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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,916 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #51

Apr 102014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the rear passenger door failed to lock and unlock on the interior and exterior. In addition, as the failure progressed, the front passenger door experienced the same failure. The contact and various passengers were unable to exit the vehicle. The dealer was notified of the failures and provided an estimate for the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and provided no remedy. The failure mileage was not available. Updated 04/20/16

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #50

Aug 042015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle door locks actuator problems. The consumer stated shortly after purchasing the vehicle, the door locks began locking and unlocking by themselves continuously. It started after a month. However, recently the problem returned. It would happen when the vehicle was on, off or while driving. An inspection revealed, all four locking actuators were bad and needed to be replaced.

- Telford, PA, USA

problem #49

Sep 102014


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the rear interior power door locks failed to unlock when the key fob and power lock module were activated. The doors failed to unlock manually. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Brunsville, IA, USA

problem #48

May 072015


  • 88,269 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the door locks would independently lock and unlock without warning. The contact stated that the doors would not unlock to allow exiting the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 88,269.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #47

Feb 012013


  • 48,000 miles
Power door locks do not work. I bought this beautiful 2009 Chevy Malibu used w 48,000 miles, I had it only 2 months before problems started with the locks. All locks will not open or close using the interior switch nor the key fob. If you manually open the lock by pulling it up and then start the car and put it in gear, the locks will engage automatically and lock the door properly. I checked online and everyone says the problem with the locks is the BCM connection and lack of dielectric grease.GM needs to also fix the power lock issue, it is very much well known on the internet. Anyway, checking forums it seems GM is aware of the locks failing consistently. We all owners of Chevy Malibu's have this issue with 2008, 2009, 2010 power locks that malfunction. This is a safety issue since the doors can lock and unlock at random times. I have owned Chevrolet autos for 40 years and never had one actuator go out so 4 at once is obviously a manufacturing defect and should be covered by Chevy. This is also a safety issue. I always have to roll down the windows just to open the door for my kids or anyone who is going in the back. Its very annoying and I just about had it with the Malibu even though the car drives nice it getting irritated. I don't have money to fix this problem.

- South San Francisco, CA, USA

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problem #46

Jan 122015


  • 148,300 miles
Door locks and unlocks while driving as well as when no key in ignition.....continuously!!!!! :I can not even manually lock my doors...they will just unlock.

- Trussville, AL, USA

problem #45

Sep 092014


  • miles


The rear door lock actuators( both doors ) stopped functioning within several months of each other. This made it such that the rear doors could not be opened without manually lifting the lock button from inside the vehicle. When a child was in a car seat the only way to open the rear door was to get back in the car, put the key in the ignition, turn it to the accessory, lower the rear window, get out of the car and reach in to pull up the lock button. Fortunately we never had an emergency situation where this could have been a critical life threatening problem. We have had the actuators replaced ( at significant expense ). my concern is many individuals, probably can not afford the cost and would forgo the repair, thus leaving the problem and its possible consequences there.

- Kingsville, MD, USA

problem #44

Mar 022009


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 60 mph, the emergency steering control warning indicator illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. Also, the vehicle failed to start properly on multiple occasions. In order for the vehicle to start properly, the battery had to be disconnected until the vehicle reset. In addition, the doors failed to lock. The dealer stated that there were multiple electrical malfunctions that needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired, but the failures recurred multiple times. The contact was uncertain what components were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.

- Ojai, CA, USA

problem #43

Oct 132010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 42,335 miles
First brand new car I ever purchased for myself- a beautiful 2009 Malibu. Within less than 2 years of purchasing the vehicle, the drivers side door started locking/unlocking when it wanted to. It wasn't long before it stopped un/locking all together and I was stuck having to crawl across from the passenger side. I paid a pretty penny to have it fixed at the dealership where I purchased it. After fixing the same problem but on the passenger side door this time which the door was rarely used because it was just myself and my daughter who rides in the backseat and paying out of pocket again and it happening a 2nd time that my passenger side door would not even unlock to open again. All of my passengers have to ride in the back seat or crawl across from the drivers side and now my back passenger side door is starting the same thing. One time, my husband got the passenger side door unlocked and it flew open while I was driving and wouldn't close or lock for sometime. If I am in an accident and the drivers side door gets crushed in, I will have no way of getting my young children out of the car safely! this is a huge safety concern not to mention a costly burden!

- Lock Haven, PA, USA

problem #42

Aug 012014


  • 32,000 miles
While driving my door locks started locking and unlocking. Now they won't open or close in the rear with the key fob. I have to do it manually.

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

problem #41

Apr 032014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles


Both rear door locks stopped working. Should be a recall, know others had the same problem.

- Cape Charles, VA, USA

problem #40

Jun 112014


  • 70,000 miles
The locks worked fine up until a few weeks ago now none of the power lock buttons work, my doors lock and unlock randomly even while driving... this has become a huge pain... I have reached out to several Chevrolet dealers and was told that this is normal wearing on my car. Everyone I have spoken to who drives the same vehicle have all had the same issue and I feel like GM should cover the cost of the repairs!! also they should find out why this is happening in their vehicle.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #39

Aug 312011


  • 50,000 miles
The rear right door won't unlock unless done manually.this is a safety issue in case of an emegancy. The left door cannot be locked from the button I have to reach over drivers side to lock the rest of the doors. The remote will not lock doors or remote start because the power switch will not lock on drivers side.

- Seekonk, MA, USA

problem #38

May 012014


  • 540,000 miles
Living in Arizona, when the weather is hotter than 90 F, the electric door locks do not unlock and have to be manually unlocked.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #37

Jun 162014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 42,100 miles
All four (4) doors on my 2009 Malibu will not always lock or unlock from the remote. Also they will not always lock or unlock when vehicle is put in gear or out of gear. I have had them to not unlock all the way and could not get the doors open at all. You have to keep using the remote or key to keep locking or unlocking until they decide to open. Also, I have had them to not unlock and could not get out of the car, this is the worst situation to be in. Talk about an extreme safety hazzard. What will happen if there is an accident and this happens, G.M. needs to do something about this.

- Clearville, PA, USA

problem #36

Aug 132014


  • 71,000 miles
This has been happening for about 6 months now where when the car is put into park and I try to exit the car either the door will unlock but will not let me out or when I am able to exit the car, the door hinge will not engage and the door will not close or lock.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #35

Feb 032010

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Intermittently the front driver door only partially unlocks when placed in park resulting in the door not being able to open from interior and only partially pulled open from outside. Once door is open it will not close/latch. Front and rear locks on passenger side do not respond to key fob and must be manually locked/unlocked. Passenger front and rear doors lock when placed in vehicle is placed in gear but do not unlock when placed in park.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #34

May 102014


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that three of the door locks failed. As a result, the contact had to manually lock the doors. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated that the door actuator for all three doors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #33

Aug 032014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
The front and rear passenger door locks have intermittently locked and unlocked until August 3, 2014 when both door locks would not lock or unlock using the key fob or the lock/unlock switch on either door. The front and rear driver's side doors have not exhibited this problem.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #32

Jul 042014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
The door locks began locking and unlocking while vehicle was running and in park. After turning ignition off and then back on, door locks continued locking and unlocking while driving as well. Then, the door lock switch on driver's door stopped working. Last time this issue started and continued with key fob no longer working, and only way to lock doors was manually and unlock driver's door with key and manually unlock remaining doors. Dealer replaced door lock actuator and key fobs to fix problem. Why is this happening again and within a few months of already having been fixed once" is there a recall for this" I do not want to pay for same repair repeatedly.

- Harlan, IA, USA

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