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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,797 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #104

Jan 082015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


While on my way to work, suddenly my traction light and service engine light came on and the reduced power notification came on moments later, the car slowed to about 10-20 mph(like it almost died but still running) and the car was shaking. I could not accelerate, I coasted into a parking lot and it was idling rough. I shut it off, waited a few moments and started it like nothing happened. I was scared and just wanted to get home and borrow another car to get to work. I was less than a mile away from home, and managed to get it home. While returning home it did the same thing but, it added a new code disabled engine. I have read these forums, and I don't have extra money to waist on replacing parts that do not fix the problem. It seems to be a common issue with GM, I don't want to be giving the run around with bs reason, I want to fix my car.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #103

Oct 232014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 77,400 miles
1.after the engine is turned on and the gear is shifted to reverse and the car starts to move, the warning lights come on. Either it says "service air bags" or low tire pressure light comes on. When I switch off the ignition and restart the engine the warning lights goes off and does not come back and I am fine. This happens almost every day. Many times the turn signal does not sound the audio. It blinks quietly. When I switch off the auto headlight by twisting the lever towards me it does not give the chime. 2.when I turn on the ignition and start the engine I hear a noise from the speedometer when the needles are moving freely to the full and returning to zero and settling.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #102

May 082014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Stereo system short circuits, and looses sound in some speakers. Windows, and doors, along with the trunk get stuck and wont release 20% of the time. I see the problem being with a crash, and possible fire, the vehicle occupants not being able to escape the vehicle. The window situation has been present for several years, and the wiring or circuit issues shorted out a stereo after 2 years of ownership.

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #101

Sep 232014


  • 124,169 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 10 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the check engine and ABS warning lights illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that when the front driver seat was adjusted, all of the warning lights on the instrument panel illuminated. While at a traffic stop, the brake was applied but the vehicle accelerated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 124,169.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #100

Oct 012014


  • 65,100 miles
Dash lights and parking lights just quit working. Took to mechanic and they found out the BCM needed to be replaced.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #99

Oct 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to GM recall #13036 and repair reimbursement. *

- Theodore, AL, USA

problem #98

Oct 162008

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


I have had nothing but trouble with this car. I should have kept exact records, but I haven't. the first issue was the factory battery in 2008. It exploded in the car within 5 months, they stated that this was not covered under warranty. I have replaced 3 batteries in this car. I have had 4 sets of tires. I have had to change the front headlights 2 times. I had the entire computer system go down 2 years ago and had to replace. When I reached out to the place I purchased the car, they wanted to charge me outrageous amounts of money. So, all of my work has been done at another auto mechanic. Of course, because of that they are not willing to do anything because the work was never done with them. I believe there is something wrong with the electrical system, along with the suspension, and god only knows what else. I am currently getting ready to replace the headlights again, along with I am needing new tires on the front end after only 4 months. I have had this car for 6 years.

- Fortville, IN, USA

problem #97

Sep 012012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 700,000 miles
Recall: 14118 and 13036 due to these recalls I drive around holding on to the steering wheel so not to loose controll into another car or run off the road. My electrical system is faulty all the time. I am preventing this car from crashing while driving with family and friends. I have called the local GM dealer ship who in turn will not call me back regarding the recall parts. I have been driving like this for 2 years and have already put an extra over $900 in this car. I am telling you this so to have it documenting for feal of getting killed while driving. I have no other choice to drive this car.please help. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bourne , MA, USA

problem #96

Jul 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 86,315 miles
When vehicle was placed in park, the auto unlock feature activated unlocking the doors, but I could not remove keys from ignition, (ignition was in off position). I attempted to restart car and key would not turn to the start position, after several attempts to start, ignition finally moved to start position. Now the auto locks are constantly trying to unlock even when locks are in unlock position. This happens with vehicle running in park and not running in park with no keys in ignition and moving down road. Warning chime constantly dinging but no message or indicator light is displayed. Removed fuse for power locks problem with locks stops (well sure it does, no power to locks) but the warning chime still is activated but no idiot light on or message displayed. Very frustrating with this junk GM product.

