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2010 Chevrolet Malibu engine NHTSA complaints: Vehicle Speed Control

NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems

2010 Chevrolet Malibu (Page 1 of 4) Seal Of Pretty Good


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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,667 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #70

Jan 022017


  • 140,000 miles


I was driving and then came to a stop to pull on a major highway.when I turned on the high way my Malibu wouldn't accelerate and acted as if it was in neutral, as a semi pulled up behind me I had to put it almost in a ditch so I wouldn't get hit. My mechanic says its the 3,5, R wave plate and that he looked at all the Malibu forums online and found out that many people have had this happen.I contacted GM and they told me there was nothing they could do. Never buying a Chevy again

- Boonville, NY, USA

problem #69

Dec 072016


  • 109,575 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle vibrated abnormally and the check engine indicator illuminated. The reduced engine power warning indicator illuminated and the vehicle decelerated independently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The mechanic was unable to retrieve a fault code. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 109,575.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #68

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 #67

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 #66

Dec 112016


  • 96,000 miles
Freeway driving speed of 65 mph. Turned off freeway on to a 50 mph road. Engine light, service ESC light and traction control lights all came on. Car went into "limp mode" and reduced driving to only 20 mph. Drove 5 miles in limp mode to get home. Got a "P1235" code. After leaving car for an hour and restarting, it drive normally but, check engine light is still on and the P1235 code is stored. Took vehicle to a mechanic and car drove as normal. He thinks it is a button on the gas peddal or a throttle body. Both are expensive options and should be under some warranty. This vehicle is only 7 years old.

- Rexburg, ID, USA

problem #65

Jun 012015


  • 110,000 miles
2010 Malibu experiences fluctuations in power/ rpms when trying to accelerate. I have taken the vehicle to get looked at severals times, but mechanic could not get the car to replicate issue. Not sure if its related to the fuel system, transmission, or motor. Either way, no one can diagnose this problem. When issue occurs, the vehicle acts sluggish (does not want to go) and bounces between 2 & 3 on my RPM gauge. It's as if I would push the gas then let off the pedal (repeatedly). At first this only happened when going up a hill, but has become more frequent, and is now happening regardless of grade. It is a definate safety issue, as this has occurred when crossing an intersection and merging onto a highway. It does however seem to be resolved if I press the gas all the way down (rpms go up to 4-5 on gauge, then the car finally goes) I have seen many complaints about this online, but no resolution. The number of miles the car has does not seem to be a factor, as this has happened to others with this car being brand new (based on other complaints).this has been happening intermittently for months. This is my first Chevy- bought last year. Seems to have a ton of electrical issues. Bought the car unknowingly with an open recall, tire sensor light comes on intermittently for no reason, car suddenly stalled on the highway and would not start a week after purchased, stereo loses power, power steering is intermittent, the passenger door sometimes fails to open and/or close, the driver side door loses power intermittently, the exhaust is rusting, ect. I did buy a warranty with this car, but being that nothing can be diagnosed, its a waste of money! I still owe over $8000 on this car, and paid blue book value! -Chevrolet totally misleads their customers. Never again oh, and I did recieve a recall letter about my power steering, but the dealership says there is no recall.

- New Eagle, PA, USA

problem #64

Oct 012016


  • 86,000 miles


The vehicle lost engine power after being driven for 15 minutes, the engine ran rough, reduced power messages, service ESC, and service traction messages appeared. Vehicle was serviced and the technician stated that it "was not safe to drive because it could accelerate without a foot on the gas."

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #63

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 #62

Jul 112016


  • miles
Takata recall my car started to slow down to 35 to 40 mph in the middle of traffic and I call to see if there was a recall and I was told for some models but not mine and it's doing the same as the other cars it's not safe.

