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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,698 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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2005 Chevrolet Malibu body / paint problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 222014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles


I got an important safety recall message in the mail. So I need to make an appointment and I want to do it online. The reason for being recalled should be in your records.

- Hazel Crest, IL, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Nov 222010


  • 4,366 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while removing something from the trunk, the truck door fell down and struck him in the head. The contact suffered a concussion as a result. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer and was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 4,366.

- Monongahela, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 202013


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering shaft was worn and the joints were corroded. The contact also mentioned that when making turns at low speeds, an abnormal noise was heard from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the steering shaft would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 49,000.

- Oakland, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 222011


  • 70,123 miles
The car has a console. There are access panels on either side. While driving down the road, I hat a pot hole, and the drivers side panel came off and dropped between the accelerator pedle, and the side of the hump holding the accelerator down. I was forced to put the car in nuteral and get to the side of the road where I was able to remove the panel. When I inspected the panel, I found it is held in place by a 1" square of velcrow. I will be reinstalling the panel, and inserting a screw through the velcrow mount. This could have been a serieous inceident!

- Salem, NH, USA

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