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2011 Chevrolet Malibu brakes NHTSA complaints: Electronic Stability Control

NHTSA — Electronic Stability Control Problems

2011 Chevrolet Malibu (Page 1 of 2)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,147 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Nov 012014


  • 85,656 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the service ESC and the traction control warning lights illuminated. The contact mentioned that there was a sudden increase of engine rpms. However, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was able to restart but the failure progressed over time. Several months later, the contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was serviced under the recall and the technician stated that the cam shaft position actuator solenoid valve needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who diagnosed that the throttle body assembly would need to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 85,656.

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #29

Nov 242014


  • 87,000 miles
As I was driving down the highway, my service air bag light illuminated. Onstar was called and they diagnosed the car as having an malfunction in the air bag, pulled off to the side of the road and had car towed to nearest dealership. As I was waiting for the tow company to arrive, I tried to start the vehicle after 2 hours to which all lights started flashing and car went completely dead. Note, car was just in the shop 2 days prior for oil change and recall on BCM. Dealership came back with a $1200 estimate for repair or replacement of an airbag. $858 for the airbag replacement and $241 for a new battery. Dealership would not cover this under warranty stating sometimes electronics have issues.

- Kansas City , MO, USA

problem #28

Nov 222014


  • 76,867 miles
While driving down the highway, my power engine warning came on and the same as warning lights for ESC and traction warning. I just recently took my car into the dealer for fixing the recent recall problem and I wonder if it made my car worse?? will be stopping by Monday morning...if I make it home ok after I've had to stop and pull over twice to fix the problem

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #27

Jan 052014


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle decelerated and the electronic stability control warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Lettsworth, LA, USA

problem #26

Aug 132014


  • 122,000 miles
2011 Malibu was acting like it was not getting enough gas or bad spark plugs. Then the check engine light came and other indicator lights. Had a diagnostics ran and said that the fuel pump had a pin hole. Replace the fuel pump, got a tune-up ran good for a couple of days. Went to start the car again and it once again started acting as if it was not getting enough gas and engine light once again came on, service ESC, service traction. When driving on the highway it will sometimes slow down from the current speed. Found a recall concerning the service ESC, but the dealer said they do not think it has anything to do with that. This started when all of the code started popping up.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #25

Mar 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2011 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle body control module connection system recall notice. The consumer stated the dealer did not inform him of any recall. The vehicle would not start. Each time, he went to the dealer, they stated nothing was wrong. On once occasion, in March 2014, the vehicle accelerated on its own. The consumer voluntarily surrendered the vehicle to the bank.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #24

Sep 262013


  • miles


My service ESC light kept coming on and I took the car to the dealer and they didn't know why it was on other than some kind of glitch and they made it turn off. In July of 2014 I got the safety recall letter and have yet to hear anything. The light us on again and steering is funny and other lights are coming on for no reason. Tells me my tires need air and they do not! my children ride in this car!

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #23

Aug 272014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The contact stated that the dealer was contacted twice and was informed that the part was not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was not available.

- Statesboro, GA, USA

problem #22

Aug 112014


  • 65,000 miles
Driving on bridge at 55 mph...felt like I had a tire blow, car somewhat lost power, then heard chime from dashboard message center. Two messages appeared on message center.."power steering" and "ESC service". noticed I had no power steering...made it to work.....not only did power steering go out, but I could barely turn corners and had an extremely rough time turning the wheels to park. It was as though I didn't even have rack and pinion steering...the steering was difficult like when your car dies. I went out to the car an hour later, started it, and all messages/warning were gone and I had power steering back. Called dealership and they said to schedule appt so they could reserve a loaner vehicle due to recall.

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #21

Jul 162014


  • 80,000 miles
Currently there is a safety recall number 13036 on my vehicle. I was directed by GM to take my vehicle to the nearest dealership and have a diagnostic test ran on the vehicle for potential problems with the wiring harness. When the vehicle diagnostic test was done there were no issues found in regards to codes being displayed. This test was not the test that was supposed to be done according to a GM representative since they have no information on the recall itself, other then what was listed in the recall letter. When I expressed my concern for the safety issues since I have been experiencing them all along I was told I would have to drive the vehicle until parts were available. I was also told that the vehicle was safe to drive, regardless of the potential for an increased risk of a crash due to the circumstances of the recall. I also diid not receive any information in regards to the test that was preformed on my vehicle by the dealership, which I was told by the GM representative was also incorrect. II was originally told by a GM representative that the parts were also available regardless of what the letter stated and that I should disregard that portion of the letter. This was also determined to be false as the parts are not available until mid August according to a GM rep at a later date. As of yet there has been no resolution to the issues I have experienced while driving and parked. These issues include the increased travel needed to stop the vehicle as well as the ecs being displayed as not functioning while parked and driving. Although my wife and I both have expressed our concerns with the vehicles safety and its current issues GM has failed to provide any resolution to the problems or the issue with the recall, when they could simply authorize a rental or service loaner rom the dealership.

