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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,585 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #66

Feb 282015


  • 18,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when the ignition was turned to the on position, the vehicle was shifted out of park and all of the doors locked. The contact stated that when the vehicle was shifted back to the park position the rear doors did not unlock. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 18,000. Updated 11/09/15

- Auburn, NY, USA

problem #65

Feb 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Owners of Chevy Malibu have an issue with 2008 - 2010 power door locks that malfunction. This is a safety issue since the doors can lock and unlock at random times, and mine do not lock and unlock unless done manually, since there is only a key way to unlock the drivers door you have to crawl over the front seats to manually un lock the rear doors. Please launch an investigation and order the manufacturer to recall the vehicles affected since its safety related. Thank you

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #64

Jul 012013


  • 140,768 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While operating the vehicle, the wiper transmission failed to work. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who replaced the wiper transmission, but the failure recurred. The contact also stated that the front driver side door lock failed to work. The dealer replaced the door lock mechanism, but the failure recurred. The contact had to close the door with force to get the door to secure. The contact also had to roll down the windows to ensure the door was locked and unlocked. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,768.

- Bedford, OH, USA

problem #63

Mar 272015


  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the door locks on the vehicle failed. The failure occurred intermittently. In addition, the contact stated that the security system failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Westin, FL, USA

problem #62

Jan 052015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at an unknown speed, the door locks would lock and unlock independently. At times, the locks would not work at all. The contact stated that the security light illuminated on the instrument panel and not all the locks failed at the same time. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Jeano, WI, USA

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problem #61

Oct 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Rear door locks fail to function.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #60

Sep 082014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


The door locks will not work at times... the door locks lock and unlock all the time. While driving and sitting in park.

- Dana. , KY, USA

problem #59

Jul 012014


  • 75,000 miles
I put my children I the car as I always do the car doors lock when put in drive. All of a sudden the unlocked and would not lock back. Since then they have failed to work. This is a huge safety issue for those with children. The fuses and relays are all good on the car im assuming it is the actuator. Would definitely like to see a recall on these locks for the safety of our children and others riding in these same conditions due to faulty locks.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #58

Jun 192014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 98,500 miles
Power door locks will not work they make the noise and click but do not take action to lock or unlock.this is very inconvenient having kids and having to reach all throughout the car to lock or unlock doors. Please fix this issue.

- Mount Airy, NC, USA

problem #57

Jun 152011


  • 45,000 miles
The power door locks are intermittent or have failed. This has become a problem with children in the back seat leaving them with unlocked doors or making it very difficult to reach across to unlock the door were a baby seat is located.

- Dundee, OR, USA

problem #56

Jun 092014


  • 65,700 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when the master door lock or the key fob was used, the rear passenger side door would not lock or unlock had to be locked or unlocked manually. The dealer re-programmed the remote, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 65,700.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #55

Oct 172013


  • 75,000 miles
Doors will not lock or unlock unless done manually. My driver side door just recently stopped unlocking with the remote it has to be done with the key. Its not safe I don't live in that great of a neighborhood and if my doors are unlocked and someone is trying to get in id have to crawl into the back seat to lock each door. Its not safe I don't understand why this has not been recalled yet.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #54

May 152012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 31,383 miles
The power door locks do not work on 3 of the four doors. The doors do not automatically lock when car put into drive. You are unable to unlock drivers door or rear doors with drivers automatic controls or the key fob. Have to lift the door lock manually from inside the car. The only way to unlock the rear doors is by climbing into the back seats. A safety hazard when young children are in the rear seats and you need to get them out of the car quickly!! had to have the door locks replaced on the three doors which cost $750.

- Dubuque, IA, USA

problem #53

Apr 022012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
My Chevy 2008 Malibu, the power locks stopped working on 3 out of 4 doors.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #52

Sep 012009

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The driver door locks stopped working. When I brought to the dealer to repair, it was determined the actuator no longer worked properly and it was repaired under warranty. After another six months, the passenger side went out, the unit was no longer under warranty. The following year the same problem recurred on the driver side. Today, neither side works nor do the key fobs. The cost to repair is $350 per lock. After researching this seems to be a recurring and noted issue with GM. The manual states "unlocked doors can be dangerous". many Malibu owners have lodged complaints on independent sites including Chevrolet Malibu forum.

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #51

Feb 232014


  • 108,000 miles
Door locks stop working two years ago, noise with steering and power train. Every time I turn it makes a crazy noise.

- Morrow, GA, USA

problem #50

Mar 012011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Back door locks will not lock unless pushed down manually. Both back doors will not lock with power locks or with key fob. I have read on many forums that it is the actuator not working. The car can actually be broken into because the doors are actually unlocked.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #49

Apr 122014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Chevrolet Malibu door locks / latches are failing to operate on three of four doors on the vehicle. Remote lock and unlock cannot be completed due to actuator / latch failure. Safety of vehicle is compromised as Chevrolet Malibu body control module is supposed to lock all doors as vehicle transmission is placed into drive and unlock all doors when vehilce is placed into park. However, due to apparent design / quality failure of door lock actuator / latch mechanism (as evidenced by failure on this vehicle and numerous other vehicles as reported in online owner forums safety of passengers is impacted by inability to secure moving vehicle and unlock and open doors to retrieve small children when outside of vehicle.

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #48

Nov 142012


  • 55,000 miles
Rear doors will not lock when put in gear or at highway speeds or unlock when put in park. Only will lock or unlock manually. The dealer told me that there is no recall on this problem. The rear lock solenoids go bad. And that they have been selling and installing a lot of them. The solenoids are part of the rear door latch. I paid for two new solenoids and installed them.problem fixed. The parts number has been updated four times" I feel GM should have repaired this at no charge. Why is this not a safety problem "

- Grinnell, IA, USA

problem #47

Oct 012012


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the power steering assist intermittently failed without warning. In addition, the door locks for all four doors failed to engage when using the key fob remote. Also, when shifting the vehicle into park the doors failed to unlock. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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