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CHEVROLET MALIBU CLASSIC - 2005 CHEVROLET MALIBU CLASSIC Problems & Complaints

 
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by General Motors LLC

There are 42 complaints filed for the 2005 CHEVROLET MALIBU CLASSIC

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2005 CHEVROLET MALIBU CLASSIC. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2005 CHEVROLET MALIBU CLASSIC, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Electrical System (16) Engine And Engine Cooling (3) Fuel Propulsion System (2) Steering (9) Vehicle Speed Control (3)
Electronic Stability Control (1) Equipment (2) Fuel System Gasoline (2) Structure (1) Visibility (2)
Engine (1) Exterior Lighting (5) Service Brakes Hydraulic (4) Suspension (2)

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STEERING

3/17/2014 - MONACA, PA
I BOUGHT A 2005 CHEVROLET MALIBU NEW IN 2005. SINCE THEN, WE REPEATEDLY LOST STEERING WITH THE CAR. I WAS ONLY RECENTLY MADE AWARE THAT THERE WERE -++ISSUES-+¥ WITH THE POWER STEERING MOTOR ON THESE VEHICLES. THEY DO NOT HAVE THE CONVENTIONAL POWER STEERING PUMP, BUT HAVE AN ELECTRICAL POWER STEERING -++MOTOR-+¥. NO RECALL WAS ISSUED. GM KNEW. I VISITED MY LOCAL JUNKYARD THE OTHER DAY. THERE ARE MANY OF THESE CARS WITH FRONT END DAMAGE. I CAN ONLY SURMISE HOW MANY ACCIDENTS/INJURIES/FATALITIES WERE THE RESULT OF THIS STEERING FLAW. GM NEVER INFORMED ME OF THE POTENTIAL RISKS. (I DID NOT MOVE OR CHANGE ADDRESS.) I FOUND OUT VIA THE INTERNET. I NOW SEE WHERE GM IS INVOLVED IN YET ANOTHER SAFETY ISSUE, IGNITION SWITCHES. IS THERE AN INVESTIGATION ONGOING ON THESE STEERING ISSUES? SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET KILLED.

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STEERING

12/12/2013 - TALLASSEE, AL
STEERING WHEEL LOCKS UP WHILE DRIVING.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

11/19/2012 - CAMPBELL, OH
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.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

11/19/2012 - CAMPBELL, OH
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.

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

11/19/2012 - CAMPBELL, OH
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.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

8/18/2012 - ASHVILLE, NY
MY DAUGHTER WAS DRIVING HER CAR AND FOR NO REASON THE CAR JUST SHUTS OFF. THIS HAS HAPPENED 3 TIMES IN THE LAST WEEKS. THE CAR ALSO ON 6 OCCASIONS WOULD NOT START(HAS BRAND NEW BATTERY) WON'T TURN OVER, MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN STRANDED SEVERAL TIMES. AFTER A $400. 00 FUEL PUMP REPLACEMENT , WHICH AFTER IT WAS REPLACED THE CAR , OTHER CARS WHICH ARE JUST SHUTTING OFF WHILE THEY ARE BEING DRIVEN.THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS TO LOSE ALL POWER WHILE DRIVING!. AND AS WELL THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS CAR OWNERS WHO HAVE REPLACED FUEL PUMPS, WHICH DID NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THE CAR NOW HAS HAD THE IGNITION REPLACE AS THE MECHANICS "THINK:"ITS THE SECURITY SYSTEM!. TO DATE THE REPAIRS ARE HITTING $1,000. ALSO THE TURNING SIGNALS, RADIO AND A/C ALL WORK INTERMITTENTLY. I AM NO MECHANIC BUT SEEMS THERE IS ELECTRICAL/SECURITY SYSTEMS ISSUES WITH THESE CARS. THE FORUMS ARE LOADED WITH CAR OWNERS HAVING THE SAME ISSUES! BUT OF COURSE THEY ARE SO VARIED THAT MOST NOT REPORTED TO YOU!AND WE ALL KNOW THE GARAGES DON'T REPORT ALL ISSUES! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

