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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,537 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu lights problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 042006


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While operating the vehicle, a burning odor was present inside the vehicle. After examining the vehicle the contact discovered that the burning odor was coming from the head lights. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the head light wire harness was faulty. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Duncan, OK, USA

problem #5

Feb 172010


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The vehicle was parked in a carport. The contact observed that both head lamps exhibited heat damage with a black discoloration. The exterior head lamp housing completely burned out which resulted in a hole. The cold weather temperatures were not a factor. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that the bulbs in the head lamps required replacement at the owners expense. The failure mileage was 93,000. The current mileage was 93,000.

- Hotsprings, AR, USA

problem #4

Apr 022008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,500 miles
Noticed haze in drivers side headlight, looked further found that turn signals on both driver and passenger side where stating to melt, have been smelling something burning when I get out of car for a week, noticed this when about to wash car, taking to dealer tomorrow, glad I noticed it now, when it was not to late.

- Palm Harbor , FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 052007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 35 mph, the headlight area began smoking. The failure occurred on three occasions. When the contact shut the engine and headlights off, the smoking ceased. No fire occurred. The Chevrolet service department advised her to have the dealer diagnose the failure. The dealer stated that they would replace both lights for $275 each at her expense. The bulbs have melted the headlight lens, but the dealer did not recommend changing the bulbs. The tail lights were operating normally. The fender area is much hotter than normal due to the headlights overheating. The warning lights illuminated on the dashboard to indicate the failure. The vehicle has not been repaired. The powertrain was unknown. The failure mileage was 79,000 and current mileage was 81,000.

- Baton Rouge , LA, USA

problem #2

May 012007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu that just went out of warranty when I happened to be following my husband who was driving another vehicle. For 150 miles my husband complained that the headlights vibrated constantly causing a distraction for anyone driving in front of me. Until that time I had no way of knowing that the headlights had a problem. He checked them when we got home and found that there was no way to tighten them. I have checked for recalls on this problem and found none. I need to know what could be done to rectify this problem without cost to me since I was sure this problem has been there since I got the vehicle because there was no way to fix it.ak

- Colon, MI, USA

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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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