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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,282 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

problem #7

Jan 072015


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the heating became inoperable without warning. As a result, the defroster failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the vehicle was operating as designed. The failure recurred and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, where it was diagnosed that the thermostat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V567000 (visibility). The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #6

Jun 272014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 5,325 miles
Vehicle slowed to 10 mph rapidly without warning in traffic. Was one half mile from entering interstate. Car was hauled to dealer.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #5

Aug 072014


  • 29,083 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving 25 mph the engine overheating warning sensor illuminated. The contact drove onto the emergency lane in order to cool the engine and the vehicle was turned off. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing and to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 29,083.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 262014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 34,900 miles


My RPM keeps going up and down at stops and I took it to a dealer and they found out my piston is cracked at compression rings.there is also a service bulletin issued by GM pi-1178 affecting 2.0 turbo engines, I talked to 2 GM representatives both denied of having a service bulletin issued on this car.and theydont want to change my engine but replace the pistons and the rings, my car will be at the shop another week!.I always had GM cars 1 and this will be my last GM car because its a cheap company!

- Redlands , CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 162013


  • miles
2013 Chevy Malibu 1ls manufactured 11/20/12, currently less than 7,000 mi. 1) chrome & radio glass - when sun shines on console it blinds driver & driver must cover area with a scarf or jacket; console is beautiful to look at, but not practical from a safety viewpoint since the driver is blinded & cannot see until the area is covered from the sun. 2) when air conditioning was turned on, a blast of very hot air came out; it took a couple of times of turning the settings off & on (at least 60 seconds or longer) before the hot air stopped & the air conditioning came on. The hot air could not be immediately turned off. Happened only once. 3) passenger side front fender/bumper loose - makes noise, can pop it back in, but on hot days, it pops out, vibrates and makes loud noise until popped back in. 4) rear windows - when down 1/2, 3/4 or fully, vibrates, makes very loud noise that sounds like tires are coming apart, causing driver to immediately pull over to check tires, the distraction & being on side of road could be a safety issue. 5) no spare tire - unable to locate a tire & rim (or donut tire) for purchase to insert in trunk tire area. No can of goop, also goop only lasts for 6 months & must be discarded & new can purchased. Not good when stranded in inclement snowy weather or out in the hot desert & must wait for tow truck. I like my Chevy Malibu very much, it has been able to handle rough gravel/dirt roads in inclement weather, snow, & highway travel. I plan to take it to the dealer shortly for an oil change & to take care of these issues. What I don't like is that I am unable to turn the driver airbag off (I sit less than 12 inches from the wheel & am concerned that if it were to deploy I would be killed) & that the vehicle is fairly low to the ground, making speed bumps & getting out of businesses where there is a dip onto streets difficult.

- Winona, MO, USA

problem #2

Jul 052013


  • 668 miles
While driving the car, engine light came on, then the battery light came on. Took the car to dealer for repair on July 11 and was told it was the motor for the fan that cools the battery. Dealer repaired and returned to me on July 13. Noted cover on airbag on steering wheel is malaligned, which is a new problem. Traveled out of state with car and found cruise control and trip odometer no longer work (were fine prior to "repair"). after arriving out of state, the mylink computer failed to work then began to work about two hours later. Took car to dealer who refused to take it and told me to come back next week. Went to second dealer who has had car since July 16. Meanwhile, we discovered the car was under recall and dealer should not have sold prior to repair. This critical repair was not made at the first or second dealer. This is an inferior product, a vehicle with 668 actual miles should not have a fan motor problem. The gas cap does not click to close either. My car has been in a dealership garage more than I have actually gotten to drive it; my first payment is not even due yet! this car is a lemon, I feel cheated and misled by Chevy since they had the chance to fix it before they sold it to me. My family was in the car at the time of the fan motor issue, this could have been a significant accident. I am extremely disappointed in this vehicle and am afraid of further problems with it in the future.

- Indian Orchard , MA, USA

problem #1

Apr 142012


  • miles
Purchased my vehicle in April 2012 and noticed after a week that my ac had a bad smell every time I turned on the air conditioner. Also noticed after about three days of purchasing my vehicle that the carpet was coming up on the passenger seat in the front.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

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