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Front camera service and adaptive cruise control service lights keeping coming on. Repair of car lasted one day. Now it's back in the shop for the same problem, system drains my car battery. Is there a recall for this problem because now am without a car and am angry.
I purchased my 2010 Chevy Malibu LTZ slightly used with only 8,000 miles in same year of 2010. Thought I was getting a good bargain being that due to it being slightly used the price of the LTZ model was the same as the lower end models of the same year saving me $8,000 for all the upgrades. The first problem began roughly 3 years after purchase and around 45,000 miles.
I live in south Texas so even in the winter months temperatures are fairly mild but during our cold months I was unable to start my car in the mornings. I would turn the starter and it would sound as if it was trying to fire up engine so I tapped gas pedal and it would then start however a cloud of black fumes would come out of tailpipe. This happened on a few occasions so I took it to 2 separate mechanics who were unable to find cause of problem but believed it to be a fuel injection problem. They said normally a car would need to change the fuel filter but my car does not have a simple fuel filter to change. This worried me a great deal because it sounded like it will be a more expensive fix.
By chance, during the same time this was happening my passenger side low beam light went out. So I went to AutoZone to purchase light and usually they are kind enough to change the bulb for me however when the AutoZone worker came out and looked at my car said he would not be able to change my bulb due to the complexity of the design of my car. Had to be taken to a mechanic which cost $179 in labor just for headlight change. I spoke with same AutoZone worker about the problem I was having with my car not wanting to start when the weather is cold. He said to try using only high-octane gas from either Shell or Valero. Up until that point, I would buy my gas at any gas station and only use regular grade.
So I followed his advice and 4 years later I have not had any further problems with that issue. I chalked it up to having a "picky car." My car is now 7 years old with approximately 102,000. Last week the transmission went out. Up until the day it went out I had no indication there was a problem with the transmission. So I am now replacing the transmission with a Jasper at a total of $4,400. My car was just paid off 3 months ago and of course the warranty is out. I didn't bother to take it to Chevy but a very reputable auto mechanic in town.
I had their mechanics give it a thorough look over to see if anything else would need to be replaced or see any further potential problems. They did find that all 4 ball joints have a rubber seal that protects against grinding are all worn down and recommend replacing those at a cost of $650. Mechanic did indicate that it is rare to see them worn out and that on most cars that is something that sometimes never needs to be replaced. Headlight needed to be replaced once again about 4 months ago which this time was about $159. Both times the headlight was out I had them replace the bulbs on both sides since the cost of labor is so high.
To list a few other things my rear defrost went out about 3 years ago. I left it alone because being in south Texas I don't really find that I need it. The sunroof leaked when the car was approximately 3 years old. Luckily I had that fixed for free by a relative that works in an auto body shop. No problems with that since the fix. The leather interior is not holding up well on the driver's seat and door handles are peeling. Service ESC light appears frequently. I would like to say that I am good about taking my car in for regular service when car indicates it is time and use synthetic mix oil. High octane gas.
Overall I, will continue to drive my Malibu once the transmission is replaced but have not been happy with the design of the mechanical engineering of the car due to not having dipstick to check transmission fluid, no fuel filter and high cost to change headlights. I will drive this car as long as I can because I simply cannot afford a new car at this time but I will not buy a Chevrolet in the future. Not even sure who makes a good affordable midsized car anymore.
Disappointed because I really wanted to buy only American car. Especially when purchased back in 2010 right after all the car manufacturer's closing. I thought I was doing the patriotic thing at the time and "WAS" proud of the Chevy emblem. I could probably name a few more minor issues but I'm an easy going kind of person and never worried too much about the small stuff but when things become a danger or cost working class Americans more money than its worth I must speak up. Shame on GMC.
Took my 2011 Malibu in because the engine light came on. Got a dia. code of A0443. They told me my solenoid needed changing. Had it done for $371.00. A week later the engine light came back on. Called the dealer service dept. and was told if the engine light isn't blinking I can drive it, my mistake should have taken it back to them right away. Took it to AutoZone and got the same code A0443 to fix the original problem. Now my inspection is due. A few months later took it back to them and with another charge of $350.00 to change the gasket on the fuel tank. I express my belief that this was the original problem with the gasket and not the solenoid and was told many diff. problem can happen under that code relating to fuel leak. Don't know what's going to happen next, very disappointed. Ready for a class action lawsuit.
