Body Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 158 problems related to body (under the structure category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chevrolet Malibu based on all problems reported for the Malibu.

car image   Body problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 10/10/2018

2010 chevy Malibu brake light on without brake being applied car service traction control light on and service esc I believe it's due to a bad body control module.

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car image   Body problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 09/03/2018

I was backing up and changed my gears into drive, turn the steering wheel and foot still on the brake, car just jerked and took off and I ended up hitting somebody�s van. When I tried to hit the brake all the car did was sped up so right before I went out in the driveway uncontrollably, I had to pull up the park brake just to stop.

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car image   Body problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 08/03/2018

Large amount of water has accumulated in my trunk near my spare tire. My trunk has also began to grow mold. The water is also leaking into my car and causing water stains.

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car image   Body problem of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 07/28/2018

Vehicle was leaking into cabin through the third brake light caused by a faulty gasket.

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car image   Body problem of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 07/20/2018

I went inside a car wash and when my car was been wash the water was getting inside from the back roof next to the back window I told the dealer but they want me to pay for a diagnostic when it has something to do with the car issue. My water pump is not working can not use it in case of an emergency on the road can not clean it using my windshield wipers.

car image   Body problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 05/22/2018

Vehicle was in motion driving on a city street while I was making a left turn onto another city street my steering wheel locked up which enabled me to straighten up my wheel. Due to not being able to straighten up my wheel after steering left I was involved in a car accident knocking off my drivers sides headlight and front bumper completely off of my vehicle. After getting the car back home the car would no longer start. The vehicle is now at capitol cheverolet in austin texas and before replacing the recall parts they insisted on a battery replacement I did replace the battery and 3 days later they call and insist on an alternator replacement that will cost me $800 in order for them to start on the replacement/ repairs of the recalls. The battery and alternator all were working in good condition before the power steering issue came about while my vehicle was in motion. I should not be reliable of paying for this. The dealership is also charging me a $65 towing fee!.

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car image   Body problem of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 05/20/2018

We had a down pour 05/20/2018 in kissimmee, florida. My vehicle had stand still water in my trunk, the water seeped through to the interior damaging the rear seats, water covered the floor, there are stains on the roof and the smell of aged water is throughout the entire vehicle. My vehicle was parked and unoccupied, the trunk was closed and the windows were up as normal as my vehicle was parked for the night.

car image   Body problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 8
Failure Date: 05/19/2018

The passenger door of my vehicle will not open. The automatic lock appears to be working but I cannot open the door. This also happened to the drivers side door a few times but thankfully I was able to use the actual key from the outside to open it. I have read reviews where this is common in this vehicle. This is an extreme safety hazard and I cannot even get the door fixed because it won�t open. Please consider making this a manufacfurer recall.

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car image   Body problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 05/01/2018

The car trunk pops open unexpectedly. This has happened several times. It popped open overnight in the garage. It popped open when I was inside a restaurant.

car image   Body problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 10
Failure Date: 04/26/2018

Tl- the contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the front driver side door latch intermittently would failed to open on the inside or close. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or an independent mechanic to determine the failure of the door handle. The manufacturer was not notified made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000. Aw.

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car image   Body problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 04/16/2018

At random occasions, the front door latches will not work. Last November, the front passenger door did not open even after attempting to open it manually and using the power door lock switch. This morning, I had two issues with the driver door. First, it would not shut until after I used the button to manually lock the door ("used" meaning I pulled it up and pushed it down several times in quick succession). Then, after I parked my car, the driver door would not open until after pushing the button up and down several times, using the remote a couple times, rolling the window up and down, and pushing the button up and down again. I wonder if humidity and/or moisture may be affecting the doors' ability to function, as it had rained and/or snowed on both occasions; however, the weather has not affected the doors on other cars I have used to such an extent. The issue with doors not opening/shutting as expected has been documented by other 2008-12 Malibu owners on various websites and should be investigated immediately.

car image   Body problem of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 04/14/2018

Back window is leaking water into the interior and inside the headliner. Noticed after heavy rains as well as when using the car wash.

car image   Body problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 03/20/2018

The 3rd break light (above rear windsheild) is leaking into my vehicle and trunk. This is a hazard for electrical failure to the break light, as well as the growth of mold and or rust in the vehicle as well as the trunk and spare tire. During rain the passengers become soaked with water.

car image   Body problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

Check engine light came on said reduced engine power. Also water was leaking into the car from rear brake light.

car image   Body problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

Tatata recall car fills with water, trunk and floor boards.

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car image   Body problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 16
Failure Date: 11/15/2017

The contact owns a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving various speeds, a squeaking noise was heard coming from the rear of the vehicle. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to lou bachrodt Chevrolet pompano beach (1801 w atlantic blvd, pompano beach, FL 33069, 954-590-0196) where the technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The failure recurred several times and the vehicle was taken back to the same dealer. The technician took the rear end apart and lubricated the parts, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and referred the contact back to the dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 19,000.

car image   Body problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 11/14/2017

Front passenger door cannot be opened from outside or inside. Had to climb over seat to get out of the back door. Car was in a parking lot.

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car image   Body problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 11/02/2017

Rear window leaking while raining or car wash. Several complaints from other owners as well.

car image   Body problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 09/24/2017

Parked in an intersection old hwy us 301 ocala florida wheels turned left which was dark and poorly lit by the city. No orange lights onto a major thin 2 lane intersection. The vehicle was braked during the left turn south position. The front hood in the middle of north bound lane front bumper and plate were in the highway dividing line. Up to the rear driverside passenger door at the joint of the side street and highway outside line. A bicyclist struck the vehicle his light was thrown into the intersection. He is bleeding hes on the ground. Another female is helping him. The mirror of the vehicle driverside torn off and the front winshield shattered above driverside top. Thrown by impact from his bicycle to the Malibu his backpack on the ground. Hes ambulatory transported sheriffs responded fhp came out.

car image   Body problem of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 07/08/2017

The car was parked and off in our driveway for 15 minutes -horn started went out saw smoke called 911 and by the time back at front door flames from front end. Fire department came and put out fire -car totaled. Worried about spontaneous combustion especially if car parked in garage or closer to house or if people inside.

car image   Body problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 07/06/2017

Blind side. . Not easy to locate vehicles on either side. And impossible to see child in rear with rear view camera.

car image   Body problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 22
Failure Date: 07/03/2017

I am having difficulty with the latches on my doors. It started with my passenger front door. I would close the door and it would pop open a little and wouldn't close. After a few tries it closed but this would intermittently happen from time to time. Eventually it closed permanently and now will not open at all. It is a safety hazzard that the door cannot be opened. This is now beginning to happen with the driver side front door, where when I close it and it won't stay closed, I have to hold it while driving on occasion. Then it will shut and work and then it will happen again. It is a safety hazard to have to drive and hold the door closed and I cannot imagine having two front doors that won't open. This really has to be addressed immediately.

car image   Body problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 23
Failure Date: 07/01/2017

My vechical was in motion driving thru an entrance to an arby's restaurant . I herd a loud noise n felt like my vechical was dragging with a pulling motion. When I stepped out I walked around to the front n my bumper was completely pushed in and folded into an inwards position. I pulled with my hand from the bottom of the bumper and pulled it out almost in its original position besides some of the plastic peices n fascia being cracked. Well upon further looking at it what had happened was the plate or cover as u will that is supposed to protect underneath the engine and radiator portion of the vechical came detactched from the most inward position of the vechical( the point closest to the center of the car) hit the ground n folded under neath my car smashing in the lower part of my bumper. Once I looked under their this piece is actually connected to the bumper in one piece when it should be detached. This vechical is a very bad design and is extremely low to the ground and what makes this bad is this piece is connected directly to the bumper which was almost completely ripped out in the process. Currently I have this end piece zipped tied to my frame at the point of which it became detached. I approached the dealer about this issue n they laughed at me like I did this when clearly it was from the cover or plate that sits below the engine. This part is a 79 dollar part but they want me to replace the whole fascia n bumper which they quoted at around 1500 dollar. Now if my bottom front hits any driveway or entrance way cause of the two low of a design this part can come detached from the frame and rip my bumper right off causing a major accident or saftey situation. Ty! for letting me voice my concern not sure u can do anything about it. Being knowledgeable about cars which I'm guessing u r it's the piece directly under my engine n I attached directly to the bumper.

car image   Body problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 24
Failure Date: 06/01/2017

Noticed mildew smell in trunk of vehicle and apparent water marks on bulkhead on inside of trunk. Carpet also wet, especially towards front of trunk compartment. First started noticing issues below 5000 miles.

car image   Body problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 25
Failure Date: 05/12/2017

3 of the 4 door actuators are failing. This is a huge safety issue as I drive with a 2-year old and cannot open the rear doors in the event of an emergency without extreme hardship in reaching the manual rear door pegs near back of each door. This is a huge complaint on the internet and all are referencing the safety aspects of it which the ntsb is doing nothing and gm is offering to replace at full cost saying until the ntsb pushes a recall that this will rest on the shoulders of the consumer. . Read more...


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