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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,661 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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2009 Chevrolet Malibu accessories - exterior problems

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 012015


  • 75,000 miles


* beam on passenger side of vehicle** while off - unlocking with the key fob illuminates the headlamp (stationary) while on - headlamp does not work (stationary & in motion) it was thought that the bulb needed to be replaced, so it was replaced, and it has not corrected the problem.

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 122014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 59,645 miles
Observed that bottom half of heated driver side rear view mirror had become scorched - limiting visibility in bottom half of mirror. Could this be a potential fire hazard?

- Lima, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 012012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The ball and socket joint that connects the module wiper system to the wiper motor has failed twice. Once at approximately 62,000 miles and again this week at approximately 104,000. Both failures occurred during a low visibility condition (storm event) when the wipers were on "high." This is a catastrophic failure that disables the wipers and both times created a very dangerous situation. The socket portion of the ball and socket joint is a plastic part that in my opinion is poorly designed. Over time the socket wears and eventually it is not able to withstand the force when the wipers are switched to high/fast mode. Of course the high/fast mode is used only during very low visibility conditions and, as such, the failure causes a dangerous driving condition.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 252013


  • 90,000 miles
The drive linkage bushing keeps separating from the ball joint causing the windshield wipers not to work at all. This has happened multiple times, even after purchasing and installing brand new windshield wiper bushings.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

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