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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,316 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 012004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the brakes, steering, and electrical wiring for the headlights failed. The failures have occurred since 2004. While making left turns, the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact had been submitting complaints to the manufacturer since 2004. The failure mileage was 35,000. Updated 10/23/14 updated 4/13/2015

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 152009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The dealer stated that the fuel relay switch overheated and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also indicated that the brake lights failed and were replaced multiple times. In addition, the headlights would not illuminate bright enough to see in front of the vehicle while driving at night. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the headlight assembly needed to be replaced. While activating the cruise control at any speed, the vehicle would suddenly accelerate on its own. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 222008


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the headlight bulbs constantly turned off. The vehicle was taken to repair shops and dealerships several times. The bulbs were replaced but the failure continued. The headlight bulb recently melted to the wiring harness. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. Additionally, the contact stated that the fuel gauge would fluctuate between full and empty and did produce correct readings. On three occasions, the contact ran out of fuel because of the faulty gauge. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired for this problem at the time of the complaint. The contact called the manufacturer and was told, due to high mileage on the vehicle, they could not assist her. The current and failure mileages were approximately 60,000.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 262009


  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated the turn signal bulbs continuously failed. In addition, the amber lens of the headlight assembly was melted. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The dealer advised the vehicle was not under recall. The failure mileage was approximately 48,000 and the current mileage was approximately 58,000.

- Hanover, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 102005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
I bought the 2004 Malibu in June 2004. In January 2005, the front driver's side turn signal and headlight stopped working. I took it to the nearest shop, and they replaced the bulbs. A few weeks later, it happened a second time. They replaced the bulbs again. When it happened the third time I asked for further investigation into the problem, including wiring. They discovered the whole light carriage needed to be replaced. Problem fixed. In March 2005, the rear driver's side light did the same thing. The entire carriage was replaced. It just seemed a bit excessive for a car less than a year old.

- Visalia, CA, USA

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problem #1

Sep 282004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,893 miles
While driving power steering pump failed. The consumer took the vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. Ea04018_cat currently the vehicle still does not steer properly. The vehicle was taken four times before the service dealer to say it was okay. The headlights shined too high, there was a vibration when the vehicle was in motion and was unable to be duplicated.

- Coeburn, VA, USA

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