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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,960 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #44

Feb 142013


  • miles


We reported last year to GM that we were without power steering, instead of fixing our car the argued with us that there hasn't been a recall on the power steering. Now we are having problems with the tracking. And the transmission has been slipping since last summer.

- Muscatine, IA, USA

problem #43

Jan 102015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
While driving down the highway with my son going at rates of 70mph. My power steering gave out and I was unable to turn wheel. Trying to find out what was wrong I found out the power steering torque sensor gave out. I contacted GM and my local dealer about incident because there has been reports of this happening on several of this year and model car. Other GM cars have put recall on the power steering, not mine. I contacted dealer because they have me a price of $500-$1200. I contacted GM they refuse to help me at all. This is a safety issue and I feel unsafe driving my own car. I purchased the sensor on my own because the dealer mark up was double of what the part cost. GM refuses to help and I am now renting a car waiting for this to be fixed to sell it. I was with my young child on the highway when it locked up. Please help!

- Whitman, MA, USA

problem #42

Dec 162014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
Loss of electric power steering assist. Has happened literally dozens of times. Can be driving or at a stop and the power steering assist will go away, the dash will chime, and messages will be displayed saying "power steering", "service ESC", and "ESC off". after that point there will be no steering assist until the vehicle is restarted. Seems to be the same symptoms as cars affected by the power steering recall, however my VIN shows that my car is not part of the recall.

- Phillips, NE, USA

problem #41

Jan 072015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


Driving vehicle around a curve when ESC light came on and lost power steering. Parked car over night and waited for dealership to open. After research, realized the vehicle has a recall number of 14V252 which may root of the problem. When I turned on the vehicle to take to the dealer, the light was off and power steering returned. While driving to the dealer, light came on and lost power steering again.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #40

Sep 222014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 158,000 miles
While driving my 2009 Chevy Malibu, I abruptly got a warning message on my dash board which contained the phrase engine power reduction at which time my car completely shut off in the middle of a busy highway. The car had no response even though all the battery operated items were working the car still would not turn over. After further research it has come to my attention that a large group of individuals have had this happen and this error message come up.

- Moncks Corner , SC, USA

problem #39

Sep 052014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
While making a left turn at less than 20mph, vehicle lost traction, causing car to skid and leave roadway, and subsequently hit a cement culvert. Earlier the same week, the rear brake lights were intermittently illuminating when the brakes were not being applied. Vehicle required towing and repairs. Passenger in vehicle suffered lower back injury. Two weeks after accident, owner received recall 13036 notification.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #38

Jul 022012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


I have to change head lights 3 times. Only can take to dealer ($150). When having tires replaces and brakes. The ABS/ESC/traction control alarms lights stays on while driving. I contact Chevrolet now for last three years. I was told because my car is out warranty they will not approval repair. I recently taken car to dealer recall # 13036. That my car would be approval for loaner. Chevrolet/ dealer. All warranty have expires that would not approval for repairs there's no one to bill or pay for repairs and loaner. I will be taken this public. As a consumers and would like to stay a purchaser of GM/Chevy to warn everyone of their practices.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #37

Feb 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 16,130 miles
ESC and traction control would not engage. It stated it needed servicing an dash info center. Took car to dealer and first they could not find the problem. After 4 hours they call and said the front wheel hub had to be replaced. Code # C0040, right front hub was dropping signal.. this was done at a cost of $636.70 to me. A car with 16,000 miles, don't think this should happen. Just received a recall notice on this car from GM, so far I have not been notified of any fix for this recall./ recall # 13036. I feel GM owes me some money for this repair.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #36

Feb 132013


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 45 mph, the brake lights failed to illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact mentioned that the brake lights illuminated when the vehicle was in motion. In addition, the traction control and ESC warning indicators illuminated continuously. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 66,000.

- Center, NH, USA

problem #35

Jun 062014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I was coming to a stop and because my brake lights do not illuminate when brakes are applied, the person behind me nearly hit me. This was just the first of seven near collisions. I rarely drive my car now because of the overwhelming feeling of danger when I do drive it. Every time I get in to my car to go somewhere, I get in with the thought of I may never see my husband or children again. It is an awful stress. GM has done nothing to help me except tell me they understand.

