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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,245 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #104

Feb 242016


  • 145,000 miles


My 2010 Chevy Malibu driver side front door will not open. Driver door will not open from the inside of the vehicle after the doors are unlocked or from the outside by pulling on the handle. It does not matter if you unlock from inside using unlock/lock button on door or outside using key fob, the door will not open. Major safety issue in the event of an accident or an emergency, the driver or passengers whose doors are affected will not be able to get out of the affected door. Tried penetrating oil and grease to lubricate actuator and has not fixed problem. Also happens randomly, does not matter temperature or weather conditions. No current recalls out on this issue, and repair costs range upwards of $350. The pull handle inside the car feels like it is not engaging with the components to unlatch the door, and the same feeling is observed when trying to open the car on the outside using the outside door handle.

- Charles Town, WV, USA

problem #103

Mar 042015


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 65 mph, the check engine, electronic stability control, and traction control warning lights illuminated. The contact mentioned that the vehicle began to jerk but stopped at higher speeds. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed, but the cause of the failure was not found. On another occasion, the vehicle jerked before it stalled. The vehicle failed to start and was towed to the contact's residence. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Humboldt, TN, USA

problem #102

Feb 012016

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to ESC light continuously illuminating and trac control switch issues. The consumer stated after the part was replaced, the ESC light illuminated again. The consumer continued to report the trac service light was still displayed. The dealer stated it was a possible BCM internal failure. The consumer received a recall notice shortly thereafter regarding an issue with the BCM connection system which could result I a malfunction. One of the symptoms of the problem, as stated in the notice was traction control, electronic stability control, and panic braking assist features, if equipped may be disabled. The vehicle was repaired at no cost to the consumer

- Oakdale, PA, USA

problem #101

Dec 232015


  • 83,500 miles


Door latch malfunctions. The auto lock function does not work when transitioning from drive to park, and the door is unable to be opened and closed. The only way to exit/enter the vehicle is by crawling across passenger seat - safety concern.

- Elon, NC, USA

problem #100

Dec 052015


  • miles
The driver's front doors are locked when the car stops at the P park. And only open after several attempts to starting the engine and switching speed. This is a very dangerous security problem.

- Cutler Bay, FL, USA

problem #99

Feb 102015


  • miles
My Malibu leakin water by the metallic structure of the roof in the driver's side and passenger's auto glass business up and noted that the windshield is no problem, the problem is in the metal ceiling joists factory default in the insulation ceiling. That same diagnosis it issued three workshops of car repair. It is a problem of making the 2010 Malibu.

- Cutler Bay, FL, USA

problem #98

Dec 012015


  • 40,000 miles


While driving, if the keys are wiggled the electrical system shuts down. Total system shut down. Wiggle keys around and wait 2 min.+-, car will start and drive ok. Has happened 2 times so far. Taking to Chevy dealer on 12/7/2015.

- Truesdale, MO, USA

problem #97

Nov 182015


  • 116,000 miles
Brake lights were working in reverse after recall repairs were done so Chevy charged me full price for diagnostics because they said that the recall repairs were already done, so there was nothing they could do. We replaced brake switch. A month later problem persisted, Chevy dealership charged $50 for relearning brake position, even though that was all supposed to have been fixed in recall repairs. Brake lights are still not working properly and the traction control/ESC light is on, and cruise control doesn't work. I am now taking it back to dealership and they are charging me an additional $50 just to take another look at it. I feel I shouldn't be charged for any of this since it all should have been taken care of during the repairs done for recall #: 14V252000. This is a dangerous manufacturing error that GM should be acknowledging and repairing at no cost to the owners. I know I cannot be the only one suffering this issue especially after reading numerous customer complaints online.

- Avon, IN, USA

problem #96

Oct 302015


  • 109,460 miles
The car has consistent service ESC / service traction light warnings that cause multiple problems. The most serious now is that the back brake lights buen constantly as if I'm riding my brakes. It also disengages the traction control. This has gone on for 3 years, 7 repairs and it's now out of warranty. I took it most recently to capitol Chevrolet in austin. They simply replaced the same malfunctioning part again. I have case complaint with GM, but no resolution yet. It occurs now every time I start the car. It used to be intermittent

- Lone Tree, CO, USA

problem #95

Sep 092015


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the exterior brake lights illuminated independently, which affected the cruise control and ABS. The contact experienced difficulty shifting the vehicle out of park. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake sensor and pedal position senor malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #94

Oct 222015


  • 92,000 miles


My car wouldn't start, so I looked it up on the internet. The anti-theft light was on, it told me to unplug my battery so the car would reboot the system. I did that, then it started. It happens now about once a week. I have called the dealership and that year there is no recall on it, but previous years it was. I have no notice when it will happen, the car is parked. It just won't turn on.

- Feeding Hills, MA, USA

problem #93

Jul 022015


  • 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 #92

Oct 072015


  • 48,200 miles
I have only been driving this car for 5 months. Purchased used at dealership. I do not drive far. All of a sudden ESC and "service traction" shows up on my dash. My rear break light turns on and I'm not touching the break. The "service traction ESC" shows up more and more frequently. To me, this is a big safety issue and I see that my car is doing the same as others but GM told me via phone call, "only certain VIN numbers are recalled". somethings wrong here. Is it going to take someone to be severely injured or worse for this to get handled" I believe in american made cars, but why aren't the rest of us with this make and model and year also in this recall" we are having the same problems! all I was doing while driving was driving 45 mph on a straight flat road, where speed limit was 50mph!

