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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,095 miles

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu drivetrain problems

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #18

Oct 122016


  • 65,000 miles


Car randomly losses power at any speed. During this time, I am unable to control the car. The power steering is off. This happened to my wife as she made a left turn on a green light on bell road, AZ (a busy road). There is no way that this should be taken lightly.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #17

Dec 112016


  • 61,212 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, the rpms decreased and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle would only restart after receiving a jump start. In addition, the check engine warning indicator illuminated and battery charge, stability track, and service power steering warning messages appeared on the instrument panel display. The contact mentioned that the failures occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 61,212.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #16

Dec 082016


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle would not crank, but the battery was fully charged. The contact also stated that the key did not come out of the ignition and the gear shifter would not shift. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #15

May 092016


  • miles


Wheel bearing from GM dont last. My car has 75000 miles and have already replaced all 4 and those were done May 9 using GM parts and have another one that is failing.

- West Point, NE, USA

problem #14

Aug 102016


  • 44,900 miles
While driving down the road on 7/10/16 my 2013 Chevy Malibu lost power, engine light and traction control light came on and went from 55-60 mph to 20 mph. When trying to accelerate more the car could shake violently. After stopping and turning the car off it would not restart. The car was towed to kerry Chevrolet in alexandria, ky. After diagnostic testing they determined that the fuel pump needed replaced. On 8/10/16 while driving down the highway while in vacation in Florida the car again started to lose power, the engine began to slip or miss and jerk. Again engine light came on. Car died three times while on the road trying to get it to a safe place for a tow truck to tow it. It was taken to a dealership and the cam shaft sensor was replaced. Car continues to hesitate and miss.

- Brooksville, KY, USA

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problem #13

Jul 302016


  • 90,800 miles
My Chevrolet Malibu shut off on me in the mid of the way and I almost go into a accident with my children. Took it to the dealership and they can't find out why my car is doing this.

- Hilton Head Island, SC, USA

problem #12

Nov 012015


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 60 mph in inclement weather over a bump in the road, the contact lost control of the vehicle as the front end veered. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but had not been diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #11

Jun 162014


  • miles
In summer 2015 while using ac, heat randomly would blast out. (while idle or driving). Would have to restart car to get ac to work again. In the past 2 weeks dec15/jan16, engine overheated-idle indicator came on while driving on the highway, once at 65 mph, once at 30 mph. Then a few minutes later it would turn off. I looked at temp gauge, and it was not at an overheating level (half way only). Also, now heat only intermittently works. I will have to turn car on and off repeatedly, and turn ac on/off, heat on/off, defrost on/off, and sometimes the heat will finally get warm. Never seems to get hot like it's supposed to. Took to repair shop for the engine overheated/idle warning and stated nothing was wrong. Safety issue not having heat for front windshield defrost when it's under 30 degrees out. Mechanic said it's probably a computer issue with the car. But now I'm seeing this is a recurring problem with many car owners. GM needs to recall, as this can be a safety concern!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #10

Jul 172015


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 5 mph, the transmission was shifted into reverse, but failed to shift into gear. The contact stated that this was a recurring failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. In addition, the contact stated that while driving from the dealer, the engine light illuminated. The vehicle was driven back to the dealer, where unknown repairs were performed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 282015

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 16,631 miles
Driving 55mph on cruise control, I heard a warning chime. Looked at dash and the words engine power is reduced were on the screen. I looked for a symbol on the dash to tell me more and saw the engine symbol was on. The car didn't perform out of character from already going 55 on cruise. Nothing changed in the engine performance. I continued toward home as that was my destination and was less than 15 miles from home. I parked the car in my garage, turned off the engine, waited a few seconds, then started the engine again. The warning came on right away. I called the dealer who I'm leasing the car from but it was a Saturday afternoon and they were closed. I did leave them a message to call me on Monday and why. I have not and will not drive the car until I hear from the dealer and have a date and time to bring it in because of the concern the engine could power down as I'm driving according to internet forums I since read that others with the same warning said their car did slow down on a fast busy highway. This warning is in the manual that came with the car and says it is the throttle body sensor gone bad.

