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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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.

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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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Recalls
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STEERING
Jul 21 2014
A joint bearing that fails prematurely may cause separation of the u-joint resulting in a complete loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Dorman Products, Inc. (Dorman) is recalling certain replacement intermediate steering shafts sold under the Dorman, OE Solutions, and Solutions brand names, part numbers 425-167, 2425167, and 7-3074, for installation on 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6, and 2007-2009 Saturn Aura vehicles. The affected steering shafts may have a yoke that inadequately supports the u-joint bearing resulting in a premature failure.
What should you do:
Dorman will notify owners, and dealers will refund the purchase price or replace the steering shafts, free of charge. The recall began in September 2014. Owners may contact Dorman customer service at 1-800-523-2492.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14E044000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7304
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
May 14 2014
Any of the above failure conditions increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured May 16, 2003, through October 11, 2012, 2004-2007 Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured June 25, 2003, through April 5, 2007, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured May 26, 2004, through January 4, 2010, and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura vehicles manufactured April 24, 2006, through May 26, 2009. In the affected vehicles, increased resistance in the Body Control Module (BCM) connection may result in voltage fluctuations in the Brake Apply Sensor (BAS) circuit. These fluctuations can cause one or more of these conditions: the brake lights to illuminate without the brake pedal being pushed; the brake lights to not illuminate when the pedal is pushed; difficulty disengaging the cruise control; moving the gear shifter out of the 'PARK' position without pushing the brake; and disablement of crash avoidance features such as traction control, electronic stability control, and panic braking assist features.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will attach the wiring harness to the BCM with a spacer, apply dielectric lubricant to both the BCM and harness connector and the BAS and harness connector, and will relearn the brake pedal home position, free of charge. The manufacturer distributed an Interim letter to customers on July 14, 2014. The recall began on August 18, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-762-2737 (Pontiac), 1-800-553-6000 (Saturn). GM's number for this recall is 13036.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V252000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2440524
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Apr 30 2014
If the transmission shift cable fractures while the vehicle is being driven, the transmission gear selection may not match the indicated gear and the vehicle may move in an unintended or unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash. Furthermore, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, despite selecting the ¿PARK¿ position, the transmission may not be in ¿PARK.¿ If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) notified the agency on April 29, 2014, that they are recalling 56,214 model year 2007 and 2008 Saturn Aura vehicles. On May 22, 2014, GM increased the recall to include an additional 1,074,899 model year 2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured from May 16, 2003, through October 5, 2007, model year 2004-2007 Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured from June 25, 2003, through April 5, 2007, and model year 2005-2008 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured from May 26, 2004, through September 28, 2007, and equipped with 4-speed transmissions. The total number vehicles being recalled is now 1,131,113.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and GM dealers will replace the shift cable assembly and mounting bracket, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-553-6000. GM's number for this recall is 14152.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V224000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1131113
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Mar 31 2014
If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2004-2006 and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2006 Malibu Maxx, 2009-2010 HHR (non-turbo), 2010 Cobalt, 2008-2009 Saturn Aura and 2004-2007 Ion, and 2005-2009 Pontiac G6. In the affected vehicles, there may be a sudden loss of electric power steering (EPS) assist that could occur at any time while driving.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will perform one of four bulletins. Parts are not currently available. GM expects to send an interim notification around May 28, 2014. When parts are available, owners will be mailed a second letter to come in to have the applicable bulletin applied. Bulletin 14115 covers model year 2004-2007 Saturn Ion, 2009-2010 Chevrolet HHR and 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts. Dealers will replace the EPS motor. Bulletin 14116 covers model year 2004-2006 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx, 2005-2006 Pontiac G6 and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from March 1, 2008, through June 27, 2008. Dealers will replace the torque sensor assembly. Bulletin 14117 covers model year 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from February 1, 2008, through February 28, 2008. Dealers will replace the torque sensor assembly and EPS motor controller unit. Bulletin 14118 covers model year 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from October 1, 2007, through January 31, 2008. Dealers will replace the EPS motor controller unit. The recall began on July 17, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, Saturn at 1-800-553-6000, and Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668. GM's number for this recall is N140115. Note: GM bulletin number 14119 will be implemented for model year 2006-2008 and early production of 2009 Chevrolet HHR (non-turbo) and model year 2003 Saturn ION to provide EPS Motor replacement for the life of the vehicle.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V153000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1373177
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Feb 28 2011
A VEHICLE CRASH COULD OCCUR SHOULD THE ENGINE STALL WHILE IN USE.
