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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,797 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 7 of 8)

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problem #24

Jan 192011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles

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

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 #23

Aug 102012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 40,500 miles
Turn signal arm does not stay in place when signaling to turn. Also the turn signal arm when it does stay in place it will not return to normal position/turn off signal by itself after making a turn. When turning the steering wheel it makes popping noises. Door locks on all doors stay either in the "lock" or "unlock" position at all times. One of the rear passenger door lock has been replaced at the dealership for $300 and the door lock still fails. The only way to unlock the passenger doors is to do it manually and climb over the seats. The driver door has to be unlocked with the key and manually locked when exiting the vehicle.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #22

Jan 012010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
On multiple occasions while driving, speed doesn't change outcome, door locks will continue to lock and unlock by themselves and car alarm will go off and will set itself while driving down the road. This is very distracting to the me, the driver and to the drivers around my car. Thus potentially causing a crash. Also, the brake lights will illuminate until you press the brake pedal then they go off. This is definitely backward! the doors will unlock, sometimes. However, you will have to guess which ones will unlock. Usually, the ones that unlock are the front-right passenger and back-left passenger. The reason the unlock is because they don't lock! no one can "duplicate the problem". the driver door and right-back door sometimes are unable to be opened. This requiring me to find a door that can be opened or that did unlock and climb through to the drivers seat. All of this while making sure my autistic son and daughter remain safe in a parking lot. This is very unsafe, as I park in a parking garage several times a week on a college campus. Unfortunately, neither key less remotes work either! most recently the shifter cable has broken. The care wouldn't budge. Chevy was notified, we were told to have it towed to the closest Chevy dealer. Just to be charged a diagnostic fee, we told them the problem, and they decided not to cover it under the power train like we were told would happen. Then two weeks ago, the shifter cable broke again! this seems very odd. The entire time I have had this car when I press the accelerator pedal it feels like the car is running out of gas or like its having a hard time shifting. This has been reported from the beginning with no help. So, this is my last reach out for help. As I hear about all the carjackings, cars getting stolen and robbed, I just think my car is an open invitation! please help. Chevy wouldn't help us even under warranty.

- High Springs, FL, USA

problem #21

Jun 042012

Malibu

  • 37,030 miles

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

Remote lock would not work on driver's door.

- Louisville, OH, USA

problem #20

May 262012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I have a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 2lt with 111,000 km on it. I have been noticing a few things since I purchased this from brand new. Overall my car has been ok with getting me from place a to place B. the issues I have had that are pretty serious flaws are the power steering column, the alignment, the automatic power transmission, and the door locks. I have been able to get by however recently I had to get the steering column replaced under a special warranty policy. I had to "kick and scream" however in the end the part was installed. That would have cost me about 900 dollars if it was not covered. Now I am having an issue with the "check engine light" indicator. This came on for the first time yesterday and when I called to get a diagnostic I was told that there is an issue with the power transmission. It seems after looking on-line that there are a lot of people with the same care as mine having issues with the transmission. Now I am getting nervous since I just paid 13,000 to buy out my lease. I have called GM customer service and they told me that they will work with me and the dealership to get this fixed. Before I go to the dealership I want to have all my documentation that indicates that this is a special policy issue and not something that I have to pay for out of my own wallet. I have put about 38,000 into the purchase of this car and do not have any more room to dump tons of money to getting this fixed especially when other GM customers have paid out of their own pocket to realize a few weeks later that there is another issue on the transmission that needs fixing. I am going to do everything in my power to have this covered by GM. I have been a proud GM owner all my driving life and want to make this right. I dread needing to fix the car and selling it. That is not an option for me at this time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

- Mississauga, NN, USA

problem #19

May 012009

Malibu

  • 5,000 miles
When we got the car we loved it. After 4500 miles the battery died had to wait 3 days for the dealer to get us a new one. Great car ran fine then after 15,000 miles the check engine light came on and was told that it was something to do with a valve sensor. Dealer fixed it as it was under warranty. Then at 65,000 miles then check engine light came on and was told it was the valve sensor again. They brought it in the garage and said they couldn't replicate the check engine light coming on. So around 79,000 miles all the door locks stopped working. Now when my wife was driving it tonight the car started "chugging" and the check engine light came on again. The Chevy reps. Said all they can do is give me a $500 rebate for a newer car.

