Starter Problems of Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 38 problems associated with starter (under the electrical system category).
#1 - Starter problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu
2006 Chevrolet Malibu, intermittent won't start. Will start with remote start key fob only. Strands me daily due to this problem. Replaced starter last year with no resolve, now occurs randomly with no rhyme or reason. Read online forums seems to be the anti theft passive lock system failing to allow the car to start. This issue happened on 08/02/2012.
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#2 - Starter problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle is a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. I have had issues since the day after I got it. I have had this vehicle for less then a month and within 24 hours of having it the issues started. The fuel gauge drops to empty, when I fill the tank. The starter will crank but the car will not always start, sometimes the start is a long crank & sometimes it will not start at all, now today the check engine light is on. The steering wheel makes a popping noise. This starter problem happened on 08/17/13.
#3 - Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu
The car involved is a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. In March my starter went out in my car. After replacing it I had no problems for about a week. Then I found out that my ignition switch had gone out as well. I replaced that and had no problem for about 5 days. Then for no reason my car would not start. We googled it and found out that I just needed to reset my anti theft system. Now ever since that every 1-5 days I get stuck wherever I happen to be because my anti theft system kicks in and thinks that my car is stolen when it is not. 9 times outta 10 after a 10 or 15 minute reset my car starts just fine. But now for the 3rd time it has been sitting for 2 days and will not start. In order to fix this problem mechanics are telling me that I have to pay well over a hundred dollar for them to hook it up to a computer and reset the system. If it is a system error and I did nothing wrong but fix the problem with my car then why is the dealership asking so much money simply to plug it in and hit some buttons???????. This starter problem happened on Mar. 27, 2012.
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#4 - Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle was a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. I had my first problem when I purchased the car. It would jerk & felt it was moving on it's own. Then the lamps would go out and I was replacing the bulbs every month. Then my key starter has failed two times after replacing them. The driver seat has calapsed on the left hand side. The rear seat handle to raise the seats up and down has broken on both passenger side. My lights have burned out on the front driver's side you can see the residue on the cover. The chairs was not scotch guard protected as stated they are very stained even when I tried to was them. In ready some of the others it appear as though mu care had all the defects of my counter parts. This problem occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.
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#5 - Starter problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle involved is a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The VIN of this vehicle was 1G1ZJ57B18_. 2008 chevy Malibu automatic door locks fail to operate properly. Began with passenger rear door and moved to all doors. When car reaches 15 mph the doors are supposed to auto lock. They do not. Keyless entry and starter do not work. Battery was replaced in the key fob with no change. Took car to dealership for repair. Cost would be 250 dollars per door to repair. Car was taken in to dealership prior to 3 yr 36000 mile warranty had expired with intermittent door locks on rear door working and was told there was nothing wrong. Door locks completely failed after 36000 mile warranty had expired. The failure date was Thursday, October 1, 2009.
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#6 - Starter problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle was a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 60 mph the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle began to slow down. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the head gasket was replaced. The contact also stated that she had to replace the powertrain control module, the air conditioning unit, the mass air flow sensor, the battery, the starter cable wires, the system computer and the door locks on both rear doors. All of the repairs were made by an authorized dealer. The failure mileage was 16,988 and the current mileage was 58,000. It was Oct. 21, 2008 when this starter issue happened.
#7 - Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The VIN of this vehicle is 1G1ZT62825_. My vehicle is a 2005 chevy Malibu maxx. The vehicle doesn't always turn over. I have had my vehicle in the shop a couple of times to determine the problem and the chevy dealer can't figure it out. I will try to start my vehicle but it doesn't always crank over. It will chug a lot and then stall out. Other times it will chug and act like it will stall and then turn over. Sometimes it takes 2-3 times for me to try and get the vehicle to start. I called my service department at the chevy dealer every time it happened and the only common factor was that it was happening every 800-1000 miles approximately. It didn't matter how cold or hot it was, wet or dry. It has been awful! nothing has been replaced on the vehicle to try and fix the problem with it starting. My can has just over 32500 miles and is still under warranty. The most recent time was late September 2006. I am not sure on the exact date that I called my car dealer. I also took my vehicle in on 9-12-06 for a popping sound in the steering when turning. We found out that the center steering shaft was broke. It was replaced. There was a problem with the interior front blinker not working but the exterior did. Then shortly after the left front blinker blew. This starter problem happened on September 25, 2006.
