Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 437 problems related to anti-theft controller (under the electrical system category).
My car wouldn't start, so I looked it up on the internet. The anti-theft light was on, it told me to unplug my battery so the car would reboot the system. I did that, then it started. It happens now about once a week. I have called the dealership and that year there is no recall on it, but previous years it was. I have no notice when it will happen, the car is parked . It just won't turn on.
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Tl-the contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the anti-theft system came on and caused the vehicle to lose power. This is a recurring issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 98,000. Ad.
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After 10 mins car was driven, parked in a parking lot. Went inside shop, and after 15mins, came back and tried to start the car, and car did not started. Anti-theft symbol was blinking. Tried to jump start, did not work. Took battery to auto zone, and then mentioned that battery is not good. Purchased battery, and installed. Turned car key in on position. Anti-theft system was blinking. After ~10mins, anti-system stopped blinking. Turned key to off position, and turned to on and start position, and car started.
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My Chevrolet Malibu classic 2005 randomly does not start. In most vehicles when you start a vehicle all you need to do is turn the key, that is not the case with this car, you first have to turn the key and listen for the fuel pump to engage then and only if you hear that can you turn the key the rest of the way to start your vehicle. If you do not hear the fuel pump and go ahead and try to start the vehicle you trigger the anti-theft system which does not allow the car to start for another 15 minutes. While this is not much of a safety issue it is still a huge issue, leaving me stranded, sometimes stuck in a hot car just trying to get it to start, made me late for work and other functions numerous times. After waiting your 15 minutes your vehicle still may not start. If you have enough patients you can set there and turn the key off and on until you hear the fuel pump engage. Everything else in the vehicle works radio, lights etc. It just does not start. Leaving me to believe the ignition is to blame, and here recently I will turn the key and absolutely nothing happens. I then try again and it starts like a charm until about two weeks ago and I could not get it to do anything, my boyfriend informed me to turn the key and put the car in the neutral position and try to start it again this worked. All I know is this car has given me many problems that my gm certified mechanic father is short of figuring out. I believe it is due to faulty parts or just a bad make of car. The only thing I could dispute that is when it is actually starting, not shutting down on me it is a reasonably good vehicle. It gets me from point a to point b not always safely or reliably but at least I have a vehicle I just which gm would take responsibility for their part in this cars issues. Or at least inform the public in how to fix them.
Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled and the anti theft warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was able to restart after numerous attempts. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of failure. The approximate failure mileage was 185,000. Tw.
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Not sure what the problem is but there are other complaints for same vehicle. Some have noted repair and still the problem occurs. Car will not start (some have stalled while driving) and must leave key in certain position for 10-15 minutes before it will start again. This is my mother's car and I was with her several weeks ago and we pulled out of parking space and it died and would not start (anti-theft light also flashes). Thank goodness we were not in the line of heavy traffic and a nice man pushed our car out of the way of incoming traffic to the lot. And thank goodness we were at a dr's office (where my ill 85 year old mom had been) so we could go inside out of the 90 degree heat. This car needs to be recalled and don't know why it has not been. I am extremely concerned that my mom will be driving and this car will quit and she will be hit and god forbid there be a fatality. I have also just emailed gm about this as well. My mom obviously is not in a financial shape to run out and buy a new car. It only has 43k miles and she should not have to purchase another car just because gm will not take care of their improperly functioning cars! they must have seen all of the other complaints for this same thing. So, not sure if electrical, engine, but something is obviously wrong! and putting lives at risk!.
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. After repeated attempts, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the pass lock sensor was faulty and caused failure with the anti-theft pass lock system. The vehicle was not repaired since the parts were not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 43,500. The VIN was unavailable.
We purchased a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu sept. 2014 and it has been serviced 3 x due to the power steering locking up while driving and failure to start several times. The car would chime and the gauges would all drop to 0 and the engine light, power steering, low fuel and anti-theft light would all light up making the vehicle very difficult to maneuver.
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The anti theft system in my car is going off resulting in my car not being able to start. I have to wait 10 minutes and then my car will start and I know eventually it will not start or something worse. This has been an ongoing issue for a lot of people and I am personally terrified to drive my car now. What would happen if my car stalls in the middle of the road or even worse, the highway and it does not start back up? right there would be a situation for a possible rear end collision and at whose fault? this should be a recall for how many times I am seeing the issue. It is not something I can shovel $300+ dollars out for this problem that is clearly gm's issue. Please consider making it a recall.
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The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the anti-theft system light illuminated and the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The fuel pump was replaced. The failure recurred and the vehicle was towed to the mechanic. The technician assessed that the fuel pump was working up to specifications and determined that the anti-theft system caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 138,000.
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the anti-theft warning lamp flashed up to three times and that the key would not turn over to start the vehicle. The contact indicated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the anti-theft module, ignition switch, bcm, and additional components needed to be replaced due to the failure. The vehicle was also included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v224000 (power train), but the contact had not received notification of the safety recall to schedule the repair. The vehicle was not repaired and the contact was not able to get the key to turn over to start the vehicle. The anti-theft warning lamp continued to flash three times or more and the vehicle was unable to be driven. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 185,445.
