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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,811 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #78

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 #77

May 302014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the key failed to turn. On numerous occasions, the contact had to make multiple attempts to start the vehicle. The dealer stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000. Updated 09/15/14

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #76

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 #75

Nov 012013


  • 93,000 miles


Everything everyone has been complaining about is wrong with my car. The alarm doesn't work. We have to manually lock the doors sometimes. Brake lights comes on and off as it wants. Just recently, 05/15/14 the car had been really slow at picking up. It was really hard to get the car to reach 60mph. But some days it'll pick up ok too? I hope they fix these issues sooner. Really disappointed.

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #74

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 #73

May 232014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 74,136 miles
My wife and I were traveling on interstate 40 going around 75-80 mph when the cruise control disabled by itself. I could not get it to engage and noticed the tail lights were illuminated. The only way they would go off was to apply a little pressure to the brake pedal. The cruise control will still not work and the brake lights are staying illuminated. Also when braking at high speeds the entire car occasionally shakes and does not brake properly. I have been fortunate enough that I have not needed to apply the brakes in such a manner to avoid an accident.

- Fort Smith , AR, USA

problem #72

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 #71

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 #70

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 #69

May 162014


  • 39,555 miles
Turn signal isn't operating correctly, it no longer cuts off automatically, three of my four door latches aren't working--don't respond to key fob (the one that works), have to lock all three doors manually. Check engine light comes on after filling up car and has been on for about 7 months with no one at the dealership knowing why. Also have a problem with water settling in my car every time it rains. Key fobs both went out also but only one is now working at 75%. all of these problems have been going on since I first got the car with the dealership either pretending as if I did it or that they do not have enough staff to correct the problem. I know this was only done because I am a female and the car was under warranty. I am so disappointed!!! I bought this car brand new with only 100 miles on it and it seems as if GM wants their dealerships to do this. I know so many people with the same problems from the same parent manufacturer (Tahoe, enclave, Impala, Malibu) this car seems to have a lot of minor/major problems that all rear their ugly heads at various times of ownership..thinking about getting rid of it even though it was my dream car and almost paid for!!!! GM needs to get on the ball!!!

- Pineville, LA, USA

problem #68

May 162014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles


The vehicle transmission- car is moving when not supposed to or car gets stuck in place awhile shifting gears. Car drives sluggish not shifting to the proper gear. Light bulb- lights go out and come back on at later dates. Electrical-radio speakers go in and out locks don't operate neither dies alarm.

- Phila, PA, USA

problem #67

May 122014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
This has happened twice in the last 2 months. When I turn off ignition, my key will get stuck and will not come out without jerking the steering wheel around.

- Caddo Mills, TX, USA

problem #66

Mar 082010


  • 15,000 miles
The power door locks do not lock or unlock when the vehicle gear shift is put in park or drive. The first lock became disabled while under warranty and was repaired.. now the remaining (3) three power locks do not function.. they stopped functioning when the warranty ended... I did not repair them because the cost is a few hundred dollars per lock.. I have to turn the car ignition off while the transmission is in drive and then put the shifter in park. Otherwise I have to go around to each door and lock them manually.. very embarrassing.. not certain of the possible safety hazard though.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #65

Feb 102014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic, who diagnosed that the computer chip failed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 118, 122.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #64

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 #63

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 #62

Feb 112014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
While maintaining speeds around 35-40 mph. The engine seemed to try to cut out and lose power. The service ESC service traction control light came on the dash. The engine was trying to cut out. Later in the day starting out at a stop light the engine stopped completely and I was stuck in the intersection. I was able to get the car to the side of the road. It restarted after about 5 minutes. I took it to a dealership and they fixed a few things. A few days later the same thing happened again while on a side road. I could not get the car restarted again and had to get the car towed. The dealership replaced a few more parts and said it was ok. After it happened for a third time I told the dealership to keep it until they get it running properly. The car works but it still feels like the engine wants to cut out sometimes but not as bad.

- Enola, PA, USA

problem #61

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 #60

Aug 022013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The brake lights come on without braking and go off when you brake. The cruise control shuts off when the brake lights come on without pushing the brake peddle. The traction control warning light on the dash comes on also when the brake lights luminates.

- Hamilton, MI, USA

problem #59

Oct 152013


  • 146,023 miles
I have a power door lock problem with my car. All door lock actuator seem to be working correctly when they get the correct voltage. At times they lock and other times just certain doors lock and the others remain unlocked I then press the lock button again and then come down about half ways but don't completely lock all the way now after the third try it acts as if its not sending enough voltage and will not work anymore until car has been ran for a minutes then it acts as if it was recharged. After the car is turned off its back to doing the same thing tried even with car still on and also loses power after a few try's.

- Greenfield , CA, USA

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