Chevrolet Malibu Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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Electrical systems a joke

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Sensors and other electrical components constantly needing to be replaced. Very costly. GM should have disappeared in 2009.

Review submitted by:Matt

Pros:Nice look

Cons:No quality at all

Worst vehicle I ever owned

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I have had the 2017 Malibu for almost 3 years and I hate it so much I cry sometimes when I think about what I owe on it. The car is way overpriced and is extremely poorly made. The sound proofing on this car is non existent, the craftsmanship of

Review submitted by:Malibu

Pros:None

Cons:Everything and anything you can think of.

GARBAGE! Avoid at all cost!

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

2016 new off the lot. Shifter cable failure before 20 thousand miles. Had to go back cause software issue also. Third brake light missing nuts from factory, leaked water into car and molded up trunk including staining headliner. Engine light came on at 60 thousand miles. Was told expensive fix

Review submitted by:Jets1230

Pros:Brake lasted till 80 thousand miles.

Cons:lemon from day one

Cheap Chevy product

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Bought new 2017 and with 91,000 miles after engine light stating Assist Battery would come on and then disappear, took it to dealership and was told it needed a new engine. Since it was out of warranty the cost was all mine-$8,000. This is not what I expected from a

Review submitted by:Snowy

Get it if you want several problems

Model Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

This car has several recalls starting with ecm failing to connect with the speed making it reduce while driving. Took it to the dealer many time just to be told that nothing is wrong. Then start button wouldn’t work from time to time showing check engine and service stabilitrack not

Review submitted by:Chaparra

Pros:Look nice, nice interior, Bluetooth system good

Cons:Engine problems and brakes failure

Garbage. Avoid this car and Chevy in general

Model Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Too many minor issues on this car from brake booster and steering issues to seat track and seat release replacement. Glad for warranty. Avoid this car at all cost. Quickly depreciates and you will spend more time in the dealer than on the road. Never buy!

Review submitted by:Aj123

Pros:Fuel efficiency

Cons:poor quality, overpriced, unreliable

Transmission is garbage.

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

When I first bought the car, it was giving me problems after I was driving it home. I was already thinking, this transmission is pure garbage. I had to get it towed to the shop for repairs, after only 2 days! I was upset, a brand new car, and it's

Review submitted by:Aggravated Malibu Owner

Pros:Transmission Failure.

Cons:Noisy transmission slips on you.

Constant issues

Model Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I've had this car for 8 months and have had several issues and recalls: 1. Week 2 of owning the car: Electrical "malfunction, check engine light came on: system needed a re-boot. 2. After 2 months: accelerator pedal sensor: Puts car in reduced power mode, dropping speeds to ~20MPH [even

Review submitted by:Ed

Bluetooth Disconnects from Audio

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Every single time. EVERY TIME. Bluetooth plays one song then audio goes silent for music AND any other apps you might need (maps, etc). Have to pull over, turn off car, open door, turn on car again. I've paired, unpaired, repaired, restarted phone, checked for updates (both phone and Chevy

Review submitted by:Mo

Pros:Pretty and rides nicely.

Cons:Bluetooth disconnects from audio EVERY TIME.

Auto start and 1.5 liter turbo = avoid this car

Model Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

The auto start and turbo on the car are very discomforting. I've had many problems with my 6 month old malibu having acceleration issues and the car jolts like the transmission might dump out of the car when the auto start feature goes in affect. This car is not safe

Review submitted by:Travis

Pros:Aesthetic exterior

Cons:ECM and steering recalls, poor performance

Not a good road car

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Might be a good car for someone who drives a couple days a week, short distances.

Review submitted by:Road warrior

Pros:Nice exterior styling

Cons:Poor quality, Poor performance, Poor ergonomics

Very cheaply made car

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I have already had to replace the suspension, intercooler, along with many other failed parts. Many people have had engine failures with the 1.5L

Review submitted by:Milemaker

Pros:Good on gas

Cons:Unreliable

JUST DON'T BUY IT

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Don't buy this vehicle. Bought new... Before 50k miles, engine had to be replaced bc the engine was burning oil. Fast forward 25k miles and I'm starting to have the same issues. Only difference is now I'm out of my original warranty and will soon need another 8k engine. Also,

Review submitted by:Stacy

Pros:Pretty

Cons:Everything

A headache

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

The car's auto stop feature is the most annoying part of this car. It makes sense at red lights I GUESS, but if you live in a city and do a lot of quick stops it's inconvenient. The car is also so low to the ground that it is almost

Review submitted by:Rick

Pros:Spacious inside and very comfortable seats.

Cons:Engine problems, radio problems, problems.

I loved this car but then..

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Chevrolet

Model:

Malibu

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I loved this car but then I was driving on the highway and my car randomly turned off and cut power to the engine. Luckily I was stuck in traffic so I wasnt in too dangerous of a situation. Now I dont feel safe in my own car. Right now

Review submitted by:manda3235

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