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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,210 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 232005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 7,615 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering failed continuously. When the power steering failed, the wheel would make a clicking sound when the contact made a turn. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the dealer greased the steering column; however, the problem persisted. The failure mileage was approximately 9,500. The current mileage was approximately 60,400. The first time, the stabilizer link bushing were replaced, the second time, the intermediate shaft was replaced and the third time, the steering column was replaced. The right front axle seal was leaking. Updated 05/24/10

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #3

Nov 202007

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,363 miles
Axle seals broken - leaking transmission oil. No way to check the level.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 102006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,864 miles
: the contact stated that the front axle seals were leaking. The issue has gradually worsened. New axle seals were installed on the vehicle but the problem is still persists..

- Knoxville, IA, USA

problem #1

Sep 192004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Steering wheel shakes all by itself and was replaced by dealer. Now there is a clunking noise when turning the wheel. Front rotors warped, replaced by dealer, now warped again. Front axle seal leaking on exhaust, replaced by dealer, now leaking again causing a foul oil burning smell in the car.

- Stewartsville, NJ, USA

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