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Chevrolet Malibu: Problems & Solutions



  • mr_botsmr_bots Posts: 236
    I have an LS Sedan with just over 3300k miles, but I have a rattle that sounds like the left strut when going over certain bumps too and my passenger seat rattles in the mornings when its empty which is about to drive me nuts. I'm also kinda of expecting my power steering to go out before too long because of the early build date (12/03) and I'll have it all checked then.
  • Wow. I didn't realize that Malibu got all those features but the G6 didn't! That's actually surprising, since GM likes to position the Pontiac versions of their vehicles more upscale, and I'd have expected every one of the features from the Chevy versions to make it to them and then some. I was actually wondering why the interior shots I've seen of the G6 all appeared to be showing manual climate controls, even for higher trim level packages. I guess now I know..

    (The Monsoon system must really crank though, given how good the standard system sounds in my '04 LT sedan)
  • I was just reading the Malibu handbook this morning, I got the rear wireless headphones which should have come with the car last night, from the dealer, and had to read up on the rear audio system ..Hold this button for 2 seconds...this one for 4 seconds..Geezuz..I want my '61 Chevy wagon speaker...never failed..Course it never sounded like this beautiful system either...but I never had to read a handbook either..Life is great...I love this car..The return of the Chevy is upon us.
  • My '00 Chevy has 95K miles and is on its THIRD FUEL PUMP. I have had it to the Chevy dealer, but they advise there is no problem with the car, my pumps just seem to go bad. These pumps have been replaced by the dealer and continue to go bad. Each time it costs me about $1,000 for repairs. Maybe Chevy has a bigger problem than just my car??????
  • Since I've had my '00 Chevy I have had MANY problems with the electrical system. The theft light comes on constantly, but randomly. I have had the electrical system overhauled by Chevy, but they do not see any problems. Sometimes this is very annoying and inconvenient, especially if I am running errands and my car won't start. I know to wait 10 minutes with the key in the ignition, but why can't Chevy seem to get it right? Chevy says this feature cannot be disabled.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    I didn't mention that the Malibu also has Garage door opener feature available as well. The vehicles I drove didn't have it so I never tried it out yet.

    The 2006 model G6 does have a similar automatic climate control system as Malibu but it only comes with the GTP model.

    Finally I forgot to mention that the G6 GT and GTP models have a true Tap Up/Down shifter operation. The Malibus shifter with the +/- button isn't actually used for that type of operation.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Gee, I am starting to wonder if ANYONE got their headphones with that 2005 Maxx Rear Seat Audio (RPO UK6)

  • The HomeLink feature is terrific. I had it on my Trailblazer, and it's on our '04 Malibu too. The range compared to the remotes that came with my garage door openers appears to be about double (I can open my doors before I'm in sight of the house :D).

    I recently traded the TB in on an '04 Silverado (which didn't have HomeLink available as an option- the 2005's do, however), and it's the one thing I miss most.

    I didn't know there was going to be a G6 GTP. I thought that was a Grand Prix only trim. The tap up/tap down manumatic shifting also sounds cool.

    No matter. We still really love this Malibu.
  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    I also use the homelink feature on my Maxx to open the security gate for my parking area and for my sons SC....programming easy and the range is excellent..
  • skyhawkskyhawk Posts: 126
    I needed a second car today so I drove my Maxx. The engine light was on when I left. On the way home I needed to agressively accelerate to merge on the highway and the light went out. Will the code still be in the computer?
  • maxxliberty,

    My wife took the car to the dealer who sold it to us armed with e2helper's bulletin number. They looked it up, found out it was correct, and have ordered me a new gas tank. IMHO there's no reason at all why your dealers should shut you down like that especially now that the problem is very much a known issue. Go back and kick some [non-permissible content removed].
  • I got two sets of IR headphones with my 05 Maxx.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Yes it will. However it will be flagged as a history code (and not a current one).

    There is a potential the history code may even clear itself after 40 warm up cycles if there is no failure detected again (but I am not an expert on that stuff).
  • Taking my Malibu Maxx LT 2004 in next Monday for the second time to get the fuel sender problem corrected thanks to e2helper's advice. As I said awhile back the gas tank never read full,always a notch below. This apparently will cause the Cap warning to chime. I will tell the service manager to look at bulletin #04-08-49-025 as you suggested e2helper(thanks). Also, going to have them check out the brakes, they shudder when applied at anything over 30 MPH. So far my air bag light that acted up two months ago has been OK. Would I be surprised if it came on again, NOPE :-)Stay tuned ~~
  • skyhawkskyhawk Posts: 126
    If I decide to let the Maxx sit for 3 months, should I do anything besides disconnecting the negative side of the battery?

    Your information has been very helpful.
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Well I don't have experience in storage of vehicles for that long of time - but I am sure someone else does.

