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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 16
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,422 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu lights problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #33

May 162010


  • 72,500 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the running lights and blinker lights are blowing out on the vehicle every15 days. The contact is worried about the vehicle catching fire because the bulbs blowing out is starting to burn the cover for the lights. The dealer stated that this is a design flaw on the vehicle. The failure mileage 72500 and current mileage was 75600.

- Lakeworth, TX, USA

problem #32

May 272010


  • miles
Car blows through fuses every time I turn around. Mechanic states he had Malibu that did same thing, I have replaced fuses about 4 times a year, that its abnormal. Rt. signal then lt, signal, back and forth.

- Brockville, 00, USA

problem #31

May 152010


  • 101,000 miles
Turn signal housing melted, dripping on turn signals making them less effective and eventually caused them to fail.

- Brainerd, MN, USA

problem #30

Apr 252010


  • 80,000 miles


Lost power steering while going through round about, was empty at the time thankfully. Has happened 3 previous times all at slow speeds. I had to pull over and turn the car off and start it to get power steering back. The signal lights are constantly burning out, have replaced the bulbs 6 times in 3 years.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #29

Jun 012009


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the turn signals overheated and burned, causing the plastic around the bulb to melt. The contact called the dealership but was informed that he would be charged to have the vehicle inspected. The failure mileage was approximately 55,000. The current mileage was approximately 65,000.

- Pravo, UT, USA

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problem #28

May 012009


  • 68,000 miles
2005 Chevrolet Malibu headlights get too hot and have melted with a hole in the orange plastic. This causes the bulbs to burn out frequently. The problem didn't happen originally, but has started happening within the past 9-12 months. We have brought the car to the Chevrolet dealership today to see about replacing the headlights. I have read on the internet that others have had the same problem, but there is not yet a recall. The heat of the headlights burning out the plastic is a major concern to me.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #27

Sep 022007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


I own a 2005 Chevy Malibu. At about 40,000 miles I began to notice a burning smell. It smelled like hot, burning plastic. While trying to find the source of the smell, I noticed my daytime running lights (drl) were melting and charred. The housing also appeared to have smoke damage and was very hazy. In the time since I noticed the problem, visibility has gone done significantly. The problem seems to be on-going rather than a one time occurrence. I went to a Chevrolet dealer and they no idea what would cause the problem. I have not had it repaired since, because after doing internet research, it seems to be a problem with many '05 Malibu. I then called the GM help line where they asked a bunch of questions about where I had it repaired. They then told they were not going to do anything about it. I decided after that ( at about 120,000) I would replace the whole headlight assembly, hoping this would solve the problem. One day after installing the new assembly, the same melting and charring began to occur. At this point, I am unsure as to what to do next. It is obviously more than just a problem with the headlight since it happened after replacing the whole assembly. It also seems to be more than just an isolated incident with my vehicle since it took no time to find many Malibu with the same problem. I believe this is an issue that GM needs to investigate greater and provide a desirable solution for all Malibu owners.

- Mountain Home Afb, ID, USA

problem #26

Feb 092009


  • miles
This is ridiculous. I have been reading about all these incidents where people's headlights are melting. I have replaced my driver's side headlight twice now! the turn signals are getting so hot they are melting the base, causing the bulbs to burn out and the casing around the bulbs to melt. I also have people flash their brights at me every night because my headlights burn so brightly. I'm afraid my headlight will eventually catch fire. The entire assembly is starting to fog and melt now...and I can't keep spending the money to buy a new headlight!

- Groveport, OH, USA

problem #25

Nov 112006


  • 30,000 miles
Left directional light bulb burns out, because the sockets that hold the bulb overheat and melt the bulbs. Occurs because the day time running lights overheat. Have burned out 4 bulbs in the last 12 months. Overheating is starting to affect the right directional as well. Will need to replace both sockets.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #24

Feb 022010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The headlight covers are showing fogging and discoloration due to heat damage as a result of what appears to be the front turn signal covers melting inside the headlight covers.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #23

Oct 012008


  • 60,000 miles


About every two weeks I have to change the light bulbs in my headlights because it is becoming so warm that it is melting the plastic around the light bulb. It is becoming so warm that it is starting to melt to headlight cover!

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #22

Jul 012009


  • 85,000 miles
My headlights, signal lights and parking lights work as they want. I have replaced the bulbs many times. The light covers get really hot and I am assuming that it is a defective part. There is no reason that my bulbs should have burned out 8 times in the last three months. I have seen four Malibu just like mine in the last two weeks with the same lighting problem as I have which leads me to believe that this is a problem with many of the Malibu. I am going to get a ticket soon if a recall is not placed on this problem. I do see it's an open investigation.

- Albion, MI, USA

problem #21

Jun 212008


  • 60,000 miles
My 2005 Chevrolet Malibu ls turning signal light does not seem to work properly at times considering the fact that I actually change the bulb about 4 times in one year. To my knowledge I am not the only one going through this problem with this vehicle.

- Coram, NY, USA

problem #20

Aug 272009


  • 108,400 miles
Bought the 2005 Malibu used in August 2007. I have replaced the both front directional bulbs at least 10 times since buying the car. The lights work intermittently or not at all. The right bulb was out for about 3 months then the left bulb went out. I went to replace the bulbs again yesterday. I jimmied the socket they go into and now they both appear to be working. However, I noticed the amber plastic covering on the left bulb was burned, there was a large burn hole in it, and the melted plastic was dripping into the bottom of the covering. I am also noticing, and have been noticing, a loud thumping sound when I hit the gas as if something has to roll into place. Lately it also seems as though the anti-lock brakes very, very slightly kick in when I am braking and go over a bump. After reading the other comments I am going to my mechanic to have him look at the issues as safety is a large concern.

- Newton, MA, USA

problem #19

Jul 162009


  • miles
Headlight lens melted and tail lights went out.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #18

Apr 072006


  • 15,000 miles
Exterior lighting on 2005 Chevrolet Malibu fails intermittently.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #17

Aug 032009


  • 61,216 miles
2005 Malibu purchased new. Daytime running light/park/turn signal melting the amber bulb surround and discoloring and cracking the outer headlight lenses. This car has not been in any accident to date. I have replaced the left rear turn signal bulb twice over the life of the car. All front lights are original as purchased. I'm concerned that the lights will catch fire and so now I try to remember to disengage the drl feature while driving. I feel this is a manufacturing design problem and should be replaced with no cost to the consumer. I started to replace the lights on my own with "Eagle eyes" replacements units but I have found that these are subject to a NHTSA recall as well. I will hold out to SE if a recall is issued by NHTSA for this safety issue.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #16

Jun 192005


  • 93,000 miles
Front daytime running lights are getting hot melting them. This is causing turn signals to burn out and not work properly. Got pulled over by a state trooper today because of this.

- New Haven, WV, USA

problem #15

May 102009


  • miles
I am writing to complain about the exterior headlights melting. It could cause a fire. It seems that the amber lights have melted the casing. This problem should be a recall and the dealers should replace the housing free of charge.

- South Elgin, IL, USA

problem #14

Nov 102008


  • miles
The bulb in the front left turn signal became too hot and burned out while melting the amber cover around it. After replacing the bulb, the turn signal and high level running light function would not work but the low level light still operates when the headlights are on. I replaced the bulb twice and cleaned the connector and get intermittent use of the turn signal, but I never know if it's going to work or not.

- Arvada, CO, USA

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