Anti-theft Controller Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 473 problems related to anti-theft controller (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chevrolet Malibu based on all problems reported for the Malibu.

car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 12/02/2017

2001 chevy Malibu won�t start in August, 2013 car would not start. It was trying to turn over, but would not. Had to have it towed in to dealer. They found passlock sensor not working properly. They replaced cylinder kit (included passlock sensor) and ignition switch. Paid $800. In oct. 2, 2017, car would not start in parking lot. Same thing happened. As before, battery was not an issue. Towed to same dealer. They said security system got set some how. They reprogrammed the system. Said if it happens again, may have to put in new system. Paid $125. Dec. 2, 2017 it happened again. Car would not start in garage. This time, after finding on-line from many posts about the same problem, found a way to get the car started (10 minute wait for the �anti-theft system� light to go out. -this may have been the same way the dealer started the car in oct. ) this time dealer said need passlock sensor replaced, again. This would have been another $500+. Since car was running, and after reading what others say about issue, declined repair at the time. Have seen hundreds of complaints on numerous blogs and websites, including ntsha, on just this specific car and specific issue (2001 Malibu won�t start). Many of them saying the passlock sensor does not last very long (sometimes fails in 2-4 months). Also saw same problem on numerous other years of Malibu, and other gm cars. With all of the problems with the system, there should be a recall of at least the passlock sensor. This is a safety issue, whether or not there have been any injuries or deaths. Someone could be followed to their car and/or attacked late at night in a parking lot, or along a street, not able to drive away. It could be very serious. This issue needs to be fixed. Please issue a recall.

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car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 11/21/2017

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that the vehicle did not start and the anti-theft warning indicator illuminated for approximately two minutes. All of the indicators illuminated because the key was in the on position, but the engine did not start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (art moehn Chevrolet in jackson, michigan) and had the ignition switch replaced in August of 2017. The vehicle was not repaired this time. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 136,000.

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car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 10/09/2017

The contact owns a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact had trouble starting the vehicle and the anti-theft system warning indicator illuminated. After ten minutes, the vehicle was operable. The contact stated that the failure occurred twice a month. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000.

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car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 09/12/2017

The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While attempting to start the vehicle, the key was placed in the ignition, but failed to turn over. The contact stated that the key was stuck in the ignition and the anti-theft system locked up. As a result, the battery was drained and the contact became locked in the vehicle. The contact had to exit through the trunk. The anti-theft light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the anti-theft failed to allow the vehicle to start. The dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

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car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 06/14/2017

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. While turning the ignition switch, the vehicle stalled and the anti-theft warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

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car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 05/19/2017

The anti theft system disabled the car on the tappan zee bridge, with no place to stop and 18 wheelers going by me at 60+mph. I had to shut the ignition off, turn it back on and wait 10 minutes for the anti-theft to disable, so I could turn the ignition off and reset the anti-theft and start the car. Talking about scared to death. Happy I am still alive to report this. It was in motion 55mph and stopped running, anti theft started to blink.

car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 05/17/2017

I backed up my car, put it in drive and the anti theft system disabled the motor. I started rolling backwards and lost my perspective. I rolled backwards into a telephone pole causing a huge dent on my rear drivers side quarter panel. Thank god the pole was there or I might not have realized what was happening. Behind me was a rout iron fence and beyond that was a 20 ft drop (driveway has a retainer wall that it is built on top of. I had filed another complaint. The car had disabled itself on a bridge that has no slow lane to stop in. I can take pictures of the damage in the daylight if needed.

car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 8
Failure Date: 03/01/2017

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the anti-theft electrical system failed. The anti-theft system indicator remained illuminated and caused the engine not to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, which located a failure code at the body control module and the pass lock sensor. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 110,000.

