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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,585 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu accessories - exterior problems

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #6

Jul 182010


  • 43,000 miles


Bought a used 2008 Malibu with 36K, by the time I hit 43K the driver side rear door lock would not work electronically. By the time I hit 45K the driver door is not working properly. I looked into the issue and there are many others out there with the same problem. Chevy dealers then charge over $1000 to fix the lock motors, even though it seems to be a factory defect.

- Kentwood, MI, USA

problem #5

Oct 012009


  • 38,450 miles
2008 Chevy Malibu automatic door locks fail to operate properly. Began with passenger rear door and moved to all doors. When car reaches 15 mph the doors are supposed to auto lock. They do not. Keyless entry and starter do not work. Battery was replaced in the key fob with no change. Took car to dealership for repair. Cost would be 250 dollars per door to repair. Car was taken in to dealership prior to 3 yr 36000 mile warranty had expired with intermittent door locks on rear door working and was told there was nothing wrong. Door locks completely failed after 36000 mile warranty had expired.

- Kingsland, GA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012008


  • 37,508 miles
My car locks on all 4 doors has to be manually locked, when they are electrical. And when I use the remote to unlock the doors, and I open a door, the alarm sounds. The locks on my doors has not been working for a long time, and of course I am out of the warranty time. I think there should be a recall on that. It really gets tiring. The warning light for the air bags and tire pressure monitor has been coming on since forever, again, I think a recall should be called for these cars.

- Broussard, LA, USA

problem #3

Jul 212009


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 55 mph, the steering wheel pulled to the left and then to the right. The contact had to slow down and grip the wheel tight in order to gain control of the vehicle. The failure occurred intermittently but had become progressively worse over time. She also noticed that the door locks had malfunctioned. The wheel bearing was replaced but the doors locks were not repaired when the complaint was filed. The vehicle had not been inspected for the steering failure. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000. The current mileage was approximately 72,000.

- Blytheville, AR, USA

problem #2

Jul 182009


  • 45,000 miles
I have a 2008 Chevy Malibu that has some steering issues. The steering wheel will jerk back and forth while driving or while sitting still, steering wheel makes a popping noise when turning. 2 of the 4 door locks completely quit working electronically. So many more problems, this car is a lemon and GM and the government should be ashamed for making this vehicle car of the year.

- Blytheville, AR, USA

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problem #1

Nov 172008


  • miles
Unexpectedly the interior door locks starts to unlock and lock by them self. If I put the car in gear, the locks are suppose to lock, these locks I have un-lock them self in this process. This has been going on since I bought the car brand new in September of 2008, on a 2008 Chevy Malibu.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

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