Starter Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 60 problems related to starter (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chevrolet Malibu based on all problems reported for the Malibu.

car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 10/28/2017

Ignition staying stuck alowing starter to continue to turn, day time no break lights , night time break lights stay lit up or flash on and off , fuel gauge drops to empty even when full bounces back and forth empty full , service air bag and check engine lights keep coming on even after they have been reset, cruise control will not engage , hard time to take car out of park even with brake depressed, lower gears on transmission will not engage into 3,2,1 speed, driver seat bracket broke in weld causing seat to be unstable, faulty ignition switch and more this car has less than 150 k on it 148 and some change,,, air bag service light keeps coming on as well as check engine light, this car will not pass any state inspection , and even states with out inspection would advise that the car be recalled.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 05/13/2017

This has happened a few times to me now. I was heading home on the highway with the cruise control set on about 67 mph and all of the sudden the engine lost power and the car starts coasting. "engine power reduced" came across the computer display. Like I said, this has happened before. I could pull over to a stop, shut off the car and it would reset, and the car would be fine for me to make it home. But this last time, the car would not restart at all. I got the car towed home, checked the battery, the cables, and even replaced the starter , and it still does the same thing. . . . Starter will not engage to turn the motor over to start.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 08/22/2016

On numerous occasions my 2013 Malibu has lost power causing a steering issue. It could be while driving, turning, stopping or accelerating. The car will lose power to the touch screen radio causing the screen to go black, then I lose the steering momentarily and then everything will come back on. This can happen once or sometimes it continues to happen which causes the service stabilitrack warning light to come on or the service power steering light to come on. This has also led to the car stalling and losing all electricity and then starting back up right away. The more electronics you use such as the blinker causes the problem to get worse and usually ends up in the car stalling. I have taken it to the dealer four separate times for this issue and nothing has been fixed. I have not had my car more than a week since August 22,2016 because I refuse to drive the car until it is fixed. The dealer is focusing on my after market remote starter which is wrong seeing there are many of the same occurrences listed on tis website.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 08/07/2016

On Sunday 08/07/2016 my 2008 Malibu failed to start. After testing the battery and starter, it was determined by ntb in charleston SC that the ignition switch had failed. I called several Chevrolet dealers early on 08/08/2016 to see if they could repair under recall warranty. They said they could not help me the same day, and my car is stranded far from home. If ntb is able to fix the problem so that I can drive my car back home, I strongly believe gm should reimburse me for the cost of repairs and towing.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 06/03/2016

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. After the ignition key was turned to the on position, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was able to be started after approximately twenty minutes. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the starter failed. The starter was replaced five times, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 157,000.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 04/25/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that there was a progressing failure in which the key was turned over and the vehicle would not start. The contact experienced the failure numerous times without warning and had to wait an extended period of time for the vehicle to randomly restart. The contact had not received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where it was diagnosed that the starter needed to be replaced. A mechanic replaced the starter and the key still would not turn over to start the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 180,830. Parts distribution disconnect.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 01/11/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The battery and starter were replaced; however, the failure recurred. The contact stated that the alternator was tested, and was found to be in perfect working order. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was not available.

car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 8
Failure Date: 01/01/2016

Takata recall: hello my name is wayne I am constantly having problem with my chevy Malibu 2008. My car shut off while still in drive on my way home on the street and then my gear shifted to park while again the car is in drive. I have bad eletrical problems that I gotten fixed and it still acting up but whats is important is that my car is not driving and I cant start it at all. Yes I got a new starter and its still responding the same. These problems been ongoing since I purchased it almost 3 years ago. Can you please contact me and help me. Thank you.

car image   Starter problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 08/25/2015

I returned from picking up my grand daughter from school which is about 2miles one way. Once at home I turned off my car went inside to get paper work and noticed it was time to get my son from his bus stop, which is right around the corner from my house. . . As I turned on the car I noticed/smelled smoke inside the car, so I turned it off and got out, I called out to my kids and my daughter told me that I have to pop the hood, I was afraid. . . So my daughter poped the hood and then we saw the small fire, so my daughter grabbed the water shoes and attempted to put it out and my other daughter called the fire department and then a ball of fire fell to the ground up under the car. . . Then she put that out. . . So as they were calling the fire department, I had to run around the corner to get my son from the bus stop, as we were on our way back, the fire department was coming. . . . So they checked it out and in hooked the battery and checked to make sure the fire was all the way out. . . Told me that the car was unsafe to drive, cause it may spark a flame all over again and be worse then what just happened. . . Prior to this I have have small problem's. . . Like my dome light stop working a year in half ago, I tryed to change the fuse, but every attempt they burned out to the touch, so I gave up. . . Then my front light would keep burning out ever month or two. . . To wear it melt the yellow covering of the bulb and melts the area were the light bulb sits in. . . To were I replaced the whole front light cover. Then recently my back break light went out. . . I thought it was the bulb or fuse after changing them, come to find out it was break relay switch. . . So I had it replaced in July 2015. . . And also within a year I had to replace my starter, luckly its under a lifetime warrenty . . . . Then shortly after that I got my oil change ect. . Done. All this happened 6 weeks before the fire.

car image   Starter problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 10
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 11
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???.

car image   Starter problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 18
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 19
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 20
Failure Date: 09/12/2013

Loud noise. Replaced starter assembly.

car image   Starter problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 21
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.

car image   Starter problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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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