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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

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #61

Nov 232016

Malibu

  • 75,000 miles

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

2008 Chevy Malibu power steering assist is lost, a message displays on the driver information center and a chime sounds to inform the driver. We were advised that this is not covered under the GM recall in 2014, per the recall General Motors informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it would recall more than 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. that may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assist. Per our dealer the 2008 Chevy that we own is not covered under the recall however, we experienced the exact issue listed in the recall. To fix this issue the dealership is replacing the steering council which is costing us $600.

- Woodstock, IL, USA

problem #60

Jul 012016

Malibu

  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 20 mph and attempting to place the vehicle in reverse, the vehicle would not shift gears. The contact turned off and restarted the vehicle, but it failed to start. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and repaired. The dealer was notified, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 128,000.

- Decatur, IL, USA

problem #59

Aug 302016

Malibu

  • 171,000 miles
When trying to accelerate at a complete stop, the car will not go -- it seems to stall. When the car tries to shift from 3rd to 4th gear, the RPM's increase very high and the car will not shift until I release my foot from the accelerator. Once it shifts, it will maintain speed.

- Sumrall, MS, USA

problem #58

Jul 242016

Malibu

  • 88,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While attempting to shift the vehicle from park to reverse, the vehicle failed to respond. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact stated that the transmission module and solenoid were updated and reset; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000 (power train). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Troy, AL, USA

problem #57

Jun 032016

Malibu

  • 124,000 miles
Transmission shift cable fractured while the vehicle was in motion. Was able to move shifter in vehicle but gears did not change to that which was indicated. GM had a recall for this specific issue but for vehicles manufactured from May 16, 2003, through October 5, 2007 (GM's number for this recall is 14152, NHTSA campaign number: 14V224000). My vehicle was manufactured in 2008 (as indicated from the VIN) but I feel the same issue from this GM recall also affected my vehicle.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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problem #56

May 072016

Malibu

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 80 mph, the steering wheel began to drift and the transmission shifted erratically while several warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was able to restart after several attempts. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 140,000.

- Elacentro, CA, USA

problem #55

Feb 152016

Malibu

  • 123,265 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while the vehicle was in the park position, the key was stuck in the ignition switch. In addition, the gears shifted while the vehicle was in the off position. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the lock cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V460000 (power train). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 123,265.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #54

Jan 012016

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
Takata recall: Hello my name is [xxx] I am constantly having problem with my Chevy Malibu 2008. My car shut off while still in drive on my way home on the street and then my gear shifted to park while again the car is in drive. I have bad electrical problems that I gotten fixed and it still acting up but what's is important is that my car is not driving and I cant start it at all. Yes I got a new starter and its still responding the same. These problems been ongoing since I purchased it almost 3 years ago. Can you please contact me and help me. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #53

Dec 312015

Malibu

  • 131,000 miles
Check engine light comes on.engine power reduced 99 %.sometimes engine dies while driving 40-55 mph.engine code P2135 is displayed on my code reader. The problem goes away after cycling the ignition switch several times.car is un-reliable.this problem can cause you to crash the car.I was driving on the highway and city street when this happened.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #52

Dec 072013

Malibu

  • 159,734 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when the ignition key was turned to the start position, the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. While driving at various speeds, when the brake pedal was depressed, there was an abnormal sound coming from the front of the vehicle and the brake pedal vibrated and hesitated to respond without warning. On a separate occasion, while driving at various speeds, the vehicle jerked forward independently without warning. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred several times intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure was unable to be determined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 159,734. The VIN was unavailable.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #51

Nov 222015

Malibu

  • 62,000 miles

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

Timing chain on V-6 Malibu ltz had to be replaced after only 62,000 miles and cost $1,700. Traveling when engine light cam on and onstar said powertrain issue and get to shop immediately. Oil changed at dealer and GM verified records. Only used 89 octane gas. GM should bump up powertrain warranty to 10 years and 120,000 miles. Timing chain defect is a very dangerous problem.

