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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,853 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu fuel system problems

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Apr 272019

Malibu

  • 104,478 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Replaced battery, starter, and alternator driving down highway esu warning and traction service light come on power steering light came on. Car loss power and cut off

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #25

May 012018

Malibu

  • 90,000 miles
Car loss of power, and steering assist, engine stops. May start after a minute.

- Greendale, WI, USA

problem #24

Jan 022018

Malibu

  • 125,000 miles
The gas tank leaks. And I have met another Chevy Malibu owners with the same problem. And also the headlight on the passenger side keeps going out, and yes I have met plenty of other Chevy owners who have the same problem.

- North Hills, CA, USA

problem #23

Oct 252018

Malibu

  • 107,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Strong smell of gas. Then I started leaking gas from underneath read a report of the same problem with same car

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #22

Nov 112018

Malibu

  • 160,000 miles
Ecs deactivates and stais iluminated. Issue makes steeting hard to manubrate. Fuel issue. Fuel spilled around gas pump cap.

- Greenfield, CA, USA

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problem #21

Apr 212018

Malibu

  • 170,000 miles
Fuel odor coming from rear of vehicle, odor in garage after vehicle has been parked, dampness on top of fuel tank. Fuel leak from top of fuel tank.

- Monument, CO, USA

problem #20

Jun 132017

Malibu

  • 69,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Strong gas order is coming from my 09' Malibu. Problem started over 4 months ago. The order can be smelled even while the car has been parked. There is no leaking or spotting on the ground but the smell is very over powering. The smell is strongest near driver's side rear. The smell is very unbearable now.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #19

Aug 102017

Malibu

  • 77,657 miles
I had been noticing the smell of gasoline around the exterior of my 2009 Malibu after shutting down the motor. I could not detect any location of where the leak was coming from. Additionally, at times my check engine light would come on and then go off. This coincided with the vehicle running "oddly". so, I took it in to michael's Chevrolet in fresno, ca for a repair estimated at $350. Later they called me with a revised estimate of $1950 to cover replacement of the "cracked fuel pump module reed line, and, replacement of the air pump.... I refused to let them do the work after being educated on the problem via the internet. They tried to charge me the original estimated amount for the cost of the diagnosis. Is there a recall on this vehicle for a defective fuel pump?

- Chowchilla, CA, USA

problem #18

Apr 252017

Malibu

  • 216,000 miles
Car turned off while sitting in the drive thru line. Car turned off driving down the road at various speeds. Sometimes will start back, sometimes will not start back and has to be towed. After waiting a few days the car will drive as normal and then the next time the car will turn off again. The car will turn over, but not crank. If you wait a few minutes, hours or days, the car may start and drive as normal for a few weeks and then have the problem again.

- Cameron, NC, USA

problem #17

Nov 262016

Malibu

  • 67,000 miles
Several months ago I noticed the strong odor of gas coming from the rear of the car., but saw no leaks. Last week I noticed a leak coming from the top of the fuel tank and dripping on to the exhaust system. I took the car to folsom Chevrolet and they diagnosed the problem as a defective fuel pump housing and estimated the replacement of the fuel pump to be about $1,200. However, I went to the Chevrolet forums on the internet and found hundreds of identical problems reported to GM by users, but GM has taken no action to correct this dangerous fire hazard. The complaints begin in 2012 when the cars were only 3 years old and continue to be filed. I contacted GM and was simply told "the car is out of warranty". there have been announced recalls for other GM vehicles with the same fuel pump and problem and this vehicle should have been included. Please have these vehicles recalled before a family departs tis earth in a ball of flames because of the uncaring attitude of GM. Folsom Chevrolet, 916-985-5600, has diagnosed my my vehicle and can provide more information and details. But for this problem to have been reported in so many vehicles over so many years and GM to have ignored it is a serious issue and I believe one that only your Agency can address.

