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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,613 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 192011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles


Car lost power, steering intact & I steered it to the shoulder of the interstate highway. Anti-theft light was flashing. On Jun 4th, all attempts to reset the the system failed (I was waiting ten minutes with key in on position). The car began to flash all lights & a buzzing alarm sounded. By July, the anti theft device was preventing starting or causing the engine to stop on a daily basis. A code indicated a problem with the fuel supply to the injectors & possibly the fuel pump. (the anti theft device works by cutting off the fuel to the injectors). Replaced 2 fuel pumps (all working), had electrical system checked, replaced a defective fuse box, bent plug. The problem occurred intermittently, & was documented by the shop. Today car was disabled by the anti theft device as I turned onto the state highway.. when I picked my husband up from work at night the car displayed the anti theft light and buzzed & quit in the middle of a four lane road. We managed to get almost home, & turned into our driveway when the light began flashing & the buzzer again went off. A car almost hit us, but the guy pulled over & helped push our car. The local Chevrolet dealer offered to do a diagnostic for $98, but says there are no bulletins or recalls it appears that a great many incidents of this sort have occurred without any response by the NHTSA to initiate a recall or have Chevrolet fix or disable the device on affected vehicles, even though there is a span of over seven years or more during which Chevy continued to manufacture vehicles with full knowledge that the part was defective & causing life threatening events. Please direct Chevrolet to notify owners & ameliorate the danger created by their defective product at their expense.

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 122010


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact turned the vehicle back on and it performed normally. The contact called the dealer who advised her to take the vehicle in for diagnosis. The vehicle had not been repaired. The currrent and failure mileages were approximately 58,000.

- Pewaukee, WI, USA

problem #3

Sep 082005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. Since purchasing the vehicle, the anti theft device has failed repeatedly, the engine makes a ticking sound, the steering wheel is slipping or loose, and oil leaks from the engine. While driving 45 mph, the dashboard. Vibrates. The contact hears a noise in the radio when the vehicle is turned on, the engine service light is illuminated on the instrument panel, the interior lights failed, the remote start would not start the vehicle, and the engine shakes roughly. The current mileage was 12,030 and failure mileage was 100. Updated 09/24/08. The consumer stated there was a problem with the entire suspension. The shocks and bearings made a noisy. The hazard lights failed. Updated 09/30/08.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012007

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle began to decelerate and the brakes stiffened. The vehicle then stalled and the rear wheels locked. The engine will run, but the vehicle fails to move. The failure occurs every two days. In order for the vehicle to be driven, the contact must wait approximately one hour before she can restart the vehicle. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The current mileage is 39,000 and failure mileage was 35,000.

- Arbutus, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 162006

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,967 miles
: the contact stated there is a knock in the steering when turning the steering wheel. This started two weeks after purchase. The dealership determined a new intermittent steering shaft was malfunctioning. Updated 3/9/2006 - the check engine illuminated and the technician found a leak at the sender hose to the canister and purge valve leaking.

- Highland, NY, USA

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