- Coldwater, MI, USA

problem #95

Oct 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer states he received 2 recall notices and has been experiencing problems with his vehicle that are outlined in the recall notice.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #94

Jan 072014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


The automatic door locks on the passenger side of my car stopped working (but occasionally start working off and on). I didn't realize this until a few days later. I feel like this is a huge safety issue knowing that at any moment a stranger could walk up to my car, at any stoplight or stop sign and be able to freely open my doors and enter my car with ease. The door locks will randomly work here and there without my knowing and this is not ok! this defect raises the probability of someone being able to get into my car freely without me ever knowing, or be able to get into my car while I'm sitting at a stoplight. I am very concerned for my safety in this matter and wish to have GM fix the issue considering the many online forums with thousands of people having the same issue on these cars at about 80000 miles.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #93

Sep 262014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 90,853 miles
Just bought this vehicle used from the dealer. The keypad didn't work, so we tried locking it by the switch on the door... still didn't work. 3 of the doors will lock when the car is put in drive. 3 (most of the time) will unlock when the car is manually unlocked in the driver door by the key. One of the doors only works by manually pushing down or pulling up on the lock no matter what. To get in the car when the doors decide not to unlock, I have to either have one kid climb in to unlock them or roll the back windows down so they can reach in to unlock them. This is a safety issue. I have two kids that could be trapped in the car if we were to have an accident and the doors will not unlock by the button or keypad. For the car to be this new, it should not have this issue. The car also has something wrong with the fuel sensor. On highways (continuous driving) you can watch the gas measurement slowly go down. An example, a 1 hour and 40 minute trip leaving on a full tank took the gas down to below half a tank. But when the vehicle is stopped or back in the city, the gas level will rise back up toright below or right above 3\4 tank. It was below a half tank on the highway and when we filled up before leaving back out it only took $10 to get it back on full. Also another issue that should not be occurring in a newer vehicle.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #92

Sep 242014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received recall notifications for NHTSA campaign number: 12V460000 (power train), NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), and NHTSA campaign number: 14V153000 (steering). The parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #91

Sep 072014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
While driving the door locks started locking/unlocking. Speed did not affect the frequency of roughly every 30 seconds for 5 minutes then stopped. Heard alarm chime no warning lights or information on the display. Car continues to lock/unlock while driving and while in park. Also happens while the car is parked an keys out of ignition?? has continued now over week.

- Coldwater, MI, USA

problem #90

Jul 102014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Driving on the freeway, tried to switch lanes and vehicle's traction went out of control, making the vehicle had unstable, tried to controlled the car, but there were other vehicles driving next to the car which resulted in a multiple car crash, had recently received a recall letter from GM stating that the car had that problem but they did not have the parts available, they were going to contact me as soon as the parts were available but up to today I have not heard anything from General Motors.

- Studio City, CA, USA

problem #89

Apr 012014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 88,845 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving 35 mph, the check engine, dome light, door ajar sound, seat belt warning lights illuminated at the same time. The engine lost power after the above warning signals displayed. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the body control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred with seat belt and service air bags light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken back to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 88,845.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #88

Sep 082014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
The door locks will not work at times... the door locks lock and unlock all the time. While driving and sitting in park.

- Dana. , KY, USA

problem #87

Aug 282014


  • 95,494 miles
Only 3 of 4 power locks work, I have had this issue twice since owning the vehicle, the first time while it was still under warranty and was able to have it repaired, the second while no longer under warranty and cannot afford the repair. I experienced the effects of the body control module recall issues while on a road trip traveling at 65 mph when my cruise control disengaged and my brake lights would not stay off or on. I've paid to have this repaired and I am now awaiting the "official" recall notice from Chevrolet, despite having received the interim notice and already having had to have the vehicle repaired, in order to obtain a refund of the nearly $600 repair. Now, I'm waiting to get in to the dealer for the electronic power steering recall repairs and I've begun to experience issues with the ignition switch and key mechanism. Intermittently the vehicle will turn everything on, but not turn over or start the engine. The battery is new and this only happens sporadically. Also, with the same intermittent the key becomes stuck in the ignition / key mechanism on the steering column and it will not come out without significant wiggling and forceful pulling. I've also had to have the exhaust converter, manifold and gaskets replaced, a nearly $800 repair. Not to mention an earlier recall in 2012 dealing with the same transmission cables that I now see are being recalled once again via your site, however I've not seen a notice from Chevrolet.

- Granite City, IL, USA

problem #86

Jul 012014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts needed for the repairs were unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the delay. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #85

Aug 012014


  • 113,313 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on two different occasions who stated that the fuel pump and starter relay needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,313.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

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