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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

electrical problem

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #138

May 152016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after the vehicle was parked and restarted, the vehicle failed to operate. In addition, the security lock warning light illuminated intermittently. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the safety system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not provided.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #137

Aug 072016


  • 120,000 miles
On Sunday 08/07/2016 my 2008 Malibu failed to start. After testing the battery and starter, it was determined by ntb in charleston SC that the ignition switch had failed. I called several Chevrolet dealers early on 08/08/2016 to see if they could repair under recall warranty. They said they could not help me the same day, and my car is stranded far from home. If ntb is able to fix the problem so that I can drive my car back home, I strongly believe GM should reimburse me for the cost of repairs and towing.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #136

Jul 202016


  • 160 miles
The headlights webt off while I was driving. Ever since I bought the vehicle my headlights have been having problems.

- Chowchilla, CA, USA

problem #135

Jul 212016


  • 101,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle shifted lanes without warning. The contact was able to regain control of the vehicle. The vehicle was diagnosed as having an electronic steering malfunction. The vehicle was repaired, but the issue recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #134

Apr 052011


  • 35,500 miles
First rear door lock actuator failed. Was replaced under warranty by dealer. About two months out of warranty the other rear door actuator failed. Got a quote of almost $400 to fix. Yeah, right. Then the replaced actuator failed. So we're up to $800 to repair. Then (see my other complaint filed) - the door locks start randomly locking and unlocking whether the car is on or off.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #133

Apr 012015


  • 90,000 miles
Doesn't matter if the car is running or turned off - all door locks keep locking and unlocking. Very annoying. Had to remove fuse from under the dashboard to make it stop. Now none of my automatic locks will work without the fuse.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #132

Jun 012014


  • 45,000 miles


The door lock actuators have failed in the front drivers side door and the rear passenger side door. The door locks do not operate or only operate intermittently when using the electronic door lock/unlock feature on either the key fob or the door switch. The door locks also do not operate when the vehicle is shifted into or out of park, potentially leaving the doors either unlocked while the vehicle is operating or locked after the vehicle is shifted into park. The biggest concern with the locks is in the placement of the manual pull on the rear doors. I have 2 small children in child seats that have been temporarily locked in the vehicle when the rear doors fail to unlock. The rear door lock pull is located near the "C" pillar of the vehicle instead of a more conventional "B" pillar location, making manual access to the door lock pull impossible from the passenger side of the vehicle. If the passenger in incapable of unlocking the door themselves (such as in the case of small children or the disabled) another person has to either climb over the front seats or across the rear seat from the drivers side to access the passenger and/or door lock pull to unlock the door. I feel that this is a safety hazard for certain vehicle occupants as well as for the vehicle operator, who may believe that the vehicles doors are in a locked position while the vehicle is in motion, when in fact, they may not be.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #131

May 022012


  • 87,000 miles
Key won't turn to off position in ignition

- Freeburg, IL, USA

problem #130

Feb 072016


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the engine stalled without warning while driving 40 mph. The contact lost control of the vehicle, drove into a ditch, and stopped in an embankment. The front driver side air bag deployed and the gas inside caused the contact to contract pneumonia. The contact suffered chest pains that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to storage. A police report was filed. The VIN was not available. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14E021000 (electrical system) was received over one year ago; however, the repair was not performed. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Hohenwald, TN, USA

problem #129

Dec 312015


  • 11,500 miles
When the car was started the information panal was not reading, it consisted of mostly dashes. The car was running much louder than normal and the check engine light came on. It started saying service traction and engine power loss. I placed the car in drive, the interior lights started flashing and locks went up and down rapidly. I shut the car off and re started it, attempted to see if it would drive but it had no power, could only reverse and there seemed to be no power steering. The next day I started the car again, this time no immediate issue until I pulled out on to the street. The steering wheel was tight, and the car failed to accelerate. Loss of engine power was on the dash, engine and traction lights remained on. Restarted the car and I was able to park again. The car remains at the dealer after being towed a week ago, and they are unsure of the cause. This is extremely dangerous, especially if it were to happen on the highway I would not have had any control of the car and most definitely would have caused an accident.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #128

