fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
26,350 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (7 reports)
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problem #7

May 172021

Malibu 6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,400 miles

Made me feel crazy when I know I put car in park and and it tells me to shift to park, so then I jingle it.

- mancha, Fort Worth, US

problem #6

Dec 162020

Malibu 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,127 miles

The car has a standard power train warranty, 5 years or 160,00 km. Apparently the warranty does not cover the transmission since it is not part of the power train according to the service people at the GM dealer. According to the GM experts you can drive the Malibu without a shifter for the transmission. Wow, I can't believe the expertise at GM. If you want to use the shifter to drive the car you just have to pay for the repairs out of your own pocket. It is very annoying and at times it requires 10 minutes of moving the lever to shut the car off. It is a good thing I have a carbon monoxide detector since I can't shut the vehicle off all the time and sometimes I forget. Who knows what can happen?

- George B., Princeton, ON, Canada

problem #5

Jul 012019

Malibu LX 2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles

I like my Malibu but I worry that if I have problems putting it in park and can not get it to shut down, it will be an expensive issue. The park system was replaced but it has occurred once in a while just to let me know it could still be an issue. It is the only issue I have with this car and I have over 37,000 miles on it now.

- Carol P., Griswold, IA, US

problem #4

Jan 012019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

When shifting into park, the shifter does not fully engage resulting in the inability to park the car or turn it off. The message on the dash says "shift into park" even though the shifter is actually in park. This happens every time the driver tries to park the vehicle. This is a known issue with GM and has been an ongoing issue, but very intermittent and now that I am over my warranty, GM will not help pay for it to be fixed. It has been going on for about 6 months now but because it was so intermittent and still is, I thought it was operator error. There is a known issue and a service bulletin but GM will still not budge on paying to get it fixed. Has anyone else experienced this issue and if so, have you contacted GM?

- hammer69, Leroy, US

problem #3

Oct 252018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,891 miles

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My car is a 2017 standard malibu and for 4 days this has been happening to my car and chevy dealership is always where i go for all my services on my car when i called dealership they say they never heard of this and wants to charge me to just look at it. This is unacceptable for my year of car and mileage. this should be under warranty. i try keep going in and out of park and different gears and still it gives me those messages and then if you ignore it, the car will beep and alert you until you keep playing with switching out gears and finally it works and stops after playing with ears for 15 minutes and looking stupid , but each time i drive it does this. something is obviously wrong and GM/Chevy should take care of this under warranty. im not paying for a defect in car which should be under warranty still

- Sunshine D., Boynton Beach, FL, US

problem #2

Dec 062018

Malibu Premier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,550 miles

The problem starting happening about a week ago. At first, it just happened once that day, and then not again for a couple days. Then once a day after that, and now it happens every single time I turn the car off. At first, I was able to just give the shifter a little extra push, and it recognized it was in Park. Now, it takes a lot of messing with it, turning it back on and off and such, to finally get it to recognize it is in Park.

The strange thing is that the car already knows it is in park; letting off that gas doesn't make me roll forward or backward, and the display under the speedometer shows I am very clearly in Park.

I have an appointment at the local Chevy dealer next week to see if this can be fixed. When I described the problem, the guy on the phone acted like he was very familiar with the issue.

- chamalibu, Bryan, US

problem #1

Apr 012018

Malibu Premier 2.0L Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,284 miles

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Car indicating to place in park after placing the shifter into park and shutting down the car. Info screen clears after wiggling the shifter back and forth.

- Jorge G., Sarnia, ON, Canada