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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,962 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 10)

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problem #144

Sep 012015

Malibu

  • 75,000 miles

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

* 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

problem #142

Jan 072015

Malibu

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the all four doors locked and unlocked independently while driving. The contact removed the battery out of the remote, but the failure recurred multiple times even when the key was out of the ignition. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact also stated while driving approximately 70 mph, the cruise control was engaged, but disengaged independently. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #141

Jul 012013

Malibu

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 30 mph, the contact noticed smoke coming from the front passenger side head lamp. In addition, both the passenger and driver side high and low beam head lamps failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the wiring harness and the head lamp assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The contact also stated that while at a stop light, "service ESC, service traction. ESC off" was displayed across the message board. The ESC warning light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The failure mileage was unknown.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #140

Aug 172015

Malibu

  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled and was coasted to the side of the road. After restarting, the vehicle resumed normally. In addition, the vehicle failed to start until after a few moments when the ignition key was turned to the accessory position. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 21,000.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #139

Jun 012013

Malibu

  • 70,000 miles
Electric door lock on the rear driver side door does not work properly in warm or hot weather. You can hear the actuator trying, but it will only "partially"L ock/ unlock the door or not even budge the internal manual lever whether the remote fob or internal control switch is used. Things work fine when it is cold. This is definitely related to heat because in the spring and fall this is only a problem when the sun shines on the driver's side of the car. Furthermore, in the summer the lock will often work after running the A/C for 30 minutes or so. I think this problem started when the car was 3-4 years old. We can use the key to unlock the door, and if we use the remote fob first, the alarm won't sound. Just the same, it is aggravating.

- Winfield, KS, USA

problem #138

Aug 152014

Malibu

  • 118,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the rear brake lights illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the brake lights remained illuminated after the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #137

Sep 212015

Malibu

  • 119,500 miles
When driving my vehicle the brake lights are currently illuminating without me pressing the brake pedal and not illuminating when I do press the brake pedal (brake light reversal). In addition my electronic stability control (ESC) and cruise control turn off. I previously reported this problem to the Agency under NHTSA id number 10548365. I had the recall work performed in the summer of 2014. In addition I previously had the brake pedal position sensor replaced prior to that, but it did not fix the problem. The problem has reappeared even though the suggested fix was applied. Please note that this problem was originally reported in rhinelander, wi.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #136

Sep 102015

Malibu

  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the brake lights constantly remained illuminated. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The contact mentioned that the brake light briefly deactivated when the brake pedal was depressed and illuminated afterwards. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake switch, the brake assembly light, and the multifunction switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000.

- Purcellville, VA, USA

problem #135

Jun 272014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to body control module connection system recall reimbursement. The consumer stated in June 2014, the vehicle wasn't running smoothly. It seemed to exhibit a jerk motion and felt as though it was going to stall. The ESC light would illuminate and then go out. The dealer made some repairs on June on June 27, 2014. After the repairs were made, the consumer received a recall letter. However, the parts were not available. GM informed the consumer, the repairs were not covered by the recall. According to the invoice, the fuel injector wire was replaced. Recall # 14V252000 updated 12/30/15.

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #134

Sep 292014

Malibu

  • 110,000 miles

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

First issue happened with the driver low beam not working then work again a few days later. The problem keeps going on from passenger and driver low beams. I've noticed the connectors were melted and changed them and they would both work for a few weeks then one would go out again. Second issue is the passenger airbag doesn't turn on when passengers are in the vehicle. It works sometimes but not everytime. Third issue is the passenger side door locks. The door locks work sometimes and again not everytime like they should. There's a lot of people reporting these same issues but nothing gets done unless it's out of our pockets.

- Homeland, GA, USA

problem #133

Aug 012015

Malibu

  • 101,000 miles
My door locks are locking and unlocking while I'm driving and also while the vehicle is parked.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #132

Jul 062015

Malibu

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the warning lights illuminated for the electronic stability control and the service stability traction control. The cruise control also failed to work. When the brake pedal was depressed, the lights did not illuminate and would remain illuminated when the contact was not applying the brakes. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), manufacturer recall numbers: 103668 (exterior lighting brake lights) and 103664 (service brakes hydraulic and switches). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Rayland, OH, USA

problem #131

Aug 052015

Malibu

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While parked, the exterior and interior front driver doors and the passenger and rear doors failed to open. The contact stated that the front driver side door had to be left open to enter or exit the vehicle. The failure recurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the solenoid in all doors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Watts, OK, USA

problem #130

Aug 052014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate on several occasions while driving at various speeds. In addition, the contact stated that the power steering, the door locks, windows and rear tail gate failed. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 125,000. MA 10/23/15

- Niantic, CT, USA

problem #129

Jul 032015

Malibu

  • 97,730 miles
The door actuators don't lock. The car is open at all times. Very unsafe for children and adults.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #128

Jul 152015

Malibu

  • 93,000 miles
The ignition seems to shutoff going down the highway. I was doing 65 mph down the interstate and the car all of sudden shuts off for a second. The security light appears on the dash. Then it fires back up and continue down the highway. Happened multiple times on trip home. Read on line how to fix the security light. Did that ran fine for about a week. Then did it again on another trip. Believe it is the same issue that the other Malibu are having with the ignition. Just haven't recalled for 2009 as of yet.

- Franklin, PA, USA

problem #127

Jul 212015

Malibu

  • 73,800 miles
Every now and then the dash lights will either go dim or brighten without touching the control.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #126

Jul 162015

Malibu

  • 75,000 miles
When parked or when driving, doors randomly lock and unlock. Have seen several other complaints online from consumers around the country with this exact same problem. They all say that Chevrolet dealerships refuse to repair at their cost and that cost is too high for most consumers ($300/lock). I also believe this is a safety concern, my grandchildren often ride with me, what if they open the door on the freeway"! locked inside the car while it's on fire?! to say that this is not a safety concern is simply gross negligence! negligence case law has shown that failure to act with prior knowledge is complicity of/to manslaughter, and this turns an accidental death into manslaughter. GM! wake up, get into gear here. Does your new CEO really want to deal with another recall cover up?"!!!!

- Ojai, CA, USA

problem #125

May 282015

Malibu

  • 76,555 miles
Bought my 2009 Chevy Malibu ltz in April 2015 in May 2015 my service ESC service traction control lights started to come on and my taillights are lighting up as if on the breaks when I am not.( they come on while I am stoped at a red light have never come on while moving) returned to the dealership where I got my car and the lights were off so they said they could not do anything until the lights were on(the lights reset when I shut my car off). They came on last night went to Chevy dealership last night 7/20/2015 and they told me to replace the break pedal switch and we did that but my break lights are still coming on when they want, it looks like there was a recall for this before I got my car and I don't know if it was fixed or not and if it could be fixed again under the recall...... very unhappy about this.

- North Versailles, PA, USA

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