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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,494 miles

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 182016


  • miles


Rear window glass is defective. From the middle of the glass down and all the way across the glass (line of view). Distorts the view when looking out of the glass, posing a safety concern. This is the 3rd glass put in my car and it is still very bad. View looking out the back window gives the appearance that the driver is intoxicated. Original glass was fine but there was an issue with the metal part which was going to cause the rear defrost to stop working. The glass that was replaced on 11/4/16 had the same distorting as the glass that was replaced on 11/18/16. Makes looking out the back window to back up unsafe. The dealer currently still has 2 of the 3 back windows on hand from the vehicle.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 072016


  • miles
I use my remote start fairly often living in Michigan. Over the last few weeks it has started not to defrost my windshield. Even on highest temperature and full blast. Finally found out that it no longer blows on the windshield. The doors that switch it to the windshield and cabin have stopped going all the way to the windshield and blow directly into the dash. So it sound like it's working. But not much air actually hits the windshield. I have found many forums with this as an issue and it is a car 3 years old. And it is a very expensive fix for someone still paying off the car.

- Mt Pleasant, MI, USA

problem #5

May 202015


  • 58,000 miles
Climate control issues. Fan is stuck at one speed on passenger side and will not heat. When A/C compressor is on it blows ice cold air. When heat is on it also blows ice cold air, no matter the setting whether in "sync" mode or not. The climate zone does not change from high to low of vice versa. This causing heating issues in colder weather and defroster issues on passenger side of vehicle.

- Stevens Point, WI, USA

problem #4

May 012015


  • 22,000 miles


The window on the passenger side in the rear was found to be shattered. The car was in a private home garage, there was no glass outside the garage and the window glass was bowed toward the outside. The car was unlocked and there was nothing missing. Thus there was no vandalism, no object from the outside hit the window, and nothing from the inside hit the window. It is my supposition that the glass was not tempered correctly.I live in tampa and it was ~90 degrees the day before I noted the shattered glass. I had been using the air conditioner.if the glass was not tempered correctly the change in temperature would cause the glass to shatter. This could be a problem for other windows in my car and in other GM autos. General Motors has refused to pay the $346 it cost to repair the window. They want to "test" the glass. This would be fine, however, the glass has been disposed of and the Chevrolet dealer to whom I brought the car initially stated that GM will not cover glass damage. Therefore there was no reason at the time to keep the glass. This is a potentially dangerous problem. Has anyone else reported this occurrence?

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 172014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 22,440 miles
While highway driving during a sunny day, was blinded by reflection of the sun off of the chrome that is on the console where the gear shift is located. I had to cover the area with a cloth in order to continue driving. Seems to me that the chrome in that area needs to be "dulled" just a bit as it is in the area surrounding the radio.

- Wichita, KS, USA

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problem #2

Jul 312013


  • 20 miles
Went to test drive 2013 Chevy Malibu. As always, I adjust mirrors before driving. I immediately noticed that because the roofline is so low-slung for aerodynamic reasons, that the rear view mirror is also very low. As a result, the mirror was blocking almost 25% of my view! I've heard of blindspots on vehicles but through the windshield? I'm only 5'10' tall, but I had to duck my head to see under the mirror. Didn't buy the vehicle for that reason alone. As a matter of fact, I never even went for the test drive as it was obviously dangerous.

- Rockdale, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 202012


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the chrome cover plate around the gear shifter was blocking his visibility whenever the sun reflected on it. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted who provided no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 13,000.

- Columbia, SC, USA

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