2004 Chevrolet Malibu Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Chevrolet Malibu

2004 Chevrolet Malibu Problems

Failure of Instrument Panel Lighting Due to Faulty Panel Dimmer Module

The instrument panel and switch backlighting may fail due to a faulty dimmer control module. A failed module will require replacement.

Problems With Electric Power Steering System May Require Steering Column Replacement

Various issues with the electric power steering system may develop and could require replacement of steering column assembly.

"No Start" Due to Ignition Switch Failure

The ignition switch may fail causing a no start condition. This is not generally a theft system (passlock) issue because the security light does not illuminate or flash.

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Questions

Is there a way to get the engine code without going in to a shop? (1 answer)

With my old car I could get the code by turning the key backwards 3 times and the code would show. My check engine light is on in my 2004 Chevy Malibu

I change the starter the alternator and the battery and the car still wont crank (1 answer)

The car stopped and it was the starter that was bad so we changed it out you put a new one on the battery died that's why we replaced it replace the battery and it still will not turn over the car. That's why we had everything checked

electric windows quit ,radio, blowermotor, gauges quit working . Car will start. (1 answer)

fuses are good . Could it be either ignition switch or body control module

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Recalls

Ignition Lock Cylinder Concern

Excess weight on the key ring can cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position without warning, turning off the engine. This defect can also affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. Dealers will provide two replacement key rings and key cover on all ignition keys to correct this concern.

Various Electrical Concerns

Increased resistance in an electrical connection at the body control module (BCM) may result in voltage fluctuations in the brake pedal sensor circuit. These fluctuations can cause concerns with various systems that monitor the position of the brake pedal, any of which would increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will attach the wiring harness to the BCM with a spacer, apply dielectric lubricant to both the BCM and harness connector and the BAS and harness connector, and will reprogram the brake pedal sensor to correct these concerns.

Transmission Shifter Position Inaccurate

The shift cable may fracture, which can mislead the driver into thinking the transmission is in a certain gear, while actually being in another. This can cause a safety issue, as when "Park" is selected, the vehicle may not be securely in "Park". Dealers will replace the shift cable assembly and mounting bracket free of charge to resolve the concern.

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2004 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews

The engine and transmission are great. I get an average of 26mpg and a high of 35mpg on open road trips. No issues with drive train. No interior issues. The cruise control doesn't always work but that I think is related to the steering column work because of the horrible electric power steering design. It has been worked on under warrenty 3 times but problems were only temporarily resolved. I r...
Bought this car used 1 year ago. Since then, I have silenced most of the interior noise by tightening snaps/screws/filling gaps with tissue. Brakes were good when I bought the car, are completely shot, after only 10,000 additional miles of easy driving. Steering is electronically assisted, but randomly cuts out at slow speeds, such as turning after stop signs or backing out of driveways. Go...
If you are thinking about buying a used Malibu, don't. Slow speed turning is clunky. Brakes do not hold up well. Check engine light required an exception for state inspection. No one could fix it. On the positive, it is a good size car for a family of four including having adequate trunk space.

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