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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,123 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2010 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #5

Jul 162012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


On 2010 Chevy Malibu, cruise would disengage periodically. Complete failure of cruise also resulted in brake lights saying on, just as in this article. Fix was replacement of BCM (body/brake? control module)|newswell|text|frontpage|P.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 042013


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the engine power reduced warning light illuminated while driving 60 mph and caused the vehicle speed to independently reduce to 40 mph. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic and to the dealer to have diagnostic performed. Both diagnostic tests located the failure at the throttle body position sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 70,000.

- Cabot , AR, USA

problem #3

Apr 012010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 38 mph he took his foot off of the accelerator pedal and the vehicle stalled after depressing the gas pedal after the vehicle speed increased. He stated that he had experienced the failure numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times, the dealer reprogrammed the computer system, but the failure continued to occur. Report 71-872396053 was filed with the manufacturer who stated that they were aware of the failure which was associated with the transmission. The failure mileage was 300 and the failure mileage was 17,000. Updated 01/13/11 the consumer stated the issue was resolved. Updated 03/23/11

- Franklin Square, NY, USA

problem #2

May 092010


  • 23,300 miles
Vehicle was operating on cruise control at approx. 70 mph on level road grade.. driver pushed res+ button on steering wheel to increment cruise control set speed and the engine immediately went to wide-open-throttle. Driver immediately reacted by tapping brake pedal and the cruise control deactivated. I did not use the cruise control for the rest of our journey. Vehicle is a rental and this issue will be reported to rental Agency upon vehicle turn-in on 5/10/10.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 272010

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14 miles
New Malibu 2010 (14 miles on odometer on 02/27/2010) has severe problem with the engine. Upon starting vehicle, it has a very strong vibration and looks like engine may stop running every minute. When accelerating, engine provides noise and vibration and engine generates rattling noise. It is unsafe to drive this vehicle. Dealership where vehicle was bought on 02/26/2010 does not like take to provide repair or so on. GM does not respond to our E-mails and calls, but when complaint was submitted to BBB we got a call that said that it is GM legal department - no last name or position, and the person started to intimidate us. The consumer stated when ascending a slope, not even 30 degrees, and have to stop, the vehicle began to slide back immediately once the accelerator pedal was released, before applying the brake. Updated 06/30/10.

- Vienna, VA, USA

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