really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,077 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 252013

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles


I was T boned by another vehicle going the wrong way on a one way. I then was sent up a curb 35 mph hitting a tree head on dragging the car down the tree then went up a small hill almost ending up in someones porch. I passed out at some point. Not one airbag went off in my vehicle. I contacted GM and they requested pictures first. I sent pictures of the Malibu and was told they didn't feel the airbags should of deployed. I would have to find the vehicle for them to check the module. I found the vehicle and GM says the module was now put in another vehicle and I now have to find that vehicle. This next person might not live through a accident. Why wouldn't they find this.vehicle and check the module" my car was totaled. I worry about the person now driving with this module in their car! isn't this the problem GM has now"

- Peoria Heights, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 042009

Malibu Classic

  • 2,000 miles
When we purchased the Malibu ltz V6 fully loaded, leather seats all the upgraded options I thought I was getting a "excellent" car. I was delusional ! within a couple of months I had a problem with my radio, and components in the radio saying" aux input device" and it kept turning on and off ! I called Chevrolet in green cove springs Florida and asked them about it and they said it was "nothing" it wasn't nothing ! I was told of course "after my warranty expired" that it was the electrical system! and that I would have to pay more then $3,000 to fix it! nice GM! because the electrical system is wired into the radio so when they radio has a problem guess what ladies and gentlemen ? everything goes to hell ! also my motors on all my doors have failed at least once and now because my electrical system is going my doors open and close when they want to ! I was driving on highway at 70 miles and hour and all of a sudden my car started to slow down as if I had no power again they said nothing was wrong ! this is my first Chevrolet and my last ! I am trading this garbage in for a foreign car ! probably a Fiat ! thank you ! GM should be ashamed of themselves we the american people bailed them out and they have china who btw hates us ! making parts for our cars ! omg I just love this country !

- Orange Park , FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 092012

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 125,232 miles
2008 Malibu shows "ice possible" and then traction light comes on and then engine power reduce light comes on and the engine starts to slow down. This happens on the high way, in traffic, while accelerating and honestly going up and down hills. Took to service center and they said it was the mass air flow sensor, however after replacing the vehicle is still having the same issues. Contacted Chevrolet and they told me to have the recall on the vehicle done however the mechanic told me the recall has nothing to do with the issue and he doesn't know why the car is doing that. I have looked on line and no one seems to have a resolve for the issue. This should definitely be a defect and something that is recalled immediately as it is very dangerous.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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