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

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #56

Dec 012014


  • 140,000 miles


Vehicle was in motion traveling straight at about 10 mph when seat weld on right side broke and detached from rail. There's now nothing holding the seat in place on that side so it wobbles up and down and side to side.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #55

Dec 062016


  • miles
While driving along the freeway, car dinged at me 3 times, reduced engine power warning came on, couldn't accelerate, braking power was reduced, traction control light came on. Had throttle body cleaned and inspected..worked good for about 3 days and is happening again. And now the weld is broken on the drivers seat!

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #54

Jun 082016


  • 129,460 miles
Drivers powered seat lower front support tube broke and separated from the seat right hand side bracket link, at the weld attachment, attaching to the seat bottom. This breakout of material leaves the seat unattached to the track on the right hand side.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #53

Aug 032015


  • 50,000 miles


The driver side front seat rails have failed and the dealer wants almost $1000 to repair (which I don't have right now). I am afraid that the seat will completely fail while driving and result in injury or death. It appears that this failure of the front seat railing weld is fairly common on this vehicle and I am surprised that the NHTSA would allow a manufacturer (General Motors) to not fix this apparent serious design and manufacturing flaw. I purchased this car new, weigh less than 130 lbs, have never been in an accident, and have always been gentle with the car. I am disappointed that GM and the Chevrolet dealer want to make a profit from me to repair their design and manufacturing defect. I offered to pay the out of pocket costs to repair the defect (I thnk this would be about of the quoted price for the actual mechanic time/wages and wholesale parts price), but was turned down.

- Hockessin, DE, USA

problem #52

Jul 162014


  • 125,000 miles
The seat is no longer attached to the seat track on the right side of the driver's seat. The seat leans to the right even without a driver in the seat. The factory weld has given out on the track. We feel this vehicle is not safe if it was to be involved in a crash. There was no incident that caused the weld to fail other than going around a corner at normal speeds. When researching repair for the vehicle we have noted many others with the same complaint.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #51

Feb 212013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the driver side seat moved on the track and was crooked. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer, but not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #50

Feb 012011


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the driver seat fractured causing it to move back and forth. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the seat needed to be welded or replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #49

Sep 012014


  • miles
First I have had nothing but steering issues and have had parts replaced previously on this vehicle. Now I have to replace struts, axles and needless to say new tires because of the wear on them due to the steering issues. However, I have a recalled shift cable and have been waiting since last year in August or September. I asked isn't this a safety issue and they stated, they all are. So I am still waiting for the call that they have this shift cable and can only pray nothing happens, like a bad accident. If something were it probably wouldn't be good for you all. Anyway when will this part be in so I can get it taken care of. Went to [xxx] in Kansas City ks. Bought the vehicle from them and have had nothing but issues with the car. Please advise. By the way the seat broke, the automatic locks stopped working and I'm not real happy. Of course its paid for now and not under a warranty. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #48

Jul 252014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power seat shifted to the left and the frame rails became fractured. The contact mentioned that the seat would independently move which ever way the weight of the driver was shifted. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer for a diagnosis. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #47

Jul 012014


  • 80,000 miles
Driver seat suddenly dropped and leaned to the right. Upon inspection of seat, the mounting bracket was found to be broken

- Hamburg, PA, USA

problem #46

Aug 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the driver side seat welding failed. The failure caused the seat to lean to the right and become wobbly. The contact also stated that the driver seat was no longer adjustable. The dealer stated that the tracking underneath the seat needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 10/30/14 updated 4/27/2015

- Pine Plains, NY, USA

problem #45

Apr 162014


  • miles
TL * the contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the driver side seat moved on the tract and was crooked. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #44

Feb 012010


  • 80,000 miles
The 6 way power seat bracket has broken on the right side at the one weld holding it together causing the seat to move in multiple directions while sitting in it. I googled it an it doesn't seem to be an isolated issue. They all were broke on the right side.this allows the seat to move from side to side, forward and backward and up and down.

- Spokane Valley, WA, USA

problem #43

Jan 012009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
A bolt fell out of the left front fender. The front right turn signal does not work as the holder does not make electrical contact with the bulb.a dangerous situation. The remote keys no longer work. The electrical seat control does not operate properly. This car has so many problems that I will never buy another GM product.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #42

Apr 012012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
Driver seat is broken. There was no incident that caused it to break. It is crooked and sometimes moves while driving, which has caused my footing to slip off the brake/gas.

- Los Alamos, NM, USA

problem #41

Mar 302014


  • miles
The driver seat is broken due to poor design of seat assembly. Many other Malibu owners have reported the issue on various other automobile defect sites. Due to broken seat assembly, driver's position could shift unexpectedly, causing, at a minimum, a distraction, if not loss of control of the vehicle.

- Dodge City, KS, USA

problem #40

Apr 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 111,799 miles
Driver seat weld on track assembly broke. Seat is loose. I took to dealership and estimate to repair is $1000. Not covered under warranty and no recalls. Not safe to drive.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #39

Apr 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
The drivers seat has broken when simply sitting down in the vehicle and can only be safely used in it's lowest position. If you try to raise the power seat, it tilts to the extreme right, and only the left side of the seat lifts. The car is very difficult to drive while sitting on such an extreme slant, and also hard to see when sitting in the lowest position, unless you are quite tall. Overall, the seat is now very wobbly and unstable if you shift your weight in the seat not that it has broken. I don't recall at what mileage this happened - but I was getting into the car in my driveway and heard a loud pop of something breaking loose, and the seat fell to the side. Fortunately it happened in my driveway and not while driving.

- Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA

problem #38

Mar 302014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 198,836 miles
Driver's seat right front support bracket weld failed during slow turn. The corner of the seat dropped down, and now it wobbles up and down. The tube that connects the brackets on both sides of the driver's seat failed at the weld on the right side. The tube appears to be too thin for the application - the weld has peeled a piece of the tubing away. The seat belt is attached to the seat instead of the frame. So now the safety of the driver restraint system is in question, because the seat is unstable. After an internet search, it appears that this is not an uncommon problem, and is costly to repair or replace the seat.

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #37

Mar 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The drivers seat rear inside mounting bracket is broken. It looks like the weld failed. Seat is very uncomfortable and unsafe as it lunges forward when brakes are applied as well as falls back when you accelerate. Looked online for a fix and it seems this is very common and Chevrolet has not recalled it nor is taking responsibility for this unsafe flaw. I haven't taken it to a mechanic as I heard and read that it is very expensive to fix or replace it with a junk yard part...which is not an acceptable remedy.

- Brandon, SD, USA

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