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Instrument Panel Problems of Chevrolet Malibu



Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 24 problems related to instrument panel (under the electrical system category).

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 1
Failure Date: 04/19/2014

I have several complaints about this car that I believe to be manufacturer defects. The most serious issue I found today (4/19/2014) when I smelled gas outside of my car. Upon looking underneath my car I found my gas tank leaking onto my exhaust pipe. I consider this to be a recall issue because there is absolutely no damage to the undercarriage of my car. One of the other serious issues I have found with my car include a brake light issue. My car was occasionally showing a "service traction/ esc" error code, which could not be explained by any mechanic or even a chevy dealership themselves. It wasn't until a friend following me pointed out that my brake lights didn't seem to be working right, did I realize I was having an issue. The brake lights do the exact opposite of what they should, but only on the occasions said error code is showing. I looked into the issue online and found this to be a common problem. Chevy has not been able to give me a solution to this problem. The third major safety issue I'd like to point out, I know from experience is not exclusive to my car. When I sit in the passenger seat of my Malibu, among every Malibu I have ever been, the passenger side airbag does not turn on. I am 26 and weigh 94lbs, so I don't know if my size is the reason I do not engage the airbag!? the final defect I had to deal with involved my driver side rim. I had a tiny little hair line crack on the inside of my rim, causing me to loose a lot of air in my tire. I consider this a manufacturer defect because my rim was not damaged in any other way shape or form. I had a hard time obtaining a new rim, because (according to everyone I called) the rim was in high demand. Please look into these issues and consider adding them to gm's current recall list. Thank you for reviewing my concerns. . . Updated 04-23-14.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 2
Failure Date: 02/02/2012

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the third brake light illuminated erroneously and failed to illuminate during deceleration. In addition, the driver¿s side turn signal, driver¿s side brake light, and instrument panel gauges malfunctioned intermittently. The electronic stability and traction controls also failed while driving various speeds in cold weather. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 40,000.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 3
Failure Date: 10/12/2011

The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at an unknown speed, the headlights and instrument panel failed. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 23,555.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 4
Failure Date: 09/15/2011

The contact owns a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the instrument panel was inoperable and he was unable to determine how fast he was traveling or how many miles were on the vehicle. The dealer made three attempts to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was awaiting a response. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 10,900. The VIN was unavailable. When driving along dash board lights and gauges go off and on day and night no speed indication either. Updated 11/03/2011.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 5
Failure Date: 07/15/2011

The contact owns a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle would down shift while accelerating. As a result, the vehicle would suddenly decelerate. In order to shift the vehicle back into its proper gear, the contact had to shift the vehicle into manual mode and use the optional pedal shifts. The contact also stated that the brake lights would illuminate when the brake pedal was not being depressed and the traction control and electronic stability control lights intermittently illuminated on the instrument panel. An authorized dealer was notified and the contact was informed that the body control module may need to be replaced. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed. The failure mileage was 59,000.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 6
Failure Date: 07/01/2011

2007 Chevrolet Malibu. Consumer states problems with gas gauge the consumer stated when she re-fueled the vehicle, and the gas gauge reached approximately 3/4 full, the fuel gauge needle dropped to empty and the check engine light illuminated. The gas gauge continued to read empty and the engine light stayed on until three to four gallons of gas was used. The gauge would then begin to read the correct amount of gas in the tank and would continue to do so until the tank was filled again. The check engine light would remain on for several days until gas was put in the tank above 3/4 full. The consumer believed the fuel gauge lever sensor was poor designed.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu 7
Failure Date: 03/18/2010

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving at 30 mph, the lights on the instrument panel turned off suddenly. The lights turned back on after a minute. The failure continued to occur intermittently. The vehicle had not been inspected at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 73,300. The current mileage was 74,217.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 8
Failure Date: 02/05/2010

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that whenever driving during the day at any speed, the speedometer was very difficult to see. The consumer was informed the vehicle was performing according to the standards. The failure mileage was approximately 14,000 and the current mileage was approximately 22,000. Updated 12/30/10. Updated 04/06/11.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 9
Failure Date: 11/10/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that there was an electrical issue with her vehicle. The turn signals would operate without initialization and the power door locks were also inoperable. The check engine warning light continued to illuminate on the instrument panel; however, there were no other failures. The independent mechanic advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer could not assist with the repairs because there were no recalls available. The current and failure mileages were less than 87,000.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Malibu 10
Failure Date: 08/25/2008

The contact owns a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving approximately 45 mph, the engine warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The light remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 100,000.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Malibu 11
Failure Date: 05/17/2008

The contact owns a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that the fuel indicator on the fuel gauge sporadically fails and displays inaccurate readings. The vehicle has not been inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000 and current mileage was 106,000.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 12
Failure Date: 03/01/2008

I have a 2005 chevy Malibu. The light in my dashboard stopped working. I took it to western auto, auto zone, and brians auto repair thinking it was a fuse that went out. I was told that at least three other people had the same problem. I was told there was a recall on this issue, but was told by gm there was not a recall concerning this issue. I then went back to auto zone and asked them to contact me if someone else has the same problem. According to the mechanics at gm the auto is to new to have this type of problem. Of course I didn't get an extended warranty, so this is something I have to pay for out of my pocket. I'm very upset about this, so my plan is to file this complaint, and to take out news papers aids in the surrounding cities to see exactly how many people have had the same problem.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu 13
Failure Date: 02/21/2008

