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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,598 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #11

Dec 272014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 155,000 miles


My engine light was on and after I repaired that issue, was told that my catalytic converter needs to be replaced. The maintenance guy found a letter stating 2008 Chevrolet Malibu was being recalled for faulty catalytic converter. However, when I entered my VIN number on GM's recall site my 2008 Chevrolet Malibu wasn't listed. The letter is extending the warranty on the converter for 10 years or up to 120,000. I wanted to know if there is someone at GM that I can contact directly regarding this situation. Please advise best regards

- Taylor , MI, USA

problem #10

Oct 102014


  • 56,650 miles
I drive a Chevrolet Malibu 2008 with just a little over 56,000 miles. I was sitting at a red light and all the sudden there was a loud noise & the car vibrated a little. One of the fans completely broke apart and the pieces flew into the radiator embedding them into the radiator. So from this I had to have my car towed to a repair facility and they had to install a new radiator & fan. The service tech could no reason for this to have happened to my car.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Jun 282013


  • 86,000 miles


I am having similar issues as others with wiring/electrical. Latest incident involved loss of ac/defrost/level controls. Prior to this loss, there was a very strong burning smell coming thru the vents when the control level was set to 1-4. there were no visible sparks or fire; however, the wiring under the glove department was extremely hot. Although there wasn't a fatality or visible fire other risks were involved. My family was in the car (adults & children) & we were 500 miles from home (returning from vacation). Being on the road, narrowed options on identifying the root cause. The air remained off & windows were down for the remainder commute in 90 degree rainy weather. There are other issues of concern. The engine light is now on"?" the same issue occurred in Nov 2012 with the heater. At this time, when the wires were examined it "magically" started working. In January 2012, the door chime became very faint, the seatbelt chimes when in use, & the front door speakers do not work. In 2009, the door locks began to malfunction. Sometimes they will lock sometimes they will not. I find it very disturbing that a recall has not been issued; it is very clear there is a safety hazard. I hope you take this issue seriously!

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #7

Jul 312012


  • 62,650 miles
The A/C unit is blowing hot air..door locks will not unlock.

- Hopkinsville , KY, USA

problem #6

Jun 122012


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle started to jerk violently and making a clunking sound. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 46,000.

- Boardman, OH, USA

problem #5

May 012009


  • 5,000 miles


When we got the car we loved it. After 4500 miles the battery died had to wait 3 days for the dealer to get us a new one. Great car ran fine then after 15,000 miles the check engine light came on and was told that it was something to do with a valve sensor. Dealer fixed it as it was under warranty. Then at 65,000 miles then check engine light came on and was told it was the valve sensor again. They brought it in the garage and said they couldn't replicate the check engine light coming on. So around 79,000 miles all the door locks stopped working. Now when my wife was driving it tonight the car started "chugging" and the check engine light came on again. The Chevy reps. Said all they can do is give me a $500 rebate for a newer car.

- Cornish, NH, USA

problem #4

Aug 132008

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
Ac in 2008 Malibu LT1 erratic operation. Ac will not work unless the temp control unit is repeatedly turn off and on until it decides to operate. If inside air is selected it will operate sometimes. Vehicle ac will operate after second start up of engine occasionally. Fan must be turned off then on repeatedly to get ac to turn on, ac select must turned off then on repeatedly to get ac to operate.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #3

Jan 052011


  • 31,700 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the engine remained running after shutting off the vehicle. The contact had to forcibly shift the key around in the ignition to get the engine to shut off. After restarting the vehicle, the air bag service warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure. The contact did not inform the manufacturer of the failure nor was the vehicle repaired. The current and failure mileage was 31,700.

- Rock Falls, IL, USA

problem #2

Oct 212008


  • 16,988 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 60 mph the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle began to slow down. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the head gasket was replaced. The contact also stated that she had to replace the powertrain control module, the air conditioning unit, the mass air flow sensor, the battery, the starter cable wires, the system computer and the door locks on both rear doors. All of the repairs were made by an authorized dealer. The failure mileage was 16,988 and the current mileage was 58,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 142008

Malibu 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,100 miles
I leased a new 2008 Chevy Malibu the day after thanksgiving. Great car, loved it. Then on Jan 14th while driving on the freeway (in the fast lane) my check engine light flashed on a couple of times. Concerned I decided maybe I should pull off the road. Luckily there was an off ramp close. As I proceeded to the off ramp I realized that the engine had shut down so I was not able to do anything but coast as far out of the way as possible and pull to the side of the road. Since that day I have been driving a rental car, still making my car payment, and have no idea when I will be getting my replacement car. The dealership/GM are going completely through the car that blew up and have agreed they will get me a new car, that is my only option since they won't refund my money. The bad thing is I have no idea when they will get my replacement. I am still making car payments for a new car that I do not have. Very disappointed in Chevy and probably won't buy another one for a long time. Once this lease it up I am done. We have purchased several cars from this dealership, courtesy. This incident has shown me how terrible their customer service is. They never call me, I have to call them to find out what is going on. They haven't offered to reimburse my car payments.

- Atwater, CA, USA

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