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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,560 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #23

Oct 142013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles

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

My wife was driving and the "service ESC / service traction" came on, on my 2009 Chevy Malibu. There was a slight roughness on the engine. We took it to the dealer and they said they could not find any problem withthe vehicle and we paid the diagnostic fee. It has appeared several times after that but not often. I called Chevrolet about it and they said that there is no recall on my vehicle. I saw a recall ( recall id 103629) on electronic stability control for 2009 Chevy Malibu but they said my vehicle was not included on the recall list. My main concern is the safety of my family and my wife. I have read several concerns of people who own this vehicles and what happened with them.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #22

Dec 102013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
While driving at 70 mph with cruise control engaged, the third brake light in the rear window would randomly come on causing the cruise control to shut off. Soon after this happens I get warnings on the dash to service the ecs and traction control system. It has been getting gradually worse and with the brake light activating, could cause drivers behind me to think I am stopping when I am not. This problem was mentioned in an article in usa today a couple of weeks ago, that GM will be issuing a recall for.

- Oak Park, MI, USA

problem #21

Jun 032014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
After filing two complaints with you, and receiving a recall alert from you, I am being told by GM that my vehicle, a 2009 Malibu built between the years specified in your recall notice, is not included in the recall you alerted me about. How is this possible? the referenced recall # 14V252000, as he experienced the same malfunction, as described in the recall. The consumer has invoices, that date bate to 2011, where he had to take the vehicle, back to the dealer several times, for an inoperable cruise control and ESC lighting illuminating. Updated 07/16/14

- Pleasant Prairie, WI, USA

problem #20

Apr 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles

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

When driving the alert will sound alerting that engine power has been reduced. The electronic stability control is then turned off and traction control is lost. When the accelerator is pushed it hesitates before accelerating.

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #19

May 212014

Malibu

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and there was a delay in response. In addition, the ESC active warning light illuminated. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The approximate failure mileage was 135,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #18

Aug 152012

Malibu

  • 37,000 miles
Hello, my car's service traction and service ESC light turns on intermittently. When this happens the brake lights behave in the opposite way, I.e. they stay on during normal driving, turn off when I press on the brake pedal, and turn back on when I release the brake. The cruise control does not work whenever this happens. I do not experience anything different while driving and I believe this is a sensor/circuitry issue. I had this repaired at the dealer the first time (August, 2012) where they performed the tsb fix of adding grease to the ESC connectors. This problem has recurred several times, and I even had the brake light switch replaced, and it now occurs whenever it rains. I read through the forums and news websites and found that this is a common problem in a lot of Chevy vehicles. This is a serious issue as it might lead to accidents when someone driving behind my car sees that the brake light turns off when I press the brake pedal. I would like GM/Chevrolet to help me out here and fix this issue without making me pay for it but they have not responded positively. The dealership charges $130 just for doing simple diagnostics. But this issue is something pretty common to a lot of Chevrolet cars and is not a wear related issue. This is an defect that is a safety risk that needs to be addressed. GM or Chevrolet should take responsibility to fix the issue.

- Libertyville, IL, USA

problem #17

Mar 132014

Malibu

  • 127,000 miles

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

While driving the elec. Stability control light came on and steering became difficult due to the power steering assist motor giving out. When this happen, the steering wheel would inadvertently move back & forth. The sensor in the motor and in the lower steering column both went out. This was an extremely expensive repair not to mention that I was traveling down a busy interstate and could had a severe accident.

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

problem #16

Jun 072013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
ESC light stays on has been replaced 3 times. Causes traction control not to work properly also brake lights fail to work or will stay on and or stay off. Have reported to Chevy dealer in traver city Michigan they say nothing is wrong.. but something is wrong... or not right I never know if my tail lights or brake lights are going to work and traction control...

