really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,000 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 052014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 163,000 miles


Took car to the Chevrolet dealership, for NHTSA id: 14V252000/GM safety recall: 13036, to correct the issues in the body control module which impacted the brake apply sensor. Now rear top brake lights no longer illuminate when the brake pedal is being pushed. Front low-beam headlights goes on and off while driving. Replaced both low-beam lights on 12/6/2014. Front low beam headlights still goes off and on intermittently. Also upon visual inspection, the turn signal blinkers have melted the yellow plastic inside the headlight. Brought back to the same Chevrolet dealership on 1/2/2015, for vehicle recall NHTSA id: 14V224000/GM safety recall 14152 to have the shift cable assembly and mounting bracket installed. I notified the dealership that I was having issues with the electrical system tied to the exterior lighting system. They could not provide me the reason for the fault.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #6

Nov 292014

Malibu Maxx

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving downhill at approximately 35 mph with the brake pedal depressed, the ABS was activated and the steering wheel suddenly became very difficult to turn. The driver was unable to control the steering and the brakes would not stop the vehicle. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. The vehicle was destroyed. No injuries were reported and no police report was filed. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN provided was incorrect. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Alanson, MI, USA

problem #5

May 142014

Malibu Maxx

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). However, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Bremen, GA, USA

problem #4

May 012014

Malibu Maxx 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Brakes failed. I am concerned with 3 recalls on major parts: Ignition, power steering and brakes. I had to pay for a brake repair out of pocket because the car was totally unsafe to drive. I should get a refund. I have 3 recall letters and I am told the parts are unavailable. This is not safe. I need my car to drive 30 miles across town to work.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

May 242014

Malibu Maxx

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact mentioned that the brake fluid low warning lamp illuminated and the brake lights remained on although the brakes were not engaged. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, and service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 73,900.

- Schererville, IN, USA

problem #2

May 082007

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I was driving on the interstate on my way home and my back breaks locked up and the tires and hubcaps started to burn. I had no immediate exit so I had to continue to roll slow. Once I exited the interstate my wheel was on fire. I put it out with an extinguisher. I asked the dealer and they said no recalls. I had to get the tow truck and he said it was not the first for my car make and model. I replaced the breaks, rotors and tires and 2 weeks later the same thing happened again. Only this time I was in a parking lot of a grocery store. Since then I have had a total break job and replace tires and hubcaps. My power steering locked up and it was very hard but was able to use manually. The manual said to shut off car and restart to reset the power steering. This was not safe and very scary.

- Crystal Springs, MS, USA

problem #1

May 032010

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
The car is a wreck.

- Antioch , TN, USA

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