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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
124,976 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 302016


  • 132,000 miles


Pulling out of a parking space, all of a sudden my steering wheel does a quick jerk, my traction light luminates and then service ESC comes up on the display and then power steering shows on the display and at that point iost power steering assist and at this point I could not turn the wheel at all, I had no control over the car at this point. I put the car in park, turned it off for several minutes and then turned it back on and power steering was back. This is unexceptable...what if I had been on the free way going 70 miles per hour and lost power steering. This very issue was a recall on the recalling certain model year 2004-2006 and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu(s) and obviously it is still an issue with the 2012 model. I have had no issues with steering prior to ths day it happened 10/30/16 and no warring power steering assist was going to fail. Fix it once and for all GM. Do your customers have to be seriously injured or worse in order for you to get this right!!!! now we have to find the power steering unit and get it fixed because my car is literally a death trap. Also, the interior lights (dome) and headlights start flickering after 10 mins to 60 mins into my drive like there is an electrical issue. Also, the rear defrost stopped working and I can't see out the rear window, I have to drive with the windows down to try and hurry the process along and that is not fun when it is freezing out side!

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #6

Mar 102016


  • 548,250 miles
On 11/18/2015 my wiper blades stopped working in heavy down pour of rain, had to turn around and go to the closest repair garage to have them look at. They replace the wiper linkage. So $225.69 dollars later I was on my way. Than on 3/10/2016 upon driving home from work in rain I heard a couple of bang and the wipers stopped working again the same problem and wiper linkage was replace part was under warranty this time it only cost $72 dollars for the labor.

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #5

Feb 152016


  • 87,000 miles
While driving at freeway speed (70 mph) in a rainstorm in traffic, the wiper internal drive assembly failed without warning causing loss of wiper function, resulting in loss of vision of other traffic requiring emergency stop.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #4

Sep 102015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving, the windshield wiper was activated due to the rain weather condition and there was an abnormal noise. The contact noticed that the windshield wiper was fractured. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the windshield wiper linkage had detached. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. The VIN was not available.

- Ocean Side, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 152015


  • 28,080 miles
The vehicle was being driven at the speed limit when the tire popped. The impact was as much as a front end collision; the windshield cracked along with the passenger side of the bumper and the wheel was bent. A mechanic said that because the seat belts locked the impact was great enough where the airbags should have gone off, but they did not.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

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problem #2

Dec 092013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Car was parked with rear defogger and heat running, loud explosion cracking noise and the rear windshield had exploded into spiderwebs. Got out of the car to inspect the damage -- other people parked saw the incident and no one saw anything hit the windshield ( parked at school dropping off kids ). nothing was found that indicated the window had been struck in any way. The rear window defroster was warm to the touch in several areas of the spiderwebbed window. Outside temperature was approximately 0 degrees. Car had been running for about three hours.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #1

Jun 202012


  • 3,500 miles
While driving on a state highway, I had a number of functions stop working. The problem could come and go for a week before it happened on all ignition cycles. Note, the problem could even come and go on 1 ignition cycle. The following stopped working: Windshield wipers, heated seats, power windows/sunroof, power doors, power mirrors, blue tooth interface, dome lights and mirror / compass. Dealer has replaced body control module and vpm. Fixes seem to work for approximately 10-12 weeks before issues resurface.

- Carmel, IN, USA

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