#8 - Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu
The car is a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. I just purchased a 2005 chevy Malibu maxx LS and im having intermittent starting problems. It appears to happen more when I've been driving with the air conditioner on and I stop the vehicle. The car will crank for a long period of time like its going to start but will not start initially. After a while it does start and then appears to be normal. I've checked the starter, alternator, and the battery all checks out good. It was Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007 when this starter issue occurred.
#9 - Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle is a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. I have had numerous problems with the starter turning over even when the car starts and sometimes it still wont start. The dealer says it normal and after it gets miles on it then it will stop. . . It now has 52,000 miles on it and still does it. I also have had to have it in the shop every couple of months to have it lubed in the front axle which I have talked to other mechanics and they stated that it should not be needing it ever few months, if I don't do it then everytime I turn left or right there is this horrible popping sound from the front end. I also am having wiring trouble with the car, the front blinker wont work no matter how many light bulbs I put in it, it wont work and even keeps melting the plastic on the bulb itself. It was Saturday, March 14, 2009 when this starter issue occurred.
#10 - Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu
The car is a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The VIN of the problem Malibu is 1G1ZT62825_. 2005 Malibu maxx, starter assembly: sometimes difficult to start, especially after running the air conditioner. Problem started about 3 years ago, occurred since then about 40 to 50 times. I retired 18 months ago and do not drive as much now than I di while working. The problem persists despite new battery and not running concurrently the following:air conditioner disk player, windshield wipers,lights. All the systems always checked out ok, no problem was detected. This starter problem happened on 07/10/06.
#11 - Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1G1ZT54835_. My 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, sometimes when trying to start the vehicle, it fails to start until attempting 2 to 3 times before vehicle engine starts, this is a continual problem. Turn signal today did not work, until after I had to shut engine off and restart it before turn signals would work. Vehicle has a tendency to pull to the left. Starter doesn't engage properly. This problem occurred on August 18, 2005.
#12 - Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. When turning the steering wheel, the contact heard a popping sound. The failure began six months ago and now it is causing the power steering to fail. The failure was very subtle at first, but now the power steering fails for days at a time. The air conditioning would activate on and off, but now it does not work at all. The dealer stated that the power steering module and air conditioning resistor needed to be replaced. The contact also stated that the control panel is warm to the touch after driving for some time. The vehicle is currently with the dealer and the repair will cost over $900. The current mileage was 70,000 and failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 09/10/08. The consumer stated the shocks went bad, the tie rod ends had to be replaced, the cd became stuck in the cd player. The rear calipers had to be replaced and the starter worked intermittently. Updated 09/12/08. This problem occurred on Friday, July 18, 2008.
#13 - Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle involved was a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. 1. My 2005 mailbu has been failing to start when I turn over the engine. My remote car starter went out. 2. I bought it in Nov,2010 until now Feb, 2011 it has had about 5 failures to start. 3. I bought a new battery and so far it has worked but my remote control start does not work still or any of the remote control features. It was Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 when this starter issue occurred.
#14 - Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu
The car involved was a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1G1ZU64814_. Trying to start the car, the car sometimes doesn't start. You can hear it turning over but it just doesn't start. You can try and try and then, magically, it just starts. Then, you try later and it starts as if there isn't a problem. It is incredibly unreliable, unpredictable and frustrating as there doesn't seem to be a pattern for the car not starting. This starter problem happened on 06/02/07.
#15 - Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu
The owner has a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact stated that the vehicle veers to the right due to steering failure, the interior lights illuminate and dim at random, and the starter on the vehicle was malfunctioning. The failures generally occur while driving 35 mph. The main failure, however, is that the vehicle fails to start occasionally. When she starts the vehicle, it sounds as if it is attempting to engage, but never does. The vehicle also makes a cranking sound. The vehicle has been to the dealer approximately 8-10 times. The dealer will make a repair, but the failures always continue. The VIN and engine size were unknown. The current mileage was 39,900 and failure mileage was 33,000. This problem occurred on Mon., Jan. 1, 2007.
