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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,759 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #3

Jun 212004

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129 miles


Traveling down street at low speed when a sudden but light jolt from the engine is felt. Moments later slowing down for a traffic light total lose of electrical power. This does not happen all the time. Vehicle is in for repairs on this date. Ea04018_cat

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #2

Feb 032004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While drving or sitting the alarm would go off at anytime, including the vehicle's engine turning on/off while the alarm going off. Told by dealer service department that the car could start/turn off on its own while being driven. Turned into service department numerous times and problem not fixed, they replaced the computer in the car and removed the accessory alarm, but factory secrurit system would still go off. It is cuurently in the shop today 4/29/04 for the 3rd time to be "fixed" again. While this problem is occuring the infomation panel (trip miles, mpg, average speed, oil life, etc.) would reset.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 122004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
While driving at any speed and without warning, the vehicle lost power steering. This problem happened four times in four months. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who replaced the steering column unit. Also, the ABS light came on and the brakes made a screeching noise when depressed. The dealer replaced the ABS module and front brake hubs. Although the repairs had been done, the same problems recurred. There were electrical failures with the dash dimmer switch and headlight dimmer, the keyless entry needed to be replaced and grease leaked from the left front wheel. Pe04031_cat

- Chalfont, PA, USA

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