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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,160 miles

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Nov 152016

Malibu

  • 77,452 miles

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

2013 Chevrolet Malibu (lt) has been experiencing serve electrical issues. This highly dangerous defect I have been experiencing as well yet there is no recall! first the my link/navigation/radio module would shut off and come back on. While this occurs, the battery voltage would jump down then jump back up. I called Chevy/GMC and they recommended to shut the car off, remove the key, open the driver side door so the computer can reset itself. It continued to happy through the course of couple hours then finally stopped and was working from over the course of 4 days. As of yesterday the vehicle completely shut off, entire touchscreen module shut off, and turned back on in a split second. Once the car turned on, the steering wheel was completely tight, almost locked, and we would barely turn into our driveway while in motion on a 25pm street. Thank god I was not coming off a highway or driving fast like reports of this issue like other consumers but this is dangerous. I am terrified of this vehicle and will be taking it to Chevy. There are over a hundred complaints and videos I saw after I looked up if this issue was common, which it appears to be, online. This issue needs to be on the recall list because this can cause accidents and someone can get seriously injured.

- Carteret, NJ, USA

problem #36

Sep 222016

Malibu

  • 51,400 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact took the vehicle in for an oil change and was informed by the dealer that the check engine warning indicator illuminated. It was diagnosed that the water pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 51,400.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #35

Sep 222016

Malibu

  • 49,968 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the electronic screen blanked out, the engine shut down and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was driven to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred multiple times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 49,968.

- Ridgefield Park, NJ, USA

problem #34

Oct 032016

Malibu

  • 50,000 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 and turning left, the vehicle stalled. A "service theft deterrent systems" message illuminated. The vehicle was coasted over to the side of the road and restarted. The vehicle was driven to an independent mechanic, but the failure was not duplicated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #33

Aug 242016

Malibu

  • 59,588 miles
The check engine light comes on and stays on - when checked at the dealer they told me no code found for two years, then as time went on it started adding service power steering and ac/DC shut down. After numerous visits to the dealer and two major repairs, the check engine light still comes on, and the power steering locks up. On August 24, 2016, I was driving 50+ mph on a curvy road when the check engine light came on, followed immediately by the service power steering, followed by something stabilizer, followed by ac/DC shut down, to engine overheated idle engine. The power steering locked up and I was unable to steer the car and ran off the road. The car was towed to the dealer who had just worked on the car for the second time in a month, and they found no codes - no surprise! I complained to Chevy for the third time at corporate level and they had denied my claim as being safety related. I find it hard to believe that a car you suddenly can't steer isn't considered a safety issues. I also find it hard to believe that Chevy can't recognize that there is a problem with the 2013 Malibu. How many people have to die before they address this issue? also, why are they waiting on codes when the problem is most likely an electrical/computer problem. If the computer isn't working its no surprise that the warnings are not throwing a code! common sense! also, a car doesn't throw warning lights and check engine lights without something setting it off! hence you have a problem!

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #32

Sep 102016

Malibu

  • 77,000 miles
Was driving on left lane of busy interstate when car suddenly began jerking and displayed "reduced engine power" and "engine overspeed", cel & ESC lights also illuminated. Car slowed drastically and almost caused an accident, driver in next lane slammed on his brakes and allowed me to slingshot over to the shoulder.

- Bangor, ME, USA

problem #31

May 312016

Malibu

  • 52,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the electrical system failed. As a result, the power steering seized. The failure recurred numerous times. In addition, the ignition switch failed to release the key and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed and the sensor circuit was replaced in the camshaft. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

- Muscatine, IA, USA

problem #30

Aug 122016

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,083 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing; however, the details of the diagnosis could not be provided. The vehicle was not repaired, but the check engine indicator was disabled at the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,083. Updated 11/08/16

- Capitan, NM, USA

problem #29

Aug 102016

Malibu

  • 44,900 miles
While driving down the road on 7/10/16 my 2013 Chevy Malibu lost power, engine light and traction control light came on and went from 55-60 mph to 20 mph. When trying to accelerate more the car could shake violently. After stopping and turning the car off it would not restart. The car was towed to kerry Chevrolet in alexandria, ky. After diagnostic testing they determined that the fuel pump needed replaced. On 8/10/16 while driving down the highway while in vacation in Florida the car again started to lose power, the engine began to slip or miss and jerk. Again engine light came on. Car died three times while on the road trying to get it to a safe place for a tow truck to tow it. It was taken to a dealership and the cam shaft sensor was replaced. Car continues to hesitate and miss.

- Brooksville, KY, USA

problem #28

Oct 072014

Malibu

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed, but the failure was unable to be determined. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #27

Jan 012016

Malibu

  • 12,700 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 15 mph, all the interior lights suddenly failed to function. In addition, the vehicle was making an abnormal noise coming from the engine compartment. The contact also stated that when the brake pedal was depressed, the accelerator pedal felt abnormally soft. Additionally, the ignition key failed to release from the ignition switch when the vehicle was turned off. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician informed that the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 12,700.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #26

Mar 272016

Malibu

  • 42,000 miles
My vehicle is at approximately 42,000 miles and just recently at a stop light (my foot on the brakes) upon my slow acceleration, lightly stepping on the gas (approximately 3 mph) my car idled extremely rough and then it died. The radio remained on and the lights were on, so the only indicator that pointed me towards my car dying out was the fact that the ac cut off, steering wheel locked and the RPM went to 0. immediately I put the car in park, switched the key to off and then had no trouble re-starting my vehicle. Shortly after, the engine light came on. Since then I had the camshaft position sensor replaced (there are two camshaft position sensors and both were replaced $117 usd) and I had my battery load tested as well as my alternator. Everything checked out good, but the problem still exists. What is going on"?"

- Aiea, HI, USA

problem #25

Mar 102016

Malibu

  • 0 miles
@40,639 miles perform diag. Code P0014 replace exhaust solenoid valve. How could this happen orignal car owner. Is this a recall, not announce yet. Help!!!!!

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #24

Nov 032015

Malibu

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle vibrated severely and the reduced engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was approximately 15,000.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #23

Dec 302015

Malibu

  • 62,050 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle jerked and the temperature gauge indicated that the vehicle was overheating. The check engine warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the air conditioner was off, but a message in the instrument panel indicated that the air conditioner was on and should be turned off. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,050.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #22

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 #21

Oct 292015

Malibu

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 60 mph, the steering wheel seized. In addition, the vehicle began to overheat and then stalled. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. All the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer multiple times, but the contact was unsure of the parts that were replaced; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Katty, TX, USA

problem #20

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 #19

Oct 252015

Malibu

  • 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

Malibu

  • 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

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