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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,531 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.

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu transmission problems

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 222015


  • 100,000 miles


2008 Malibu ltz.on Jan 22 2015 the car failed to start had to be towed to shifter cable to the transmission fractured and broke. Had to be towed to car dealer, replaced the cable and charged me $278.90. Then I learned the Malibu was on recall list from NHTSA.. the dealer told me the 4 speed transmissions were recalled, my car was 6 speed transmission not on recall list.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #8

Aug 042010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to transmission recall notice and seeks reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated the transmission would shift erratically and it also slipped at times. The solenoid and tcm were replaced.

- Ingleside, IL, USA

problem #7

May 252013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Shift cable broke. When I went to park the car, the car kept moving. No injury, no damage. Looks like General Motors safety recall number 12106, but dealer stated that the VIN was not under this defect. This is a major safety concern and if other vehicles are out there, then they should recall them all. I was never notified of this defect because my VIN was not on the list, and I believe that I have hit this issue... updated 06/10/13 updated 06/17/2013

- Farmington , MN, USA

problem #6

Feb 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2008 Chevy Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to transmission defect recall notice. The consumer was informed the parts were not available, despite receiving a recall notice in the mail.

- Spring Valley, IL, USA

problem #5

Apr 062011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
My 2008 Chevy Malibu's shifting cable broke. I was driving it and went to park and it would not go into park however I had it in park on the gearshift. When I exited the vehicle it rolled forward. I had to set the emergency brake to keep it stopped. My car is at the dealership right now and I was told it was not covered under the powertrain warranty. Since the 2009 Malibu has the same problem and there is a recall on the shifting cable clip, I feel the 2008 Chevy should be included and I should not have to pay for it.

- Plainfield, VT, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Sep 012008


  • 4,500 miles


The Chevy Malibu ltz spring edition 4 cylinder engine 6 speed transmission has a very serious delay or lag in communication between the engine and the transmission. At times, the lag is so severe that when the response time does finally register for the vehicle to accelerate and then attempt to stop, the vehicle still intends to go ahead as planned prior to the braking of the vehicle. This occurs at any time, hot or cold engine, during hot weather and on short drives or long ones. The dealer and GM has finally acknowledged there is some short of problem; numerous attempts to correct the problem through software updates have been unsuccessful thus far.

- Park Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 092010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 38,750 miles
I have a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, it is a 2.4L 4-cylinder and 4-spd automatic. For a few months now my shifter has felt kind of loose when I am shifting from park to neutral or reverse, and the other day I pulled into my fathers drive way with the car and went to put it into park and I shut the car off and took my foot off the brake, the car did not engage park gear and rolled forward into my fathers car. The car would not start in park, only neutral, and I had to use the parking brake to keep the car from rolling. I took the car to the dealership and found out that it was the shift cable, and it cost me $365 to get it fixed. But then the next day I found out that GM had issued a safety recall 09041 on several models including the 2009 Malibu that cover the exact same thing that I experienced. I feel the 2008 Malibu should be included in this recall as well.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #1

Jul 012009


  • 20,530 miles
My 2008 Chevy Malibu ltz has transmission problems. It stalls out when you go from park to the 1st gear, than from 1st gear to 2nd and from 2nd gear to 3rd gear. What happens is the transmission stalls out long enough to cause an accident or other type of incident. This problem happens most of the time and has been going on now for six months. It has stalled out climbing vail pass, the eisenhower tunnel climb and descent and I-70 est of I-15 in Utah through the high elevations. This vehicle intermittently goes into neutral and than re-engages. Furthermore, when the car shifts from 2nd to 3rd it goes into a stall and the RPM's increase to around 4000 before it actually changes into the next gear... the other severe problem is while driving my car through a very long tunnel on 9-17-09; the fuel gage went from full to empty (no fuel) and low fuel lamp came on. On-star said "system has an electrical problem". the cause: Fuel vapor line hanging up fuel level sender causing gauge to read inaccurately J7815 (code P0461) found in bulletin #09-06-04-007A.

- Clifton, CO, USA

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