Summary:
TI AUTOMOTIVE IS RECALLING CERTAIN FUEL PUMPS, PART NUMBERS TU456 AND TU303, SOLD UNDER VARIOUS BRAND NAMES AS AFTERMARKET AND REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT FOR THE MOTOR VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE DEFECTIVE FUEL PUMP MAY SEIZE, STOPPING THE FUEL FLOW TO THE ENGINE CREATING A STALLING CONDITION.
What should you do:
TI AUTOMOTIVE WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF RECORD AND WILL REPLACE ANY DEFECTIVE FUEL PUMP WITH A NEW OR REWORKED FUEL PUMP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 22, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TI AUTOMOTIVE AT 1-866-867-3759 OR LOG ON TO WWW.RECALLRESPONSE.COM.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET AND REPLACEMENT FUEL PUMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BY GENERAL MOTORS.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11E009000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4887
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Apr 07 2009
DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
SABERSPORT IS RECALLING 16,270 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.
What should you do:
SABERSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 11, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SABERSPORT AT 1-909-598-7589.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES PRODUCED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER.IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF YOUR AFTERMARKET LAMP ASSEMBLY IS AFFECTED BY THIS NONCOMPLIANCE, PLEASE REVIEW THE LIST OF MODEL NUMBERS PROVIDED TO US BY SABERSPORT.THE LIST CAN BE FOUND UNDER "DOCUMENT SEARCH" LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E012000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16270
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Apr 19 2004
UNEXPECTED ABS ACTIVIATION COULD INCREASE STOPPING DISTANCE UP TO ABOUT 11 FEET DPENDING ON THE GRADE OF THE ROAD, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
SOME OF THESE PASSENGER VEHICLES HAVE AN ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT (ECU) THAT MAY CALCULATE A HIGHER THAN ACTUAL VEHICLE SPEED BECAUSE OF AN ERRATIC REAR-WHEEL SPEED SENSOR SIGNAL, AND CAUSE ABS ACTIVATION WHERE IT IS NOT NEEDED OR NEEDED ABS ACTIVATION TO BE EXTENDED DURING BRAKING AS THE VEHICLE SPEED DROPS TO ABOUT 3 MPH.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE ABS CONTROLLER. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON JUNE 16, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438.
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 04030.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V190000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 65439
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:ANCHORAGE
Apr 16 2004
IF THIS OCCURRED IN A CRASH, THE DRIVER COULD RECEIVE GREATER INJURIES.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, ANALYSIS OF AN A SIDE IMPACT CRASH TEST CONDUCTED BY THE NHTSA;S NEW CAR ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (NCAP) INDICATED THAT THE OUTBOARD ANCHORAGE OF THE DRIVER'S SEAT BELT COULD DISCONNECT BECAUSE OF CONTACT BETWEEN THE SEAT TRIM AND THE ANCHORAGE CONNECTOR WHEN THE SEAT WAS ADJUSTED TO ITS LOWEST POSITION.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSERT A RETAINER ON BOTH THE DRIVER'S AND PASSENGER'S BELT ANCHORAGES. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON JUNE 16, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438.
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 04027.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V188000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 84474
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Feb 24 2004
Summary:
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD (FMVSS) NO. 208, "OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION." SOME OF THESE VEHICLES THAT WERE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AN ADVANCED OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEM (AORS) HAVE DRIVER AND PASSENGER SIDE SUN VISORS WITH AORS LABELS. THE AORS LABELS DO NOT INCLUDE STATEMENTS AND THE ILLUSTRATION REQUIRED BY FMVSS NO. 208 FOR VEHICLES WITHOUT AORS.
What should you do:
OWNERS WILL BE SENT REPLACEMENT LABELS WITH INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO INSTALL THEM. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON APRIL 21, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438.
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 04011.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V094000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 51715
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