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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,145 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 suspension problems

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 082016


  • 127,000 miles


Displays, ESC off, traction control service, and engine power reduced. And when accelerating it doesn't really move. It takes a while to get speed up. And I was almost run over by a tractor trailer. This just started all of a sudden. And I have only had this car for about a year. It is stated that the Malibu has recalls.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #8

Jan 192016


  • miles
Malibu passed the inspection stick at herb connolly where I bought and after pick up the car for first time since deposit. I drove home and noticed clink somewhere in the suspension system. I brought it to my own mechanic and mechanic found the problem-inner tie rod. I am surprised because it should be fail the inspection stick, period. Malibu's warranty under herb connolly as same place where the inspection stick. I need your advise on as how to handle with this situation with herb connolly and tell them that they are responsible for cover repair cost.

- Grafton, MA, USA

problem #7

Dec 172014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
While driving on city roads or 65-70 mph on the highway, the steering wheel shakes. As of now it's a "mild" shake (but it seems as if its getting "shaker" as the days go by. Im not sure if there an alignment needed. I had a new tire put on (passenger back tire) approximately 3 months ago had tires rotated back in July 2014?

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #6

Jun 122014


  • 104,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle started to shake violently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the U joint failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #5

Jan 102014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Front suspension started to make a lot of noise. Front pro-steer sway bar & F stabilizer was identified causing the problem. Also defaulted part is the control arm w/ball joint.

- Carson, CA, USA

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problem #4

May 152012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Passenger doors will not lock (or unlock ) with the remote or manual push button switch on drivers arm rest. The only way to lock (or unlock) rear doors is crawl over front seats to manually pull up lever on back side of door. Or.......use the electric windows and lower rear windows to reach in from outside......which anyone that lives in a cold climate knows you don't lower an electric window in cold weather.....have been to the dealer numerous times and they refuse to cover anything.....what if I have my grandson strapped in a car seat in the back seat and an emergency arises " how do I "quickly" get him out??" this is a very common situation with the chev. Malibu. Plus there are numerous issues with the front end and steering components.

- Burlington, KY, USA

problem #3

Jun 152012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 5 mph and making a left turn, the contact noticed a clunking noise and a jerking motion in the steering wheel. While parked, the steering wheel would move independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing three times. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000. Updated 11/01/12 the consumer stated the vehicle would pull to the side. Updated 11/01/12

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Mar 172008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 308 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While test driving the vehicle at an unknown speed, the contact noticed that the steering wheel shook and the vehicle may have been misaligned. The dealer balanced the tires and stated that the manufacturer may have just "thrown tires" on the vehicle. The failure recurred a week later and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer approximately 6-7 times, and 12-14 tires have been placed on the vehicle. After retrieving the vehicle from the dealer, she noticed that it functioned properly for approximately a week before the shaking recurred. The service managers from the dealers as well as the manufacturer stated that the Impala and Malibu models had a vibration that was standard while driving between 40-70 mph. The current mileage was 8,149 and failure mileage was approximately 308. Updated 11/17/08 the consumer stated the vehicle has a vibration and alignment problem. GM informed the consumer the problem could not be fixed. Updated 11/24/08.

- North Port, FL, USA

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