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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,516 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.

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

Oct 252015


  • miles


My fan keeps staying on after my car has been turned off. I have taken it to the dealer three times now. This week my check engine light came on, my car signaled that it was overheating, and I needed to idle my engine. The temperature guage went back and forth from cold to hot. I was told at the last trip to the dealer they had fixed everything and I had a lifetime warranty. Now there is this problem where I cannot turn on the defrost or the car will think it is over heating, but there is no smoke and it can be in as little as 30 seconds after I start my car. The panel where the rear camera gets warm but no heat comes out of the vents. My concern is the vehicle will ignite while I am driving.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #18

Aug 262015


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 15 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 26,000.

- Moreno Valley , CA, USA

problem #17

Oct 232013


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle hesitated and powered down as the engine over speed and service power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle restarted but the failure recurred approximately thirty times. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred only at 70 mph or higher. The contact also stated that when the failure occurred, the doors failed to unlock. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 16,000.

- Elmira, MI, USA

problem #16

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 #15

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 #14

Aug 022013


  • 50 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 40 mph, there vehicle exhibited extreme hesitation and jerked. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but they were unable to locate a failure. The dealer recommended using a higher level of fuel octane. After the fuel was dispensed, the engine module failed and was replaced by the dealer. The failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50. Updated 09/25/15

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #13

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 #12

Apr 052015


  • 12,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 45 mph, the speed decreased to 25 mph after the reduced engine power warning indicator illuminated. The contact pulled over and powered the vehicle off and back on; however, the warning indicator was still illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the sensor in the throttle body failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 12,500.

- Hartland , MI, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Feb 282015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 16,631 miles
Driving 55mph on cruise control, I heard a warning chime. Looked at dash and the words engine power is reduced were on the screen. I looked for a symbol on the dash to tell me more and saw the engine symbol was on. The car didn't perform out of character from already going 55 on cruise. Nothing changed in the engine performance. I continued toward home as that was my destination and was less than 15 miles from home. I parked the car in my garage, turned off the engine, waited a few seconds, then started the engine again. The warning came on right away. I called the dealer who I'm leasing the car from but it was a Saturday afternoon and they were closed. I did leave them a message to call me on Monday and why. I have not and will not drive the car until I hear from the dealer and have a date and time to bring it in because of the concern the engine could power down as I'm driving according to internet forums I since read that others with the same warning said their car did slow down on a fast busy highway. This warning is in the manual that came with the car and says it is the throttle body sensor gone bad.

- Endeavor, WI, USA

problem #9

Jul 262013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


The car engine stalls, locks go up and down, panel lights go out, power steering is disabled, RPM gauge revs up to 7000+, then engine comes back on. This has happened multiple times nearly causing crashes and causing extreme anxiety. The service department says no error is stored on the car computer and they cannot duplicate the incident. After 2 days in the shop, I got my car back, drove 378 miles and the incident happened again. It has occurred with every member of my family. I want to be taken seriously or I will contact an attorny before someone gets injured not afterwards.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #8

Aug 022014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
I was on the on ramp, behind another car driving to get onto the highway when we both drove through a big puddle of water. The car in front of me stopped and the water came over the hood of my car. My car then stalled and I coasted to the left side of the on ramp. My car would not start. The other car continued driving. No water entered my vehicle.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #7

Aug 012013


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle lost acceleration power then stalled. The contact also mentioned that the engine temperature warning light illuminated and that the failure was experienced multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the serpentine belt and water pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #6

Jun 082014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
While driving the engine power suddenly reduced and a warning came on indicating reduced engine power. The vehicle was taken to dealer who had it for 2 weeks and drove around 500 miles on car and were unable to replicate error.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #5

Mar 112014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
I was driving my son to work and I lost all power to my vehicle. I had no brakes, power steering and my engine light came on and battery light came on as well. I managed not get in a accident and get into a parking lot. Thank god. My backlights have had issues as well they have stayed on and have cuased me to get pulled over by the police.

- Sault Ste Marie, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 29,250 miles
When my vehicle is idle it would occasionally idle rough. Happens most times im idling.

- Midwest City, OK, USA

problem #3

Sep 012012


  • miles
Trunk opens automatically when key fob is carried in pants pockets..I've tried shielding the fob, but it is just to sensitive for normal use!!! I got different fob, but it still opening my trunk, & I don't realize it, till I return to car... my car is not in a garage, & in mornings, the trunk is wet from snow or rain.. plus:anyone could steal from mytrunk all nite long !!!!

- Dimondale, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 282012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds and downshifting, the vehicle rode very rough. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. After inspection, they advised him that he would have to put 500 miles on the vehicle for it to learn his way of driving. After driving a while, the shifting became progressively worse. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. After diagnosis, they advised him that the two rear engine mounting bolts were not tightened properly. The vehicle was repaired by tightening of the bolts. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 7. the current mileage was approximately 1,600. Updated 4/1/13 updated 04/23/2013

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 072013


  • 465 miles
Our Malibu was just purchased with 9 miles new on January 31st and has the easiest eco feature which is supposed to shut down the vehicle at stops. Our vehicle is not shutting down. The dealership states there is no known issue, bulletin, or recall for this. Any information would be helpful thank you. ## VIN failed ##

- Grain Valley, MO, USA

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