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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,767 miles

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu fuel system problems

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #17

Nov 262016


  • 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


  • 160,000 miles
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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

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problem #12

Jan 292016


  • 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


  • 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 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

- Emery, SD, USA

problem #6

Nov 102014


  • 57,843 miles
Nov 10-started to smell a fuel odor near left wheel -smell became worse on daily basis to the point I could smell fumes as I drove. I park in a car park and was told I could not park my car there because of the strong fuel smell-that it was a danger and I needed to take care of it. I went to the service station across the street and the technician told me to leave the car that it was leaking fuel and I was in danger. The agent had to replace the fuel pump because the feed line (outlet) was leaking. Total replacement was necessary and clean up as leaking fuel was making its way onto the exhaust. The technician stated it was a dangerous situation and was surprised at the low mileage and this defective feed line. I wrote GM about this because this was so dangerous-had I been involved in an accident-my car would have gone up in flames. Had someone been smoking near my car while in the car port-there would have been a fire. This part was defective-there is nothing I could have done to cause a fuel leak-the GM part was defective.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 262014


  • 53,364 miles
I could smell gas coming from underneath where the fuel tank is located. After inspection the fuel pump module was in fact leaking.

- Fresno , CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I have had so much trouble with the 2009 Chevy Malibu I bought it brand new no miles thinking I was going to be stress free but it has given me the most headaches ever. I have had to replace the shift gear and that my head lights have had to been replace at least once a year since I got it the headache about that is that the whole bumper has to be removed to have them replace. I also had to replace the catalytic converter. I don't think I will ever purchase another Chevy car.

- Grand Prairie , TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 012014


  • 53,400 miles
Strong fuel smell from under car when parked. No visual signs of gas leakage, but vapors are very strong and resulted in feeling light headed. Left car parked outside garage for the night and will take to the dealer.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 012014


  • 89,000 miles
I have a 2009 Chevy Malibu with a gas leak. One day I parked the vehicle in the garage and started to smell fuel. I took the vehicle to a local mechanic and he detected there was a gas leak that had something to do with the fuel pump which he said would cost $400. I believe this is something that should be a recall. When I went to autozone to check pricing for a fuel pump the salesman said he had received multiple calls from customer requesting the same part. This needs to be looked into soon as possible.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012013


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that upon inspection, there was a strong gasoline odor inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local shop where the mechanic stated that a connector above the fuel tank had to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000. The current mileage was 78,822.

- Norwalk, CA, USA

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