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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,755 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu fuel system problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

Mar 122014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The diagnosis was that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 11E009000 (fuel system, gasoline); however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 7/16/15

- St Peters, MO, USA

problem #30

Nov 142013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
My gas gauge is not reporting the correct amount of fuel in my gas tank. The engine light is illuminated 24/7 due to this issue. I believe it has something to do with the fuel sensor.

- Dewitt, MI, USA

problem #29

Oct 132014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 162,385 miles
I have had my engine stall due to lack of fuel multiple times which seems dangerous, I travel on the expressway every day. What if it happens at an fast speed. I also have had multiple issues while steering my car. There is an loud popping, coming from a steering shaft, which has just gotten worse I am afraid the steering shaft is going to break! both of these issues have been an recall for 2005 Malibu. As I am clearly having these issues my car is not part of the recall" why not" if something happens and I end up in an accident I see a lawsuit. Not to mention I have a 4 month child!

- Stevensville, MI, USA

problem #28

Nov 212014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 162,000 miles


On 11/21, I took my 2005 Malibu to the GM dealership for a recall on the "steering" to replace the torque sensor assembly. NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000. When I left the dealership and driving for awhile, I noticed my car would partially stall at traffic lights or stop signs. I called the dealership when I got home and they told me to bring it back the next day, but I had to work. Today, 11/26 I took my car to the GM dealership because the car continues to partially stall at traffic lights or stop signs. I informed one of the reps what was happening and that I had no signs of this issue before the recall replacement. I was told they never went under the hood of my car during the recall replacement. It was all done at the steering column; that this issue is something that just happens without any warning at all. He informed me that other folks have come in with the same issue...not sure if this was after they also had the recall done. I tried telling the service dept., I had no other issues before bringing my car to them for the recall, but instead was told this was not their fault and I would have to pay for whatever is wrong with the car. I didn't let them touch it again. I will take it to my mechanic, who I never had an issue with after working on my car. I noticed there was a recall in 2011 for component(s): Fuel system, gasoline; NHTSA campaign number: 11E009000 and never received this recall. I bought this car from car max in 2011. Just speculating if this may be my problem. I also never received the recall for NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 component(s): Power train. More work to do to find the answers.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #27

Aug 112014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
We have received 3 separate recall notices from GM. (1 for electric steering, 1 for brake apply sensor and 1 for a shift cable fracture). However, GM will not fix any of the problems. They tell us to call the dealer. The dealer then tells us that GM will not supply the parts. Upon calling GM a third time, they will not reveal who is making these parts, where they are coming from, or have any idea when they will be available. They again instruct us to call the dealer. Each recall states that it is an "important safety recall" in accordance federal laws but yet nobody will fix any of the issues. The first recall notice came in 2012 for electric steering. We are still being told there are not parts to fix this. The brake apply sensor came in July 2014. The shift cable fracture also came in July 2014. (this indicates that the cable can snap while driving).

- North Versailles, PA, USA

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problem #26

Jul 152014


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact state while driving approximately 35 mph, the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where the mechanic stated that the fuel pump vapor line was cracked and leaking fumes. The mechanic was also unsure as to how the fuel line became fractured. The mechanic also advised the contact that if he did not get the vehicle repaired and the leak continued, the vehicle would possibly explode. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #25

Dec 042012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


I am not sure of the exact part, but was driving down the road and car went from a fuel tank of gas to showing none. Which I know wasn't the case as I had just stopped and filled up. Is this a common problem I have noticed a lot of recalls with fuel pumps and ignition switches which I also have had issues with. I can go to turn my key but need to really push hard on my gas to get it going. The car has shutoff on my while driving once but I was able to steer it off to the side of the road.

- Tiffin, OH, USA

problem #24

Dec 252013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Vehicles brake lights stick on while driving. Sometimes they flash when going aprox 65 and up. It appears the brake lights also flash when car is changing gears. The car once would not shift into drive while reversing and lost all power steering. Also the brakes or something at front of car shakes rapidly when accelerating and even worse when going down hills.