- Swartz Creek, MI, USA

problem #15

Dec 172013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 81,652 miles
Re-occurrence of a prior complaint. Driving my vehicle on a local highway when the service traction and service ESC displays came on. Car began to sputter as though it were going to stall. Coasted to the side of the highway, and after idling for a minute the displays returned to normal. After driving about 2 miles further, it happened again. It continued to happen throughout the rest of my drive. The next day, it ran fine for about 10 miles or so, and then began stalling again and began to lose some braking and steering. Last time this issue occurred, the brake lights also locked on leaving the drivers behind me thinking that I was braking. Last time these alerts were displayed my vehicle died completely and had to be serviced. Now, it seems to be progressing towards the same result. GM will not acknowledge that there is an issue, but hundreds of Malibu and HHR owners since 2008 seem to disagree. I once again contacted the dealership that gave me the explanation of it requiring hundreds of dollars to diagnose. Seeing that this has been occurring for at least 5 years, I would imagine that GM is aware that there is an issue. Unfortunately, it always seems that it takes the death of several drivers before there is a response. One driver in a printed chat with a GM rep stated that the issue caused his vehicle to crash due to the loss of ABS and power steering, and his airbag failed to deploy. Isn't a loss of braking, steering, air bag, brake lights and acceleration a safety concern?

- Comstock Park, MI, USA

problem #14

Apr 172013

Malibu

  • 69,747 miles
Driving on a stretch of highway at 55mph, my service traction and service ESC lights came on. Immediately, there was a loss of power steering, braking, and the vehicle began to stall. Vehicles behind me started braking. Upon guiding my vehicle to the side of the road, it stalled out. When I walked to the rear of the vehicle, I saw that the brake lights were locked in the on position, so drivers behind me would have perceived my vehicle as stopping. After a few minutes I was able to restart the vehicle, but it still was very sluggish and the brake lights remained on. I contacted a local dealership and they said to bring it in because it could be caused by many factors and could cost thousands of dollars to diagnose and correct depending upon the issue. I limped my vehicle to a local garage that told me the same thing, but was able to narrow the issue down to a faulty map sensor. My vehicle had to be pushed into a service bay because it no longer would run at all. The map sensor was replaced and the vehicle has run fine. My concern is that there are a lot of these issues with both Malibu and HHR owners since 2008 thru 2011, yet it has not been addressed. Loss of steering, braking, acceleration and locked brake lights are a safety issue.

- Comstock Park, MI, USA

problem #13

Jan 022012

Malibu

  • 57,000 miles

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

I own a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. When driving at various speeds, the service traction, service ESC and ESC off warning lamps illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician advised that the body control module was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 67,000 plus. When my foot is on the brake the brake lights go off. Upon taking foot off the brake the brake lights stay on.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #12

Aug 082013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Malibu brake lights stay on while driving then when I press my brakes the lights would go off no one knew when I was using my brakes. This was brought to my attention when I was on a major hwy/speed limit 70 mph when all of a sudden traffic was stopping. The cars behind me were coming at a high speed, but luckily the car directly behind me just short of crashing into my rear missed me.. he got out of his car while the traffic was stopped and approached me to let me know I had no break lights and he also noticed that prior to stopping my break lights were on. In the meantime I had warnings pop up on my car service traction/ESC service. Well of course, my car was taken to a shop where it showed a break switch needed to be replaced and switch brake needed to be calibrated by the dealership. The car was taken to the dealership and the break switch failed when they performed brake position calibration. The gentlemen said that the switch could be bad even thou it was a new one that was purchased from the dealership. They replaced it again and re-calibrated and afterwards said everything works well. Within two weeks the problem with breaks are still there. There is a major problem we have with the 2009 Malibu. I"M just lucky I"M still alive. What upsets me the most is the problem is there, but dealerships want to keep replacing parts and charging you $$$$ for something that needs to be recalled before someone gets killed!

- Mullins, SC, USA

problem #11

Jan 242013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
While slowing down while attempting to come to a stop the warning system came on to service the stability control and traction control. This seemed to reset when ignition turns off but comes back at any time. Took it to a mechanic shop and after several attempts a code came up and they replaced the brake positioning switch. This worked for 3 months when again the warning notice came on. Took it back to the shop and they replaced the switch again figuring it may be defective. That worked for only 3 weeks when it came on again. Also while this warning notice comes on the cars brake lights stay on but go off each time the brakes pedal is applied and comes back on a few seconds after my foot is off the brake so from the rear of the car it looks like I am stopping when I am actually moving and looks like I am going while actually stopping. So far my shop can not find the cause. They say it keeps coming up with the same code.