I got my 2016 Chevy Malibu in June of 2016 and it was a BRAND NEW CAR, 0 miles on it. And now not even 6 months later, I had 5 to 6 recalls then after the recalls the engine light start coming on and when I take it to them they say that it's normal for it to have a hard shift. I said, "No it's not I wanted" to give the car back and they was not going to do it. GM needs to do better on their cars, trucks because I will never by a Chevy Malibu from them by looking at the reviews on them and the problems I'm having already. This is crazy!!! We all need to get together and do a class action suit on them. I hope this helps someone that has a 2016 Chevy Malibu. They look good but NOOOOO to many problems being a NEW car. GM I need HELP!!!
We bought a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4L Ecotec in 2013 from a dealer. I am a car nut. This thing has been well maintained with premium synthetic fluids on a routine basis. The car had 30K miles on the odometer at the time of our purchase. Within the first 24 hours of purchasing the car, its check engine light came on and the car began to stall. Had to cycle the key multiple times to get the car to crank, idle, and run. Check engine light shining. Dealer advised to bring it in for a scan. Mass air flow sensor on day 2. At 45K miles, we were almost left stranded 30 miles from home. Engine began to stall, no power, CEL blazing on the dash again. Car would not idle enough to stay running. Had no choice but to wait for help. After an hour, the car started and ran normal again. This problem remains persistent and unpredictable without any explanation from the dealer, we never know when it's going to act out.
At 98K miles the tail lamps went haywire. Pedal depressed = lights off. Pedal released = lights on. Had to clean the connector in the passenger compartment. Last week at 101K miles, wife was driving down the highway and the car popped and lost all power. Transmission gave up the ghost. Lost first, third, fifth, and reverse. Now having to pay out more money to have a new transmission put in this never ending nightmare. The car is clean and immaculate, but a mechanical train wreck from day one. Way to set the bar low GM. Many of these cars have the same issues, but they have been ignored and dealers love to see them coming. GUARANTEED 100% this will be our last GM product.
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I bought this 2010 Chevy Malibu about a year and a half ago. It had 63,000 miles on it and have had nothing but issues. I have had a problem with the defrosters not working and when I went to the dealership they said that a fuse in the back panel had fried the entire fuse box and it all needed replaced. Brakes have been a major issue and have replaced them and the rotors on the front and the back. I have had to replace the headlights multiple times. The exhaust manifold cracked last winter from the snow touching the hot part under the car. The wipers quit working. Found out the problem is something in the linkage. Replaced fuses because they keep blowing for the cigarette lighter which is only used for charging a cell phone. The esc is always coming on at inappropriate times. The airbag has been serviced six times and is currently on.
Then yesterday I went to the store and came out and without warning the transmission went out. The car would not go in reverse and it would engage in first gear but would not go over 18 miles per hour. Would not go into second gear at all. Don't you know the extended warranty I bought just ran out and there is no help for me. What's the bill this time? $4500. I still owe $10,000 on this car and am beyond upset. I cannot believe Chevy would let this happen to people. I have always been a Chevy person and this ruined it for me. I will definitely be looking around for a FORD!!!
Recall and electrical issues - I purchased this car brand new in 2013 and have had electrical issues from day one. I would the car and the heat would come on full force and that was in the summertime. The radio constantly changes on its own between AUX, FM, and XM, so you cannot listen to music anymore, and I have been stranded 6 times as the electrical system would drain the battery and the alternator. Both have been replaced twice. I am seeking relief via the Delaware Lemon Law.
I have a 2015 Malibu. The check engine light is on and the tachometer has stopped working. GM says I have had rodent problems and have chewed up some wires. I took it to a guy that use to be an electrical engineer for GM and he says this is impossible, the tachometer works by a signal. I am lost and GM wants to charge about $1,000 to fix it. I am fed up with this car. Can someone help?
Within 6 weeks after having my transmission serviced 7/15/16 at an authorized dealer, the wave plate broke requiring a $3K repair. 2010 Malibu with only 78K miles! GM paid 50% but should have paid 100% due this is a design defect or recommended maintenance error. Do not get your transmission serviced on these cars unless you want to incur a major transmission repair or replacement. GM should be ashamed of how they are treating owners in these situation.
I bought this car back in December and I was completely scammed on it. The month I purchased it, the brakes completely went out which caused a wreck which did not do that bad of damage so I ended up spending money to fix the damage due to spending every last dime I had on this car. After fixing, it ran fine for a while then it started having many, many minor issues. Tire rod, new tires (after already having new tires) ball joints, lots of electrical issues from the front to back. It is now October of 2016 and I have yet had a break on this car. It is constantly one thing after another and it’s so unreliable and unsafe. With having a 5-year-old daughter that experienced the wreck with me, she's terrified to ride in the car with me but considering it's the only transportation that I have, I have no other choice but to deal with it. Now, there's oil leaks and possible transmission fluid leak on top of the transmission going bad due to the symptoms.
