hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,655 miles

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problem #9

Apr 112019


  • 130,000 miles
I purchased the car March 14, 2019 from a family member. The front passenger low beam headlight was not working. The prior owner stated they had taken the car in to have the light repaired at least 6 times in since 2009. April 2, 2019 I took the car to clint newell Chevrolet to have the low beam headlight fixed. The problem was the wire that plugs into the light was melted. The repair cost was $172.33. On April 4, 2019 the rear passenger turn signal quit working. I replaced the bulb. April 9, 2019 the passenger tail light quit working. April 11, 2019 I replaced the bulb. As soon as that was done the front passenger low beam headlight quit working again. I checked the low beam fuse and it was fine. I cannot afford $172 again 9 days later for this repair. I have also found online in Chevy forums, this seems to be a problem for many people that own Chevrolet Malibu.

- Roseburg, OR, USA

problem #8

Dec 182018


  • 120,000 miles
The windshield wipers stop for no apparent reason on the low setting. They will make approximately one full pass to clear the windshield and the stop halfway through the second in the middle of the windshield. This makes it difficult to see while driving in inclimate weather.

- Mt Sterling, KY, USA

problem #7

Apr 272017


  • 119,000 miles
Doors lock and you cant get out of or in the car even if your holding an infant child and its 3 degrees outside and I can't use the unlock button to get in and the damn key wont even open the door. Its just stuck and who knows for how long sometimes in last just 3-5 mins other others going on 40 mins. The headlights have been replaced 3 times countless tail lights. I had to put replace the windhield wiper assembly that one sucked I could not operate the car for a week unless it would rain and this was happening this April when its always raining they actually quit working on fourth of the July going 70mph down interstate 79 in pouring rain. I purchased as many rain deterrents as I could try out which none last but a few mins.. then between getting pulled over by police countless times for headlight being out and I fix it then the same one or even the other side the next week will go out just 1 month later it goes back out and that same cop stop you again and they don't believe you that it was just replaced. Then the interiour lights all of them from gauges and headlamps turn on. My car is currently telling me to service svc tire sensors and other abbreviated sensors and traction control light is on. Also and maybe the most dangerous is the cruise control malfunctions which range from only working occasionally to acceleration engages if you scroll threw screen options and use cruise control simultaneously. And sometimes my trunk will just pop open when the car starts. The plastic hub caps constantly fall off and the back of the drivers seat plastic backing has broken loose the steering colum it sounds like U joints that have worn or a hydraulic issue

- Warren, PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 162017


  • 39,250 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the air conditioner was turned on, but the air failed to flow correctly. As a result the driver was unable to see out the windshield as it fogged up. The vehicle was taken to sullivan-parkhill automotive Chevrolet & Cadillac (440 w anthony dr, champaign, il 61821 (217) 352-4275) where it was diagnosed with a malfunctioning driver side actuator that needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the manufacturer advised her to take the vehicle to a local dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact also mentioned that the manufacturer and the local dealer confirmed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V634000 (visibility). The failure mileage was approximately 39,250.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 312017


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the windshield started to frost. The contact attempted to use the defroster, but the HVAC defroster failed to function. As a result, the interior windshield became foggy. The contact also stated that the control head module failed to function and failed to clear the windshield. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that she needed the proper documentation to service the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 012015


  • 75,000 miles
* beam on passenger side of vehicle** while off - unlocking with the key fob illuminates the headlamp (stationary) while on - headlamp does not work (stationary & in motion) it was thought that the bulb needed to be replaced, so it was replaced, and it has not corrected the problem.

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 122014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 59,645 miles
Observed that bottom half of heated driver side rear view mirror had become scorched - limiting visibility in bottom half of mirror. Could this be a potential fire hazard?

- Lima, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 012012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The ball and socket joint that connects the module wiper system to the wiper motor has failed twice. Once at approximately 62,000 miles and again this week at approximately 104,000. Both failures occurred during a low visibility condition (storm event) when the wipers were on "high." This is a catastrophic failure that disables the wipers and both times created a very dangerous situation. The socket portion of the ball and socket joint is a plastic part that in my opinion is poorly designed. Over time the socket wears and eventually it is not able to withstand the force when the wipers are switched to high/fast mode. Of course the high/fast mode is used only during very low visibility conditions and, as such, the failure causes a dangerous driving condition.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 252013


  • 90,000 miles
The drive linkage bushing keeps separating from the ball joint causing the windshield wipers not to work at all. This has happened multiple times, even after purchasing and installing brand new windshield wiper bushings.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA