Body Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 143 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: 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.

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car image   Body problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 2
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.

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car image   Body problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu 3
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 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
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.

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car image   Body problem of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu 8
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.

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car image   Body problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 9
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.

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car image   Body problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 10
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.

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car image   Body problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 11
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...

car image   Body problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 03/10/2017

VIN# 4th digit z, cloth, 6-way, w/air bag, driver-side, bucket seat began to rock while making corners and stop/starts, and sank to my right. Dealer's new rep says broken frame. I say I've never weighed over 140 lbs, what about that? says, welds fail. Dealer quotes $1300 to fix "support bar broken in half. Dealter will not install 2nd hand bucket seat, because will not/can not guarantee. Bucket is not currently fixed. I am researching options.

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car image   Body problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 02/03/2017

The exhaust and power have issues. . . Check engine light is always on and power to system is reduced. Fuel economy has decreased severely. Check engine light will not go off. Exhaust coming from tailpipe even after car has been running awhile. This issue happens when the vehicle is running and operating. Second issue is the trunk latch! the vehicle has an outside trunk release button. When vehicle is completely locked, the trunk will open on it's own! we will come out to the car with the trunk wide open when we know we have locked it completely. Checked, double checked, even triple checked but we will still come out to a vehicle with the trunk wide open! this trunk opening issue happens when the car is parked and off but, locked!.

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car image   Body problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 02/01/2017

Passenger door won't open. Door lock goes up und down manually and with power lock button or fob, door won't open. Many reports online of this issue. Definite safety issue in the event of an accident.

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 01/15/2017

Window trim that runs around top pops off around all windows, stayed with the rear driver window, then passenger front.

car image   Body problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 16
Failure Date: 01/15/2017

It is a 2010 Malibu LS. Yesterday when I was closing the driver side door, it would not close all the way from the outside. I looked at the catch and the area midway on the door to see if anything was caught in it or looked like it was missing. I didnt see anything. I got in and shut the door and it closed, but when I tried to open it it would not open. I tried pushing the power lock button inside a few times locking and unlocking and it still does not open. When you pull the ltach on the inside it feels like it is not catching anything. I tried just using the key on the outside and the handle on the outside seems like it is not catching anything. The locks still go up and down, with and without using the remote. Also I noticed that the radio stays on with the doors closed and no key in the ignition. The passanger side and rear doors work fine.

car image   Body problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 11/04/2016

Bubbling/rust spot located near front glass on hood of the car. (only 3 yrs old).

car image   Body problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 10/26/2016

"takata recall": the door lock does not work at times. The door will not shut as well as the door's lock assembly not disengagin. The locking assembly will either not unlock or will not allow the door to stay latched. It happens without warning when moving, stationary, driving on any type of road or parking area. We had davidson Chevrolet in watertown, new york on March 7, 2016 for a seat belt problem and had the door looked at that day. We were informed it would cost over $500. 00 to replace the part. This is very dangerous and I have almost fallen out of car while driving when this has happened. The car was not in an accident and nothing caused this to happen. The last date this happened was 10-27-2016. The first it happened was last year.

car image   Body problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 10/17/2016

Driver door won't open. Right before it wouldn't open, the door wouldn't close. It would just bounce open. Got the door to finally close and now it won't open. Tried unlocking and locking it and nothing. Seen lots of people complaining and having this same issue with their Malibus.

car image   Body problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 09/16/2016

The drivers side door will randomly stay locked even when its not locked. This is a saftey hazard. You cannot open the door from the inside or outside. There is a problem with the lock actuator.

car image   Body problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 07/25/2016

A lady ran a red light and t-boned my chevy Malibu on the drivers side as I was proceeding through the intersection. Airbags did not deploy. My head slammed in to the drivers side window. Drivers side door was smashed in. The car had to be towed because it couldn't be driven. I have a concussion that's lasted for 2 weeks and body pain from the accident. Shouldn't the airbags have deployed?.

car image   Body problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 22
Failure Date: 05/21/2016

The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. When the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for brake repairs, the technician noticed that the entire frame was rotted out and advised the contact to take the vehicle off the road. The technician did not proceed with the brake work, stating that the vehicle was completely damaged and not able to be repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 185,000.

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car image   Body problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 23
Failure Date: 03/22/2016

Tl-the contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 75 mph, there was a loud abnormal noise that came from the rear of the vehicle. The contact observed that the rear bumper had detached from the vehicle and was in the road. The contact also stated that while driving at numerous speeds, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximate 83,000. Sg.

car image   Body problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 24
Failure Date: 03/09/2016

Purchased a used 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Very shortly after I could notice a strong odor of gas coming from the rear of the vehicle after driving it. I took it to a mechanic who removed the fuel tank and discovered that a plastic feed line on top of the fuel pump module had a severe leak. I contacted gm in regard to the fact that this specific issue has been recalled on the exact same year, make, and model as my vehicle. I was told that my VIN was not included in the recall was offered no additional resolution or support. My concern is that the only vehicles covered under the warranty were those bought and sold or registered in "warm weather" states, but kentucky has 100 degrees very humid summers. It's is considered part of the south , a region known for being very hot in the summer. Additionally the driver side door lock actuator and rear passenger door lock actuator do not work under power. The only work manually.

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car image   Body problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 25
Failure Date: 02/24/2016

My 2010 chevy Malibu driver side front door will not open. Driver door will not open from the inside of the vehicle after the doors are unlocked or from the outside by pulling on the handle. It does not matter if you unlock from inside using unlock/lock button on door or outside using key fob, the door will not open. Major safety issue in the event of an accident or an emergency, the driver or passengers whose doors are affected will not be able to get out of the affected door. Tried penetrating oil and grease to lubricate actuator and has not fixed problem. Also happens randomly, does not matter temperature or weather conditions. No current recalls out on this issue, and repair costs range upwards of $350. The pull handle inside the car feels like it is not engaging with the components to unlatch the door, and the same feeling is observed when trying to open the car on the outside using the outside door handle.


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