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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 1 of 7)

problem #124

Aug 082015


  • miles


I have water in my back floor and my heat and air doesnt work sometime. We took it to the dealership they couldnt find where the water was coming from

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #123

Oct 202016


  • 48,321 miles
I am a physician and I purchased the vehicle new in July, 2010. My son is currently driving the vehicle in Michigan while attending medical school. For the past 5 months he have experienced disabling of the crash avoidance features including the traction control and the electronic stability control with the appropriate lights on and off on the dash. These are all compatible with recall number 13036 of this Chevrolet Malibu and he called matthews-hargeaves Chevrolet in royal oak, mi and they told him he would have to pay $100 for them to look up the recall so I did not take the vehicle in at that time. He also had the recall for the drivers seat belt light which was malfunctioning and they gave him the same answer. During the past 10 days the brake lights have been malfunctioning going on when not applying the brakes and going off when applying the brakes. He was notified by two other drivers and noticed it in the garage and then had the police check them. He was almost rear ended on two occasions. The vehicle is now too dangerous to drive. I have flown up to detroit and will take the vehicle to matthews-hargreaves myself to have this fixed. I have the recall for the seat belt which is not fixed but when I put up the VIN number it now shows no recalls and that cannot be correct. I now have the body control module problem (recall number 13036) but if still have not received anything further from Chevrolet and the dealer is demanding $100 just to check. I would like to file a formal complaint and am seeking your assistance since this vehicle is unsafe to drive. These events have happened on multiple occasions with increasing frequency.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #122

Oct 112016


  • 85,250 miles
My 2010 Malibu lt, had the 13036 recall 11/03/2014 after I received the notice from GM. There were no malfunctions at that time. Now as I speak, the brake lights comes on without me hitting the brake peddle and they all go off when I hit the brakes, when I talked to the dealer they recommend I bring it in and they will try to find out what is causing this. Price range $500-$1250. Now if you look on any GM forum page or just google the situation that I am having, you will find thousands of the same problem. It looks like GM does not have safety in mind after you purchase their vehicles! the 13036 recall has been revised several times, so if you had the recall performed in the early stages, they note your vehicle as completed and send you on your way. I can not drive my car because of this issue- that sucks!!!!! I contacted GM, by email and also left a message last year when the service traction control warning message started. I have not heard from GM. Still no safety recall!!!!

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #121

Oct 242016


  • 32,000 miles


My service ESC/traction light comes on and the brakes comes O without being pressed, this doesn't happen all the time. I have had it looked at and the mechanic couldn't find anything wrong. I have researched my VIN and there are no recalls, however I have noticed that the brake issue has been recalled on Malibu's before. The brake comes on randomly while I am driving so does the ESC light, on various surfaces.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #120

Nov 012015


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. When the weather was below 50 degrees, the vehicle failed to accelerate. When the failure occurred, the reduce engine power and traction control indicators illuminated. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Granville, OH, USA

problem #119

Aug 022016


  • 89,000 miles
Was turning onto the interstate and the RPM was at 5 but I was only going 20 mph.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #118

Aug 252016


  • 38,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and the anti theft system warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 38,000.

- Clearlake, CA, USA

problem #117

Aug 232015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel was loose and the radio turned off and on independently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #116

Aug 182016


  • 141,000 miles
Vehicle has service airbag on repeatedly, seat belt alarm goes off even when seat belt is properly fastened. While driving car suddenly lost power and service ESC, service traction control, engine power reduced. Car suddenly dropped down to 27 mph in the middle of traffic. I was able to avoid a serious accident by suddenly turning into a parking lot. This is very dangerous and can be fatal if occurs on freeway. No one can provide any reason as to why this keeps happening. I have no warranty on vehicle and purchased from a dealer 3 years ago. I have called the dealer and have had car looked at but the only suggestion is to blindly replace different sensors and parts. We need a recall done so no lives are lost due to this severe car malfunction.

