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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,786 miles

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #83

Jan 082016


  • 0 miles


After reading the many many comments here, I can say I'm lucky. Fortunately, I was not driving my car when things went haywire. I returned home from work today and my vehicle was fine. I had to run a few errands but when returning to my vehicle, I noticed this: Vehicle wouldn't start. Fast clicking sound when attempting to turn over. Doors locked and unlocked by themselves during this time. Service ESC, service traction, and ESC off appeared. Vehicle has yet to start and now have no power whatsoever throughout the vehicle. Very odd that this is not a current recall. Help?'

- Nevada, TX, USA

problem #82

Nov 182014


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 65 mph, the ESC warning light illuminated and the vehicle lost power. The failure recurred in cold weather numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine management and ignition sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Sheep Spring, NM, USA

problem #81

Jan 052015


  • 105,000 miles
2011 Chevrolet Malibu has experienced numerous occasions with "hiccups" (temporary loss of power) while driving followed by flashing warning light of traction control then followed with "service ESC... service ECM... ESC off". service engine light also came on and stayed on. By the time we took the vehicle to GM service the engine service light was off and they could not duplicate the problem or get a code but recommended a new ECM. Problem occurred again and returned back to GM service with same result and recommendation. My wife commutes 1.5 hours per day and also drives our 3 children to school each day. After having the vehicle continue with these issues, the vehicle finally stalled completely, on 2 separate occasions, in heavy traffic but would eventually start and run again. She did not feel safe and would no longer drive the car so I drove the vehicle one week each day to work to witness the problems myself. Every single day while driving the vehicle would flash the same error codes on each trip to and from work finally, on the way to the GM service department, the vehicle died in the middle of busy traffic and I had to have it towed. A new ECM was installed (with a cost of $650+) and within two days of driving, the exact same problem has occurred. GM service sent a tow truck and I await their next attempt at fixing this vehicle.

- Brainerd, MN, USA

problem #80

Dec 142015


  • 101,600 miles


Rear defrost stopped working - cables and fuse melted.

- Atwater, MN, USA

problem #79

Dec 012015


  • 59,000 miles
I recently noticed that my rear brake light in the back window was flickering on and off. Then my rear defroster stopped working. I decided to check the fuses in the rear fuse box. I then realized the fuse for the rear defroster was completely melted and other fuses were also burnt. Upon calling GM, they told me to take it to a dealership to figure out the problem. The dealership told me that the fuse panel is burnt out, and that I need a new fuse panel, relay, connecter(five leads),connecter(two leads), 10 amp fuse, and a 30 amp fuse. A problem that the dealership told me happens a lot. Upon calling GM back with the news. They told me they would not cover the repair.

- Woonsocket, RI, USA

problem #78

Aug 122014


  • 18,000 miles
When driving, generally on the highway, my cars rpms will flutter between 2200-2500. I have to change gear (speed up quickly or slow down) to get it out of that flutter. Car has a pick up and slow down reeling when doing so. Has been happening since I got it a year ago at 17,000 and still doing it. It should be a recall so I don't want to get it fixed.

- Westport, MA, USA

problem #77

Jun 122015


  • 100,000 miles


I was driving an my power steering went out in a large curve. 8 had to have the car towed but luckily was not injured. GM recently sent out an "extended warranty" on th power steering module only. This was replaced. In may of 2014 GM sent out recall 13036 that included my car. This recall is not pulling up on my VIN. The letter stated that parts were not yet available for a fix. I have lights and bells that my electronic stability control is not working. They found at yhe dealer that at least once I have had a brake error. In the recall letter it states that the brake lights may function when I am not braking or they may not function when I am. I am afraid to drive my own car! please push for a resolution to this recall.

- Fort Valley, GA, USA

problem #76

Nov 102015


  • 146,235 miles
The HVAC resistor is malfunctiong, ongoing issue with numerous products, the resistor malfunctions and creates a small fire a shorts out the resistor melts the harness that attaches to the resistor. Vehicle was stationary and after refueling HVAC blower no longer worked.

- Plymouth, OH, USA

problem #75

Jun 042015


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the speedometer light did not illuminate when it was operated, the vehicle did not register the fob key when attempting to unlock the vehicle and the tire pressure indicator functioned abnormally. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V269000 (seat belts); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 53,000.

- North Charleroi, PA, USA

problem #74

Nov 022015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2011 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to electric power steering recall notice. The consumer stated the rear fuse block and circuit had to be replaced.

