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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,623 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #48

Mar 052012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


When the cars had about 60000 miles the check engine light started coming on, gauges shut off, ac would not work gas mileage would drop after taking it to different dealer ships we had different reasons for the problem. All of the expensive and they were note sure it would help son by unhooking the battery it would sometimes clear the problem for a short time, but it would always return. Now with 100,000 and about first of 2014 the engine started shutting off while driving down the road, traction control would come on by itself and lower power light would come on plus all the other problems with two your boys this can be scary. We have had the recall done with the bms cable which didn't do anything to help the problem the dealership which was in West jefferson, nc left there tools in the car and note very professional, mack browns in boone said it had no recall were rude and didn't do anything. We have changed the cam shaft sensors and when we get he money another suggestion is the throttle body sensor which is part of an assembly which is expensive but we have no choice can't trade it in like this so were stuck. This is the worst car experience I have ever had no more Chevrolet for us.

- Cornelius, NC, USA

problem #47

Sep 012014


  • 88,352 miles
Went into shop for recall of the recall id # 103647 - electronic stability control on 2010 Chevy Malibu. When I got my car back from shop. I now get service air bags warning light all the time on my dash.

- Bridgeville, PA, USA

problem #46

Aug 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 64,587 miles
Dealership states that all they have to fix according to recall 13036 is the body control module. The traction control and electronic stability control, illumination light flashing off and on saying service soon, although mentioned in recall letter, is not included and we must pay over $350 to repair to problem.

- Henderson, TX, USA

problem #45

Sep 242014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Copiague, NY, USA

problem #44

Sep 232014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and stated that the parts needed were unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Muscle Shoals , AL, USA

problem #43

Sep 182014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Car was recalled for #13036 from estero bay Chevrolet 9/05/2014 estero Florida.the car is still malfunctioning. Taken car back to dealer, they stated they check the work done. The car still shift out park and gets stuff in park and will not shift out without forcing the shifter and the brake. 9/18/2014 taken car back to dealer and told them the car is still malfunctioning. The said it did not do it for them. I stated you need to drive the car for at least half hour to malfunction. I feel GM is trying to fix the problem the cheapest way possible, by placing a washer and grease on the wire harness. I feel the entire BCM ( brake stabilty comtrol module) wire harness should be replaced. They have has the car for 2.1/2 days anc ould not fix it. I have proceeds to call GM about this problem.. I have not driven this car in 5 months because of the problems to the car. This car is used by my daughter and my infant grandson. I now have been making car payments on it for 5 months and could not use it. Very disappointmend in GM..

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #42

Sep 092014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


When I went to start the car it started sputtering. It then had the service ESC light come one. I turned the car off and went to restart it. It started shaking and sputtering and then said traction control. I went to try and drive it and it would not let me go over 10 mph. It also would hesitate for about 3 to 4 seconds. I had the vehicle towed to the Chevy place. When I got home I had a letter in the mail discussing a recent recall on the vehicle. It seemed to have all the same issues that I had experienced in the letter. When the dealership called me the next morning they stated they believed it was something other than the recall causing the problem. They stated they would do the recall and let me know. After they did the recall they stated it still did not fix the problem and that it might be a fuel issue. I am waiting for the diagnostic test, but I find it very coincidental that there was a recall and my car is acting up, but everyone is telling me the two are not related. They are also telling me it is out of warranty and I am having to pay to have it fixed. It should not be having these issues with less than 55,000 miles.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #41

Jul 282014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Coeymans Hollow, NY, USA

problem #40

Nov 142013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
While driving suddenly the car jerked (like a transmission error) and then the message on the display would show "service ESC" and "traction off". I brought the car in first to run an electrical test, where they reprogrammed a sensor (cost=$158.95). A few days later the very same issue happened and at this time when I came to a stop sign I went to accelerate and my car had shut itself off. I then brought it in where the found codes regarding the manifold absolute pressure (map) sensor problems. The service place then monitored both the computer data for the map sensor and the actual sensor data during test drive and found that when the problem occurs the computer data drops out but the sensor data remains the same, they suggested that it could be a possible wiring problem, and I agreed to have them replace the sensor.(cost+$275.15). Nothing happened until a few weeks later and the very same issue occurred. My husband played around with some wires and had noticed that there was a possible way that condensate could get into where the sensors were and so he fixed that issue. I have not had this issue since then. Just wanting to see if there is a recall for this problem and to get a proper fix.

