Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 31 problems related to engine shut off without warning (under the engine and engine cooling category).
Ignition switch has been getting loose and difficult to turn on for a long time. Received ntsb recall letter about unintentional key rotation for the 1999 chevy Malibu. I followed the ntsb instructions and removed the key from the key ring. On April 21, 2015 the chevy dealer glued a plastic housing to my keys. After receiving my keys back I could hardly get the key to rotate the ignition lock, I had to jiggle the key quite vigorously to get the ignition to operate. Four days later the key fell out of the ignition and the engine shut down while I was driving about 40 mph. Although difficult to steer and brake I was able to safely bring the car to the side of the road, locate the key on the floor and after reinserting the key restarted he car. I had a roll of tape in the glove box and I used it to tape the key in position. No further difficulties. On April 27, 2015 I replaced the lock core successfully. The recall fix for this problem is not acceptable or safe. I knew the ignition lock was getting bad but was not aware that the engine would shut down if the key fell out. This fix gave me a false sense of security that a problem was taken care of. When I took the car to the dealer I thought they would replace the lock core and keys and not just glue a housing onto my worn-out keys. My replacement of the lock core solved the problem the way the dealer should have. A letter needs to go out to all that received the recall letter that this is not an acceptable fix if the lock core is not replaced. When the dealer showed me the fix I laughed at the time and said you have to be kidding me that I've wasted 1:45 of my time waiting for the glue to dry. I do not know who thought this would solve anything or approved it but I think they are an idiot and should be fired from any position of responsibility for the safety that these recalls are suppose to address.
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Driving 2011 chevy Malibu ltz light came on. Got message saying engine powering down. Car began to shake and speed dropped to about 20 miles per hour. Pulled into cvs pharmacy lot. Turned car off and re-started. Drove around lot for 1 minute. Just as I was about to pull off lot and enter expressway. Car shut down completely. Unable to re-start. Waited 2 hour's for tow on star road side service. Plan to have car towed Monday morning. Will check for esc recall on this car.
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Exiting the freeway my car display flashed "esc off" "reduce engine power". My car continued to reduce power until it eventually shut down. I was in chicago rush hour traffic and could not pull all the way over before the car shut down. My car was disable in the middle of the street for about 5 minutes. When I started it back up it was fine, however the engine light stayed on. I continued to try to make my drive home and it happened again about twenty minutes later. This time I was not in a safe neighborhood. I did make it to the parking lane and set there for approximately five minutes before restarting the car. The engine reduced power on me again approximately ten minutes from my house. I was able to get out of the way of traffic again. The final time was as I was parallel parking my car in front of my home and I just let it shut off after I parked. I drove the car today and the engine light is on but it has not stopped. This was extremely scary and concerning. Having your engine shut down own a freeway is terrifying and dangerous. I have read several complaints on line about other Malibu owners experiencing the same issue. I can't believe there has not been a recall for this thus far.
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The passlock system in the car enables whenever it wants to leaving you stranded. The whole car shuts down all methods of disarming the system fail. You have to wait x amount of time for the passlock system to disable on it's own. It could take an hour to 48 hours! huge inconvenience!.
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Car will not start. Solid "theft" light comes on dashboard and car will not turn over, or if it turns over, will cut out shortly after. This anti-theft issue causes the power steering and brakes to disable, and am not able to turn the steering wheel. Have also had car stall out in traffic and lose all power. Had to have car towed several times due to the issue. I have tried several fixes and mechanical repairs, but this issue continues to get worse. No matter what I try and do, at random times, my car will not start, while the "theft" light comes on and completely disables my vehicle. And sometimes while driving, the car just shuts off. I am the original owner of the vehicle, and am using an original key to start the car. I do not have any type of security system installed in my car. There is no reason for the "theft" light to come on when I am just trying to start my vehicle, not steal it. The ignition recall for my specific vehicle only involves replacing the keys, but this anti-theft issue, which I and other Chevrolet Malibu owners are experiencing, is a serious safety issue that could cause a crash or other accident to occur if it causes the car to cut out (lose power) for no reason while driving, and at the same time disabling the steering and braking systems. This should definitely be a safety recall.
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When I was leaving the regal Chevrolet dealership after having been there for 2 hours for them to place a piece in the key loop of my key ring my car shut off. I asked them why it was still cutting off after it suppose to have been fixed and they stated that they did not know. I had my 13 month old son in the car with me and the entire approximately 5 miles it took for me to get back to my residence the car cut off repeatedly. I was in fear of my child as well as my own safety and was very upset that the dealership did not do more to rectify my issue. My car was not doing this before and now it will not stop. I have replaced several parts on my car and still it is doing the same thing. After hearing about the recall I took my car to the dealership and still it is doing the same thing. I need my car but do not know what to do. I am so afraid to drive the car with my son who is special needs because I do not know when it will shut off.
