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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,615 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #129

Dec 142016


  • 98,000 miles


Car door will go out. Car door will not open and will be stuck closed. Car was stationary. Had to go out through the windows. Could be very dangerous if you were in an emergency and couldn't exit veichle because the doors wouldn't open.

- Marengo, IL, USA

problem #128

Dec 152016


  • 68,000 miles
I was driving on the highway, going 60mph. The car suddenly slowed down to about 5mph and started violently shaking, and I had to quickly pull to the shoulder lane, "reduced engine speed" appeared on the dashboard, along with "ESC traction control". restarted my car and the light went off. About 15 mins later, it did the same thing. This is extremely dangerous for myself and other people around me.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #127

Nov 132016


  • 108,000 miles
2010 Malibu with 108, xxx miles, headlights go out at various times, bulbs have been replaced and the issue continues. No help from dealer except offer to replace headlights again.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #126

Dec 112016


  • 65,000 miles


While the vehicle is at idle (stop light), the engine surges and sputters and the service traction control / ecs lights appear on the dashboard and the check engine light illuminates. The car will then accelerate very slowly only up to about 20 mph. I had the car fixed at a GM dealer about a year ago for a vehicle recall on the main body wiring connector to BCM. Note: The GM fix is to "clean" the connector and add dielectric grease to prevent corrosion. The car was fine after that until now. I've seen many of the same complaints on the internet regarding this issue and I believe the "fix" is only temporary.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #125

Nov 302016


  • miles
Driving to drop off kids at school had a odor of plastic and wire burning as soon as my child got of the vehicle drove off car shut off feet away from school when the odor and smoke started getting really nothing worked all power was off right away notice the smoke coming from trunk could not open trunk with remote or button. Once we got the trunk open inspected trunk area a fuse block and fuses were all melted and burnt.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #124

Aug 082015


  • miles
I have water in my back floor and my heat and air doesnt work sometime. We took it to the dealership they couldnt find where the water was coming from

- Wilson, NC, USA

problem #123

Oct 202016

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 48,321 miles


I am a physician and I purchased the vehicle new in July, 2010. My son is currently driving the vehicle in Michigan while attending medical school. For the past 5 months he have experienced disabling of the crash avoidance features including the traction control and the electronic stability control with the appropriate lights on and off on the dash. These are all compatible with recall number 13036 of this Chevrolet Malibu and he called matthews-hargeaves Chevrolet in royal oak, mi and they told him he would have to pay $100 for them to look up the recall so I did not take the vehicle in at that time. He also had the recall for the drivers seat belt light which was malfunctioning and they gave him the same answer. During the past 10 days the brake lights have been malfunctioning going on when not applying the brakes and going off when applying the brakes. He was notified by two other drivers and noticed it in the garage and then had the police check them. He was almost rear ended on two occasions. The vehicle is now too dangerous to drive. I have flown up to detroit and will take the vehicle to matthews-hargreaves myself to have this fixed. I have the recall for the seat belt which is not fixed but when I put up the VIN number it now shows no recalls and that cannot be correct. I now have the body control module problem (recall number 13036) but if still have not received anything further from Chevrolet and the dealer is demanding $100 just to check. I would like to file a formal complaint and am seeking your assistance since this vehicle is unsafe to drive. These events have happened on multiple occasions with increasing frequency.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #122

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 #121

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 #120

Nov 012015


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. When the weather was below 50 degrees, the vehicle failed to accelerate. When the failure occurred, the reduce engine power and traction control indicators illuminated. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Granville, OH, USA

problem #119

Aug 022016


  • 89,000 miles


Was turning onto the interstate and the RPM was at 5 but I was only going 20 mph.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #118

Aug 252016


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start and the anti theft system warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 38,000.

- Clearlake, CA, USA

problem #117

Aug 232015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the steering wheel was loose and the radio turned off and on independently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #116

Aug 182016


  • 141,000 miles
Vehicle has service airbag on repeatedly, seat belt alarm goes off even when seat belt is properly fastened. While driving car suddenly lost power and service ESC, service traction control, engine power reduced. Car suddenly dropped down to 27 mph in the middle of traffic. I was able to avoid a serious accident by suddenly turning into a parking lot. This is very dangerous and can be fatal if occurs on freeway. No one can provide any reason as to why this keeps happening. I have no warranty on vehicle and purchased from a dealer 3 years ago. I have called the dealer and have had car looked at but the only suggestion is to blindly replace different sensors and parts. We need a recall done so no lives are lost due to this severe car malfunction.

- El Mirage, AZ, USA

problem #115

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 #114

Aug 012016


  • 108,000 miles
Dashboard cluster is out and goes in and out as well as the digital gear change. It started giving me transmition issues and now anything digital is completely out.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #113

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 #112

Jun 252016


  • 38,800 miles
Vehicle was moving at about 35 mph when the drivers information center indicated a electronic stability service, traction control service and ESC off messages. This happened multiple times over a two day period. Car was taken to dealer for diagnostics and they said that the computer had stored a P0300 code which is engine misfire. The engine runs fine however there is a slight vibration at idle while in park or neutral. GM also sent out a letter to me stating that there was a problem with the throttle posistion sensor that may cause this to happen. The dealer did not attempt to diagnos the problem with the sensor and stated that the engine had a bad #2 cyclinder with compression at 100lbs. The P0300 code can be caused by the various electronic messages that have appeared and the engine is not the problem. They wanted to tear it down at a cost of $2300 to fix a problem that does not exist. This car only has 39000 miles on it. There are numerous reports of this same isssue with NHTSA and GM has not dealt with the problem. Another issue relating to this is the fact that the engine reduced power message comes on in some vehilcle and the car slows down and is very dangerous to drive on the higways. So far my car has not done that. I believe there should be some pressure exerted on GM to correct these multiple problems with their vehicle since the government bailed them out along with our taxpayer funds.

- Valencia, PA, USA

problem #111

Jun 072013


  • 92,958 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the traction control and the service ESC warning indicators had illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission, the power steering control module, and the electronic control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14E044000 (steering ) however the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 92,958.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #110

May 252016


  • miles
Had to get a repair on the exhaust vvt solenoid for the exhaust side of the engine. Codes: P0013 & P0014.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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