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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,363 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Chevrolet Malibu lights problems

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #5

Jun 102010


  • 18,000 miles


Vehicle brake lights on the rear of the vehicle will turn on with out any application of the brake pedal. Vehicle also has adjustable pedals, you can move pedals forward or back and get light to go out. General Motors has replace brake switch once. Little over a year later vehicle is doing exact thing again. There is a brake position sensor in this system and it appears to be losing its calibration when pedals are moved causing the brake lights to come on. This causes an unsafe condition for anybody following the vehicle or riding in it.

- Dexter, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 012011


  • 57,757 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the traction control light illuminated as well as the brake lights. The brake lights remained illuminated until the brake pedal was engaged. The failure recurred on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on several occasions, where they were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 57,757.

- Minden, LA, USA

problem #3

Jul 082011


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 40 mph, the rear brake lights began to illuminate without pressure applied to the brake pedal. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #2

Jun 152009


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu ltz (na). While driving approximately 55-60 mph, the contact applied the accelerator pedal and the vehicle hesitated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the vehicle was performing as normal. The failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer several times where the dealer performed a front end alignment. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer as the failure occurred again. The dealer replaced the transmission line. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop but had not been repaired. The headlights also did not function properly. The failure mileage was 33,000 and the current mileage was 36,300.

- Windsor Mills, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 052010


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the brake lights constantly illuminated both when the brake pedal was depressed and even when it was not. There were no other warning lights. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who replaced the sensor, fuse and other parts. The failure continued. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

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