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

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #65

Jun 012015


  • 110,000 miles


2010 Malibu experiences fluctuations in power/ rpms when trying to accelerate. I have taken the vehicle to get looked at severals times, but mechanic could not get the car to replicate issue. Not sure if its related to the fuel system, transmission, or motor. Either way, no one can diagnose this problem. When issue occurs, the vehicle acts sluggish (does not want to go) and bounces between 2 & 3 on my RPM gauge. It's as if I would push the gas then let off the pedal (repeatedly). At first this only happened when going up a hill, but has become more frequent, and is now happening regardless of grade. It is a definate safety issue, as this has occurred when crossing an intersection and merging onto a highway. It does however seem to be resolved if I press the gas all the way down (rpms go up to 4-5 on gauge, then the car finally goes) I have seen many complaints about this online, but no resolution. The number of miles the car has does not seem to be a factor, as this has happened to others with this car being brand new (based on other complaints).this has been happening intermittently for months. This is my first Chevy- bought last year. Seems to have a ton of electrical issues. Bought the car unknowingly with an open recall, tire sensor light comes on intermittently for no reason, car suddenly stalled on the highway and would not start a week after purchased, stereo loses power, power steering is intermittent, the passenger door sometimes fails to open and/or close, the driver side door loses power intermittently, the exhaust is rusting, ect. I did buy a warranty with this car, but being that nothing can be diagnosed, its a waste of money! I still owe over $8000 on this car, and paid blue book value! -Chevrolet totally misleads their customers. Never again oh, and I did recieve a recall letter about my power steering, but the dealership says there is no recall.

- New Eagle, PA, USA

problem #64

Oct 012016


  • 86,000 miles
The vehicle lost engine power after being driven for 15 minutes, the engine ran rough, reduced power messages, service ESC, and service traction messages appeared. Vehicle was serviced and the technician stated that it "was not safe to drive because it could accelerate without a foot on the gas."

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #63

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 #62

Jul 112016


  • miles


Takata recall my car started to slow down to 35 to 40 mph in the middle of traffic and I call to see if there was a recall and I was told for some models but not mine and it's doing the same as the other cars it's not safe.

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #61

Jul 172016


  • 103,000 miles
Repairs were completed a couple of years ago on this vehicle from recall id 14V252000, however, my vehicle has recently experienced the similar symptoms as described on the recall. The service traction, service ESC and ESC off warnings display on the dashboard unpredictably. This happens whether the vehicle is idling or in motion. When the warnings pop up the brake lights are illuminated without depressing the pedal, the brake lights turn off briefly when depressed, however, when the brake pedal is released, the brake lights come back on and remains on. Also when the warnings are displayed, the cruise control disengages, and I'm able to shift out of park without depressing the brake. Turning the key off resets the warnings, but the warnings and symptoms return again - sometimes immediately and other times it may take hours of driving. I'm concerned that the original recall repairs did not correct the problem.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #60

Jul 172016


  • miles
I was getting on I10 as I began to merge onto the interstate my car came to crawl did it start to gain power allowing me to merge onto I10 safely. So I thought. As I was reaching 70mph the car stalls ( no steering no engine power) on my dash board it read reduce engine power service traction ! wth out of know where this happen the dash didnt read that till my car stalled and all power was loss. Mind U I have a toddler and an 11 yr old with me in a stalled vehicle on the interstate. I called GM they said I had no recall on my car due to my VIN my car at the time was at 65000 mile. That was maybe 1 yr ago starting 7/17/16 at 163000 miles my car stalled twice my service traction control reduce engine power light came on after the car stalls looses power! called the dealer ship to make an appt for Monday because I work and I have two kids this is supposed to be my realibile car. I am scared to drive it to the dealer ship come Monday becauuse I feel it is a danger for me and my family. It stalls with no warning what so ever it takes 20 minutes to start up after a stall out! it is not safe if my car is not in the recall how is it that my car has the same problems as other S?

