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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,925 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #11

Sep 152012


  • 5 miles


TL- the contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the air pressure sensor illuminated multiple times intermittently. The authorized dealer reset the code and the failure recurred. The contact had difficulty activating the cruise control and had to make multiple attempts to get it to work. Also, the battery had drained intermittently and the window wipers had to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 5. pam

- Marrietta, GA, USA

problem #10

Nov 142013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
My engine light came on, so I shut the car down and restarted, engine light went off, however when I pulled out of parking space, I noticed a grinding sound coming from the front of my car, then my breaks starting squeaking really bad. Now I constantly hear that sound when starting my car in early mornings, the squeaking is constant. Also my radio and defrost goes in and out, my radio shuts down by itself and then returns on, my back defroster doesn't seem to work, when it rains, my back window is not defrost, so I can't use my back window for viewing when we have heavy rain or extremely cold weather.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #9

Jan 012013

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 49,500 miles
Since I purchased my car in the later part of 2012 (used with 40000mi) I have had several incidents starting with the radio, when I turned on the rear defrost the radio would go to complete static on all stations. While traveling approx. 30mph the service engine light would come on then after stopping the car and restarting the light would go off as well as minimal turning to the right the service ESC light would display, in addition to the remote start not working half the time, I have replaced the key fob and gotten a new key and still the same problem exist. The dealership has replaced the radio with a brand new part and still the stations are not clear and while sitting in the car parked all of the lights in the dash sometimes come on for service and the car would idle low then high. The lights in the dash will sometimes completely dim and the display on the radio will be digital. My car now has about 65000 miles on it, and still the car sometimes stalls at stop signs, will be without power and the service ESC displays as well as service engine. This has happened too many times to count at this point. Tuesday May 6 2014 my husband was driving approx. 25mph all the lights in dash came on and engine stalled on him so he restarted the car, upon restarting all the lights in the display turned off. Saturday May 10 2014 the radio was complete static...this is a constant issue, I keep my gas tank plentiful and have only owned GM vehicles. I am researching other makes at this point.

- Sheridan, AR, USA

problem #8

Feb 042014


  • 41,325 miles


Was operating the vehicle on the interstate when I was forced to brake and hit the horn to avoid a collision. The "service airbag" light came on and stayed on. I found that by hitting the steering wheel it would go out and reset. Every time I use my horn causes the "service airbag" light to come on. Sometimes it goes out again on its own. Unsure if the airbag would deploy while the light is on.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #7

Jul 012013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
Vehicle has the check engine light come on and reduced power kicks in with no warning. Vehicle has been driven at speed on highways when this happens and automatically slows to 40 mph. Vehicle has been taken to the dealership and repairs made the first 2 times, vehicle has been taken back 3 more times for the same issue, no codes showing in the computer. Issue also reported that if at a stop, vehicle has no response when you step on the gas. The dealership is currently trying to report this as a different issue so they can avoid dealing with the lemon law in the state.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Sep 262013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 38,726 miles


While driving at 25 mph on main street in Florida, NY the car suddenly stalled & the electrical system shorted out.

- Florida, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 112013


  • 55,000 miles
I have a 2012 Chevy Malibu that does not start after sitting for five minutes. No power at all in vehicle. Just as soon as I put on jumper cables on, it will start with no problems. I had batt and alt tested. There is nothing wrong with those parts. What is wrong with this car. I don't need to be stuck somewhere with my (special needs)children!!!!!!!!!!!

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 062012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 1,100 miles
Vehicle (2012 Malibu) was purchased April 2012 - starting July 2012 vehicle would stall going down the road, with loss of engine, power assist steering and power assist brakes. Dealer replaced numerous modules, but it occurred again in Sept 2012 (3 times) then again in January 2013. Two body control modules have been replaced, engine control modules, two power steering modules, onstar module, transmission control module, etc. Unintended power steering assist occurs such that within approximately 5 seconds while driving down the road, power steering comes in and out as module fails (along with engine and transmission). Very unsafe to drive. Dealer would not replace vehicle and GM states they stand by last repair. It has been repaired 6 times now, but we refuse to drive vehicle, as we believe there must be a short somewhere. They keep stating it is defective modules and they just keep replacing them. Please see youtube videos: "2012 Chevy Malibu - unintended power steering assist failure mode"" "2012 Chevy Malibu dangerous electrical problem - any ideas""

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Feb 252012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 64 miles
A brand new vehicle with 64 miles. While driving on a rural road, the electronic stability control failure light came on and then the accelerator stopped working. After I turned the engine off, it would not come back on. This certainly could have been a safety issue had I lost control on a more traveled street. Coincidentally, the only other complaint listed on NHTSA for this vehicle is for the exact same issue.

- Henderson, KY, USA

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