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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 3 of 6)

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problem #63

Jun 012015


  • 35,000 miles


I own a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The air bag warning lamp illuminates & says to service air bag. The vehicle was brought into a GM repair shop several month ago & they could not fix it. It went off for a while & now it's back on. It was not diagnosed or repaired.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #62

Dec 012014


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at any speed, the vehicle stalled intermittently without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where unknown sensors were replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, a year later, the contact was driving over a railroad when the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was successfully restarted after twenty minutes. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Hillsboro, OH, USA

problem #61

Apr 182015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 42,421 miles
Fuel pump failed(stopped working completely) while parked at the community center. Luckily I was not driving when this occurred. This is as serious an issue as the ignition switch problem if not more so. I, see more complaints about the same problem, and they are driving at the time of failure. Cars should not be having this many fuel pump issues at the time they are occurring. The problem is compounded when the vehicle runs poorly and is misdiagnosed for another problem and unnecessary repair. Please make GM acknowledge this problem.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #60

Feb 202015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


Several warning lights came on (ecs and traction control) and the display read, "loss of power". I was at highway speed and the car slowed to about 15mph. I was unable to increase my speed. After turning off the ignition switch in a parking lot, and waiting for about 15 minutes, I started the car and it ran fine. However, on the following Monday the same thing happened 6 times while trying to get it to bergstrom Chevrolet dealership. The first attempt to repair the problem only made it worse, and the second time a new throttle body assembly was installed. This repaired the problem. On my son's Chevy truck the same problem was covered under a recall, but on my Malibu I was told it was not. On the internet I was able to find six pages of similar problems that other Malibu owners had. They too were told that it was not covered under a recall. This type of problem could have, and maybe has, caused numerous accidents and I assume injuries. There should be a recall and I should be completely reimbursed for my repair expense.

- Verona, WI, USA

problem #59

Apr 032015


  • 50,000 miles
2011 Malibu 2lt 3600 vvt. I have multiple instances of the service ESC, service traction control & engine power reduced messages appearing. The last time, today, almost caused me to be rear ended due to the engine fluctuating between about 200 and 1500 RPM. After the first instance I brought the car to a dealer to have recall #14V252000 addressed. This seemed to solve the issue but after a couple of days it all happened again telling me there's obviously something else wrong. Through on-line research I have found hundreds of complaints about this exact same issue with almost as many supposed causes. There is no warranty left on my car and I can't afford a mechanic to guess. I strongly feel that GM needs to address this issue before someone dies.

- Gasport, NY, USA

problem #58

Feb 282015


  • 38,000 miles
Service air bag light turned on and has remained on when car was started one day. It was not involved in any accidents, collisions, etc. Coincidentally, the light appeared after the oil was changed and the computer reset for oil change.

- Nutley, NJ, USA

problem #57

Mar 032015


  • 52,000 miles


This morning I was driving my children to school when check engine light suddenly came on and car went into reduced engine power mode and was violently shaking. It is snowy conditions and freezing. We were nearly rear ended. I turned the car off for a minute and it ran fine once I restarted. However check engine light remained on. When in reduced power mode it gave a message about the traction and service ESC. Also, for about a week, dash lights have not been working at times. Dangerous and common problems from what I see.

- Dimondale, MI, USA

problem #56

Feb 052015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 64,320 miles
I started a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu with 64,000 miles on a Thursday evening after work. It had been parked for 12 hours. There was a warning message stating reduced power when the vehicle was turned on and then another message flashed stating service traction. The engine light was on. I could not go over 10 miles per hour. I had to have the car towed to a Chevrolet dealership and the throttle body (position sensor) was determined to be bad. I did some research and saw that there have been countless issues with this throttle body sensor according to many other Chevrolet customers, but Chevrolet said there was not a recall on it, yet. This is the 3rd issue in 6 months I've had with this vehicle which has never been in a crash. One issue a couple months ago was a bad water pump and the other issue from the last 6 months was a brake light malfunction. This car is 4 years old and has 64,000 miles on it. The car cost over 30K and has been mainly used for easy highway driving.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #55

Feb 102015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. After the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control), the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the diagnostic system module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the low engine, the power traction and the check engine warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the throttle body and the pedal sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #54

Feb 192015


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, it shook and the traction, the ESC and the engine power reduce warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure occurred on five occasions. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000. The VIN was not available.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #53

