The Malibu is a solid, well-rounded sedan. Roomy, it offers easy cabin access, a quiet interior and a comfortable ride. Its V6 engine delivered quick acceleration and competitive fuel economy among competing V6 family sedans. While overall crash protection is average, the Malibu received a Poor in the IIHS side-crash test when tested without its optional side airbags.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
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2002
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2003
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
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2001
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2002
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2008. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007. Side air bags available from 2005, standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

The Malibu is a solid, well-rounded sedan. Roomy, it offers easy cabin access, a quiet interior and a comfortable ride. Its V6 engine delivered quick acceleration and competitive fuel economy among competing V6 family sedans. While overall crash protection is average, the Malibu received a Poor in the IIHS side-crash test when tested without its optional side airbags.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.2-liter 4 (145 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (200 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Chevrolet Malibu owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The security theft system kept the car from starting several times and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 3.5-L V6)

"vehicle ignition randomly gets locked out by the theft deterrent system and wont tart for 15-20 min while it resets"

Rob H., MI (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"At random times the car would not start because it thought it was being stolen. I had it towed to a repair shop that said they had to pair my key to the car again"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"After a fill-up, the gas gauge drops to empty for the first few times I drive the car and then starts working again. I have not had this fixed as it is too costly and doesnt' affect the driving. Also, the check engine light kept coming on which had"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"headlights burn out frequently. Both right and left headlight assembly bulbs burn out. turn signals included"

Donn S., CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Frequently replacing burned out bulbs"

Lisa D., IL (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"For years I have had a sporadic problem with the turn signal lights. They kept burning out. Last summer I took my car to a dealer who went over the entire light system. He found no specific problems, but made small adjustments. Since then I have not had a light go bad"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Replacement headlights do not work well"

Anonymous, OK (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Front turn signals malfunctioning. Back ones work fine"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"The turn signal lights fail periodically. I've replaced bulbs perhaps 5-6 times; However only one time in the past year"

Patty H., OR (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Left turn signal goes out every two to three months. While the right turn has never gone out. Supposed to be fixed on a recall but has not changed"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"SOME TYPE OF ELECTRICAL SHORT IN A MODULE INSIDE THE CONSOLE BETWEEN THE FRONT SEATS CAUSED THE BLINKERS TO WORK INTERMITTEDLY OR NOT AT ALL. HAD TO REPLACE"

Jerry C., GA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"My turn signal indicator lights don't work properly. I can only get one or the other to operate. Bulbs don't blow, the indicator just doesn't work on both at same time"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"At least one of the 4 turn indicators tend to unseat itself monthly giving false indication of blown bulb. It requires me to stop, gather tools to remove fixture in order to reseat bulb"

Cyrus F., HI (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"The turn signal lights on my Malibu have needed replacement several times over the course of my 12 years driving the car"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Power driver's seat did not work. Had to replace entire seat frame"

J A., FL (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Horn and side mirror control stopped workingj"

W M., CO (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"The FOB has not been able to unlock the doors or start the vehicle remotely for the last ten years and the battery is not the problem"

Alec C., IL (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Several years ago my remote quit working and I had to open the car door with the key itself. I'm now using my second remote and hope it holds up until I sell this car"

Patty H., OR (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Remote died after 3 years. Put in a new battery and it worked for another year and that died. Used manual entry since"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Just does not work on either of the 2 Malibus"

Barbara S., KY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"stopped working. Too expensive to get fixed"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Both keyless entry fobs failed within days of each other. The replacement cost was about $350 per unit"

Cyrus F., HI (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"One of the fobs no longer works"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"turn signals continue to click repeatedly and randomly or dont work at all.....replaced 3 4way flasher switches to fix recurring problem:(....needs recall"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Front ball joints began to fail and were replaced by owner"

W M., CO (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Ball joint had to be replaced along with aluminum lower A frame arm (ball socket worn out)"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Electronic or air suspension