- Endeavor, WI, USA

problem #8

Jun 212014


  • 1,300 miles


My vehicle which was purchased brand new 02/2014 was left running and placed into park on level asphalt street. When I walked about six or seven feet from the vehicle my vehicle began rolling forward. I chased the vehicle and attempted to get inside to stop the vehicle. I was able to open the door but was dragged several feet. I could see clearly the vehicle was in park. The vehicle went in to a small ravine and from the outside of the vehicle I was able to push the engine stop/start button and the vehicle stopped. I easily backed the vehicle out after starting it. I shut the vehicle off and some nice people I did not know tended to my injuries. I called General Motors later that night and was given a service request number of 71-1320790919. My vehicle was towed to sunrise Chevy on 06/22. On 07/21 I was notified nothing could be found wrong with my vehicle. I was given no paperwork from General Motors or the dealer. There was $1100 dollars of damage to my vehicle. General Motors refused to pay for said damage. I was told to use my parking brake. Really that is ridiculous when U are on level ground. My left foot and leg still show the signs of being dragged. I was also asked how many times this happened. Isn't once enough. I surely did not try to duplicate it. I did not nor will I ever leave my car running again and walk away. I had the key with me on that day but guess what I discovered the vehicle can be driven away even while the key fab is with you. I hope this does not happen to anyone else which is the reason I reported the incident to General Motors and now documenting the incident here.

- Lombard, IL, USA

problem #7

Jun 182014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 13,020 miles
I started the car and viewed the message "service power steering" in the message center between the odometer and tachometer. There did not seem to be any issue with the steering, but wanted to get it checked out by my local dealer since it was less than a half mile up the road. As I put the car into the gear, the car would not move. The indicator lights that normally show me what gear I am in (prnd) were blank. Then all of the sudden, the car surged forward violently, as if the Malibu was just rear-ended. I then turned the car off and restarted it. The "service power steering? message appeared again. However, the ?check engine? light had lit up, and the ?service parking brake" message appeared as well. The car then surge violently again forward without shifting into any gears. I then shut the car off and called spencer Chevrolet to tell them I was going to have the car towed to their shop. After a few minutes, I tried once more to start the car and was able to shift into gear and drive it to the shop in limp mode with half the warning lights lit up on the dash. After further diagnostics, the maintenance manager at spencer Chevrolet informed me that the transmission computer module (tcm) had failed and needed replacement under warranty. This was the third electrical issue I had with this vehicle (the trunk was opening on its own while driving, parked, or during the night, and the radio was locking up with no control). I was worried that the transmission issue could have happened while driving, and didn't want to take any risks.

- Springfield, PA, USA

problem #6

Jun 262014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 34,900 miles
My RPM keeps going up and down at stops and I took it to a dealer and they found out my piston is cracked at compression rings.there is also a service bulletin issued by GM pi-1178 affecting 2.0 turbo engines, I talked to 2 GM representatives both denied of having a service bulletin issued on this car.and theydont want to change my engine but replace the pistons and the rings, my car will be at the shop another week!.I always had GM cars 1 and this will be my last GM car because its a cheap company!

- Redlands , CA, USA

problem #5

May 212014


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle decelerated as the check engine sensor illuminated. The contact had to turn the vehicle off and back on several times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who was not able to neither replicate nor diagnose the failure. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 13,000.

- Cortland, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 072013


  • 2,500 miles
Was entering parkway and car failed to accelerate but the engine was stood still as if in neutral

- New Paltz, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 282013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 3,800 miles
Steering became sticky stiff in 12 O'clock postition, making steering corrections difficult with overcorrecting. There is definitely a problem that could be a sever safety hazard. I was traveling on I-75 at 65-70 mph when malfunction occurred. I contacted a dealer in tampa and they did not seem too concerned, hard to communicate due to it being a holiday weekend. The tampa dealer advised if there was a problem, I would have received a recall letter. I am concerned, being on vacation, for the long trip back to knoxville. Also, I have experienced transmission shutter at low speed, intermediate problem.

- Powill , TN, USA

problem #2

Oct 142013

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 180 miles
Vehicle sold and delivered with an open active safety recall (13142) on it at time of purchase, which was a violation of federal law title, 49 subtitle vi, chapter 301, section 30112A3 restricting the sale (and/or introducing into commerce) of a vehicle with a safety defect. This information is consistent with the information in GM recall bulletin #13142. Dealer sold have not sold or delivered the vehicle until the recall was addressed. Dealer/Chevrolet risked the safety of the vehicle owner and general public by placing it into commerce with the open recall.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 092012


  • 1,460 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the transmission would shift abruptly. The contact stated that after depressing the brakes there was slight delay before it engaged. The vehicle was taken to dealer however the vehicle was not inspected. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was 1,460 and the current mileage was 2,041.

- South Gate, CA, USA

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