really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic engine problems

engine problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments

problem #2

May 262006

Malibu Classic

  • miles


Purchased car 12/26/05- in February, heard a strange rattling sound in car on right hand (passenger) side of car. Spoke to dealership once about it, my husband took rep on drive so he could hear it. He said he could hear it... take it to service. Husband took the car into service. They could not recreate the sound, could find nothing wrong. May 26, 2006 - driving along at 8:00 a.M. on a Friday morning - while driving along curve, car lost control, about to go into ditch on right hand side, swerved to the left to avoid. Felt like car was out of control, almost hit oncoming traffic, swerved to the right to avoid, consequently ran into ditch. Could not slow car down. Hit driveway ahead of me and car went airborne landing in ditch on the opposite side of the residential driveway. I survived, no injuries. Car totaled. Purchased another Chevy Malibu lt but new year 2006. Figured any kinks would be worked out in the new model.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #1

May 102006

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55 miles
I'd just entered onto the freeway and was going about 55 mph when my car began to accelerate at which time I attempted to brake but the brake pedal would not move. I thought that maybe there was a malfunction with the cruise control so I turned it on then off again several times and each time attempted to brake but the pedal still would not move and while at the same maneuver with cars on the freeway. I ended up exiting about 4 miles down the road using an exit with a long exit ramp. As soon as I exited I put the car into neutral and it began to jerk but slow down some but not fast enough as there were cars stopped at traffic light at the end of the ramp and there was not much time left, so at that point I put the car into park which caused my passenger and I to be thrown forward and the seat belts tightened around us. After a few minutes I restarted the car and it began to rev up faster and faster so I immediately called for Chevy roadside assistance and the car was towed to a nearby dealership. This occurred on yesterday afternoon and I am awaiting a call from the dealership to inform me of why this happened and to repair my car.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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