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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,008 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #61

Sep 222016


  • 70,000 miles


I get the service ESC alert and when I brake, my brake lights don't light up but when I'm not braking, they do not light up. This has been happening for at least two years off and

- Roscoe, IL, USA

problem #60

Aug 262016


  • 73,800 miles
Issue started 08/27/16 while 19 year old was driving at night. As the brake pedal is compressed the brake lights go off. While driving they are on. Service traction and ESC warnings come on intermittently. I have contacted Chevrolet and have been advised there is not an open recall for this vehicle. A case has been opened with the manufacturer. I have been driving the vehicle several times and have almost been rear ended several times due to this issue. The vehicle is scheduled for inspection and maintenance 09/01/16 at miller and sons Chevrolet. They have been advised of the issue. I have a suspicion this is a recurring issue on a previous recall (14V252000) after seeing some recent complaints from those whom have had the issue fixed the first time. This is the 5 time in 2 months I have had to have this vehicle in the shop. Once for intake and exhaust solenoid replacement. "tapping noises" these ultimately led to a timing chain replacement of which GM covered $800. I had to pay $600. In all I have spent over $900 on this vehicle for repairs which I feel should have been covered under other vehicle recalls. Either fix the existing problems or take the vehicle off the market and buy back.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #59

Aug 122016


  • miles
NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 impacted this vehicle and the vehicle was serviced in accordance with the recall at a Chevrolet dealership. 14V252000 states: "in the affected vehicles, increased resistance in the body control module (BCM) connection may result in voltage fluctuations in the brake apply sensor (bas) circuit. These fluctuations can cause one or more of these conditions: The brake lights to illuminate without the brake pedal being pushed; the brake lights to not illuminate when the pedal is pushed;..." when driving behind the vehicle while my wife was driving it I noticed the brake lights were on when my wife was driving and seemed to go off when she would have pressed on the brakes. When a Chevrolet dealer was contacted and I explained the condition was consistent with the recall symptoms, I was told it was already fixed and any further work would cost money. After researching the "fix" in the recall I checked the electrical connection at the BCM. It did have dielectric gel applied to the bdm where the cable connected so repair was done. After removing and inserting the cable several times to remove any corrosion at the electrical connection as described in the recall, and putting it back together myself, the problem hasn't returned yet. However, the condition of having brake lights reversed is extremely dangerous and there was no indication of the problem, initially. Before I re-applied the fix I did discover that the cruise control wouldn't engage when the condition was present (it was a frequent condition but wasn't always there). There were no other indications the brake lights were reversed other than looking at the lights from outside the vehicle. My concern is that GM's fix might be flawed as the recall condition recurred on my vehicle after the designated fix was performed at the GM dealership, causing risk to us and other vehicle owners.

- Wooster, OH, USA

problem #58

Jul 052016


  • 99,200 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 25 mph, the brake lights illuminated without the brake pedal being depressed. In addition, the service air bag error message was displayed across the message board. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 99,200.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #57

Aug 042016


  • miles
BCM issue resulting in brake lights not working properly. Brakes lights are on when brake is not applied, and go off when brake is applied. Brake light goes on after car reaches a speed of 15 mph. Recall prior replaced the harness in 2014, but now Chevy dealer is saying this is not related, yet it is the same symptoms of original recall back in 2014. The recall repair in 2014 seems to have been a band-aid on what could lead to a serious accident and loss of a life if not repaired correctly. Customers should not be responsible for repair of a known issue that GM only put a temporary fix on but never solved the entire problem.

- Buford, GA, USA

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problem #56

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 #55

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 #54

Oct 242015


  • 39,000 miles
Safety recall 13036B brake lamp malfunction third brake light stays on all the time. Will go off when I press on the brake pedal. Will only engage when pedal is pushed all the way to floor. Also effects traction control, cruise control and shifting in/out of park. Dealer said it was already fixed, I have no record of it. They, dealer snd GM will not take care of their issue. Very big safety issue, I do not feel safe in my vehicle.

- St Charles, IL, 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

Dec 042015


  • 101,238 miles
12/4/15 night, dry conditions, expressway: In motion: Chime sounded and 2 warnings flash - service ESC & service traction. 15 minutes later, - city streets, dry, same issue with ESC and traction warning lights going on, plus almost rear ended. Irate driver behind me said my brake lights were out, but they were astonished when the break lights came on while I was outside the car. They asked me to press the pedal - no lights. 20 secs after lifting off the pedal, brake lights on. Major safety issue. Upon driving found brake lights always go off when brake pedal depressed, go on at other times randomly while driving and go off again when brake pedal depressed.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #51

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 #50

Jul 142012


  • 98,000 miles
1. difficulty putting car in gear need to put excessive brake pressure to change gears 2. "service ESC" "service traction" light flash daily 3. brake lights are often engaged and or won't engage 4. cruise control won't engage effectively all of these things happen while driving and in a parked position

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #49

Sep 192015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
I have filed one complaint about this issue, now after having the brake light switch replaced, I am back again. My 2010 Chevy Malibu, [xxx], the brake lights illuminate when the brake peddle is not engaged. By pressing hard enough on the brakes (which cannot be done when slowing down, or a simple brake), the brake lights do come on. I have had the recall notice on this issue addressed and now have had the brake light switch replaced, this problem is still there. The brake lights do not operate properly and are on when they should be off and vice versa. I have contacted Chevy (GM) by chat, email, and phone and still cannot get help on getting this fixed appropriately. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dewey, OK, USA

problem #48

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 #47

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 #46

Jun 232014


  • 134,000 miles
I was on my way to work and my cruise control cut off by itself then I noticed by brake lights were on. So I pulled over to the shoulder of the road and turned my car off then turned it back on and proceeded to work. My brake lights came back on. When I came home later that evening my brake light were working again, when I tried to use my cruise control it went off again by itself and I haven't been able to use it sense. Now my brake lights stay on all the time I just hope nobody runs into the back of me. When I press the brake my brake lights go off. My inside light doesn't work with this happening to my car. The traction control light stays on all the time have tried numerous things to try and fix the problem. Its getting to be a headache buy a car and now its dangerous I just hope I can get it taken care of before I get into an accident.

- Snow Hill, NC, USA

problem #45

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 #44

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 #43

Jul 082015


  • 100,000 miles
I have had the recall notice (report receipt date: May 14, 2014 NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 component(s): Electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control ) previously taken care of by oakley Chevrolet Buick repair shop about a year ago. The problem has returned, the brake lights do not operate properly (they are on when the brake is not applied & when you apply the brake they go off). I returned the car to the shop and they stated that they could not duplicate that problem, but that it may be the brake apply sensor. They had my car all day, and could not tell me what the problem is.....I picked up my car and now I am trying through GM to get the matter addressed. I have been informed to get a second opinion. Which I will do and I will be in touch. In addition to that issue, now the drivers seat belt chimes that the belt is not in use when it is and the car is driving. Another safety issue.

- Dewey, OK, USA

problem #42

Feb 112015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 25 mph, the headlights were activated, but failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic four times and the bulb was replaced each time. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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