Due to the past of this car, the transmission was replaced back in 2014 so if it's not the transmission fluid leaking, how could the transmission already giving out. I'm stressed upon measures. I've never had this many car issues or driven a car period that is in this kind of condition. Every model Chevy Malibu should be completely taken off the market until the issues are fixed. I even researched the past issues on this car, and there's thousands of dollars of work.
This car is the worst!!! Got this car back in 2013. Thought I was getting a decent reliable vehicle, but it turned out to be a complete nightmare!!! At 80,000 miles my transmission broke down... got it repaired for $1,275.35 last year. Now it's 2016 and it down again at 104457 miles. How can this be?! I have read some reviews on here about other people's Chevy having the same issues and some of these cars/trucks are new vehicles! I had a 1999 Ford expedition that I bought used with 74,000 miles on it and end up putting 264500 miles on it, never had a transmission problem with it. I will not go Chevy again!!! Oh forgot to mention, my front speakers just stop working about 4 days ago. SMH!!! =(
There was a recall on my 2006 Chevy Malibu, I'm the 2nd owner... I bought the car in 2015. I've had it for about 8-9 months now! My car started to make loud noise and my steering wheel locks while driving. I've spent $100s of dollars for car repairs and a few Google searches... I saw it was a recall which was fixed but I'm having a problem that was already suppose to be fixed!!! Please help. I can't afford to fix Cannon Motor Oxford, MS mistakes???
Had a headlight replaced and already burnt out 1 month later. Also had the transmission replaced after car wouldn't reverse and wouldn't go pass 20mph. Car still jerks when ac is turned on. Lemon of a car. Only has 50,000 miles on it. Last year stalled on a busy street. Luckily some man stopped to help. Had to get car towed. Will never buy Chevy again. Keep reading all the same issues on the Malibu. Waiting for the 2011 recall so I can get the money back for the transmission.
2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Steering - My son went to pull out from a stop sign and the steering wheel wouldn't turn and he almost ran into the bushes straight ahead. Cars were coming and had to stop. Been having issues with for a while now with the steering wheel acting up. Sometimes when you put it in drive while the wheel is turned it jerks back. I've had recalls already done to the car but it's certainly not fixed. Called and was told a part for the steering had been replaced last year but being it's been over a year there is no warranty to fix again.
How can you take a vehicle for a recall and if still having problems not be corrected because it's been over a year??? Recalls should not have limits. I've read numerous times where people have the same issues on recalls over and over again. Regardless if a part was replaced this car clearly has more than one issue with steering and needs more than one part. It needs to be fixed!!! So now I can't allow my son to drive the car at all which leaves me without a reliable vehicle with too many steering problems.
I bought a 2010 Chevy Malibu in 2012 from Bommorito Chevy South. This was a certified vehicle which has only been a certified mess. I have spent $3500 replacing the transmission at 101,000 miles. Apparently something broke of course when my warranty expired. I am at 124,000 miles.
I just recently purchased a used 2015 Chevy Malibu. Took it to get an oil change and they said I need a transmission service. Already? I have a 2003 Volkswagen Passat for 5 years and I NEVER had to get a transmission service. What is going on? Are they going to recall these?
I was on the highway with my children on Saturday 9/10/16, when my 2009 Malibu went from 70 to 20 in seconds, complete loss of power, and my steering became difficult I was almost hit by a semi that swerved into another lane to avoid hitting me as I tried to get to side of the interstate. I was so shaken and upset my car had no power when pushing down on gas pedal. It started shaking violently, I turned it off and gained composure. Got out, check all my fluids which were good. Nothing overheating. Fan, everything had kicked on as it should, my lights at the time of incident started chiming and a service ESC came on .
I turned vehicle back on and lights were then off, and I was able to make it to the next exit with continued loss of power by continuing down the side of highway. I got off and pulled in to a S&S where he came out. An 11 Codes had popped up. He advised this car had recalls, and some complaints about issues I just experienced, and advised me to park it and get it to a dealership. Imagine if we had been hit and killed. Would my family had even know that this car malfunctioned at 70 and caused it? UPSET MOM.
