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Cruise Control Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 89 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 05/19/2016

Recall fix failure - the recall fix was applied by the dealership for the 'brake lights may or may not randomly illuminate' issue, NHTSA action 13005, however it is only temporary. After a few months the identical symptoms occur at the same frequency. No new symptoms are present and no previous symptoms are absent. These include; brake lights illuminating with no pressure on the brake pedal, brake lights turning off when pressure is applied to brake pedal (including holding the brakes at a stop), cruise control failing to activate, traction control turning off, esc turning off, and vehicle gearing down (as low as 3rd gear at 60 mph before intervention) to assist by engine braking. Most symptoms occur at standstill as well as city and highway speeds. The dealership's stance is that, once a recall is applied, the ticket is closed and is the vehicle owner's responsibility to cover the cost of further fixes.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 05/16/2016

I was driving at 60 mph in cruise control on a straight road. An ambulance was heading towards me so I stepped on the brakes to slow down and pull over and the car accelerated very quickly. This was a very dangerous situation because I was moving towards the shoulder of the road because of the oncoming ambulance. I had to turn off cruise control to be able to apply the brakes. The brake lights are also not coming on when I apply the brakes. The problem with the lighting happened previously and was repaired on 04/28/2015. I thought the problem was included in recall #13036 but I was told that it was a problem with the brake switch and was not part of the recall however when I look up the recall numbers on my vehicle this recall number does not show up as still needing to be done. I paid for the repair and I am now having the serious problem of the brake lights not working again plus the even more serious problem of the brakes not working when I am in cruise control. I do not know how to proceed with having this problem corrected. The recall problem has not been repaired correctly or there is another problem that is occurring. I have attached a copy of my receipt of the repair that was done on 04/28/15.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 04/07/2016

In December of 2014, a Chevrolet dealer performed repairs to address NHTSA campaign number: 14v252000 (I had not experienced any problems related to this issue at the time). Recently I have been experiencing the symptoms related to this recall, including the "service esc" and "service traction" messages, the brake pedal requiring extra pressure to get the vehicle out of park, and the disabling of cruise control. I have not had the opportunity to check if the brake lights also exhibit the problem described in the recall. The problem has triggered while I'm braking, as well as when I was at highway speed with the cruise control engaged, without applying the brakes.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 04/03/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu. While the cruise control was set to 60 mph, the vehicle began to accelerate without the accelerator pedal being depressed. The contact also stated that the brake lights became inoperable intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 158,000.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 03/22/2016

Esc service light comes on intermittently, brake lights are illuminated 100 % of the time, and cruise control doesn't work. The dealer did the recall a year ago and now I have these issues. Replaced brake position and reprogram for $140 but didn't fix. Dealer now wants to replace abs modulator valve, bcm, and abs control module for 1450.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 03/09/2016

A dashboard light came on ( t/c ) and disabled my cruse control while driving. The next day, my transmission seem to stop in second gear, even when accelerating. I cannot turn the t/c on with the console button or engage cruise control. My transmission is now shifting hard into second gear. . . Still no cruise control or t/c this has been occurring approx. 1 1/2 weeks mostly highway driving, clear skies and no water on road. The t/c light comes on when I shift from park to drive and will not turn off.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 11/18/2015

Brake lights were working in reverse after recall repairs were done so chevy charged me full price for diagnostics because they said that the recall repairs were already done, so there was nothing they could do. We replaced brake switch. A month later problem persisted, chevy dealership charged $50 for relearning brake position, even though that was all supposed to have been fixed in recall repairs. Brake lights are still not working properly and the traction control/esc light is on, and cruise control doesn't work. I am now taking it back to dealership and they are charging me an additional $50 just to take another look at it. I feel I shouldn't be charged for any of this since it all should have been taken care of during the repairs done for recall #: 14v252000. This is a dangerous manufacturing error that gm should be acknowledging and repairing at no cost to the owners. I know I cannot be the only one suffering this issue especially after reading numerous customer complaints online.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 8
Failure Date: 08/25/2015

Cruise control would not disengage until I hit the brakes hard enough to activate the esc. Recall #14v252000 covered this problem but gm says my VIN was not included. This is a definite safety issue and needs to be expanded to cover all Malibu manufactured during the recall time frame.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 06/24/2015

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the cruise control became inoperable and the traction control warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 49,604.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 10
Failure Date: 05/15/2015

