hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,585 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic electrical problems

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic Owner Comments

problem #10

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 #9

Jun 032014

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
I have had to drive my car to the dealership to have them to release my key from the ignition a couple time and never thought anything of it, but in June the beginning the key wouldn't come out. So I called the dealer to find out I had to replace the ignition switch alone with my shift that cost me $884 dollars. They claim no warranties. I called Chevrolet to find there was recall, but it was done just before I purchase the car in 2009. But it kind of bizarre the key was still getting stuck if it was replace. Is there any way you can help me to resolve this situation. I am concern why this would need to be replace, because if continue to replace wouldn't mean it still a defeat part. Please help.

- Irondequiot, NY, USA

problem #8

Jan 012012

Malibu Classic 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The ignition switch has been difficult to move from off to start position and the gear shift has been difficult to move into gear; this has occurred for a couple of years. I called previously and was told that my VIN wasn't part of any recall. I have to believe that GM hasn't recognized that this VIN also has an issue, but just hasn't identified my VIN or sent me the information. I also had to spend $1000 on another issue with this Malibu, which I called again to see if there was a recall and there wasn't. please check out my complaints before another accident occurs.

- Freeburg, IL, USA

problem #7

Aug 112013

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles


My husband and I have a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu (purchased new) with 41,000 miles. Recently, I noticed my back door car locks did not work. I called the dealer and am told we need new actuators; no recall as it is not a safety issue. I disagree - pressing a lock on your door should lock your door. Plus when I manually lock the doors, if an emergency arose I would not be able to unlock the back doors without crawling into the back seat to unlock. The dealer quoted a cost of $250 per door plus labor. My point is - this is a safety concern to me and my family. I phoned GM and am again told it is not a safety concern. Again, I politely disagreed. Is it possible for the ntsa to review this issue with GM? thank you so much for considering my concern.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

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 #5

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 #4

Sep 192011

Malibu Classic 4-cyl

  • miles


When vehicles steering wheel is turned left or right it makes a loud clicking noise like its going to break. Does not allow accurate steering while driving. The driver rear windows electric suspension wire popped and came unraveled and window drops. Fuel level range sensor does not provide accurate reading. Also, disabled fuel gauge arm in dash (fluctuates). Diagnosis ran and seems to be no issue with fuel pump. While driving the arm bar that keeps seat level and in place snapped and seat fell as vehicle was in motion (70mph on freeway).. very scary.. since steering column already feels like its going to fall apart.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 222013

Malibu Classic

  • 115,650 miles
For about 3 weeks now every time I turn the steering wheel to the left it wants to "jump" it acts like it is hanging up somewhere. On 3-2-2013 I got into the car and the power steering wasn't working. I got back home and shut it off and turned it back on about an hour later and it worked again.

- Dayton, TX, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Dec 182009

Malibu Classic

  • 43,000 miles
Erratic fuel gauge, check engine light stays on. 2008 Chevy Malibu. Problem started 2 months ago, dealership says that this is a common problem due to a defective, cheap piece of metal in the fuel gage that easily corrodes. Chevrolet refuses to recall part even though it is defective. They also told me that the check engine light staying on all of the time is related. I am requesting that an investigation be conducted to make GM recall the defective part. The consequence is that I have a car that has a defective part, I never know how much gas I have, I don't know if the check engine light is on because of the defective part or a real problem. The resale value of this car is extremely poor. I bought this car because it was "2008 car of the year". the cost to repair this car is extremely expensive and this is a problem that GM has known about for at least 10 years yet they will not fix the part. This can happen at any speed, any time. I have run out of gas while driving on the interstate, causing a safety hazard.

- Edgewood, NM, USA

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