    Yes battery would go dead after 3 months if connected.
  • prdmprdm Posts: 145
    <If I decide to let the Maxx sit for 3 months, should I do anything besides disconnecting the negative side of the battery?>

    That is fine unless you're in a cold climate (read freezing) in which case remove battery and bring inside.
  • My heater fan stopped working on speeds 1 and 2 a couple months ago. My in-law's Cutlass (same car, different name) had the same problem and they had a local non-GM shop replace a relay @$25 plus labor. The shop told her they'd done a bunch of these, it was a design defect (close to heat and got too hot) and GM redesigned it now. Does anyone know if GM is offering a warranty on this defect?
  • Well I have a 2004 Malibu Maxx, I've had it since the middle of August. The last 6 of my VIN are 156335. Last night, on my way home I experienced a problem that seems pretty common with these cars. I was driving and the "Check Engine Soon" light came on, and the Driver Information Center stated "Power Steering". I lost my power steering, and it was extremely difficult to even get my car off to the side of the road! I felt extremely unsafe driving it, so I called Chevy Roadside Assistance. 3 HOURS later, the tow truck finally arrived! To say I'm extremely unhappy with having to wait on the side of the road for 3 hours, would be an understatement!

    I am just wondering what needs to be done to fix the Power Steering problem? Is it something that could be fixed in a day, or is it something that might take more then one day? I'm kinda wondering if I should expect to go pick my car up later, or whether I'll have to go pickup a rental car from the dealer tonight.
  • Hi again. Am wondering if E2helper can tell me how my Maxx is calibrated? I cannot get straight answers from the dealer service departments. My last 6 VIN digits are 155772.

    Am also wondering if there is any "secret adjustment" for the driver seat lumbar support? I have noted the support has a nasty tendency to bulge out the very bottom of the seat back, which tends to press against belts and other clothing items rather than the small of the back.

    Thanks! Other than a few minor rattles and the power steering failure the Maxx so far is doing well for a first year car.
  • Well I've come to find out that they have absolutely no idea how long they are going to have to keep my car for. So I went and picked up my rental car tonight. They were unable to duplicate the problem with the steering in the shop, but they are still going to replace the steering column on the car anyways. This is such a common problem they say, that the part (steering column) is on backorder thus why they are unable to estimate when they might be able to fix the car and get it back to me..
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    Sorry for your experience karunch.

    Your dealer is taking appropriate action. Your vehicle build date is Jan 31, 2004
  • e2helpere2helper Posts: 1,002
    I am not very knowledgable on details of the seat kurt so sorry, not help there. I think you talked about this at April Clinic you attended with engineers, right?

    I confirmed that your vehicle was updated at the clinic to the latest calibration available (the one we posted about in other places).
  • Thanks and appreciate the info E2. So I guess cruise control is what it is for now.

    Perhaps engineering will have a calibration in the future that will let crusie communicate with the transmission as well as the driver accelerator pedal does.

    The Pontiac G6 driver seat is quite similar to the Malibu, but the lumbar support is higher up and more comfortable. Not enough reason to ditch the Malibu, though.
  • This is our issue: The car idles very rough when in park and the climate control system is off as well as the AC. The dealership says this is normal on Malibu's due to leaning out the engine for emission purposes. It is very annoying and quite frankly does not seem right to me. Anyone else experience this?
  • Hi Blukat40

    Yes, my 2004 Maxx with the PCM update idles rough sometimes too. With the AC on, it smooths out quite a bit. Seems this may be "normal" -- but annoying.
  • The idle on my Maxx is a little rough from time to time, but smooths out if the AC is on. If it's due to an engine lean condition, that makes it more tolerable as idling in traffic is a huge fuel waster as is (the Maxx gets pretty darn good mileage given that its engine lacks variable valve timing or variable displacement or other fuel saving tricks)

    Also noted the Maxx has trouble starting if it has been driven a short distance, stopped, and then restarted after 10 - 15 minutes. It'ds not a unique problem - my older Camry and Prism had trouble with lukewarm starting.
  • Don't be surprised if your car is in for a few days. I rented a car for what I thought would be a day or two job. I had the rental for 10 days. The problem was getting the parts (transmission and domelight switch). GM did reimburse for almost all the rental. They gave up waiting for the domelight switch and just took one off of another unsold new one. The transmission work was great. No howling noises. Extremely quiet........until I pulled into my driveway! 4 loud thuds from underneath. Backed out of the drive and tried again...sure enough it did it again. So I went back to the dealer. Luckily, I didn't have to get another rental. They found the problem. When they torqued the bolts for the cradle after reinstalling the tranny, the guy didn't torque enough so it was loose. It's fine now.
  • Hi, I'm thinking about buying a new 2004 maxx from the local dealer - i have the vin number for the car and was wondering if i could tell what the build date is from that, and whether that might tell me anything i ought to know about the car.

  • Well I originally was told by the Service Department at the dealership that the part was on backorder, and they would have no idea when they would be getting the part in... Today I called the Parts Department, and asked if they had any idea as to when they might be getting the part in. The Parts Dept. tells me that the part is not on backorder just that the Philadelphia warehouse does not have any, and that the part is being shipped in from Michigan. So they expect to have the part by Wednesday...

    I can't wait to get my car back, this Impala that they gave me is like driving a boat!
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