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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,984 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #16

Oct 072011


  • 95,000 miles


Driver seat frame failure. The front driver seat started tilting to the right on 10/7/2011. Next day it was wobbling back and forth while driving. Then it felt as though something broke underneath. This is very dangerous. It could have caused an accident. I have never had this happen to any of the cars I have owned. (Toyota corolla, Buick century). I bought this car from carmax with 30000 miles on it. I am not an aggressive driver and take very good care of my cars. I do not think something like this should happen. When will there be a recall on the these seats. It is very expensive to have something like this fixed. I read where one owner had to have his seat fixed twice. Which cost him over $1000 both times. I cannot afford this. Please assist in getting a recall on this issue.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #15

Oct 052010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I had my first problem when I purchased the car. It would jerk & felt it was moving on it's own. Then the lamps would go out and I was replacing the bulbs every month. Then my key starter has failed two times after replacing them. The driver seat has calapsed on the left hand side. The rear seat handle to raise the seats up and down has broken on both passenger side. My lights have burned out on the front driver's side you can see the residue on the cover. The chairs was not scotch guard protected as stated they are very stained even when I tried to was them. In ready some of the others it appear as though mu care had all the defects of my counter parts.

- Roxbury, MA, USA

problem #14

Aug 102011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Drivers seat frame failure, frame on drivers seat is cracked causing seat to become uneven and unstable, car has 65K miles, I am of average weight and vehicle has not been driven on rough/pothole strewn roads (fl). Contacted dealership where car was bought new, was told "out of warranty, sorry". there is no way a seat frame on a 51/2 year old car should be cracked and a quick google search shows many others having the same problem, Malibu (new style) years 2004-2007. Price to repair from dealer was over $1000, please help those of us who cannot get help from GM regarding this issue by issuing a recall, if affected vehicles get into a collision the drivers seat will likely become detached from car with obviously detrimental consequences to the driver. We all know that cars do break and don't last forever but for the love of god make GM give us a seat frame that won't crack and break under normal usage in less than 6 years and because of the extremely high cost to repair this many will be forced to drive them that way, thank you.

- South Daytona, FL, USA

problem #13

Jul 202011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 162,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the front drivers seat detached from the welding points on the right side bracket. As a result, the seat would lean toward the right. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but was not yet inspected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 162,000 and the current mileage was 162,400. Updated 09/15/11 the consumer took the vehicle to a local body shop who re- welded the front right corner of the bracket. Updated 09/16/11

- Hamilton, MO, USA

problem #12

May 142011


  • 104,000 miles
Driver seat frame welds broke causing the seat to lean to one corner and bounce as driving.

- Oak Creek, WI, USA

problem #11

Apr 252011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 71,335 miles
2005 Chevy Malibu ls V6, drivers power seat is coming apart. Welds have separated near lower, rear rh side. Seat belts are attach to seat. Not sure how safe car is now. Dealer want to replace the entire seat. For about a $1000.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #10

Apr 132011


  • 47,800 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 20 mph the seat shifted backwards. The contact stated that when he stopped and inspected the vehicle he noticed a tube that was attached to the weld of the seat was broken. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 47,800.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 102010


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the driver's seat "buckled" and broke off, causing the seat to lean to the right. The contact stated that there were four brackets that mounted the seat to the floor and one of the rear brackets was broken. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer to determine the cause of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 74,000.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #8

May 192010


  • 54,000 miles
Weld on driver's power seat broken. Seat tilts to the right.

- North Bellmore, NY, USA

problem #7

Mar 182010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
After turning a corner getting on the highway the front driver seat shifted to the right. I found that front driver main seat frame weld broke, causing the seat to sag to the right. With only two brackets that hold up the power seat motors, that if the other one breaks then the seat may fell to the floor and cause the drive to jerk the wheel. It looks like a poor weld job from the factory. I have not had the part replace, the bracket is part of the seat frame and the cost would be about $1000 usd to fix at the dealership.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 092009


  • 80,000 miles


Since purchasing, my used 2005 Chevy Malibu had a clunking noise when using the drivers automatic seat. Recently, the power seat bracket totally broke, as I was driving down the highway, causing me to swerve and go off the road. I took the car to the dealership in jacksonville, fl who explained there is no recall, and it will cost me $800 to have this corrected. I think it is unconscionable for a manufacturer to put customers at risk by approving a design that obviously results in a hazard that they have been aware of for some time - and are unwilling to remedy. Because I cannot afford to have the track replaced, and Chevrolet will not correct a manufacturers problem, I am unfortunately unsafe on the road.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 262008


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the driver's seat separated from the base and came off track. The failure occurred immediately after she sat in the driver's seat. There were no warnings prior to the failure. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jul 012009


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. When the contact sat down in the driver's seat, the seat collapsed and shifted to the passenger side. The dealer stated that the weld that holds the seat in place peeled off a piece of the metal from the metal bar, which caused the seat to detach from the metal track. The dealer stated that they would be unable to make the repairs and that the seat would have to be replaced. No estimate was provided for the purchase of a new seat. The contact called the manufacturer and was informed that no compensation would be provided due to the age of the vehicle. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 81,000 and current mileage was 82,000.

- Queen Creek , AZ, USA

problem #3

Jan 082009


  • 91,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The drivers seat rails and factory welds have failed. The seat is not secure to the car. I took the car to the dealer where I bought the car (fitzgeralds auto mall in frederick) and was told it is not covered and that I would have to pay the $700+ dollars to have it fixed. There is 91000 miles on the car. This seems to me a safety issue and manufacturers defect. They did not budge and allowed me to drive away. Not sure what to do now..certainly do not have the money on top of the monthly payments I make to fix.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 052008


  • miles
Drivers side electric seat adjustment has a weld broken. This makes adjusting the seat impossible. The seat fails to adjust on the right side. It is lop-sided and no longer to comfortable. I bought my Malibu brand new in March of 05.

- Vale, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 292008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
The left front drivers seat has tilted to the right, and slopes down at back. There is a broken weld on the front bar holding all of the right side of the seat.

- Alvin, TX, USA

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