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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,269 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #40

Nov 282014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles

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

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 #39

Nov 222014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 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 #38

Oct 182014

Malibu

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that upon entering the vehicle, an abnormal noise and smoke started to emit from the vents. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that wires were burned and disconnected the battery as a precaution. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #37

Sep 062014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 57,356 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 10 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into another vehicle. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The contact stated that the failure was related to NHTSA campaign number: 14V438000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 57,356. Updated 10/31/14 the consumer stated the electrical failure effected the radio and the door locks. The locks would not lock or unlock. The radio would power off or switch cd's to auxiliary then to the radio. Updated 4/28/2015

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #36

Jun 242014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign id number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). However, the part needed was not available. The dealer was unable to provide a specific date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer was also contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repair. The contact did not experience a failure.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #35

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 #34

Aug 232014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 35 mph, the contact smelled smoke inside the vehicle and an unknown warning sensor illuminated. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed flames on the driver's side. The fire department extinguished the flames. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The cause of the fire was unknown. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 66,000. Updated 10/17/2014 updated 4/1/15

- Mulhall, OK, USA

problem #33

Aug 052014

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system); however, the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #32

Aug 272014

Malibu

  • 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 #31

Aug 042014

Malibu

  • 171,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 50 mph over a bridge, the vehicle suddenly stalled. Immediately following the failure, the service air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrumental panel. The contact was able to shift the vehicle into neutral and safely coast off the bridge. After numerous attempts, the vehicle was successfully restarted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the technician was unable to duplicate or diagnose the failure. Two weeks later, the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician stated that there was a short circuit in the hard wiring. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 171,000.

- Queenstown , MD, USA

problem #30

Jul 082014

Malibu

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control ) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #29

Jan 112012

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V252000 ( electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control ) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to service the vehicle under the recall. The dealer was uncertain when the part would become available. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact did not experience a failure.

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #28

Oct 152012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
At random when driving down the road the radio will switch to aux. You can touch the dash on the side or around the radio and it will go back to radio. It will also switch sometimes when you put the car in drive, or turn on windshield wipers. You have to bump the side of the dash or the area around the radio for it to switch back also there is a noise where the steering is that sounds like something is knocking around under the car, and my dash lights sometimes will wait until I have driven several blocks before they come on. The rattling or knocking noise that is heard in the front on the drivers side really bothers me that something is ready to fall off or break. In October of 2012 I also had to replace turn signal lamps on the driver side rear I wouldn't think they should go out that quick.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #27

Jul 212014

Malibu

  • 60,185 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact that the vehicle was exhibiting the same failure specified on recall NHTSA campaign number 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The contact mentioned that the VIN number was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 60,185.

- Orem, UT, USA

problem #26

Apr 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
At random when driving down the road the radio will switch to aux. You can touch the dash on the side or around the radio and it will go back to radio. It will also switch sometimes when you put the car in drive, or turn on windshield wipers. You have to bump the side of the dash or the area around the radio for it to switch back.

- Moody, AL, USA

problem #25

May 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 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 an accident and the right signal light has an 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 the 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 #24

Feb 182014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
3 times my sons car has just shut off while driving on freeway.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #23

Jun 022014

Malibu

  • 72,000 miles
Power locks don't work! the remote key chain button will unlock the doors but will not lock the doors. I can't even use the power locks on the driver door to lock the doors on the inside. I have to lean over to the passenger side to lock the doors then get out of the car and check the handle to make sure my doors are locked. The remote key chain will not lock the doors! also, the trunk release will not work on the remote key chain or in the car. I have to use the key to unlock the trunk...

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #22

Apr 082014

Malibu

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the rear window defogger failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear fuse box and the wiring harness needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 72,000. The VIN was not available.

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #21

Apr 092014

Malibu

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. In addition, while driving approximately 30-45 mph, the vehicle decelerated and stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle however it failed to accelerate over 20 mph. The warning lights flashed and the contact was unable to unlock the vehicle to exit. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electrical fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000 and the current mileage was 58,800.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

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