Starter Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 51 problems related to starter (under the electrical system category).

car image   Starter problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 08/17/2015

Car tries to start, stalls and will not start. Security system light flashes. Have to leave key in run position for 15 minutes until security system light quits flashing, turn key off and then start the engine. Happens multiple times per week and is happening more frequently now. Was told the problem was caused by an after market remote starter, had it removed and am still having the same problem.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 02/10/2015

I was driving as normal with no incident, parked went into home and came out 10 minutes later, car would not crank, as if battery was dead. . Went back in to get a multi-meter and checked battery, showed 12. 3 volts. Went back into car and it cranked right up , no hesitation. Next day went to get my grand-daughter (2 years old) and parked at her home. Loaded the baby-seat, and went to start car, dead battery symptom again. Jumped the car from my daughter and went tom walmart to have battery checked. Battery and charge system checked fine. Tried to start the car after test, acted like a dead battery again. Walmart tech said looks like a bad starter motor. I purchased a new starter and installed. Cranked on first hit. Checked charging amps while running, 13. 4 volts. Went 25 miles to town. Parked and after 2 hours came back to car and would not crank. (turned motor once then click click. Click. ) got a ride home and checked internet for probable cause, seems like hundreds (thousands) have the same situation. I feel the anti-theft system is cutting off power to car. I tried the fix that I found, lock, unlock, lock unlock car with key then wait 10 minutes and crank the car. It worked. I pulled away from my lodge and went down the road. Stopped, made a right turn heading for a traffic light and the car died in the middle of the road. Could not turn the steering wheel, no electrical signs other than anti theft light flashing on dash. Tried repetitively to start the car but again just click click. Click. If I had been on the thru-way, it would probably been an accident. Further search on internet shows this a major problem, but no recall is found. Why???.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 01/17/2015

Early October 2014 I begin to smell a burning plastic smell after car is stopped. Self inspection found nothing, mechanic inspection found nothing. Around January I took car in for brake light recall, had service tech inspect; said they found a melted bag on exhaust (I saw no such thing). Late January 2015 my car won't start after sitting all night, car was jumped and started fine. Late March 2015 passenger side headlight sometimes fails to turn on at first attempt and after a 2 hour drive, next morning car won't start; after waiting 20 minutes car starts. 4/4/2015 car is left on (engine off) with radio playing while cleaning out car, after 10 min service esc comes on dash, I immediately turn off car. I try to start engine, no ignition. The car wouldn't even try to turn over. I took car to autozone where they tested the battery and the alternator where both were found to be in perfect working order. I can hear the fuel pump attempt to engage and if the battery and the alternator are fine then that leaves me to believe it is the starter. . . However, if the smell wasn't a plastic bag but instead a wire melting, then I would have a short which could also be causing this. Bought this care as a safe mode of transportation for my son and I, I find myself more stressed out wondering if I will be able to get us were I need to go than with the old car I use to have. If this turns out to be a malfunction I hope gm is willing to make it right. The problem is increasing and no one has yet been able to figure it out.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 01/06/2015

Vehicle’s cruise control was engaged when reaching and hill the cruise control sped up and as soon as it did I lost engine power completely it was not until I was able to safety make it to the side of the interstate coasting that I realized the engine had cut off. I then parked the vehicle turned off all electrical components and turned the ignition to the off position; and attempted to restart to engine switch resulted in nothing but the engine light coming on and the lights of the vehicle coming on but no firing of the engine or even a click from the starter at this point I was glad a had all my blankets and thing in the vehicle because in north dakoda and montana its cold. After a few failed attempts at turning the key and nothing happening waiting 5mins in between I began calling my insurance company 10 more mins pass by and I’m on hold I decide to try the car again in which it fired right up the check engine light remained illuminated for about 2 days after the incident now it has disappeared from my dash lights my car goes in for repair next week to get engine heater installed and recalls taken care of however I don’t see what would cause the listed above issue to occur under any listed recalls but I am also not vehicle savvy.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 12/01/2014

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled as the abs warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the starter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 106,000.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 11/28/2014

2002 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch recall issues. The consumer had an appointment at the dealer for November 7, 2014. The dealer informed the consumer, to keep the ignition on a ring by itself. On November 28, 2014 while driving, the vehicle stalled. It was determined the ignition key caused the starter to jam. The starter was replaced.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 09/10/2014

For over a year now I have had issues with my 2002 Malibu not starting due to a faulty anti- theft system. The system is the original stock manufacturer¿s theft system. It first begun over a year ago, where my car would not start leaving me stranded. The car sat for nearly 4- days, not knowing what to do! the car has very low miles, only 60,000 original; don't drive much, really only to and from work daily and maybe to the food store here and there. Anyway, I wound up googling "2002 chevy Malibu not starting", problems with the pass lock theft system came up, telling me to try the 10- minute reset by putting the key in the ignition and turning to on w/out turning the engine on for 10- minutes, removing the key, waiting 5 seconds and then putting the key back into the ignition. Figured what the heck, it doesn't hurt to try it!! well what do you know, it worked!!! well for the past year now my car has left me stranded roughly 3 - 4 times a month because of this issue. Each time I had to do the 10- minute reset and it would then start right up. I shouldn't even have to deal with this, this is crazy and should be recalled and fixed at chevy/gm's expense, not mine. Especially considering there are over 3,000 complaints regarding this issue!!! I should not have to constantly worry about my car not starting because of a faulty theft system that was but in my car by gm. Chevy. On September 10th 2014 I got in my car to take my son to school and go to work, car would not start, tried the 10-minute reset, this time it did not work, waited 4- hours for a tow truck, son missed school and I was late to work! well, because of me having to keep cranking my car throughout the year because of it not starting because of the faulty theft system blew out my starter and battery. Was without a car for a week and a half got my car back and the theft system issue has started again!!!.

car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 8
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 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 06/11/2014

There appears to be an issue with the ignition on the 2007 chevy Malibu's. I've been told by several dealerships that the starter needed to be replaced in my car. I had it replaced twice and the vehicle still does not always start. The battery is brand new.

car image   Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 10
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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 09/12/2013

Loud noise. Replaced starter assembly.

car image   Starter problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 12
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 13
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 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 06/07/2012

2000 Chevrolet Malibu consumer is inquiring if any gm dealer will service vehicle per recall although it was purchased at a Mazda dealer the consumer stated he previously had problems with the ignition. The repair shop replaced the starter.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 15
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 16
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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 17
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 18
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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 11/15/2009

Failing starter.

car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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.

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