really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,179 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 192016

Malibu Maxx

  • 81,000 miles


My son wrecked his car and it rolled multiple times and none of the air bags went off he was driving and his car struck a guardrail and continued in motion and rolled multiple times he was cut from the car.

- Apollo, PA, USA

problem #5

Jun 152015

Malibu Maxx

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. While driving 35 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The contact also stated that both turn signals failed to function. The failures recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 012012

Malibu Maxx

  • 50,000 miles
"service air bag" warning message on radio console: 2 chimes, and text: "service air bag" problem occurs approx. 50% of time. Usually occurs a few minutes after starting and driving and also usually occurs only once per drive cycle.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #3

Oct 092012

Malibu Maxx

  • miles


This problem has been persistent since I bought the car. The air bag light just came on at random and then went off after being reset. After a while, I took it to a local mechanic and they said the clock spring was broke. How? I do not know. I have just dealt with it since all of the electronics have been working. Another almost 500 dollar repair to a car that's value is not worth trading in at this point. It has been a great and reliable car otherwise. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 282012

Malibu Maxx

  • 13,849 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel until the engine was turned off. The failure occurred whenever driving or upon starting the ignition. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnose that both the service quail and driver's side air bag needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 13,849.

- Marion, IN, USA

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problem #1

Jun 022011

Malibu Maxx 6-cyl

  • 142,225 miles
Complete and total lock up of power steering; battery light flicks on and then everything locks up until you replace the gas peddle for about 3 seconds. My lights randomly flash and rear bulbs on the driver side blow every 3 days. My turn signals will sporadically blink and the wiper blades go off with out warning or being prompted. Even with no keys near or in the car it will not turn over to start the car until you floor the gas peddle and hold it there for 3-5 seconds. My radio reads at -19* all the time and the cd player has never worked correctly. When going from 0 to 50 getting on the parkway (highway) the whole car locks up and loses power including the steering radio and lights unless you completely release the gas then start to go again. Im so highly frustrated and Chevy refuses to fix it even though these are all recalled problems but my VIN doesn't fall in there "bracket".

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

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