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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,794 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Jan 082017


  • 60 miles


I was driving to work and the service traction light control illuminates and then it also read engine power control. The roads were clear and there were no issues with the drive. I was the only person on the highway and no issues. I had to then drive 30-40 miles per hour on the road, even when I drove into town there were cars passing me. Uphill the car went as low as 23 miles per hour. When the car was idle at a stop sign or intersection the car would shake but it stayed on. As I pushed on the gas to speed up the vehicle would jerk.

- Shiprock, NM, USA

problem #32

May 162016


  • 111,100 miles
I was driving at 60 mph in cruise control on a straight road. An ambulance was heading towards me so I stepped on the brakes to slow down and pull over and the car accelerated very quickly. This was a very dangerous situation because I was moving towards the shoulder of the road because of the oncoming ambulance. I had to turn off cruise control to be able to apply the brakes. The brake lights are also not coming on when I apply the brakes. The problem with the lighting happened previously and was repaired on 04/28/2015. I thought the problem was included in recall #13036 but I was told that it was a problem with the brake switch and was not part of the recall however when I look up the recall numbers on my vehicle this recall number does not show up as still needing to be done. I paid for the repair and I am now having the serious problem of the brake lights not working again plus the even more serious problem of the brakes not working when I am in cruise control. I do not know how to proceed with having this problem corrected. The recall problem has not been repaired correctly or there is another problem that is occurring. I have attached a copy of my receipt of the repair that was done on 04/28/15.

- Ellenburg Depot, NY, USA

problem #31

Apr 152016


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The traction warning light illuminated briefly. In addition, the vehicle stalled without warning and would require multiple attempts to restart. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed, but the cause of the failures was not found. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 107,000.

- Fogelsville, PA, USA

problem #30

Dec 072015


  • 92,000 miles


Hard to shift out of park and the traction control disable comes on and the brakes lights will quit working and the stability control shuts off while driving down the road. I researched and I see there was a recall for all this. Recall # 14V252000 is all the same symptoms I am experiencing and I called the dealer and they said my VIN is not listed. This needs to be taken care of I was almost rear ended twice due to the brake lights not working when it acts

- Onalaska, WI, USA

problem #29

Nov 222013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at approximately 25 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and traveled to the floorboard and caused the cruise control to malfunction. In addition, the seat belts did not latch and the vehicle crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained head, back, and legs injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and repaired. The vehicle was included in a manufacturer recall. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Martin, TN, USA

problem #28

Dec 022015


  • 80,400 miles
While driving home one night last week, going about 60 mph, my engine cut off. I had to steer the car off the road, and started it back up. Drove another half mile or so, and the car did the same thing. This time, the car would start then immediately shut off. Car would not stay cranked for more than 1 second or so. Took car to dealership the next morning, car fixed under power train warranty. The very next, day, engine shut off while at a complete stop at a red light. Car would not start back up, had car towed to dealership. Dealership has had the car for 5 days now, still cannot figure out what the problem is. The car shutting off while driving is not the first time this has happened, every time I have reported to dealership, and they cannot fix my issue. This is a very serious matter, I have involved Chevrolet customer care, and would like to hear from a GM corporate representative.

- Fuquay Varina, NC, USA

problem #27

Mar 112015

Malibu 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact had the vehicle repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control); however, the failure recurred. While driving approximately 45 mph, the traction control warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the BCM module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 22,000. Updated 02/12/16 the consumer has since sold the vehicle. Updated 02/22/16.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #26

Oct 272015


  • 60,000 miles
Power ESC, traction control, reduced power to engine, and tire lights all came on. Car would not go over 30 mph. Car was hesitating and cutting off and once placed in drive car took off by itself with rpms at 3 and same with reverse, I took foot off brake and car took off in reverse with rpms a bit over 2. air conditioning will not work steadily and its been to a few shops and brakes will not work properly and they have been changed twice.

- Morton, MS, USA

problem #25

Aug 182015


  • 37,000 miles
The engine light came on and a code read engine power reduced service ESC. My car was shaking and would not gain speed. I was finally able to make it off the highway and stopped to see if I could figure out what was wrong. Could not see anything wrong. We got back in the car and everything seemed to be working okay now so we headed home. We got almost home when once again my car lost all speed and we were almost hit by another car.this has happened on several occassions.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #24

May 112015


  • 61,308 miles
I was driving 45 the posted speed limit, and all of sudden the car chimed 4-5 times and the check engine light came on as well as the electronic stability control light and then I went from 45 to about 15 quick and it now says engine power reduced. There wasn't that much traffic so I kept driving to get home but a couple minutes later it shut off completely so I 3 to a safe place to pull over tried to start after a few attempts it started up and was fine except it jumps and then acts like it's going to shut off.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #23

Apr 162015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles


Do not remember when I brought my car in for campaign 14V252000 maybe approx. A year ago. The problems the car was having before I had the recall done have started again. Up until now haven't had any problems. My dealer wants to charge me to fix it.

- Liberty, TX, USA

problem #22

Feb 022015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2012 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to body control module system/ brake apply sensor recall notice. The consumer stated he waited for the details to restore the safety of the vehicle. However, unable to wait any longer, he was forced to sell the vehicle.

- Rego Park, NY, USA

problem #21

Mar 042014

Malibu 6-cyl

  • miles
2012 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer wants to be reimbursement for repairs due to recall for vehicle.

- Lansing, IL, USA

problem #20

Oct 012014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V252000 (electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control). However, the part needed was not available. The dealer indicated that it would take months before an appointment could be scheduled. The manufacturer was contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repair. The contact did not experience a failure.

- Fernley, NV, USA

problem #19

Nov 032014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
2012 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer writes in regards to body control module recall notice. The consumer stated while driving, the air bag deployed and caused him to have an accident. The consumer was injured. The consumer sent in a recall notice along with his complaint.

- Vilonia, AR, USA

problem #18

Jun 192014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 16,251 miles
While driving on the highway I used the cruise control. I stepped on the brake to slow down but the brake would not release. It frightened me, I stepped on the brake harder it still did not release I had to press off the cruise control button on the console. This happens all the time now. It is an inconvenience and scary.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #17

Jul 192014


  • 8,500 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number:14V252000 ( electrical system, electronic stability control, exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic, vehicle speed control) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #16

Nov 162012


  • 600 miles
I have to press gas pedal down more then needed as it feels car lacks power. To go up a hill it lags I shouldn't have to press on petal harder to go.

- East Norriton , PA, USA

problem #15

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 #14

Sep 262012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Transmission constantly slips, when trying to accelerate it does not catch up and revs really high. Transmission has locked up once and it has been replaced by the dealership; however that issue still happens on a regular basis. 2012 Malibu lt, I would like this issue investigated and GM held responsible for selling me a lemon car with a defective transmission that has not run correctly ever since my purchase in 2011. I have the paper work that shows the replacement of a defective transmission on a new 2012 Malibu that I purchased.

- Detroit, MI, USA

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