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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,301 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #15

Jan 212016

Malibu

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the service ESC warning indicator illuminated intermittently. In addition, the brake light illuminated without the pedal being depressed. The contact stated that the brake light stopped functioning after the pedal was depressed. In addition, the traction and cruise control failed. The failure occurred approximately six times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake pedal position sensor needed to be replaced and the brake switch needed to be calibrated. The switch was calibrated; however, the failure recurred. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number" 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the VIN was not included. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #14

Jan 122016

Malibu

  • 70,400 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while depressing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle was idling high and shaking violently while the service esb and the service traction warning messages displayed. The contact mentioned that the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle was still shaking violently and moving independently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure continued. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,400.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #13

Jul 062015

Malibu

  • 159,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 20 mph, the steering wheel seized. In addition, the power steering and traction control warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 159,000.

- North Providence, RI, USA

problem #12

Apr 012015

Malibu

  • 45,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle lost power. In addition, the "service ESC, engine power reduced and traction control" was displayed across the message board. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on multiple occasions where it was diagnosed that the throttle body, the throttle body sensor, spark plugs, torque sensor, and the steering wheel needed to be replaced. The dealer also stated that a carbon cleaning needed to be performed. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #11

Dec 112013

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle decelerated and the check engine, stability control, and traction control warning lights illuminated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician reset the computer; however, the failure recurred shortly after. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The contact mentioned that the throttle body was replaced, but failed to repair the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Brunswick, ME, USA

problem #10

Jul 022015

Malibu

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 25 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and the service ESC and traction control message was displayed across the message board. The brake lights failed to illuminate. In addition, while driving without the brake pedal being depressed, the brake lamps illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Tiffin, OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 242015

Malibu

  • 49,604 miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the cruise control became inoperable and the traction control warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 49,604.

- Pittsburg, KY, USA

problem #8

Jul 162014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Malibu applied brakes and car continued to travel and not stop. On July 16, 2014, the consumer was involved in an accident, due to the above mentioned statement. The vehicle was totaled. The consumer referenced recall # 14V252000.

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #7

Sep 302010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
I keep getting a "service traction control" message when and only when I am sitting in the car in "park". also another issue is the car just dies as I turn the steering wheel to the left in a turn or on a curve. Dealer says they cannot duplicate the issues. I call "[xxx] as I cannot stop the issue not only that but the dealer has charged me $300 plus for the repair" say what" information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Encino, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 042014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
While on the highway the service traction control warning light came on as did the ESC warning light. I tried to engage the cruise control but it would not work. We stopped at a rest area and turned the ignition off for about 20 minutes. We resumed our trip with the cruise control engaged and traveled for approx. 10 minutes. At that point the warning lights illuminated and the cruise control would not work. Every time we drive the car now, the warning lights now come on within a quarter mile. I saw a recall for this same problem but was told my VIN number was not included.the car is at the dealers and will be repaired. Hopefully. I think my car and many others should be under a recall.

- Naugatuck, CT, USA

problem #5

May 282013

Malibu

  • 35,009 miles

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

Service ESC. Traction control off messes with transmission.

- Cypress, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 26,500 miles
There was an intermittent which caused the ESC and traction control lights to flash, the alarm to sound and the words that they were off plus the words traction control and ESC service to come up. At the time the cruise control disengaged. This occurred several times. I brought the vehicle to the dealer on Sept 16th and was told that I shouldn't be concerned about this intermittent. But it occurred again and then on 10/2/13 the warnings stayed N permanently for three days frightening my wife. I brought the vehicle in for service today and they said they fixed the problem using some dielectric grease.

- Marlboro, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 242013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 60,500 miles
When I start driving my car at a low speed the service traction control light comes on saying service ESC. Then it turns the traction control off. While this is on you can't use the cruise control, the car shakes, and the RPM's fluctuates abnormally. Also, when I turn the car off and turn it back on the light is off until I start moving again.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #2

Jun 022013

Malibu 4WD 4-cyl

  • 19,500 miles
The service ESC and traction light came on. I took the car to the dealership to be serviced. The told me it would cost about $700 to fix the issue. Two days later the light was back on. I called the dealership again and he said "oh that is bad." I took it back in and he apologized for not checking another option regarding this service. He told me it would cost another $500 to replace the electronic stability control module. This all happened about 2 months after the warranty ran out. I have been researching and this seems to be a common issue with the 2010 Malibu. The dealership also told me that this was a safety issue and that the brakes could lock up while driving down the highway.

- Russellville, AL, USA

problem #1

Jun 042012

Malibu

  • 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

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