pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
47,050 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. replace engine control module and body control module (1 reports)
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problem #6

Jul 142018

Malibu LS 6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

I just purchased this car in July of 2018 with certification. They had to put a charger on it to drive it out of the lot but said someone had left the dome light on. I have had to put the charger on it several times to get it to start. I'm taking it to the dealer to have it looked at. I think there must have been a problem before I bought it. The clock and dash lights still come on but the car just clicks like the battery is dead when I try to start it. It doesn't happen every time but once I charge it the clock and radio stations are still set. Maybe the alternator? I'm no mechanic but my warranty runs out in 6 months and I need this problem fixed.

- Barbara S., Wellsville, KS, US

problem #5

Sep 012013

Malibu LTZ 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles

A lot of people are complaining about their car not starting. Well my engine control and body control module was replaced on my car when the car only had less then 500 miles. YES, less than 500 miles. One was replaced (can't remember which was first) when the car had about 200 miles on it. I was driving home from the dealer with 34 miles on it and the car did not want to start after we stopped for lunch. Of course the problem would not happen while at the dealer so I took it in approximately 4 times over the next couple of weeks until it did it for them. Then about 400 miles later the check engine light came on and I called OnStar who told me to take to dealer, engine problems. Well that is when the other module was replaced. I could go on for a long time with all my problems but I won't. I still love my car but disappointed in Chevy. Sadly I am thinking of trading it in for another Chevy because my warranty is about done. August will be 3 years and I am scared not to have coverage if something else would go wrong.

- Stacey P., Atlanta, IL, US

problem #4

Feb 042016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

Tried to start car and all electrical is off. No interior lights, no brake lights, no power locks, nothing. The key is stuck in the ignition and cannot remove it. Took it to the Chevy dealership and they could not find problem. Said probably needed new battery or had a bad cable. Took it to another dealership I trust to check out battery and starter and all was good. This is my wife's car and she has been stranded 3 times now. Wish someone would actually try and find the problem and quit guessing

- Mark B., Fort Walton Beach, FL, US

problem #3

Jan 202016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

The car simply starts one day and won't start the next. My husband have no idea what it is. We went to Discount Auto to get a free diagnostic and they told us, it was a sensor under the hood. Got that fixed for about $100. It continue to crank one day and not the next. We thought it was the battery, so we brought a battery; still the same problem. Then, we took it to a Chevrolet dealership because it is a Chevy. However, they told us we needed another battery, specifically for that car; we paid $140 for that. Chevy changed the battery wires and charged us $100 for that. We drove the car home; 2 days later it wouldn't start. We waited a week and it started, so we drove it back to Chevrolet and they told us, it's something in the back of the car, the fuse box, which will cost $500; plus, they're trying to get me to trade it in. Do they know their own cars?! What is going on with this car?! I only had it for 2 and 1/2 yrs and have 3 and 1/2 yrs of payments to go. Will it last?!!!!!!

- Sheranek C., Lawrenceville, GA, US

problem #2

Jul 032015

Malibu LT 2.5L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

My car needs to be fixed! Its an embarrassment for me and gm motors! Get to it, you make we buy but make them right because our money is right!

- Jesus D., San Joaquin, CA, US

problem #1

Feb 142015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

Got in car to start it and it wouldn't start, so I had to get a jump and have since Feb. I thought it was the battery but took it to get replaced and they checked the battery, starter, alternator and it all comes back ok. I told them I noticed when put the ac on is when this problem occurs and because none of the lights are coming on letting us no what the problem is I can't get it fix until it completely goes out.

- Latanya S., Daytona Beach, FL, US