This could be a significant safety issue. (will the alarm initiate itself that is located directly behind the key cylinder lock causing the vehicle to die while driving)? this has happened twice in the last month. . . Apparently this car has a anti-theft feature not mentioned in the user manual (mentions a alarm for the car radio, but not the car itself). My car would "not start" because "it" thought I was stealing my own car while trying to start the car. According to Chevrolet there is no way to turn it off or reset it manually (you just have to wait until the alarm goes away), the Chevrolet dealer said unit must be replaced (which would cost around $350. 00 to $400. 00 which I refuse to pay). Regarding safety -- what would happen if you need to move the car for some reason or another in an emergency and the anti-theft light starts blinking? (no way to disable the alarm) -- need to wait. . . First time it took over 8 hours, the second time it took less than 1 hour for it to reset.
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Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle was unable to start and the anti-theft system light illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where diagnosed that the anti-theft system prevented the vehicle from starting and needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,700. Jo.
When attempting to start my son's 2002 chevy Malibu the anti-theft light came on, and the car would crank but not start. I looked online and found that this is a common pass lock sensor issue. The key needs to be in the on position for at least 10 minutes (until the anti-theft light goes off), then turn the key to the off position, take the key out, then put the key back in, and it will start. This is a known issue and can be referenced on numerous online sites, so there is no reason this should not be a recall issue. Mechanics will tell you it is the fuel pump, fuel lines, or the ignition, and you can spend a great deal of money without solving the issue. At $300-$450 (estimates) you can have the ignition switch replaced, but this is a known issue and should be on the recall list. I do not want my teenage son stranded for something that gm knows about and should replace.
I have had a problem start with the anti theft system going off and having to wait ten minutes for light to go out and start vehicle.
While I was driving the car kept shutting off and throwing it into theft mode. . . This happens on daily basis now and I'm scared it will cause an accident due to the continuous shutting off in the middle of driving in certain speeds. . . I see there is recalls on this which I do keep getting the anti theft deterrent system error message in my main screen when this happens. When will there be a recall for this on this year & model because I see so many complaints about this online?.
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This is the second report I have had to make about a problem with my 2002 chevy Malibu. I went to start my car yesterday and the car would not start and instead would just crank. After reading in my owner's manual that the passlock anti-theft system in the car needed to be reset, I had to sit with my car key in the on position for 10 minutes; then I turned my car off and my car started fine. I just had my car towed last week to a dealership where they found nothing wrong with it because I did not know about this problem. If you do a simple internet search anyone can see this is a flaw in the 2002 chevy Malibu and other years of this same make and model. I do not always have time to wait the 10 minutes to reset this problem and am afraid it is only going to get worse and worse. In the event of an emergency what would I do if my car wouldn't start and I had to get somewhere urgently. I wish this organization would do something about this major problem because some hard working americans cannot afford to be late or miss work because of a flaw in our car's design.
I tried to start my car yesterday morning after having it only sit for an hour when the car would crank but not start. It seemed as if the car was not getting fuel and less than 3 weeks ago had a new fuel pump fixed on it because of this same issue. As I stated before, the car would crank but not start. I had it towed to the local chevy dealership and they were unable to find anything wrong with the car and had it starting and running every time they tried to diagnose the problem. After doing research online, it appears this is a common problem with chevy Malibu's as it deals with an error in the anti-theft device for the car and deals with the passlock system. This is an inconvenience for owners of chevy Malibu's and is such a common problem it needs to be fixed by the manufacturer or this vehicle.
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and the anti theft warning light illuminated. The vehicle failed to restart until the anti theft system was turned off. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 147,000.
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The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the anti-theft system illuminated. When the key was in the ignition, it would not register the vehicle as being in the on position, even if the engine was running. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was repaired under a recall by a piece of plastic being placed in the key to make the hole smaller; however, this did not repair the vehicle. The manufacture was not notified of the failure. The NHTSA campaign number was unavailable. The failure mileage was 170,000.
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When I am driving the dashboard light would go black and then after a few minutes come back on then abs, brake lights, anti-theft, air pressure, and all the warning lights would flash! then come off and on while car is in motion and I have no signal or brake lights and gas gauge and speedometer goes to zero. If I turn the car off while those lights are on it won't restart. Sometimes I cannot get into the car because the remote doesn't work, I would go back out after a few hours and sometimes it would work. I just got this 2009 chevy Malibu 5 months ago from a dealer and been having this issue shortly after I bought it!! I am unemployed and my husband lost his job I can't afford the car payment and insurance and having to fix this problem!! I have been reading online thousand of chevy Malibu are having this issue!! something needs to be done and not wait until someone gets killed!!.
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The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14v400000 (electrical system); however, the contact stated that it took several attempts to start the vehicle after the anti theft warning indicator intermittently illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start until after the anti theft warning indicator was no longer illuminated. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 121,000.
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact indicated that the anti theft sensor light had illuminated and stayed in the on position causing the ignition switch to become disabled which prevented the engine from starting. The contact indicated that failure had occurred on multiple occasions. The cause of the failure had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 118,000. The VIN was not available.
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the anti theft system failed. The anti theft warning light illuminated when the ignition switch was turned to the on position causing the engine not to start. The contact had to wait several minutes for the anti theft light to disengage to be able to start the engine. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who informed that the vehicle computer system needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 138,000.
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the anti-theft warning light illuminated when the ignition key was turned to start the vehicle. The contact also stated that the key failed to turn after numerous attempts. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic on several occasions but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 47,000.
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