Re: 2004 Malibu with Intermittent Start Issues.
I have the exact same issues with my 2004 Malibu LT. It's been an ongoing issue for about five months now. I've taken it to my regular mechanics multiple times, another more expensive mechanic, and a friend who is a mechanic and nobody is able to diagnose or fix the problem. My regular mechanic replaced the entire ignition (which needed to be done anyway as my key was getting more and more bent from a somehow crooked ignition), the fuel pump, the fuel relay, etc. All in all I've spent 1400 on this problem alone, not to mention multiple tows. It will usually be fine for a week or two after I get it back from the mechanic, but then suddenly it won't start. It will crank, catch, and die, and then will not catch at all. After they fiddle around a bit at the shop, it always starts and will continue starting until I pick it up. It seems that messing around in the hood (I have very limited knowledge of cars/mechanics, so sorry I don't have more specific descriptions/terminology) temporarily fixes the problem. Fuel pressure is fine, though before this issue started, it seemed like my car would be "chugging" along and I would have to press harder on the gas pedal to get fuel. Also, lately, I can get it to start if I sit and turn it over and over and over again, sometimes for up to an hour (I've been stranded in some very far places) but when it does start, the gas and temperature gauges will remain at baseline and my radio won't work, though the rest of the electrical will. Please help! I can't sell it like this and I go to school and work at a bar in Detroit, so getting stranded/not having a car/spending more money on this pile is not an option for me right now.