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2004 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (33%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 142 repairs.

2004 Chevrolet Malibu repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (19%)

$100 - $499 (66%)

< $100 (9%)

Chart based on 47 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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2004 Chevrolet Malibu

Engine not specified

Chevrolet in Alabama, United States
Sep 2008 - Mar 2010
Oct 2008

51000 mi

US $200
CD stuck in the CD-rom. Rear mirror broken. 
Dec 2008

54000 mi

US $200
Both remote are not working. Changed to new ones for 100$ 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
Sep 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2009

88000 mi
Leaky transmission pan gasket. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Mar 2014
Sep 2009

58280 mi
Replaced intermediate shaft to fix clunk in steering. 
Dec 2010

71300 mi

C $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. 
Oct 2012

79760 mi
Ignition switch replaced 

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

Chevrolet Malibu in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

79670 mi
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. 
Jun 2010

79980 mi

C $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. 
Oct 2010

83700 mi

C $260

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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
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

65000 mi
Clunking in steering column 
Chevrolet Malibu in Michigan, United States
Jan 2006 - Mar 2010
Aug 2006

45000 mi
Rack & pinion replaced, under warranty (noted before 36,000). Front end was making 'bump' noise when turning steering wheel. 
Mar 2007

55000 mi

US $166
Front end again had 'bump' noise when turning steering wheel. Out of warranty, GM picked up about 50% of repair cost. 
Feb 2009

97000 mi
Front end clunking, started at 36k, repaired 4 times now with different parts, last repair at 92k. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2008 - Nov 2014
Oct 2008

41000 mi

US $20
Long starting problem. 
Aug 2013

74700 mi

US $300
Purge solenoid value replace. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Ohio, United States
Dec 2008 - Mar 2010
Jan 2009

47000 mi
The passenger side sunvisor was not properly installed so I had to take the car back to be reserviced. 
Mar 2009

49000 mi
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
Sep 2008 - Nov 2015
Jan 2009

60000 mi

US $142
Transmission shifting problem, solved by adding transmission fluid and possibly resetting shift points. 
May 2011

84000 mi
Steering Universal Joint, not repaired, told "There's a TSB on this - see your dealer" 
Aug 2011

87500 mi

US $645
Replaced steering assembly 
Apr 2012

100000 mi

US $150
brake cylinder replaced during a regular pad/rotor change at 97000 
Dec 2012

113000 mi

US $100
Exhaust, replaced muffler 
May 2013

120000 mi

US $530
Replaced right front bearing Replaced both front tie rods 
Chevrolet Malibu in Virginia, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2013
Mar 2009

142000 mi

US $340
Replaced right front tire rod 
Sep 2009

154000 mi

US $584
leaking right rear caliper required replacement 
Jul 2010

167000 mi

US $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. 
Feb 2011

179000 mi

US $195
Replaced leaking transmission pan gasket, filter, and transmission flush 
Mar 2013

228000 mi

US $200
Alternator completely failed. 
May 2013

228000 mi

US $500
Radiator had hole in the bottom. 

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Repair Histories

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