- Oakdale, PA, USA

problem #23

Jan 222013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 63,779 miles
I consider us lucky. We were in a wal-mart parking lot 25 miles from home, and the car wouldn't start. I played with the ignition off and on for half an hour, and a connection was made, and the car started. I was careful to keep it running, and made it home. The next day, the same problem. The electrical connection to the fuel pump was missing. I had it towed to my repair shop, and they replaced the ignition switch. Cost $620.54. On 2/7/2013 the fuel pump was replaced. I feel that the incidents are connected. I think the loss of electrical feed to the fuel pump harmed the pump, and caused it to fail. Cost of fuel pump replacement was $635.11.this adds up to $1255.65 repair bills which should have been unnecessary. I feel there are more cars out there that GM should be made to recall and repair with better parts. I was lucky! others were not, and we don't need more unnecessary deaths on our highways.

- Sayre, PA, USA

problem #22

Feb 112014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
The car stops when driving also the exterior light have burned out the casing that holds the bulbs are melted.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #21

Jan 112011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


The fuel gauge suddenly started to jump up and down and vehicle engine gets off and on.

- Hunt Valley, MD, USA

problem #20

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 #19

Nov 152012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact noticed a gasoline fuel smell emitting from the tail pipe. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic replaced the fuel filter and performed a fuel cleaning but the failure continued. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 11E009000 (fuel system, gasoline) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Columbis, OH, USA

problem #18

Jul 092012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,305 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The stated that the fuel gauge stopped working and caused him to run out of fuel and stall. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was stated that the failure of the fuel gauge was a wide spread issue. The contact did not know what was being repaired. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 57,303. Updated 11/01/12 the fuel level sensor was replaced. Updated 11/02/12

- Royal Oak , MI, USA

problem #17

Oct 102011


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power steering failed, fuel would not pump properly into the vehicle, the fuel gauge displayed improper readings, and the speedometer was inoperative. The local mechanic repaired the fuel system. Neither the dealer, nor the manufacturer were notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was unavailable.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #16

Jun 292011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
The fuel gauge is erratic after I fill the tank, the gauge goes directly to empty after driving about 2 miles. It would correct itself when there was about a half tank of gas left. It did this for about 5 months, now it either says the car is empty or full. Now after filling my car I have to set the odometer to keep track of my miles I have driven in the car.

- Isle La Motte, VT, USA

problem #15

Apr 152010


  • miles
Fuel pump failure in 2011. Defected fuel pump.

- Sacramento , CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 072011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Shift level does respond when shifting into low (L). Dealer said shift lever cable is bad and is a common problem. Second item had to replace fuel sensor in gas tank as it failed also was sending an over voltage signal to gas gauge. Also a common problem.

- North Bellmore, NY, USA

problem #13

Nov 012011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Vehicle has failed to start after driving and then parking. First time had vehicle towed to S repair shop. They replaced fuel pump and installed a new fuel filter. Vehicle still did not start. I researched the problem on the web. I found several complaints. I found that the problem was the vehicle anti- theft device. It malfunctions and shuts the fuel injectors down. I found a fix on the web, you have to turn the key on for 10 to 15 minutes until the vehicle theft light quits blinking turn key to the off position remove the key wait 1 to 2 minutes and then start vehicle it works. This is a temporary fix it will happen again. It has happened to me two more times. I called the local Chevrolet dealership and inquired to see if they had heard or have seen this problem I was told that the problem has been around since 2002 and there has not been a re-call for the problem. I called Chevrolet and informed them of the problem. Their response was that they were not aware of the problem. According to the dealership GM has been aware of the problem for years. And they have not done a thing to correct the problem. According it will cost $500 to replace the defective parts. This in my opinion is totally unacceptable. This is a potential safety hazard putting people in danger.

- Barling, AR, USA

problem #12

Feb 012011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Fuel level sensor failed causing the fuel gauge to be erratic..also car will not pass inspection because of the check engine light being on..I see other GM cars of different models have had recalls on this particular part. The repair will cost me $600 for the car to pass inspection.

- New York, NY, USA

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