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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,083 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #47

Dec 252016

Malibu

  • miles

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

This model Chevy keeps blowing low and high beam headlamps repeatedly and without warning. A search online reveals numerous complaints regarding this phenomenon. Carefully replaced oem bulbs blow within and every 3-4 months. There are no bulbs available which perform. Voltage at bulb listed at 12vdc can't handle the actual voltage from the running vehicle. Needs recall solution.

- Sapulpa, OK, USA

problem #46

Dec 052016

Malibu

  • 118,565 miles
While driving, the vehicles brake lights will suddenly illuminate even when the brakes are not being pressed. When this happens, I tap the breaks and the lights go off, only to turn on again within a few seconds of no longer being pressed. Also, in my dash panel I am receiving a "service traction" and "service ESC" warning. This occurance has happened before and was corrected in 2014 after a recall was issued - however the same issue is happening again.

- Chuluota, FL, USA

problem #45

Oct 172016

Malibu

  • 108,130 miles
Front end was wreck, daughter lip busted, no airbag explode

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #44

Jul 222015

Malibu

  • miles

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

I brought a 2008 chev Malibu ls that had a lot of problems and the dealer refuse to give me my money back the came with a warranty but the warranty didn't cover the thing that need it to be fix the car had a bad catalyst covert and electrical problems the car has been hit all around I bought the car from E&S auto sales in South hackensack New Jersey don't know elias it's nothing but the crook refuse to give my money back and give this to a lot of other people and he needs to be stopped I contacted the better business bureau Consumer Affairs and New Jersey dmv

- Orange, NJ, USA

problem #43

Jul 202016

Malibu

  • 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

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problem #42

Nov 202015

Malibu

  • 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 #41

Mar 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at various speeds, the ESC and traction control warning lights illuminated. In addition, the brake pedal was depressed but the brake lights failed to illuminate. The brake lights illuminated independently without the brake pedal being depressed. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. 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 manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000. Update 01/15/16

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #40

Aug 212009

Malibu

  • miles
The car had an issue with the syatem setting a code to check transaction and ESC and the brake lights would stick on. This happened about once every 2 or 3 months. Now that the GM recall has been done it is setting these same codes 2 or 3 times a day. But instead of my brake lights being on, the brake lights don't work, my cruise control doesn't work, my tail lights don't work the car still says service transaction and ESC daily. This recall has made my problem much worse. It is dangerous to drive as I never know if my tail lights and brake lights are working or if my antilocks or stabilization systems work. GM needs to find a different solution to this problem.

- Chilhowee, MO, USA

problem #39

Aug 222010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to unsatisfactory customer service at dealership for unnecessary repair work and seeks reimbursement. The consumer stated the service brake illuminated when the brake was not applied, the cruise control would not engage and the traction control light illuminated intermittently. Instead of fixing the wiring harness as described in the safety recall notice the dealership replaced the brake sensor and charged him $245. 03. the consumer stated while driving, he discovered the cruise control had not been fixed., even though the technician noted everything was operable. The consumer returned to the dealer, where they kept the car for a day and a half and replaced the BCM and dtc. Updated 09/10/15

- Rolling Meadows, IL, USA

problem #38

Sep 202013

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that there was an electrical failure, which caused multiple failures with the headlights, the dimmer switch, the console lights, the brake lights, and the turn signals. The contact also stated that the front passenger side bulb failed several times and was replaced, but the failure recurred. In addition, the harness was replaced due to corrosion, but the repair failed to remedy the failure. The dealer further inspected the vehicle and found that the headlight assembly wires needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Additionally, there was a loose pin on one of the body control module connectors. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the bulbs, but the failure recurred. The dealer then replaced the body control module. In addition, the contact stated that the steering wheel shook excessively and the front passenger and driver side doors were inoperable. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the power steering motor and both the driver and passenger side door latches were replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was not available.

- North Royalton , OH, USA

problem #37

Jan 082015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 127,130 miles

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

Was heading home from work and my low beams would not come on. All other lights work but low beams will not. High beams will come on. Sometimes with the high beams you have to hold the switch for them to stay on.

- Madisonville, LA, USA

problem #36

Aug 012014

Malibu

  • 58,000 miles
Passenger headlight started blinking turning off, hit a bump then comes back on, we changed bulb and light worked for two days then went out came back on for a moment then went back out. The bulbs are good so I suspect a wiring problem. There is about 60,000 miles on the vehicle. This is a hazard I have to drive with high beams on.

- Galloway, NJ, USA

problem #35

Oct 012014

Malibu

  • 65,100 miles
Dash lights and parking lights just quit working. Took to mechanic and they found out the BCM needed to be replaced.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #34

Oct 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to GM recall #13036 and repair reimbursement. *

- Theodore, AL, USA

problem #33

Oct 162008

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
I have had nothing but trouble with this car. I should have kept exact records, but I haven't. the first issue was the factory battery in 2008. It exploded in the car within 5 months, they stated that this was not covered under warranty. I have replaced 3 batteries in this car. I have had 4 sets of tires. I have had to change the front headlights 2 times. I had the entire computer system go down 2 years ago and had to replace. When I reached out to the place I purchased the car, they wanted to charge me outrageous amounts of money. So, all of my work has been done at another auto mechanic. Of course, because of that they are not willing to do anything because the work was never done with them. I believe there is something wrong with the electrical system, along with the suspension, and god only knows what else. I am currently getting ready to replace the headlights again, along with I am needing new tires on the front end after only 4 months. I have had this car for 6 years.

- Fortville, IN, USA

problem #32

Oct 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer states he received 2 recall notices and has been experiencing problems with his vehicle that are outlined in the recall notice.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #31

Sep 242014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign number: 12V460000 (power train), NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), and NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #30

Jul 012014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts needed for the repairs were unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the delay. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #29

Aug 112014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received recall notices for NHTSA campaign numbers: 12V460000 (power train), 14V153000 (steering), and 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The parts needed for the repairs were unavailable and the dealer could not provide an estimated date of arrival. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- St Petersburgh, FL, USA

problem #28

Jul 182014

Malibu

  • miles
Regular headlights do not work. They were going off then on for at least 3 weeks. Shutting off on the freeway 3 times. Forcing me to use my high beams. Please review your recall to include my 2008 also. Tire sensor problems since I got the car. 3 years ago.

- Panorama City, CA, USA

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