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Chevrolet Malibu: Problems & Solutions



  • I have a 2004 Maxx 3100 miles. Starts fine, no shimmy, never been under 20mpg. Methinks they lied to you!
  • Only time I have had trouble starting my '04 maxx is if it's lukewarm, then the engine control computer misreads the mixture and the engine usually needs two tries to get going.


    So far have not had the "pull to left" syndrome - did not occur after my columm was replaced. Didn't notice it on the '05 maxx I drove at the GM autofair either. Sounds like a calibration issue.


    Only recent thing to happen was local dealer replaced my headrests with an "improved" version that does not jut as far forward. Have yet to get the rear sunshade fix.
  • The mpg you are getting is not normal based upon other posts on this board, and my own experience. I have been getting steady 27+ MPG on every single tank, and I now have 3,000 miles on it. I'm hoping to get around 29 by the time she has 10,000 miles under her belt.

    Regarding the starter, don't have that either. It starts smooth and fast every time.

    Very quiet at all speeds and no bad vibrations.
  • Have noted several posts about the headrests, some hate them, others seem to like them. I liked the adjustable angle tilting ones on my Contour, that I always kept tilted as far forward as possible, but the forward angle on my '04 Maxx is even more to my liking.
  • Has anyone else had this happen: When one of the rear sun shades was pulled out, it would only retract part way. On 2nd try, it retracted even less. Finally, it just hung out with no retraction and a lot of excess length the hangs down like a wide ribbon. Even though the dealer had it for 2 days last week, he didn't fix it.

    I see two access covers on the overhead shade surround. Once it's out of warranty, will need to know how to remove that piece when the shade spring gets unwound all the way.
  • Can you get me information on the "improved" version of the headrests that your dealer replaced yours with, possibly the part numbers for them? I'd just ask my dealer directly but I know they'd just say they "know of nothing like that" (heard that line before, until I got the part numbers from someone else for what I was after).



  • 1572-The mileage should be better. My '04 Maxx LT gets 24 in the city and 32 on the highway, and has been doing it since new. Be sure to reset your mileage on the dash to start a new reading.

    1573 is right!

    1574- Like 1578 says, please try to find the documetation on the headrests. The rest of us need the TSB number or whatever magic you used to get the new ones.

    1577-I investigated a squeak in the same area. If you are asking about the small square access plugs behind the rear skylights, they can be removed with a thin screwdriver. A phillips head screw is under each but much more holds the roof panel in place. I put the screws & plugs back without going farther. Your shades sound broken, and GM should be made aware that your dealer service dept seems broken too.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Also for Jerry,


    Although I also liked the original position of headrest there is a TSB for folks that can't deal with it for 2004 and early 2005 vehicles




    Part Number Description

    10375552 Restraint Asm - P & D/Seat HD (Leather Gray)

    10375553 Restraint Asm - P & D/Seat HD (Leather Neutral)

    10375555 Restraint Asm - P & D/Seat HD (Cloth Gray)

    10375556 Restraint Asm - P & D/Seat HD (Cloth Neutral)
  • I rotated the headrests 180 degrees on my 2004 Maxx. They are no longer adjustable, but I find them quite comfortable.
  • I purchased a 2004 Malibu in June 2004. I was so excited with my purchase - for the first week.... I noticed a big brown water spot on the ceiling next to the rear window and a big water spot on my seat. Then the driver side window made the worst noise you have ever heard. I took it to the dealer and they said the roof must have leaked. They fixed the problem and cleaned the seat and the ceiling. He said the spots may come back....they did 3 months later. They fixed the window on the same visit. 5 days later it was having the same problem.

     Then I move on to the more serious problems... About a month ago the steering wheel started jerking by itself while I was driving. The car sounded like it needed to shift gears when it was going 45mph - 60mph. The engine got really loud. I took the car in for the two original problems and the two addition problems... They fixed the window, cleaned the spots, had to replace something on my transmission, and totally replace the steering column in my car. Okay... now the car doesn't always want to start on the first try..and the stereo is spitting out my cds. When I took it back they said there was a connector loose. They fixed that and replaced the stereo. I have had the car back a month and the stereo lights look like it is in some type of code and there is a loud high pitched whistle coming from the stereo..... Did I pick a lemon or what?

