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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,257 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #66

Aug 152014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


The turn signals and flasher work intermittently.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #65

Mar 202013


  • 48,000 miles
My complaint is that I have received two letters informing me of recalls on my brakes, and the electrical power steering. I received the first letter a month ago regarding the ( eps), I called GM and I also called Chevrolet, I have not heard anything, now I receive a letter two days ago recalling (BCM), (bas), I don't understand how you can send out letters stating there are recalls but parts are not available, but you are concerned. Please help me understand this, this is my only means if transportation and I am not happy about how this is being handled. Now I am in fear if what could happen while I'm driving and nothing is being done to correct these problems and prevent my death or someone else's. I have already experienced the (eps) problem twice to be exact, I didn't know what was going on, so, I would appreciate someone contacting me with some information in how quickly these problems can become resolved. I am really considering contacting a lawyer, because nothing is being done. My life is more important than the letters you send saying you are concerned about my safety, that is a joke. Thanks for your convenience and hopefully I will get some kind of response.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #64

Jul 172012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated the brake lights failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number:14V252000 (exterior lighting). The failure and current mileage was 95,000....updated 09-05-14 the consumer stated the vehicle the vehicle has also had issues with switching from park to drive, the exterior as well as the interior lights would go out during highway speeds and an alarm would sound, whenever the vehicle would be filled with gas the low fuel alarm would sound, and the blinker lights would burn out prematurely. Updated 09/15/2014

- Snohomish, WA, USA

problem #63

Sep 212013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


When starting the car the ignition gets stuck, there is a recall on other models but not the 2004 Malibu, and also the right rear tire rod has part that has come loose, took to tire shop and showed where the part will have to be welded back to the rod. Currently have recall on steering for 2004 Malibu 14116.

- Pearl, MS, USA

problem #62

Jan 142011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
The theft system automatically engages randomly when ignition is attempted. Reset with key in on position for approximately 10 minutes is the only way to get the car to start. Can happen multiple times per day, regardless of weather or parking conditions. Replaced ignition in 2013 and computer in 2011 with no change in issue to a detriment of over $1,000. Occasionally pressing gas when ignition first catches will route the issue, but not always. Theft light also now stays on regardless of a successful first start or not. Needless to say, it is frustrating to have this happen when you need to get on the road for work or even an emergency!

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #61

Jun 102014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
My car has had interior electrical problems since the day that I bought. I have had things like the cd deck and the brakes and alloy rims fixed after having problems with them however I have had the front left blinker fail to work and then an hour later it works, the next hour does not work. The interior lighting all stopped working and the dealership says that it is electrical, at the same time that the lights stopped working I started to be unable to shift my car from low into 1 or 2. I have had my power steering go out multiple times and then after pulling over, shutting off my car and turning it back on it worked again. I have almost go into an accident multiple times because the front left blinker stops working mid drive, or the power steering stops working. This car clearly has multiple electrical problems that should be recalled and fixed because they are very dangerous.

- North Branch , MN, USA

problem #60

Jun 022014


  • miles


2004 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle electrical system issues. The consumer stated occasionally, he would experience a weak crank when trying to start the vehicle, as if the battery was failing. After turning the vehicle off, and waiting 15 seconds, he would attempt to start the vehicle again. It would crank, but not fire as if it were flooded. The dealer inspected the electrical system and found nothing wrong. The consumer continued to experience the problem.

