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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,795 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu miscellaneous problems

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 202016


  • 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 #8

Oct 012015


  • miles
I received the attached letter from GM. To me this is a serious safety issue. How is this not a recall. Or repairable.

- Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #7

Oct 162015


  • 66,000 miles
A couple of months ago, I was driving. 10mph or lower and all of a sudden my cars ESC turned itself off. I had difficulty steering it and veered off the road. Thankfully I was able to regain control. I reported it to the dealer, and when my car went in for it's 3rd recall in 2 years, they looked at it. They told me they could not get the problem to duplicate. Then today, as I was parking in NY driveway, I started rolling my windows up when I noticed they were particullary slow. I put the car in park, turned my car off, but the key back in and tried to restart it, only to hear clicking and my steering wheel to be completely locked up. Alot of indicators came on, including the cars security indicator. My car is at 66K miles, but we do routine maintenance and it has never been involved in a car accident.

- Gatesville, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 032015


  • miles


The key gets stuck in the ignition switch. I could not take the key out one day and left the key in the ignition switch as far as it could turn and locked the car with the spare key. My car battery ended up dying because the key would not come out of the ignition switch. I finally got the key out and got my car started. It is a constant struggle to get the key out of the ignition switch. I can start the car ok it's just when I stop and put the car in park and try to turn the car completely off the key will not turn all the way for me to be able to pull the key out. This car is only 3 years old and too soon for this to be happening.

- Alamogordo, NM, USA

problem #5

Sep 102015


  • 58,000 miles
I was trying to remote start my 2012 Malibu in the morning but it didn't start. Instead my car was doing a clicking noise and my headlights where blinking. Once that stopped I was able to unlock my car and then my car wouldn't start and the anti theft lock light shows up on my dash board took me about 15 minutes to start my car my check engine goes on and off also. I checked on line and have read that Chevrolet owners have been having the same problem. I've done my best to take care of my car and its not an old car with alot of miles on it. I've already had to pay to change a sensor on it and now this before something really bad happens. I'm regretting having my dad cosign for my Malibu.

- Houston, TX, USA

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problem #4

Jun 182015


  • 38,159 miles
While driving, the sunroof shattered for no apparent reason. The roof was closed at the time, and the headliner was also closed. It made a very loud noise and the vehicle was pulled to the side to ascertain the reason for the noise. It was discovered that the sunroof had completely shattered. There was no bridge overpass, so it is doubted that something was dropped. No physical injury occurred, however, it was a scary incident. We took the vehicle to the Chevy dealer, who stated that there was no recall on the glass and that it must have been a rock. The glass & frame were replaced through an insurance claim.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #3

May 102015


  • 59,000 miles


After coming home from a basketball tournament shut off my car on Saturday night on Sunday morning when I went to get in my vehicle to drive to work it would not start. Let vehicle sit all day Sunday then on Monday tried again still would not start and the check engine light comes on. Had a tow truck come to home to pick vehicle up and drive to dealership tow truck driver also tried to start car would not start upone vehicle getting to dealership starts right up dealership drove it kept it over night no issues. I picked my vehicle up from dealership last night drove for about 2 hours parked car for the night now this morning it will not start again. Dealership had my vehilce for 2days and could not find a problem but clearly there is some sort of electrical issue or something otherwise I wouldnt keep having this happen. Something about the tow company lifting the vehicle seems to shift something and allows vehicle to work for a couple of days.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #2

Apr 092012

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Instrument cluster lights turn on and off.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #1

Apr 102014


  • 65,000 miles
I was driving on I-70 to columbus & my car stalled. Would start up and idle, but service ESC & traction control lights came on. As soon as car got warmed up, would stall again.

- Zanesville, OH, USA

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