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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,097 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #69

Nov 162014

Malibu

  • 56,332 miles

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

The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power while being operated at various speeds. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure could not be replicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 56,332.

- Taoli, IN, USA

problem #68

Sep 222016

Malibu

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start and the security warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was diagnosed or repaired, but the failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #67

May 162016

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the traction control and check engine indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure recurred numerous times. While the vehicle was idling, the ESC and traction control were off. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the valve spring failed or fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Donnellson, IA, USA

problem #66

Sep 012016

Malibu

  • 52,000 miles

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

Several systems have been affected. The systems affected are the radio controls on the steering wheel, the power steering, the traction control and the rear defrost. There seems to be a short that goes from system to system. Modern Chevrolet in winston salem, nc said it was a short in wires on the steering column that was causing this. There are three recalls that would deal with this. The recalls are for steering, traction control and finally wiring. Both modern Chevrolet and Chevrolet corporate have said my vehicle is not covered due to the VIN #. I do not see where that matters. If a part is bad then all vehicles that part is used on should be covered no matter what. The steering was the most affected. The power steering would go out and it was very difficult to steer the car. This happened on several different occasions.

- Welcome, NC, USA

problem #65

Jun 152016

Malibu

  • miles
Check engine light came on. Took it too several places where they say there is an electrical shortage but they can not locate the problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #64

May 022016

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the key was unable to start the vehicle on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but the failure could not be replicated and no diagnostic trouble codes were shown. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for further inspection. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #63

Sep 122016

Malibu

  • 75,000 miles

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

While in motion more than two dozen times on city streets, on busy highways and while turning in a busy intersection with children in the car. 2012 Chevy Malibu stops while in motion on the above stated streets, highways and intersections. Read where someone beat on the rear fuse box then car starts so I tried it and it works for a little while but doesnt solve said problem. Checked battery. Battery is good. Check engine light and ESC light stays on. ESC light only goes off at high mph. Have to let car sit for awhile to start before knew about fuse box trick. Someone that tried to help me get off middle of busy street said it sounds like a fuel delivery problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #62

May 202016

Malibu

  • 10 miles
While on a trip the passenger air bag warning light came on while driving on highways while on vacation. This happened in May 2016 and also May 2015 while on vacation. I checked on line and it states the air bag is disabled when the learning light comes on. On line it stated back in 2004-up through 2012 they had several complaints on this, they found a problem with the wiring harness and had to do upgrade called a soft recall.I called on star and asked about recalls regarding the warning light for air bag, they said no recall on that. I requested a case be opened on 6-2-2016 and have not heard anything. Why would this warning light come on for a week every may? we do several miles of traveling mostly less than 300 one way trips yet it has only come on in May. I called my local dealership and they said no recall on that warning light either. Previously I had a 2009 Malibu which I purchased mainly because of the safety of all the airbags. If I or may passenger is in danger at any time with the airbag disabled it's not safe, period.

- Phillips, WI, USA

problem #61

Jul 052016

Malibu

  • 132,377 miles
For the second time in a year the entire fuse box panel that my fuel relay plugs into has gone bad, not only does this pose a threat of fire, but also accidental injury if the car were to lose power (which it does) sporadically and intermittently without warning while driving.

- Hodgenville, KY, USA

problem #60

May 052016

Malibu

  • 47,607 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel abruptly locked while attempting to turn at a low speed. The failure was experienced several times. While the bluetooth was in use, the radio and steering wheel simultaneously failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the battery cable was defective and caused the electrical system to lose charge. The vehicle was repaired. The battery cables were replaced and routed correctly. The manufacturer stated that the cable failure was due to wear and tear. The failure mileage was 47,607. Updated 09/20/16

- Eastham, MA, USA

problem #59

May 102016

Malibu

  • 64,000 miles

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

My stationary car would not start one morning, after having it towed to a independent auto shop I was told the relay switch was replaced but the car had and electrical problem that might reoccur and should be taken to a GM dealership. Two weeks later the stationary car would not start again and I contacted GM customer care line and scheduled to have the car inspected, before I was able to arrive at the dealership the car started without issue and I was able to drive the car. I took the care to the GM dealership and the problem could not be found. Another 4 days passed and after I started my car and while in motion it shut completely down and would not immediately start, I sat for maybe 10mins and the car started up without an issue. Another week passed after that and the car would not start after I parked it for around 1 hour. The car was taken back the GM dealerships where it was determined there were 2 shortages. There is a faulty section of the rear terminal and my terminal in section A10 had to be replaced.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #58

Mar 032016

Malibu

  • 50,000 miles
Low beams are to low for night time driving can they be adjusted? can't see very far so have to use brights very dangerous for oncoming traffic also. Also the interior lights, instrument lights, get real dim either driving or stopped, so dim gauges are hard to read. After a while they come back on.

- Moriarty, NM, USA

problem #57

Mar 102016

Malibu

  • 80,000 miles
Car will not start.son was driving and it just stalled out fortunately he was not going fast. Tried to restart but no luck. Did research and found that there are hundreds of Malibu owners with this exact same issue. As a dad and a consumer I would like GM to fix this issue before someone gets hurt or killed because of this issue. We called the dealer and was told it would 400$ to fix.looks like us consumers are getting screwed again can U help?

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #56

Mar 202016

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 70 mph with the cruise control engaged, the ESC warning light illuminated and the vehicle slowed down. The contact pulled over and turned the ignition to the off position and back on three times before the vehicle started operating correctly. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #55

Jan 262016

Malibu

  • 65,535 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated the vehicle would not start without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 65,535.

- Robbinsville, NC, USA

problem #54

Dec 232015

Malibu

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle began to decelerate. Approximately five seconds later, the engine lost power without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the failure could not be diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred and the brakes failed to function properly. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic and a dealer, but they could not diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle lost engine power, but the headlights and air conditioning still functioned. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 110,000.

- Hope Mills, NC, USA

problem #53

Jan 022016

Malibu

  • 46,000 miles
Driving down the city road at 55 mph, I heard three bells and on the dashboard it read "service ESC...service ESC...traction control off" the vehicle then simultaneously began to reduce engine power and the steering wheel locked and became unlocked within seconds. This caused swerving and a near accident. I see recalls for this issue but the VIN does not show an open recall for this issue.

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #52

Dec 182015

Malibu

  • 45,000 miles
At approximately 45,000-50,000 miles "service airbag" light would come on intermittently. Took into dealer, not covered by extended warranty because the seats were involved with the issue on some level. GM would not pay for the repair though the car was less than 2 years old. Dealer did something and light stopped coming on. Now at 85,000-90,000 miles the light is back on for days at a time. The light always comes on upon starting the vehicle.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #51

Dec 072015

Malibu

  • 92,000 miles
Hard to shift out of park and the traction control disable comes on and the brakes lights will quit working and the stability control shuts off while driving down the road. I researched and I see there was a recall for all this. Recall # 14V252000 is all the same symptoms I am experiencing and I called the dealer and they said my VIN is not listed. This needs to be taken care of I was almost rear ended twice due to the brake lights not working when it acts

- Onalaska, WI, USA

problem #50

Nov 152015

Malibu

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after turning the vehicle off, the A/C continued to function. 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 not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available.

- Verona, PA, USA

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