- Foslom, CA, USA

problem #16

Nov 012016

Malibu

  • 160,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that there was fuel leaking on the top of the fuel tank that progressed without warning. The vehicle was to be taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Medina, TN, USA

problem #15

Oct 012016

Malibu

  • 73,200 miles
Gas smell in car, near rear of car, and in garage. Have checked for leaks have not found gas on floor but some dampness top of tank area of which I could reach. I have read there's a connection that breaks at fitting. I feel this is definitely a safety issue that should be addressed by G.M. with a recall before a fire or death.

- Versailles, KY, USA

problem #14

Sep 302016

Malibu

  • 63,000 miles
After smelling gas fumes for about a week, I pulled into the driveway with the gas tank close to full. After about 5 minutes I looked under the car and saw a 4 to 5 inch diameter wet gas stain on the driveway. Over the next 3 to 4 minutes I observed several drips of gasoline from below the gas tank fall to the driveway. This is a very serious safety and emission problem. This car was purchased new and I plan on bringing it to the dealership where it was purchased asap. I have seen other complaints of this problem on line and hope there will be a recall. Sometimes emission components are covered up to 100K miles.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #13

Mar 152016

Malibu

  • 101,000 miles
I have had to replace the entire fuel pump because of a leak in one of the lines that are permanently attached to the pump. The pump was fine. But the only way to correct the leak in the line was to replace the entire pump. It was a fire hazard and emitting carbon monoxide inside the cab of the car. This is a serious design flaw and very expensive to repair.

- Fallbrook, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 292016

Malibu

  • 105,000 miles
While driving the car the service traction/ESC light comes on and startes jerking the rpms shoot up to 4000 and makes a rattle noise. When doing this the speed does not change to reflect the rpms. When at a idle the rpms rest at about 2200. The car doesnt fully want to stop when coming to red light or when breaking. I have had the car a diffrent speeds and tends to stall and shack no matter what.

- South Point, OH, USA

problem #11

Nov 072015

Malibu

  • 144,228 miles
On 11/07/15 my Malibu failed smog check due to P0013/P0014 codes & liquid fuel leak check. Technician said it was obviously gas leak & need to fix right away. I drove & left it to my mechanic shop the same day (Saturday pm). He said trace of fuel leak is coming from top of tank, and he took down the tank to check fuel line and pump.I called GM to find out safety recall on my Malibu & also asked him for help to locate the leak as the problem might be similar to other GM cars. GM said my Malibu is not under fuel leak recall like some other GM cars and he didn't know easy way to locate gas leak, but offered me free tow to GM dealership. I told GM my Malibu is inside my mechanic shop and he already working on it so I can't tow it out from his shop.my mechanic replaced the whole fuel pump assembly (leak was from plastic line connection to fuel pump) and repaired also the other codes.I called back GM and discussed to her([xxx])the safety issue of presence of gas leak can cause an explosion even in minor accident, or even just park inside my garage, the accumulation of gas vapor can result in explosion since my gas furnace in the garage which is just nearby the car, is always being used at night. She said nothing GM can do since the car was already repaired and GM can't reimburse my repair cost since my Malibu is out of warranty already. Under recall or not, under warranty or not I think a responsible company should at lease investigate the cause of gas leak in car to find out the problem and corrected it, improved the materials or design in their future cars.they don't have to wait to find out that lives were lost due to gas leak defect that could have been corrected sooner. If they want me to bring the fuel assembly parts to dealership (which I suggested to [xxx]) for investigation of possible material or design flaw, just let me know. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rowland Heights, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 112015

Malibu

  • 105,000 miles
There is a gas leak at the fuel pump. This is a fire hazard due to the large amount of gas vapors. This is noticeable any time it is parked after it has been driven.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #9

Jun 242015

Malibu

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. After parking the vehicle, fuel fumes emitted from the rear of the vehicle. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the fuel line fractured near the fuel tank and the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Los Alamitos , CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 152015

Malibu

  • 40,000 miles
Vehicle smells of gasoline in the trunk area. The car has had no damage, I think a fuel system part has cracked.

- Los Alamitos, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 012015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. After starting the vehicle, there was a strong fuel odor coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the fuel pump connector was destroyed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 83,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 12/03/15 updated 11/07/2017

- Emery, SD, USA

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