hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,612 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Classic engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 022011

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 89,564 miles


A/C hoses rub the frame and create a hole in the line that causes freon 134A to be released in to the air and the expense is over 500. To repair on the 2004 Chevy Malibu.

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 212011

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 40,272 miles
Engine failure and intermittent starting problems. While driving a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, its engine cut out without warning, causing the vehicle to lose all power controls ie. Steering and braking. After this incident, the car would intermittently not start for approximately 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks, the vehicle would not start at all. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed the problem as a faulty passlock cylinder, which is part of the anti-theft system on GM cars. The passlock cylinder was replaced. The part is not available.

- Utica, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 142010

Malibu Classic 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
2004 Chevrolet Malibu timing chain falling apart due to rotating collars on the chain which go between gear teeth falling off. Mechanic said I probably have 30 - 40 pieces in my oil pan. This were made with a slit instead of solid with just a hole to slide a pin through for attachment. GM had a recall of the Saturn with the same engine for the same problem but GM claims that all recalls are VIN specific and my car didn't fall under the recall. I've read of other incidents where this has caused breakage, resulting in accidents due to the engine stopping and being destroyed.

- Thaxton, VA, USA

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