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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,638 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu body / paint problems

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jan 152017


  • miles


It is a 2010 Malibu ls. Yesterday when I was closing the driver side door, it would not close all the way from the outside. I looked at the catch and the area midway on the door to see if anything was caught in it or looked like it was missing. I didnt see anything. I got in and shut the door and it closed, but when I tried to open it it would not open. I tried pushing the power lock button inside a few times locking and unlocking and it still does not open. When you pull the ltach on the inside it feels like it is not catching anything. I tried just using the key on the outside and the handle on the outside seems like it is not catching anything. The locks still go up and down, with and without using the remote. Also I noticed that the radio stays on with the doors closed and no key in the ignition. The passanger side and rear doors work fine.

- Gypsum, CO, USA

problem #21

Oct 262016


  • 60,000 miles
"takata recall": the door lock does not work at times. The door will not shut as well as the door's lock assembly not disengaging. The locking assembly will either not unlock or will not allow the door to stay latched. It happens without warning when moving, stationary, driving on any type of road or parking area. We had davidson Chevrolet in watertown, New York on March 7, 2016 for a seat belt problem and had the door looked at that day. We were informed it would cost over $500 to replace the part. This is very dangerous and I have almost fallen out of car while driving when this has happened. The car was not in an accident and nothing caused this to happen. The last date this happened was 10-27-2016. The first it happened was last year.

- Alexandria Bay, NY, USA

problem #20

Oct 172016

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Driver door won't open. Right before it wouldn't open, the door wouldn't close. It would just bounce open. Got the door to finally close and now it won't open. Tried unlocking and locking it and nothing. Seen lots of people complaining and having this same issue with their Malibu.

- Holton, MI, USA

problem #19

Sep 162016


  • miles


The drivers side door will randomly stay locked even when its not locked. This is a saftey hazard. You cannot open the door from the inside or outside. There is a problem with the lock actuator.

- Imlay City, MI, USA

problem #18

Feb 242016


  • 145,000 miles
My 2010 Chevy Malibu driver side front door will not open. Driver door will not open from the inside of the vehicle after the doors are unlocked or from the outside by pulling on the handle. It does not matter if you unlock from inside using unlock/lock button on door or outside using key fob, the door will not open. Major safety issue in the event of an accident or an emergency, the driver or passengers whose doors are affected will not be able to get out of the affected door. Tried penetrating oil and grease to lubricate actuator and has not fixed problem. Also happens randomly, does not matter temperature or weather conditions. No current recalls out on this issue, and repair costs range upwards of $350. The pull handle inside the car feels like it is not engaging with the components to unlatch the door, and the same feeling is observed when trying to open the car on the outside using the outside door handle.

- Charles Town, WV, USA

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problem #17

Apr 082015


  • 60,000 miles
Chrome paint on interior handlers is peeling causing cuts/lacerations on people's hands.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #16

Dec 232015


  • 83,500 miles


Door latch malfunctions. The auto lock function does not work when transitioning from drive to park, and the door is unable to be opened and closed. The only way to exit/enter the vehicle is by crawling across passenger seat - safety concern.

- Elon, NC, USA

problem #15

Feb 102015


  • miles
My Malibu leakin water by the metallic structure of the roof in the driver's side and passenger's auto glass business up and noted that the windshield is no problem, the problem is in the metal ceiling joists factory default in the insulation ceiling. That same diagnosis it issued three workshops of car repair. It is a problem of making the 2010 Malibu.

- Cutler Bay, FL, USA

problem #14

Dec 162015


  • 96,000 miles
Driver door handles inconsistently work. One day they will be fine, the next neither inside or outside handles work. The mechanism for the door lock appears to be working fine.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #13

Oct 272015


  • 65,000 miles
Door locking mechanism in the drivers door has been failing, power door lock on drivers door fails quite often. When this happens the driver can not open the drivers door either with the power unlock or manually with the door lock in the up position or from the inside or outside of the drivers door with the door handle. It is like the door mechanism is disabled. Does not matter if the car is in motion or not happens when parked or the car has just come to a stop. The driver must crawl over the center divider and out the passenger side to exit or back over to drive the car. Have an appointment to get it repaired for $350 at the Chevrolet dealer on November 11th but think this should be covered by GM as I have read this is a common problem with 2008 to 2010 Malibu cars and certainly is a safety issue being trapped in the car.

- St. Cloud, MN, USA

problem #12

Sep 012015


  • 118,000 miles


I went to open my front, driver's side door (from the outside) and it would not open. I climbed through the passenger front and tried to open the driver's door from the still would not open. Using the palm of my hand, I bumped the effected door on the outside door panel, by the handle and it opened. I lubed the inside door catch area as much as I could and it seemed ok. 48 hours later, I was having the same problem. Additionally, there have been a few times during this time frame where I went to close the door and it bounced back open again. It seems that the door latch never caught the post on the frame. This is clearly a safety issue. An elderly or disabled driver may not be able to get out in the case of an emergency. Not everyone is physically capable of folding themselves up and climbing over the armrest into the passenger seat. Also, it stands to reason that if the door may not latch shut, it may open while driving down the road.

