Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 11 problems related to frame and members (under the structure category).
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the front driver's seat wobbled and was unstable while operating the vehicle. The failure occurred constantly. An independent mechanic stated that the brackets needed to be welded and re-mounted on the frame to fully secure the seat. The mechanic stated that the frame and brackets were entirely rusted and the seat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.
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The contact owns a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the frame separated from the vehicle causing it to flip and crash into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed. The contact sustained head and neck injuries which required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 50,000.
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The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn when the power steering failed. The driver lost control of vehicle and veered to the side of the road. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who advised her that the right side k-frame was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 77,000.
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While making final turn when arriving from a 30 mile commute a noise was heard when turning the steering wheel. I removed the tire on my lunch brake to realize the rack an pinion assembly was floating/hanging there. A closer look revealed the actual mounting bracket and part of the frame cross member were rusted and gone! with numerous issues to fix and 2 engine replacements later, this Malibu is being scrapped. Other rust areas caused or casuing problems are around the gas fill opening, suspension coil, and rotors fused to hub.
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The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that she was at a traffic light turning left and noticed something wrong with the steering as if something had slipped out of place. The following day she called a local mechanic who stated that the subframe had corroded and was covered with rust on the steering gear (rack and pinion). He told the contact that the vehicle was unsafe to drive and the repair cost would be over $1,000. General motors was contacted and report number 71-858074874 was filed. The failure and current mileages were approximately 123,000.
Sub frame under motor rotted/rusted to the point that the steering rack separated from frame casing steering problems.
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Heard noise in front end when turning. Was told the engine cradle was almost rusted on r side and 2 stabilizer links were no longer connected. 2002 chevy Malibu - inquired about warranty from dealer and dealer claimed these items are not covered by warranty.
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Engine cradle broke, causing engine to fall off.
Consumer states that the vehicle would shake & vibrate while driving. Dealer notified and inspected the vehicle and determined the frame was crack. Feel free to provide any further information.
Inboard frame support for ball joints: welds to frame failed to support bracket.
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The dashboard popped up when leaving the parking lot of the dealer after purchasing the car. The dealer has repaired the vehicle three times, mechanic states it is under the dash that is warped. An extensive overhaul of the vehicle is needed. Dealer cannot duplicate the problem.