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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 092014


  • 170,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while attempting to turn the vehicle off, the gear lever failed to shift into park. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician made the contact aware of recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). However, the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #1

May 152004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Vehicle experienced steering and transmission problems. The steering went out, forcing the vehicle to the right side of the road and into an embankment. Consumer had the vehicle towed to a service center. Transmission will not engage into the interlock. If going into reverse and changing into drive it was difficult to control vehicle. Consumer must use about 45 lbs of pressure to get the gear shift to operate smoothly. Also, vehicle was having brake problems. Consumer was driving on an off ramp and applied the brakes down to the floor. Vehicle slowed down but did not stop completely. Consumer contacted the manufacturer and the dealership, who told the consumer that there was a brake recall, and that the brake problem was electrical. The brakes were electronically programmed controlled. Recall campaign; 04V190000. Summary: Some of these passenger vehicles have an electronic control unit (ECU) that may calculate a higher than actual vehicle speed because of an erratic rear-wheel speed sensor signal, and cause ABS activation where it is not needed or needed ABS activation to be extended during braking as the vehicle speed drops to about 3 mph. The trunk release button on the drivers door came apart. The shifter handle broke. The brake pedal went to the floor after being in traffic.

- Sebastian, FL, USA

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