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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,042 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #41

Jan 012014

Malibu

  • 74,460 miles

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

Started car and service traction ESC lights came on. Upon driving car would not accelerate as it normally does, and seemed to loose power. The engine vibrated an unusual amount, much more than normal. The next day we took the vehicle to the dealer for recall no. 13036, the htsa campaign id no. For this recall is 14V252. The dealer only replaced what was outlined in the recall, which was clip, retainer, strap, retainer. However, this had no effect on the problem. They would not further diagnose or fix the problem.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #40

Dec 252014

Malibu

  • 50,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while making a U-turn at approximately 10 mph, the gear shift failed to switch gears and the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the shift cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V224000 (power train) and 14E044000 (steering). The failure mileage was 50,500.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #39

Dec 012014

Malibu

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu power steering just went out. The consumer also experienced problems with the shifter and the brakes.

- Semmes, AL, USA

problem #38

Nov 032014

Malibu

  • miles

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

Gear shift indicator failed again. It was fixed under a previous recall back in July 2014. Also there is an airbag light that has began to display, but Chevy states that the recall covers 2008 Impala, not the Malibu models.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #37

Nov 032014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
Shifting cable is shredded won't go in park, backed into my garage thought is was in park but wasn't.can't get car in reverse now. There is 3 recall's on vehicle one which is this shift cable. Can't get answer when this fix is going to be available.going on 6 months.is any one there going to get this company moving or not.

- Canastota, NY, USA

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problem #36

Oct 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to GM recall #13036 and repair reimbursement. *

- Theodore, AL, USA

problem #35

Oct 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles

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

2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer states he received 2 recall notices and has been experiencing problems with his vehicle that are outlined in the recall notice.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #34

Jul 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
On or about July 1, 2014 I received a recall notice from GM, safety recall 14152, but was informed the part was not available to perform the recall service. Since that time I have called the local dealership, apple Chevrolet in tinley park, Illinois (708) 336-3163, where I purchased the vehicle, on two occasions and was informed the part is still not available. Today, during my call to the dealership to again check on the status of the part, after being informed the part is still not available, I was directed to call General Motors directly and was given the number 1-800-222-1020. After speaking to the representative at General Motors, [xxx], and giving the last eight digits of my vehicle identification number, I was informed that the part is available. GM is saying the part is available and my local dealership is saying the part is not available. Can someone please help me? information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #33

Sep 242014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign number: 12V460000 (power train), NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), and NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #32

May 192014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
There is something wrong with the steering that cause the cruise control to accelerate while driving, there is issues with braking in the, the transmission is sticking or not always working, and the car shakes or requires you to force turn it at low speeds like up exist ramps. This has gone on for quite a while I have called several dealerships and the main number on the recalls and they just keep telling me no parts are available. This is my only car and I have no money for another how do they expect people to depend on their cars or survive when transportation is needed. Why aren't these parts being made faster or why aren't people provided any other solutions?

- Hastings, MN, USA

problem #31

Sep 112014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 106,884 miles

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

While driving 50 mph down the highway in my 2008 Chevy Malibu (106,800 miles) the traction control light came on and information center read "engine power deduced" and my car slowed to 20 mph almost immediately with no warning to me or the vehicles behind me. Luckily there was a wide shoulder and I veered off to avoid being rear ended as I had my 3 child all in car seats in back. I called the dealership but as they weren't open yet, I did what I had to as one of my children is a special needs child and was almost time for his seizure medication and drove the car on to my mother in laws 4 miles away. I drove down the shoulder of the highway for approximately 1 mile to make it to my mother in laws turn then the next 3 miles to her house was less congested with traffic luckily. The car had a slight shake to it almost and something seemed like it was rattling almost under the hood but a slow rattle not like a knocking sound tho. After the dealership opened I took the car to them after shutting off and restarting car ran normal again. They said they could find the issue in the history. Chevy told us the cam shaft solenoid had internal failure and needed replaced. We got it fixed and changed spark plugs and did a small tune up to make sure that was the whole issue solved. Last night just a day later the same thing happened as my husband was driving the car. This is an issue with many newer Chevy cars some still with just 50,000 miles on them. It is a major safety concern and needs to be addressed with GM in a recall I am afraid before more lives are taken due to faulty engineering and parts! please look into this further! Chevy also found a crack in the exhaust manifold that they are replacing for free already as well as multiple other recalls we are awaiting parts for.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #30

Sep 122014

Malibu

  • 86,000 miles
I stopped at a gas station to put gas in my car and, when I attempted to put car in park, it remained in drive and would not stop. Upon taking my car to the auto shop, at the dealer where I purchased the car, they indicated to me that the transmission shift cable was damaged and needed to be replaced. Upon further research, there was a recall for this issue by GM (recall # 14152). However, my vehicle was not specifically recalled even though I am now having the exact issue that has been listed in the recall. The auto shop is saying that I will have to pay for repairs related to this problem. I do not believe that I should have to do so.

- Kentwood, MI, USA

problem #29

Feb 032014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). However, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Atlanta , GA, USA

problem #28

Aug 272014

Malibu

  • 64,915 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. When the transmission was shifted into drive and the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle automatically went into reverse. The failure occurred several times. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V224000 (power train) and 12V460000 (power train). The dealer replaced the gear lever with a plastic attachment five times, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 64,915.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #27

Jul 182013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Rec'd two safety recall notices for this vehicle. 2 months apart. Local dealer does not have parts, we will be notified when available are we going to have an accident before parts are available?

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #26

Aug 112014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received recall notices for NHTSA campaign numbers: 12V460000 (power train), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The parts needed for the repairs were unavailable and the dealer could not provide an estimated date of arrival. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- St Petersburgh, FL, USA

problem #25

Jul 182014

Malibu

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the gear shifter failed. The contact also stated that when attempting to shift into park, the gear shifter would remain stuck in park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing, who stated that the shift cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 14V224000 (power train), however the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #24

Jul 132014

Malibu

  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while at a stop, the vehicle failed to shift into gear and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who diagnosed that the transmission failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #23

Jul 022014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 25 mph and the engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. There was a chime that sounded throughout the vehicle. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road and restarted but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was contacted and did not offer a remedy. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 13,000 and the current mileage was 13,050. Updated 10/22/2014 updated 4/2/2015

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #22

Jun 112014

Malibu

  • 92,480 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving at 30 mph, the vehicle stalled and the gear shifted independently from drive to low drive. The vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed and an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the shift cable was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact was made aware of recall NHTSA campaign id number 12V460000 (power train). However, the VIN was not included on the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 92,480.

- Hamton, VA, USA

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