hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,838 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments

problem #6

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 #5

Sep 102012

Malibu Classic

  • 146,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle very used at 143xxx miles, from a "reputable" dealer. I got a tune up as well as an oil change, standard used car purchase procedure. My dad initially brought to my attention that while driving my fuel gauge dropped down to E, the low gas light lit up and the check engine light came on. A local auto parts store said I should use a fuel injection kit for the check engine light. Now I have 146xxx miles and it happens every single time I get gas. It's nerve racking because I do drive frequently and my main concern is how much gas do I have? I came across a guy that works at a different auto store and he said it's probably my sender unit for my gas tank, which should cost about $300 to fix depending on where I take it. My next set of issues is my horn, I was unaware that it didn't work upon purchasing until I went to honk it and nothing happened. I took it to midas and they replaced the fuse. After driving it home the horn stopped working again. I heard it's just some wires touching but nobody does electrical work. Today, a friend asked if my turn signals were working. I said they did and he said they were burnt up, plastic and all. I looked and sure enough they were melted and the light itself was black on the inside and it looked like it's on the verge of shattering. He asked if there were recalls on anything with this car, I told him I called a local Chevy dealer and the guy insisted otherwise. Now, I checked this website and both the gas and lights are on a list of recalls. Apparently, not all dealers know half the information they should for concerned drivers.

- Campbell, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 012011

Malibu Classic 6-cyl

  • miles
All the door locks unlock and lock with in driving position followed by a beep it does this constantly. I believe is very unsafe with children in the back seat. Issue with the gas gauge going crazy, goes from full to empty so you never know when the gas is going to run out. Also issues with the headlights and other bulbs being blown. All seems like some electrical issues but not sure.

- Goshen, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 242011

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 82,233 miles


I have a 2005 Chevy Malibu classic and the signal keeps failing you don't know when it will happen you just signal and notice it doesn't come on..very dangerous when driving..it starts back up again when it feel like it..I feel like this is very unsafe and scary..it has happen to me on several occasions and in fed up with this problem..its has happen 3 times in a 3 week period and that doesn't seem normal. I was told that the problem cant be checked until it happens again but how am I to know when it will occur it just happens when it wants to.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012011

Malibu Classic

  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2005 Malibu classic where the turn signals will stop working then all of a sudden start working again. The fuses are good, no loose wires that I can see, bulbs are good. I have read other complaints from 2000 when a recall was issued for the hazard switch. This is a issue and can result in a potential accident one day if the driver behind or around you does not see which direction you may be turning. The problem comes and goes. Any suggestions, advice, ideas?

- Fernley, NV, USA

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problem #1

May 032009

Malibu Classic

  • miles
I have a 2005 Malibu classic where the turn signals will stop working then all of a sudden start working again. The fuses are good, no loose wires that I can see, bulbs appear okay. The problem comes and goes. Any suggestions, advice, ideas?

- Hedgesville, WV, USA

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