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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,509 miles

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #44

Apr 232016

Malibu

  • 56,742 miles

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

Problem 1: driving car at 40mph (on a city street) it begins to overheat, the steering wheel seizes then stalls out repeatedly. Take vehicle to Chevrolet dealership, technician says need to replace parking brake control module (water intrusion) GM pays 50/50 payment assistance, I paid $417.23. Within a week's time several issues arise as indicated below. Problem 2: while car is in motion driving the city streets the dash lights and touch screen radio (entire electrical system shuts off) for about 5 seconds then comes back on. The brief box pops up for a few seconds, indicating check power steering, stabilitrak warning light on and parking brake says it's on. All this happened, eight times in ten minutes. Then I proceed to make a right hand turn and my steering wheel locks up and I nearly hit a vehicle that was stopped at a stop light. It happens randomly but I did notice when I had the A/C on it happened repeatedly. Again vehicle is at Chevrolet dealership and unable to recreate the problem, dealing with GM corporate at this time.

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #43

Apr 192016

Malibu

  • 62,000 miles
I was driving about 70mph on the interstate with the radio and cruise control set and I hit the blinkered to change lanes and the radio and cruise control shut off and I lost power steering for a moment. This happened multiple times. I took it to the dealership and supposedly it was fixed. Two days later it did the same thing. Sometimes if you roll the window up or down it shuts the radio off. Sometimes when you are driving and click the brights on the radio ahuts off and thw entire dash goes black and I lose all power including the steering and the engine revs. Sometimes I will be driving at low speeds in town and if I slightly accelerate the radio shuts off. Once I was at a stop light and I had my turn signal on to make a left turn and when the light turned green I began to accelerate and the car lost all power and died in the middle of the intersection. Too many incidents to go into detail here. Has been at the dealership twice and they say there ia nothing wrong with it. I even called GM directly to report the issue and all they did was waive my diagnostic fee and say nothing is wrong and next time it does it to bring it back. I was on my way home from the dealership and it happened again so I guess I'll take it back again in the morning. Seems like GM isn't going to do anything about this until someone is seriously injured or killed. I have had this car less than 2 months. I keep reading complaint after complaint about the same issues I am having yet no recall and GM acts like this is the first time they are hearing about this kind of problem.

- Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

problem #42

Feb 192016

Malibu

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the heat would independently activate while driving and the instrument panel indicated that the vehicle overheated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the sensor in the computer malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, it sporadically had an abnormal burning odor. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 72,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #41

Mar 212016

Malibu

  • 34,200 miles

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

Power steering goes out and steering wheel jerks when this happens. First radio light all go off, then steering jerks and lose power steering and dash lights go off, then flash. This all lasts 5-10 seconds, then everything is normal. Had car to dealer to fix same problem 4 days prior to it happening again. This occurs usually while highway driving and when steering jerks and you lose power steering it is surprising and have almost hit several vehicles while going 55-65mph. Sometimes occurs while driving in town and turning, especially turning right. I have also contacted Chevy and they tell me they are not aware of any of these problems with these cars. Also said they would contact my car dealer and call me back in 2 days. I have heard nothing back from them.

- Oskaloosa, IA, USA

problem #40

Jul 172015

Malibu

  • 70,000 miles
Shortly after I purchase my vehicle it began to stall or shut down. First incident, I pulled up at school and into a parking spot and the car shut down, not allowing me to turn the key into the off position in the ignition. I was able to put the gear in park, called the dealership and they had it towed because it would not come on. They sent it to the Chevy dealership and was told they were unable to find the problem. I received my car back 2 weeks later and I drove over 200 miles out of town. Once I made it to where I was going a slowed down to turn a corner and the steering wheel locked up like it lost power. I was able to make it to my destination and once there the car shut down again. I called the dealership and he told to me push the button to push the seat back and once all the way back, to then push the button the move the seat forward. Once I began to push the seat forward the whole car powered back on. It has been doing this on and off since the purchase of the vehicle in 2015. It has been sent to the Chevy dealership and they are unable to find what the problem is. The vehicle to start to cut off onthe regular now, while on the highway and regular streets. I drive at least 25 miles to work everyday. This could potentially cause harm to myself or someone else if this problem is not fixed soon.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #39

Mar 092016

Malibu

  • 18,654 miles
Console freezes can't control defroster or backup camera

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #38

Sep 122015

Malibu

  • 37,000 miles

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

Car dies without warning while driving. Restarts itself after a count of 3. will die completely when standing still and all the lights and windshield wipers go off. The computer does not register the dying. I lose power steering if in a turn when it dies. It starts with the radio. Dealership can't find problem and can't seem to recreate it. No diagnostic trail to follow.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #37

