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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,078 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #120

Aug 242018


  • 112,000 miles


While in motion car jerks and almost stalls. Rough idle again jerking and almost stalling. Service ESC / service traction /engine light come on. If car is not used for a few days, warning light will not come on. Then about 30 miles into drive lights come on and condition described above occur. This is a very dangerous condition.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #119

Aug 032018


  • 115,000 miles
While driving I noticed my lights showing engine power reduced from my understanding this is the throttle position sensor.

- Monticello, GA, USA

problem #118

Jul 302018


  • 100,600 miles
While driving down the highway the chimes started dinging and the cabin filled up with smoke the airbag light came on after pulling over it was discovered that the front seat belts were locked in the wearing position

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #117

Jul 102018


  • 99,500 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the engine overheated, stalled, and various warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was later taken to master Chevrolet (3625 richland ave w, aiken, SC 29801, (806) 353-6343) for diagnostic testing and repairs. The contact stated that the dealer was unable to determine a specific cause of the failures, but stated that the vehicle was a flood vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle had electrical wiring issues, the transmission failed to switch gears correctly, and the brakes had been replaced at least twice since owning the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 99,500.

- Wagner, SC, USA

problem #116

Mar 082018


  • miles
Timing chain causing car to misfire and engine light

- Leroy, NY, USA

problem #115

Jun 242018


  • 125,000 miles
Low beam on passenger side goes out frequently and randomly. I thought it was just my luck. However according to there are a lot of people with the same issue. Ive been lucky enough to keep getting stop by nice cops, but this is getting bad. I have a 1year old that I cant take out in the car because it isnt safe. For who knows what reason. Please help.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #114

Oct 252017


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated that the vehicle was able to restart after several attempts. The contact stated that the failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (champion Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 921 South clinton street, athens, al 35611), but diagnostic testing was unable to locate a failure code. The vehicle was also test driven, but the failure was unable to be duplicated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #113

May 232018


  • 70,000 miles
The passenger side low beam light bulb socket keeps burning out. Replaced the bulb 3 times in one year. The socket is the problem, keeps shorting out. When I replace the bulb the socket where the bulb plugs in to is burnt and melted.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #112

Apr 162018


  • 147,000 miles
Cylinder 2 keep miss firing and service traction light keeps coming on. I have taken the care to 3 repair shop and spent over $2500 in repairs over the last year.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #111

Apr 132018


  • 87,830 miles
While stopped at a red light I noticed that the steering wheel would start shaking and turning on its own. Then a few days later my service ESC and power steering lights started coming on and I was unable to turn the car left or right.. I would turn the car off for a few then turn it back on and it would unlock. That lasted for a few more days and then the steering wheel started locking up while I was driving. I took the car to the dealer and they said it was my power steering sensor. Its seems to be working fine now however I will never by another Chevy maliibu I have had nothing but problems since I purchase this car the first issue was my light constantly kept going out. I was on the highway coming home from an out off town trip and cars were flashing there lights. I pulled over I had no back lights. I took it the dealer they said it was my battery causing my car to short circuit. It cost me $400. Then the same thing happened 20 days later the dealer wanted me to pay to have it looked at again no way. Come to find out it was a #20 fuse over the rear driver side tire wheel that kept blowing. Needles to say I know ride around with a pack of fuses in my car.. the car has 87,858 miles on

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #110

Nov 012017


  • 80,000 miles


The low beam and running lights on driver's side keep going out the wiring harness and bulb has been changed 5 times now and still goes out ever other week. And to top it off this car has the most rediculous way to get at the headlights. So time consuming

- Topsham, ME, USA

problem #109

Mar 122018


  • 141,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving, the headlights and windshield wipers failed to work. There were no warning indicators illuminated before or during the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who could not diagnosis the failure. The dealer (superior Chevrolet, 4770 covington hwy, Decatur, ga 30035) was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 141,000. The VIN was not available.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #108

Feb 012018


  • 130,000 miles
Headlight lamp constantly goes out despite changing out the bulb and/or the fuse multiple times. It is becoming a hazard when driving on the roads.