#16 - Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu
The car involved was a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The VIN of the problem Malibu is 1G1ND52F54_. I tried to start the car and, while the starter motor operated, the car would not start. Eventually I had to have the car towed, and the ignition switch replaced. If had know, I could have left the key on for 10 minutes and perhaps it would have started. But this info was buried in the owner?s manual under the heading passlock and not found until after the car was repaired. I would have been afraid to sit in an unlocked car for 10 minutes in any event. It was Monday, Feb. 25, 2008 when this starter issue happened.
#17 - Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu
Three issues with my 2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS v6. . . 1. The steering gear needs to be replaced at 48,000 miles. 2. The starter stays engaged periodically or has trouble turning over to start the car. 3. A/c not cooling vehicle. Entire unit eventually replaced. The vehicle has been brought in numerous (13) times to various gm dealers and only has 48,000 miles. This starter problem happened on 08/17/04.
#18 - Starter problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu
The car involved was a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. Passlock system is defective due to nickel plating on starter tumbler causing oxidation. Dealers are able to make a killing on this defective connector because they have to troubleshoot a full fuel pump system and wiring harness before they will replace the passlock system. Occurs once every few months intermittently and becomes more serious as the oxidation worsens. Potentially dangerous situations occur when vehicle would stall in an unsafe location (railroad tracks or highway) and vehicle will not restart. Coupled with the recall these vehicles had with the accelerator sticking (which mine did on a highway) this could be a very dangerous problem. I have researched the problem online (all you have to do is google "passlock problem" and you will get thousands of results and consumer fixes complaining about how gm ignores every service request for a solution that doesn't gouge customers. There is practically an underground club designed to handle this problem. ) according to the shop foreman at colonial Chevrolet in norfolk, va, after his 14 years of experience with service this is a problem he is intimately acquainted with and recommends replacing the key tumbler (passlock chip integrated inside) and the connector that leads to the body control module. This starter problem happened on Aug. 12, 2004.
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#19 - Starter problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle involved was a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. I first purchased this Malibu 2002 in Feb 2002. Nov 02 ( 9 mos later) I had to have my ignition switch replaced which was under warranty. Around the same time my turn/hazard signal went out and I haven't had it replaced yet after 4yrs of having this car. If I want to use it I have to keep pressing the hazard button to make it come on. Nov 2005 I tried to start my car, but it kept cutting off. My dad stated it was the fuel pump. I had the fuel pump,crank sensor and module replaced. My car still didn't start. Finally my dad went under the steering wheel and pressed this black button (cut off switch) and that was the only way it would start. I have to travel 25 miles to work so I was tired of worrying about the car. I thought it was the theft system. I took my car to the dealer 11/29/2005 they had the car until 12/15/2005. I was told that it was my ignition switch, crank sensor and my alarm/automatic starter. I was out of $366. 73 to the dealer and taking a cab to work at 5:30am for x7dy coasted$210. 00. I was also out of money for a rental car for the last 7ys they had my car plus gas on both because they used all gas in my car. I have had x2 ignition switches put on my car, I have to change my tail/park/brake bulb seemingly every 6mos. I am only getting my hazard/turn signal replaced when NHTSA reviews it as being an defect. I am having a hard time with the speed of my car also on the e way. I have to put my foot to the floor in order to make it take off at 60mph. I have to put gas in my car every 3dys. I last changed my fuel filter 1yr ago and again having it replaced 1/1/06. My check engine light came on 1wk after I got my car out of the shop on 12/22 and it has been on since. My coolant light comes and goes off every now and then. I have had my coolant/fuel flushed. I had it winterized what's the problem. If we have 47-50 people complaining about the same thing why cant it get done. Please respond and help us chevy owners ASAP/wf. This starter issue occurred November 26, 2005.
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#20 - Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu
The car involved was a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The VIN of this vehicle is 1G1NE52J31_. 1) leaking coolant from intake manifold into engine, required gasket replacement and coolant / oil change
2) turn signals work intermittently, had to replace turn signal switch
3) a/c does not work, blows hot air, dealer unable to repair
4) brakes weak, vibrate. Replaced with after market components (powerslot rotors and performance friction carbon metallic pads)
5) automatic door locks inoperative, dealer unable to repair
6) poor fuel mileage, best is 28 mpg highway (cafe violation??)
