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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,285 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 122014

Malibu

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 40 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the brake lamp failed to illuminte. The contact also stated that the brake lamp would illumninate when the brake pedal was not depressed. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Dagsboro, DE, USA

problem #11

Sep 022014

Malibu

  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the recall repair was performed for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), but it did not repair the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer because the brake lights illuminated constantly. The contact was experiencing an electrical failure with the driver side brake light not illuminating. The contact attempted to use the charger for the phone and the gps, but there was no electric current to charge the gadgets. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer more than three times and they were not able to replicate and diagnose the failure. The contact stated that they replaced the fuses several times, but the failures recurred. The contact was pulled over by the state police and the sheriff departments because the brake lights remained illuminated. Also, the rear tail lights failed to work. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 13,000.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #10

Nov 062014

Malibu

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The roadside assistance diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the brake lights failed to operate. The vehicle had not been towed to the dealer for repairs. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #9

Sep 152014

Malibu

  • 95,075 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 10 mph, the brake light illuminated without the brake pedal being depressed. As a result, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The driver did not sustain any injuries. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact received notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and believed that the crash was related to the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 95,075.

- Beaver Dams , NY, USA

problem #8

May 012012

Malibu

  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated as the steering wheel became very hard to maneuver. In addition, the contact mentioned that the brake lights were constantly failing. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who advised him that the vehicle was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The failure mileage was 18,000 and the current mileage was 58,000.

- Bellerose Manor, NY, USA

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problem #7

May 182011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the brake light remained illuminated without the brakes being depressed. In addition, the brake lights stopped illuminating when the brakes were being depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 16,000 and the current mileage was 20,000.

- Lake Grove, NY, USA

problem #6

Jul 262010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The brake lights come on while driving the vehicle under all conditions. The problem occurs repeatedly and without warning. The safety issue here is that drivers following behind are unable to tell if the brake lights are truly that brakes are being applied or just a phantom issue which could result in a rear-end collision. This issue may or may not be related to issues experienced with the cruise control of the vehicle either not engaging at all, or disengaging on their own. It may or may not also be related to brakes and rotors needing replacement more frequently than normal wear or problem experienced with the rear window defroster being unresponsive.

- Mount Bethel, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 062010

Malibu

  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the brake lights would remain illuminated when the brakes were not applied. When depressing the brake pedal, the brake lights would shut off. The contact attempted to correct the failure by switching the brake lights on and off to no avail. The contact further inspected the vehicle and noticed that the wiring harness connector from the floorboard to the fuse panel was the cause as it had not sufficiently maintained electrical contact. The manufacturer was not notified. The current and failure mileage was approximately 31,000.

- Ephrata, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 022010

Malibu

  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the brake lights remained illuminated and would shut off when the brake pedal was depressed. The dealer replaced the brake pedal sensor. The following day, the contact could not get shift out of park and the ABS braking system exhibited a noise when the brake pedal was depressed. The dealer stated that since the brake pedal sensor did not repair the failure, the ECM may need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired until the dealer spoke with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 25,000 and the current mileage was 32,000. Updated 11/11/10

- Victor , NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 132010

Malibu

  • 50,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated when driving at night, the brake lights would remain illuminated at all times until the brake pedal was depressed. The contact was able to locate several complaints online pertaining to the failure. Neither the dealer nor manufacturer was contacted to report the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileage was approximately 50,700.

- Minneapolis , MN, USA

problem #2

Mar 122008

Malibu

  • 35,900 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. While at a complete stop, the contact was informed by another motorist that her brake lights were illuminating even when she was not braking. In addition, the brake lights would not illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that a computer chip was failing, which caused the malfunction. The vehicle was repaired at the cost of $250. A year later, the failure recurred. The contact is in the process of taking the vehicle to the dealer for inspection and notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 35,900 and current mileage was 72,000.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 302007

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,750 miles
While on a trip to long island, NY, heading home, a truck driver pulled up next to the car and said there was a problem with the brake lights on the car, when driving the brake lights stayed on, when stepping on the brakes the lights went off. We pulled over to check the brakes, did not see a problem. We checked the brakes several times during the long drive home but we got several horns beeping during stop and go traffic. Several days after we got home a lady followed me to a the doctors office to tell me about the same problem. My husband took it to his mechanic, he was unable to locate the problem. We called the nearest Chevy dealer, dropped the car off and it took them several hours to see the problem and fix it. The part they put in was #15940467, module 2.560, costing me $533.48. The car, a 2006 Chevy Malibu ls, had slightly less than 36,000 miles at the start of the problem(while we were on our trip), when we took it to the Chevy dealer it had about 37000 miles, just past the warrenty. To me this is a safety hazard, since this a newer car there must be a problem with this part. Please look into this before injury happens.

- Concord, NC, USA

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