- Lejunior, KY, USA

problem #73

Oct 262015


  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 55 mph, the ESC warning light illuminated. Suddenly, the diminishing engine power and traction control warning lights illuminated and the vehicle would not accelerate. The contact depressed the accelerator pedal, but the vehicle failed to respond. The vehicle was shut off and restarted; however, the service engine warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000. Updated 1/15/16

- Berlin, NH, USA

problem #72

Oct 142015


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact noticed that there was smoke coming from the vehicle and then the vehicle caught fire. The contact mentioned that the fire initiated on the trunk near the fuse box. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was also included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V269000 (seat belts) and 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) but the remedy was not available for several months. The approximate failure mileage was 119,000.

- Kouts, IN, USA

problem #71

Jul 022015


  • 103,000 miles
My son noticed smoke coming from under the seat in the car and the ac stopped working. I called GM and got a case number 71-1497728137 and was told since it was a safety issue they would make an appointment and try to offset some of the cost. I told them the exact miles at the time, someone from GM called me and was working on the case, told me he would cordinate with the dealership. Well I got all done, no help. The blower motor relay had melted along with some of the wires under the dash and were repaced by royal Chevrolet. The cost was $473.98 for the repair and of course after the repair was completed GM told me they could not do anything and royal Chevrolet called and said there were to many miles for them to do anything with the cost. I told GM that was disclosed up front when I first explained the issue and got assigned a case number. It is very deceptive on there end, this should have just been said on the initial call.

- Bumpass, VA, USA

problem #70

Feb 162015


  • 90,000 miles
In February 2015 my Chevrolet Malibu had an issue with the ignition switch. After taking it to the dealership it was determined that there was a wiring issue. During research it seemed that many people has the same problem with the same year and model. More recently on 09/16/2015 my vehicle had another electronic problem where the engine control module would shutdown causing the engine to shut down while traveling at 40 mpg. This issue had happened in the past that prevented me from starting my car and every electronic device in the car would flash and beep/click out of control. But in this more recent case it happened while driving. Also after more research it looks as if other drivers of the same year and model have had the same issue, some stating that that is the worst year of that model they ever owned and I could not agree more. At the time I had my child in the car with me. I could not stop wondering what would have happened if this incident occurred minutes earlier when I has in a busy highway under AZ heat with no air conditioning working because the engine would not start. GM has not have a good reputation with the the quality of their vehicles, specially with electronic components. If the car engine and electronics shut down, would the air bags activate in case of an accident? codes: P0113, P1668 maf (mass air flow sensor) has been replaced with new once after incident and issues have continued.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #69

Aug 132015


  • 72,806 miles
August 12 2015, complete power loss while driving. Vehicle went into logic lockup. All modules reset. August 17, same condition occurs. Total system failure at 70 mph on highway. Dealership determined "internal fault in engine control module P0606. ECM replaced. September 6 same situation occurs on highway; complete power failure. Vehicle towed to dealership again and currently being tested. Complete failure of system is extremely dangerous and unconscionable for a 2011 vehicle!

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #68

Jan 152015


  • 90,000 miles
My Chevy Malibu needs to be recalled!! the engine harness is heat damaged causing trouble codes to make driving the car very dangerous. This was told to me by a Chevy dealer who got the codes to happen just by moving the harness with their hands from the engine compartment. Their fix is to just put more insulation around the harness not a proper fix!! also the repair is very expensive and the district supervisor has offered to split the cost of the repair 50/50. Why am I paying anything!! this car is less than 4 years old and the wiring harness is heat damaged" I have not done anything to this car but add an alarm. This car and the others like it need to be looked at!! anyone else feel my pain??"

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #67

Jun 142015


  • 99,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the wiring harness failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 99,500. The VIN was not available.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #66

Jul 012011


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle began to vibrate violently. In addition, the vehicle would fail to start. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000.

- Oak Creek, WI, USA

problem #65

Jun 102015


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle shook violently and the service electronic stability control, service traction, and engine power reduced warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Grand Rapids , MI, USA

problem #64

May 252015


  • 54,000 miles
Driver's door will not close and latch properly or unlock/unlatch to open. This has started occurring frequently. There are many complaints regarding door latch mechanism failures that dealers are more than willing to fix for hundreds of dollars. I feel this is a safety issue, as each time the car is started, it is a gamble, as to whether the door will latch, or unlatch, properly, as needed. If this vehicle is involved in an accident, I am not confident that the door will open, even if it is an undamaged one, due to the failing lock/latch mechanism. I am replacing this at my cost but feel that the manufacturer bears responsibility for faulty parts/design. Thankfully, no one in my family has been injured, yet. I fear that this could be an issue during times of great stress that can and will lead to fatalities, if left unaddressed.

- Howell, MI, USA

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