7) starter failed, replaced with rebuilt unit. The failure date was Thu., Mar. 27, 2003.
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#21 - Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle is a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 1G1NE52J71_. Car ran fine the night before. The following morning vehicle would not start. Battery is good, all lights and radio work. Starter is not turning at all. Car is 2001 Malibu with 32000 miles. This issue happened on Saturday, October 11, 2003.
#22 - Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu
The car is a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. As an auto-tech for many years, there are times when a vehicle's starter needs to be "bumped over'' or short cranking time, to assist in testing. Some of the newer gm cars, (1999 and newer), have a feature that is dangerous for a tech. That is to say, once the start position is reached by the ignition switch, the computer continues to crank the car, whether or not the ignition is held over or released. This was unexpected and could be extremely dangerous for technicians. I do not know the reason behind this feature, but it was a rude awakening. This problem occurred on Sep. 1, 2003.
#23 - Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu
The car involved is a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. We are paying on a 2001 Malibu. The fuel sensor went out showing gasoline when there wasn't. The car stalled in rush hour traffic. The sensor was replaced but I had to pay for the fuel filter plus a deductible on my extended warranty. Next the blinkers decided to only work occassionally same week the starter started dragging then the car started to run hot. Took it to the dealer, replaced blinker switch (no mention made of the recall) replaced the starter and replaced the gasket that was leaking. When I had added coolant to get myself home the coolant that was n the car was green, the coolant I put in the car green. . Was supposed to be orange when I told the dealer there was green coolant in the car he said OH someones booboo unfortunately you have to pay for it. . . Almost 300. 00. Yesterday, long memorial day weekend left work again rush hour, car begins to make a horrible noise I pull off notice the alternator belt is coming apart but the noise that I heard had nothing to do with the alternator belt sounds like metal on metal. $1400. 00 worth of work done in April, 800. 00 a few months before that and now this. . . The car is well maintained by my husband. Now I read what I have to look forward to, the car was bought chevy certified from a chevy dealer. It was Fri., May. 28, 2004 when this starter issue occurred.
#24 - Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle having this issue was a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. Engine stops running, instruments do not light up, both gas and temp gauge needles fall back to off position. Car can be restarted by moving gear selector lever and twisting ignition key to engage starter. Car also is at times hard to start. If the ignition key is inserted and twisted to on, sometimes icons do not light up, nor will the gauges register,the engine will crank but not start. If the key is twisted back to the off position,then twisted back to the on position and the needles of the gas and temp gauges move, the engine will start. This car is 5 years. Old and has 45,000 mi. On the speedometer has happened several times,but since the engine restarts,it has not been taken for repairs. The pcv valve has been replaced, and car has been subjected to the state mandated testing,which requires use of the obd port. This was last fall. This starter problem happened on Sunday, March 19, 2006.
#25 - Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Chevrolet Malibu is 1G1NE52J71_. - consumer owns 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. Less than one month after purchasing the vehicle the ignition/starter failed. The contact paid a repair shop to fix the ignition, and the failure recurred. The towing mechanic stated that when the lights blink allowing the vehicle to sit for 20 minutes, it will restart. The mechanic stated that the starter sensor failed. The contact was advised that there was a recall related to the failure, and the driver requested reimbursement. After the ignition repair the contact experienced problems the air conditioning problems. The mechanic repaired the air conditioning and stated a few days later that there had been a compressor defect, a possible leak which caused air conditioner failure. The contact had been disputing the lemon law, reimbursement, and the failures for quite sometimes. The manufacturer refused to assist her. The current and failure mileage were 61,512. The contact has provided the repair order, the buyer's guide information at time of purchase and a list of major defects that may occur in used cars. Update 5/3/tr. It was 08/14/06 when this starter issue happened.
