10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,455 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Classic electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #49

Jul 172018

Malibu Classic

  • 190,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact had to leave the key in the "on" position for approximately ten minutes before attempting to start the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure occurred twice and the theft warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 190,000.

- Riverside, OH, USA

problem #48

Jul 152018

Malibu Classic

  • 120,000 miles
My theft system warning light keeps coming on. When I turn the key off and try to restart the car it will not start back. I have to turn it to the on position and wait until the theft light quits flashing which is usually 10 minutes and then restart the car. I was told by a Chevrolet dealership mechanic that the problem was the ignition cylinder which cost around $180. Why is there not a recall for this.

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #47

Jun 152018

Malibu Classic

  • miles
I turn my key yo turn off my car in it want go pass the acc.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #46

Jan 032017

Malibu Classic

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Due to the passlock sensor inside the ignition lock cylinder case failure, the vehicle will stall at any moment and anywhere, which makes more likely to be involved in a wreck because of this. GM stated that the problem with the vehicle stalling was due to the key coming out from the ignition cylinder. GM added weight to the plastic portion of the key as a solution to the problem but the real problem for the vehicle to stall is not that, it is due to the failure of the passlock sensor.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #45

Jul 012016

Malibu Classic

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning and was unable to be restarted. The security pass lock and anti-lock warning indicators randomly flashed intermittently. The vehicle began to stall at random. The vehicle was diagnosed by a mechanic who stated that the fuel pump regulator failed. The vehicle was repaired, but continued to stall. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #44

Nov 182014

Malibu Classic

  • 120,000 miles
Rec'd recall on ignition switch. Took vehicle to dealer and service rep took 1of my vehicle keys, brought key back and said repair completes. Never did he touch my car. Immediately after this, vehicle wouldn't start. Whatever was done to my key threw off my alarm system and locked up vehicle.dealer refused to take responsibility. Contacted GM and was contacted back. They made note of complaint. Now watching C cnbc and the ignition recall. I am concerned as only 1key was touched by dealer and that was it.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #43

Aug 042015

Malibu Classic

  • 175,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that while driving, the theft system warning light illuminated and the engine stalled. The contact was able to maneuver off the road and shut the vehicle off. The contact was able to restart the engine after resetting the theft system. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 175,000.

- Hahira, GA, USA

problem #42

Jul 132011

Malibu Classic

  • 210,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled unexpectedly. The contact was able to coast over to side of the road and restart the vehicle. The dealer diagnosed that the ignition needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 210,000.

- Tampoka, FL, USA

problem #41

May 312015

Malibu Classic

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. When the ignition was turned to the on position, the vehicle did not start. The contact stated that the ignition had to be turned to the off position then back to the on position in order for the vehicle to start. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- New Carlisle, OH, USA

problem #40

May 022013

Malibu Classic

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled when the fuel pump exploded without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who confirmed that the fuel pump exploded. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Milan, TN, USA

problem #39

Feb 122009

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The key caused the ignition switch to separate and become loose. Now the ignition switch is out of position and start out of place and is very dangerous. I asked told them about it when they were replacing the recall keys. They refuse to fix or look into it because it was not included in the law suit. Which it should have because they both go together to solve the problem. The problem is still there and not resolve. The ignition switch was the main problem along with the keys.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #38

Mar 022015

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • miles
The 2004 Chevy Malibu classic is experiencing the same brake apply sensor (bas) circuit malfunction as other 2004 GM vehicles listed in GM recall 13036. The brake lights do not come on when the brake pedal is pushed, even though the light bulbs are brand new. I am asking GM to investigate and consider adding the 2004 Chevy Malibu classic to the list of vehicles to be recalled in recall 13036. The conditions that the 2004 Malibu classic are experiencing are identical to the conditions stated in the recall.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #37

Oct 012014

Malibu Classic

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that the anti-theft sensor and the service engine sensor kept randomly illuminating and the vehicle stalled several times. The contact also experienced difficulty removing the key and getting the key to turn over into an on position to start the vehicle. The contact heard a clicking noise coming from the steering wheel, which occurred frequently and the noise continued while driving. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) and indicated that the dealer was not able to determine when the part would become available to schedule the recall repair. The contact called for months and was not able to schedule an appointment. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #36

Sep 252014

Malibu Classic

  • 10,177 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that while driving at 5 mph, the engine stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact received NHTSA campaign number: Number: 14V400000 (electrical system) and believed the failure was related to the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 10,177.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #35

Sep 172014

Malibu Classic

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for the part to become available. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #34

Feb 152014

Malibu Classic

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that the front driver side window failed to roll down. In addition, the instrument panel gauges, air conditioning, and radio failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #33

Aug 072014

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
Theft system did not allow the car to start. Theft system light appears intermittently. Following the "wait 10 minutes" procedure described in other complaints results in start on some occasions but does not work on others. Considering the GM ignition problem recalls, I do not understand why this has not been the subject of one.

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #32

Jul 182014

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
Upon shutting car off my car key would not come out ignition after dangling the key I came out but the ignition wasn't in the off position. Lm attempt to put the key back in to turn it to off position it didn't budge. The next morning the car wouldn't start I had to get a jump and then the following morning the car wouldn't start I had to get a jump. I went advance auto parts and was told that because the car is not in off position completely its draining my battery, I also was informed of a recall for my vehicle that I wasn't aware of. I will take to dealership on Monday. The other problems I have is the driver's side window after letting down wont come back up. Turn signals not working one minute pop on other minute. I check the fuse box it was fine.

- East Point, GA, USA

problem #31

Jul 082014

Malibu Classic

  • 151,201 miles
I was in the process of slowing down for a red light on a busy highway when my car just died. I had two kids in the car with me. Something bad could have happened. Good thing it the car died at a red light. I waited a few minutes and the car started up. I had the car tested for any codes and nothing showed for a reason why the car did this. This has happened several times. The first time it happened was about 3 years ago.

- Bardstown, KY, USA

problem #30

Apr 052011

Malibu Classic

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that the anti-theft and the ABS warning lights illuminated intermittently. Additionally, the instrument panel, dimmer switch, radio, speedometer, air conditioning lights, and the air conditioning controls all failed. The contact had to reposition the key in the ignition switch and attempted numerous times to start the vehicle. The contact also stated that the anti-theft feature would not allow the vehicle to be started. The contact mentioned that the vehicle would stall intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control and service brakes, hydraulic). The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Commack, NY, USA

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