- Oak Park, MI, USA

problem #107

Feb 232018


  • 59,000 miles
Blower motor resistor replaced 3 times in the last year. Heat has no temp adjustment stays hot. Climate control not working. Blower motor was not factory when I bought the car at 17000 mi. I think someone else had this problem before me.

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #106

Feb 112018


  • miles
Both headlamps have gone out within a nine month period. The driver side has been changed twice, the passenger side once. It seems every three months a headlight burns out on my car. As for the wipers, when they are turned on, they swipe halfway and stop until I turn them off and back on or to a higher swiping speed. This has happened as the vehicle was in park and drive. Also, the key fob battery has been replaced twice and works seldomly. The locks have recently starting locking on their own after the vehicle is shut off and the driver door is shut.

- Clover, SC, USA

problem #105

Jul 032017


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle was not operable. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic were it was diagnosed that the wiring harness and fuel pump were defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the vehicle was still not operable. The vehicle was re-inspected by the independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the fuse box and relays were defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Gusweiler GM center (1132 state rte 41, Washington court house, oh) where it was confirmed that the fuse box was faulty. The manufacturer was notified and did not assist. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was approximately 46,000.

- Greenfield, OH, USA

problem #104

Jan 012018


  • 43,000 miles
Takata recall I purchased a 2012 Chevy Malibu 2 years ago for my graduating senior and this car has practically been a nightmare since the day we purchased it. The current mileage is 43,000 and there has been so many problems with this car. The car previously shut down while riding on the highway, our mechanic stated the car has electrical issues. Okay, so he tampered with a few wires, and the car started right up. Two days ago, the car wouldn't start, it's currently displaying "check airbag" emergency lights are flashing, wipers began going back and forward. My husband began to shake a few wires (per our mechanic), and long behold the car has started!!! talk about buyer's remorse!!!! this car is now parked in our garage until we figure out what to do with it!!! I'm now concerned for my son's safety and will not allow him too drive the 2012 Chevy Malibu.

- Fresno, TX, USA

problem #103

Jan 012018


  • 96,000 miles
This is my second incident report for the same vehicle. While driving on the highway the vehicle suddenly lost all mobility. No warning at all just stopped running. Fortunatly I was not at a very high rate of speed but was getting ready to make a turn off the highway. No indication that anything was wrong at all. My concern is why does someone need to get hurt or killed before this prolem is addressed? having taken this to be serviced I encountered others who have had the same experience with their vehicles, all Chevrolet of one model or similar to it. Basically the same motor. This happened to me before and I have not been given a reason for the problem.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #102

Dec 272017


  • 96,000 miles
Vehicle was in motion at about 60 mph on a highway and the rpms dropped drastically, the anti skid indicator light came on, the vehicle lost power temporarilly. I pulled over and slowed down and the car returned to normal. Same evening vehicle was in motion about 55 mph on a highway when there was a loss of power, steering got sluggish, all indicatorlights on dash blinked on and off engine light came on and stayed on, anti skid indicator light came on, was knocking in motor and car would not accelerate over 20 mph. Completed a diagnosis of the vehicle and a code P0068 was noted by diagnostics. P0068 the engine and transmission system is not performing as expected. An issue has been detected in the throttle control system that connects the accelerator pedal with the throttle and integrates features such as cruise control, traction control, stability control, and pre-crash systems. If the check engine light is flashing, a misfire condition has been detected. A misfire increases vehicle emissions and could damage the emission control system on the vehicle. Please reduce vehicle speed, avoid hard accelerations, avoid steep uphill grades, and reduce any cargo loads such as a trailer. If the vehicle is continually driven with the check engine light on, the emission controls might not work as well, the vehicle fuel economy might not be as good, and the engine might not run as smoothly. This could lead to future repairs

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #101

Feb 152017


  • 70,000 miles
Headlamps constantly burning out fuzes blown dangerous when lights go out at night. Safety hazard.

- Camby, IN, USA

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