really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
122,597 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic engine problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 302013

Malibu Classic 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. Contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle which rolled over three times. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact stated that the driver and two passengers sustained unknown injuries. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 12/9/14 the consumer did not receive a recall notification. Updated 06/1/2015

- Cross City, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 042014

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 117,792 miles
We bought a 2005 Chevy Malibu classic base model from a reputable dealer. Everything was working fine until my son flipped the switch on the turn signal indicator for the lights from "auto" to full lights at night. The dash cluster illumination went out along with the radio back lighting, HVAC back lighting, door lock and window switch lighting. The dome light stopped working. The dome light had burned wires and the plastic fixture was burned. Replaced it back to the harness. Fuses kept blowing. Have since tried replacing the turn indicator/lights/wiper module, the dimmer switch, and dash cluster, upon inspecting the body control module I found corroded module connectors that were corroded and burned. Now the car won't start and the suspect is the anti-theft system. This is clearly an electrical malfunction from the assembly line and thousands of dollars in waste by myself my son and others reporting across the internet with the same problems as ourselves.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #1

Aug 022012

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
My daughter was driving her car and for no reason the car just shuts off. This has happened 3 times in the last weeks. The car also on 6 occasions would not start(has brand new battery) won't turn over, my daughter has been stranded several times. After a $400. 00 fuel pump replacement, which after it was replaced the car, other cars which are just shutting off while they are being driven.this is very dangerous to lose all power while driving!. and as well there have been numerous car owners who have replaced fuel pumps, which did not solve the problem. The car now has had the ignition replace as the mechanics "think:"its the security system!. to date the repairs are hitting $1,000. Also the turning signals, radio and A/C all work intermittently. I am no mechanic but seems there is electrical/security systems issues with these cars. The forums are loaded with car owners having the same issues! but of course they are so varied that most not reported to you!and we all know the garages don't report all issues! thanks for your help!

- Ashville, NY, USA

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