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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,943 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

brakes problem

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #4

Jun 062011

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 27,865 miles


I purchased this vehicle new in March 2010 and began having battery problems June 2011 at about 28,000 miles. The battery would go dead randomly from 2 hours after parking to being parked for 3 days. After having the battery tested several times at 31,000 the ESC light began coming on and the ESC code was cleared. At about 32,000 the battery over heated and began steaming acid out of the battery. The dealer replaced the battery and replaced the yaw sensor and wiring. The ESC light continues to come one which turns off the cruise control and applies the brakes. The dealer has replaced yaw sensor several times, wheel sensors, clock spring in steering wheel, ABS brake system, installed a new computer and replaced wiring. They have also had GM engineers coming from out of state on several days to work on the vehicle during the 9 plus service visits for a total of over 70 days of repair. The ESC light continues to come on at random. Dealer advised they are unable to repair vehicle. I have tried to work with the dealer for a GM buy back, but the dealer is only offering average trade value, what does not seem to be a fair resolution to the problem.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #3

Sep 172012


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while depressing the brakes, the brake lights failed to illuminate and erroneously illuminated when the brakes were not depressed. The vehicle was driven to a dealer where it was found that the brake switch failed. The contact also stated that the traction control warning light erroneously illuminated. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred several times after the repair. The manufacturer was not contacted about the issue. The failure mileage was 42,000 and the current mileage was 43,000. The VIN was not available.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Jun 042012


  • 30,000 miles
I've had my car in the warranty repair shop 6 times in the last 3 months. First occurrence I was driving down the road and my warning lights came on for ESC off, service traction control, service ESC at 20 mph. They've replaced 4 parts on my car and today the same lights service traction control and service ESC have come on once again. It varies (speed doesn't matter) whether or not going down the highway or stopping in a driveway when it comes on but warning lights will come on when you touch the brakes. I also observed that the brake lights stay on while going down the road (when its dark outside) but when you apply the brakes the brake lights go off. I feel this could be dangerous if someone is following behind you and thinks that you have let off the brakes but you are actually slowing down. I don't think that they have an apparent fix for this issue as I see several reports from vehicles ranging from 2008 to 2012 online complaining about this same issue. I am to take my car back again for service next week to hopefully get it repaired but I am not so sure they are going to find the problem after already having it in there so many times for the same issue. It is intermittant. When you turn the car off after this occurs the lights will go off. Sometimes only for a short period other times for a week to 3 weeks before it comes on again.

- Windsor, MO, USA

problem #1

Jul 172012


  • 57,000 miles
I purchased the 2010 Malibu, used from the dealership- they were the owners previously. I purchased it in Oct. 2011 and have taken it to the dealership 8 times in the 9 months of owning it. One time the entire driver side floor had 1+ inches of standing water in it, after a rain. The ESC light continued to come on and off- they couldn't locate any issue- the first 2 times I took it in for that. The oil life sensor never went off for service- I was at 10,000 miles since the last oil change. I took it to my real mechanic to have fixed. The battery went totally dead in it one day- they said it had bad cells in it. And it would also stall, and when going about 40 mph not accelerate, on inclines. That's when the ESC light would kick on, sometimes, and the RPM's would go up and down, all over the place. Finally made the dealership keep it until they figured out something- they kept it a few days, and called me numerous times asking me unrelated questions- they thought I was nuts, because they couldn't reproduce the issue. Finally- they told me a wire in the fuel injection had come loose. My car was so called 'certified' by the dealership- but I don't think they did any of the tests, or else they would have found some of these things themselves.

- New Lebanon, OH, USA

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