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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,241 miles

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu electrical problems

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 192016


  • 31,000 miles


The reason for this complaint is because I believe Chevrolet has defective ABS sensor embedded in the wheel hub of this vehicle. We purchased two of these Chevrolet Malibu cars a couple months apart and have experienced the same problem with each. One of our vehicles was out of warranty (VIN 1G11E5sl9ef253406) and repairs come at a cost of $450 plus per occurrence with under 65 housand miles. We have suffered the same failure twice with the out of warranty vehicle less than 2 months and 3 thousand miles apart. After doing minimal research and comments made by the mechanic at our small dealer I believe this is a much larger problem than a coincidence. People purchase these vehicles with the ABS - traction control and expect them to function properly without expensive repairs as regular maintenance. I believe this should be investigated further. As of today there are no recalls for this defect. I have opened a service request with GM 8-2656937595 this vehicle had a sensor failure which is embedded in the hub assembly. The sensor failure disables the ABS and traction control system of the vehicle. The entire hub assembly had to be replaced. This failure happened within the Chevrolet bumper to bumper warranty period consequently it was repaired under the manufacturer warranty.

- Kalispell, MT, USA

problem #6

Oct 032014


  • 3,500 miles
On cloudless days when the sun is about 30 degrees or lower in the sky the automatic headlights turn on and the vehicle dims the instrument panel. It is too bright outside to drive without sunglasses and almost impossible to see the dimmed gauges. My other vehicles with automatic headlights do not turn on when it is so bright outside.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #5

May 162016


  • 64,100 miles
"takata recall" when my wife got into car and turned it on she turned A/C on and it was only blowing hot air. Then she noticed all dash lights and gauges were not working as well. It also gave her lots of prompts saying service air bags and oil. She tried driving it down the street and she noticed odometer, speedometer, and gas gauges were not working as well. She also said the touchscreen for radio was totally black and radio was not working. So she brought it back home and turned it off and radio came on and did not want to turn off even while car was off and doors were open. So I came home and turned car back on and now everything seems to be working properly. We dont know if this is an early sign of something going out or is going to be out in the future but this is a safety issue because you can be driving and what if this happens again......

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 032016


  • 50,000 miles


While the vehicle is moving and someone is in the passenger seat, the entire instrument cluster, all gauges and the radio goes black, except for the middle screen which then flashed "service air bag system, service tire pressure monitoring system, service passenger monitoring system." I have no idea how fast I am going or anything else to do with the vehicle, however there is no interruption of power or any affect to the engine. If the passenger lifts themselves off the seat, the system then resets and everything runs perfectly. This does not happen every time someone is in the seat. Sometimes it happens alot, and sometimes it doesn't happen for days. I have taken it to the dealer on several occasions, I have 6 pages or error codes showing a loss in communication. I believe that there is possibly something loose or that a sensor is going bad, however, the dealer is unable to locate this problem.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 052014


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the remote control start failed and the alarm sounded. The contact had to use the function button to reset the alarm. The failure occurred several times. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 032014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • miles
This car has been damaged from the day we purchased it, we were finally told it was more than likely tied down too tight on the delivery truck. It has many issues such as the body doesn't line up, the electronics are bad and the care has shut down going down the freeway twice, the paint is dirty and peeling, the GM rep said there was nothing they can do to fix the vehicle but they will not stand behind it and refund my money or give me another new one.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #1

Oct 272014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 4,089 miles
Hendrick Chevrolet Norfolk Virginia dealer service found GM history code dtc U0121 for this failure. My 2014 Chevrolet Malibu suddenly and fully ceased operating while stopping at a traffic red light in downtown Norfolk va; even lost all electrical including the emergency / hazard light not operating. The car went completely dead while taking foot off of brake and pressing on gas pedal after traffic light turned green; all dashboard displays went dark. It took 3 attempts to re-start the car over a period of 11 minutes (paused for some time after 2nd try). Very dangerous for my wife who was driving during this incident! we then brought this car to hendrick Chevrolet Norfolk service dept. Who found code dtc U0121 indicating "loss of communication with the ebcm" on our car computer history for Oct. 27 2014 corresponding to the date and time of this incident. This dealer informed that they have recently seen one additional problem of this same type for another owner of 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, who just happens to be the service manager at this dealership hendrick Chevrolet Norfolk Virginia. This dealer service visit is documented on their invoice no. [xxx]1 dated 10/27/2014. My wife and I are now extremely concerned about the safety of this car which has the Chevrolet stop-start engine technology. The dealer advised that they have no fix for this at this time and that I should directly report it to Chevrolet / GM which I have now also done. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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