hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,422 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 022016

Malibu Hybrid

  • 101,844 miles


When driving, 2 messages appeared on dash - "power steering" and "service air bag." When attempting to start the car later, it would not turn over, and the "anti-theft" light was on, along with the other 2 warning messages from above. After other lights turned off, the "anti-theft" and "service engine light" remained and the car would not start. Odometer: 101844

- Midland, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 242009

Malibu Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
First summer of ownership, hot day, airconditioner on. Car started flashing all kinds of warnings. Pulled off road as soon as possible. Loss of power steering while pulling into lot and then car shut off and would not start again. At first service, told dealership what happened but they did not know what the cause was. That same year or next year there was a recall on the hybrid battery and it was replaced. Thought maybe my problem would not occur again but every summer had similar incidents with car pulling into stop and shutting off. Was able to start car again after sitting for several minutes. Diagnostics show nothing wrong at dealership. July 23 2013 on a rainy highway (air conditioner not on because needs new compressor), same situation suddenly happens. Flashing warning lights, loss of power steering and eventually all power after getting off highway(thankgod). Police had to push car out of intersection and tow truck driver gave car a jump and parked car in safe place and got a cab to a very expensive concert a half hour late. After concert, car started and took car to sears for a new battery as tow truck driver suggested. July 26 made drive halfway across state. No incident. July 29 driving home. Battery light comes on after making rest stop. Kept driving on highway(nice day, no rain) but car shuts off again, fortunately just after getting off highway. This is getting dangerous! onstar sees electrical problem on diagnostics. Towed to Chevy dealership. Rent car to get back home. Once again diagnostics show no problem. Now I have to take my rental car 2 hours to get my own car. Going to call GM. Wish me luck on the highway. Hope I get the car back home!

- Bellevue, PA, USA

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