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CHEVROLET MALIBU - 2011 CHEVROLET MALIBU Problems & Complaints

 
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There are 428 complaints filed for the 2011 CHEVROLET MALIBU

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2011 CHEVROLET MALIBU. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2011 CHEVROLET MALIBU, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Air Bags (47) Equipment (1) Power Train (60) Steering (60) Unknown Or Other (20)
Electrical System (102) Exterior Lighting (9) Seat Belts (27) Structure (11) Vehicle Speed Control (51)
Electronic Stability Control (95) Fuel Propulsion System (15) Seats (11) Suspension (7) Visibility (6)
Engine (92) Fuel System Gasoline (4) Service Brakes (14) Tires (5) Visibility Wiper (4)
Engine And Engine Cooling (12) Latches Locks Linkages (2) Service Brakes Hydraulic (5) Traction Control System (12) Wheels (5)

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

9/23/2016 - FLORA, MS
THE DRIVER SIDE LOW BEAM LIGHT CONTINUE TO BLOW, I HAVE REPLACED THE BULB 5 TIMES AND ALSO REPLACE A BURNT-OUT WIRE BUT THE BULB HAS BLOWN AGAIN AND IT'S GETTING VERY EXPENSIVE.

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AIR BAGS

9/21/2016 - AMHERST, NY
AIR BAG DIDN'T DEPLOY NORMALLY. HAD AN ACCIDENT AND DRIVER BAG DEPLOYED LITTLE. PASSENGER NEVER DEPLOYED. CAR WAS ON HIGHWAY. INVOLVED WITH ANOTHER CAR THEIR'S FULLY DEPLOYED.

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POWER TRAIN

9/20/2016 - SAINT PAUL, MN
HAD MULTIPLE CONCERNS REGARDING SLOW ACCELERATION AND ROUGH JERKING WHEN SHIFTING GEARS WHICH I WAS TOLD WAS NORMAL FOR MY VEHICLE MODEL ESPECIALLY IN COMPARISON TO MY PREVIOUS VEHICLE AN HONDA ACCORD. PURCHASED CAR WITH 34K MILES ON IT AT 56K MILES I WAS REVERSING OUT OF A PARKING SPOT AND FELT A SUDDEN HESITATION. CAR STILL DROVE NORMAL IN DRIVE, DROVE ABOUT HALF A MILE ON HIGHWAY AND ONCE EXITING HIGHWAY I NOTICED A WEIRD SCREECHING SOUND COMING FROM MY CAR. PULLED OVER TO A MCDONALDS TO INSPECT VEHICLE AND IT WAS STILL MAKING NOISE. TURNED VEHICLE OFF AND WENT THROUGH P,N,D AND SOUND PERSISTED. DROVE VEHICLE A FEW BLOCKS SINCE I WAS CLOSE TO HOME AND SOUND STOPPED. BROUGHT CAR TO A REPAIR SHOP TO HAVE INSPECTED PER THE SHOP EVERYTHING WAS INTACT AND THEY COULD NOT DUPLICATE NOISE. ONE DAY LATER I STOPPED ON A SIDE STREET AT A STOP SIGN AND WHEN I PRESSED THE GAS TO PULL AWAY FROM STOP SIGN CAR WOULD NOT MOVE. TRIED AGAIN, CAR REVVED AND MOMENTS LATER CAR WOULD JERK FORWARD VIOLENTLY. CRAWLED CAR TO SIDE OF STREET AND HAD TOWED TO DEALERSHIP WHERE THEY DIAGNOSED THE ISSUE AS TRANSMISSION FAILURE, DEEPER DIAGNOSTIC WORK REVEALED A BELT HAD BROKEN WITHIN THE TRANSMISSION. HAVE RECEIVED CAR BACK WITH REBUILT TRANSMISSION HOWEVER CAR STILL IS VERY SLUGGISH WITH SLOW RESPONSE IN 1ST AND 2ND GEAR.

