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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Problems and Repair Histories

82 TrueDelta members own a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. 35 of these members (42.7%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 85 repairs to 2005 Chevrolet Malibus--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2005 Chevrolet Malibu problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2005 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 2005 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

35% of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu repairs were to the engine, 2% to the transmission, 14% to the brakes, 25% to the suspension, 15% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 2% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 85 repairs.

2005 Chevrolet Malibu repair cost distribution

Of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 24% cost less than $100, 39% between $100 and $499, 15% between $500 and $999, 17% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 46 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.

2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

Chevrolet Malibu in Arkansas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 192000    
234000 150 Injection system cleaned because car had gotten hard to start. 
272000 300 Brake rotors had to be replaced today at 272,000 miles 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
10 seafoamed the engine: 1/3 in the tank, 1/3 in the crankcase and a 1/3 up the vacuum line. 
54560 100 Leaking rear seal on the drivers rear caliper necessitated a caliper replacement. 
61380 45 replaced faulty evap canister purge valve 
76880 300 Amber bulb fixture in headlight assembly started to melt and scorched the assemblies. New assemblies and led amber bulbs purchased and installed.  Problem returned - headlight assembly daytime running light amber lenses caught fire. Replaced bulbs with gm 13502232 and new knock off lenses. Found GM TSB 06-08-42-004B. Also affects HHRs. 
98620 0 The mass air flow sensor needed cleaning with some contact cleaner 
101060 60 Replaced upstream oxygen sensors with new Bosch stuff at 150K and replaced serpentine belt with Gates micro groove 
104160 100 Replaced both upstream oxygen sensors and the mass air flow sensor - mileage improve a LOT 
104780  
Chevrolet Malibu in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Replaced steering gear assembly and replaced both lower control arms and bushings 
62000 153 Front brake pads needed replacing. Rear brakes still have 75% left. 
107000  

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

Chevrolet Malibu in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2010 49000    
53000 80 Car turns over but would not start. Fuel pump not engaged. Towed to shop where they were unable to duplicate problem. Same recurring problem, 6 times over last 2 years. Fuel pump and relay switch replaced 2 times. Runs fine then, refuses to start. HEL 
59000 20 Same recurring problem.Bought another fuel pump relay switch and installed it myself.Running ok for the moment.Until the next time.. 
60000 0 Car periodically will not start. Occasionally will stall out. Repair shop reviewed dealer repairs and declined to attempt a fix. Thinking of making a flower pot out of it. Upset, dissappointed, and beside myself. 
62000 0 Repair shop tracked down problem, tightened all connections and fixed the problem.  
72000 1500 steering box, struts repair and replace 
72000 81 motor shift causing vibration 
 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

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

Chevrolet Malibu in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 warranty repair on clunking steering box - known problem with this line - was not corrected, and dealer used the car for errands to the tune of 300 miles! 
107000 40 Check engine light, code was 'temperature error'. Changed anti-freeze, cleared code, and check engine is gone for now. Car ran fine as usual. This might indicate thermostat dying soon. 
118000 850 Steering column and motor (all electric power steering). 
126000  
Chevrolet Malibu in Utah, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 51000    
52000 185 needed a rearview mirror select switch replaced. 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 37000    
50000 27 3 Remote Keyless entry keys continually failed; had received 1 new months ago but that one failed also; finally got them reprogrammed again when  Also had car taken in for rear blinker bulb burned out & incorrectly self-installed. 
71500 0 Power steering light coming on at times. After a few months, received recall notice for power steering assist loss due to electrical input signals within the steering column assembly. Repaired @ no cost to me. 
86000 245 Cable for emergency brake broke 
96300 40 reclining lever for back seat failed and could not raise seat back from flat position 
99000  
Chevrolet Malibu in Hawaii, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 25000    
26000 0 Steering tie rods replaced. Second time. Rear hatch struts failed. Both replaced. 
33000 0 Steering rod. Again. 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Utah, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Visors fall down - Replaced under warranty Steering Gear knocks Check gas cap warning when gas cap is on - Warranty Fuel gauge only reaches 7/8 full Gas cap was replaced on first trip but the computer needed to be reset on a second trip. Fuel gauge i 
0 The visors and steering knocks resolved without incident under warranty. Gas cap replaced The fuel tank was replace after the cluster and fuel level sender units were replaced. The tank was apparently warped but the mechanic did not see the problem or 
60000 16 Replace remote fob from Ebay and dealer programmed for free. 
75000 40 Replaced front brake pads. Replaced turn signal bulb 
83000 3000 Transmission stop going forward. Only reverse worked. Transmission was rebuilt. Could have used a transmission fluid change a few miles ago. 
123000 200 Replaced both tie rod ends and passenger control arm. Should have been $700 but did the work myself. 
130000 15 Replaced oil filter extension gasket. This was allowing an oil leak over the oil filter 
135000  

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Chevrolet in West Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 121000    
122000 600 Replace intermediate steering shaft 8-07, problem resurfaced 1-08, states known problem, repacked and advised should consider trading in, very noticable high speed vibration, common on Malibu. 
 

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