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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,892 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 132007


  • miles


While driving after a recent episode of rain, I tried to come to a stop at a red light. I was driving down hill at approximately 20 mph when I stepped on the brake. As soon as I stepped on the brake, I began sliding at a diagonal to the direction of the street. I tried to compensate because I was approaching oncoming traffic and then began to slide the opposite direction, but still diagonal to the street on which I was traveling. I again tried to gain control of the car and almost turned perpendicular. I was finally able to gain control of my car, after going through a red light and almost sliding into head on traffic. All 4 of my tires must have been locked up to slide on a damp surface without regaining traction until an excessive amount of maneuvering was done. This incident could have resulted in death. I am in the process of finding out what I can do to have this problem investigated so that my life, or my son's life, is not put into danger again.

- Edgewood, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 202006

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,625 miles
When lightly applying pressure to brakes on freeway, traveling at approximately 60 mph, the tires completely locked up and the car pulled uncontrollably to the left, causing the car to fish tail and slide sideways down the freeway. Vehicle suffered damage to the front end when colliding with the cement median. I will never feel safe getting into this vehicle and getting behind the wheel again. According to the Chevrolet dealer there is "nothing wrong" with the vehicle and all systems are working "as designed".

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #1

Sep 232005

Malibu 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,050 miles
Upon trying to brake, the brakes did not work. Pressed harder on the brakes and the brakes locked causing my 2005 Malibu to skid uncontrollably into the vehicle in front of me. Started braking approximately 40 - 50 feet from stopped vehicle. Was traveling approximately 40 mph with dry road conditions. Have had several other occasions of skidding when brakes were applied since the 9/23 incident.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

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