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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,735 miles

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 132017


  • 65,000 miles


A left front flat tire in December 2016 (four tires bought new in May 2016) was discovered to not be a problem with the tire, but the factory-installed, original equipment rim with a seam crack. Now today in January 2017, a flat tire on the right front was diagnosed as the result of a second bad rim, again one of the four factory-installed original equipment rims (two more to go?). it was necessary to replace both the rim and the valve stem each time. Research is showing another complaint has been filed for this same problem with the other report having had to replace three rims so far. This definitely appears to be a supplier/manufacturing defect. The problem was shown to me after the rim with the tire on it had been submerged in water, and bubbles formed at the defective area. Unfortunately I did not take a picture, not knowing about this website until I got home after this second repair/replacement and started my research. My only documentation are my two repair bills, which I can send if needed.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 012016


  • 100,000 miles
Crack in the weld at one of the spokes where it is connected to the wheel. So far 3 of the 4 wheels have failed.

- Clearlake, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 022016


  • 25,000 miles
I purchased new in 2012. It has 25,000 miles and never been abused or in an accident. All four tires Firestone fr 710 P215 55R 17 have extensive cracking on sidewall where the tread begins on circumference and the treaded part appears to be separating from the sidewall. Dealer says that is normal and will not offer any price reduction on new tires. Common sense tells me otherwise.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #5

Jun 052016


  • 92,000 miles


My car has been making a horrible sound for a couple months now and the last week it's gotten really loud when I go over 20 it sounds the worst of slow down I can't go over 40 without it sounding like it's taking off and my front end shakes like my tires gonna come off I replaced the breaks and it's still making the sound it's to the point I can't drive my car because I don't want it to die on me my battery has been dying a lot and my service ESC light comes on and goes off please can someone tell me why my car is doing this or an idea it sounds like an airplane that's the best way I can describe it and my right rear tire is always saying my tire is low I rotated my tires and it's still not reading it right there brand new tires to boot please please help

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #4

Jun 152015


  • 28,080 miles
The vehicle was being driven at the speed limit when the tire popped. The impact was as much as a front end collision; the windshield cracked along with the passenger side of the bumper and the wheel was bent. A mechanic said that because the seat belts locked the impact was great enough where the airbags should have gone off, but they did not.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

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problem #3

Apr 012015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
I have had two rim crack. This leads to air pressure loss. The tire store that I go. Les schwab said they have seen I already bought one new rim. Now I need another one. I asked the dealer and they said theyhave had a problem with these wheels. I don't believe them. I checked on the internet and several people have has the same problem.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 132014


  • 74,300 miles
Was driving in the rain, vehicle does not handle well in inclement weather. Has issue with braking, tires skid. When I hit the gas pedal after a stop, the tires skid.. recently has a alignment done, and the tires are in very good condition. Thought maybe that was the issue, I was wrong. Vehicle had recent inspection "brakes are in very good condition. Vehicle has had issues since purchase. My family and I were belted in as always, while driving the dash console light came on "service air bag" the light stayed on constant for approx. 30 min then went out. I have called the dealer and will have vehicle checked at appointment in 2 weeks.

- Tobyhanna, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 182013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 25,500 miles
While driving out of parking garage going minimal speed, my right rear passenger wheel dislocated from my vehicle. After getting it to a Chevrolet dealership and further inspection, looks like the vehicle was originally assembled with only 2 of the needed 4 bolts attaching the wheel to the hub of the car. This caused strain to the 2 bolts and you can visibly see stress cracks on the hub where there were placed.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

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