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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,167 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 122011


  • 40,000 miles


There was a code for small large evap leak on the computer. We have replaced the sensor and part of the exhaust system and the code is still there.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

problem #5

Oct 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The car died on the highway when it goes over 55 the fuel cuts out. The car dies and will not restart.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 242011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Check engine/power steering light came on when starting down the road. Rpms shot up to 4 and 5, car won't shift (automatic car), mph stopped reading, all the info I get through my radio screen went blank, there is only an error sign where my mileage is.

- Fulton, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 012009

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


My friend, Mrs. X., a widow and mother of two children attending college, has been plagued by a recurring problem with repairs performed by johnny londoff Chevrolet. Her car, a 2005 Chevy Malibu with 68,000 miles, has been in for repairs four times... londoff has extracted over $1400 from this widow woman, continuing to replace part after part which has done nothing to alleviate the complaint. They do not know what the problem is !!!! the internet reveals thousands of identical complaints! essentially, Ms. X's Chevy stops running, or slows to 15 mph while in the fast lane of the interstate highway where the speed limit is 60 mph with no warning! the last time the car was taken into londoff, the service manager, Mr. B w. advised that after taking $1400 from my friend for "repairs" that did not effect a repair, that londoff was going to replace the "powertrain control module" under factory warranty, to complete the repairs which the previous repairs did not fix. To make the story short, londoff replaced the PCM and throttle body / pedal for Mrs. X, and now 30 days later, the car once again stalls in the fast lane - in the rain, as huge tractor trailers came barreling down on her at high speed at night. I fear for both my friends life and her safety in this ' 05 Malibu. We took the car in again today for the 4th repair opportunity for londoff, and "Mr. W" refused to guarantee to make good on the 12 month, 12000 repair warranty, and refused to provide either a loaner or a rental at GM's cost so Mrs. X could make it to work next week. Essentially, these men continue to "jack up" this poor widow woman, taking more and more of her meager sustenance without effecting repairs!!!! Mrs. X's life, her job, her home, her credit, her children's college education is threatened by GM / londoff's failure to properly repair this vehicle. In addition, time after time this car has broken down in the fast lane in heavy traffic during a thunderstorm. Obvious recall !!! updated IVOQ 12/01/10

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #2

Apr 012007

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electronic problem. Car stalls when driving down road. Gauges, windows, radio, heat, airconditioning also don't work properly when this happens. Not safe when driving, we have to coast car off road to get started. Sometimes it will start right away and sometimes is difficult to get started. When started sometimes will stall out when put in gear and takes several times starting before it will stay running when put in gear.

- Cortland, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 062007


  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer was driving West bound on the Ohio turnpike when smoke started to come from underneath the hood. Consumer pulled over the vehicle was overcome by the fire. Ohio traffic crash report.

- Clevland , OH, USA

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