The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. While driving between 55-60 mph on normal road conditions, the contact heard a noise when the brake pedal was depressed. There was a decrease in the brake line pressure and the stopping distance increased. In addition, the steering wheel exhibited excessive wobbling, which made steering difficult. The failures occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing and they stated that the computerized system failed. The technician reprogrammed the computerized system, but the failure recurred on eight separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer six times without any resolutions. The failure mileage was 700 and current mileage was 16,000. Updated 03/18/09. The consumer stated if felt as though the brakes were locking up. The traction control light illuminated. Updated 03/20/09.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 14
Failure Date: 12/01/2007

Some time in December of 2007 the speedometer of my 2004 chevy impala began to malfunction. It is very erratic in that sometimes the needle doesn't move, sometimes it shows 100+mph, sometimes it appears to be accurate, and sometimes it just stays fixed on a speed and doesn't move. We had a mechanic look at it and he said only a dealer could fix it and it would most likely cost over $1,000 to do so. We have chosen to live with it in hopes that Chevrolet will put out a recall.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 15
Failure Date: 11/07/2007

The contact is CO-owner of a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu maxx. The contact's daughter was driving approximately 55 mph when the instrument panel lights began to flicker and there was a loss of steering power. The vehicle veered to the right and then pulled hard to the left, entering into traffic and striking two vehicles. The passenger and driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries. The two other drivers also sustained injuries, but the contact does not know to what extent. A police report was filed. The vehicle sustained approximately $2,600 worth of damage to the front end. The vehicle was inspected by the insurance company and towed to a dealer. Investigation number ea04018 was issued, but there has been no recall as of yet. The current and failure mileages were 37,000. Updated 12-12-07.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu 16
Failure Date: 03/18/2007

Serveral times (5+) the left rear tail light would burn out. I replaced the bulb myself and note that the connection and bulb had overheated. Current, on going problem is the dash/instrument cluster lighting. The instrument lights go on and off, as they feel like it. The lights currently are out. I checked all fuses and breakers. All tested okay. I really hate this car and no more gm products for me, ever!.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu 17
Failure Date: 03/05/2007

- the contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu with a current and failure mileage of 142,000. The contact was driving at 60 mph on a dry night when the interior lights turned off completely. The contact pulled over and checked exterior lights. The only lights that would work were the turn signal and headlights. The contact replaced the fuse, but the fuse blew instantly. The contact will take the vehicle to the dealer.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 18
Failure Date: 03/01/2007

3/30/2007. 2006 chevy Malibu. Contact states the drivers info center can not be read in daylight.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 19
Failure Date: 02/14/2007

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu. Immediately after purchasing the vehicle in February of 2007, the exterior and interior lights would lose power intermittently. While driving approximately 50-60 mph, the exterior and interior lights lost power and caused the contact to pull over to the side of the road. She turned off and parked the vehicle for a while and eventually the lights illuminated again. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. Approximately a year later, she drove the vehicle back to the dealer due to the exterior and interior lights losing power intermittently. The mechanic replaced the entire instrument panel, but the failure recurred a month later. The vehicle has not been repaired. The dealer and manufacturer were notified and stated that they were not liable for the repairs. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was 112,000 and failure mileage was 47,000.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 20
Failure Date: 10/20/2006

I went to the dealership and traded my Saturn vue for the 2004 Malibu maxx. When I test drove the car, after the acceleration reached 4rpms, there was a high pitched whine from the engine closest to the tire. They looked at it and said that it was a loose belt. So I bought the car and they said to bring it the chevy dealership to get it fixed. I took it in and they said they couldn't duplicate the problem so I had to ride with them. Also, my seat heaters were turning on automatically, car constintly pulls to the right, I have to turn the key over for a long time to get the car to fully start up. They couldn't duplicate any of the problems so I am still dealing with all of them. For the whining noise, they said it is a drive belt that needs to be replaced, but it is out of stock. How convienient.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 21
Failure Date: 10/01/2006

Email (in) requesting an investigation of general motors re their dangerous & defective products. Updated 2/15/2007 - the consumer smelled antifreeze coming through the air vents. The driver's side headlight had to be replaced. Problem with brakes. A steering gear associated with the rack and pinion was replaced. The transmission hesitated. The consumer heard a knocking noise when turning the steering wheel. Passenger side front turn signal failed. The dash light and tail light failed.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 22
Failure Date: 05/06/2006

: the contact stated the vehicle's instrument panel on the dashboard has 12 safety messages that does not illuminate bright enough during the day such as the brake fluids, gas cap, door latches, engine disabled, tailgate, power steering and air bags to name a few. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that all the vehicle's instrument panels have the same light intensity for illumination.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu 23
Failure Date: 02/21/2004

When the vehicle was started with the remote control dashboard components failed to function when the key was turned in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to the dealership the following day a diagnostic test was performed, but no failure codes were found. The failure recurred 4 months later while turning into a parking space. Also, the steering column locked up. When this occurred, the instrument panel read steering column assistance needed. The consumer then turned the vehicle off, then back on. The vehicle started, but the steering wheel wouldn't move. The steering wheel unlocked when the vehicle was restarted 20 minutes later. The vehicle was taken back to the dealership the following day. The service person indicated that there was a technical service bulletin on this issue, and ordered a new steering column to be installed. The consumer was instructed not to drive the vehicle out of town, in addition, while driving at 1379 miles, the consumer smelled a strong fuel odor. This occurred because the fuel line clip came off, and fuel was leaking. The dealership reinstalled the fuel clip because it wasn't properly installed at factory. Ea04018_cat.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu 24
Failure Date: 01/01/1901

2005 chevy Malibu with odometer problem. Consumer states she talked to the manufacturer and they said the odometer was absolutely accurate. Consumer believes the odometer is reading 3. 4% high, giving the vehicle more mileage.