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #50

Oct 172015

Malibu

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stopped accelerating without warning. The contact depressed the accelerator pedal with no response. The vehicle was pulled to the side of the road. The contact turned off and restarted the vehicle; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #49

Feb 232015

Malibu

  • miles
Dropped the car off at 12:00 noon on 07/23/15 for safety recalls (13036) and (14152) mickey said the car was ready my son and I picked it up, he drove home, loaded up, and made it to waco, tx. My son called me and said he could not put it in park or get the key out. I borrowed my neighbors trailer drove to waco it was dark so I just loaded up the car strapped it down and drove home mickey had called and said that the technician thought he: At first he started to say misplaced but then changed it to, left a clip out and to bring the car back but not to worry it would be safe to drive when I opened the hood in the morning to my surprise I found the clip tool that the technician left on top of the trans-axle wedged tightly between the shift cam and transaxle assembly I can tolerate ineptness but I can't tolerate being lied to if the clip was a problem that is the part that affects the recall in the first place, unsafe! if mickey was covering up for the technician's mistake of leaving the tool he used under the hood, at my son's expense that won┐T be tolerated I will take the car to capital Chevrolet Tuesday morning to check for any damage. Also the under panel was not secured correctly and a nut left out. I won't be answering the phone please make all correspondence by E-mail. On 07/28/15 at 9:00 I took the car over to capitol Chevrolet 6200 ih 35 austin, tx 78745 to inspect and check for damage after the tool left in the engine compartment was removed from the transaxle assembly the technician terry hamilton said there was no apparent damage but that the cable should of been connected by a clip not a worm gear clamp due to the chance of over tighten that could damage the cable assembly if the clip was truly forgotten did the gear clamp install itself? I sent an E-mail to chance covert (general manager) informing him of my experience

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #48

Jul 312015

Malibu

  • 85,000 miles
Many bulletin's posted #09-07-30-012. My 2008 Chevy Malibu had about 85K miles on it. I had only owned it for about 2 years and bought it used as a college student and had an outstanding loan on it. I was driving to work one morning and started to notice when accelerating getting on the highway that it was taking more time for my car to shift into gear. As I continued to drive my car was it taking even longer to shift from 3rd to 5th gear then it would abruptly shift into gear delayed. I figured maybe it need transmission fluid since it only had 85K on it, and then when I would reverse it was very loose feeling. Brought in to the shop and they said I needed a new transmission and the car was unsafe to drive. Quoted me 2200 for a used transmission. Looked online and saw several people with the same problem. I am just out of college so don't have that kind of money up front yet and I had a loan on the car still. Chevy said I wasn't under 100K mile warranty bc car was more than 5 years old. I live on my own and need a safe vehicle to get to work everyday and did not have the money for a used transmission up front so had no choice to go lease a car and trade this now worthless car with this transmission issue in that I had a loan on. So car was worth a lot less now than my loan so I went into a new deal with negative equity resulting me taking on huge car payment to get out of this mess. Chevy or GM need to recall this defect and take care of the customers affected and compensate those who were affected and took a huge loss in $ due this problem. I believe GM should be compensating me something for how much money I just lost unless they want to be known as a company who doesn't care about their customers and sells cars that transmissions go way before 100K miles....I will never buy or recommend them to anyone ever again if they do not rectify with good paying customers.

- Kenmore , NY, USA

problem #47

Aug 122015

Malibu

  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate, made and abnormal sound, and stalled. The check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that the wave plate in the transmission fractured due to high temperatures. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 122,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #46

Aug 042015

Malibu

  • 116,767 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 10 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to respond. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the failure was related to the transmission but the details were not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 116,767.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #45

May 022015

Malibu

  • 136,530 miles
Vehical was at a complete stop, placed in the park postion, and key removed from igniation, without incident. As driver exited the vehical, the vehical proceeded to roll away. Driver re-entered the vehical to try and start the vehical, but would not start. Car appeared to be in the park position as per the indication of the gear shifter. To prevent the vehical from continue to be mobil, driver had to apply the emergancy break.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #44

Apr 102015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
My 08 Malibu ltz is having trouble shifting gears. I have to let off accelerator for it to shift gears.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #43

Mar 102015

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 50 mph, there was extreme hesitation without warning. The vehicle eventually stalled. The vehicle restarted and resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #42

Jan 082015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 77,200 miles
The automatic transmission would not shift correctly and would slip and not engage when I would step on the accelerator. General Motors has a service safety bulletin out on the wave plate replacement but will not cover the cost of my repair. The document id 2294206 and also another number of 09-07-30-012. They have identified that the following list of vehicles have a problem 2008-2009 Buick enclave,2008-2009chevrolet equinox, Malibu, 2009 Chevrolet traverse, 2007-2009 GMC acadia, 2007-2009 Pontiac G6, 2008-2009 Pontiac torrent, 2007-2009 Saturn aura, outlook, 2008-2009 Saturn vue. I can only hope that my complaint will cause a safety recall of the listed automobiles.

- Racine, WI, USA

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