- Kaukauna, WI, USA

problem #34

May 212014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


When driving, service ESC and service traction show up on dash. When that appears the brake lights come on without applying brake and when brake is applied the brake lights don't come on. I spoke to Chevrolet and they said it was under recall but I had to take it into a dealer and have it checked to make sure that was the problem at a cost to me and anyway they can't fix it because they don't have the parts. So what are they waiting for? I am afraid to drive it and it is my young daughters car she drives to school. I don't want her to drive it but it is the only means of transportation for her. This is ridiculous knowing that it is recalled an nothing to be done about it. Until when, its to late or someone gets hurt.

- Alamo, TX, USA

problem #33

Jul 282014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts needed for the repair were unavailable. The dealer could not provide an estimated date for arrival. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Sinton, TX, USA

problem #32

Mar 012011


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the brake light illuminated when the brake pedal was not depressed and failed to illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. In addition, the contact stated that the ESC traction control and the cruise control independently disengaged. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle would hesitate when shifting gears. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign: 14V252000 (brakes, exterior lighting, electronic stability control) exceeded a reasonable amount for the recall repair. The dealer stated that the part was not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the delay. The contact had experienced the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the currently mileage was 90,000.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #31

Apr 152014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
Beginning on April 15, 2014 my car flashes ESC off, service ESC, service traction. This happens often and it turns off the traction control in my car and causes the cruise control to cease function.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #30

May 032010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
The brake lights come on without pressing the brake pedal. When you push on the pedal the lights go out. While on the speed control will not work. Several other issues with the BCM. GM announced a recall on this vehicle on May 15, 2014 but the NHTSA website letter on that date letter nvs-215ks / 14V-252 stated that GM must notify the owners within 60 days. It has been 60 days and there has not been a notification. This issue has been in the shop under warranty approx. 5 times and I have had to also repair the same issue. Now the car is not drive able because if I place it in park it will not go in reverse. This is also due to the same BCM problem. If they (GM) has 60 days, why have they not recalled this vehicle? I took it to the GM dealer and gave them the recall number found on the internet and was told they have no information about it. How can I get this information but their own dealers can't.

- Eads, TN, USA

problem #29

Jan 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
Brake light turn on without braking, brake lights don work while braking, traction control becomes disabled, cruise will not activate, will not come out of park.

- Ransomeville, NY, USA

problem #28

Aug 262013


  • 65,000 miles
While driving the vehicle, the service light came on for ESC/traction control and also my brake lights came on while my foot was on accelerator, I applied the brake and the brake light turned off, but when I accelerated again the brake light came back on after a few seconds. On different occasions while driving on the freeway the same thing happened and I was unable to engage the cruise control. When I turn off the car and restart it, the service light turns off but only momentarily. It eventually comes back on. Extremely irritating, inconvenient, and dangerous!

- Owatonna, MN, USA

problem #27

Apr 022012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
At first, only the ESC light would come on and the car would begin to miss and skip. Took to the dealer, they "could not duplicate". happened again, this time all the electronic lights (ESC, power steering, traction control, brakes, etc) would light up and blink. When this is happening, the car will jerk and misfire, and slowly picks up speed while jerking. As soon as the lights go off, the card drives perfectly fine. Took to dealer again, was told that they saw all the codes, but could not find any problem, cleaned the wire leads and that was that. Several weeks later, started up again. This time, all the lights come on, nearly every electric light warning you can think of, and all of the gauges drop to zero. The car jerks into gears, sometimes the power steering doesn't work, very hard to turn, and on top of that, the air conditioning stops working. It's so random and intermittent, as soon as the service ESC light goes off (along with all the other warnings). The car drives like its brand new, air works perfectly fine, power steering works perfectly. The sad part about it is that I had taken my car in a couple times, while I was still under warranty, and the dealership, 'could not duplicate, couldn't find problem, now it is happening more often than naught, especially in warm weather. This very cold winter, the problem did not occur not once, as soon as the weather warmed up, the problem occurs. Sometimes everyday, sometimes it'll go a week and the car drives perfectly. Only when these lights come on, does the car begin to misfire, jerk, air stops working. This is a very odd problem, and I have seen several stories on the internet of other folks having this same problem with Chevy Malibu. This should definitely be a recall issue; the potential for harm is great, esp, when these lights just pop on while driving the expressway or in bad weather.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #26

Mar 242014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
My power steering and service ESC light would come on. My steering wheel would lock up. GM stated they would not reimburse me for my issue even though there is an recall out for the same issue.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #25

Oct 282011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
My brake light would come on for no apparent reason then goes off when I touch my brakes. This has happened at least 6 times that I know of. Also, my stability control light comes on once every couple of months and said it needs maintenance. When I call the dealership and the run my VIN they say my car is not listed.

- New Palestine, IN, USA

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