general problems of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

22 problems related to engine and engine cooling have been reported for the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu based on all problems reported for the 2009 Malibu.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 1
Failure Date: 03/24/2018

The shift cable to the transmission became loose while vehicle was running. I was unable to shift the vehicle until the cable was reconnected by hand. The vehicle has an issue with accelerating especially when trying to go highway speeds. It cant flow into traffic normally. The check engine code is p0420 for the catalytic converter.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 2
Failure Date: 12/01/2017

Engine light constantly on. Dealership does not know what is wrong. Showing code p1174 & no one knows what this is. Power steering quit working while driving on city street. Esc light will turn on. Dashboard lights will go on and off. Doors will lock them selves locking me inside. This is happening since August 2017-present (12-29-17). Multiple trips to dealership where vehicle was purchased and all they do is reset sensor and tell me to wait until it breaks. I'd say it is already broken.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 3
Failure Date: 10/06/2017

They try to fix everyting but they still come on.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 4
Failure Date: 07/03/2017

1) awhile back, after starting and warming engine and taking off, while making a left turn on city street, car turn off completely. . Wheel froze after turn. I turned key off and restarted car and it would work ok. It happened 3 0r 4 times. No warning light came on. I took it to dealership and they could not find the problem. 2) while on freeway, tire monitor warning light came on twice, I bought tires but did not have monitors checked. A few days later engine light came on. Now, I needed smog done, had to replace catalic converter (1400. 00) and mechanic has a problem with car communications system. Its costing me too much. There is recall on something having to do with brakes. . Could this communications problem be related? I did have brake pads replaced last year. The recall has to with bcm and bas (my dashboard lights occassionally fluctuate and take a while for lights to come on bright with dashboard button all way to bright. ). Remote control stopped working 6 months after I bought car in 2010. . . Doors have to be locked manually. . Except for passenger side door, power windows do not work. My concern right now is having it smogged and tire monitors.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 5
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

Engine light comes on every six or seven starups and stays on for about six more car starts. Pep boys serviced the engine light code camshaft position actuator solenoid sensor. They tested resistance and nothing was out of parameters and oil viscosity was correct. The issue is still ongoing and emissions for my vehicle come up in January. If I fail emissions and the issue is still unresolved, who do I contact?.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 6
Failure Date: 05/06/2016

2009my Malibu, timing chain broken. Other issues including valves, both front outer tie rods, alignment, a/c compressor, both sway bar links, right front axle seal, and rea brake pads.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 7
Failure Date: 02/02/2016

Car wont start. . Failed pass lock sensor.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 8
Failure Date: 12/21/2015

There is something faulty in the system which is causing the battery to become completely drained if the car sits 2/3 days without being started. I have replaced my 3 times and still something in the car is continuing to drain the battery. There is hundreds of people all over the internet that are having this same issue. Not even the dealership could fix the issue. I am not physically leaving anything on in the car but it continues to keep dying. This is definitely a defect with this car that needs to be fixed. My car is a 2009, and it has been dying 2011.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 9
Failure Date: 08/13/2015

While driving home from work, traveling at 60mph on OH st rt 108, vehicle suddenly started shaking and slowed to 20 mph. Warning light stated, "reduced engine pwr". I had to pull the car to the side of the rode in order for the car traveling behind me to pass. Drove the remaining 4 miles home at the reduced speed. Tried to turn off the vehicle and restart to clear the message. Did not work. Not sure what the cause is at this point. Review of possible causes on line showed numerous cases just like mine. This appears to be an issue which could result in significant injuries.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 10
Failure Date: 06/03/2015

Some times when getting on highway . Or from a stop the car bogges down and then starts to race. I think this is a safety issue because getting on the highway your car should not bog down and then start to race. Me and my family was getting on the highway and almost rear ended by a semi thats not safe. Bought the car three months ago and they tell me it be 150 to do diagnostics almost two thousand to fix. That should be a safety recall.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 11
Failure Date: 02/03/2015

On Tuesday February 3rd 2015 I was on my way home from work when my 2009 chevy Malibu cut off on me. The check engine and traction lights came on and a message of power steering service esc came on. Cars had to swerve around me to avoid collision luckily I had not yet made it onto the interstate. I turned the engine off, waited for five minutes and restarted the vehicle. Upon restart all of the lights and messages were gone and the car was operable. I researched this issue and found that is is a known issue and even on recall. I called gm and I was informed by a rep that while this is a known issue and is a recall for my model my VIN number does not meet the recall. I do not understand how a known issue that I am currently experiencing is not covered by gm. This is a extreme hazard to myself, other drivers and my newborn child that I travel with. I am very angry, disappointed and I feel betrayed by gm and chevorlet. I will be contacting my lawyer, sending letters to gm and blogging to warn people of the dangers and hassles of purchasing and driving a chevy.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 12
Failure Date: 01/30/2015

