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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
123,805 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 102016


  • 548,250 miles


On 11/18/2015 my wiper blades stopped working in heavy down pour of rain, had to turn around and go to the closest repair garage to have them look at. They replace the wiper linkage. So $225.69 dollars later I was on my way. Than on 3/10/2016 upon driving home from work in rain I heard a couple of bang and the wipers stopped working again the same problem and wiper linkage was replace part was under warranty this time it only cost $72 dollars for the labor.

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #5

Feb 152016


  • 87,000 miles
While driving at freeway speed (70 mph) in a rainstorm in traffic, the wiper internal drive assembly failed without warning causing loss of wiper function, resulting in loss of vision of other traffic requiring emergency stop.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #4

Sep 102015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving, the windshield wiper was activated due to the rain weather condition and there was an abnormal noise. The contact noticed that the windshield wiper was fractured. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the windshield wiper linkage had detached. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. The VIN was not available.

- Ocean Side, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 152015


  • 28,080 miles


The vehicle was being driven at the speed limit when the tire popped. The impact was as much as a front end collision; the windshield cracked along with the passenger side of the bumper and the wheel was bent. A mechanic said that because the seat belts locked the impact was great enough where the airbags should have gone off, but they did not.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 092013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Car was parked with rear defogger and heat running, loud explosion cracking noise and the rear windshield had exploded into spiderwebs. Got out of the car to inspect the damage -- other people parked saw the incident and no one saw anything hit the windshield ( parked at school dropping off kids ). nothing was found that indicated the window had been struck in any way. The rear window defroster was warm to the touch in several areas of the spiderwebbed window. Outside temperature was approximately 0 degrees. Car had been running for about three hours.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

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problem #1

Jun 202012


  • 3,500 miles
While driving on a state highway, I had a number of functions stop working. The problem could come and go for a week before it happened on all ignition cycles. Note, the problem could even come and go on 1 ignition cycle. The following stopped working: Windshield wipers, heated seats, power windows/sunroof, power doors, power mirrors, blue tooth interface, dome lights and mirror / compass. Dealer has replaced body control module and vpm. Fixes seem to work for approximately 10-12 weeks before issues resurface.

- Carmel, IN, USA

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