      I am not a picky person and I have alway bought Chevy's but this is horrible. I hate my car and have no plans of keeping it.. I have had the car since June and have put 22,000 miles on it. I blow through a warranty and as many problems as this car has had I am not going to take the chance.

       I know the lemon law states you have to take your vehicle back 4 times for the same repairs, but this is crazy Does anyone have any advice on what I need to do to get help with this? I would talk to my dealer, but they only have Chevy and I do not want another Chevy?

    Can anyone help???

    - Unhappy Malibu owner....
  • Unfortunately, Jerry, my service order doesn't give any info as to part numbers. The class of repair may be 15CVZ. Sorry. The change was small and one drawback is now it takes longer for my head to hit the headrest in case of a rearend crash.


    I did not even know they were going to do came as a result of attending a GM clinic months ago,
  • Procedures depends on the state where you bought it, but sounds like you are ripe for Lemon Law procedures. Check with a reputable attorney in your area.


    CU mentioned the Mailbu has a worse than average repair record, and I am definitely getting concerned about how long this car will last.
  • beedublubeedublu Posts: 236
    Yes, I've experienced something like this too, although I'd describe my noise as more of a loud hum, and it's more noticeable around 55-65 mph. Also, for some reason it is more noticeable when temps are below freezing.


    I had pretty much the same experience with my dealer (who is pretty sharp with most other things).
  • Just leased a 2005 Malibu LT with Auto Climate Control. When I engage full auto, the A/C light comes on and I understand that, but when I turn the auto off, the A/C light stays on. I have to manually press the button to turn the A/C light off. Is this normal or do I have a problem?


    Also, this morning the A/C light would not come on and the temperature was 32F. From reading other msgs, I've read where the A/C will not come on with temp under 40. I can't find in the manual where it states that. Can anyone point me to that information? thanks a lot.
  • Thanks kurtamaxxguy! I made another appointment to have the radio fixed tomorrow. I sent an email to GM and hopefully someone will call me back and see if there is anything they are willing to do because I seek legal advice. If worse comes to worse I will seek an attorney.... Thanks!!!
  • I have a 2000 Malibu. The Cd player keeps spitting out my CD's and the display says Err. Any advice? Is this fixable? How much? If I should just replace the stereo, which one do you recommend?
  • Hey Jason - That is one of my many problems too. I just had my stereo replaced and it started the whistling noise. I thought it was the stereo, but it still whisles when I turn it off... I am taking it in tomorrow.
  • I bought my wife a 04 maxx in December and have never got more than 300km (187 miles) per tank yet, and there is no power in this thing at all. I was told that the car checked out fine, and that nothing is wrong with it. After 10,000kms it should get better, is what they told me. I know this is not true as I just bought myself a new vehicle 2 weeks ago, and after 2.5 tanks, the fuel economy is where it should be.

    They did order a new gas pedal (??) but they dont sound confident that this will fix anything.

    Anybody out there have any idea what could be causing this ????
  • Not sure what to do. This morning I can't close my rear door. I'm stuck. Can't drive it to the dealer the way it is.
  • Thanks for the feedback on the headrests everyone especially you, kurtamaxxguy, for bringing to our attention that there is an updated part for those of us uncomfortable with the current headrests, and you e2helper for providing the particulars I needed to get the part. I just got off the phone with my local Chevy dealer, where I was able to get the Service Manager to verify that this is covered under warranty and the Parts guy to order a pair of them. As far as comfort goes, this was really the only complaint I've ever had with our car.


    What really amazed me is that Chevrolet / GM took all the customer feedback and went to the expense of getting an updated part designed and produced, and even covers it under warranty! I'd normally expect one of two things to happen in a situation like this where the customer found some design element that they disagreed with-


    1) Completely ignore the customer altogether (the "it was that way when you bought the car" thing..)


    2) Sorry, but the 2006 models have an updated design that addresses that very issue, if you'd be interested in trading.


    It's great to see GM and Chevy going to such lengths to keep their customers happy!
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