- El Mirage, AZ, USA

problem #115

May 302016


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at any speed, the brake lights remained illuminated. When the brake pedal was depressed, the brake lights turned off. The contact stated that "service ESC" and "traction control is off " appeared on the instrument panel. Also, the steering and accelerator pedal felt heavy and the vehicle slowed down. The issue recurred numerous times. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and was repaired in 2014. The failure recurred. The dealer and manufacturer were notified. The vehicle was not repaired again. The approximate failure mileage was 24,000.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #114

Aug 012016


  • 108,000 miles


Dashboard cluster is out and goes in and out as well as the digital gear change. It started giving me transmition issues and now anything digital is completely out.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #113

Jun 242016


  • 44,000 miles
Brake lamp malfunction. Brake lights stay on until brake pedal pushed at which time, brake lights extinguish. Traction control and cruise control also fail. Same vehicle with same issue was previously subject to safety recall 13036. Recall was completed and issue continued. Brake apply sensor was replaced, prior to recall and issue remained. Recall work was completed on 11/15/14. Issues intermittently occur and in June 2016 vehicle taken to GM dealer where brake apply sensor was replaced. Issue still remains as brake lights stay on until pedal pushed, traction control and cruise control failure. A previous complaint was filed with NHTSA regarding this vehicle and above issues prior to recall. Issues occur when vehicle is stationary, and in motion on city streets and interstate highways. More documents available upon request

- Chatham, IL, USA

problem #112

Jun 252016


  • 38,800 miles
Vehicle was moving at about 35 mph when the drivers information center indicated a electronic stability service, traction control service and ESC off messages. This happened multiple times over a two day period. Car was taken to dealer for diagnostics and they said that the computer had stored a P0300 code which is engine misfire. The engine runs fine however there is a slight vibration at idle while in park or neutral. GM also sent out a letter to me stating that there was a problem with the throttle posistion sensor that may cause this to happen. The dealer did not attempt to diagnos the problem with the sensor and stated that the engine had a bad #2 cyclinder with compression at 100lbs. The P0300 code can be caused by the various electronic messages that have appeared and the engine is not the problem. They wanted to tear it down at a cost of $2300 to fix a problem that does not exist. This car only has 39000 miles on it. There are numerous reports of this same isssue with NHTSA and GM has not dealt with the problem. Another issue relating to this is the fact that the engine reduced power message comes on in some vehilcle and the car slows down and is very dangerous to drive on the higways. So far my car has not done that. I believe there should be some pressure exerted on GM to correct these multiple problems with their vehicle since the government bailed them out along with our taxpayer funds.

- Valencia, PA, USA

problem #111

Jun 072013


  • 92,958 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the traction control and the service ESC warning indicators had illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission, the power steering control module, and the electronic control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering ) however the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 92,958.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #110

May 252016


  • miles
Had to get a repair on the exhaust vvt solenoid for the exhaust side of the engine. Codes: P0013 & P0014.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #109

Jan 212015


  • miles
Since we bought the car on more than one ocassion the sunroof has leaked, the air bag light comes on when you move the passenger seat, and the third brake light in the window does not work.

- Marshall, TX, USA

problem #108

May 022016


  • 95,000 miles
The body control module (BCM) went out and the dealer or GM will not pay for the repairs despite there being known issues and recalls involving issues with the BCM. The gauge will not work correctly, the lights flicker, the shifting is affected, etc. Please see recalls 14V252000, 14V252000, 14V252000 & 14V252000.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #107

May 012016


  • 86,000 miles
I was turning onto a freeway on ramp when a engine power reduced message came up on my dashboard. The cars speed then dropped to about 10 miles an hour and started shaking violently. Thankfully I was only moving at about 30 mph and was able to pull to the shoulder safely.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #106

Apr 122016


  • 887,669 miles
My 2010 Chevy Malibu lt 2.4 L began misfiring on cylinder 1 giving me th codes P0201 and P0301. After getting those readings I began driving home and the car began to jerk and lose power followed by the service traction and service ESC warning lights flashing along with the engine light. So I began to accelerate again and the gears had trouble shifting and horse power was reduce when trying to take off. The car would slip gear at 40 mph and around 60 - 65 mph. Lights will not go off unless negative battery post is removed and then reconnected.then problem returns when car is driven again. I searched my VIN number and there is no recall for my VIN but my car has the same issues as 100S of other 2010 Chevy Malibu. I really dont feel safe driving this car. I wish I any other option to getting this problem fixed asap!!!

- N. Charlestom, SC, USA

problem #105

Jan 212016


  • 100,000 miles
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. Updated 05/11/16

- Lapeer, MI, USA

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