really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,448 miles

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problem #47

Feb 032010


  • 32,457 miles
2000 Chevy Malibu, periodically doesn't start - was told it was a passlock problem. Since February have had various businesses replace fuel pump, pass lock sensor, fuel filter, starter and crankshaft sensor to try and fix this problem. None of these have worked and this problem still exists today. No one knows what else to try. If I can't start the car, I have to turn the key to the off position (not the lock position) and leave it for 10 minutes then the car will start. Unbelievable. I am 79 years old and this is no way to live with an otherwise perfectly good automobile. Still not fixed and no knowledge of what to do now. Car only has 32000 miles and is in excellent condition and it will be very difficult to sell if it won't start.

- Shalimar, FL, USA

problem #46

May 032008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
2000 Chevy Malibu -- theft alert light is always on. Car would not start. Wait 10 min to reset -car would then start--GMC solution need a new ignition switch and key-- I get it done-- light is still on--the auto will not start sometimes --10 min reset it will start--- do I get another ignition set 1 yr. Later"?" I can not trust this auto to start ------------------I have spoken to 4 other 2000 2001 Chevy Malibu owners and they are going thru the same problems please look into this recurring problem ---- ____--during this problem we all have a build up of corrosion on the positive pole of the battery. Please respond [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #45

Aug 012008


  • miles
I have 2000 Chevy Malibu with 108,000 miles. Purchased it with about 78,000 miles on it. When purchased I started having problems with ignition getting stuck and not turning so I replaced it. Ran fine for a little while and then wouldn't start one day. Was told that it wasn't getting fuel so I replaced the fuel pump. Ran fine for a little while then won't start again. So this time I take to mechanic. He said that my that I may need to replace my starter..so ok I did hoping it would fix this problem. Again it happens..I notice the theft system light is on and won't go off. I take back to mechanic and they hookup to computer and get a code that says my passlock system has error and I need to take to dealership so they can take off. I took to dealership and they said I was missing some turntables in my ignition so they added a few more and sent me on my way saying that should fix problem. Next day won't start again!!! I have to turn key to acc and leave on for 10 minutes..turn key off when light finally go away and then it will start. Having been left stranded over 100 times with a 2 year old I may add in 20 degree weather and also in 90 degree weather..its really scary! unreliable and quite frankly very unsafe!!!

- Louisburg, NC, USA

problem #44

Jan 102010


  • 126,000 miles
The car was running fine, then about a week ago the turn signals stopped working. This is also effecting my hazard lights. It happens intermittently. This is occurring daily.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #43

Aug 252009


  • 70,705 miles
The blinkers of my 2000 Chevy Malibu turn off randomly and I don't know it until I go to make a turn which can absolutely result in a crash. It also affects my passenger side window and rear passenger brakelights which will not come on though the bulbs are new. I looked into recalls and there was indeed a recall regarding this exact problem stating the hazard light switch overheats and melts and then disrupts the electrical system specifically affecting this part of my car. When I called the manufacturer they told me that I was five days late to have the part fixed. Being that I only bought this car in March of this year, 2009, I should have received a recall notice so that this could have been fixed, but received no such information in the mail and am unable to afford to fix this very dangerous problem. Also, when I go to start my car, it will randomly turn on the theft system light and not allow the car to start. On investigation apparently, the Chevy Malibu comes with the passkey system and despite that the company knows that it is faulty they will do nothing to fix it. Though it is their fault they just told me to replace the key cylinder which is not definite to work, or to spray graphite powder in it to help with connection but that overall it is my problem. Why is it that I have a car that was bought in running condition that will kill itself randomly and that is my problem when it is a manufacturers defect!? I can never know when or when not my car will start and have missed work and other important events. And in case of an emergency there is a possibility that it will not start! or that I could be trapped in a dangerous situation because my car simply decides that the key that is supposed to start it and is linked to it will not work. This is truly unacceptable and not right for Chevy to think that we should just deal with a car that is broken though not the consumers fault and all of the options they give for fixing it are not definite.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #42

Aug 072009


  • 91,000 miles
2000 Chevy Malibu anti theft would keep car from starting for no reason. I could follow the GM's fix for this by waiting 10 minutes and than the car would start. We have dealt with this problem for a couple of years and the dealer has told us they can find nothing wrong.it has progressed to where you now are able to start the car but it will shut the engine off within a minute. This has happened 4 times in the last 2 days. This happened once to my wife when she was driving on the road the engine just shut off creating the possibility of an accident.