"Electronic steering tightens when parallel parking especially if parking adjustment happens multiple times (more than 3)"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"We own 2 of these Malibus. Both have had to have electronic stealing replaced. These were from a co. Fleet program of 60 Malibus...all had same problem"

Barbara S., KY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering went out with no warning. Recall on power steering problem later involved a different problem"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering shut off while driving and steering became very difficult..Back to dealer many times for repair...Finally GM issued a recall on all 2004 Malibu Maxx"

B T., NC (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Electronic power steering would occasionally fail"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"worn out struts probably as a result of the potholes of michigan and ann arbor specifically that don't get filled. michigan's roads are an f minus"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"I had to have the steering gear replaced and this was the 3rd time having this done"

John R., MI (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Something had worn out, so they replaced parts for ~$800. I think it was front left suspension, tie rod end. But other steering related stuff too. Very lose steering"

Eric L., NY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"When new, power steering would shut off, eventually GM issued a recall"

B T., NC (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced entire steering column at my expense at independent garage. Recently, several Chevy recalls arrive related to same steering issues, but I only received a fraction of $1400 bill as reimbursement"

Robert K., MI (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"intermidiate steeringshaft (el.steering)"

Bo J., CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"I change the rack and pinion complete kit every 10000 km. I found a company who gave me lifetime waranty on their refurbished product. Sometime when I start the engine, the steering wheel wobbling"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"Grinding, clicking noise when turning and needed to replace rack and pinion mechanism"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Received message about recall for vibration and possible loss of steering. Said they would fix it if the car has under 150,000 miles. This was their engineering problem and they are saying take your chances if you have over 150k miles. I hope the ste"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"This was part of the previous repair, the wheel just wouldn't keep tires pointed correctly, so it was more like sailing a boat"

Eric L., NY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"Due to worn tie rods and other steering parts, the alignment went out, causing extreme front tire wear. Strangely, the car tracked straight and drove very well, giving no indication of trouble until I noticed the inside edge of the front tires were w"

Dan S., CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"We've had three tie rod replacements so far on this car. Mechanic claims Chevy under built tie rod and ball joint strength - no kidding! Replacement frequency NOT due to pot hole hits either. Just pre-mature failure"

Robert K., MI (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"excessive wear on pavement (not gravel roads)"

Arnold K., AB (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem: loose left front outer tie rod end. Correction: replace left front tie rod end. Part cost: $97.61 Labor: $135.00 Total Cost: $232.61"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"front wheel bearing assembly $1300"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"rear left cracked spring which is unsatisfactory as there have been no passengers in the back seat. It is recommended I replace both springs as well as a wheel alignment which would cost approx. $500. Canadian funds"

Arnold K., AB (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"compressor switches on and off"

Tracey B., GA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"2 estimates, both about $700! Just can't justify it"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"It died, stopped working"

John W., IL (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem: blower motor speed #1 not working. Correction: Replace blower motor resistor. Parts: $66.56 Labor: $202.50 Total cost: $269.06"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"the fan goes on and off at random. sometimes it only works on the fastest speed"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"electrical problem possibly starter or in the ignition switch. No power to start. After replacing battery still the same problem intermittently. Electrical system checks out fine but the problem continues to exist"

Arnold K., AB (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"the compressor switches on and off for unexpectedly"

Tracey B., GA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"The car lost its cooling ability and it needed a new compressor"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Two catalytic converters went bad. had to replace them"

Donn S., CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"I had a loud clatter from under the car. My mechanic knew it was the Cat. Apparently, around 135,000 miles, a lot of the chevy 3.5l engines go through cats"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"small holes and brackets were rusted to point it was about to fall off"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Original equipment. After 10 years, failure expected; muffler became noisy"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Serviceman noticed exhaust is getting noisy, rusting out from catalytic converter on back. Dealer estimated repair @ $806.00"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"pipes were just worn and pulled loosed from muffler due to brackets rusting to point of nearly letting everything fall off"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Same as for muffler"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"install sop flex pipe sor. install flex pipe gaskets"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"Leaking brake fluid. Had to replace"