Nov 012015

Malibu

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle stalled. After several attempts to turn the vehicle on, once the vehicle was able to start, all the electrical functions malfunctioned. The service stabilitrak warning light illuminated and the vehicle began to shake when being driven. The contact mentioned that the failure would occur when making a sharp turn. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who was unable to determine the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #36

Aug 172015

Malibu

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While parked, the vehicle was unable to start and the key could not be removed from the ignition. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

- Sauk Rapids, MN, USA

problem #35

Jun 162014

Malibu

  • miles
In summer 2015 while using ac, heat randomly would blast out. (while idle or driving). Would have to restart car to get ac to work again. In the past 2 weeks dec15/jan16, engine overheated-idle indicator came on while driving on the highway, once at 65 mph, once at 30 mph. Then a few minutes later it would turn off. I looked at temp gauge, and it was not at an overheating level (half way only). Also, now heat only intermittently works. I will have to turn car on and off repeatedly, and turn ac on/off, heat on/off, defrost on/off, and sometimes the heat will finally get warm. Never seems to get hot like it's supposed to. Took to repair shop for the engine overheated/idle warning and stated nothing was wrong. Safety issue not having heat for front windshield defrost when it's under 30 degrees out. Mechanic said it's probably a computer issue with the car. But now I'm seeing this is a recurring problem with many car owners. GM needs to recall, as this can be a safety concern!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #34

Oct 152015

Malibu

  • 8,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle started to slow down on its own. The check engine warning indicator illuminated and the heater activated. In addition, a strong burning odor started to emerge from the vents and all the warning indicators flickered on and off. The vehicle decelerated from 35 to 5 mph. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electrical harness was not making contact. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred five times since the first week the vehicle was purchased. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 8,000.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #33

Oct 302015

Malibu

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 70 mph, the reduced engine power warning light illuminated and the vehicle stalled and crashed into a curb. The air bags did not deploy and a police report was not filed. No injuries were sustained. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but was not diagnosed. The contact mentioned that the dealer cleaned the battery terminals, but the failure recurred with the reduced engine power and ABS light illuminating. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000.

- 78839, TX, USA

problem #32

Aug 042015

Malibu

  • 53,909 miles
Actuator did not meet specs it was necessary to replace actuator. This service was done by jim keras Chevrolet in memphis Tennessee. The covering on the driver seat that protects the seat controls has fallen off, the car has no pick up when depressing the excellerator and makes noise as if the transmission is not changing. I went to vincheck pro and there were 7 recalls specifically electrical system software. I bought this car off the showroom floor of Acura of memphis at ridgeway and 385. No one told me of any factory recalls. The money I am spending for this car is already too much and now having so many problems out of a car thats only 2 years old is ridiculous. Thanks for listening.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #31

May 202015

Malibu

  • 58,000 miles
Climate control issues. Fan is stuck at one speed on passenger side and will not heat. When A/C compressor is on it blows ice cold air. When heat is on it also blows ice cold air, no matter the setting whether in "sync" mode or not. The climate zone does not change from high to low of vice versa. This causing heating issues in colder weather and defroster issues on passenger side of vehicle.

- Stevens Point, WI, USA

problem #30

Mar 022015

Malibu

  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle would momentarily shut off causing the power steering assist to fail and making it very difficult to control the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 33,000.

- Houston, MS, USA

problem #29

Aug 132015

Malibu

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled and restarted independently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the input actuator and crank shaft position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Pikeville, KY, USA

problem #28

Aug 052015

Malibu

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 25 mph, all the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel, the windshield wiper blades operated independently, and the vehicle experienced a loss of power. The contact mentioned that the vehicle would restart after 10-15 minutes. The failure only occurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #27

Feb 132013

Malibu

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle stalled and numerous warning lights illuminated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #26

Mar 212015

Malibu

  • 34,200 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 50 mph, the windshield wipers failed and caused the instrument panel lights to flicker. The failure continued until the instrument panel dimmed completely. The dealer diagnosed that there was a loose battery cable. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure continued intermittently. In addition, while turning the vehicle, the wheels seized and the instrument panel lights dimmed. The vehicle was restarted, but the failure recurred. The contact notified the manufacturer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 34,200.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #25

Apr 282015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 50,867 miles
While I was driving the car kept shutting off and throwing it into theft mode...this happens on daily basis now and I'm scared it will cause an accident due to the continuous shutting off in the middle of driving in certain speeds...I see there is recalls on this which I do keep getting the anti theft deterrent system error message in my main screen when this happens. When will there be a recall for this on this year & model because I see so many complaints about this online?

- Okc, OK, USA

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