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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,680 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 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 312018


  • 154,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving with the cruise control engaged at 40 mph, the check engine indicator illuminated. When the cruise control was disengaged, the tachometer remained at approximately 4500 and the vehicle failed to decelerate. The vehicle was taken to metering motorplex (1949 hart St, vincennes, in 47591, 812-882-5367) who diagnosed the vehicle, but were unable to find any failure codes. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and referred the contact to NHTSA to file a complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 154,000.

- Bicknell, IN, USA

problem #3

Jan 072008


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at low speeds and depressing the brake pedal, the brake lights would not illuminate and the cruise control seized without warning. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, service brakes, vehicle speed control), but the repair did not remedy the failures. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was approximately 54,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 012013


  • 199,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 65 mph with the cruise control engaged, the cruise control deactivated and the brake lights illuminated without warning. The contact depressed the brake pedal and the brake lights turned off. The contact powered the vehicle off and back on and the brake lights resumed normal operation. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake light switch was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred on several occasions. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 199,000.

- Winamac, IN, USA

problem #1

Jul 092006

Malibu 2-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,720 miles
Vehicle purchased Dec 31, 2004 and it is now July and guess what? the 2005 Malibu cruise control stopped working plus 1 daytime driving light!!! too early for the cruise control to quit working, never had this problem in any vehicle I have had and everyone said same thing! this should be a recall of all Malibu 2005's with cruise control problems because of speed sensor or some electricial problem in the car that GM should be the responsiblity of paying for not customers because earlier I had to take car in for problems with the doors not unlocking and unlocking because of the remote not working and even a new battery did not solve the problem. They had to fix the problem.

- Liberty, TX, USA

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