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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,411 miles

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu steering problems

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #137

Aug 062019


  • miles


Coming home from work on 8/6/2019 traveling down md-210 highway, with car motion, the radio cut off and then entire car shut off. We stopped at a red light, so my husband took the key out of the ignition restarted the car and we traveled home. This is not the first time, we had our car checked at our mechanic's shop but at the time he could not determine what the issue could be and could not duplicate the issue. This is not the first time, the radio cuts off, instrument dash lights, cuts off and the the power steering shuts down just for a couple of seconds, it happened when we traveled to work, my husband turned the steering wheel right to get on the highway, the radio went off for a few seconds then it came back home. This is very dangerous and god forbid if this happens while car in motion on a green light it could kill someone. Please recall this vehicle asap.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #136

Aug 022013


  • 103,000 miles
While driving my car shot off temporaily causing my steering to lock nearly causing an accident. It has happened a few times in the last week. The only warning is the radio shuts off. Very dangerous and reported in many forums.

- El Dorado Springs, MO, USA

problem #135

Jul 072019


  • 120,000 miles
A few times that I have been driving my car, I have experienced issues with the car turning off and losing power steering and control while in motion. The whole car turn off and wheel locks up, preventing me from being able to control the car. Countless searching through forums led me to find many people who have experienced the same issue. And from the forums, many claim the reason for these problems happening is faulty battery cables that GM that doesn't want to admit. This is a safety issue because I have had my car turn off while driving on the highway and in the city. And I'm not the only experiencing this issue. It's widespread among 2013 Chevrolet Malibu's. here is a link to one of many forums taking about this issue: Https://

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #134

Jul 022019


  • 49,000 miles


Car shuts off completely while driving. Electrical system is sporadic then shuts down.

- Graham, WA, USA

problem #133

Jun 052019


  • 134,000 miles
Takata recall the lights on my dash kept going in and out while I was driving and while stationary. While my car was off, with no key in the ignition, the gauges would make clicking sounds and bounce up and down about an 8th of an inch. The lights on the dash would stay off for days at a time, making it impossible for me to see how fast I was going or how much gas was in the car. Sometimes the lights would click on for about 30 seconds and then the speedometer would be stuck at the last speed I was going at, for days, without showing anything on the digital speedometer. When I took it to get looked at, no codes were found. My car kept dying while I was driving, went and had my battery and alternator tested and they were 100% fine. Car dash lights started flashing on and off while I was going around a curve. Check engine, oil, wiper fluid, gas light, everything flashed on and off, then my steering locked up, causing me to go off of the road and hit a tree. My car was totaled.

- Sturgis, MI, USA

problem #132

Jun 092019


  • 97,275 miles
Sometimes it happens when I turn on my blinker others its random but the car stalls and the radio turns off along with the power steering.

- Clio, MI, USA

problem #131

Apr 172019


  • miles


When driving my Malibu it seems to have a short circuit when I turn the wheel even the slightest. I have changed the batteries checked all the wires and everything seems fine. I have figured out even when I'm driving 70mph on the highway with my family in the car the power steering will go out and make it hard for me to even turn. I have read online that this is happening to Malibu's everywhere and that GM is not willing to make it a national recall because it must be happening while they see the car. So I guess I have to wait for me to crash? to see that the power steering gave out on me along with the rest of the electrical work on the inside of the car.

- Canyon Lake, TX, USA

problem #130

Mar 252019


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While operating the vehicle, the radio screen suddenly shut off and the electric power steering failed. As a result, the steering wheel became very difficult to turn in either direction. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who indicated that the battery was faulty and needed to be replaced. The battery was replaced, but the failures continued. The manufacturer and dealer were not notified. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #129

Feb 232019


  • 30 miles
Less than 99,000 miles... radio light flickers off and on. Vehicle goes dead at red light, stop sign or whenever vehicle is not in motion. Took vehicle to dealership and replaced the engine computer module as requested. However, problem still exist but more worse. 'service power steeringż light came on while driving on a city street but before I could make a safe turn, it became too tough to steer almost causing an accident. Battery good, alternator one really knows what's wrong with the vehicle.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #128

Jan 212019


  • 72,000 miles
13 Malibu every day at least twice the radio will flicker off and on multiple times and then once I hit the brakes and make a turn the brake will go solid and the steering wheel jerks hard all at the same time and then all my dash lights stop working. Then it will all power on and work like new a few seconds after. But once the car is parked and car is turned off it will not allow me to take the key out. And then once you try to turn the key in there is no power at all. No lights. No clicks. No radio. No nothing. Completely dead car. But then if you unplug the battery for 10 mins and plug it back in... then the key will come out and/or will turn on and the car is working fine again for maybe a trip or two and then it does this again. Every single day! no codes show on the dash no lights of anything wrong at all. Has been doing this for almost a month now. I have almost hit multiple people because of this issue!!! help!!! local Chevy dealer and also a local body shop cannot find the issue. I have a 5 year old and IżM terrified to take her anywhere with me and it's our only car and I owe a lot on it. Only had it almost 2 years. I need help

- Metropolis, IL, USA

problem #127

Jan 052019


  • 75,000 miles


While driving down the road the steering wheel wants to stick to the left, then will break free. I took it in to get it checked out thought it might need an alignment or something but the shop said everything was good, alignment and tires were fine, and they had no reason as to why it would be doing that.

