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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,764 miles

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

electrical problem

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #36

Aug 172015


  • 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


  • 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


  • 8,000 miles
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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

problem #24

Apr 042015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Was sitting in my seat adjusting the seat by pushing the button that had a short when I pushed the button I herd a clicking noise then I smelt a fume type of smell I put the car in reverse when the seat wouldn't move as I looked down at the gear I notice that the driver seat where I was sitting was on fire every where the car was wired is where the fire burned up I called the fire department in which they informed me that it was a electrical fire and car insurance confirmed recall on the car had been reported for doing the same thing prior to this incident I called kin dixon where I purchase the car and they told me that my car according to the VIN number I have to them was not affected by recall I have GM and they have yet to respond to me I could have been one of there numerous customers who lost their life in there defected retort cars I was not burned but the poor car was torched.

- Waldorf , MD, USA

problem #23

Dec 092014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
For no apparent reason the vehicle will stop and the electric controls will go off (lights, display indicators and signals) will stall as if I have turned it off with the ignition switch for no reason while I am driving. No warning whatsoever and have plenty of gas. I have to sometimes stop in the middle of traffic until I can regain some control of the vehicle. And at that point it will seem as though it is not fully functioning because all the indicators are displayed. (it seems that there is something wrong with the computer system).....

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #22

Jan 052015


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the vehicle jerked and lost power. The theft attempted warning message and the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the sensing and diagnostic module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 12V224000 (electrical system) however, the VIN was not included. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000. Updated 3/3/15

- El Paso , TX, USA

problem #21

Jun 042013


  • 3,000 miles
After driving the car with the A/C on, shutting the car off and restarting the heat will come on even tho the A/C is still on and you cannot get the heat to stop. Took it to dealer as it was blowing full force heat and they could not get it to stop. No one can figure it out. GM engineers are baffled by it also.. only happens when you have or are using the A/C.

- Ledbetter, KY, USA

problem #20

Apr 012014

Malibu 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles
2013 Chevrolet Malibu. Lawyer on behlaf of consumer. The consumer experienced four separate incidents which put the vehicle out of serivce for repair for over 30 days. Would like car replaced or bought back. Six months after the vehicle was purchased, the consumer started experiencing serious problems with its functionality. The vehicle would not start or would shut off whiel being driven and would not re-start. The dealer was unable to correct the problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #19

Aug 142014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 9,900 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that all the warning lights in the instrument panel illuminated without warning periodically. The speedometer failed to display the travel speed. The turn signals and the engine temperature gauge failed to operate. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the electrical failure in the vehicle was caused by the contact's heart pace maker. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 9,900. Updated 01/07/14 updated 02/04/15 the consumer was advised by the dealer that the defect was longer found to be caused by pace maker electrical interference. Updated 10/6/2015

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #18

Oct 192014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
I was riding in the car with my wife and cousin heading to her brothers house. We had just drove from out of town after visiting some family members and was taking my cousin back home. While driving I notice the car electrical system acting up it would say I needed to put air in the tire or the back tire was not functioning correctly. It also would say I needed to put my seat belt on when it was on. But this was not my biggest concern my wife while driving ran off the road a struck a tree head on. Had she had been driving faster then what she was going I fell as if she would have been severely injured. The airbags never came out and this was a concern because who knows how many vehicles are affected by this. I thank god that her injuries were not that serve as well as my cousin and I, although pain will heal the pain of losing a love one will never heal. So I ask that you look into because this is a safety concern, I know if had my wife been told that her airbags may or may not deploy she would have never brought the car.......

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #17

Oct 082014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 6,995 miles
Lights dimmed inside the car on dashboard and indicator lights for radio and climate control could not tell if the A/C was on and also the fan indicator lights were not visible. After stopping checked the voltage and noticed it was lower then usual. It's like there was a drain on electricity somewhere while driving the battery should be charging I noticed this 3 times this month. Last time today 10/29/2016 while driving on hwy 288 at 60mph.

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

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