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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,528 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 302016

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles


While transporting school aged passengers in my car during the heavy morning rush hour traffic, my car starting decelerating without any type of prior warning signs. No icon lights (I.e. check engine, battery, etc.) on the dashboard came on to indicate that there was some type of problem. This was scary. I managed to pull over. Once on the shoulder, my car stopped completely. It would not restart. We felt the violent vibrations as the oncoming cars sped past us on the interstate as we sat for ten minutes trying to restart my car. My car would try to start, but it was not getting the need fuel even though I had a full tank of gas. I tried pushing down on the gas petal to assist, but it did not work. Eventually, my car started and we made it to our destination. This was the first time that my car cut off on me while driving. I was able to drive it to a reparable licensed mechanic business, I was informed that my car was not throwing any codes. No repair work could be done. On another occasion, my car would not start. I driven it a few hours ago. It did the same thing. Again, no icons on the dashboard illuminated. After it started, I took it to a different mechanic shop. I had my fuel pump replaced. This was extremely costly. My car worked for about a week; however, the problem was not fixed. My car would not start even though I was giving it fuel. I had my car towed to the dealership. I was informed that there was a hole in the line leading to the fuel tank. The line was cut where the hole was located and replaced. My car worked for a week before the problem recurred. I had my car towed back to the dealership. I was told that the problems were the fuse block, the wire harness, and that a line had burned over the fuel pump or tank. Not only is this expensive, but fire and gas is scary. Hopefully, my car will be finally repaired.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #3

Dec 202016

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
At first the car would not turn over when trying to start, happened when using key in ignition as well as using the remote starter, this was random. Would run fine for days, sometimes for a week, then it won't start. Also as the weeks went by while idling at a red light, the car just quits running, couldn't get it started, after several tries, it starts (thankfully). Also happened while in park, car just stops. Also while driving on the interstate the car all of a sudden will not accelerate, press on gas pedal...nothing. Until today after a few seconds and the car suddenly starts to accelerate. Engine light came on few weeks ago, stated it was the cam shaft position sensor ($120), therefore we replaced both sensors. No change! oh we also replaced the fuel injector sensor in the back. Husband read someone else had the same problem and he recommended hitting the box in the trunk (where the fuel sensor is, etc) and your car will start up. Sure enough, the next time my car wouldn't start, I hit that box a few times, and car started.

- Lawrenceburg, KY, USA

problem #2

Aug 182014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
On numerous occasions, when I'm approaching a yellow light and/or a car that's in front of me while only driving approximately 20mph, when I attempt to apply my brakes I have to apply a lot of pressure to get my car to slow down and it honestly feels as though my car isn't going to stop. I would hate to be driving my car one day and my car doesn't stop and I'm involved in a car accident that leaves me severely injured or takes my life and/or someone else's life as well. Also, many times I have to apply a lot of pressure to my gas pedal in order for it to accelerate and actually move. I understand that my vehicle has been recalled and the dealer is waiting for GM to provide them the parts in order to repair my vehicle, but I don't think my life should be at such risk while waiting for GM to receive parts. Am I suppose to just keep driving around hoping my car doesn't give out on me in the middle of the road even though there is a known extreme safety hazard with my vehicle" my life is more valuable than that. Could I be provided a rental vehicle until GM provides the parts to repair my vehicle? or could I be refunded for my vehicle? seeing that there has been numerous car accidents and serious injuries related to this particular defect within the vehicle, I should not be driving my vehicle until it is fixed. Otherwise, I could be the next person involved in a serious car accident. So in closing, I would like to know if I could be placed in a rental car until my car is repaired or refunded for the price of my vehicle"

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #1

Aug 162013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 16,111 miles
I was turning onto the highway and when I pushed the gas pedal there was a significant delay. I always make sure I have plenty of time when pulling onto the street but this could become a major issue while driving. I have a 3 year old son and I do not want to endanger him if there is an issue with my car.

- Verbena, AL, USA

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