Starting before may 2015 and lasting until 11/19/15, the yellow warning dashboard lights, gauges, and dic would occasionally go berserk while driving. The first time this happened, I was on an interstate around 8am in the morning in may of 2015. At the same time during these episodes, the shifting of the automatic transmission would be jerky. The lights would "settle down" after long enough, but some combination of lights always remained on at the end of the episodes, such as the traction control light, check engine light, security light, and abs light. The car would seem to return to normal sometimes after being restarted. I had a Chevrolet dealership check it out in 5/15/2015 and they found nothing. Sometimes during these episodes, the power steering would also lose power. The problem returned and I had a mechanic check it out and he put in a new ignition switch 11/19/15. The car has not gone berserk since then, but the power steering does not always work reliably and the check engine light came on once, but went off. The coolant temperature gauge has failed to work twice since then too. The cruise control also temporarily stopped working.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 04/01/2015

At 70 mph the cruise control shut off by itself and the service esc light illuminated on the dash. I also noticed the brake lights came on when foot was off the brake pedal and shut off when I depressed the brake pedal. This has happened intermittently in the past 2 weeks. I took car into turan-foley chevy dealership in gulfport, ms on 4/08/15 and they recommended replacing the bpp for $242. 25, which I had them complete. They also said the problem may be caused by the ebcm-bpmu which would cost over $1100. 00. The "service esc" light came on again on 4/09/15. I have not noticed any performance issues such as I have read in other forums regarding decreased power. Recall # 13036 was completed on car 10/14/14 by dantin Chevrolet which according to what I have read was supposed to fix the problems I am now having. I mentioned this to turan-foleys service department, but they said they cannot re-open a closed recall. I wonder how many times my brake lights have not worked properly as I average over 700 miles a week. This is an accident waiting to happen. Please help!.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 02/05/2015

Cruise control ramdomly works. When cruise control fails, third brake light and two rear brake lights illuminate. When brakes are applied then the three lights then go off. When cruise control fails the triangular tsc warning light also appears on the display and a typed message appears stating "traction control system off". Bottom line, when cruise controil fails, we drive with the brake lights illuminate and when braking, brake lights do not illuminate.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 01/06/2015

Vehicle’s cruise control was engaged when reaching and hill the cruise control sped up and as soon as it did I lost engine power completely it was not until I was able to safety make it to the side of the interstate coasting that I realized the engine had cut off. I then parked the vehicle turned off all electrical components and turned the ignition to the off position; and attempted to restart to engine switch resulted in nothing but the engine light coming on and the lights of the vehicle coming on but no firing of the engine or even a click from the starter at this point I was glad a had all my blankets and thing in the vehicle because in north dakoda and montana its cold. After a few failed attempts at turning the key and nothing happening waiting 5mins in between I began calling my insurance company 10 more mins pass by and I’m on hold I decide to try the car again in which it fired right up the check engine light remained illuminated for about 2 days after the incident now it has disappeared from my dash lights my car goes in for repair next week to get engine heater installed and recalls taken care of however I don’t see what would cause the listed above issue to occur under any listed recalls but I am also not vehicle savvy.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 08/06/2014

On August 6,, 2014 I had taken my 3 kids to the lake @ dreher island state park. Upon getting ready to leave I put on breaks to see what my son asked me. For no reason the car started moving forward & I couldn't get it to stop get the wheels to turn as it was very hard & pushed the emergency breaks & it kept going till it went in the ditch on a concrete terracotta causing it to bend a piece of what was told to me the a frame & under the front end! I called the dealership & told it wasn't possible. Before this happened I could park my car & the engine would act is if it was trying to go w/o me mashing the gas or anything then idled down repeatedly acted as if it was going to shut off! I've even had 2 buy 2 new batteries, fixing to buy another! they said a connection was causing the battery to be drained & cells killed. On the interstate 2 days ago I had the cruise control on, for no reason it started losing speed then would start catching back up on it's own & I turned it off! the motor made a screeching noise! I have no idea what's going on! even my tail lights wouldn't come on last night until I mashed the breaks a few times, cut off the lights, & restarted the car! my major issue is now I'm going to have to file a claim for the incident & I had no part of being @ fault & can't explain what happened! it still idles wrong & the cruise control light comes on @ times w/o me touching it! I'm beginning to worry about the safety of my children as well as myself, but especially my kids! what can I do? please help me as this can't be normal! so far the engine light has came on, power steering light, air pressure light, & @ one point a red light came on & went off before I could see what it was! if you could do anything@ all to help & assist me I would be truly grateful! all I'm told is parts aren't in to fix some kind of recall, but what I don't know! thanks & god bless!.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 08/02/2014

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. When the contact disengaged the cruise control, the vehicle accelerated abruptly and crashed into another vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 37,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 16
Failure Date: 07/30/2014