- Natrona Heights, PA, USA

problem #91

Sep 202015


  • 66,000 miles
I was stopped at a stop sign to turn and when I accelerated a quick flash of the service ECM message came on and then disappeared, but the car stalled out in the middle of the intersection. When I tried to restart the car, it would turnover, run for 2 seconds and then die. I had the car towed to my house, where we charged the battery and took it over to autozone to have the electronics scanned, where it showed 3 codes: U0121, P0106, P0621. They scanned the battery and alternator, and all came up with a clean bill of health (so to speak). Upon reading online it looks like this was an issue in Malibu's 2004-2009 (which was recalled), and I believe they never fixed the issue and now 2010's may be affected. My worry is that this will happen again and it will be at a busier intersection or worse yet, on the highway.

- Jenison, MI, USA

problem #90

Dec 122014


  • miles
One night I was leaving work and I realized that my passenger side blinker was not working, indicating that my bulb was out. But by the time I made it home it was working again. A few days later I noticed that my blinker was not working on the driver's side. I found that when my lights are on the park light or blinker does not work on the passenger side of the car. When the lights are off the blinker or brake light does not work on the driver's side. Also when the lights are on the temperature gauge on the console flashes with numbers then with the lines. I found that there was a recall on the 2010 Malibu with the BCM body control module. That the brake lights luminate with out you stepping on the brakes. What needs to be known is that is also affects the blinkers, brake and park lights. It can also burn out your bulbs. It is a very dangerous situation because I take a chance on making a left or right turn and changing lanes without getting hit. I have small children and I pray every day that we make a safe journey. That is my only means of transportation.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #89

Sep 172015


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 35 mph at night, the tail lights would only illuminate when the vehicle was in motion. When the brake pedal was applied, the tail lights would deactivate. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), but the failed recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

problem #88

Jul 152015


  • 56,487 miles
While I was driving to work I noticed that the brake light in the rear window was only working on an intermitent basis. I had recall work done on my car in October of 2014 under recall 14V252000 or Chevy recall 13036 then in mid July of this year my car started doing what they said that it might do in the recall letter. On August 3 I took my car to cargill Chevrolet in putnam, ct. To see why it was doing this I thought that it should be covered under the recall. They then replaced a switch on the brake pedal at a cost of $272.03 that they said would fix the problem. The next day it was doing the same thing so I took it back and they said that the whole bracket in the rear window needed to be replaced at a cost of $402.40. This seems to fix the problem. They said neither repair was covered under the recall. I was wondering what your opinion was and if you had any other reports of defective recall work on this recall. Thank you

- Southbridge, MA, USA

problem #87

Sep 042015


  • 66,880 miles
We got up this morning, went to get into our car and as I tried to unlock it I noticed my keyless entry would not unlock the door. I asked my boyfriend if his was working, and his wouldn't open the car either. So I unlocked the door manually and no alarm sounded. The dash didn't light up as it usually does either. I tried starting my car, the idiot lights came on as did my stereo, but the car never tried to turn over. We had no interior lights, no headlights, and not even hazards!! I thought hazards we're supposed to work in emergencies but apparently I was mistaken. Thank god we weren't broke down in the middle of a road or freeway. I've noticed other years of this particular car have a recall for an ignition switch, why not this one? because their stories sound just like mine. This car is being towed to the shop tomorrow morning. If it is the ignition switch, Chevy will be hearing from me.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #86

Sep 022015


  • 89,421 miles
As I was driving a light came on that said ESC, traction, service ESC at one point it said traction off. It has happened numerous times sometimes I go to start the vehicle and the light is on and the car will not budge from park and I was stranded for over an hour in the evening all alone. Other time I was driving and the light came on and the brake lights are on the whole time and people were honking at me. My worst time was when I was driving going about 55 on a very dark road with my daughter in the car had about 40 miles to drive to get home and the light came on as I was driving and apparently then I had no brake lights at all ! all the way home no brake lights I was unaware of this until a car drove up on me almost hitting me from behind because he could not see me until he was right on me and I had to swerve over to the next lane to avoid being hit this was a very scary and traumatic incident for my daughter and I! this is beyond dangerous and something needs to be done, when I called the dealership they said their was a recall but that they had fixed it during my last oil change which I was never made aware of but case being if it was "fixed" then why am I still riding in a dangerous vehicle?! one day its okay and the next day I may be on the express way doing 55 hoping not to die due to a faulty system something needs to be done about this issue before someone is seriously hurt! I am disappointed in the way the Chevrolet dealership is just brushing this off as yes it was a recall but we took care of it supposedly so now that's not the problem in their words it's now your problem! I can say that by the way I have been treated and getting the run around and being scared to drive a vehicle that I no longer feel safe in has really really caused me to dislike Chevrolet!

- Wilmington, IL, USA

problem #85

Aug 032015


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the ESC and traction warning indicators illuminated. The contact depressed the brake pedal and the pedal failed to respond. The contact continued to depress the brake pedal and it eventually responded. The contact pulled over and it took several attempts to shift the vehicle into park. The vehicle was powered off and did restart, however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was diagnosed that the ESC system needed to be recalibrated. The vehicle was repaired, however, the failure recurred. The contact also stated that the brake lights remained illuminated the entire time unless the brake pedal was actually being depressed. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and had not been repaired. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, and service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Montgomery City, MO, USA

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