Sounds like you have a bad earth strap somewhere.
Yes well to comment #1 I ended up with radio problems and the wiper delay problems you have experienced
As you can see from my original post, I've already had enough.
Been told my steering is all messed up, warranty covers it, but I'm gonna dump it.. The steering was an issue on 04 and 05 malibus', but we were told since that 06 and 07 models have newer steering systems in them.
The car has lots of power and the ride quality is wonderful, it is a very solid car on the road, and while I'm fed up with the repetitive problems, I simply can't stand it. I do a lot of driving, My odometer reads 74 K as of today and shes an 07 bought new in may of 07.
I do also want a bigger car, I'm going to head over to the Impala board and read up on the Ltz and the Ss Impalas.
Or I might just go for an 08 Accord
I'm a Chevy lover, but don't know If I can trust my Chevy anymore.
And thanks for your input, glad I found someone out there with similar issues because It seems I picked a lemon :/ Everyone describes their malibus as reliable, mines a piece of crap.
I just recently purchased an 07 Malibu Maxx, and am having electrical issues as well.
My low fuel light is on all the time, my passenger airbag is constantly tuned off even with a passenger, and the heated seats work intermittently.
Lucky for me it's a CPO, so it's still under warranty.
I bought my 2007 LTZ in Aug 2008, it had 7k miles. At about 21500 my electrical problems began, the alarm, the door ajar message, trunk ajar message, etc. not getting many answers or much help. Love the car otherwise and I appreciate the heads up as I approach 40k.
I have a 2007 Malibu LTZ purchased in January '07. Not a lot of problems but just a junky car. Have driven Chevrolets all my life but don't think I will purchase another. For the price I paid it should be a sturdier car.
I have problems with the black soot from exhaust pipe covering the back and sides of the car. I have noticed other Chevys such as Impala have the same issue. To date have not been able to fix the problem. It looks especially bad on white cars.
Yes my Chevy is doing all of the above! And the price to get it fixed is beyond what the car is worth. The dealership told me all I can do is drive it into the ground 2007 until!
Chevy totally redid the Malibu in 2008 and it is now a much better car. That fact is reflected in increased sales. While all other cars were going DOWN in sales in 2008, the Malibu went UP by nearly 50%. The 2008 Malibu was also chosen as American Car of the Year, which indicates a good impression on the automotive press.
We opted to buy a Ford Fusion in January 2009, but I still think the styling of the new Malibu is more appealing. We also own a 7-year-old and 9-year-old GM vehicle, and both have been absolutely flawless. I'd give GM another chance before giving up on the Malibu. The new ones are awesome.
In reference to windshield wipers changing from delay to regular speed on their own, Malibus have speed sensitive wipers. If wipers are on delay and you exceed 50 MPH, the wipers go to regular speed. When you go back under 50 MPH, they go back to delay.
I own a 2007 Malibu V6. Bought it with 40,00 km on it. From day 1 the trunk ajar would come on, setting off the alarm at night when the doors were locked.
GM changed out the trunk switch. Still a problem, took it in 5 times while it was under warranty. They finally said there was nothing they could do, so now the problem is still there, and now repairs are on my dime.
I bought my 2007 Malibu LTZ with 11K miles on it Nov of 07. A couple of months after I bought the car, the TC indicator and alarm indicator lights would go on. The dealer could not replicate the issue so returned my car. I lived with the darn lights randomly turning on (would clear when I turned the car off) until I had issues with starting the car. To make a long story short, I've had the car into the dealer 5 times now with starting issues and indicator lights going randomly on. I currently have the car in the shop, supposedly fixed. The dealer said was the VCIM module (On-Star system). I thought I got a great deal for $16,900 but now I am beginning to wonder. I still owe 12K and the warranty will be up in about 6 mos. I am thinking I should dump it while it still runs and looks great. Trouble is, what car is reliable out there?
"Trouble is, what car is reliable out there?"
Any Honda or Toyota vehicle.
Well, I don't have those issues...yet, God willing, on my just bought 07 Malibu LTZ... but I have one not posted... 56,000 miles... and owned it for 3 weeks... driving home and all of a sudden my steering went wacky! Felt like driving in a rut only back and forth... then came to a stop, and with my foot on the brake, the steering wheel is "vibrating" back and forth! Took it to dealer, and have to go back on Monday, 10/19/09 when the Chevy guy is there... maybe under warranty from Chevy still, if after bankruptcy they still honor those things... will keep you all posted.
My sis has owned two Honda Accords, and they too were constantly in the shop. Her current Honda Accord is a 2007.
My dad is currently having an issue with his 06 Malibu LT V6. It's definitely electrical. The lights flash, the TC and ABS lights come on and off, the gas gauge goes up and down, and when on E the gas light comes on, and the rpm gauge even rises and falls without a change in the throttle. He has a remote start on it, so that was my first guess, but after reading on here, sounds like it could be a faulty VCIM module? I'll try and keep you all updated once we figure it out.
I have a 2007 Malibu LTZ and my seat air bag sensors have gone off a couple of times. I have had to replace one that wasn't under warranty. It cost me about $650.
At 27,000, I had to have a front axle replaced and it shouldn't have needed replacing at such low mileage, but it did. It would pop whenever I would turn.
I currently have about 62,000 on the car and things are okay, but my next car will be a Nissan again.
It is sad, but I think the US dealerships are skipping out on quality.
"It is sad, but I think the US dealerships are skipping out on quality."
No, the U.S. companies are skimping on quality and have been for decades! The dealers just concentrate on ripping you off when you need a repair.
42000 miles, door ajar - took to dealer - was passenger side front. Had to get new door handle - $300 to fix. Not under warranty, nor covered under any recall, but fixed the problem.
If your alarm is going off for no reason, there is no need to disconnect the battery. Simply don't engage the alarm. The alarm engages when you lock the doors with the power switch or the remote. You will see the alarm icon flash on the instrument panel when you do this. To avoid engaging the alarm, simply lock the doors manually.
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