really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
108,800 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx engine problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 142015

Malibu Maxx

  • 176,000 miles


I purchased a 2005 Malibu maxx from an used car dealer and the very next day the car lost the ability to accelerate and the traction control light turned on my instrument cluster. While the car was coming to a stop I noticed that it lost all power and the engine stopped running. The car would turn over but not start.

- Auburn, AL, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Sep 202011

Malibu Maxx

  • 130,000 miles
Accelerating quickly, making a left turn across traffic, the steering locked up and a warning ding dinged 3 times and then multiple lights flashed on the dash. Releasing the gas pedal released the lock. This is happening more and more frequently now. Every time there is a warning ding, sometimes there are lights on the dash, sometimes there aren't. very scary and dangerous especially when merging into traffic.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Jul 152008

Malibu Maxx

  • 75,000 miles
Brake lights come on by themselves and go out when pedal is pushed. Tried new switch, calibration, and tsb procedure. Problem will go away for a month or two then return. Has been happening for the last 2 years. Numerous complaints on the web. I have seen other cars drive by with the same problem. May work fine in the morning then act up in the evening. Also impacts the sift interlock and cruise control. The other day the cruise control would not disengage when I applied the brakes. I had to turn it off by the switch on the steering wheel.

- Fenton, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 102006

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Malibu accelerated at high speed in reverse.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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