- Schertz, TX, USA

problem #41

Aug 042009


  • 58,000 miles
Theft system light comes on and car will not start for ten minutes. Happens twice a week.

- Columbus , OH, USA

problem #40

Mar 132009


  • 106,000 miles
2000 Chevy Malibu with passlock lock problems..what a nightmare someone needs to do something about this..

- Garfield Hts, OH, USA

problem #39

Feb 042009


  • 120,000 miles
Theft system/passlock. Daily this is triggered preventing me from starting my vehicle for ten minutes. I have a highly special needs child and it's critical that my vehicle gets me to him or takes him where he needs to go. I've always been late for work several times, and most recently today I left work early from being sick and rendered unable to start the car, twice. I don't need the theft system, I can't afford a 'possible' fix and from everyone I've spoken to- nothing has worked to fix their issues. I think this should be recalled to have this fixed, taken out (if there's a way) or give us a trade in! my car is paid for, I can't afford to go get a new one!

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #38

Oct 012003


  • miles
Recurring problem with a "theft system" error. In cold weather, the theft system disables the vehicle for 10 minutes, then maybe will allow car to start. There are numerous complaints on auto forums regarding this exact issue. Each year for the last 4 we have issues with the car not starting. This is related to a "pass lock" system in this vehicle. This vehicle does not have an alarm, not remote starter.

- Auburn Township, OH, USA

problem #37

Jul 092008


  • 99,000 miles
Every 50 or so attempts at starting my 2000 Malibu the car won't start unless I leave the ignition set to "on" for 10 minutes. I have been unable to repair the problem so far.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #36

Feb 102008


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the turn signals on the vehicle became inoperable. The manufacturer stated that his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 03V327000 (exterior lighting:hazard flashing warning lights:switch). The contact would have to pay for a diagnostic test to be performed on the vehicle. The failure mileage was 65,000 and current mileage was 75,000.

- Papillion, NE, USA

problem #35

Aug 282008


  • miles
The passlock system keeps messing up, my light flashes and the I have to what 10 min. To start it. Sometimes the light stays on. This happens about a dozen times a week. I am left stranded in a dark parking lot at 10pm after school. I am a afraid of being out alone at night as it is but now I am stranded out for 10 mins.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #34

Jan 022003


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. When the contact started the vehicle, the anti-theft warning light illuminated on the instrument panel until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was related to the ignition cylinder. The technician further stated that the vehicle could shut off at any moment if the component was not replaced. The vehicle was repaired. On three separate occasions, the identical failures recurred and were repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 157,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #33

Jul 212008


  • miles
Theft system light blinks can't start car. If I wait 10 15 minutes it will stop blinking and it will start. I have been late for work two time in the last 2 weeks.

- Slippery Rock, PA, USA

problem #32

Jun 192006

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the system theft light illuminated on the instrument panel. The light used to blink and the vehicle would have to be shut off for approximately 10 to 30 minutes. Currently, the light constantly remained illuminated. The ignition, keys, and alternator were replaced; however, the failure has recurred. The current mileage was 86,000 and failure mileage was 79,000. Updated 10-07-08 the ignition lock cylinder was replaced. Updated 10/09/08.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #31

Jun 012007


  • miles
Turn signals were working intermittently. Bought from Chevy dealership. Repaired at private shop. Cost to repair: $125 to replace hazard switch. Bandaid solution: Bang the dash until the signal worked.

- Kelowna, 00, USA

problem #30

May 152008


  • 82,000 miles
Theft deterrent system in my 2000 Chevrolet Malibu sometimes (too often!) will erroneously prevent me from starting my car. I'm using the original GM keys - not copies!! extremely inconvenient - you have to wait 10 minutes before you can try again - and potentially unsafe.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #29

Oct 122007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
Intake manifold gasket replaced three times under and outside of warranty. Hazard switch malfunctioning - almost caused accident turning signal/wiper washer switch malfunctioning premature brake wear until calipers replaced check engine light various emissions and fuel vapor leaks.

- Pierpont, OH, USA

problem #28

Apr 032007

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 70 mph the vehicle decelerated to 50 mph and then shuts off completely. The contact was forced to merge onto the median in order to avoid the busy intersection. The technician stated that the failure could have been caused by the signal light. The contact stated that no other failures occurred since the vehicle left the shop. The current and failure mileage were 50,000.

- Union, SC, USA

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