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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,200 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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2014 Chevrolet Malibu brakes problems

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 092017


  • 85,000 miles


Since I have purchased this vehicle I have had issue after issue with trim, ABS, stability track, heating system, transmission, and wheel bearings. I have had the stability track fixed twice, transmission was leaking (covered under a recall). Wheel bearings in rear both sides have been replaced before 80000 miles. Wiring harness to wheels, the dealer ship had to splice ( I still cant see how wiring harness is not a covered component. For a manufacture based out of a state that has snow, and to provide a vehicle that has a stability sensor that gets dirty because of salt that will error is beyond my comprehension. Same for the default wheel bearings one winter in Michigan and they had to be replaced (also not a covered feature). Trim that blows off on the express way. I lost my window trim and the front black cover. Funny how the 2015 models have a screw in them but nothing for us poor 2014 owners that had an issue. I can purchase a new one at $60 (really its plastic). ABS comes on every time I have an issue with the stability track, which is every winter it gets dirty. Engine light on now so I cant auto start the car, more than likely that will be caused by the glamorous aux battery that was engineered for the lovey auto stop feature that I have no control over. Have appointment with dealership to be ripped off some more.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #13

May 162015


  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 45 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. The check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be upgraded. The vehicle was not repaired. On another occasion, when the brake pedal was depressed, there was an abnormal sound emitting from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. When shifting gears, there was an abnormal sound emitting from the shifter. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician stated that the vehicle was operating as designed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 14,000.

- Olympia Trails, IL, USA

problem #12

Apr 042016


  • 17,065 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 20 mph, the power seized. The vehicle was able to restart after several attempts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake booster and PCM wiring needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 17,065. The VIN was not included.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #11

Mar 042016


  • 60,000 miles


Stabilitrak® stability control system, anti lock brakes and wheel bearing. 2nd time I have had these lights come on, driving and tracking control kicked in and then the lights all appear. I paid to have it fixed, and they spliced into the wire, not covered under warranty according to care. Yet it is part of wiring harness.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #10

Nov 182015


  • 34,000 miles
Driving car on the expressway hit a puddle ABS light along with check stabil trak and check break assist system come on, few minutes down the road attempt to break and turn wheel neither work, hit guard rail L, after hitting guard rail another warning light saying service power steering, drive with care appears, took to dealer filed claim with GM to fix body damage for manufactures defect. GM did nothing, blamed issue on whee bearing.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #9

Oct 012014


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle was difficult to stop. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number:14V240000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #8

Oct 152014


  • miles


I pulled to a stop at a stop sign. The car went into auto stop. As I try to navigate right the steering lock up on me. This made the car start climbing the side of the road. I tried to step on the brakes and the car accelerated and hit the wall.

- Lenoir City, TN, USA

problem #7

Jun 232014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
Purchased this car on April 22, 2014. At 738 miles the vehicle was taken in for brake issues. Was told that I had to wait at least till the car had 1700 miles on it so the new parts would settle. I read in a news paper article that this vehicle had a open recall on it. I then returned to the service department on May 16 2014. I told the service manager about the recall. He stated that there was nothing in there system concerning this matter. Make a long story short there was a valid recall on this car. I have taken this car back 4 other times for this brake issue. Service department states there is nothing wrong. I still have the intermittent brake issue in which one mechanic agreed that he felt the long pedal on the brakes.. GM states that the car is performing as should. Someone needs to contact the new global safety chief([xxx] ). this sounds like ignition switch drama all over again. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Daisytown, PA, USA

problem #6

Jul 082014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 12,452 miles
On 7/8 I went in for a regular oil change. GM told me there was a recall and they set my brakes. My car has what is called an auto stop feature that save fuel. After they fixed my brakes and I drove away my auto stop would not engage at all. I took it back right back on 7/8. they told me they fixed the auto stop. I drove away again for the second time. Auto stop still not engaging. I took it right back. I then called nine days later they said it was fixed but when I got there it had not been fixed and they traded our rental for what they call a drac car. They called me and told me that there was something wrong and they would have to reset the computer completely. They then call back at 3:30 to tell me it was fixed. This was 7/14. I picked it up today 7/15 and auto stop is not working. They want me to keep it a couple days before I bring it back.

- Lucasville , OH, USA

problem #5

May 082014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The auto stop/start fail two time the check engine light came on took it in two time to get it fixed. When driving it will down shift when I take my foot of the gas.

- Phillips Ranch , CA, USA

problem #4

May 132014


  • 2,000 miles


While driving down the highway at 65 mph an animal began entering my path. Due to the size of the animal I immediately applied the brakes hard. The vehicle immediately jerked the steering wheel to the left and then even harder to the right. Had I not had both hands on the wheel, it is highly probable that control of the car would have been lost when it jerked to the right. As it was, I was able to control the car but this was a scary emergency stop event. I did not have to stop the car and did get slowed enough to avoid an accident -- it was the reaction of the car jerking left and more powerfully to the right that was scary and was definitely not expected. The car has disc brakes all around.

- Chickasha, OK, USA

problem #3

May 172014


  • 100 miles
The contact leased a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 25 mph, the brakes failed and the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. A police report was filed. The contact sustained neck and back injuries which required medical attention. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14V252000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #2

May 102014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 158 miles
The brakes felt low and then the low brake fluid warning light and also stability track alarm and the brake light on the other side lit up. I drove a few miles more and the alarms would sound every time I hit the brakes. The car had to be flat bedded back to the dealer. The truck driver looked for brake fluid level, there was no brake fluid at all. I was informed later that the brake fluid had all leaked out the rear caliper. This has not been resolved, car is still at dealer.

- East Haven, CT, USA

problem #1

Jan 032014


  • 1,029 miles
1st incident when applying the brake the vehicle would do a extreme pull to the right. 2nd incident 2/24/14 mile 2940 - transmission shuts down after exiting highway.

- Union City, GA, USA

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