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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,714 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #94

Mar 152016


  • 92 miles


Trafficator continues to malfunction, ocassional brake failures and other digital lights malfunctioned and stopped to function any completely. I was almost in a deadly crash again. Sterring wheel. Not once these incidence happened all happened on motion.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #93

Oct 112016


  • 85,250 miles
My 2010 Malibu lt, had the 13036 recall 11/03/2014 after I received the notice from GM. There were no malfunctions at that time. Now as I speak, the brake lights comes on without me hitting the brake peddle and they all go off when I hit the brakes, when I talked to the dealer they recommend I bring it in and they will try to find out what is causing this. Price range $500-$1250. Now if you look on any GM forum page or just google the situation that I am having, you will find thousands of the same problem. It looks like GM does not have safety in mind after you purchase their vehicles! the 13036 recall has been revised several times, so if you had the recall performed in the early stages, they note your vehicle as completed and send you on your way. I can not drive my car because of this issue- that sucks!!!!! I contacted GM, by email and also left a message last year when the service traction control warning message started. I have not heard from GM. Still no safety recall!!!!

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #92

Oct 242016

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
My service ESC/traction light comes on and the brakes comes O without being pressed, this doesn't happen all the time. I have had it looked at and the mechanic couldn't find anything wrong. I have researched my VIN and there are no recalls, however I have noticed that the brake issue has been recalled on Malibu's before. The brake comes on randomly while I am driving so does the ESC light, on various surfaces.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #91

Aug 192016


  • 109,800 miles


On Aug 19th, I went to dealer in dulles to look for a car posted as private, but any how, I ended up buying Chevy because dealer explained me the cars good features and misled me about the previous cars condition as the carfax shows it was haildamaged, used as rental, and it has a open recall. Without informing me about the open recall or anything else, the dealer sold me this car without showing me carfax, as I asked carfax, he showed me minor part of minor in his phone and misled and lied to me and sold this car. I drove for almost 3 week and went to Toyota dealership and found out it had open recall, haildamaged, and used as rental, but the dealer didnt disclose me anything. When I went to return this car, then dealer named chris said it doesnt have to disclose anything. Note, eventhough, it might be safety concern like that open recall. I am tired of driving this car with a open recall for almost one and half month, and I don't like this car and want to return to a dealer because he lied and misled about the condition of the car and endanger mine and my family life without even informing me about the recall. Please kindly take a concrete measure, so that dealers this are not misleading and lieing about the car's condition. I filed complaint in consumer protection too and they mentioned about transportation safety administration. Please kindly help me.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #90

Aug 262016


  • 73,800 miles
Issue started 08/27/16 while 19 year old was driving at night. As the brake pedal is compressed the brake lights go off. While driving they are on. Service traction and ESC warnings come on intermittently. I have contacted Chevrolet and have been advised there is not an open recall for this vehicle. A case has been opened with the manufacturer. I have been driving the vehicle several times and have almost been rear ended several times due to this issue. The vehicle is scheduled for inspection and maintenance 09/01/16 at miller and sons Chevrolet. They have been advised of the issue. I have a suspicion this is a recurring issue on a previous recall (14V252000) after seeing some recent complaints from those whom have had the issue fixed the first time. This is the 5 time in 2 months I have had to have this vehicle in the shop. Once for intake and exhaust solenoid replacement. "tapping noises" these ultimately led to a timing chain replacement of which GM covered $800. I had to pay $600. In all I have spent over $900 on this vehicle for repairs which I feel should have been covered under other vehicle recalls. Either fix the existing problems or take the vehicle off the market and buy back.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #89

Aug 192016


  • 71,000 miles
As I pulled out from work, I noticed that as the car should have been going into second or third gear, the RPM's just revved. I was heading down a hill at the time, and when it got to around 30-35 mph, the gear caught (thank goodness because it was starting to get a bit scary at that moment) and was able to be driven like normal. I had a few stop lights along the way home, and each time that I came to a complete stop and then started driving, the same thing would occur. As I got home, I called the nearest dealership, david stanley Chevrolet here in Oklahoma city, to make an appointment to have it looked at. It sat in the garage for the duration of the weekend, and then I took it in this morning (Monday Aug.22nd) for my appointment. As I was driving from my house to the dealership (around 8 miles) I noticed that it had gotten worse. A few times on the trip I did not think that it was going to make it the whole way there and then about a mile or so from the dealership, the check engine light came on. Later, I had to go in reverse after I arrived and found that the car would not shift into reverse. I dropped it off to have them do the diagnostic on it for $120. As I got home, my wife and I did some research on our car, trying to figure out what it might be while the diagnostic was taking place. I have to say that I was shocked by what I found. Website after website with comments from other Chevy Malibu owners ranging from 2000, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 describing the exact same issues I was having. All describing a "broken 35R wave plate" that results in a "loss of reverse gear, slipping or harsh 3rd or 5th gear shift"..

