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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,907 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Jan 282015


  • 72,000 miles


I was picking my little brother up from school I was at the light and the car started to shake violently and engine reduced power light came on is does this on and off and this is not safe for any driver.

- Bowie , MD, USA

problem #6

Dec 152014


  • 145,000 miles
During a seven day period the car was towed three times to luther brookdale Chevrolet Buick GMC. The first time they replaced the battery. The dealer also stated there was only 2 qts of oil in the car. My daughter was dealing with the dealer until the third time when I called GM. GM just told me (20 minutes ago, [xxx] (sp) on a GM recorded conversation) that he knows of no internal GM phone number to call for life and death safety issues. The third time the dealer stated the cars engine is bad and needs "pistons, cyl head, crank and rod and main bearings, needs engine". they state they found metal shavings in the engine. I again asked the GM senior advisor if there was any mechanism to report life and death safety issues for GM products and he stated no and the car is out of warranty. He will call the dealer and talk with them about replacing the engine. I stated this is a GM issue and not a dealer issue, he stated this is what he will do. There is certainly something wrong here. My daughter was stalled three times, 1 when she tried to start the car and twice driving the car - the car stalled on the interstate. I also stated for his own job security he should route this call to a quality control department function - he stated this is not his job - again this is recorded. Valvoline checked the battery and changed the oil. If the dealer was accurate, doubtful, then the car loses oil in three months and stalls when driving. If the dealer is not accurate, has oil, which is the probably the case, the engine goes bad and the car stalls. Help. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bayport, MN, USA

problem #5

Dec 292014


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 109,000.

- Carencro , LA, USA

problem #4

Jul 162013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles


Seats - front driver power seat, there is a bracket or brace that goes across the front and supports the seat, it is welded, the weld is broken, after doing forum and google searches this is a common problem for years with the broken weld, causing the seat to become unstable and allowed to rock while driving. Engine - the front engine oil seal or crankshaft pulley seal is prone to leaking, there is service bulletin out about this issue for a 6 cyl model, apparently the 4cyl model has the same problem. The fix is to have the seal replaced with an updated style constructed with a better spring and seal wiper. This can cause a substantial oil leak, even though this could not cause (to the best I know) a serious problem, it does cause oil to leak along the frame and onto the bottom of the engine and possibly onto the exhaust piping behind the engine. It also cause an environment issue causing motor oil to leak onto the ground.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 262014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 58,459 miles
GM: some dtc codes may be set, P0016, P0017, P0018, P0019, P0008, or P0009. 3.6 LY7 with cam actuator dtc.the reluctor for the crankshaft sensor pressed on the crankshaft may have moved. My code is P0016 car is still under warranty please help!

- Auburn, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 232014


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted after the first attempt, but the failure recurred multiple times. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (vehicle speed control) however, the dealer stated that the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 26,000.

- De Queen , AR, USA

problem #1

Jun 062012


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 50 mph, the engine warning indicator illuminated with constant reduction in the engine power. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where they informed the contact that the crank shaft sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

- Glenmora, LA, USA

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