- Janesville, MN, USA

problem #126

Dec 272018


  • 95,000 miles
When driving the power steering quits working and you canżT steer the car. You never know when it will happen, does it without warning. Almost impossible to turn the vehicle. Electric power steering and I have found hundreds of complaints online from other owners but this VIN doesnżT have the recall

- Union, OH, USA

problem #125

Dec 012018


  • 19,000 miles
The car infotainment screen and power steering suddenly and momentarily shut down.I bought the car 3 weeks a go. In the past three weeks the issue happened about a dozen times. When it happens the steering wheel becomes very hard to turn. Also the steering wheel cuts the power off to the infotainment screen and the blower fan, if it is jerked left and right quickly when the car is parked. After turtthe car off and back on the problem goes away.

- Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

problem #124

Nov 102018


  • 101,400 miles
When driving my cars electric system will shut down. Radio goes off then lights on the dash go crazy and steering wheel jerks real hard and loss of steering for a few seconds then it all comes back on.

- Sour Lake, TX, USA

problem #123

Nov 072018


  • 60,000 miles
While driving the vehicles electrical system, lights, radio dash start to intermittently go off then come back on. While this is happening the steering suddenly froze up while making a turn into oncoming traffic. This nearly caused a head on collision with oncoming cars. That same night when I pulled up in front of my house the headlights and instrument cluster kept flashing on and off.

- Luzerne, PA, USA

problem #122

Oct 222018


  • 70,500 miles
"service power steering" was displayed on my speedometer display when I started my car up this morning; the temperature was cold. The warning went away after sitting int he car for 2-3 minutes. My steering is a bit shaky at this point. I am taking it to the dealership asap; I have an extended warranty.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #121

Oct 172018


  • 85,000 miles
While driving the vehicle the car powers down. The radio turns off, lights on dash goes out and power steering locks up. If driven over a speed bump or pothole all electrical componets power down. I was driving and put my signal on, the vehicle shutdown and steering wheel locked until it rebooted itsself. There is no difference on street, highway nor speed. When it looses power there is no way to alert the nearby drivers with hazard lights as everything has been shut off. On going matter, has been to dealer multiple times and different locations

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #120

Jun 012015


  • 65,000 miles
I purchased a 2013 certified pre-owned Chevrolet Malibu from a Chevrolet dealership in November of 2014. I was satisfied with my purchase for a few months with no issues until I started having problems with the electrical. My first frightening experience was traveling on the interstate exiting onto a highway via a cloverleaf. While merging onto the highway, I lost all power, including power steering. Luckily no one was in the other lane, as my car veered across the line, into the other lane. The power came back on a few seconds later. I brought my car into the dealership where I purchased it, however they were unable to pinpoint the issue. They scanned the vehicles system for error codes, cleared the codes and sent me on my way. Since this initial issue, my car loses power randomly while driving, parked, using my turn signal, turning left, turning right, etc. The power steering goes out, the dashboard and vehicle display monitor go black. Some instances it will flicker, other times it will shut down completely. I have had it towed from my driveway as I have been unable to turn it on and towed from a retail parking lot. I have had the car inspected by the dealership 4 times and a separate privately owned garage twice, with no resolution. I contacted GM/Chevrolet regarding the issue and a case number was given to me. They had me bring my car to a Chevrolet dealership. After their inspection, the dealership stated it was the positive battery cable that is malfunctioning. I reached out to Chevrolet again about a resolution and they indicated the vehicle is outside of warranty so no repair support will be provided. If this issue would have been resolved within the initial inspection, the certified pre-owned status of my vehicle may have covered repairs. My concern is the larger impact of others experiencing the same issues and getting the same response by GM.

- West Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #119

Mar 242018


  • 77,494 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving, the instrument cluster lighting flickered and the vehicle lost power. Additionally, the steering wheel was difficult to turn. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to ed rinke Chevrolet Buick GMC (26125 van dyke, center line, mi 48015, (866) 461-1170) where it was diagnosed that the battery cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was contacted and provided case number: 8-4683000874. The contact was advised to call the dealer. The failure mileage was 77,494.

- Fraser, MI, USA

problem #118

Aug 252018


  • 66,600 miles
I would be driving the car and all the lights on the dashboard would come on and then go off. The steering would pull to the left. A couple of times all the lights on the dashboard would come on and the car would cut off while I'm driving on the road.

- Fork Union, VA, USA

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