hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,905 miles

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problem #13

Aug 082013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Malibu brake lights stay on while driving then when I press my brakes the lights would go off no one knew when I was using my brakes. This was brought to my attention when I was on a major hwy/speed limit 70 mph when all of a sudden traffic was stopping. The cars behind me were coming at a high speed, but luckily the car directly behind me just short of crashing into my rear missed me.. he got out of his car while the traffic was stopped and approached me to let me know I had no break lights and he also noticed that prior to stopping my break lights were on. In the meantime I had warnings pop up on my car service traction/ESC service. Well of course, my car was taken to a shop where it showed a break switch needed to be replaced and switch brake needed to be calibrated by the dealership. The car was taken to the dealership and the break switch failed when they performed brake position calibration. The gentlemen said that the switch could be bad even thou it was a new one that was purchased from the dealership. They replaced it again and re-calibrated and afterwards said everything works well. Within two weeks the problem with breaks are still there. There is a major problem we have with the 2009 Malibu. I"M just lucky I"M still alive. What upsets me the most is the problem is there, but dealerships want to keep replacing parts and charging you $$$$ for something that needs to be recalled before someone gets killed!

- Mullins, SC, USA

problem #12

Sep 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Brake lights come on intermittently while driving. There is no indicator when or how this is happening. It has affected the cruise control option as well as the traction control on the vehicle. This is a safety concern for all motorists - unsure when a care is actually stopping and or accelerating.

- Ravenswood, WV, USA

problem #11

Aug 192013


  • 68,477 miles
2009 Malibu brake light stayed on while driving then when I hit my brakes the lights would go off no one knew when I was using my brakes heard this isn't the first time why do the have to wait till someone crashes or dies before they fix it also it kicked off the cruise control.

- Senecaville, OH, USA

problem #10

Jun 222013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 75 mph with the cruise control activated, the cruise control disengaged independently and the contact noticed that the brake lights were illuminated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 80,000.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #9

Jun 082012


  • 54,131 miles
The vehicle began to display a "service traction/ESC" message on the hud. Brake lights would come on randomly and stay on, sometimes for minutes, sometimes for hours. As a result of brake lights being on, cruise control was not functional. Had a sensor replaced which temporarily resolved the issue. The problem has returned 53 weeks and 17,000 miles later.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #8

Dec 072012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
The brake lights began to turn on when the brake pedal was not depressed, even when the vehicle was in park. When driving, the brake lights will stay on and the cruise control does not work. These problems may only last a couple of minutes but may also persist for greater than an hour at a time. The problem manifests itself somewhat unpredictably but its frequency and duration have increased over time.

- Tremont, IL, USA

problem #7

Apr 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
When driving my 2009 Malibu my brake lights will come on. When tapping the brake they go off, but when I need to use the brake no lights show. When this happens my service ESC and service traction lights also come on. Im getting very aggravated, I have only owned this car since June 2012, and constantly having problems.

- Blanchard, OK, USA

problem #6

Mar 012012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
If cruise is engaged, sometimes it will just turn off. This is accompanied by constant brake lights even when the brakes are not pressed. Other times, the cruise will not engage and the brake lights will be illuminated constantly. Usually this occurs along with an error message regarding the est stability system on the car. Usually after turning the vehicle off everything works again.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 092013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
This is a recurring problem, beginning nearly 2 years ago. I have had the vehicle in for repairs several times, but the last documentable incident is March 9, 2013. ESC service light comes on, cruise control shuts down, brakes lights illuminating when they should not, and not illuminating when they should. There's always been some "thing" they find wrong, from re-calibration of the ESC system to this last incident, where they told me it was the brake light switch! I had just had the vehicle in to have a headlight replaced the prior weekend and I never noticed the brake lights not working, and the dealer that replaced the headlight never mentioned it either. I'm thinking they would have if they could charge me to fix something additional on the car. I just paid $250 to replace what I was told was a burned out brake light switch on March 9th, (palmen motors, kenosha, wi), and its already recurring. I heard part of possible recall on wnn abc news and started researching and ended up at your site this morning. I want to report this. There's no telling how many dollars have been paid to mechanics to fix unnecessary repairs because of this! I am furious! I am hoping that if this is a recall, or made one, I can at least get some of my money back! thank you,

- Pleasant Prairie, WI, USA

problem #4

Mar 042011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 45,880 miles
Vehicles tire right side rods failed at 45880 were replaced under warranty 3/4/11. Complained to dealer about noise from right side of car at 50K dealer claimed there was no noise however due to weather conditions at the time (raining) they would need to see vehicle on a dry day. Vehicle in shop now with 64000 almost 1yr later right side tire rods need replacing again. This is my second Chevy Malibu and I am not happy. Doubt I will purchase Chevy again!!!

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

problem #3

Sep 162011


  • 65,000 miles
While driving at 68mph with the speed control engaged, the speed control turned off. I looked in the rear view mirror and saw break lights on. I checked the mat to verify that it was not pressing the pedal. I then depressed the pedal, the car slowed and the break lights turned off. Now the brake lights are always on when the pedal is not pressed, and they turn off after pressing the pedal. This causes other drivers to not be aware that I am stopping.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #2

Aug 012011


  • 40,000 miles
The brake lights on my daughter's 2009 Chevrolet Malibu come on while she is driving & her cruise control stops working. She took her car into the dealer & 2 other people were there with the same complaint. The service dept. Said it was fixed but the same day as she picked it up, it happened again. While driving down the highway @ 70 mph with the cruise on, the brake lights come on and stay on until she presses the brake pedal. The brake lights go out while she is applying the brakes & come back on when she releases the brake pedal. Also, she also can no longer set her cruise control. After the vehicle has been parked for a few hours, the cruise & brake lights work properly. Anyone following her, especially @ night, might assume that she is stopping while driving & driving whilst stopping. I am concerned that this could cause a fire if the problem is electrical in nature, (both taillight bulbs have recently burnt out or shorted out & been replaced). I am very concerned that this could cause a serious accident.

- Clio, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 052010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
The event leading up to : turning right from side street the car lunges into the left lane when accelerating. The failure occurs every time when the car takes off from a stop to enter into freeway. Steering wheel rotates with fast action clock wise 360 degrees.what was done took car to 4 dealers all said it meets the specifications of the car. Car dealer said it was a glitch corporate said there was nothing they can do. Updated 10/05/10 the consumer stated the vehicle pull to the right. Updated 10/07/10

- Seattle, WA, USA