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really awful
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 4 of 7)

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problem #64

Sep 182014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 58,500 miles

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

I was stopped to wait on oncoming cars to pass to turn left onto a street. As I was about to turn with my children in the car the steering wheel locked up and would not turn.if, my steering wheel would have not been turned already, as I was getting ready to turn, I would have been hit on the right side where my child was sitting. I had no option but to drive up on the curb. This is the same situation as the 2008 and 2009 model Malibu's which have a recall on them for steering:electric power assist system GM's recall #14V15300 recalled 3/31/14. Obviously this recall needs to be added to the 2010 model since it is still occuring. I took my car to the freeland chev. Where they had to replace the entire steering column due to the bad torque sensor. This cost me $689 to replace, I feel GM should take responsibility for this and add the 2010 model Malibu to the recall list so that I can be reimbursed for their error and so their customers that put trust in purchasing their vehicles are safe. To note I have contacted and spoke with several reps at GM none of which offered any type of help with this matter.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #63

Sep 302014

Malibu

  • 95,000 miles
Me and my mother were driving down the road when my car came to a complete stop cutting off in the middle of traffic. Earlier that day my car seems as if it didn't want to start. If finally started and when it did the outcome was it cutting off in the middle of traffic. Several others whom I know that have Chevrolet Malibu's are also having this same issue and I think Chevrolet needs to take the time and check the ignition M.

- Tuscumbia, AL, USA

problem #62

Jun 182014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). However, the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #61

Sep 242014

Malibu

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Copiague, NY, USA

problem #60

Sep 232014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and stated that the parts needed were unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Muscle Shoals , AL, USA

problem #59

Sep 062013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 72,368 miles
Complained quite a few times to the dealership about the airbag light coming on and going off. First time we took it in at 35K miles they replaced the airbag harness. About 6 months pass and the airbag light comes on again, along with check engine light, traction control light, car runs ruff, so they come out with a broken fuel injection wire, a bad airbag cable connection and a bill for the repairs. Now the airbag light comes on and off as you drive. Its due in for the already brake switch recall so we let them know that the airbag light comes on and goes off. Three hours pass and here comes the counter worker with a $1500 parts bill for the replacement of side airbags dash airbags and the sensors...I will never buy a new car again. Rftbj./

- Martin, KY, USA

problem #58

Sep 092014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles

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

Followed safety recall letter instructions to schedule installation of body control module part kooz Chevy dealer in white marsh, md says they do not have part and will take 3 weeks to order I object to this failure since letter says to act quickly since I am at risk of crash.

- Perry Hall, MD, USA

problem #57

Jun 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Interior electrical problem with the lights in the dashboard---dash lights (driver information center) and radio lights occasionally do not come on and/or frequently go off while driving. Radio will be working then aux imput device will appear and the radio stops working. Also the radio lights will tile at times and then start rolling in rectangular lines.

- Charleston, IL, USA

problem #56

Jul 012014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle was recently repaired under recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). However, the traction light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. After the dealer inspected the vehicle, the traction light and ESC light illuminated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Waynesboro, NC, USA

problem #55

Jul 282014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Coeymans Hollow, NY, USA

problem #54

Jul 232014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles

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

I noticed while driving one morning my brake lights were illuminated, but I was not depressing the brakes. When I pushed the brake pedal, the brake lights went off. At this very same time when I tried to set the cruise control, it would not allow me to do so. This has been an on-again, off-again issue. Some days it works correctly but other days the same problem persists. I researched online and saw that there was a recall by GM for this exact problem, recall id# 14V252000, but when I called the dealership and they checked my VIN # they said that my car was not under the recall, and that they would have to take my car and see if it happens to them in order to fix it. I read the recall and it is exactly the issue that I am having. Please help and add mine, and I'm sure others, VIN#'s to this recall before something horrible happens!

- Jenison, MI, USA

problem #53

Aug 062014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
Temp. Gauge is not working and the air-cond. Is not working.

- Little Egg Harbor, NJ, USA

problem #52

Aug 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to brake system recall notice and consumer seeks a loaner vehicle until parts become available. Recall# 14V252000.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #51

Aug 122014

Malibu

  • 67,000 miles
Vehicle was parked and caught on fire when it was not running. The vehicle was in use earlier in the day. The fire started under the hood and burned the entire front of the car and caused some interior damage as well.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #50

Aug 062014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts needed for the repair were unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Red Hook , NY, USA

problem #49

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 #48

Jun 032014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
Since I purchased my car there have been different incidents that I didn't pay attention to. The traction, cruise control don't work properley, the warning light for the air bags appears and will stay on for awhile I've had problems with the lighting. As soon as I recieved the recall letter I called the dealer right away and told them about the problems, they looked it up and said I had to wait until the parts arrive. I'm very concerned about my safety I use my car for my family and will be having to make a long distance trip to pick up my daughter. What do I do in the meantime when my car is already having problems?

- Deming, NM, USA

problem #47

Mar 122014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the instrument panel failed. The contact mentioned that the clock was reset, the low engine compression, and the check transmission lights illuminated. Additionally, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the vehicle jerked. The vehicle was restarted and resumed to normal. The failure occurred on four different occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 81,000 and the current mileage was 87,401. Updated 10/23/14 the dealer informed the consumer, the throttle body needed to be replaced. Updated 10/30/14

- Loris, NC, USA

problem #46

Apr 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Low beam front passenger headlight out. Had headlight replaced at dealership where vehicle was purchased only for the light to go out 1 week later. Called dealership and they suggested I contact NHTSA/GM for this problem. Afraid for my families safety when driving at night in rain/fog and so fourth, as well as a traffic fine for driving with one headlight. Please refer to numerous forums online ( chevymalibuforum.com & mototrend.com/cars/2010/Chevrolet/Malibu with drivers complaining about the same issue.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #45

Apr 152013

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
I have taken my car to the GM dealer three times in the past year. Each time they stated that they had repaired the "brake signal" and that was the problem. However, even with the current recalls for the same problem, when I called GM dealer last week, they stated that the "charges would be at least $150 to connect to the computer and run diagnostics". well, since I have already spent $500 for the last 3 visits, where they did not listen to me and fixed something was not torn up, why would I waste money on the same issue. There is a recall.. GM states that the recall is not for my specific vehicle, although the problems I have had for one year are the same problems they are recalling the 2010 chev Malibu for at this time. Supposedly, they will recall mine later.. I guess I just wait and hope I do not have a wreck until then. Driving along the highway at any speed, the car will suddenly feel as if I have pressed the brake pedal and pumped it. The ESC and service traction lights then come on. The brake lights then come on when I do not have the brake pedal pushed. When I do press the brake pedal the brake light goes off. I have had to have my brakes changed several times since this began. It also uses more gas since my car thinks I am riding my brakes and pressing the gas also.

- Summerville, GA, USA

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