- Cornish, NH, USA

problem #18

Oct 032011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 91,985 miles

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

While driving or not driving the steering wheel shakes vigorously and the power steering warning light comes on. Then the brake lights come on when I'm not touching them.when I do apply the brakes the lights go out. Then have to apply a generous amount of pressure to get them to come on. I constantly keep getting the light service ESC then it says it is off. I turn off car and it resets but after 2 or 3 minutes it comes back on. I also keep getting a seatbelt light as to buckle up and I'm already wearing seatbelt. The steering gets hung while driving pulling to either side of the road.

- Boiling Springs, SC, USA

problem #17

Oct 032011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 91,985 miles
While driving or not driving the steering wheel shakes vigorously and the power steering warning light comes on. Then the brake lights come on when I'm not touching them.when I do apply the brakes the lights go out. Then have to apply a generous amount of pressure to get them to come on. I constantly keep getting the light service ESC then it says it is off. I turn off car and it resets but after 2 or 3 minutes it comes back on. I also keep getting a seatbelt light as to buckle up and I'm already wearing seatbelt. The steering gets hung while driving pulling to either side of the road.

- Boiling Springs, SC, USA

problem #16

Oct 032011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 91,985 miles
While driving or not driving the steering wheel shakes vigorously and the power steering warning light comes on. Then the brake lights come on when I'm not touching them.when I do apply the brakes the lights go out. Then have to apply a generous amount of pressure to get them to come on. I constantly keep getting the light service ESC then it says it is off. I turn off car and it resets but after 2 or 3 minutes it comes back on. I also keep getting a seatbelt light as to buckle up and I'm already wearing seatbelt. The steering gets hung while driving pulling to either side of the road.

- Boiling Springs, SC, USA

problem #15

Mar 202012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4 door sedan. I purchased the car and approx. One month after purchase the front passenger door lock failed to operate, I took it to the dealer the car was purchased from and they fixed it under the warranty. Approx. One year after the passenger door lock incident, both driver side door locks failed. Took the car back to the dealer and they wouldn't fix it because I was 200 miles over my warranty. Approx. 3 months later the rear passenger door lock failed as well. I cannot unlock the back doors, and have to use the key to unlock the front door. I have two small nephews in car seats and my concern is that if they are in the vehicle during an incident that I will not be able to get the children free from the back seat because of the door locks. They cannot reach the lock itself so they would be trapped. For myself to fix the door locks would cost more than three monthly payments on the vehicle and in the economy that is very high. I would prefer to have a safe vehicle with no concerns about the safety of my vehicle to have to worry about when traveling with my nephews. After doing some research I have discovered this is a wide spread issue with this make and model. Considering this I believe it is a problem that GM needs to address.

- Maryville, TN, USA

problem #14

Oct 252011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles

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

The electric door lock on the left side behind the driver will not come up all the way to unlock the door most of the time I either have to go around the car to the otherside to unlock it or crawl over the front seat to unlock it. I have been told by several others whom own the same type of vehicle that they too have had the same problem and have had to have it replaced. I purchased my car used and have recently been told when I called about the problem that the front drivers door lock had already been replace. If so may of them have had to be replace my concern is why has there not been a recall on such a device. To me this could be a safety hazard should you be in a wreck and the doors are lock and emergency personal tried to get in from the back to help someone and the door wouldn't open.

- Abbeville, AL, USA

problem #13

Nov 232011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 39,500 miles
Door lock actuator failed in rear, driver's side door.

