fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
70,478 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace sensor (1 reports)
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problem #4

Oct 072009

Malibu ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,254 miles

Took the car to the shop because the remote starter is not working. The guys told me that the car's computer is not registering that the hood is latched, and therefore, if the hood is not latched, the remote start will not start the car. The part/sensor that's in the hood latch is approx $98 and to have it installed and get it working again...$157! But if your remote start isn't working, that could be the problem.

- , Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 022007

Malibu LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I've had 3 horns, 2 stereos, a knocking in the front wheels as I turned the corner, right or to the left. Oh but they are still checking in on it. I still haven't heard any thing yet about it. The knocking was reported 2 months after I got the car. And 5 years later its still going on. The lights flash on & off when riding down the street; the lights will just start blinking like in a horror movie! Now the break lights flash while driving down the street. I can't get the gear shift out of park and the check engine light is always on.

The dealership says they did a test and can't come up with a solution. They say there's nothing wrong with the electric and don't know why the remote starter not working. I have had a 72 Blue Malibu and a 99 Dark-Cherry before this. This is my last Malibu...the straw that broke the camel's back. I had more problems with the 2004 Malibu than with the 72 and 99 combined!

- , Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

problem #2

Oct 012007

Malibu Maxx V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

I bought the car used; the remote start has never worked.

- , Elkton, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 112008

Malibu V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,656 miles

My keyless remote wont work. The keyless start wont work either. Not sure whether it was a factory keyless start or was put in later. Either way I still need to know. And YES I did change the battery. I even checked some fuses to see if they blew, and nothing. I do have to say that the same day my horn went out too. But that was easy to fix, changed the fuse.

- , Fremont, NE, USA