8.3

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$152.00
Average Mileage:
101,750 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. put key in ignition to on position for 10min...restart car (1 reports)
  3. replace 7x crankshaft position sensor (1 reports)
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problem #6

Apr 022012

Malibu LS 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Engine will crank and will not start. Wait for some time like 30 minutes, then car will start right at the turn of the key. Initially it will do that once every month or so and then it got more frequent.

Problem is not related to the Auto theft as light does not flashes. Based on the engine manual problem it was diagnosed that the 7x crankshaft position sensor could be the cause.

Same was replaced by a sensor bought from Oreilly autoparts but the problem got worse. Bought another one from the Chrevrolet dealership, problem solved.

- , Auburn, AL, USA

problem #5

Apr 082011

Malibu 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

MY CAR WILL NOT START.HAD A NEW FUEL FILTER PUT IN IT. ACTS AS THOUGH IT IS NOT GETTING GAS. THE FILTER WAS $260.99 PLUS LABOR. MY CAR WILL NOT START.I AM 65 YEARS OLD AND I DO NOT LIKE TO BE WITHOUT A CAR. WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY CAR?THIS IS A BUNCH OF CRAP. SOME ONE GIVE ME HELP WITH THIS PLEASE. CONNIE B.

- , Rocky Face, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 192011

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

2002 Chevy Malibu quit unknown. Problem before seems no gas to engine.

- , Claremont, N.H, USA

problem #3

Dec 012010

Malibu 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

I fear it's another Passlock problem. The car has always been touchy electrically - chimes sounding sporadically, door locks sometimes work, sometimes not. But, it always started with the touch of the key until about 3 months ago. It started to get hard to start. I attributed it to cold weather but then the engine started cutting out when I was driving at highway speeds. A panicked shift to neutral and coasting a half mile while trying to start it finally got it going - so far. It's happening more and more frequently. I replaced the TPS, Idle air valve and fuel filter. No help. Engine code says P1626 (Security System Fuel Disable). I took it to the dealer and he said that would never make a car stop while running while it was being driven. They offered to change the Passlock sensor of course - for $300, which doesn't seem to fix it from what I'm reading. Has anybody had this problem and actually solved it? Please let me know. This definitely is NOT safe.

- , Rochester, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 022009

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,497 miles

  • came back from vacation and car was dead

    - replaced battery now car is cranking but not firing up.

    - "THEFT SYSTEM" was blinking and after about 15 continuous cranks, the gas guage would fall to empty...

    - put key in ignition and turn to ON position for about 10min. Flashing will stop/disappear

    - take key out, put back in and start the car...mine started up right away.

- , Edmonton, AB, Canada

problem #1

Aug 252004

(reported on)

Malibu LE

  • 46,000 miles

we have had our car at the dealership 4 times the said it was fixed the past 3 times and we had the same problem. now its there again and it won't run and they say they can't find anything wrong with it. why should i pay for a car that won't run and noone can fix it? is there anything i can do

- , Joshua Tree, Calif, USA