Starter Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1



Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 42 problems related to starter (under the electrical system category).

car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing on two different occasions, who stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced and then the starter rely. The vehicle was repaired twice, however the failure continue. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,313. Rg.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 11/05/2013

Hi, it's me. . . . Again. Imagine that with my chevy Malibu. I went to start the car this morning. However, it wouldn't. I could hear the fuel pump run for a few seconds then turn off. The engine would fire briefly, and then stop. The starter is working great. So I turned to google. I found, like so many of the complaints on here that the anti-theft system is to blame. It likes to random turn on, preventing the car from starting. I called the dealer to ask what chevy was going to do to fix chevy's busted anti-theft system. I was told to turn the key to the "on" position for 10 min. The anti-theft would reset, and then I could start me car. They forgot to tell me that it would continue to do this until I spend $500 of my own money to fix a problem chevy knows about. Why should I have to pay to fix something that is due to poor engineering and manufacturing on chevy's part? OH what. . . . Corporate America says so. They are bigger than me, and therefore are more important than putting out a reliable product to consumers. Chevy is a great example of a corporate greed manager. Just man up and fix your crappy cars.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 09/12/2013

Loud noise. Replaced starter assembly.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 08/17/2013

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.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 08/02/2012

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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 03/27/2012

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???????.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 11/06/2010

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.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 8
Failure Date: 10/05/2010

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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 02/03/2010

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.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 10
Failure Date: 11/15/2009

Failing starter.


 
car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 10/01/2009

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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 03/14/2009

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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 10/21/2008

The contact owns 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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 08/01/2008

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!!!.

car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 07/18/2008

The contact owns 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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 16
Failure Date: 02/25/2008

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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 09/19/2007

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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 08/30/2007

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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 06/02/2007

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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 01/01/2007

The contact owns 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.

car image   Starter problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 12/22/2006

I purchased a 1999 chevy Malibu in November 2003. I have replaced the brake pads at least 10 times ($20 each time), the rotors have been replaced 3 times ($70 each time). The brakes give you no warning they just quit suddenly which has almost caused several accidents. The abs light always comes on and when this happens you can guarantee the ignition switch is about to lock up on you. The rear windows quit working, I hear a weird popping noise coming from the rear of the vehicle while driving down the highway. The anti theft system has came on 6 or 7 times and will not allow me to crank the car(once it happened while my child was having an asthma attack and I was attempting to take him to the er). If you hit a bump in the road sometimes it sounds like a small explosion in the front end and causes the steering wheel to jerk uncontrollably for several miles. I have taken this vehicle to several mechanics who absolutely refuse to work on it because of the general fact that it is a 1999 Malibu, now my ignition has completely quit, actually it hung in the start position and was making my starter grind and almost catch fire, this has happened several about 15 times, but usually after jiggling the key a few times it comes undone, but not this time. My dad had to take my battery off in order to make the engine die. So now my employer got so fed up with me being late or calling in because of my car problems that I was terminated. I am a single mom with 2 children, both have chronic asthma and have to be rushed to the er with severe asthma attacks all the time, and now I have no way to take them should the need arise. The parts are going to cost me $200 and the cost of labor and now I have no job. If you call Chevrolet all they tell you is to take it to a dealer and let the mechanic look at it for a fee, and then they want to charge you more than I make in 2 months, and they never even ask you any personal info so there are no documented claims on your calls.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 22
Failure Date: 09/25/2006

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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 23
Failure Date: 08/14/2006

- the contact 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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 24
Failure Date: 07/10/2006

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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 25
Failure Date: 03/19/2006

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.

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