really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,946 miles

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problem #234

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 #233

Aug 102017


  • 110,000 miles
Passenger low beam keeps going out. I've replaced the bulb 3 times in one year, and even changed the housing. This seems to be an issue with several model years of the Malibu.

- Mount Sterling, KY, USA

problem #232

Dec 072018


  • 126,000 miles
Passenger side low beam keep going out. Replaced bulb multiple times, still doesnt work. Replaced wiring harness within first week of purchasing vehicle and having repeated problems.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #231

Dec 052018


  • 81,452 miles
After driving the car one mile from home steering became difficult and a message appeared in the dic power steering. I pulled the steering wheel with two hands to get to the side of the road, turned the car off and when turned on the message was gone but the steering was still awkward and not as smooth as it should

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #230

Oct 042018


  • 180,000 miles
Well driving my car got hard to steer, the power steering light come on then I turned the car off, and restarted it then it began to drive back normal then it began to do the same thing again and every time I turned it off and started it back up it would return to normal but in order for the steering to return to normal I have to cut my car off and then turn it back on. It seems to happen as I am driving straight or sitting still

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #229

Jan 062014


  • 50,000 miles
Both front speakers, in the doors, do not work. I cannot hear chimes from turn signals being on too long, from keys being in the ignition when the doors are open and other such warning signals. It has caused confusion at times when the warning signals are not alerting me to problems while driving.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #228

Oct 242018


  • 79,000 miles
While driving, sometimes my brake lights come on when I am not depressing the brake pedal, sometimes, when I press the brake pedal the break lights do not come on, the traction control light comes on and stays of then later it goes off.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #227

May 072018


  • 119,000 miles
Body control module causing braking lights, turn signals not to function while in motion and stationary. Three times I've had the bulbs repaired and wiring harness checked. Given that te front end needs to be pulled just to change the bulbs, this has led to some high repair bills. My understanding is that 2004-2014 Malibu have been recalled for this problem. Chevy recall #13036 NHTSA campaign #14V252000. For whatever reason my vehicle is not included in the recall. It should be, and before my daughter is involved in an accident due to this.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #226

May 042018


  • 153,000 miles
I have had multiple ignition switch failures resulting in loss of airbag systems, the engine not shutting off when the key is removed, the battery dying, a brand new battery started smoking and leaking acid due to a 3rd faulty ignition switch. The issue can be spotty but indefinitely becomes more prevalent as whatever short in the switch gets worse. This is also across multiple switch manufacturers including bwd, ac delco and bmg. I have also noticed that the airbag system may remain on even with the vehicle off and, the battery drainage is much more prevalent when the airbag stays either in the on or off position with the vehicle off. The other issue this causes is the airbag system to completely go off line in which case the airbag warning light will go off but this usually resolves itself after 2 to 10 starts.

- North Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #225

Aug 062018


  • 38,000 miles
Passenger side headlight issue. Headlight lowbeam specifically on passenger side keep going out. After research and testing to find out it's not the actual bulb that's the issue. It's that headlight wiring on several different Malibu's. changed bulb 3 times in 6 month window.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #224

Aug 092017


  • 5 miles
The car loses speed while driving then reduce power shows on dashboard. When stop engine shaking and sometimes does not start.. I took it to the dealer and they couldn't find problem I already spend over 4000 and still happen.

- Empire, CA, USA

problem #223

Jun 152018


  • 87,533 miles
Passenger rear and front door automatic lock doesn't work and passenger has to manually pull it up to get out of car. Electrical panel will reset and then come back normal. Speed, gas, and RPM needles will bounce to 0, E, 0 and then go normal.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #222

Dec 122017


  • 125,000 miles
Key fob quit working. Bought new key fob from Chevrolet and Chevrolet mechanic could not get it to program. Lock switches on door stop working. Car will lock itself. Had to pay for lock smith because it locked me out.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #221

Dec 112017


  • 100,000 miles
Every time it rains or is very humid my all of the door locks will randomly lock and unlock ż whether IżM driving or the car is off and I am not inside. Its creepy. The door panel on the driver side initially stopped working and was replaced in January 2018 but by Feb the panel had stopped working again. The passenger side door only locks manually and never responded to driver side door panel controls when they were functioning. Now that my warranty has expired, manual locking it is.

- Warminster, PA, USA

problem #220

Dec 012017


  • 75,000 miles
I am not sure where to start. Door locks intermittently don't work, bluetooth just stopped working, have had to change headlight bulbs 3 times in 2 years, power steering went out (had that repaired by dealer at not cost), ac/heater/defroster used to shut off intermittently, now it just stopped working, driver's side seat heater stopped working, instrument panel randomly throws up error code (example: Service airbag, service engine) oh and the paint is fading on hood roof and trunk. Car has 75,000 miles and I used to love it. No I won't drive it out of town.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #219

Mar 142018


  • 0 miles
Takata recal, my cars lock button stopped working and my key pads as well as my headlights go out and come back on on their own. My car was in my driveway and all this happened a few weeks of eachother. Went to change my bulb and old bulb came back on. As well as when all my electrical went bad it was sitting in my driveway all night and battery quit working.

- Clinton Twp, MI, USA

problem #218

Mar 292018


  • 82,937 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 45 mph, the check engine indicator illuminated. Twenty minutes later, the traction control and service ESC warning indicators illuminated. The contact stated that a message appeared on the dashboard indicating "engine power reduced" and the speed decreased to 20 mph. The vehicle was taken to moran Chevrolet clinton twp (35500 gratiot ave, charter twp of clinton, mi 48035, (586) 307-5902) where it was diagnosed that the faulty solenoid valve needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,937.

- Saint Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #217

Mar 232018


  • miles
The car keeps dying and shutting off. I have replaced 2 new batteries and an alternator. When I am driving the car will either just die or start to die and all of the lights come on, power steering, ESC emergency brake all of them and then the car eventually dies.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #216

Mar 252018


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the front driver's seat heating system failed, causing the front driver's seat to overheat and cause two burnt holes. In addition, the contacts jacket burned due to the failure. There were no injuries sustained. A dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000.

- Ludlow, KY, USA

problem #215

Jan 052018


  • 118,600 miles
Power steering becomes stiff after idling for a few moments. Shut the engine off and restart and problem goes away. Brake lights work intermittently. Power door locks work intermittently when lock button is pushed several times. Unlocking doesn't work at all unless car is put in reverse then back into park.

- Bellevue, KY, USA

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