End of July 2014, early morning, while driving 70mph on the interstate with clear dry conditions, my brakes began to pulse on their own and the traction control light began lighting up in correspondence with the brake pulse. . The cruise control shut itself off. The check engine light and brake light came on remain on and cruise control no longer works. This continues to happen throughout the entirety of my 60mile one way daily drive. I was notified of recall13036 which includes all of these issues. , I took the vehicle in for a scheduled service for this 12/12/14. After waiting more than 2 hours to get my vehicle back (without the recall work being done), I rescheduled for 12/16/14. After completing the recall work the vehicle was returned to me with all error codes cleared. Less than 3 miles down the road, all of the issues returned. No cruise control, pulsing brakes and t/c light, check engine light and brake light came on and remain on. I contacted the dealership and they told me that they simply added lubricant to connections and that all of these issues are not associated with the recall. I read the recall notice to them, it clearly states all of these issues are related to the recall. The dealership (pete harkness/morrison,IL) recommends that I bring it back in again and pay $90. 00 for a diagnostic check and then I will need to pay for any repairs needed.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 07/23/2014

I noticed while driving one morning my brake lights were illuminated, but I was not depressing the brakes. When I pushed the brake pedal, the brake lights went off. At this very same time when I tried to set the cruise control, it would not allow me to do so. This has been an on-again, off-again issue. Some days it works correctly but other days the same problem persists. I researched online and saw that there was a recall by gm for this exact problem, recall id# 14v252000, but when I called the dealership and they checked my VIN # they said that my car was not under the recall, and that they would have to take my car and see if it happens to them in order to fix it. I read the recall and it is exactly the issue that I am having. Please help and add mine, and I'm sure others, VIN#'s to this recall before something horrible happens!.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 07/10/2014

Over a course of three years, I've continuously had problems with my taillights going out, cruise control malfunctioning,etc. I've had several near miss accidents because of this issue. My brake lights randomly go on and go off while my car is in motion and when braking the brake lights fail to "light up". I have had several mechanics give me different diagnosis' and have spent a few hundred dollars to remedy this and every thing has failed. I recently did some research and came across this which is exactly what is wrong with my vehicle. . Read more...

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 07/04/2014

While on the highway the service traction control warning light came on as did the esc warning light. I tried to engage the cruise control but it would not work. We stopped at a rest area and turned the ignition off for about 20 minutes. We resumed our trip with the cruise control engaged and traveled for approx. 10 minutes. At that point the warning lights illuminated and the cruise control would not work. Every time we drive the car now, the warning lights now come on within a quater mile. I saw a recall for this same problem but was told my VIN number was not included. The car is at the dealers and will be repaired. Hopefully. I think my car and many others should be under a recall.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

First of all im waiting on parts for two recalls for my 2004 chevy Malibu. I find it a little dangerous and for some reason nobody has been able to give me any information on what I need to do or have no idea when the parts are going to be available. My seat on the driver side feels like it is detached on one side. I have read several complaints about this happening to other people. My car randomly decides to accelerate sometimes. I cannot give you mileage or tell you exact times when it happens because it's about five times a year. I think it's when I'm on cruise control so I find it bizarre that all of a sudden my car starts speeding. I have had my car serviced and even a new engine put in and reset but my service airbag light is still on? my horn will work randomly but not all the time and this makes me feel a little unsafe because a horn is needed for warning people of danger. Thanks kelly.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 06/26/2014

Cruise control stopped working, remote start stopped working, brake lights come on when pedel is not pressed and go off when pedal is pressed. Vehicle shows stopping when driving and driving when stopping. Will get rear-ended same thing happened 3 years ago. Gm technical service bulletin #08-05-22-009c issued in 2008.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 22
Failure Date: 06/19/2014

While driving on the highway I used the cruise control. I stepped on the brake to slow down but the brake would not release. It frightened me, I stepped on the brake harder it still did not release I had to press off the cruise control button on the console. This happens all the time now. It is an inconvenience and scary,.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 23
Failure Date: 06/15/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 mph, after cruise control was turned on the vehicle accelerated forward without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or recalled. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v252000 (electrical system , electronic stability control , exterior lighting , service brakes, hydraulic , vehicle speed control) and 14v224000 however, the parts to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The failure mileage was 100000. Ss.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 24
Failure Date: 06/04/2014

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the brakes lights failed to illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. In addition, the brake lights illuminated independently. The contact also experienced difficulty disengaging the cruise control and the esc warning indicator illuminated. The failures recurred sporadically. There was a recall related to the failures under NHTSA campaign id number 14v252000 (electrical system , electronic stability control , exterior lighting , service brakes, hydraulic , vehicle speed control) however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure was 36,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 25
Failure Date: 06/03/2014

After filing two complaints with you, and receiving a recall alert from you, I am being told by gm that my vehicle, a 2009 Malibu built between the years specified in your recall notice, is not included in the recall you alerted me about. How is this possible? the referenced recall # 14v252000, as he experienced the same malfunction, as described in the recall. The consumer has invoices, that date bate to 2011, where he had to take the vehicle, back to the dealer several times, for an inoperable cruise control and esc lighting illuminating. Updated 07/16/14.

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