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TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM

9/20/2016 - ERIN, TN
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2011 CHEVROLET MALIBU. WHILE DRIVING VARIOUS SPEEDS, THE VEHICLE SHOOK VIOLENTLY AND THE ESC AND TRACTION CONTROL WARNING INDICATORS REMAINED ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V252000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL, EXTERIOR LIGHTING, SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC, VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL). THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 125,333.

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

9/20/2016 - ERIN, TN
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2011 CHEVROLET MALIBU. WHILE DRIVING VARIOUS SPEEDS, THE VEHICLE SHOOK VIOLENTLY AND THE ESC AND TRACTION CONTROL WARNING INDICATORS REMAINED ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V252000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL, EXTERIOR LIGHTING, SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC, VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL). THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 125,333.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

9/20/2016 - ERIN, TN
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2011 CHEVROLET MALIBU. WHILE DRIVING VARIOUS SPEEDS, THE VEHICLE SHOOK VIOLENTLY AND THE ESC AND TRACTION CONTROL WARNING INDICATORS REMAINED ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V252000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL, EXTERIOR LIGHTING, SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC, VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL). THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 125,333.

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POWER TRAIN

8/29/2016 - BOSSIER CITY, LA
TRANSMISSION BEGAN LAGGING BETWEEN SHIFTS FOR 3RD & 5TH GEARS. TOOK IT IN TO THE LOCAL DEALERSHIP WHO NOTED THE ISSUE BUT TOLD US THAT THERE WERE NO CODES SO THEY WOULDN'T DO ANYTHING. AFTER A COUPLE OF MONTHS THE TRANSMISSION FAILED COMPLETELY WHICH REQUIRED A REPLACEMENT TRANSMISSION WHICH COST US $1500. WHEN WE PICKED THE VEHICLE UP AFTER THE REPLACEMENT THE STEERING WHEEL WAS CROOKED WHILE DRIVING STRAIGHT AND THERE WERE NOISES DURING THE DRIVE. TRADED THE VEHICLE IN FOR A NEW VEHICLE.

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STEERING

8/26/2016 - CHELMSFORD, MA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2011 CHEVROLET MALIBU. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 60 MPH, THE POWER STEERING ABILITY SEIZED. THE SERVICE POWER STEERING WARNING INDICATOR ILLUMINATED. THE CONTACT WAS ABLE TO MANEUVER TO THE RIGHT LANE. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO THE DEALER WHERE THE POWER STEERING ASSIST MOTOR WAS REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 60,000.

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WHEELS

8/15/2016 - 329 E MEINECKE AVE, WI
THE CONTACT OWNED A 2011 CHEVROLET MALIBU. WHILE DRIVING 65 MPH, THE POWER STEERING MALFUNCTIONED AND THE CONTACT LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE. AS A RESULT, THE CONTACT CRASHED INTO A TREE. THE AIR BAGS FAILED TO DEPLOY. THE CONTACT SUSTAINED FRACTURED BONES ON HER FACE AND THE PASSENGER SUSTAINED MINOR CONTUSIONS THAT REQUIRED MEDICAL ATTENTION. A POLICE REPORT WAS NOT FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS DEEMED DESTROYED. THE VEHICLE WAS INSPECTED BY AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHO DIAGNOSED THAT THE POWER STEERING AXLE AND TIRES WERE DEFECTIVE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 66,000.

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STEERING

8/15/2016 - 329 E MEINECKE AVE, WI
THE CONTACT OWNED A 2011 CHEVROLET MALIBU. WHILE DRIVING 65 MPH, THE POWER STEERING MALFUNCTIONED AND THE CONTACT LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE. AS A RESULT, THE CONTACT CRASHED INTO A TREE. THE AIR BAGS FAILED TO DEPLOY. THE CONTACT SUSTAINED FRACTURED BONES ON HER FACE AND THE PASSENGER SUSTAINED MINOR CONTUSIONS THAT REQUIRED MEDICAL ATTENTION. A POLICE REPORT WAS NOT FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS DEEMED DESTROYED. THE VEHICLE WAS INSPECTED BY AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHO DIAGNOSED THAT THE POWER STEERING AXLE AND TIRES WERE DEFECTIVE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 66,000.

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