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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,839 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu fuel system problems

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 122016


  • 75,000 miles


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 #6

Dec 022015


  • miles
2012 Chevy Malibu on 3rd recall list. 1. brakes 2. seat belts. 3. throttle-position sensor. But you say your not going to repair 3rd item unless I have a problem.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 312014


  • 23,700 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. On several occasions, the vehicle would not start. Also, while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle did not restart. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The fuel pump was replaced on two occasions; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 23,700.

- Leesburg, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 232015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


For the past 2 weeks, I had a problem with my car starting. I would drive to work fine but when I would leave from work my car wouldn't start. Initially, I thought it was the battery so I had it jumped. I immediately took it to autozone to have the battery tested. I was told the battery was in excellent condition. My father advised to put heet fuel injector cleaner as it was extremely cold and he thought maybe water got into the fuel line. Well that same day after stopping to pick up my child for 5 minutes I shut the car off. It wouldn't start. I called the tow company but after waiting on hold 20 minutes later I start my car at the direction of the roadside assistance tech. It started. Then it happened again a couple of days later but I let it sit and tried it again. Car ran fine for a week then as I was leaving for lunch today it wouldn't start. I had it towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. Come to find out that the fuel wires melted onto the fuel box and they had no idea why. This sounds like a serious matter because I wonder what would've happened had I continue driving with melted wires on the fuel box. Sounds like a fire waiting to happen. I felt that this is some type of defect because that isn't normal wear and tear.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 272014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
In June 2014 car wouldn't start after sitting 4 hours towed in said theft system made new key which I had to pay for, towed in again 3 days later same problem, started for dealer in am another $120. 4 days approx later again got to work then wouldn't start. Replaced rear U-bec, wiring harness junction block, relay, because melted connector with five leads 30 amp fuse. Then 9/23/2014 car started got to daycare within 5 minutes of being off no start. Waited then started ten minutes later. 9/272014 got to work lunch time no start same wanted to start like getting no fuel then 3 hours later started drove to dealer.

- Frankfort, IL, USA

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problem #2

Nov 162012


  • 600 miles
I have to press gas pedal down more then needed as it feels car lacks power. To go up a hill it lags I shouldn't have to press on petal harder to go.

- East Norriton , PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 112012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 14,574 miles
I am experiencing erratic throttle response and erratic transmission shifts in my 2012 Malibu. The inconsistent delays in throttle response pose a safety hazard. This issue is compounded when it affects the transmission shifts. When you push the accelerator you do not know if you will get immediate response, or delayed response, nor how sudden that response might be to the extent of almost losing control of the vehicle. The transmission shifts are not consistent. While driving down the interstate I have had it shift 2 gear down, and other times it has not shifted up to a higher gear. When both issues occur at once it is extremely hazardous. The only reason there was no accident is the other drivers realized something was wrong and were able to slow down and avoid hitting me by driving around me on the shoulder.

- Bentonville, AR, USA

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