Dec 242014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


Check engine light came on, reduced engine speed, low traction lights came on, and could go over 40 mph. We stopped and let it sit for appx 5 minutes, and were able to drive it home. My son has an automotive computer we were able to hook up and it read the mass air flow sensor. We removed it and cleaned it with mass air flow sensor cleaner and replaced it. As soon as we started the car up, the check engine light went off. The car drove fine until 2-7-2015 where the exact same thing happened at appx 74,700 miles. We took it in to the dealership (coughlin automotive in circleville) on 2-14-15. They tested it and it showed the code P2135 #pip2019 they checked connectors for corrosion & damage, but found nothing. They ran the throttle sweep test. It tested ok. They cleared the code & drove & couldn't get it to do it again. They said they just can't replace parts because they cost too much, not knowing exactly what the issue is. They said if it happens again, to bring it in. My wife drives this car every day to columbus Ohio during rush hour, on state highways. I'm scared this is going to happen again during rush hour and something bad is going to happen like a serious accident and or loss of life to someone. So, does GM think parts cost more than a loss of life because of this issue"????"

- Stoutsville, OH, USA

problem #52

Jan 112015

Malibu 4WD 4-cyl

  • 89,800 miles
Two issues exist: 1. the throttle body prematurely wore out and caused various symptoms including but not limited to immediate loss of power, instability in the braking system due to the engine revving up when the vehicle was stopped or slowed, and various warning indicators including traction control and ecs indicators. Steering also was difficult while the symptoms persisted. 2. the connector to the electronic control module (ECM/ECU) that is the vehicle's computer was not completely sealed which allowed water to get inside which started to corrode the pins of the connector. This caused instability in the electrical system of the vehicle.

- Syracuse, UT, USA

problem #51

Feb 202014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2011 Chevrolet Malibu experienced problems associated with the electronic stability control and was not drivable. The consumer experienced a problem associated with the electronic stability control/ the check engine and ESC lights illuminated. The vehicle would loose acceleration and the ability to accelerate while in motion. The consumer believed the problem she experienced, was the direct result of recall 14V252000. The consumer was informed, the repair that was performed, was not covered by the recall.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #50

Feb 022015


  • 45,200 miles
While driving through a school zone at approx 25 mph, all of the dash warning lights came on and the dash said "loss of engine power" the ABS and traction control lights came an the vehicle sputtered and would not go more than 5 mph.

- Fort Riley , KS, USA

problem #49

Dec 012014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 53,013 miles
Cannot pass inspection! short circuit fault - camshaft position actuator solenoid fault. Open or short circuit detection condition in the solenoid. This is a known issue and defect with Chevy Malibu and other models and my VIN has not had one recall issued on it - though there have been several recalls already on other Malibu 2011 models. Need to have dateline nbc or an attorney investigate VIN fraud for not having my VIN # assigned these recalls for which the manufacturer would pay for all repairs related to these known safety defects.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #48

Jan 182015


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle decelerated and would not exceed 5 mph. The vehicle also began to jerk. In addition, the contact stated that the lost power indicator, the ABS, and traction warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 44,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fort Riley , KS, USA

problem #47

Jan 192015


  • 40,800 miles
I was driving on the highway and my "service airbag" light came on the dash. There was no crash and nothing was hit. I pulled over and turned my car off. I turned the car on a half hour later and the airbag light and message were gone. 90 minutes later the light illuminated again and has stayed on. I called Chevy, the said there was no recall, and connected me to the service dept of a dealership, who said this happens all the time, but couldn't give me an estimate of the cost to fix it.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #46

Dec 132013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Once last winter I started my car at 4:30 am to travel to work. I noticed my defroster was not working. My car had been running for 15 minutes and was warmed up. I chose not to drive my car since I could not see out of my windshield. This summer, my car did the same thing after work one day. The blower motor was not working. I got a mile down the road and it started working. It grew more frequent and I asked the dealer to diagnose it. We paid $90 for that. They told me that my blower motor needed replaced and that it would be $500 since it had to have a specialized kit installed. I have driven my car the last 2 days with no heat whatsoever in 15 degree weather. It has not snowed or sleeted so I am able to do so safely except when my windshield starts to fog up. GMC installed a faulty motor blower in my car and now I cannot defrost my windshield while driving which could cause me to wreck and die.

- Carthage, MO, USA

problem #45

Dec 182014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 66,163 miles
The instrument panel told me that I lost engine power. The error message says "engine power reduced/service traction/service ESC". my car lost power from ex: 40 mph to 30 mph, and couldn't go above 50 mph depending on the grade of the roads. It would climb speed very slowly. This has happened three times in two weeks. I had to drive with my hazard lights on until I pulled over safely. I would have to shut off the car for a few minutes. Sometimes it wouldn't totally reset; sometimes it would. It comes back on unexpectedly.

- Hammond, IN, USA

problem #44

Apr 172014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
When car is at stop light the ESC traction control light comes on the dash. The car starts shaking feels like it will stall.

- Palm Coast , FL, USA

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