really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,782 miles

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problem #173

Feb 102019


  • 169,000 miles
Driving home, stopped at a light, 'service ESC┐ appeared on my dash, light turned green and I had no power steering! made it to a parking lot and turned off the car. Went to start it and it wouldn┐T start.

- Newfield, NY, USA

problem #172

Jan 072019


  • 120,000 miles
While driving the power locks goes off. They go lock and unlock when driving down the road they unlock and lock when wr are at home and the ignition is off. Tge brake ligjts stay on like I am hitting the brake peddle and the cruis control wont work bc the break lights stay on it cuts it off. I have been hearing noises coming from the shifter area a buzzing noise like a wire has crossed.

- Bardstown, KY, USA

problem #171

Feb 052019


  • 135,224 miles
Takata recall ! I currently own a 2009 Chevy Malibu ecotec and when starting the car one morning my electric stability control came on also saying no power stearing there has been a recall on the other models but not my ecotec 4 cylinder..

- Steubenville, OH, USA

problem #170

Jan 012019


  • 111,000 miles
The power steering message comes on when you start the vehicle and then says ESC off. Steering wheel won't turn. Turn the car off and most times if U turn the steering wheel while starting the car it will go off. Other times it takes 2 to 3 times of restarting. Tonight driving home the power steering light came on and the steering went out. Had to pull over and turn off the car and restart it. The steering wheel is shaking and vibrating all the time now.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #169

Jan 222019


  • 221,700 miles
ESC light came on while driving on 01-21. Morning of 01-22 was complete loss of power steering while trying to leave driveway. Ecs light remains on and power steering never returned even after 20 miles of highway and rural road travel. Extremely dangerous. Furious that only certain VIN #S are part of recall when it clearly affects the vast majority of vins for this model year.

- Rural Retreat, VA, USA

problem #168

Dec 062018


  • 86,000 miles
When driving down the highway power steering will quit working and it becomes extremely hard to steer(very unsafe condition). By turning off the ignition and restarting, steering will be fine until it happens again(which it does, can happen at any time, again very unsafe)

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #167

Jan 052019


  • 176,000 miles
Power steering and service ESC/traction light comes across the dash as I┐M driving randomly. When this happens my steering wheel becomes stiff and hard to turn. I can turn the car off and back on and it┐ll be fine but it does come back eventually.

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #166

Jan 042019


  • 200,000 miles
My ESC light came on randomly while in park and I lost power steering. Shut the car off and then back on it was fine, light went away. A few days later driving down the highway ESC light comes on, wheel begins shaking and lost power control, tried to pull off and turn the car off, like before, the light will not go off. No power steering at all in my car for about 3 days.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #165

Dec 072018


  • 135,000 miles
The ESC was turned off making it difficult to steer the vehicle. There was a recall for this issue but my vehicle was not included. How is that possible?! I have also had issue with the fuel pump, headlights and arm bars. I bought this as a used vehicle 3 years ago and have had nothing but mechanical issue after issue. Poorly manufactured vehicle. Including having to change out the entire fuse box.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #164

Dec 162018


  • 127,000 miles
While driving my ESC - enhances stability control light, ABS and traction control lights came on. When I stopped at a light and then tried to drive forward I was able to move my vehicle until the brakes kicked in and started slowing me down. After driving about 5mikes my husband who was driving behind me signaled to pull over. My brake lights were on and when I engaged the brake pedal to come to a stop the brake lights went off. After I released the brakes, and got out of the car with it still running my brake lights came back on.

- Martville, NY, USA

problem #163

Dec 312016


  • 98,000 miles
The power door locks engage and disengage at random. When using the unlock button on the key fob or using the button inside the car, the passenger and rear door looks will partially disengage making it hard/impossible to open the door with out manually pulling the lock tab on the door. The electric stability control and traction control will random engage/disengage or display a service message on the cluster screen. The third break light illuminates at random, not always the break is applied. The radio will display random characters while on or go completely blank.

- Mt Sterling, KY, USA

problem #162

Dec 142018


  • 4 miles
The ESC light keeps comming on for the traction controll and the ABS service light comes on while driving this can cause the car to loose traction while driving

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #161

Nov 112018


  • 132,000 miles
The power steering failed and power steering came up on message board while backing out of driveway on 11-11-18.afraid to drive vehicle drove vehicle around block without power steering just as I was pulling into driveway the steering came back.what happened.worried in Oregon.

- Aloha, OR, USA

problem #160

Nov 112018


  • 160,000 miles
Ecs deactivates and stais iluminated. Issue makes steeting hard to manubrate. Fuel issue. Fuel spilled around gas pump cap.

- Greenfield, CA, USA

problem #159

Oct 092016


  • 186,000 miles
Contacted local dealership for recall. They informed me it was lready done, but problem still persists. I purchased vehicle from my mother and she said she never had the work done.. power steering keeps going in and out and is a major safety issue

- Warsaw, IN, USA

problem #158

Oct 012018


  • 153,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. When the contact started the vehicle, "power steering" and "ESC off" was displayed and the power steering assist malfunctioned. The steering wheel became very difficult to turn in either direction. The failures were not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified, but the local dealer was not notified. The failure mileage was 153,000.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #157

Apr 032018


  • 171,000 miles
This has popped up on my car 2 months after I leased the car and the place I bought it from says its ok to be on my dashboard and I do not believe that. It shows up everytime I go up to 35 or more.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #156

Sep 102018


  • 130,800 miles
While driving, power steering stopped work. Steering got real hard and became real hard to turn my vehicle. There also seems to be some play (twitch) in steering column when stopped at a red light or stop sign. After a restart, it went away but same problem came back again the next day. There was message on dash regarding ESC sevice and power steering. It all sounds similar to the dorman recall on other GM vehicles.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #155

Aug 152018


  • 130,000 miles
When driving the vehicle the service traction service ESC & ESC off lights come off/on seems to be worse when I turn the vehicle will drive rough at times, also the cruise control will fail to work. Got a recall on this in 2017 took it into a dealer shop who applied gel to connectors said that fixed the problem, it certainly did not.I do not know if this is safe to drive my vehicle since it is the only one I own I do not have a choice. Since this has been going on for more than a year now I can not give an exact date but it does happen daily..I need the repairs made by GM not

- Jena, LA, USA

problem #154

Jul 092018


  • 148,000 miles
My 09 Malibu began acting up 1 yr ago when using cruise control, the security light would come on the car would bog down like it was losing power and the service ESC and traction control off light would come on, then about 3 min liter it would all turn off, my mechanic did not know why. Recently it has been misfiring and showing lights that say service ESC, traction control off and the check engine light blinks as car bugs down like it is losing power. It does this at 30 mph and 50 mph. When I get the light check it says misfire in cylinder 3. I have changed the plug and coil multiple times in last 2 months. Upon googling I found many others had the same issue with the same make and model. This started June 2017

- Shakopee, MN, USA

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