#26 - Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu
The car involved is a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. 2001 chevy Malibu. . Theft system light goes on several time a year and will eventually cause the car not to start and require a tow and various types of ignition/starter types of replacements. This has cost me a lot of money, lost time at work and concern for my safety and my families safety when driving the car and not knowing when it will not start and we'll be stranded. Updated 12-12-07. Updated. This starter issue occurred Sep. 19, 2007.
#27 - Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle involved was a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. Failing starter. This problem occurred on November 15, 2009.
#28 - Starter problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu
The car was a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. Recurring problem with a "theft system" error. In cold weather, the theft system disables the vehicle for 10 minutes, then maybe will allow car to start. There are numerous complaints on auto forums regarding this exact issue. Each year for the last 4 we have issues with the car not starting. This is related to a "pass lock" system in this vehicle. This vehicle does not have an alarm, not remote starter. This issue happened on Wednesday, October 1, 2003.
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#29 - Starter problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu
The car was a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. I have 2000 chevy Malibu with 108,000 miles . Purchased it with about 78,000 miles on it. When purchased I started having problems with ignition getting stuck and not turning so I replaced it. Ran fine for a little while and then wouldn't start one day. Was told that it wasn't getting fuel so I replaced the fuel pump. Ran fine for a little while then won't start again. So this time I take to mechanic. He said that my that I may need to replace my starter. . So ok I did hoping it would fix this problem. Again it happens. . I notice the theft system light is on and won't go off. I take back to mechanic and they hookup to computer and get a code that says my passlock system has error and I need to take to dealership so they can take off. I took to dealership and they said I was missing some turntables in my ignition so they added a few more and sent me on my way saying that should fix problem. Next day won't start again!!! I have to turn key to acc and leave on for 10 minutes. . Turn key off when light finally go away and then it will start. Having been left stranded over 100 times with a 2 year old I may add in 20 degree weather and also in 90 degree weather. . Its really scary! unreliable and quite frankly very unsafe!!!. The failure date was 08/01/2008.
#30 - Starter problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle is a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 1G1ND52J9Y_. 2000 chevy Malibu, periodically doesn't start - was told it was a passlock problem. Since February have had various businesses replace fuel pump, pass lock sensor, fuel filter, starter and crankshaft sensor to try and fix this problem. None of these have worked and this problem still exists today. No one knows what else to try. If I can't start the car, I have to turn the key to the off position (not the lock position) and leave it for 10 minutes then the car will start. Unbelievable. I am 79 years old and this is no way to live with an otherwise perfectly good automobile. Still not fixed and no knowledge of what to do now. Car only has 32000 miles and is in excellent condition and it will be very difficult to sell if it won't start. This issue happened on Feb. 3, 2010.
#31 - Starter problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu
The car is a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu. Defective intake manifold gasket and then the head gaskets blew on me requiring expensive repairs. It was Wed., Jun. 25, 2003 when this starter issue occurred.
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#32 - Starter problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle having this issue was a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1G3HN52K7W_. It took several attempts before it would start. The vehicle stalled in traffic and had taken several attempts to start again. The mechanic suggested that the problem was with the starter switch. It was Monday, March 14, 2005 when this starter issue occurred.
#33 - Starter problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu
The vehicle involved was a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu. Car fails to start more than frequently. Was told to replace ignition switch, a cost of $254. 00. Don't think car should already need ignition replaced. Car has died completely while driving on the interstate numerous times. Also has something to do with if dash lights come on or just theft deterrent lights. Day running lights are equal to reg headlights, all system lights turn on when car is started, no need to even turn switch on, could this be normal? mechanic installed a switch under hood that connets directlyto my starter so when car fails to start I push switch and she starts right up, he said something in column but he not able to pinpoint. Steering column doesnot lock, ever!. It was Friday, Jun. 10, 2005 when this starter issue occurred.
Other Electrical System related problems of Chevrolet Malibu:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Electrical System problems||373|
|Anti-theft Controller problems||357|
|Ignition Switch problems||56|
|Car Will Not Start problems||52|
|Horn Assembly problems||40|
|Fuses And Circuit Breaker problems||26|
|Instrument Panel problems||21|
|Ignition Module problems||20|
|Dash Wiring problems||19|
|Battery Dead problems||9|
|Electrical Failure problems||7|