Bought in 2012, by end of 2014 had replaced the transmission and engine along with several smaller issues. Today, was driving and power steering went out. Called, asked about a recall said that there was a recall but only til 150000 miles. Of course I'm at 160000. Have had nothing but problems with this car Chevy should be ashamed! I forgot to mention the changing of the headlights, have to pay $100 to get a 12 bulb changed and now one of the lights don't work at all because it keeps burning out the harness. Never again Chevy.
So, I bought this car in June of 2013 with 4200 miles on it. To date, it only has a little over 58,000. Today, I ended up stranded on a street during a very busy morning commute! Transmission is shot!!! So, the trans shop said $3,400! I still owe $7,000! What a pain! I wish I had known this was the a lemon for transmissions just like the Chrysler Town & Country! Had to replace that trans 2 times before I was able to buy this car! I will forever check this site 1st! Thinking I need to complain to GM just to vent my frustrations!
Recurring issues, possibly transmission? Purchased vehicle new and have had it back to three different dealerships for same problem within the past several months...none of which can replicate (except one) or properly diagnose. When you put the car into park and shut off the engine, a message appears that the vehicle is not in park. Have to restart the engine, put the transmission in gear, back in park and shut off again, occasionally several times. Dealership service departments put vehicle on diagnostics with no results, each at approximately $60/visit. GETTING OLD and extremely frustrating that they can't find the problem. Anyone else experiencing similar issues? Most recent issue is the brake signal light on the dashboard...so far this has been a one-time occurrence, but the dealership wasn't able to replicate THIS trouble light either. UGH!!!
My heart sank as I read some of the comments showing what was needed to fix it and then, of course the cost. Even the low end numbers on some of the comments for price were still very high. I was hoping for a miracle but I felt like I already knew before the dealership called back what it would be. Sure enough, as Jason ** called back, he told me about the "35R wave plate" and that the transmission would have to be disassembled. He estimated a cost of around $3800 but said that they would only know the actual number when they got it taken apart.
I understand the risk undertaken when you purchase a vehicle new or used. I understand there are going to be certain things in life that cannot be controlled by a dealership or a car company. There are certain things, however, that is a universal understanding (or should be) between a car company and their customers. One of these is the transmission. We did buy the car used but it only had a few thousand miles on it, and it was in the same year it was built. We bought it from a Chevy dealership (Jim Glover Chevrolet in Tulsa). We take care of our vehicles. We remain up to date on servicing and our cars are never driven in a reckless or dangerous manner. Over the course of six years we have driven it around 60,000 miles. It has either been in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Joplin, Missouri or Oklahoma City for the duration of our ownership. We have made about 5 family trips in that time where it was driven over 2+ hours.
I do not consider the 70,000 miles it has on it now to be worthy of a broken 35R wave plate or anything else in the transmission. I felt a bit naive reading over the comments related to this model of vehicle apparently dating all the way back to 2000. Through the years, my wife and I have developed a bit of blind trust for Chevrolet. Both of our families had Chevrolets growing up. Our friends had Chevrolets growing up. It was quite natural when we came together that the cars in our family would also be Chevrolet. I have to tell you, had I previously known about these issues you probably would not be receiving this email from me today because I never would have bought the Malibu to begin with.
The worst part is for me, and mostly everyone else with the same problems, is that there was absolutely no warning. Thursday the 18th. Fine. Morning of Friday the 19th. Fine. Coming home, for the first time since I've had it, the car scared me. By this evening, I have around a $4,000 problem. Needless to say, I think this should be a recall issue. Seeing the cars I grew up with go for 250,000 + miles without a transmission issue and this 2010 cannot make it to 70,000 without having to be replaced leaves me scratching my head.
Have 2010 Malibu brake lights always on exterior light stable control and traction lights comes on. Air bag always says needs serviced several issue, called and said no recalls on them but yet they are. I am not happy and cannot afford the repairs myself on disability and too expensive for me.
I feel as though everybody that owns a 2011 Malibu that has had many problems like myself we should all get together and have a class action lawsuit on Chevrolet. I bought my car in 2011 with 200 miles on it. Within the first year the transmission have gone out of it and I've had it at the shop 6 times to figure this out. I have also replaced the thermostat 10 times. The fuel pump as well as the steering column twice. Other things I've replaced has been the timing belt and the water pump as well as several sensors.
It was in the shop last week all week because It says "ESC off, service ESC, service traction" as well as the engine light. I've literally had my car in the shop more than 24 times in 18 months. I stress because how am I supposed to make a $400 car payment a month as well as garage payments to get my car fixed. I still owe like $8,000 on this car. So why haven't we got together and started a lawsuit against GMC/CHEVROLET. I'm tired of stressing.
