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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,083 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu lights problems

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #27

Aug 142012


  • miles


All the dash board lights coming on and off then car would not start all the computers burnt out don't see how 1,400 dollars later she got it back some things don't work as they did.they said she did something to it. She's a 78 year old woman she can't even check oil. So U tale me what happen it. I think there was a problem and blamed it on her, I had to pay the bill she could not. This car dose not steer rite. This car steers from side to side never in the center. An when the wind blows its 5 times worse. They say its's a hard car drive U have to work the steer the car turn signals keep breaking.been this way since she bought it.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #26

Feb 022012


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the third brake light illuminated erroneously and failed to illuminate during deceleration. In addition, the driver's side turn signal, driver's side brake light, and instrument panel gauges malfunctioned intermittently. The electronic stability and traction controls also failed while driving various speeds in cold weather. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #25

Sep 102013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Low beams and daytime running lights not working. Replace wire harness on both lights and light bulbs twice.

- Bayshore, NY, USA

problem #24

Jun 092014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles


Someone following me to work informed me my brake lights were on as I was driving on the highway but when I stopped at the street light, they would go off. Now my engine light is on and the warning to service my traction control and ESC system is on. The cruise control isn't working properly all the time. I googled the brake light issue and found a recall for my year of car that can cause my other issues. I called GM and was told by [xxx] that my car is included in this and transferred me to the nearest dealer to make an appt for my car repairs. The dealer said there isn't a recall for these issues but I am under a recall for the power steering recall! they do not have the parts but I can keep calling and checking. I then called GM back spoke to [xxx] who advised there isn't a recall for the brake light yet. It is upcoming soon they are in the first stage of this. No time frame when it will happen. I asked what do I do in the meantime with this unsafe car. She said I can get it fixed at my expense. I questioned if I would be reimbursed once they issue the recall. She answered no promise they will. Later that day the dealership service manager called saying GM told him to call me! we could make an appt to check my car, pay out of pocket, keep receipt, and if the recall includes my parts, I will be reimbursed or I can try to hold out for recall. I am beyond frustrated. I'm under an active recall but no part to fix it and this other in beginning stages. This light issue happened to me in October 2013. I bought a new brake switch, had it replaced by a certified mechanic. Now months later I have the same brake light issue but also my cruise control, ESC warning and traction control. The best part when I asked [xxx] at GM what if I am in an accident because you are dragging this out. She replied you should call us back after your accident. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). Updated 1/14/2015

- Sherman, IL, USA

problem #23

Jun 062014


  • 50,024 miles
The brake lights come on with my foot off of the brake pedal. When I do apply the brakes the brake lights go out. The cruise control and the stability control will not work. I contacted my local dealer and they said there is no recall on my vehicle the dealer is [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Stephens City, VA, USA

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problem #22

May 162014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
The vehicle transmission- car is moving when not supposed to or car gets stuck in place awhile shifting gears. Car drives sluggish not shifting to the proper gear. Light bulb- lights go out and come back on at later dates. Electrical-radio speakers go in and out locks don't operate neither dies alarm.

- Phila, PA, USA

problem #21

Aug 022013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


The brake lights come on without braking and go off when you brake. The cruise control shuts off when the brake lights come on without pushing the brake peddle. The traction control warning light on the dash comes on also when the brake lights luminates.

- Hamilton, MI, USA

problem #20

Aug 012012


  • miles
Brake lights come on without me pressing down the brake pedal.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #19

Nov 022013


  • 76,200 miles
Brake lights come on when the brake pedal is not depressed. When the brake pedal is depressed slightly, the brake lights will go out. I replaced the brake pedal lever sensor. This cured the problem for about a month, now the problem has returned. The dealer did a parts warranty on the switch and supplied at no charge. I picked it up today, but have not installed it yet.

- Dresden , OH, USA

problem #18

Sep 242013


  • 93,000 miles
Brake lights are staying lit while driving and will not go off. Returned car to dealership for the third time for same issue.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #17

Sep 102013


  • 25,000 miles


Brake lights staying on while car is moving, then they go off when brake pedal is applied off and on again problem.