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #88

Jul 052016


  • 99,200 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 25 mph, the brake lights illuminated without the brake pedal being depressed. In addition, the service air bag error message was displayed across the message board. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 99,200.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #87

May 302016


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at any speed, the brake lights remained illuminated. When the brake pedal was depressed, the brake lights turned off. The contact stated that "service ESC" and "traction control is off " appeared on the instrument panel. Also, the steering and accelerator pedal felt heavy and the vehicle slowed down. The issue recurred numerous times. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and was repaired in 2014. The failure recurred. The dealer and manufacturer were notified. The vehicle was not repaired again. The approximate failure mileage was 24,000.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #86

Jul 172016


  • 103,000 miles
Repairs were completed a couple of years ago on this vehicle from recall id 14V252000, however, my vehicle has recently experienced the similar symptoms as described on the recall. The service traction, service ESC and ESC off warnings display on the dashboard unpredictably. This happens whether the vehicle is idling or in motion. When the warnings pop up the brake lights are illuminated without depressing the pedal, the brake lights turn off briefly when depressed, however, when the brake pedal is released, the brake lights come back on and remains on. Also when the warnings are displayed, the cruise control disengages, and I'm able to shift out of park without depressing the brake. Turning the key off resets the warnings, but the warnings and symptoms return again - sometimes immediately and other times it may take hours of driving. I'm concerned that the original recall repairs did not correct the problem.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #85

Jul 152013


  • 67,000 miles
Takata recall-my air bag light has been on since shortly after I purchased the vehicle in Aug. 2011. I am terrified if I am in an accident they won't deploy and myself or a passenger may be seriously injured. My son and I were coming back home from denver and my car started acting strange like it was going to die and it sure did while we were almost out of eisenhower tunnel on the West end, we were almost rear ended by an 18 wheeler! thank god he made it around us safely and no accident occurred. I am sure I reported this already shortly after it happened and never received a response in any shape or form. I was able to get the car started after about ten minutes and drove home without any further problems, was shaking like a leaf all the son too. I have also had problems with the car shimmering when I apply the brake at 55-60 mph and it isn't just a little its sever and doesn't stop until I get back under that speed, I am afraid of loosing control. I do want to say I am very disappointed in the car, I bought it because I believed it would be a great vehicle to own and I was proud to drive it....the Chevrolet emblem meant something to me. I doubt I would ever buy another one, I would be afraid to! it is so sad that the quality of products and the pride in the manufacturing of them has taken a back seat to profit.....the recalls in this country are ridiculous! can't recall specifc date as to tunnel incident, its been a few years back, the other two problems have been happening since I purchased the vehicle in 2011

- Leadville, CO, USA

problem #84

Jul 222016


  • miles


I have repeatedly filed complaints with GM that my service air bag light stays on / my breaklight located in back window works opposite of what it is supposed to. I am notifing you in writing that GM has not done anything to help me. I guess if my air bag expolodes while im driving and I kill some folks in an accident I just want you to be aware

- Sheridan, AR, USA

problem #83

Jun 242016


  • 44,000 miles
Brake lamp malfunction. Brake lights stay on until brake pedal pushed at which time, brake lights extinguish. Traction control and cruise control also fail. Same vehicle with same issue was previously subject to safety recall 13036. Recall was completed and issue continued. Brake apply sensor was replaced, prior to recall and issue remained. Recall work was completed on 11/15/14. Issues intermittently occur and in June 2016 vehicle taken to GM dealer where brake apply sensor was replaced. Issue still remains as brake lights stay on until pedal pushed, traction control and cruise control failure. A previous complaint was filed with NHTSA regarding this vehicle and above issues prior to recall. Issues occur when vehicle is stationary, and in motion on city streets and interstate highways. More documents available upon request