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #61

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 #60

Jul 172016


  • miles


I was getting on I10 as I began to merge onto the interstate my car came to crawl did it start to gain power allowing me to merge onto I10 safely. So I thought. As I was reaching 70mph the car stalls ( no steering no engine power) on my dash board it read reduce engine power service traction ! wth out of know where this happen the dash didnt read that till my car stalled and all power was loss. Mind U I have a toddler and an 11 yr old with me in a stalled vehicle on the interstate. I called GM they said I had no recall on my car due to my VIN my car at the time was at 65000 mile. That was maybe 1 yr ago starting 7/17/16 at 163000 miles my car stalled twice my service traction control reduce engine power light came on after the car stalls looses power! called the dealer ship to make an appt for Monday because I work and I have two kids this is supposed to be my realibile car. I am scared to drive it to the dealer ship come Monday becauuse I feel it is a danger for me and my family. It stalls with no warning what so ever it takes 20 minutes to start up after a stall out! it is not safe if my car is not in the recall how is it that my car has the same problems as other S?

- St Martinville, LA, USA

problem #59

Jun 232016


  • miles
First repair, airbag service required. The dealership claimed it was a loose wire. 2nd repair, ESC maintenance required, traction service required, engine power reduced, vehicle will not leave neutral. If gas is applied vehicle jumps and shakes. 3rd is same as 2nd and 4th visit is same as previous except when I received ownership of the vehicle it could not make it out of the parking lot. After mentioning the lemon law the dealership is now trying to blame this technically 5th visit on an ignition coil even though ESC maintenance message was displayed with traction control, engine pwr reduced, the vehocle was still shakig, and now the check engine light is on when it wasn't before.

- Hammonton, NJ, USA

problem #58

Jun 182016


  • miles
I haven't had this car but 4yrs and the transmission is already messing up found a recall and I was told it wasn't for my car. What do I need to do to get my car fixed"??"

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #57

Jun 022016


  • miles
In 2014, General Motors' recall #13036 was serviced by Chevrolet dealership who said problem was corrected. In June 2016 the problem has reoccurred. While in motion the brake lights come on without pressing the brake peddle; the cruise control disengages; and disablement of traction control and electronic stability which could increase the risk of a crash. All occur while vehicle is in motion on city streets and highways.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #56

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 #55

Feb 122016


  • 89,300 miles
The traction control light comes on and stays on. Will not turn off now my brakes do not work properly and causes the car to be hard to stop.

- Dayton, TX, USA

problem #54

Mar 042015


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 65 mph, the check engine, electronic stability control, and traction control warning lights illuminated. The contact mentioned that the vehicle began to jerk but stopped at higher speeds. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed, but the cause of the failure was not found. On another occasion, the vehicle jerked before it stalled. The vehicle failed to start and was towed to the contact's residence. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Humboldt, TN, USA

problem #53

Feb 012016

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to ESC light continuously illuminating and trac control switch issues. The consumer stated after the part was replaced, the ESC light illuminated again. The consumer continued to report the trac service light was still displayed. The dealer stated it was a possible BCM internal failure. The consumer received a recall notice shortly thereafter regarding an issue with the BCM connection system which could result I a malfunction. One of the symptoms of the problem, as stated in the notice was traction control, electronic stability control, and panic braking assist features, if equipped may be disabled. The vehicle was repaired at no cost to the consumer

- Oakdale, PA, USA

problem #52

Oct 302015


  • 30 miles
When turning or drving car. It would lose speed. Also noticed smell in car of fuel I would get nauseating headaches. Purchased car June 2015 from courstey Ford. Car was in motion on street and highway.

- Danielson,, CT, USA

problem #51

Nov 182015


  • 116,000 miles
Brake lights were working in reverse after recall repairs were done so Chevy charged me full price for diagnostics because they said that the recall repairs were already done, so there was nothing they could do. We replaced brake switch. A month later problem persisted, Chevy dealership charged $50 for relearning brake position, even though that was all supposed to have been fixed in recall repairs. Brake lights are still not working properly and the traction control/ESC light is on, and cruise control doesn't work. I am now taking it back to dealership and they are charging me an additional $50 just to take another look at it. I feel I shouldn't be charged for any of this since it all should have been taken care of during the repairs done for recall #: 14V252000. This is a dangerous manufacturing error that GM should be acknowledging and repairing at no cost to the owners. I know I cannot be the only one suffering this issue especially after reading numerous customer complaints online.

- Avon, IN, USA

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