- Girard, PA, USA

problem #20

May 142014


  • 70,000 miles


While driving my vehicle on the highway at about 60-65 mph its very hard to have stability in the vehicle. I have 4 brand new tires. The vehicle has been balanced and rotated. I also too vehicle to brake specialist who said everything looks ok to them. Also while driving at this speed the vehicle engine will start shaking and the veh will drop from 65 mph to 20mph cause the speed control to drop automatically. My vehicle has never been in a accident and the right signal light has a electrical issue and air bag light is on. 4 new tires and every 2 weeks the air pressure on them is low I think it has something to so with the stability of E vehicle. This is my 2nd review about this car. I don't want have a wreck and kill me and my children.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #19

Jun 112014


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle was experiencing the failure mentioned in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). While driving, the vehicle decelerated and would not accelerate past 5 mph. In addition, the ESC warning indicator illuminated. The dealer stated that the ESC failed. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #18

Apr 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
While driving my car a service light came on. The message was "service traction" and "service ESC". the car will loose power and act like it's going to die. I took my car to a Chevrolet dealership on 2 different occasions and the first time they would not look at it because they could not figure out if it was under warranty. The second attend at the dealership they diagnosed the problem as the wiring harness and it needed to be replaced. On May 14, 2014 GM recalled Chevrolet Malibu's for the model year 2004-2014. I contacted GM about the recall and was denied help to fix the problem with my car. I informed the person I spoke with that my car had been diagnosed by a dealership with the same issue as the recall. GM informed me that I could pay to have the vehicle fixed out of my own pocket and maybe get reimburse at a later time. I explained my concern for the safety of my child that gets transported in the vehicle and they did not care. The lady on the phone just kept repeating that I could pay out of pocket for the problem. I have read online that it was all models recalled from 2004-2012 but I am still getting denied help.

- Van Lear, KY, USA

problem #17

Nov 142013


  • 59,000 miles
As I was driving my ESC popped on my message board along with check engine light and reduced engine speed. So I took it to autozone and they said it was my throttle sensor. So I turned the car off and on and it stops the messages from popping up for about 5 mins. The car won't idle and it sounds like it wants to cut off. Now normally I wouldn't think anything of it but to go get it fixed. Me and my mom have the same Malibu she just had the lt edition well hers started doing the same exact thing! you can't tell me that both of these cars was just gonna start doing the same thing at the exact same time!

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #16

Jan 132014


  • 30,000 miles
My husband owns this vehicle and for months he would be driving and then all the sudden all these lights came on and the engine would slow down to about 10mph. He could have crashed multiple times. We took it to the dealer they changed a sensor and said it was because of the cold. Then when it kept happening we took it back and they said that we needed a new throttle body and it happens on these cars all the time. My question is if this car has a history of this same part going at low mileage why is there no recall on this part. We now just had to spend $600 so my husband could drive safely to work and such and with our children. For the amount of money you pay for a vehicle it should work.

- Warminster , PA, USA

problem #15

Feb 252014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 47,300 miles
I was driven in highway 40 mph suddenly I lost control of the cars' speed because the engine stopped responding to its normal functions. This ultimately lowered my speed down to 11 mph. This almost resulted in me getting involved in a high speed collision with the vehicle behind me.

- Niles, IL, USA

problem #14

Feb 122014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the electronic stability control warning light illuminated as the vehicle suddenly decelerated to approximately 20 mph, nearly causing a second vehicle to crash into the rear of the vehicle. The contact indicated that after stopping and restarting the vehicle, the defect was no longer present. The failure recurred the following day as the contact started the engine. Vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Athens, TX, USA

problem #13

Feb 062014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
I called and made a complaint yesterday regarding my vehicle dropping from 60 mph to 30 mph in the midst of morning traffic. I took the car to the dealership and was told that I need to let the car sit idle whenever this happens for a moment and then it should reset and be fine. Well, this happened to me 4 times this morning, 3 of those times my two children were in the car with me. The roads were slick this morning with rain/snow and my car first did this at interstate 35 and Illinois, I pulled over for two minutes and then I was able to proceed. It did it again at interstate 35 and regal row and had to again sit on the side of the road for 2 minutes. I reached carrollton and it did it again on beltlline road and then on 161 and trinity. Mind you, the first two incidences happened before daylight. The second incident also put us in danger of having an accident as an 18 wheeler was right behind me as the car began jerking and decreasing speed. I was barely able to move to the median before I was sideswiped. The first three incidences the car decreased to 30 mph and would not increase. On the fourth incident my car would not increase past 25 mph. This vehicle put me in much danger this morning, especially with the weather (snow) conditions in our area.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #12

Jan 142014


  • 87,000 miles
I happened to be driving at a rate of 65mph and all of a sudden my car begins shaking terribly, my speed drops back to 20 mph and lights light up indicating "reduced engine power", "ESC off", and something regarding stability control service. Can I say scared out of my mind and trying to avoid an accident at the the same time as the car behind me had to pretty much slam on brakes to avoid hitting me. I had onstar to run a diagnostic check to be informed that it is my electronic throttle control system. I called the ourisman service dept in bowie, md and was told that this is not covered under my powertrain warranty, which I find to be totally ridiculous!! I will be calling GM to file a complaint and ask that this repair be covered or I will have to take other steps to seek some satisfactory assistance. A recall should be issued for this defect, as it is not a fault of the consumer but evidentially defected parts that are being installed by GM company...what are they waiting for before they take action...I guess someone has to suffer serious injuries or death before something will be done!! signed: Not a happy Chevy owner.

- Crofton, MD, USA

problem #11

Jan 072014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 42,532 miles
Luckily I was stuck in wall to wall traffic due to bad weather on my way home from work. I attempted to hit the gas to inch forward and my car starting shaking and seemed to be idled up. My check engine light came on and my dash read engine powering down, service tracking system and my car would go no faster than 20 mph. The part isn't covered under warranty on a 3yr car and I have to pay $388 to have this fixed.

- Grand Blanc , MI, USA

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