hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,006 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 122014

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


While checking out my daughters 2005 Malibu classic for complaints about intermittent airbag light I happened to slightly tug on her keychain while driving about 50 mph on the highway. The engine shut off. I lost power steering. I lost power brakes. I could not restart the car while it was moving. Luckily I was able to pull it over to the side of the road. It would not restart until I put the shift lever into park. I investigated this on the internet and found other GM vehicles being recalled but not this one. I called GM's recall line. They said to contact my dealer. I asked the dealer to make some keys with a center hole rather than a slot (at my expense) to prevent the ignition switch from rotating to engine off when a keychain is attached. They said they could not do it without GM authorization. I am concerned about my family members using this vehicle. Luckily no one was hurt.

- Cedar Falls, IA, USA

problem #1

Aug 242009

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 62,013 miles
This car has had the calipers replaced 2 times now. The first is recorded here and the second occurred on Jan. 15, 2014. Both times the car lost fluid due to caliper leakage. Had difficulty stopping the car the second time around but was able to bring it to a stop without incident. I have a licensed mechanic telling me this is not normal wear and tear. The first incident paid for was $285 and the second was in excess $600. This is not part of a recall but am certain that this should not be occurring. Should this result in a determination of factory error, it would be good to get reimbursed for the heavy out of pocket expense.

- Eastpointe, MI, USA

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