- Chatham, IL, USA

problem #82

May 022016


  • 70,000 miles
My 2010 Chevy Malibu is having issues with the break lights working in reverse, the ESC traction control sensor is going off. We have replaced the break light switch and it's still not working. I have seen multiple complaints regarding this issue. I am an avid Chevy person, I have had the car in for all recalls and it happened about a year after. Car was in motion

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #81

Jun 242016


  • 140,000 miles
The original recall for this issue is 13036, this involved the brake lights malfunctioning due to a faulty connector and or connection. GM instructed their personnel to clean the part, apply corrosive resistant grease to it and reattach. The issue is, this is only a temporary fix and the problem will continue to manifest itself unless the entire housing is replaced (at a cost of almost 600.00). I took my car for the recall "repair" in Sept of 2014, the third week of June 2015 my brake lights started working in reverse order again. This part needs to be replaced, not cleaned. The person at the dealership said as much, telling me that cleaning it would help in the short term but only for a few months, if that. That means that GM is allowing millions of people to drive these cars knowing full well that the brake lighting system is subject to failure, which is very hard for the driver to detect. Please reopen this recall, or open a new one to have this problem fixed correctly, just think of a Malibu with a family in it stopped in traffic on the expressway, the semi coming up behind them doesn't know traffic is stopped because the brake lights are not on, the driver of the Malibu has no clue that their lights are working in reverse order, you can imagine how tragic the ending of that story could be.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #80

Dec 242015


  • 90,000 miles
Car lost control of power steering same time as driver side back brake light went out steering wheel shakes bad when slowing down from

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #79

Jan 212015


  • miles
Since we bought the car on more than one ocassion the sunroof has leaked, the air bag light comes on when you move the passenger seat, and the third brake light in the window does not work.

- Marshall, TX, USA

problem #78

Apr 082016


  • miles
Brake lights malfunctions, brake lights will be illuminating when brake is not pressed also gear shifter is difficult to get out of park service ESC traction control light comes on this vehicle has been serviced in July 2011, September 2012. August 2013. September 2014, and February 2016 for the same ongoing safety issue. GM doesn't know how to fix it. There was a recall for this very problem recall # 13036 but once they repair it, they consider the recall closed even though they did not fix the problem.

- Tuscumbia, AL, USA

problem #77

Apr 152016


  • 45,000 miles
Right now I have the service ESC and service traction light on again for the 3rd time. I took each time to Chevy classic in grapevine tx and they told me no codes the 1st time, took it to clay cooley in irving--light came on then no codes they showed. Today 4-15=16 light came on again and I took it to classic Chevy and they found 3 codes this time. They say I will have to pay for this! I should not since there was an open recall on 5/14/2014 for 2010 Malibu. My car is doing this now !@!!@ it needs to be fixed at no charge to me!! I feel like this is the most dangerous car on the road for me and my daughter. I don't want to be a statistic if we have a car crash and it was all because Chevy kept making excuses to not fix my crap car for me. The other recall was the brake system not illuminating I got that letter a little too late. Someone rear ended me in Oct 2012 while I was stopped at a red light. Maybe those stupid back brake lights were not working then!!!!!! soemone at classic or clay cooolye Chevy needs to fix this ESC light on my car and fix all the recalls for free. I also have a eps recall letter that was sent to me but someone at Chevy told me the light has to come on for them to fix it. This is ridiculous. My car needs to be fixed for all these problems it has no matter if the light is on or not. But the light is on for service ESC and traction right now!@ GM or Chevy needs to pay for it and fix this car.

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #76

Mar 222016


  • 59,000 miles
ESC service light comes on intermittently, brake lights are illuminated 100 % of the time, and cruise control doesn't work. The dealer did the recall a year ago and now I have these issues. Replaced brake position and reprogram for $140 but didn't fix. Dealer now wants to replace ABS modulator valve, BCM, and ABS control module for 1450.

- Elburn, IL, USA

problem #75

Aug 152015


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the rear brake lights failed to illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. In addition, the brake lights illuminated independently when the brake pedal was not depressed. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed but the cause of the failure was not determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Inver Gorve Heights, MN, USA

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