- Jenison, MI, USA

problem #39

Aug 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to brake system recall notice and consumer seeks a loaner vehicle until parts become available. Recall# 14V252000.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #38

Jul 262014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


I received a recall notice 1 week prior to this incident. Recall #13036. I was almost rear ended when my brake lights failed. I was on my way home from work and watched my stability control and traction warning lights come on. I contacted GM and was told that no replacement parts are available. GM also stated that they are not responsible for towing or a rental even though it is a defect in the design and/or manufacture of the body control module. I have been without a car for 4 days at this point and GM stated that no replacement parts are yet available. My car is a shiny peice of junk that I can pay for yet cannot drive because of the defect. I am a veteran and I am absolutely disgusted. All of the above problems are directly related to the defective part.

- Melrose Park, IL, USA

problem #37

Jul 042014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
While on the highway the service traction control warning light came on as did the ESC warning light. I tried to engage the cruise control but it would not work. We stopped at a rest area and turned the ignition off for about 20 minutes. We resumed our trip with the cruise control engaged and traveled for approx. 10 minutes. At that point the warning lights illuminated and the cruise control would not work. Every time we drive the car now, the warning lights now come on within a quarter mile. I saw a recall for this same problem but was told my VIN number was not included.the car is at the dealers and will be repaired. Hopefully. I think my car and many others should be under a recall.

- Naugatuck, CT, USA

problem #36

Apr 152013


  • 90,000 miles
I have taken my car to the GM dealer three times in the past year. Each time they stated that they had repaired the "brake signal" and that was the problem. However, even with the current recalls for the same problem, when I called GM dealer last week, they stated that the "charges would be at least $150 to connect to the computer and run diagnostics". well, since I have already spent $500 for the last 3 visits, where they did not listen to me and fixed something was not torn up, why would I waste money on the same issue. There is a recall.. GM states that the recall is not for my specific vehicle, although the problems I have had for one year are the same problems they are recalling the 2010 chev Malibu for at this time. Supposedly, they will recall mine later.. I guess I just wait and hope I do not have a wreck until then. Driving along the highway at any speed, the car will suddenly feel as if I have pressed the brake pedal and pumped it. The ESC and service traction lights then come on. The brake lights then come on when I do not have the brake pedal pushed. When I do press the brake pedal the brake light goes off. I have had to have my brakes changed several times since this began. It also uses more gas since my car thinks I am riding my brakes and pressing the gas also.

- Summerville, GA, USA

problem #35

Jun 302014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
First occurrence I was driving down the road and my warning lights came on for ESC off, service traction control, service ESC at 50 mph. At first it would only come on once every couple weeks but now it comes on almost every time I drive it. It varies (speed doesn't matter) whether or not going down the highway or stopping in a driveway when it comes on but warning lights will come on when you touch the brakes. I also observed that the brake lights stay on while going down the road (when its dark outside) but when you apply the brakes the brake lights go off. I feel this could be dangerous if someone is following behind you and thinks that you have let off the brakes but you are actually slowing down. I don't think that they have an apparent fix for this issue as I see several reports from vehicles ranging from 2008 to 2012 online complaining about this same issue. It is intermittent. When you turn the car off after this occurs the lights will go off. Sometimes only for a short period other times for a week weeks before it comes on again. I took my car to the local dealership but they were no help, didn't even test drive it. I was almost rear ended, other person in car screaming at me, yelling I have no brake lights. I just hope I do not have an accident.