Well I bought a used 2012 Chevy Malibu with 21,000 miles from a Chevy dealership in June 2012. After 4 years of using it my check engine light came on. I don't know why it is only 48,000 miles. I only use it 30,000 miles and I don't have any warranty anymore.
Purchased a 2010 brand new 6 years ago. At 101,000 miles the timing went out. Chevy offered to cover 40% of the cost because so close to the 100,000 warranty. Still $1200 out of my pocket. Now at 143,000 the transmission went out $4200! This is crap, $22,000 for a car, and not even 150k on it and broke down major twice.
I purchased a chevy Malibu ltz 2010 in 2013 - the car only had 30000 miles. I faithfully have done maintenance on this car and currently have 124000 miles on the vehicle. I had not wanted to purchase this vehicle due to the problems I had with a 2001 Malibu that we had to replace the engine at 65000 miles then a year later start replacing very large expensive parts all over again. It was finally thought it was the dexcool in which we had flushed out and different fluid put in - never had a problem again but GM would do nothing. So I was very hesitant about purchasing this vehicle. But I was assured GM had changed and that I had 100000 mile warranty.
I have lights that have come on esc traction list power steering on the highway all of which I was told were not on a recall list at least not my model or year. Now lights are off and have been for some time but I get a letter after 2 years that they have extended warranty to 120000 miles if it should occur - hmmmm car just turned 124000 miles. Other things that have occurred windshield wiper trans went during a heavy rainstorm on the freeway 485.00. The following week my actual transmission went at 114000, 3595.00. Now my check engine light is on again and it is thought to be my timing chain - will have diagnostic test on Thursday.
I have had more problems and complaints on this vehicle but won't go into it. I moved from the Detroit area and 95% of the resident in my neighborhood drive a Honda or Toyota. The mechanics I have dealt with tell me when a customer asks what vehicle they recommend - they tell them Honda, Toyota reason being they don't see them. I still owe on this car and can't get rid of it just yet although I am now probably looking more in repairs than I owe. I have decided to put a sign once more on the window of my car "car looks great" but ask me about its true colors!!!! I am so surprised just how many ask!!!
We purchased a 2015 Malibu 6 months ago. Supposed to been brand new for 27,000$!! 3 months later, whole car shut off and all...hail damaged vehicle is what it was!! We were put into so many rentals back and forth til today's date! A 2,3,4. The replacement was ridiculous and GM motors stood behind JK Chevy!! Now this 4th Malibu is 4 months old!! It's broken down!! Second time right now!! GM motors don't stand behind their products!!
Issue after issue after issue since day one. I know there's a recall in place but haven't been accommodated yet. So, now I'm seeking a class action lawsuit for justice and rectification. GM should be ashamed of its lack of business ethics and treating its customers the way they do. No integrity, no honor, and obviously no moral compass to undo the injustice they serve up with a smile!!!
I bought a 2013 new from Pop's Chevy in Prestonsburg KY. The car did very well until about 52,000 miles. At this time the car would stop running while in motion. The first time this happened I was going about 65mph down the highway. I took it to the dealer and was treated like I was crazy. I had this car at the dealers about everyday. The car was hooked to a computer for diagnostic and no codes were found. Finally they told me that my timing chain needed to be replaced. The work was done and I got my car back. Drove home and then to work out in the field (I work 22 counties) all the coolant leaks out. Had to be towed back to the dealer. They stated that they had creaked the coolant when fixing the motor. They fixed it and gave back.
The same thing happened the next day. I took it to a garage on the way to work. They changed the clamps (98 cents) for the hoses and fixed it. Now all the dash lights will go on and off. If I give a signal the headlight will go off. Turn on the wipers and the engine stops. No power steering or brakes. The car will eject the CD and suck it up and all lights flash. The traction control will kick in and jerk the car to a stop while I am accelerating. Took back to deal as this has been a recurring problem. I am told they don't have time for me. Took to private mechanic and he could not find a problem either. Made an educated guess and replaced the body control module. Problems ended but now are starting again. Was taking my child to a med appointment in another state when all lights started to flash. I stopped for gas and after I restarted the car the problems stopped. This is a very dangerous problem that Chevy needs to address before someone is killed.
I purchased a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS in 08/2014. I still owe $12,000 on the car. Since having the car I have had to put over $5000 in repairs in the car. In 12/2015 I had to replace the engine. Now 05/2016 I have to replace my transmission. Both my engine and transmission went out on the POS of car. After repairing the transmission I am trading it in and will never buy another Chevrolet Malibu. This has been my worst experience with cars. Never again!
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