- Hopkinton, MA, USA

problem #16

Aug 272013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 89,430 miles
As I was driving the driver behind me told me that there was something wrong with my tail lights. I then noticed while driving that the brake lights stayed on and when I did press down on the brakes there was nothing. This poses a great problem in that I could have been rear ended due to the drivers behind be me not knowing if I was braking or not. This needs to be recalled. My family owns 3 Chevy's, but I am unhappy with the problems I am having with this Malibu. This may be our last Chevy purchase.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #15

May 062009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the brake lights and tail lights would remain illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis and an unknown repair was performed on the vehicle. Two weeks after the repair, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired for most recent failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #14

Jul 022013


  • 69,000 miles
The brake lights illuminate when the brake pedal isn't pressed. When the brake pedal is pressed the brake lights are not illuminated. Taken vehicle to dealership more than 3 times in order to relearn the brake pedal position. This affects the cruise control, as it turns off because the cruise control doesn't know the brake pedal position. This affects the traction control, as it turns off because the traction control doesn't know the brake pedal position.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #13

Apr 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
About a month ago I noticed that my brake lights were stuck on. I didn't pay it any mind since then until yesterday 07/01/2013. A friend of mines was following me home and advised me that my brake lights were on the entire time. I checked to make sure I wasn't riding with the emergency brakes on. Now my car seems like it is pulling and there is a burning smell under my car. I'm not quite sure if this is a known issue or not. I did find an article from the huffington post that stated that there were a few complaints/issues regarding that. What could be causing this to happen. Why hasn't then been considered a recall?

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #12

Jan 242012


  • 79,000 miles
Brake lights stay on all the time, except when I first press the brake pedal. I have already applied dielectric grease to connector and plugged/unplugged many many times. Works for about 1 day.

- Greenbrier, TN, USA

problem #11

Feb 012011


  • miles
You have to take off front end of car to change headlight bulb(bumper, grill, brackets). Replaced 3 headlight bulbs in little more than 1 year. Problem with replacing have to take off front end to change bulb. Last time I changed bulb was 3 weeks ago. Bulb out again. I am not a mechanic or body person so I have to pay someone to change the bulb. Paid someone to take off front end and change the bulb. Because it only lasted about 2 weeks or less, I am assuming there is a problem with electrical. I never know when bulb will go out. I can pay to fix it again, but, I cannot see at night with one light and others cannot see me. It is a hazard and I don??T know what to do. Chevy quoted me $320 to do this. I paid 1st $220 2nd $180 3rd $180. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- because of lock problem described below, that is why I think it may be electrical my brother and I got a car (same car 3 months apart) his car did the same thing - all door locks malfunctioned - he took in to Chevy. Gave him some weird excuse and said it would cost him so much money to fix which was a ridiculous amount. He traded his 2008 Chevy Malibu in finally because of all the problems and bought a Toyota Camry. The cost quoted him was the reason I did not take mine in to repair. I couldn't afford to pay for Chevy malfunction. ## VIN failed ##

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #10

Oct 012012

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Whilst driving home one night I noticed that my brake lights were on, however I was not applying the brakes. I then pressed the brake pedal and the brake lights turned off. Once I let go of the brake they came back on after a few seconds. At the same time, I received an error that read along the lines of: ESC service traction. My husband and I found a forum where other Malibu owners seemed to be having the same issue, so we removed the panel on the passenger side floor to check for any corrosion, then replaced the panel. The problem stopped, however this issue is re-occurring, and has occurred several other times since then. I always receive the same ESC service traction error each time this happens and I am not able to use cruise control as the brake lights are being engaged without the pedal being pressed.

- Chuluota, FL, USA

problem #9

Jul 122012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving, the brake lights were illuminated without the brake pedal being engaged. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Genola, UT, USA

problem #8

Sep 192012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
On several occasion I have notice that my brake lights come on without me even pressing the brakes. It also lights up and when I press the brakes it goes off. I have spoken with other Malibu owner and they complain of this same brake failure. It is very frustrating and not safe.

- Houston, TX, USA

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