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2011 Chevrolet Malibu transmission problems: transmission slipping

Transmission Slipping

2011 Chevrolet Malibu

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Chevrolet dealer.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
63,514 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (2 reports)
  2. replace vehicle (1 reports)
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2011 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 052017

Malibu LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 177,000 miles


The transmission starting slipping and not shifting gears all of the sudden. The mechanic thought at first it was a dead battery but changing the battery didn't help so he narrowed it down to the transmission. It needed to be fully replaced, then the new transmission had an issue with a gear or piece two weeks later and the piece had to be replaced. I wouldn't have replaced the transmission but I had put a new engine in the car just over a year prior that had less than 100,000 miles on it.

- , Eau Claire, WI, US

problem #2

Aug 012011

Malibu LS1 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 486 miles

I purchased this 2011 Malibu in mid July. I have a total of 4879 miles on it, because the car has been in the shop 16 times due to the transmission slipping and overheating. They replaced the transmission on 12/21/2011. It was ready 01/05/2012 so I picked it up, I returned it on 01/13/2012 for transmission fluid in engine coolant. Davis chevrolet is the crappiest dealer in Houston Texas: DON'T go there! Chevrolet needs to throw there plans for a 6 speed transmission in the trash and go back to a 5 speed. I believe a four cylinder should not be put in a SEDAN? What the heck are you thinking, between the combination it has been nothing but a HUGE disaster. I just got my car back on 01/28/2012 guess what came on today? THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT! OH GOODY. PLEASE read this and believe me when I say new MALIBU is a LEMON. We have filed a lemon law here in TEXAS. I want everyone to be warned and NOT buy this car until they change transmissions and engine size. DON'T buy chevy start shopping elsewhere. If your in Houston Davis Chevrolet is a joke, all they care about is your money. After that you are a nobody and they won't help you.

- , Tomball, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 032011

Malibu 2LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,056 miles

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is to complain about a 2011 Chevy Malibu I recently purchased from Fitzgerald Auto Mall at the end of February 2011.

I have had this vehicle in to the service department twice now for a transmission problem. The original complaint was that third gear was slipping when shifting from second gear. It was returned to me and I was assured that the vehicle was running properly. I again brought the vehicle in for the same complaint this past Saturday (July 30,2011) and you have had it until today (August 3, 2011), and after multiple people drove it I was again assured that the vehicle was running properly.

I picked the vehicle up sometime around 3pm. At 5pm I drove it to Leesburg, VA and not only did the transmission slip going into third gear, but it also slipped going into second. I am beyond frustrated with this vehicle. This has happened numerous times and is not only dangerous, its completely unacceptable! I paid $26,000 for a vehicle that does not run properly!

I expected a much higher level of service from Chevrolet and Fitzgerald Auto Mall, and I am quite disappointed. I am leaving the vehicle in the customer parking spaces in front of the sales department. Either replace my transmission or give me a new vehicle. I refuse to spend any more time on this problem. As a loyal Chevy customer I deserve better. If you choose to replace the transmission, I will be in to pick up a loaner vehicle, preferably one that is the same size.

A copy of this letter will also go to Chevrolet GM headquarters and a complaint will be posted online.

- , Frederick, MD, USA

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