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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,678 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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2008 Chevrolet Malibu body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 032014


  • 82,000 miles


Driver's door would not latch shut and door would freely open. After pulling the door shut multiple times it finally latched and I could drive. When trying to exit the vehicle the inside door handle would not open the door. I had to roll my power window down to open the door from the outside. After I got out the door would not latch when I tried to close it. After multiple attempts the door would still not latch shut and I had to physically hold the door shut the rest of the way home where it never would latch. Research online indicates that there are numerous reports that the door latch/lock assemblies fail which doesn't seem safe if you can't exit the car or if it were to come unlatched while driving.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #8

Jan 062014


  • 55,000 miles
I was driving down a bridge when the vehicles in front of me came to a sudden stop, I hit my brakes and slid into the back of a Dodge Ram and then was rearended by a Chevy Tahoe. My airbags never deployed and a light flashed in the dash saying check airbags. I wasn't aware this could be a defect in my vehicle at the time, it has since be totaled.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #7

Oct 042012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 57,353 miles
Sun roof on passenger door leaking water after it rain. I was told that right side drain was stopped up. On April 12 the sun roof was leaking again. I think it is a defect and need a recall. I have had cars with sun roof before and never had a problem. It is my understanding that I am not the only one with a Malibu having this issue. The service manager at the car dealership told me he has a Malibu and is also having this problem. Of course it is not costing him $100 every six months because he knows how to fix it. If this is happening every 6 months, there is something wrong with the product. I spoke with GM customer service but I didn't get any help. I was told because they have not been ordered to recall there was nothing they could do.

- Oxford, MS, USA

problem #6

Jan 102011


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the power locks failed on the front driver and passenger side as well as the rear driver side. The failure recurred numerous times. The front driver side door was repaired previously by an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 70,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #5

Nov 172011


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the front passenger's side door could not be opened. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection but they could not diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 24,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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problem #4

Oct 162012


  • 50,000 miles
The door locks do not work. How is this not a safety problem? sometimes the door locks work sometimes they don't. I have a newborn that rides in the backseat. If the doorlocks don't work, the only way to unlock the back door is to either roll down the rear window or crawl into the back seat from the front. If I had to get my child out of the car in an emergency, I don't know how I would do that without working door locks. I have researched this problem online and it appears this is a common problem with this car.

- Raceland, LA, USA

problem #3

Jan 192011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Both back door locks stopped working. They will not unlock or lock without manually doing so. This makes it very hard to quickly get my toddler son out of the car without rolling the window down first to unlock it. Cruise control works on and off due to the break lights flashing off and on even when I'm not pushing the break pedal. This is very dangerous when I am driving on the free way and my break lights stay on. This also occurs more often when it has rained and the car is wet. I assume this is due to a leak of water getting into the electrical... my trunk leaks when it is shut. When it rains heavy I notice the bedding becomes very wet on one side. The radio is also effected along with the cruise control. Certain buttons stop working for periods of time. The screen will also go black and the radio will not work at all then suddenly come back on.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 162011


  • 8,748 miles
Driver door does not unlock with remote all the time or lock with remote all the time. Also the computer that gives you oil life, average speed, and other readings is giving the wrong readings. I took this car to a dealer while still under warranty and they said it could not be verified.the door lock is an intermittant problem.

- Roselle Park, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 022011


  • 85,000 miles
The power steering in the vehicle jumps from left to right going down the road. It is very hard to maintain your lane when this happens. It happens at all different points whether the car has been running or just started, it can last up to 30 min. Quit then start again it is very unsafe. My catalytic converter has also gone out in this car. It looses transmission power, doesn't accelerate promptly. When we first got the car we had it in the shop for the back trim leaking, trunk release not working, the car wouldn't start do to the aftermarket alarm the dealer ship placed on it, and the paint peeled. No I am having major issues and it is out of warranty. I will never buy another Chevy. This was the worst mistake ever and those car is unsafe to drive.

- Euharlee, GA, USA

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