- Thomasville, NC, USA

problem #34

Aug 182012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
While driving my 2010 Chevy Malibu lt (ecotech engine), the engine starts to stutter and the ESC shuts off and claims it needs servicing. The ESC will go on and off randomly. The check engine light comes on as well. I have had the codes read multiple times and changed multiple parts but to no avail. It keeps stating that there is a misfire in cylinder 1. have changed spark plugs and coil packs. The stuttering happens at all speeds, including while accelerating and idling. There's also been times of tough steering as if the power steering is not working properly. I have noticed it happens more often in late spring through summer when the temperatures outside are higher. I have checked and there is not a crack in the head gasket or the head.

- Woodhaven, MI, USA

problem #33

Jun 092014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
My service ESC/service traction control indicator was flashing. It caused my car to stall, then the engine died in the middle of the road with traffic approaching behind me. I have had this problem before and it caused my brake lights to illuminate when not depressed and go off when the brakes were pressed. I am not sure if this was happening also as it was light outside and I could not see. The car started afterward and still periodically stalls or dies when the service ESC/service traction control indicator lights up. As of 6-13-14, I have not received notice that my VIN is affected by the latest recall for the brake light problem.

- Pineville, LA, USA

problem #32

Sep 182012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 21,500 miles
Following the recall fix for id#93696 I experienced the "service enc" warning. A short time later I began experiencing the "traction" warning coming on. I now have problems when trying to use the cruise control feature. And just recently I get a intermittent dinging sound, that sounds like the seatbelt warning, that comes on in spite of the seat belt being hooked securely. I have repeatedly brought these issues to the attention of the ruda Chevrolet dealership only to have them blow me off. I became persistent and contacted GM directly and they instructed ruda to replace the break pedal position sensor. However this fix has not made any difference. I continue to have the same issues. I am becoming increasingly concerned regarding the safety of this $27,000 vehicle. I understand that I may, at some point, also experience brake light issues as well. Something needs to be done. I am a pancreatic cancer patient who has to drive 2 hours one way to see my specialist. I have enough stress in my life!!!

- Apple River, IL, USA

problem #31

May 302014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
I called GM and was told that my car was included on the recent recall issued May 14, however there are no parts available yet to fix. I was also made aware that this recall fix would only fix the brake lamps and that the other issues I.e cruise control, electronic stability control, and traction control are not a part this recall. I am issuing another complaint due to reading many other complaints of this same issue and that need to be addressed by GM. This is a potential dangerous issue that can cause serious injury, not to mention with the brake lamps staying illuminated and turn off when the pedal is pressed currently. There should be an immediate recall since the issues included in the recent recall will not be addressed and has made me a dissatisfied GM owner. I hope the NHTSA will further investigate complaints and pressure GM to completely fix these defects immediately.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #30

May 292014


  • 49,800 miles
All in one weekend (while out of town) first the vehicle would not respond to cruise control commands (engage or disengage) if engaged through the steering column controls. The service ESC light keeps coming off and on at random while either sitting or driving. The ESC tracking is turned off. Brake lights will illuminate randomly when my foot is not on the brakes. Tapping the brakes gets the light to turn off, but it turns on again 5-6 seconds later. When I put my foot on the brake to slow down or tap the brake the light does not come on. The brake lights are only coming on when I'm at a complete hard stop. This is extremely dangerous as I have over a 40 minute commute into the city each day. Also, the seatbelt light and beeping is on even when my seatbelt is secured. I cannot afford to have these items replace, and I have 4 years to pay on this car! there is something seriously wrong with these items in my car.

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #29

Nov 222013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 52,106 miles
Approaching 4-way stop sign and car began to jerk/could not accelerate and service traction/ ESC light came on...had enough power to roll into a parking lot and shut the car off..restarted the car and it stopped doing this. I was able to contact a Chevrolet dealer (I was on a 6 hour trip and this happened 2 hours into my trip:-( I was able to drive the car about 8 miles to the dealer. Had to have a part called electronic throttle body. I also have another issue with the brake lights not functioning properly...being serviced now.

- Montgomery, , IL, USA

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