hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,643 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx fuel system problems

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 012015

Malibu Maxx

  • 95,000 miles


Issue one is the drivers seal welds brake on the rear and front from the floor mount base to the elevated control thus in the case of a crash the seat is compromised to separate completely from the floor mount due to these welds being broke. Second issue fuel pumps begin to leak at the seal of the pump at the fuel tank leaking heavy amounts of fuel from the tank and onto the exhaust. Third issue which I have seen multiple reports of recalls but the dealership denies there is an issue with the maxx that only the base model is effected but while driving the power steering will fail and the car has no control and will violently jerk in one direction throwing the vehicle in to oncoming lanes or even into the ditch. Happens periodically the power steering message appears on main control message screen and car will sound an alarm, other times the entire dash board warning lights from check engine, oil, air bag, seat belt, so on so all come on and the power steering goes out. I have found that this issue usually occurs while accelerating whether slowly or even while trying to speed up more aggressively to merge unto expressway traffic. I have nearly wrecked into numerous cars due to steering going out and wheel will violently jerk one direction or to the other. Not sure why this site shows a recall for power steering but dealership denies there is a active recall for the maxx but they have one for the 2005 base Malibu

- Wellington, KS, USA

problem #6

Oct 142015

Malibu Maxx

  • 197,000 miles
Fuel pump leak. Noticed strong gas smell that only increased as time passed, driving and parked. Fuel pump needs to be replaced. Have noticed this is a common problem in this vehicle. Seriously needs to be investigated.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 042014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • miles
There is a crack/leak in the fuel sending unit. This is the second one to be replaced on this car. The first was about a year after purchase (2006) and the newest problem was diagnosed around the first of this year (2014). I took it to a couple of mechanics and the entire unit will have to be replaced. The unit is around 500 plus labor and totals about 1000 dollars. This is on the short list of problems I have had with this car, even though it has been well maintained and taken care of. I have not had any major issues as others have, but this particular one concerns me quite a bit.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 012014

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles


Fuel leak from the sending unit above the fuel tank.

- Knoxville, MD, USA

problem #3

Jun 012012

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Around June 2012 I started smelling fuel when I parked the car in the garage. I thought I may have over filled. The problem persisted and I took the car into a Chevrolet dealership for repair. The plastic line from the fuel pump had cracked causing the leak of fuel. I checked for a recall and found there was one but the maxx was not on the list. I do believe this recall included a Pontiac with the same fuel pump. Since I have a safety issue due to the Arizona heat in phoenix the maxx should be included due to the mileage and the year. Thanks

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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problem #2

Oct 052012

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 96,500 miles
I started to smell gas after parking my car in garage about one month ago. Changed fuel cap, didn't work. The gas smell became more and more strong after few weeks. Did some search and found it's a common problem of fuel pump leak in 2004-2006 Chevy Malibu maxx. The high pressure line breaks and the owners have to replace the fuel pump completely, which costs more than $600. There was a recall of fuel pump but not for the original one. GM/Chevy should recall the faulty fuel pump, it's very dangerous since it's easy to catch fire and very bad for the environment!!!

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 012012

Malibu Maxx

  • 68,000 miles
A fuel smell/odor began permeating the vehicle and the immediate area around it. The next day, vehicle began requiring two cranks to get started. After troubleshooting, it was determined that there was a fuel leak, and it was coming from the fuel pump. The part was replaced, and the fuel pump had a cracked plastic portion which the mechanic said he had never seen happen before. This kind of thing must have been the result of a defect within the formation of that plastic portion of the fuel pump.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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