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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,033 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu fuel system problems

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 162015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 25,069 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that there was an abnormal fuel odor in the vehicle after the vehicle was filled up with fuel. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel tank and neck filler were leaking and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 12V459000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure mileage was 25,069. Updated 06/15/16

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #7

Oct 222014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to a defective fuel pump. Consumer has previous complaint with another vehicle listed in artemis. The consumer stated fuel was leaking from the top of the fuel tank. The entire fuel tank had to be replaced, due to a leaking pressure hose.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 192014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 88,144 miles
I have several complaints about this car that I believe to be manufacturer defects. The most serious issue I found today (4/19/2014) when I smelled gas outside of my car. Upon looking underneath my car I found my gas tank leaking onto my exhaust pipe. I consider this to be a recall issue because there is absolutely no damage to the undercarriage of my car. One of the other serious issues I have found with my car include a brake light issue. My car was occasionally showing a "service traction/ ESC" error code, which could not be explained by any mechanic or even a Chevy dealership themselves. It wasn't until a friend following me pointed out that my brake lights didn't seem to be working right, did I realize I was having an issue. The brake lights do the exact opposite of what they should, but only on the occasions said error code is showing. I looked into the issue online and found this to be a common problem. Chevy has not been able to give me a solution to this problem. The third major safety issue I'd like to point out, I know from experience is not exclusive to my car. When I sit in the passenger seat of my Malibu, among every Malibu I have ever been, the passenger side airbag does not turn on. I am 26 and weigh 94lbs, so I don't know if my size is the reason I do not engage the airbag!? the final defect I had to deal with involved my driver side rim. I had a tiny little hair line crack on the inside of my rim, causing me to loose a lot of air in my tire. I consider this a manufacturer defect because my rim was not damaged in any other way shape or form. I had a hard time obtaining a new rim, because (according to everyone I called) the rim was in high demand. Please look into these issues and consider adding them to GM's current recall list. Thank you for reviewing my concerns...updated 04-23-14

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #5

Mar 012012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Sometime around 70,000 mile when we would crank up the car we would hear a loud exhaust noise. After the car warmed up, the noise would go away. We took it into the local dealer and they said it was normal. We have also had engine running problems since early 2013. We now have over 106,000 miles on it and a local muffler repair shop diagnosed the noise as a cracked exhaust manifold. After checking with the local dealer, they stated that there have replaced several manifolds on various year model Malibu's. however, we are over the mileage warranty. The exhaust manifold can only be sold as a single unit with the catalytic converter. I think it should be covered.

- Toomsuba, MS, USA

problem #4

Jul 012013


  • miles
2010 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle gas cap issues. The consumer stated the vehicle did not come equipped with a locked gas cap.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

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problem #3

Oct 122011

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that when decelerating and then attempting to accelerate, the vehicle would hesitate and jerk forward abnormally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they advised that the issue was caused by a fuel saving feature of the vehicle and that there were no failures present in the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 1/23/13 updated 2/12/2013

- Philidelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 082012


  • 42,000 miles
Our 2010 Chevy Malibu vehicle has been stalling on the hwy and in the city, regardless of the speed limit. All dash lights turn on, vehicle starts stalling and slowing down, then trembles until the vehicle is turn off. We have had to pull to the side of the road, turn off the ignition, and wait five to ten minutes to restart the vehicle, emergency lights turned on for safety. We have encountered very hazardous circumstances with this vehicle on the hwy as well as in the city limits, always fearing that we may get hit from behind. We have taken our vehicle into the car dealer where we purchased it describing the problem, but to no avail. We are told nothing is wrong with the vehicle, and the machine finds nothing wrong with our vehicle. We have also taken our car to our vehicle mechanic, and told us it was the sensors in the gas pedal, which we had replaced for $400. A week later the vehicle started doing the same thing. Again we returned to our mechanic, whom in turn took the vehicle into the Chevrolet car dealer service department; and was told that all Chevy Malibu came defective from the factory with this same problem. The dealership has experience a lot of the same complaints with this type of vehicle. I have researched the internet for GM recalls on the 2010 Chevy Malibu, but have found nothing. I ask why GM has not issued a recall this problem, knowing that it is a factory defect. We the consumers are stuck with making payments for years on an unsafe vehicle; an unsafe vehicle that I have to subject my family to on a daily bases. What is GM waiting for a human tragedy to happen? we need assistance in getting this hazardous problem resolved. Thank you.

- Nogales, AZ, USA

problem #1

Nov 102010


  • 9,050 miles
I was traveling at 40 miles per hour. I wanted to accelerate. I pushed the gas pedal down to the floor. The car did not respond. I could not accelerate. I did it twice, car did not accelerate.

- Holmdel, NJ, USA

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