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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 brakes problems

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #103

Oct 182016

Malibu

  • 75,332 miles

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

Vehicle shut off while I was driving on city street to pick up my daughter from school, and has not started since. No traction, service ESC and power loss messages appeared on the dash display. The dealer was unable to communicate with the onboard computers.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #102

Oct 272016

Malibu

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the ESC indicator illuminated. A local mechanic diagnosed that the ebcm module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 61,000.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #101

May 102015

Malibu

  • miles
Door locks and windows stopped working in suspect due to some electrical problems. And when I'm on the gas it won't pick up any speed and I think that's due to the cam shaft. And I know im not the only one having the same problems with the same car. It's really becoming a problem

- Dekalb, MS, USA

problem #100

Jul 132016

Malibu

  • 86,700 miles

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

The brake lights would turn on while driving and the RPM tach would rev uncontrollably. When the brake is applied, the light turns off and the ESC warning appears on the dash. Fixed in 2014 as part of the exterior lighting recall (14V252000). As of the last two months, the problem started up again. First, I went and diagnosed it at a repair shop and it told me the brake position sensor needed to be calibrated. After that was fixed, the problems occurred again and replaced the sensor. After the second time, the problem was still not fixed. After going to another dealership and getting the concern fixed, it is still not fixed.

- Whitney Point, NY, USA

problem #99

Mar 152016

Malibu

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle jerked when the brake pedal was depressed and stalled as the traction control, electronic stability control, and check engine warning lights illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuse box was missing some fuses and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, service brakes). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Waukegan, IL, USA

problem #98

May 252016

Malibu

  • 980,000 miles
Brake lights go on while driving. Then turn off when you hit the brakes to stop or slow down. ESC come on while this is happening. Dealer states they fixed the recall but it is still happening. Now after warranty they say its the ABS module

- Rocky Point, NY, USA

problem #97

May 132016

Malibu

  • 138,000 miles

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

Theft system light is on and I'm not able to start my car. The radio still works and all the lights and heater and A/C. I try to start the car a few times and sometimes it take several trys to get the car to start. This has been happening quite a bit

- Delta, MO, USA

problem #96

May 192016

Malibu

  • 250,000 miles
Recall fix failure - the recall fix was applied by the dealership for the 'brake lights may or may not randomly illuminate' issue, NHTSA action 13005, however it is only temporary. After a few months the identical symptoms occur at the same frequency. No new symptoms are present and no previous symptoms are absent. These include; brake lights illuminating with no pressure on the brake pedal, brake lights turning off when pressure is applied to brake pedal (including holding the brakes at a stop), cruise control failing to activate, traction control turning off, ESC turning off, and vehicle gearing down (as low as 3rd gear at 60 mph before intervention) to assist by engine braking. Most symptoms occur at standstill as well as city and highway speeds. The dealership's stance is that, once a recall is applied, the ticket is closed and is the vehicle owner's responsibility to cover the cost of further fixes.

- Bristol, VA, USA

problem #95

Apr 072016

Malibu

  • 38,068 miles
In December of 2014, a Chevrolet dealer performed repairs to address NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (I had not experienced any problems related to this issue at the time). Recently I have been experiencing the symptoms related to this recall, including the "service ESC" and "service traction" messages, the brake pedal requiring extra pressure to get the vehicle out of park, and the disabling of cruise control. I have not had the opportunity to check if the brake lights also exhibit the problem described in the recall. The problem has triggered while I'm braking, as well as when I was at highway speed with the cruise control engaged, without applying the brakes.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #94

Nov 102015

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a dealer for a manufacturer recall concerning NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The contact was not experiencing any failures before the recall repair was performed by the dealer. The contact stated that the ESC and traction control warning lights randomly illuminated. The dealer and the manufacturer indicated that the brake light sensor switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and an independent mechanic for inspection. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #93

Apr 012016

Malibu

  • miles

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

There is a recall. Chevy is refusing to honor because they state I'm over the mileage they set as acceptable.

- Henderson, KY, USA

problem #92

Jan 102016

Malibu

  • 182,000 miles
Driving this car loses its power steering. GM states my car is not included in recall even though they installed a defective sensor.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #91

Feb 082016

Malibu

  • 161,000 miles
I have a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and the service ESC light comes on followed by power steering and then there is a sudden power steering lost. Chevrolet says it is not their responsibility yet there are thousands of records of the same issue and they will not cover the cost to fix it.vehicle was in motion

- Manchester, MD, USA

problem #90

Sep 182012

Malibu

  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel became extremely tight without warning and the ESC warning light remained illuminated. The dealer was notified of the failure and indicated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14E044000 (steering) and 14V153000 (steering). The vehicle was taken to a repair shop for further inspection. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and 12V460000 (power train). The dealer was to schedule both recall repair appointments. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 175,000. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 04/06/16

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #89

Jan 292016

Malibu

  • 105,000 miles
While driving the car the service traction/ESC light comes on and startes jerking the rpms shoot up to 4000 and makes a rattle noise. When doing this the speed does not change to reflect the rpms. When at a idle the rpms rest at about 2200. The car doesnt fully want to stop when coming to red light or when breaking. I have had the car a diffrent speeds and tends to stall and shack no matter what.

- South Point, OH, USA

problem #88

Jan 302016

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles
My electric steering pump suddenly stop working yesterday while driving on street. Two warning messages appeared on eic. " check steering" "ESC off check". I have read on many forums, by Chevy Malibu owners, have complain having same issue. I' M concern for my family safety if this steering pump fails again at greater speed.

- Converse, TX, USA

problem #87

Jan 112016

Malibu

  • 74,000 miles
I've had the recall done to ( supposedly ) fix the issue of the service ESC and traction control light fixed, but it just came back on again. When it is on I have no brake lights or the brake lights stay on. This is very dangerous and I've almost been in a wreck because of it. Also I have been getting a lot of water in my passenger side floor to the point I've taken the back seat out so I can lift the carpet to vacuum it out.

- Lincolnton, NC, USA

problem #86

Dec 262015

Malibu

  • miles
Engine power reduced and car cranks but wont start. It also slowed down when that engine power reduced came on almost had an accident and my family was in the car.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #85

Dec 312015

Malibu

  • 167,000 miles
Vehicle in airport parking lot and temp was 29 degrees. Started vehicle and proceeded to leave parking lot. Power steering warning appeared on dash board. Continue diving on interstate for next 15 minutes to reach home. About a half mile before reaching home, service ESC appeared on dash. Did not lose control O vehicle and vehicle has no been moved since. New years day 2016, no dealer service is open. I understand this is a known issue with the Malibu, however my VIN # does not appear to be part of the recall. Will take to dealership for diagnosis.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #84

Dec 212015

Malibu

  • 52,000 miles
While driving my car the traction control light flashes and the service ESC light flashes in the dash of my car. My brake light remain on at all time, when I mash the brakes no brake light comes on. The brake light is doing the opposite of what it is supposed to be doing. This occured months after I had recall work done (at a certified GM dealer) under GM recall number 13036 and NHTSA campaign number 14V252000.

- Washington, DC, USA

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