pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
34,000 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. cables changed (1 reports)
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problem #6

Jul 012021

Malibu LT 1.5L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

This is an ongoing issue with this Malibu. I have to tap the shifter to tell the car it is in park.

- bo_bindy_cyndi, Sturgis, US

problem #5

Aug 242021

Malibu LT 1.5L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

Now tapping the shifter does not help. If I press the shifter button enough times, it will finally shut off. Since this is a issue with pretty much EVERY Malibu, it’s time GM gets their s*** together and recalls and fixes the problem. I literally cannot afford a new transmission for a faulty bendy piece of metal that they need to get taken care of. Good grief.

- bo_bindy_cyndi, Sturgis, US

problem #4

Jul 282021

Malibu LT 1.5L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,300 miles

This continues to happen with this car. How long before I jack up the shifter?!?

- bo_bindy_cyndi, Sturgis, US

problem #3

Jun 242020

Malibu LX Turbo 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles

3 months and 6000 miles out of the factory warranty and the shift to park error message comes up. Shows a recall for select 2016-2017 Malibu cars but not our specific vin. So instead of the factory covering in, we had to shell out $250 for our extended warranty deductible to have this fixed and the passenger rear window leaking water. Highly disappointed in the car and dealership for not trying to get this fixed under warranty or recall

- Douglas P., Waukomis, US

problem #2

Jul 022019

Malibu LS 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,500 miles

For about a week now every time I put my car in park then press the button to cut the car off, I get an error message saying shift to park and the car will not cut off and horn beeps. Chevy says my warranty is out and power train warranty wont cover this. This is ridiculous I've seen several issues of this with other people and don't understand why there isn't a recall. Who wants to sit outside in their car after work for 30 minutes trying to get their car to cut off? I need a solution ASAP

- Iris S., Tupelo, MS, US

problem #1

Nov 122018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

2017 Malibu with 5,000 miles, had an issue with turning my car off. on dashboard It said shift to park when it was already on park. I had to push it so hard so it can turn off. It was a hassle I took it to the dealer. It was fixed at last, some cables were replace. I wasn't charged because of the warranty it still had.

- Mayra G., LAS VEGAS, NV, US