Jan 082016


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving in a parking lot, the steering wheel locked without warning while turning. The contact had to apply extreme pressure to the brake pedal and the steering wheel. The contact was not notified, but the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was not diagnosed or remedied. The vehicle was also included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 12V460000 (power train) and 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The contact did not receive notification of those two recall repairs and had to call the manufacturer to be referred to a dealer to schedule the repairs. The failure mileage was 150,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Crosby, TX, USA

problem #127

Jan 082016


  • 195,160 miles
Brake lights would be on when not applying brakes and brakes lights would not come on when applying brakes - ESC and service traction indicators remained on. On the way to have this problem repair for the 3rd time, the engine loss power while I was driving approx 75mph on an extremely busy interstate. One of the scariest moments of my entire life. Pulled over, put the car in park & then is shutoff. The engine light came on at the same time as the reduced engine power warning. After waiting awhile, I restarted the car and was able to get to the dealership. Service tech said the brake lights worked find - he had no evidence that they were staying on. He said the ESC & traction was related to the reduced engine power & I needed to have the throttle body replaced - $550. Had the throttle body replaced and driving home-approx 30 mins later-the car starts doing weird idle things. In park the RPM hand flucuated between 1.5-2 and then out of nowhere 3.0-in park, not applying gas or brakes. I had to apply brakes and put the car in gear to make it stop. When I released the brakes at the stoplight-not applying gas-car accelerated to 20 mph on it's own. Called dealership back-they implied it was my fault for leaving the lot if something was wrong. The only thing that the car did before leaving dealership was for approx 5 secs it was a tad be louder than normal when I started the engine. The other problems did not present until after I was several miles away (interstate) and more so when I was off the interstate where there was more slowing, stopping, etc. I parked after my concern increased. Turned the car and then restarted after a period-that is when it idled up to 3.0 rpms in park-people walking by looked at me strange as if I was sitting in the parked car just pressing the gas-not. I am just as terrified to drive the car tonight as I was before it was repaired earlier today.

- Dalzell, SC, USA

problem #126

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 #125

Nov 202015


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 30 mph, the contact was notified that the brake lights failed to illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. In addition, the brake light illuminated without the brake pedal being depressed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who repaired the vehicle under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 ( electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the BCM module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Camp Hill, PA, USA

problem #124

Nov 272015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle's locks functioned independently while idling and driving. The check air bag, check power module, and service tire monitoring system warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Searcy, AR, USA

problem #123

Sep 202015


  • 0 miles
When I drive the car it drives fine. In the morning when I try to leave at 7 or 8 it refuses to turn on until it is warm I guess. There's definitely an electrical issue I've only had the cat for 2 months and when it does start it says power steering and service ESC. Sometimes I can't even drive over 20. It's definitely an issue that needs recalled.

- Watonga, OK, USA

problem #122

Oct 172015


  • 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 #121

Oct 182015


  • miles
My gas tank started leaking for no reason (no wear and tear-every mechanic said that is almost unheard of), my power windows and lock stopped working 2 years after purchase and was told that I had to pay almost $300 to fix each motor for the door locks and windows, the service airbag light has been on for more than a year, my ac also have issues; the sensor and thermostat has been changed 6 times within the last 4 years. I am sick of all of these issues and have no assistance with it. No matter how many times I called the local dealerships here, coincidentally, my warranty was up on every issue I faced. GM has really taken a lot of money out of my pockets. I was informed of the power steering issue and was told my vehicle would be in the shop for 1 day, which turned into 5 days, and I was denied to be reimbursed for the rental fees, which were almost $600. Someone needs to do something about these issues, because my car is extremely unsafe for myself and 3 children. The windows will not go up or down at times, whether the vehicle is parked or not. The ac is the same issue, the parts will go out whether I am driving it or not. The gas leak issue is awful, because the car wreaks of gas, and my car burns gas whether it is powered on or not. The door locks have not worked since the end of 2010 and we have to manually lock and unlock. The issues with my car are there 24/7, and happens if the car is in motion or not. Although, the issues I have been having have been going on for a while, except the gas leak issue which is recently, I have no choice but put the start as today's present date, because each issue started at different times and continue to cause issues, even after many attempts to repair with some issues.

- Broussard, LA, USA

problem #120

Sep 032015


  • 112,500 miles
Electrical and module problems safety hazards with traction control. Tc on when it should not be. Fuel system problems. Car powers off during driving. GM refused repair without charging 120 to look at. Had to disconnect fuses and had to pull actuators pressure. Sensors fuel and electrical. Door latches going up and down even when car is off. Cannot drive highway. GM refused vehicle from repair or compensation.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #119

Feb 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Owners of Chevy Malibu have an issue with 2008 - 2010 power door locks that malfunction. This is a safety issue since the doors can lock and unlock at random times, and mine do not lock and unlock unless done manually, since there is only a key way to unlock the drivers door you have to crawl over the front seats to manually un lock the rear doors. Please launch an investigation and order the manufacturer to recall the vehicles affected since its safety related. Thank you

- Clarksville, TN, USA

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