- Warminster, PA, USA

problem #59

Jun 052014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Through the years we have had off and on episodes of the car not starting even when we had a good battery and in the middle of driving the power steering giving out. We finally took the vehicle to a mechanic after being advised to replace the battery. The mechanic, GM dealer, advised we need a whole new steering column, this was 6-25-13. In less then a year the car continues to not start and today the power steering again went out on my 15 year old son as he was driving home. We have left E-mails with Chevrolet with no return. The last aforementioned GM dealer said that we would get a call about the recall on the steering but appears there is no recall on the ignition, despite several news articles saying there was. We are now out of a vehicle due GM not responding.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #58

May 222014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
This is the 5th time this had happened with my 2004 Malibu, but the scariest. Similar to the other times, but this time on a curve. I heard a chime& "power steering" appeared in the message box. My car veered to the ieft into traffic and I could barely steer it. It took all my 66 yea old strength to turn the wheel & get into my lane. I pulled off asap & turned car off in a safe location. Shaking for 15 min. I don't understand why this car is safe to drive. It does not revert to manual steering. The CEO is lying. I have owned manual steering cars and this does not steer that way. I am afraid to drive it it has also stalled with numerous lights coming on. ABS, engine, and one I think is another steering light, yellow with a line through it. Why aren't they pulled?cruise control comes on by itself & won't shut off.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #57

Aug 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I got in my car and tried to crank it and it made a clicking noise. It took hours before it started, on another incident; several times I couldn't shift my car from park. My power steering light came on and when I was coming to a stop at a light the car list control serving left to right until I came to a complete stop. I always have to gas the car to get gas to the engine for the car to start. When I took it to the dealer he said that it was a recall problem and he's had several customers with my car come to him with the same problem. When I looked up the recall I noticed that my car was having the same issues as reported.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #56

May 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 233,272 miles


My battery light came on this morning and I came home from lunch tried making a left turn onto a street and my steering wheel locked on me. I couldn't turn my car, now my car won't even start. I barely made it home, thank god because I almost crashed into my neighbors house from my steering wheel locking.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #55

Jun 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
While driving my battery light will flash on and chirp and my steering wheel sort of locks up, the display on my radio says power steering and the wrench light lights up on the panel. It is quite scary considering I have young children in my car about 95% of the time. I have been very close to crashing into other cars more than once. I would love to get rid of this car but am afraid this will happen to the next person and it could be fatal.

- Valois, NY, USA

problem #54

Apr 052010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
As I was driving down the highway all of a sudden my steering wheel locked. Then my power steering light came on. So lucky I was on a straight away. I pulled over and shut the car off and turned it back on and was back to normal.

- Ruther Glen, VA, USA

problem #53

Mar 012011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Fuel gauge stopped working, would not indicate fuel level.

- Marshall, NC, USA

problem #52

Mar 192014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving around a corner the engine shut off, the key was not turned to the off position. I was able to glide the car to a parking lot, turned the key to the off position, let the car sit for a few minutes, turned it back on and continued driving.

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #51

Aug 242004


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the day after purchasing her vehicle it would not start. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership where they diagnosed that the wiring was not connected. The contact experienced multiple electrical issues with the vehicle since the failure was diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 282,456.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #50

Mar 312014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
I was driving the car through an intersection approaching the ramp onto the interstate. I lost steering control for about 2 seconds, just missing the guard-rail and having an accident. The next morning, there was a recall for the 2004 Malibu. I contacted the dealership for a loaner car, only to be told the car VIN number is not an approved model for the recall. I need to know why it is not if it is having the same issues. I have reported to this site at least twice about issues with this car.

- Port Wentworth, GA, USA

problem #49

Jan 132014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
Front turning signals or running lights get very hot and melt through the amber lens that the bulb sits in. These bulbs burn out quite often, which have created some near misses while making turns because the bulbs would burn out without notice. This is a very common problem on all the 04 and 05 Malibu. I have contacted the Chevy dealers and the deny and knowledge of the problem, but there many complaints of this online. Every Malibu of these years have the same problem.

- Stillwater, MN, USA

problem #48

Dec 012008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after turning the engine off, he was unable to remove the key from the ignition switch. The defect had occurred several times. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer and the ignition switch was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 11,000.

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #47

Feb 172014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Randomly while driving down the road my power steering has gone out multiple times. I listed the most recent date. Now they say it will cost around 1000 to fix. If multiple people have complained about this shouldn't their be a recall? if the roads were icy I could've crashed and killed someone.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

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