights illuminating. The mechanic replaced numerous fuses in the vehicle as well as re-calibrating the electrical system; however, that did not remedy the issue. The contact stated the turn signal malfunctioned as well. The failure mileage was 148,000.

- Hickory Hills, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 152013


  • 155,000 miles
Brake lights come on for no reason, shut off cruise control.

- Napoleon , OH, USA

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