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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,728 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #40

Jul 012011

Malibu

  • 5,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle began to vibrate violently. In addition, the vehicle would fail to start. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000.

- Oak Creek, WI, USA

problem #39

Mar 302012

Malibu

  • 3,500 miles
Auto is equipped with the 4 cyl 6 speed auto trans. The transmission will shift into neutral when rounding a corner. Also the transmission will fly into neutral when shifting the transmission from low to drive. I have been close to being rear-several times when I pulled out on the highway and moved the shift from low gear to drive and the transmission goes into neutral and stays in neutral. Several times I have had to pull off the road to keep from getting rear ended because the vehicle stays in neutral. Dealers have no fix for the problem and apparently this problem is widespread in these 6 speed auto trans for the year 2011.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #38

Feb 272015

Malibu

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 20 mph and changing gears, the vehicle jerked without warning. Also, when turning the steering wheel left or right, it made noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #37

Feb 282015

Malibu

  • 115,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 30 mph, the engine stalled and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,500.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #36

Feb 252015

Malibu

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, the vehicle's speed decreased and failed to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 44,000.

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

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problem #35

Dec 182014

Malibu

  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 70 mph, the vehicle lost acceleration and the ESC, traction control, and reduced power speed warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 59,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #34

Feb 162015

Malibu

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle decreased to 10 mph and would not accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Hagerstown , MD, USA

problem #33

Jan 212015

Malibu

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle started to decelerated and shake continuously without warning. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer and was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 57,000. The VIN was not available.

- Clio, MI, USA

problem #32

Jan 182015

Malibu

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle decelerated and would not exceed 5 mph. The vehicle also began to jerk. In addition, the contact stated that the lost power indicator, the ABS, and traction warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 44,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fort Riley , KS, USA

problem #31

Jan 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
During the deep winter we had in detroit starting last Jan - the car reduces speed and engine power reduced/service ESC/service traction message comes- this happen endless times and stopped in Feb 2014 then began this past week Jan 8th, 2015 and continues to do so. The car will start shaking violently and drops speed and power eng reduced message comes - even traveling at 70 miles with 2 children inn the icy, snowy roads of mi. I have been lucky nothing happened yet but looking at the Chevy forums and others, this is a Chevrolet/GM defect that needs a recall. The dealerships are aware that there is a throttle body issue but we all can do is incur the cost to diagnose how exactly to solve this issue. GM needs to be held accountable before someone dies on the roads.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #30

Dec 272012

Malibu

  • 64,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased the vehicle used in June 2012. By December 2012 as I pressed the gas to get up a hill on a dark busy with morning rush hour traffic and plenty of tractor trailer trucks the car lost acceleration and the transmission went out. The car could not be driven forward. My boyfriend had to drive the car in reverse for several miles to get us to safety. Called a tow truck and took it to the chevydealer in union city ga where they rebuilt the transmission because it was under warranty. Since then I've been cautious and afraid to really press on the gas when accelerating. About a year later started having problems with water dripping on my foot when it rained, water standing in the floor boards and a leaky roof over the drivers side door. Now about a week ago started having reduced engine power problems. So afraid for my kids who are 15 14 and 1. gonna take it back to dealership to see what can be done. Gonna have to find a way to pay out of pocket since I now have 110000 miles on it and no warranty.

- College Park, GA, USA

problem #29

Nov 282014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle on at 50 mph and vehicle reduced to a unsafe speed with the error messages "service traction" "ESC off" and "eng pwr reduced". the unsafe drop in speed almost caused a car to hit me in the back. This is a very scary problem and if I was on the expressway and this occurred something very bad could have happen. A recall on the vehicle or the throttle body need to be made public before someone is seriously injure due to this flaw!

- Henderson, NC, USA

problem #28

Nov 142014

Malibu

  • 8,700 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. When attempting to accelerate from a stop, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The contact had to restart the vehicle in order for it to resume normal operation. However, the failure persisted. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 8,700.

- Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

problem #27

Oct 062014

Malibu

  • miles
I went to get air in tire. Got back in my car and started it up. It started shaking real bad and engine light came on, check engine light came on, and a thing about loss of power. I was only 5 minutes from home so I went back home. It wouldn't get over 25 miles an hour. I called edward Chevrolet in birmingham, al. They told me to get car to them but not drive it. They called me back and said it wasn't under warranty. I don't even have 100,000 on it. I read on line other people had this problem but they say it's not on recall. Why" how many people have to die or children" I didn't read of any deaths just almost. I can't believe people have to die to get something done. I was lucky and not far from home. It could have stopped on me in middle of road. I've never got any recall notices. I told the lady at edwards chev. The same thing.

- Vincent, AL, USA

problem #26

Jan 052014

Malibu

  • 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 #25

Jul 242014

Malibu

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle reduced speed and an unknown warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Irvington , NJ, USA

problem #24

Jul 252014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 29,666 miles
While driving the vehicle did not shift in the 45-55mph range, ( I'm guessing 5th gear as I do not know how many gears it has ) then again the same issue at 25 mph. Repeated multiple times through the drive home.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #23

Jun 162014

Malibu

  • 31,000 miles
Bought used in November 2013 with 23,000 miles. Car's resistant to acceleration attempts, loses power at varying speeds from 30 mph and up. Vehicle brought in, dealer stated there were no problems. The problem is very intermittent, that is to say it doesn't do it all the time but this has left me in a dangerous spot while changing lanes or pulling out onto a street from a stopped position; I can floor the gas pedal and it sluggishly accelerates. The RPM often races when trying to accelerate at highway speeds after having to slow down for traffic issues. This car does not get close to the quoted fuel mileage that it is supposed to for an lt; my sole reason for purchasing this car.

- Depew, NY, USA

problem #22

Dec 092013

Malibu

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 60 mph, the reduce power mode warning message illuminated as the acceleration decreased to 20 mph independently. This failure recurred every 22 miles traveled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who could not diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #21

Mar 252014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 317,322 miles
While driving the vehicle on interstate 270 at around 50 to 60 mph, the vehicle transmission down shifted upon breaking with a loud clunking noise. When I went to reaccelerate, the vehicle was unresponsive as though it was stuck in a higher gear and would not down shift to accelerate. This problem has recurred frequently so now when I drive on the highway, I set the cruise control to make sudden acceleration and deceleration unnecessary but the car still clunks out of gear upon exiting the highway.

- Frederick, MD, USA

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