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STEERING

8/18/2012 - ASHVILLE, NY
MY DAUGHTER WAS DRIVING HER CAR AND FOR NO REASON THE CAR JUST SHUTS OFF. THIS HAS HAPPENED 3 TIMES IN THE LAST WEEKS. THE CAR ALSO ON 6 OCCASIONS WOULD NOT START(HAS BRAND NEW BATTERY) WON'T TURN OVER, MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN STRANDED SEVERAL TIMES. AFTER A $400. 00 FUEL PUMP REPLACEMENT , WHICH AFTER IT WAS REPLACED THE CAR , OTHER CARS WHICH ARE JUST SHUTTING OFF WHILE THEY ARE BEING DRIVEN.THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS TO LOSE ALL POWER WHILE DRIVING!. AND AS WELL THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS CAR OWNERS WHO HAVE REPLACED FUEL PUMPS, WHICH DID NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THE CAR NOW HAS HAD THE IGNITION REPLACE AS THE MECHANICS "THINK:"ITS THE SECURITY SYSTEM!. TO DATE THE REPAIRS ARE HITTING $1,000. ALSO THE TURNING SIGNALS, RADIO AND A/C ALL WORK INTERMITTENTLY. I AM NO MECHANIC BUT SEEMS THERE IS ELECTRICAL/SECURITY SYSTEMS ISSUES WITH THESE CARS. THE FORUMS ARE LOADED WITH CAR OWNERS HAVING THE SAME ISSUES! BUT OF COURSE THEY ARE SO VARIED THAT MOST NOT REPORTED TO YOU!AND WE ALL KNOW THE GARAGES DON'T REPORT ALL ISSUES! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

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ENGINE

8/18/2012 - ASHVILLE, NY
MY DAUGHTER WAS DRIVING HER CAR AND FOR NO REASON THE CAR JUST SHUTS OFF. THIS HAS HAPPENED 3 TIMES IN THE LAST WEEKS. THE CAR ALSO ON 6 OCCASIONS WOULD NOT START(HAS BRAND NEW BATTERY) WON'T TURN OVER, MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN STRANDED SEVERAL TIMES. AFTER A $400. 00 FUEL PUMP REPLACEMENT , WHICH AFTER IT WAS REPLACED THE CAR , OTHER CARS WHICH ARE JUST SHUTTING OFF WHILE THEY ARE BEING DRIVEN.THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS TO LOSE ALL POWER WHILE DRIVING!. AND AS WELL THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS CAR OWNERS WHO HAVE REPLACED FUEL PUMPS, WHICH DID NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THE CAR NOW HAS HAD THE IGNITION REPLACE AS THE MECHANICS "THINK:"ITS THE SECURITY SYSTEM!. TO DATE THE REPAIRS ARE HITTING $1,000. ALSO THE TURNING SIGNALS, RADIO AND A/C ALL WORK INTERMITTENTLY. I AM NO MECHANIC BUT SEEMS THERE IS ELECTRICAL/SECURITY SYSTEMS ISSUES WITH THESE CARS. THE FORUMS ARE LOADED WITH CAR OWNERS HAVING THE SAME ISSUES! BUT OF COURSE THEY ARE SO VARIED THAT MOST NOT REPORTED TO YOU!AND WE ALL KNOW THE GARAGES DON'T REPORT ALL ISSUES! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

8/15/2012 - GREENDALE, IN
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2005 CHEVROLET MALIBU CLASSIC. THE CONTACT STATED THAT AFTER USING THE CIGARETTE LIGHTER, SMOKE STARTED TO EMIT FROM THE HOLDER. THE CONTACT STATED THAT AFTER INSPECTING THE LIGHTER HE NOTICED MORE SMOKE COMING FROM THE WIRES THAT WERE ATTACHED TO THE RADIO, AIR CONDITIONER, HEATER, WHICH WERE ALSO BURNED. NEITHER THE DEALER NOR THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 194,000.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

2/15/2012 - BELLA VISTA, AR
UPON ATTEMPTING TO START MY VEHICLE AS ALWAYS I WAS SURPRISED TO FIND MY VEHICLE WOULD NOT START. I HAD AN ANTI THEFT LIGHT COME ON AS WELL. I WAITED, TRIED AGAIN NO LUCK. TO HELP THINGS OUT MY CELL PHONE WAS DEAD AND I COULD NOT CALL ANYONE. I WAS EVENTUALLY ABLE TO GET BACK INTO MY WORK WHICH HAS HIGH SECURITY, AND I WAS ABLE TO CONTACT MY HUSBAND WHO EVENTUALLY WAS ABLE TO TELL ME HOW TO BYPASS THIS ISSUE. SO I WENT BACK OUT AND TRIED IT AND AFTER 10 MIN OF SITTING IN MY COLD CAR IN A DARK PARKING LOT ALONE I WAS ABLE TO START MY VEHICLE. THIS REALLY NEEDS TO BE FIXED. I FINALLY MADE IT HOME AN HOUR AND A HALF AFTER I WAS OFF WORK BUT WHAT A SCARY AND COULD HAVE BEEN EXPENSIVE ISSUE TO HAVE.

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