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Average Mileage:
103,958 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu suspension problems

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #19

Oct 182018


  • miles


Takata inflators please fix my car I went to the local auto parts store and they checked the system for me and all these problems plus more have popped up and they're all on the recall list

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #18

Aug 102015


  • 65,000 miles
Both rear coil springs broke part # 22714392 ( both have the same codes of ora and 301024P00 on the paper tag on spring ) this car has never pulled a trailer or had any heavy loads both of these springs broke in the same place ( I have the broken springs) driving straight on a smooth road you do not notice problem it is when you have to do fast lane change or hard braking then vehicle is hard to control I went to a Chevrolet dealer and asked what they could for me I said it was not safe to drive and I never heard of 2 coil springs breaking in the same place they said there was not anything they were willing to do they said I could call General Motors but they would not do anything either I stopped driving car for several months then ordered 2 after market moog brand springs which are made of thicker metal and I installed replacement springs on 11/15/2016

- Archbold, OH, USA

problem #17

Apr 032017


  • 48,663 miles
I received a letter from General Motors explaining they knew issues with the rack and pinion for my 2004 Chevrolet Malibu during the first 150,000 miles of the vehicle at no charge. It also states if I paid for repairs I would get reimbursed for this. Currently I have 48,857 miles. My steering column went out of control while I was in motion. I had the rack and pinion and outer tie rod replaced on my vehicle on (4/4/17). I called GM on 4/11/17. In the morning, they said I would get re-imbursed. In the afternoon I received a phone call stating I would not get re-imbursed. I believe there are currently 12 recalls for this vehicle. I would like this matter of the rack and pinion issue be looked at further by the safety board to impose a safety recall. If it happened to my car, it may happen to other GM cars.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #16

Nov 232016

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


"takata recall" my 2004 Malibu does not have working cruise control, my wiring is barely working as in my locks won't work, my heat we only blows cold air on defrost my defrost barely clears my windows, my T\C light is the only light that stays on all the time and I barely have traction while driving if I'm trying to accelerate getting on the highway my wheel will lock or barely move and I have to let completely off the gas to free the wheel I get any alerts on my speedometer.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #15

Feb 022015


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. While the vehicle was being serviced by an independent mechanic, it was discovered that the tie rod and front brakes needed to be replaced.the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Science Hill , KY, USA

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problem #14

Jul 182014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 1,530,000 miles
With the shaking steering wheel and the power steering going in and out my front tires where feeling out of balance so I pulling into wal-mart and had them look at it. Both of my front tires had busted belts in them and my breaks were pretty much gone and the rotors were torn up. The alignment was way off causing the car to not steer. I was told all this is because of the power steering going out. This car is not safe to drive, however its my only means of transportation and with so many of these problems I have no money to have he problems fixed. Something needs to be done. There are so many others with the same problem.

- Huntington, IN, USA

problem #13

Jul 312007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


I purchased this vehicle used from crane Chevrolet, clifton, New Jersey, within six months after purchase I observed that the power steering would suddenly stop operating while the engine was running. I discovered that the only corrective was to shut the car off and restart the engine. The power steering would then reengage. This failure has persisted for nearly the entire time I've owned the vehicle. During that entire time, crane Chevrolet has claimed there was/is no defect in the power steering, and no recall notice outstanding. I just received a GM safety recall notice 14116, which claims, among other things, that "previously, you had the steering column replaced under customer satisfaction program 04050". that is false! neither crane Chevrolet, nor GM has ever contacted me concerning the steering column, or made any attempt to replace it! I also notified crane Chevrolet that the front headlamp assembly turn signal lamps repeatedly burned out, and that the bulb housings were burnt and completely melted through!! both GM and crane Chevrolet denied there was any defect in the lamp/housing design or function. I have to replace the front turn signal lamps about every six months. Finally, the undercarriage support struts, shocks, and springs are woefully underdesigned. The car runs like it has stone tires. I now have to replace the entire strut, shock, and spring undersupports for the second time. And I just run the vehcile on asphalt smooth roads in a develped Suburban city!! this was serious underdesign. Fortunately, these parts are available on the web and I've got a good mechanic that charges fairly for this difficult work. Go to crane and GM and you'd need to mortgage your home to do the work!!

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #12

Apr 042012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
Steering is loose and rattling. Does not sound safe.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #11

Apr 052006


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving at various speeds the power steering would suddenly malfunction making the steering wheel very difficult to turn. When the failure occurred the check engine, ABS and tc (traction control) sensor lights illuminated. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The contact also indicated that while driving various speeds the vehicle would drift from side to side. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the control arms were faulty. The control arms were replaced but the defect was not remedied. While driving the headlights, turn signal lights and rear lights would intermittently shut on and off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the defect was caused by an electrical short. The defect was not repaired. The failure mileage was 17,000.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #10

Aug 192004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
Since I purchased my lemon Malibu 2004, I have been experiencing problems with the steering column, the rack and pinion, the car suspension, the power window. The dealer replaced the rack and pinion twice. They removed three times the steering column to place some grease in the system. My husband had a bad experience while driving the car, the steering system got stuck.

- Guayama, PR, USA

problem #9

Aug 052006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,350 miles


Power steering failed on 2004 Chevy Malibu without warning. I had taken the car in about a month ago for front alignment issues, thought they fixed it, but the problem came back and then power steering quit.

- St Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #8

Jan 202004


  • miles
2004 Malibu anti theft light and radio lock light illuminates, problem with seal on the rear left window. The steering was stiff, the molding on the let rear window came out of place when the window was rolled up. The vehicle would vibrate while driving. There was a rubbing noise coming from the front of the vehicle, the check engine light illuminated several times, the temperature and fuel gauge light illuminated. The trunk would not open properly when using the remote. The vehicle started by itself and all the lights illuminated which caused the battery to die.

- Hamilton, MS, USA

problem #7

Apr 112006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,500 miles
: the contact stated there is a noise in the front end while turning at low speeds. The dealership determined this is the issue addressed in the technical service bulletin, manufacturer #1716682 regarding the suspension. The bulletin stated the repair is being designed and should be available in the first quarter of 2006.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 012005


  • miles
2004 Chevrolet Malibu front end mad a thumping noise when making slow turns.

- Silverton, OR, USA

problem #5

Feb 012006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 35 mph there was a rattling sound noticed coming from underneath the vehicle. Although the dealership was alerted no repairs were made.

- Saint Thomas, VI, USA

problem #4

Aug 042004


  • miles
2004 Chevrolet Malibu experienced problems with the steering.** answer required***. the consumer stated the vehicle pulled to the left when he would take off from a stop and it would drift to the left while driving.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #3

Jun 302004

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 182 miles
The vehicle pulls to the left. The dealer repaired the vehicle. Currently, it pulls to the right. The vehicle was serviced on four occasions. About two miles from the dealer the vehicle pulled to the left. The consumer corrected the problem with the steering wheel. The dealer shifted the tires, then it seemed to pull to the right. The rear view mirror cracked.

- Summit Hill, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012004


  • 8,000 miles
While driving steering wheel vibrated out control to the point it felt like the steering wheel was going to jump out of the window. When making right turns consumer could hear a clicking sound. Took the vehicle to the dealer. They repaired the steering problem. However, . the noise problem recurred. Ea04018_cat steering wheel jerking back and forth.

- District Heights, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 052003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is a rattling noise in the steering wheel when turning like something is loose. Dealership serviced the vehicle twice before hearing the problem. Dealership indicated a part needed to be replaced and ordered the part. The consumer has been waiting for 4 months for the dealership to receive the part and install it. Pe04031_cat

- Victorville, CA, USA

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