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Engine Shut Off Without Warning Problems of Chevrolet Malibu - part 1

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 42 problems related to engine shut off without warning (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 05/30/2017

Yesterday I was driving on a straight road with a few turns in a rural community. All of a sudden the theft system light starts flashing, my speed drops by force, my steering wheel tightens, and the engine shuts off. Thankfully the driver behind me was not up to speed as he had just turned onto the street after me. Otherwise, he would have slammed into the back of my car. I put the car in park and started my routine of trying to get the ignition to turn over. This process calls for me to put the key in the igntion, turn it to the right, and wait for the board to light up. Once it is lit, the car usually starts again. This is the first time the engine was shut down when the theft light starts to blink. In the past I have had trouble getting the car to start when the light comes on. I have had several ignition switches replaced at the suggestion of their chevy technicians but each spring/summer I continue to have this costly problem. The managers and technicians seem to think that this is not a big issue and that I will need to continue to replace the ignition switches because the car thinks that I am stealing my own car. The only way for me to get the car to start up again is to put the key in the ignition and turn it to the right without actually starting the car. After 5-10 minutes the electrical board lights up and then I am able to start the car. While this car is a 2003 model, I have had this issue since the car was new but gm refuses to do anything about it. The only thing they have done is to replace the key fobs but that obviously is not the issue for many of their customers.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 09/22/2016

The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the electronic screen blanked out, the engine shut down and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was driven to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred multiple times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 49,968.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 02/06/2016

I'm having an issue where's I'm scared I will be in a car accident. My engine light comes on then my tc light then my car say engine power reduce in the car will just shut off.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 01/01/2016

Takata recall: hello my name is wayne I am constantly having problem with my chevy Malibu 2008. My car shut off while still in drive on my way home on the street and then my gear shifted to park while again the car is in drive. I have bad eletrical problems that I gotten fixed and it still acting up but whats is important is that my car is not driving and I cant start it at all. Yes I got a new starter and its still responding the same. These problems been ongoing since I purchased it almost 3 years ago. Can you please contact me and help me. Thank you.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 12/02/2015

While driving home one night last week, going about 60 mph, my engine cut off. I had to steer the car off the road, and started it back up. Drove another half mile or so, and the car did the same thing. This time, the car would start then immediately shut off. Car would not stay cranked for more than 1 second or so. Took car to dealership the next morning, car fixed under power train warranty. The very next , day, engine shut off while at a complete stop at a red light. Car would not start back up, had car towed to dealership. Dealership has had the car for 5 days now, still cannot figure out what the problem is. The car shutting off while driving is not the first time this has happened, every time I have reported to dealership, and they cannot fix my issue. This is a very serious matter, I have involved Chevrolet customer care, and would like to hear from a gm corporate representative.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 10/28/2015

Power steering ,traction light, engine power down all come on and car shut down.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 08/19/2015

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle shut off without warning. In addition, the vehicle would accelerate at high speeds without warning. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 143,911.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 8
Failure Date: 08/07/2015

This has happened five times now, I am driving and the engine just shuts off, I can not brake I can not steer, I still have lights on the dashboard. It happens when I am gong about 20 to about 35 miles per hour. I am afraid to drive on the highway. I do not know if it will happen at a higher speed! it did it the first time back in June 2015 my daughter was driving, then again last Friday August 7th four more times with in 10minutes and a few miles apart. It is like someone just turned the car off while I am driving?.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 05/18/2015

When driving my car the the engine shutoff and the brakes failed.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 10
Failure Date: 05/10/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving out of the parking lot at about 5 mph, the vehicle shut off. The contact restarted the vehicle but it failed again. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer who, unable to duplicate the failure, tuned up the engine and told the contact to monitor the vehicle. The failure recurred after about a week. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 56,000. The VIN was not provided. Fe.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 04/25/2015

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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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 04/07/2015

1 year ago my car flashed esc service traction control reduce engine power and reduced my spend to 40mph on a busy interstate! called gm stated what happen and I knew they had a recall but of course my cars VIN was not included in the recall. Brought the car to a local gm dealer ship to put on machine to see if any codes would show up nothing came up!!! I was told the message would have to be showing to service vehicle. Well here we are a year later with the car in the shop because my car reduces engine power without warning stalls and my esc service traction reduce engine power came on message board but did not stay after I turned key of course because it shut the car off after 2-5 minutes. I have video of it reading esc traction service but that does not help! car now needs a new timing chain and has metal in the oil! mind you of I wouldve been able to service the esc traction control could this all have been avoided? my car was in the shop maybe 6 months ago and was put on the machine to get codes minor codes came up and not the esc traction control reduce engine power. Called gm today and was told my milage played part in this but I doubt that only because at 68000 it flashed esc and shut off on me without warning so now they will contact the shop. They need to recall these vehicles it is a hazard to be on the road! we can not afford a new vehicle car this car was brand new but has been problem after problem ! headlights go out all the time airbag light stays on even after being fixed 3 times trunk does not open defroster thats a joke I could go on and on.

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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 02/21/2015

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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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 12/09/2014

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.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 11/25/2014

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 image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 16
Failure Date: 11/10/2014

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.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 10/07/2014

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.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 08/27/2014

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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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 05/14/2014

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.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 04/03/2014

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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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 03/19/2014

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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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 22
Failure Date: 03/01/2014

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?.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 23
Failure Date: 02/26/2014

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.

car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 24
Failure Date: 08/09/2013

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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car image   Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 25
Failure Date: 05/01/2013

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.

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