- Andover, MN, USA

problem #12

Aug 232011

Malibu

  • 42,000 miles
After returning grocery shopping I could not get groceries into back seat, door would not unlock. This could have been going on for months as I always put groceries in front passenger seat and floor and never used rear doors. Approximately 1-2 weeks later other rear passenger door would not lock or unlock. I contacted dealer who stated GM might work with me to help a little but doubt it as my mileage was at 42000 miles. After checking online I found numerous complaints from Malibu owners that this has happened to them at 40,000 - 50,000 miles after the warranty is over. This problem should be covered by GM as it shows a defect in the actuater in doors go bad, as well as a negligent safety hazard knowing many cars having this problem. Is it going toi take someone to die in rear seats due to this defect when an accident or fire occurs. This is a huge safety hazard as children in the back seat cannot open door if there was an accident or fire, as well as a policeman/fireman/rescuerer, cannot open either rear doors from the outside. You have to crawl over and sqeeze in between front seats and have entire body in back seats before you can reach the door locks to manually open them. This is going to cost me approx $400-$500 for rear doors and reading other customers this could eventually apply to all doors including front doors (another $400-$500). This is my first Chevy I purchased brand new and will probably my last.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #11

Oct 152010

Malibu

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the computer codes illuminated and all of the temperature gauges on the vehicle stopped working. The vehicle also began to run very rough. If the vehicle was turned off, occasionally she had to wait 10 minutes before it would restart. The dealer replaced the steering column module, but that only corrected the failure for a short period of time. The wires within the computer were repaired; however, the repair only lasted a few weeks. The dealer and manufacturer have stated that they do not know what caused the failure. The failure mileage was 58000 and the current mileage was 60000.

- Okatie, SC, USA

problem #10

Oct 212008

Malibu

  • 16,988 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 60 mph the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle began to slow down. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the head gasket was replaced. The contact also stated that she had to replace the powertrain control module, the air conditioning unit, the mass air flow sensor, the battery, the starter cable wires, the system computer and the door locks on both rear doors. All of the repairs were made by an authorized dealer. The failure mileage was 16,988 and the current mileage was 58,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #9

Oct 012009

Malibu

  • 38,450 miles
2008 Chevy Malibu automatic door locks fail to operate properly. Began with passenger rear door and moved to all doors. When car reaches 15 mph the doors are supposed to auto lock. They do not. Keyless entry and starter do not work. Battery was replaced in the key fob with no change. Took car to dealership for repair. Cost would be 250 dollars per door to repair. Car was taken in to dealership prior to 3 yr 36000 mile warranty had expired with intermittent door locks on rear door working and was told there was nothing wrong. Door locks completely failed after 36000 mile warranty had expired.

- Kingsland, GA, USA

problem #8

Apr 122009

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
2008 Chevy Malibu 4 cylinder has electronic power steering. This morning driving to work it ripped the steering wheel out of my wife's hands if she had been going more than 35mph she would have ran into a ditch. I went and met her and drove it home it violently jerked backed and forth on me as well. Good think we were not on the interstate going 70mph someone would have probably died.

- Leesburg, GA, USA

problem #7

May 112008

Malibu

  • 75 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. On several occasions, the power door locks and windows have failed, locking the contact inside of the vehicle without an escape. The contact had experienced several electrical failures with the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on several occasions to have the front and rear door actuators replaced; however, the failure would persist. In addition, the alternator, engine light and radio have been replaced due to electrical failures. The dealer stated that all of the failures were related to an electrical failure. The failure mileage was 75 and the current mileage was 65,473.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 182009

Malibu

  • 45,000 miles
I have a 2008 Chevy Malibu that has some steering issues. The steering wheel will jerk back and forth while driving or while sitting still, steering wheel makes a popping noise when turning. 2 of the 4 door locks completely quit working electronically. So many more problems, this car is a lemon and GM and the government should be ashamed for making this vehicle car of the year.

- Blytheville, AR, USA

problem #5

Feb 042010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 250 miles
My 2008 Chevy Malibu have had numerous problems starting with rim bent, leaky roof, wet floor, burnt wire unable to start car. The left rear door lock was inoperative. The dealer replaced the door lock actuator and the sun roof drain was clogged. Updated 05/12/10.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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