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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,385 miles

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu engine problems

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Comments

problem #13

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 #12

Mar 142016


  • 39,000 miles
Takata recall. Started my Malibu to run some errands and the stabilitrk light came on and it said reduced engine power. This is a 2014 Malibu lt. After driving it, the stabilitrk light went off but the light for the reduced engine power is still on. The car is not running the way it should. I have it scheduled for a diagnostics. Seems this is an issue with GM. When driving the car had no power and this happened on the first start of the morning.

- Richfield, NC, USA

problem #11

Oct 152015


  • 35,956 miles
2014 Malibu has the 2.5L ecotec engine equipped with start/stop technology when I stop/brake the engine only shut lest than 10% of time. Have had into the dealer two times for this they said all in spec. The Malibu stops/starts so infrequently that it surprises me when it does shut off.

- Owosso, MI, USA

problem #10

Sep 242015


  • 39,130 miles


While driving over 65 mph on the expressway, my vehicle began to vibrate heavily and then stopped accelerating. The engine cut off (auto start/ stop feature) and after a few seconds, came back on. I was able to get over to the shoulder, but the vehicle would not go over 10 mph. The car had to be towed to the dealership.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #9

Dec 282014


  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate and the engine RPM's increased. In addition, the vehicle jerked violently. The vehicle was stopped and failed to reverse. The vehicle was restated and jerked into gear. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 21,000.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #8

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

problem #7

Jul 212014


  • 2,000 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while the vehicle parked, there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle and suddenly engulfed into flames. The fire department extinguished the fire. A police report was filed. The fire department determined that the fire started from the engine. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was 2,000.

- Saint Martinville , LA, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Jan 232014


  • 6,800 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate and there was a sudden increase in engine rpms. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician was unable to detect a failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 6,800 and the current was 7,100. Updated 8/11/14

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 242014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 230 miles
There is a grinding noise coming from the engine compartment. I do believe there are other complaints on this same issue.

- Daisytown, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 262014

Malibu 4-cyl

  • 300 miles


I just purchased a 2014 Malibu on 04- 22 for my daughter. Due to my daughter telling me that the brakes felt mushy in her car I decided to test drive it myself. While driving down my street at approx. 25mph with the brake slightly depressed, the transmission shifted unexpectedly and the engine seem to rev up. This made the vehicle that much harder to control and stop. This has to be looked into a.S.a.P. I do not want my daughter to continue driving this vehicle until there is a solution. Going to take this vehicle back to the dealership first thing Monday.

- Daisytown, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 152014


  • 500 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while braking to a complete stop, the vehicle engaged into sleep mode. Once the contact released the brakes, the vehicle started to slowly reverse. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacture was notified and was advised that the vehicle was designed to function in the manner it did. The failure mileage was 500 and the current mileage was 2,000.

- Griffith, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 222014


  • miles
As I was driving and come to a stop light, my vehicle cut off and once I let off the brake, to go, the car started back without me doing anything. When I was at the drive thru window, my foot was on the brake and I was still in drive mode, the car cut off, and when I let of the brake slightly the vehicle started all by itself. Both incidents happened a week apart.

- Clinton Township , MI, USA

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