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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,864 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #8

May 042016


  • 41,000 miles


My driver seat is stuck all the way in the full recline position and wont go back up. I contacted Chevy dealership and they told me 1,400 to buy a whole new seat. I dont have 1400 laying around to buy a new whole seat and that it troubles me that a whole seat would go out with my car when it has less than 45,000 miles. Now my wife and I are forced to drive a unsafe car because not only we don't have that kind of money laying around for a seat that shouldn't even be broke at 42000 miles. Ive contacted GM but they have not contacted me back yet. I also paid 130 dollars for the dealership to tell me that I need a whole new seat? I could have told them that. I hope I don't get in a accident probably wont have a chance with the way the seat is sitting seat belt wont work properly.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #7

Jul 012015


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for a failure covered under the warranty; however, after the repair, the vehicle began to experience many malfunctions. The vehicle's bolts on both the front passenger and driver seats were detached. When the seats were adjusted, the uni body frame of the body moved. The contact stated that the uni body frame was able to be moved manually. In addition, the electrical systems failed without warning, which sometimes caused the vehicle to stall. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, but they refused to assist. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000.

- Pasco, WA, USA

problem #6

Apr 012015


  • 60,000 miles
Broken drivers seat frame. The seat back reclining function only works on the left side, while the right side is stuck. Multiple online complains from Malibu owners,

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 012014


  • 5,000 miles


1.the seat stitching has come apart. 2. the part of the seat where you adjust it, has cracked. Also it has torn my seat a bit because it has cracked. -both of these have been falling apart since shortly after owning the vehicle.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 042015


  • 53,909 miles
Actuator did not meet specs it was necessary to replace actuator. This service was done by jim keras Chevrolet in memphis Tennessee. The covering on the driver seat that protects the seat controls has fallen off, the car has no pick up when depressing the excellerator and makes noise as if the transmission is not changing. I went to vincheck pro and there were 7 recalls specifically electrical system software. I bought this car off the showroom floor of Acura of memphis at ridgeway and 385. No one told me of any factory recalls. The money I am spending for this car is already too much and now having so many problems out of a car thats only 2 years old is ridiculous. Thanks for listening.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #3

Apr 042015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Was sitting in my seat adjusting the seat by pushing the button that had a short when I pushed the button I herd a clicking noise then I smelt a fume type of smell I put the car in reverse when the seat wouldn't move as I looked down at the gear I notice that the driver seat where I was sitting was on fire every where the car was wired is where the fire burned up I called the fire department in which they informed me that it was a electrical fire and car insurance confirmed recall on the car had been reported for doing the same thing prior to this incident I called kin dixon where I purchase the car and they told me that my car according to the VIN number I have to them was not affected by recall I have GM and they have yet to respond to me I could have been one of there numerous customers who lost their life in there defected retort cars I was not burned but the poor car was torched.

- Waldorf , MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 162014


  • 26,000 miles
Front passenger seat air bag sensor too sensitive?? the front passenger air bag light comes on as well as front passenger seat belt reminder with minimal weight and/or pressure exerted on seat. I noted a 12oz soda beverage was placed on the front passenger seat and in approximately less than 10 seconds the vehicle light illuminated that the air bag was on (it illuminated off until this point) and the reminder tone came on to remind to fasten the front passenger seat belt.

- Caldwell, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 252013


  • 12,000 miles
Your current requirements for positioning of the head rest on car seats sucks. It is uncomfortable to the point of being a safety hazard. The fact that it cannot be removed increases the problem. Change it.

- Richmond, TX, USA

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