- St. Cloud, FL, USA

problem #10

Aug 092010

Malibu

  • miles
While driving, the car will appear to think that the brakes are being applied. The brake lights will all activate, and cruise control will cease working. When the brake pedal is depressed, the brake lights turn off. The brakes still stop the car, but the lights and cruise control appear to be not calibrated to the brake sensor. Also, sometimes 3 warnings appear in the dash display: ESC off, service ESC, and service traction, though it is not necessary for the problem to occur. This happens very intermittently, but once it starts, it usually doesn't go away. I've had the problem repaired about 6 times, but it keeps coming back. I am out of options, as the repairmen seem to not know what is wrong with the car.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #9

Jun 082012

Malibu

  • 54,131 miles
The vehicle began to display a "service traction/ESC" message on the hud. Brake lights would come on randomly and stay on, sometimes for minutes, sometimes for hours. As a result of brake lights being on, cruise control was not functional. Had a sensor replaced which temporarily resolved the issue. The problem has returned 53 weeks and 17,000 miles later.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #8

Jun 052013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 48,300 miles
Hello, my car's service traction and service ESC light turns on intermittently. The brake lights behave in the opposite way, I.e. they stay on during normal driving, turn off when I press on the brake pedal, and turn back on when I release the brake. The cruise control does not work whenever this happens. I do not experience anything different while driving and I believe this is a sensor/circuitry issue. I read through the forums and news websites and found that this is a common problem in a lot of Chevy vehicles. There is a tsb on this issue and recalls for a few cars. This is a serious issue as it might lead to accidents when someone driving behind my car sees that the brake light turns off when I press the brake pedal. I would like GM/Chevrolet lo help me out here and fix this issue without making me pay for it but they have not responded positively. The dealership charges $110 just for doing simple diagnostics. But this issue is something pretty common to a lot of Chevrolet cars and is not a wear related issue. GM or Chevrolet should take responsibility to fix the issue. My car is out of 3-year warranty but is still within 5-year warranty (bumper-to-bumper). I hope that an action will be taken and my car will be repaired and/or I will be reimbursed for the repair expense. I found many articles on this issue and a few of them are copied below. www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/12/GM-recall-feds-midsize-Chevrolet-Malibu-Saturn-aura_N_2862354.html www.chevymalibuforum.com/forums/archive/index.php/T-2942.html www.autoweek.com/article/20130313/carnews/130319942 [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #7

Feb 282013

Malibu

  • 34,204 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the electronic stability control service warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure. The dealer performed a diagnostic, which located several failure codes however, the dealer was unable to identify the stability control failure code. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 34,204 and the current mileage was 75,222.

- Chesapeak, VA, USA

problem #6

Mar 092013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
This is a recurring problem, beginning nearly 2 years ago. I have had the vehicle in for repairs several times, but the last documentable incident is March 9, 2013. ESC service light comes on, cruise control shuts down, brakes lights illuminating when they should not, and not illuminating when they should. There's always been some "thing" they find wrong, from re-calibration of the ESC system to this last incident, where they told me it was the brake light switch! I had just had the vehicle in to have a headlight replaced the prior weekend and I never noticed the brake lights not working, and the dealer that replaced the headlight never mentioned it either. I'm thinking they would have if they could charge me to fix something additional on the car. I just paid $250 to replace what I was told was a burned out brake light switch on March 9th, (palmen motors, kenosha, wi), and its already recurring. I heard part of possible recall on wnn abc news and started researching and ended up at your site this morning. I want to report this. There's no telling how many dollars have been paid to mechanics to fix unnecessary repairs because of this! I am furious! I am hoping that if this is a recall, or made one, I can at least get some of my money back! thank you,

- Pleasant Prairie, WI, USA

problem #5

Feb 012013

Malibu

  • miles
While drive down the road this ESC light keeps coming on and tells me to service traction soon. I don't notice anything different about the way it handles or drives but when this light is on you cant see the odometer. Turn the car off and back on the light goes off, yesterday it did the samething. My car only has 24000 miles on it.

- Raven, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 242012

Malibu

  • 15,180 miles
"no ESC" light appeared. 6 service attempts have been made to repair the vehicle. Issue still active.

- Lyndhurst, OH, USA

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