Friday morning at 8am, attempted to backup car from parking space and go to work but had the hardest time turning the wheel and googled information and found recall id # 105304 for steering issue recalled July 21, 2014 & found recall id # 103669 for esc recall date may 14,2014, I've contacted Chevrolet at 800. 680. 7031 and had case#: 71-1431758013 intiated for steering and had a rep call GMC royal to service my car but found out that they wouldn't fix my steering or esc issue since my VIN# personally hasn't been notified as a mass recall but they will fix two other issues affecting a lamp and a clamp, if I could have someone research this in depth I would greatly appreciate it as I would hate to have to pay money to have the car fixed and they send a recall letter for the same situation years later and then I'm stuck out of pocket for the prior services the main issue I experience is with the steering out of no where the car states power steering in green letters and freezes and I'm sometimes stuck in the middle of the street and can only move if I keep restarting the car and with the esc, the car states esc disabled which affects steering and no traction and messes with the pedals, if I can have these issues escalated since they are the same issue as those other recalls I would greatly appreciate it!!!.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 13
Failure Date: 01/28/2015

I was picking my little brother up from school I was at the light and the car started to shake violently and engine reduced power light came on is does this on and off and this is not safe for any driver.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 14
Failure Date: 12/29/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to turn on. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 109,000. Djr.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 15
Failure Date: 09/22/2014

While driving my 2009 chevy Malibu, I abruptly got a warning message on my dash board which contained the phrase engine power reduction at which time my car completely shut off in the middle of a busy highway. The car had no response even though all the battery operated items were working the car still would not turn over. After further research it has come to my attention that a large group of individuals have had this happen and this error message come up.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 16
Failure Date: 07/26/2014

Some dtc codes may be set, p0016, p0017, p0018, p0019, p0008, or p0009. 3. 6 ly7 with cam actuator dtc. The reluctor for the crankshaft sensor pressed on the crankshaft may have moved. My code is p0016 car is still under warranty please help!.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 17
Failure Date: 02/27/2014

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. Upon depressing the brake pedal, the rpm meter fluctuated independently. Also, the brake warning lamps on the rear of the vehicle flashed intermittently without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 18
Failure Date: 06/06/2012

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 50 mph, the engine warning indicator illuminated with constant reduction in the engine power. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where they informed the contact that the crank shaft sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 19
Failure Date: 09/01/2011

I have had so much trouble with the 2009 chevy Malibu I bought it brand new no miles thinking I was going to be stress free but it has given me the most headaches ever. I have had to replace the shift gear and that my head lights have had to been replace at least once a year since I got it the headache about that is that the whole bumper has to be removed to have them replace. I also had to replace the catalytic converter. I don't think I will ever purchase another chevy car.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 20
Failure Date: 01/01/2011

Letter from senator burr on behalf of constituent concerning problems with her 2009 Chevrolet Malibu: she feels it a prime candidate for gm to reclaim under provisions of the north carolina lemon law the consumer stated on second day of ownership, the vehicle had to be returned to the dealer for defective parts and remained there for approximately three weeks. Since then, the vehicle has been returned several times for defects relating to the engine, computer, and catalytic converter. The consumer stated while driving on mountainous or hilly terrains the engine would slow down dramatically.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 21
Failure Date: 05/04/2010

Took car into shop over a year ago because bad odors were coming out of the cabin air supply. The Chevrolet shop cleaned out the a/c - took car back 8-9 months later, smelly odors coming from air vents in car. They cannot fix - these cars are not equipped with cabin air filters. . . In 2009 but - are now in 2012. I had bronchitis and near pneumonia for a year and a half. A month ago, I was told that I have asthma. These health issues are serious - I'm 64. I now need inhalers, etc. The car seems now to function okay with the inside a/c buttons but the fumes are there without these buttons. I'll again need heat in the winter and suspect the problem to return. Also, I don't always need a/c but have to drive with the windows up because of the horrid northern va traffic. There is no work around and I cannot afford to buy another car.

car   Engine And Engine Cooling problem 22
Failure Date: 01/01/2010

This problem is very intermittent and impossible to duplicate by gm service technicians. It is very intermittent to me as the driver too, and I have to date been unable to know what triggers this. It seems totally random. Intervals have been as little as one week and as long as two months. The event is car engine has near complete loss of power; engine timing pings heavily, engine power surges then complete loss of power. This is the most severe symptom. The car also encounters moderate pinging, loss of power that causes the car to be very difficult to drive. I have to pull over to the side of the street every time due to the unpredictability of engine power. The car has died on the interstate freeway and when I push on gas pedal, engine power gets weaker and engine pinging is extremely strong. Coasting to side of freeway is only safe thing to try.

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