Steven A., CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes were squeaky"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes were noisier so I had them fixed...pretty simple work"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking brake cable broke"

Ralph T., NY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Cable snapped. Difficult for repair shop to fix"

Steven A., CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Rusty rotors which cause uneven pad wear. Both factory and after market rotors rusted very bad"

David L., NJ (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Seems like we need brake repair every year"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Works infrequently"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Can only see display at night, during the day it is very pale. Every time we use the remote trunk lid button on the drivers door the clock display changes time"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Many items on car work sometimes but not always. Dealer has never diagnosed problem"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Volume nob doesn't work"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"cable kit,bracket, pipe, &caskets"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Passenger side exterior mirror nearly fell off"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"the material on the interior doors has peeled off an no glue will hold it in place. It is unattractive but functional"

Alec C., IL (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Both drivers side doors have leatherette door covering insert that are coming completely unglued. Very expensive (over $200 each) to fix this annoying and glaring defect"

Anonymous, OK (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"Large plastic panel on drivers side of console is falling off on the drivers feet. Duct taped up until I can get it fixed (in May 2015)"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"paint fading and peeling on roof and hood. clear coat peeling on bumbers"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"The "check engine" light came on, so we took it to the dealer to be diagnosed. Learned the evaporator canister solenoid needed to be replaced"

A T., MI (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Following a fill up, the gas gauge would drop to zero and indicate an empty tank 2 or 3 times upon start up or shortly thereafter. I thought it might have been because of lack of pressure in the tank because of removing the cap. When the fuel pump wa"

David T., OH (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Inaccurate gas guage"

Arnold K., AB (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel pump fixture cracked. Had to r and r gas tank to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

"vehicle randomly locks or unlocks vehicle when driving and turn signals constantly click making them randomly inoperable"

Rob H., MI (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"Power seat jammed two years ago. I have compensated, but it is annoying. The dealer wants $650 to find a used one, since the required parts are no longer available"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"The driver's seat came off the track and I will need a new seat. They said they could not fix the track"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"There are rubber bumpers on the arms that attach the trunk lid to the car. Both have broken off, allowing the trunk lid to almost bang against the rear window when opened. Two dealers and a parts shop tell me there is no part; I would need to repla"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Belt suddenly broke when a friend was using my car to pick me up at the airport"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)
Engine computer

"Have had major problems with numerous items since car was new. Computer has been replaced several times. Dealer has never been able to diagnose any problems until recalls are issued, but has charged thoUSnds of dollars for unnecessary repairs"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Numerous indications and warnings which led to $2500 in engine parts"

Ken H., VA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Fuel leaks

"Every time I fill up, the car reeks of gas.The filler pipe will need to be replaced. I know of a few Malibu owners with the same problem"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"coming from glove box"

Paul F., NY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"I had a ball bearing replaced which previously had been a loud noise. Also the car has had an intermittent annoying chattering around the front windshield area since about the second year but no one can figure out what causes it"

SUSn H., CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS Unsure)

"Rattle was caused by slipping ball bearing"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Just another of the many defects in this vehicle. I am done with GM"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"broke"

Ronald L., WI (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"the internal parts looked as though they were machined back in the early days of Chevrolet. I could not get over the impression that the transmission gears were JUNK - yet it worked smoothly for"

R H., IL (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"I am NOT experiencing problems with the replacement transmission"

James K., PA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Shifter became loose. Unable to shift gears. Bolt in shift selector knob was replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Upon advice from my service center I replaced the transmission which was slipping"

James K., PA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"The left turn signal lamp socket is melts"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"The water pump failed and had to be replaced. There were noises that couldn't be isolated before this that might have been an indication but never could figure out what was wrong. It failed suddenly and in dramatic fashion while I was driving"

SUSn H., CA (2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS Unsure)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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