As I was getting off an exit from the highway the car shut off and steering became hard. I let the car roll into the right lane where I could stop and turn the key to start the vehicle. The vehicle started immediately, steering was very hard. I took the car to a mechanic and the found that the power steering pump had to be replaced and the rack n pinion steering had to be replaced. One week later I drove the car to go to the beach with my dad and as I was driving the car seemed fine. When I stopped at a light the engine shut off again. Once again I drove to the mechanic the next day and when he put the computer to the car it showed that the #4 coil was malfunctioning. Thankful that I am careful and defensive driver. This situations are quite scary. I owned a kia sephia for since 2005 and never did I experience what I have been experiencing with this Malibu.
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Vehicle shut down while driving on I 84 on route to worcester, MA. Had to coast with no power steering and avoid a truck to get over to the side. Engine started after five minutes and ran for another hr. Luckily this time, stopped for fuel and engine would not start again. Had to be to to dealer and was advised fuel pump had failed.
My boyfriend and I bought a 2000 chevy Malibu from a used car lot. In April of this year I went to take the car for a car wash for the first time and when the car got wet it turned off - all the lights on the dash board came on and the car that I just filled up 5 minutes prior- the gas needle went to zero. I took the key out and waited for the car wash to be over and it fired up right away. But when I got home and I turned it back on the car wouldn't start and a left light would come on. We let the car sit for a couple of days and then it started up fine and was running fine. One night coming home from a conference it was raining and we were driving down the freeway and it happened again car shut off, all the lights on the dash came on. We were thankfully able to safely get to the side of the road and the car fired up again and we got home but when we parked it it wouldn't turn on. We took it to a local chevy dealership and we have to have the computer and all the wires replace $1,000 it cost - hasn't happened since. But there are other incidences to add. . .
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While driving around a corner the engine shut off, the key was not turned to the off position. I was able to glide the car to a parking lot, turned the key to the off position, let the car sit for a few minutes, turned it back on and continued driving.
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My handicapped mother has a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu that has been experiencing the same exact ignition related issues as those in the current massive gm recall. On more than two occasions the anti-theft light illuminates and the vehicle shuts off while she was driving. This has resulted in two significant repeat repairs, one in 2010 and one this week. In both cases the Chevrolet dealership describes the issue as an ignition pass lock sensor that fails due to key positioning. I have researched this online and have found hundreds of similiar complaints. Luckily this issue has not resulted in an injury but easily could have in the very congested metro DC area that she lives in. Why is the Malibu not being included in the current investigation and recalls?.
Was driving down the road and the theft system light came on and engine shut down as I was driving down the road. Almost caused a wreck. Did online research and found many similar complaints and same incidents. No recall on ignition switch/theft system light. Gm knows of an issue and won't fix the problem.
I was driving my vehicle on the freeway in lunch hour traffic. As I exited the freeway to change to a connecting freeway, the engine shut off half way along the exchange ramp. At that point I noticed that I had poor breakage and no power steering. Lucky, I was able to coast over and stop in the emergency lane mid ramp, put the car in park, restart the vehicle, and drive off without indecent. It was unsettling to say the least.
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Started having problems starting my car, theft light would come on and I would have to sit and wait to get the car started, very annoying problem having to play a waiting came to start your car. Then one day I was driving and the car just shut off in the middle of the high way, I had no idea the car was even off until I tried to acclerate or turn because the radio remains on. Have to stop and put my hazzards on and start the car again, some days it does repeat stalls which causes me to almost get hit by cars behind me (very very dangerous), some days it drives fine. Then one day while shutting my car off and returning home the horn started honking and would not turn off for about a 1/2 hour, and after that it hasnt worked again. Took the car in to the shop because im fed up and they said it is all linked to a faulty pass key/anti theft system that causes these electrical problems. Did some research and noticed this is and has been a reaccuring problem in the Malibu's.
As I was turning on a street the car shut off and would not crank back up. When it shut off it locked up and I was unable to turn the wheel. I was going about 30mph the next time it happened I was going over a bridge and the car shut off. It would not crank back up immediately and I had to engage the emergency brake so that the car did not drift backward. The next time that it happened I was on a main highway and the car shut off it would not crank back up immediately. My lights did not work so I was unable to engage my hazards the car locked and I was unable to let the windows up or down now was the locks working. I had to sit there for 15 min before the car crank back up. There are times when the car will not crank up and you have to let it sit for a while with the key turned to the on position. Each time that the car has shut off I have been in traffic helpless. It has shut off on me while I have had my infant child at the time in the car as well.
I was traveling on a side road and the vehicle shut down completely. I was told this was due to a faulty throttle position sensor. Had I been traveling at a high rate of speed on a busy highway, it is likely there would have been serious injury. Chevrolet did not respond to my concern and I ended up trading in the vehicle for a non-gm product. Viewing the recent recalls for faulty ignition switch (that I realize was not the issue with my car) caused me to report this in the event others have had this issue and hopefully prevent serious injury or loss of life.