- Swartz Creek, MI, USA

problem #11

Jun 172015


  • 112,000 miles
When exiting the vehicle from the front passenger side, the door would not close. After shutting it several times without it latching, it finally stayed shut. I have now been unable to open the door since. The door still will not open. Approximately 2 weeks ago, the driver side door did the same thing, and I was unable to exit the vehicle through the door. I had to crawl to the back seat to get out of the vehicle. The driver side door opens now, but still doesn't shut properly at least 2 times a week

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #10

Apr 122015


  • 86,000 miles
On three separate occasions since the 2nd week in April I tried to open my car door using my key as I turned, although T2/15he lock locks and unlocks, the door would not close. I took it to a mechanic and they tried for about 20 minutes to close the door and it just bounced back open. I took it to a Chevrolet service center here in pa at which time the door latch connected with no signs of an issue. The service tech looked and the latch and said to me, "if it happens again, just lift up the latch and there should be no problem. Yesterday, I go to lunch, open the door with the key and everything was fine. I go to get out of the car and the door would not open. I tried for about 1/2 hour. I asked a technician from my job to see if he can open the door to let me out and it did not open, I had to climb out of the passenger side door and leave all locks so I could get in through passengers side to go back home. Appointment scheduled with mechanic on 4/22/15. Two weeks ago my engine light has been going off and on. I've had oil and other things checked to no avail.

- Penn Hills, PA, USA

problem #9

Apr 042015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Our Chevy Malibu was broad sided on the riders side at 10:10 am on the forth of April, 2015. This was at a yield intersection in aiken, SC. I have had several near misses with this car with vehicles coming from the left. This accicent was clearly my fault. However, a contributing factor is the width of the post between the windshield and the door on that side of the car. We own a 2005 similar Malibu and the width of that post is much narrower and we have never had a problem seeing vehicles coming at us from the left side. However, the 2010 Malibu has a much wider post between the windshield and the door and is sufficient to hide vehicles coming from the left. My wife has had the same problem with this vehicle. It is a design safety factor that should be corrected by the General Motors engineers.. I would imagine that there have been many more similar accident with other drivers of this make and model of car. However I do not have access to your data base to confirm same. Our car was still able to be driven after the collision and is currently in a body shop being repaired. However, I am not going to be comfortable driving it knowing that this hazordous condition still exists. Thought I should pass this information along to your Agency in case others have complained of the same condition and you might be able to convince GM that they have created a safety problem with the design of this vehicle. The width of this column on the 2005 Malibu is 4 inches. The width of the column on the 2010 Malibu has to abe a good six inches or more sufficient to block the view from the drivers seet of oncoming vehicles from the left. Thanks for you consideration in this matter. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Gillett, PA, USA

problem #8

Sep 152014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving the vehicle the vehicle will lose power, engine will stop running, and vehicle will not restart. This has happened 6 times now (since late 2014) we have had it to the dealership on all occasions. First they could not duplicate the problem after the vehicle was started. Then they said it was the fuse panel, after it lost power and quit running after less than 10 miles they said it was an issue with the computer. We just got it back Saturday 2/14/2015 and today 2/17/2015 it happened again. Last time they said it was a problem with grounds 104 & 107 and did a global reset. We have E-mailed the CEO of GM and spoken to an executive from headquarters. They don't seem to comprehend the safety issues involved in a vehicle that will lose power at any time. Please help us. It is an unsafe vehicle. We are unsure of exact date/dates of each incident. The date stated above is an estimate.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #7

Oct 222014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
The paint on the hood is coming off and fading out bad.

- Hollister, NC, USA

problem #6

May 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I was T-boned by another vehicle on the passenger side of my car and the airbag deployed on the passengers side door and hit my daughter in the face. The airbag had fibers and such on it that was imbedded in my daughters eye. She had to have surgery to get it out.

- Terry, MT, USA

problem #5

Sep 062013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 72,368 miles
Complained quite a few times to the dealership about the airbag light coming on and going off. First time we took it in at 35K miles they replaced the airbag harness. About 6 months pass and the airbag light comes on again, along with check engine light, traction control light, car runs ruff, so they come out with a broken fuel injection wire, a bad airbag cable connection and a bill for the repairs. Now the airbag light comes on and off as you drive. Its due in for the already brake switch recall so we let them know that the airbag light comes on and goes off. Three hours pass and here comes the counter worker with a $1500 parts bill for the replacement of side airbags dash airbags and the sensors...I will never buy a new car again. Rftbj./

- Martin, KY, USA

problem #4

Feb 222014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The front drivers side and passenger side doors would not unlock after I put the car in park and turned off the engine, stranding me in the car. I ended up having to exit the vehicle from the rear doors. Later that same day, the drivers side door opened, but then it would not shut as the door latch appeared to be in the locked position, and would not allow the door to close. The car is now being repaired at a GM dealer at a cost of close to $600, and since the warranty has expired, this is an out of pocket expense for me. It seems that opening the door, especially in the case of an emergency would be a basic operating function that I should reasonably expect my car to perform. I wanted to report this in case their are other Chevrolet Malibu owners experiencing the same issue.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 262013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 88,203 miles
Driver side door latch stuck in locked position, I could not exit the vehicle.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

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