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car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 02/07/2017

Malibu anti-theft? device keeps stalling my car and shutting it off while it is in motion. I am going to the news on this as this is an ongoing issue that is affecting millions of customers and is very dangerous.

car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 10
Failure Date: 11/10/2016

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that the ignition switch failed and the anti-theft lock warning sensor illuminated. In addition, the anti-theft lock sensor remained illuminated and the vehicle was unable to start. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 11/08/2016

Having problems with the anti theft security has a defect. The car will enter into anti-theft mode and you can't start the car for 10 minutes after you put in the on position ,then you to wait 5 seconds and then start the car. You can buy a aftermarket module to get around this problem for $300,it is a $1000 repair at dealer. My daughter is 4 months pregnant and is driving this car now.

car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 11/01/2016

The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu classic. While driving at any rate of speed, the vehicle randomly stalled several times without warning. In addition, the anti-theft warning indicator flashed numerous times. The contact had to restart the vehicle each time the failure occurred and, at times, the key was extremely difficult to turn over to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not yet inspected and diagnosed by a mechanic nor a dealer. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v400000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 179,000.

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car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 09/29/2016

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu classic. While the vehicle was at a complete stop, it stalled and the anti-theft system warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed and it was diagnosed that the engine switch needed to be replaced along with a sensor related to the anti-theft system. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact mentioned this was the second time the failure occurred. The failure mileage was approximately 98,000.

car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 09/08/2016

While driving down the highway first the windshield wipers quit during a down pour, the anti traction was malfunctioning on the screen then said anti theft system needed service then the steering went out and locked the car down. All of this happened while the car remained running. Was very scary. Have done some research and it appears gm is aware of a problem. The car is currently at the dealership. No known reason why yet although the dealership stated it did this to them when they were trying to pull it in the garage. Gm needs to figure this out and issue a recall before there is serious injury including possible death the car was in motion on a highway when this occurred.

car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 08/25/2016

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and the anti theft system warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 38,000.

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car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 16
Failure Date: 07/27/2016

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu classic. While stationary, the vehicle would not start when prompted. The contact stated that the anti-theft security indicator illuminated without warning. The vehicle was repaired three times by an unknown independent mechanic where the ignition was replaced, the anti-theft system was reprogrammed, and the battery was replaced; however, the failure recurred after each repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000.

car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 06/15/2016

The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after some time. In addition, the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The air bag and anti theft warning lights illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,261. The VIN was unavailable.

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car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 05/30/2016

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact was not experiencing any failures until it was taken to the dealer for a manufacturer recall concerning the ignition switch. The contact noticed that months later, the anti-theft warning indicator kept randomly illuminating. The key was unable to turn over to start the vehicle. The contact had to use the owner's manual and wait ten minutes to turn the key back and forth to get the vehicle to start. The dealer was notified of the failure several times. The contact was to check with the manufacturer to determine if they may be able to provide a repair solution. The recall information was not provided. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 05/23/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the anti-theft alarm was activated independently and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was approximately 145,000.

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car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 04/10/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. When the ignition was turned to the on position, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic at the contact's residence where it was diagnosed that the anti-theft system was malfunctioning and needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 124,343.

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car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 03/17/2016

The contact owns a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a dealer for a manufacturer recall repair remedy for the key switch. The contact was not experiencing a failure prior to the repair. After the repair, the anti-theft warning light illuminated and the vehicle was unable to start randomly. The contact was unable to determine if the dealer would repair the vehicle or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy for the condition. The approximate failure mileage was 7,135.

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car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 22
Failure Date: 03/07/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 55 mph, the gauges on the instrument panel fluctuated and the anti-theft warning light illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000.

car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 23
Failure Date: 02/15/2016

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. While attempting to start the vehicle, the security theft light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle would not start and was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the security system prevented the vehicle from starting. The contact stated that the system was reset by the independent mechanic, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was previously serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14v400000 (electrical system), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 159,000. The VIN was not available.

car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu 24
Failure Date: 01/28/2016

Tl - the contact stated that the Chevrolet 1998 Malibu has an anti theft warning light device. When you attempt to start the car the warning light starts flashing and the vehicle wont' start. After ten minutes when placing the key in the ignition then the vehicle starts. The failure continues to occur intermittently. The vehicle has not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 150000. Am.

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car image   Anti-theft Controller problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 25
Failure Date: 01/21/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle stalled and the anti-theft warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 108,000.


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