My daughter was driving her car and for no reason the car just shuts off. This has happened 3 times in the last weeks. The car also on 6 occasions would not start(has brand new battery) won't turn over, my daughter has been stranded several times. After a $400. 00 fuel pump replacement , which after it was replaced the car , other cars which are just shutting off while they are being driven. This is very dangerous to lose all power while driving!. And as well there have been numerous car owners who have replaced fuel pumps, which did not solve the problem. The car now has had the ignition replace as the mechanics "think:"its the security system!. To date the repairs are hitting $1,000. Also the turning signals, radio and a/c all work intermittently. I am no mechanic but seems there is electrical/security systems issues with these cars. The forums are loaded with car owners having the same issues! but of course they are so varied that most not reported to you!and we all know the garages don't report all issues! thanks for your help!.
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Engine shut off while driving on highway.
I was at a stop sign went to press gas pedal to turn onto road and the car just shut off no warning lights came on nor did it show any codes. Got out of car popped trunk pulled relay fuse out put it back in and it cranked up,then on my way home from work,going about 25 mph and it just shut down again,I repeated pulling out relay fuse and put it back in then waited a minute then it cranked and I drove straight home.
I purchased my car in Feb. Of 2012 as of today my car has been in the shop 10 different times for the same thing. The steering vibrates when you drive and it loses power when shifting. Then, I had to get a new motor in the car may 2013, then it was rattling again so I took it up there. They told me that the transmission problem was that it needed a program upgrade and that I had to pay out of pocket 60. 70 for this upgrade. Two days later the whole car shuts down on me and they are now saying that it is an app module and it needs to be re-programed. I am tired of paying all this tow bills and fees for a car that does not run and it not safe for my kids to ride in.
The car in mention above has stalled for no apparent reason, when stalled steering becomes difficult this has happened several times over the past 5 years. When the dealer was called they said there was no recall, and if there was no trouble light on, it would be hard to detect cause unless it stalled while they had it in the shop. When it stalls everything just shut off. Upon pulling the car to the side of road with horns blaring putting it in park it then restarts like nothing ever happend untill next time it decides to shut off. What I'm getting at is there a possibility that gm will expand there ignition switch recall to include the 2005 Malibu which in my opinion is experiencing the same symtoms of suddenly shutting off or stalling the car now has 100,000 mile runs good other then the stalling.
The car will shut down without warning. I have experienced this when accelerating, braking, and when driving down the road with neither acceleration or braking. I have researched this on line and it seems like a lot of people are experiencing this with no known resolution to the problem. Every incident where I see it reported, the individual has not had a fix. The first incident was 3 weeks ago, then last night, and again this morning. If this were to happen in the middle of an intersection people would get hurt. Personally I plan to buy a new car because I do not feel that Chevrolet dealership will provide a fix.
I was driving to texas from missouri, doing the speed limit which is 70 and on a busy interstate and on a bridge with know shoulder,and my 2000 chevy Malibu just shuts off ,no warning and was nearly hit by a semi 18 wheeler on the bridge, I finally got off the bridge ,and 15 minutes it starts back up again and I go another 20-30- miles again same problem,so a chevy dealer in ark by the name of petus . Works on my car ,put a map sensor on car and charges me $158. 00 and tells me it is fixed. And told me the problem was fixed,well 100 miles down the roads it happen again,well to make a long story short, and the last 60 miles I had to have car towed at $4. 00 a mile . I read that there was a recall on my car. I need answer, I want to be able to go back to my home in missouri, if need to my mother is sick and I am stuck and afraid to travel for fear of breaking down. I think it is a wide spread problem with chevy with the Malibu.
I own a 2001 chevy Malibu and out of the blue one day my engine just shut down right on the interstate. I have not yet had it checked due to finance problems. Not only that I also have to change my wheel bearings every week to two weeks. I have had this checked and the garage I take it to for all my repairs can't seem to figure it out either. Please help thank you, mrs. Sparks.
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Vehicle shut down in the middle of traffic. Consumer took the vehicle to dealer for service, and was told that oil was low, and that made it shut off. A few weeks later, vehicle continued to cut off in traffic, and the consumer stated this was unsafe.
Vehicle continued to stall and cut off. There have been instances where the vehicle shut down and had to be towed. Vehicle is at the dealership, again they are unable to duplicate the problem.
While driving at highway speed vehicle shut off without warning.
While driving at 70-75 mph and without any warning it shut off, causing consumer to lose power. Contacted dealer.
I realize this is a common problem my car shuts down without indication at highway speeds. I have had it in for service many times without results. If there are others who would care to address this problem as a group please contact me.
While driving on highway engine will completely shut down without warning causing loss of vehicle control, cause unknown. Please give any further details.
While driving at highway speeds vehicle completely shutsdown without warning, cause unknown. Please give any further details.
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|Engine And Engine Cooling problems||
|Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problems||
|Engine Cooling System problems||
|Car Stall problems||
|Check Engine Light On problems||
|Gasoline Engine problems||
|Coolant Leaking problems||
|Engine Shut Off Without Warning problems||
|Engine Stall problems||