- St Martinville, LA, USA

problem #59

Jun 232016


  • miles


First repair, airbag service required. The dealership claimed it was a loose wire. 2nd repair, ESC maintenance required, traction service required, engine power reduced, vehicle will not leave neutral. If gas is applied vehicle jumps and shakes. 3rd is same as 2nd and 4th visit is same as previous except when I received ownership of the vehicle it could not make it out of the parking lot. After mentioning the lemon law the dealership is now trying to blame this technically 5th visit on an ignition coil even though ESC maintenance message was displayed with traction control, engine pwr reduced, the vehocle was still shakig, and now the check engine light is on when it wasn't before.

- Hammonton, NJ, USA

problem #58

Jun 182016


  • miles
I haven't had this car but 4yrs and the transmission is already messing up found a recall and I was told it wasn't for my car. What do I need to do to get my car fixed"??"

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #57

Jun 022016


  • miles
In 2014, General Motors' recall #13036 was serviced by Chevrolet dealership who said problem was corrected. In June 2016 the problem has reoccurred. While in motion the brake lights come on without pressing the brake peddle; the cruise control disengages; and disablement of traction control and electronic stability which could increase the risk of a crash. All occur while vehicle is in motion on city streets and highways.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #56

Mar 222016


  • 59,000 miles
ESC service light comes on intermittently, brake lights are illuminated 100 % of the time, and cruise control doesn't work. The dealer did the recall a year ago and now I have these issues. Replaced brake position and reprogram for $140 but didn't fix. Dealer now wants to replace ABS modulator valve, BCM, and ABS control module for 1450.

- Elburn, IL, USA

problem #55

Feb 122016


  • 89,300 miles


The traction control light comes on and stays on. Will not turn off now my brakes do not work properly and causes the car to be hard to stop.

- Dayton, TX, USA

problem #54

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 #53

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 #52

Oct 302015


  • 30 miles
When turning or drving car. It would lose speed. Also noticed smell in car of fuel I would get nauseating headaches. Purchased car June 2015 from courstey Ford. Car was in motion on street and highway.

- Danielson,, CT, USA

problem #51

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 #50

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 #49

May 012015


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was to attach the wiring harness to the BCM with a spacer, apply dielectric lubricant to both the BCM and the harness connector and the bas harness connector, and re-learn the brake pedal home position. The vehicle was repaired under the recall; however, the failure had not occurred until after the recall repair was performed. After the recall was performed, the brake light was continuously illuminated without the brake pedal being depressed. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and they stated that the wiring harness for the third brake light needed to be replaced, but the failure had not occurred until after the vehicle was remedied under the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #48

Feb 052015


  • 55,000 miles
Cruise control ramdomly works. When cruise control fails, third brake light and two rear brake lights illuminate. When brakes are applied then the three lights then go off. When cruise control fails the triangular tsc warning light also appears on the display and a typed message appears stating "traction control system off". bottom line, when cruise controil fails, we drive with the brake lights illuminate and when braking, brake lights do not illuminate.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #47

Jan 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at various speeds, the service ESC, traction control, and reduced engine power warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle independently lost power. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not taken in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #46

Apr 012015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
At 70 mph the cruise control shut off by itself and the service ESC light illuminated on the dash. I also noticed the brake lights came on when foot was off the brake pedal and shut off when I depressed the brake pedal. This has happened intermittently in the past 2 weeks. I took car into turan-foley Chevy dealership in gulfport, ms on 4/08/15 and they recommended replacing the bpp for $242.25, which I had them complete. They also said the problem may be caused by the ebcm-bpmu which would cost over $1100. The "service ESC" light came on again on 4/09/15. I have not noticed any performance issues such as I have read in other forums regarding decreased power. Recall # 13036 was completed on car 10/14/14 by dantin Chevrolet which according to what I have read was supposed to fix the problems I am now having. I mentioned this to turan-foleys service department, but they said they cannot re-open a closed recall. I wonder how many times my brake lights have not worked properly as I average over 700 miles a week. This is an accident waiting to happen. Please help!

- Bay Saint Louis, MS, USA

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