hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,550 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 012013

Malibu Classic 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


A safety hazard exists due to power door locks not locking/unlocking consistently on three out of four doors of the vehicle. The problem could cause occupants, particularly children in the rear seats, to become trapped during an emergency.

- Wetumpka, AL, USA

problem #3

Apr 012013

Malibu Classic 6-cyl

  • 57,200 miles
Door locks are failing to lock and unlock, with the key fob or, with the inside switch, from the drivers side or from either one of the three other doors. This is a major safety issue as, if someone is about to get robbed, raped, beat up or a car jacking is about to occur and, the door locks fails to lock or unlock then, someone could get raped, injured or even killed. Please pay attention to this message and take action against General Motors to get this issue resolved. I think, along with every other 08 or 09 Malibu owners, that General Motors is using this for a "cash cow" as they too are unwilling to budge and do the right thing by making and installing an upgraded locking system that will last for more than five years. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Miles City, MT, USA

problem #2

Jan 112011

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu classic. The contact stated that the rear driver and passenger side doors could not be unlocked. The locks on the doors were broke. The contact stated that she attempted to open the doors from the exterior but to no avail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they advised that the locks needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified and offered to cover half of the repair expenses. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 42,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 08/07/12 updated 08/15/12

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Jun 012009

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
In this 4 door vehicle, the door lock actuators appear to have a defect that has affected numerous vehicles of the same make and model. The door lock actuators either completely fail or become intermittent. There are two primary safety concerns with these actuators failing. The first being that not all the locks automatically lock when vehicle is placed into drive, giving women or men a false sense of security against car jacking because they have no indication that all the locks are working or not on all four doors. Secondly, impaired personnel or pregnant woman may not be able to reach (manually) from the inside to the rear locks to unlock the door due to the positioning of the latch to the far most aft position of the vehicle. Nor is there a key slot to unlock the rear or passenger doors from the outside. Therefore, someone with a disability or pregnancy may become injured while trying to maneuver in a position to unlock the rear doors via the inside lock latch. A simple internet search of the issue revealed that this is a known defect that many consumers are experiencing. In fact, Chevrolet re-engineered the door lock actuator for newer models and for replacement parts of older models, hence confirming the defect. However, no recall has been issued to protect consumers against a known issue. The safety of vehicle occupants and owners are compromised by this flaw. Case in point, October of this year in al, three men robbed a man and left the area in his Chevy Malibu. Asking a consumer with a disability or who is pregnant, who buys this vehicle with automatic locks, to crawl over their seats to secure/unsecure their vehicle is wrong. Please help.

- Brooksville, FL, USA

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