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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Problems and Repair Histories

72 TrueDelta members own a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. 30 of these members (41.7%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 83 repairs to 2004 Chevrolet Malibus--an average of 1.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2004 Chevrolet Malibu problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2004 Chevrolet Malibu problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2004 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

22% of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu repairs were to the engine, 5% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 36% to the suspension, 22% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 5% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 83 repairs.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu repair cost distribution

Of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 9% cost less than $100, 64% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 5% between $1000 and $2499, and 2% more than $2500.

Chart based on 44 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu

Engine not specified

Chevrolet in Alabama, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 49000    
51000 200 CD stuck in the CD-rom. Rear mirror broken. 
54000 200 Both remote are not working. Changed to new ones for 100$ each with 50$ labor. 
 

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 80000    
88000 0 Leaky transmission pan gasket. 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 54560    
58280 0 Replaced intermediate shaft to fix clunk in steering. 
71300 200 The right axle was leaking, I saw it wet but condition must have been there for months or even a year, might have been from hitting something. 
79760 0 Ignition switch replaced 
89280  

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

145-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 79360    
79660 0 camshaft or crankshaft sensor replaced because car was stalling out on engine disabled while driving.While driving the car would shut down and I would have to restart. 
79980 215 Flexible piece in the exhaust line before the resonator broke and they had to weld a new piece inline and guarantee for 1 year at Canadian Tire.They could not locate exact part and welded a piece in line. 
83700 260 THE TRUNK WOULD NOT OPEN WITH THE KEY AT ALL. SOMETIMES BUTTON PUSHED AND TRUNK DIDN'T OPEN. I REPLACED LOCK. 
91760  

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 64000    
65000 0 Clunking in steering column 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Rack & pinion replaced, under warranty (noted before 36,000). Front end was making 'bump' noise when turning steering wheel. 
166 Front end again had 'bump' noise when turning steering wheel. Out of warranty, GM picked up about 50% of repair cost. 
97000 0 Front end clunking, started at 36k, repaired 4 times now with different parts, last repair at 92k. 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 40000    
41000 20 Long starting problem. 
74700 300 Purge solenoid value replace. 
77000  
Chevrolet Malibu in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 46000    
47000 0 The passenger side sunvisor was not properly installed so I had to take the car back to be reserviced. 
49000 0 I have been driving the car and noticed a noise coming from the dash. It was constant while cruising and was getting louder. While the car was in the shop they noticed steering issues. The noise went away after fixing them but it keeps coming back. When turning the steering wheel a clunk could be heard from the front end. The mechanic checked it out & found the intermediate shaft and both lower control arms were bad. They replaced all parts and the clunk went away. 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 57000    
60000 142 Transmission shifting problem, solved by adding transmission fluid and possibly resetting shift points. 
84000 0 Steering Universal Joint, not repaired, told "There's a TSB on this - see your dealer" 
87500 645 Replaced steering assembly 
100000 150 brake cylinder replaced during a regular pad/rotor change at 97000 
113000 100 Exhaust, replaced muffler 
120000 530 Replaced right front bearing Replaced both front tie rods 
134000  
Chevrolet Malibu in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 141000    
142500 340 Replaced right front tire rod 
152000 584 leaking right rear caliper required replacement 
167000 335 Replaced inner and upper right front tie rods, along with 4 new tires. Inner rod worn, upper rod frozen in place and had to be cut in order to remove inner tie rod. 
179000 195 Replaced leaking transmission pan gasket, filter, and transmission flush 
228000 200 Alternator completely failed. 
228000 500 Radiator had hole in the bottom. 
 

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