really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,568 miles

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problem #12

Jan 172014


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the air bags failed to deploy during a crash. A police report was not filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician inspected the air bags and the diagnostic was unknown. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- Sante Fe, NM, USA

problem #11

Jan 012014


  • 190,000 miles
The contact owned a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 75 mph, the brake pedal required excessive force in order to stop the vehicle. The contact stated that the power steering failed and caused the vehicle to steer to the left. Additionally, the hood of the vehicle flew up and struck the top of the roof resulting in a crash. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed and not diagnosed. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V400000 (electrical system); however, the part needed for the repair was not available. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 190,000.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #10

Apr 212014


  • 168,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while waiting to make a right turn, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The passenger sustained unknown injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 168,000. Djr

- Carthage, MS, USA

problem #9

Sep 172014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 0 miles
I am appalled that I have received a recall notice in the mail, and when I go to make the appointment in order to repair the damage, no parts are available until mid October. The recall notice states we should schedule an appointment on or after October 1, 2014. However, what's the point" there are no parts available"

- Venice, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 172011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Traveling on interstate I 40 doing 65mph cross over the media luckly their were no other car beside me or coming after I cross the media all I know it picked up speed like the gas pedal had stuck and it juke like but the air bag didn't come out it tore the front end of the body up the it accelerate by it self sometime just seating still.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #7

Jun 272014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
Steering wheel locked, engine power was lost, brakes would not work. I could not control the vehicle, I hit a poled, borke both legs, have a rod in femur and messed up my knee, still recovering and in awheel chair for now.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #6

Aug 072010


  • 85,210 miles
Air bags deployed while turning into driveway at about 4 mph, turn signs were working intermittently before this.

- Braddock, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 012008


  • 93,600 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The air bag light has been illuminated since the vehicle was purchased. The coolant is also leaking from the vehicle. He was advised that the thermostat was not working properly. The dealer refused to repair the vehicle. The failure mileage was 93,600.

- Joppa, MD, USA

problem #4

Dec 072005

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2000 Malibu recently deployed the airbags while car was parked and engine off. I contacted police thinking the car had been hit, although no damage was visible. The police said that there was no evidence at all that the car had been involved in any suspicious activity. I then contacted the local dealer and they said they would have to remove black box and that I would not be allowed the use of the car for several days. I was treated very rudely when I complained to the GM national office regarding the expense I would incur for rental car because local dealer would not provide loaner. Basically, they said that it was not their problem. I then was talking to a mechanic at a different shop and was told that there is a problem with Malibu's air bags deploying without impact of any kind. He told me about a recent class action lawsuit in Oklahoma over this issue. Before I spend the $100's of dollars to fix this, I would like to know if this is a manufacturer's defect.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #3

Nov 152002


  • miles
Intermittently indicator air bag light become inoperable. Due to a faulty clock spring. Dealer inspected and notany longer under guarantee.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #2

May 212001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and upon applying brakes brake pedal went straight to the floorboard, causing extended stopping distance that resulted in a crash. The vehicle was totaled. Consumer states air bag deployment hurt her.

- Paris, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 052000


  • miles
Dealer wants to replace airbag/pistons/door seals.

- Kansas City, KS, USA