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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,103 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 10)

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problem #162

Nov 102015

Malibu

  • miles

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

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 #161

Mar 262016

Malibu

  • 171,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the vehicle also started decelerating while the accelerator pedal was being depressed. As a result, the contact was involved in a crash but the details were not available. The contact was able to get the vehicle pulled to the side of the road and shut it down. The vehicle became difficult to restart. The vehicle was driven a little further and the failure recurred. The vehicle was shut off and would not restart. The vehicle was towed. The vehicle was side swiped by another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. There was no police report filed. There were no injuries sustained. The vehicle was not destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 171,000.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #160

Feb 172016

Malibu

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at any speed, the brake light remained illuminated, the traction control light illuminated, and the cruise control failed to function. In addition, the interior lighting would go from bright to dim and the daytime running lamps also failed to illuminate. The failure recurred everyday. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA

problem #159

Oct 012015

Malibu

  • 167,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While attempting to restart the engine, the security sensor light illuminated and the engine would not restart. The light dimmed after 5-10 minutes and the vehicle could not be restarted. The contact indicated that the failure was intermittent. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 167,000.

- Lawrenceburg, TN, USA

problem #158

Feb 162016

Malibu

  • 106,533 miles
My power locks want to unlock & lock while I am operating the vehicle. I am concerned because because with grandchildren if the doors malfunction as they have been they can open the doors while I am driving. This is a problem with these particular years. On carcomplaints.com 29 complaints not a lot however it is a safety hazard that needs fixing.

- Hartselle, AL, USA

problem #157

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 #156

Dec 262015

Malibu

  • miles

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

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 #155

Dec 212015

Malibu

  • 155,000 miles
There is something faulty in the system which is causing the battery to become completely drained if the car sits 2/3 days without being started. I have replaced my 3 times and still something in the car is continuing to drain the battery. There is hundreds of people all over the internet that are having this same issue. Not even the dealership could fix the issue. I am not physically leaving anything on in the car but it continues to keep dying. This is definitely a defect with this car that needs to be fixed. My car is a 2009, and it has been dying 2011.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #154

Dec 102015

Malibu

  • 120,000 miles
Door locks randomly engage and disengage while driving they may unlock may not unlock when car is not in motion then randomly they lock and unlock while the car is in motion constantly at slow speed less often during highway driving they engage and disengage constantly multiple complaints on the internet involving the same issue on the same vehicle

- South Wilmington, IL, USA

problem #153

Dec 042015

Malibu

  • 108,000 miles
High mounted brake light randomly works, similar to previous recall. Chevy dealer tries to tell me light is "fried" when it actually works, intermittently. GM has yet to contact me on whether they will cover the cost

- Saline, MI, USA

problem #152

Dec 072015

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when the ignition key was turned to the start position, the vehicle failed to start without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Americus, GA, USA

problem #151

Nov 182015

Malibu

  • 56,000 miles
Rt front headlight became inoperative took vehicle to Chevrolet dealership for repair mechanic found headlight connector burned and melted--light bulb connector burned possibility of electrical fire

- Maywood, IL, USA

problem #150

Nov 012015

Malibu

  • 47,000 miles
The brake lights to illuminate without the brake pedal being pushed; the brake lights to not illuminate when the pedal is pushed; difficulty disengaging the cruise control; and disablement of crash avoidance features such as traction control, electronic stability control, and panic braking assist features. This occurs after we have had the work done that was for GM recall number 13036/NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 multiple times.

- Wauconda, IL, USA

problem #149

Oct 192015

Malibu

  • 86,000 miles
While driving the car at 55 mph it started jumping/skipping while I was driving on a 3 lane highway and then it just died. I couldn't get it in reverse and it wouldn't shift at all. The electrical information on the dash went out as well. I had to arrange a tow. I'm being told it needs a new transmission and there is electrical failure as well. The car has 86,000 miles on it and has been serviced routinely. How does a transmission go from working to dead in seconds?

- Crofton, MD, USA

problem #148

Nov 062015

Malibu

  • miles
The center high mount stop light works and then does not work at times. Dealer said 3 third brake light needs replaced. Led bulb does light at times so its not in the led but something up in light assembly.

- Sandusky, OH, USA

problem #147

Oct 282015

Malibu

  • miles
Power steering, traction light, engine power down all come on and car shut down

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #146

Oct 242015

Malibu

  • 42,000 miles
Driving at 65 mph on the interstate and ESC light, check engine light, and security light came on. The speedometer needle and the fuel guage needle started jumping sporadically and then I lost power for a moment and could not accelerate. Had to coast to the side of the road. Very dangerous situation. Turned the car off and restarted, and it happened numerous more times. Had to end up having it towed. It is in the shop now, and they haven't determined what is wrong yet.

- Radcliff, KY, USA

problem #145

Oct 202015

Malibu

  • 82,997 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at any speed, the brake light illuminated without the brake pedal being depressed. In addition, the instrument panel lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic stability control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not included in a NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,997.

- Mountplesant, TN, USA

problem #144

Sep 012015

Malibu

  • 75,000 miles
* beam on passenger side of vehicle** while off - unlocking with the key fob illuminates the headlamp (stationary) while on - headlamp does not work (stationary & in motion) it was thought that the bulb needed to be replaced, so it was replaced, and it has not corrected the problem.

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #143

Oct 072015

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at various speeds, the third brake light illuminated independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the third brake light wiring needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000....updated 02/19/16

- Pumpkin Plains, NJ, USA

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