2018 Chevrolet Malibu Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical System, Engine and Transmission issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Is your vehicle displaying the “Engine Power Reduced” warning light? Read our post on Chevrolet Malibu Engine problems.

GM claims that their 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is “beautifully balanced,” but that’s not our opinion after reading through the complaints. While they pride themselves on efficiency, engine troubles make the performance lackluster, at best. Furthermore, there are plenty of drivers that struggle with both the powertrain and electrical systems of the vehicle. Maybe GM meant that this car brings a perfect balance of issues.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Engine
211
Electrical System
109
Power Train
96
Vehicle Speed Control
91
Unknown Or Other
84
Fuel/propulsion System
69
Steering
28
Service Brakes
20
Electronic Stability Control
20
Air Bags
12

Problems with the Engine

Anyone who fell in love with the Malibu back in the days knows that it was a car with top performance. Drivers who get behind the wheel of the 2018 model might expect that same kind of performance, but find an interesting surprise instead.

Consumers have complained about speeds being reduced when the traction control is activated. At times, it’s impossible to gain any ground. Just listen to what this driver posted on Edmunds. “Caution with this car — When the Traction Control is activated, the screen shows a notice of ‘ENGINE POWER IS REDUCED.’ When it states REDUCED, it means that you are in a lower than Low Gear and cannot accelerate above 10-15 miles per hour. You have to pull over, turn off motor for 15 to 30 seconds to get out of this driving mode. Then the check engine symbol comes on for 24 hours and will reset and disappear if nothing is wrong.”

What could be scarier than having your speed reduced so low you have to worry about getting rear-ended? This isn’t the performance you would expect from the Chevy Malibu, and neither do the people purchasing the car.

In GM Service Bulletin #PIP5557C, the automaker addresses a problem where the car gets stuck in 2nd gear and can’t go above 30 mph. Their solution is to inspect the Control Valve Body spacer plate orifice #33 for blockage and replace it as needed. Of course, that’s no consolation for the driver stuck on the freeway with their hazard lights on just trying to get to the next exit and pull over. Maybe the Malibu was meant for Grandma instead?
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Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Chevy Malibu Engine Problems:

THIS IS THE THIRD TIME THIS INSTANCE HAS OCCURED. THE VEHICLE DASH STATED “REDUCED ENGINE POWER” AND THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT APPEARS. THIS SLOWS THE VEHICLE TO AN ALMOST COMPLETE STOP. LUCKILY I HAVE EITHER BEEN IN TRAFFIC, IN A PARKING LOT AND A GREEN LIGHT WHEN THIS HAPPENS BUT THIS IS AN ISSUE. I AM IN MOTION.

CAR WILL LOSE POWER WHEN DRIVING. I WAS TURNING LEFT CROSSING TRAFFIC AND IT LOST POWER. CAR WOULD NOT ACCELERATE FOR 3 SECONDS ESSENTIALLY IT FELT LIKE THE CAR STALLED EVEN THOUGH IT WAS STILL RUNNING. I HAVE HAD THIS HAPPEN 3 OTHER TIMES AS WELL..

I BOUGHT MY CAR A FEW WEEKS AGO, MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COME ON AND OFF I HAVE A CERTIFIED WARRANTY. THE WARNING THAT POPS IS WHEN I START MY CAR SAY ?REDUCE ENGINE POWER? AND IT MESSES WITH MY LIGHTS AS WELL AS MY GAS PEDAL TO WHERE I CAN?T GO. IT?S VERY DANGEROUS, ESPECIALLY WHEN ON THE HIGHWAY

Problems with the Transmission

Just as you expect an engine to work the way it should, your powertrain should keep you moving down the road as well. Just as essential to driving down the road is the ability to stop the vehicle and get out. What happens when the car can’t be placed in Park? That’s a problem; there’s no doubt about it.

Many drivers find that getting the Malibu into Park can be a difficult task. When you can’t get it to recognize that it is in Park, it’s also hard to turn it off. Let’s read what one consumer said on Edmunds about this situation. “The car started acting up not recognizing it’s in park and would not shut off at all. You would have to shift in and out of park to get the car to shut off. It shut off in the street while I was in the center lane and had no way of exiting the vehicle or putting on the hazards because the locks are all electric I couldn’t even get out of the car. Three lights later the car just turns back on. I really could have died.”

This isn’t just an embarrassing situation, but also quite dangerous. Service Bulletin #18-NA-297 addresses the problem where the car prompts a driver to shift into Park even though it’s already there. GM identified that the condition was caused by a faulty park switch in the transmission control shifter which doesn’t pull the BCM signal properly. To repair it, the mechanic must replace the assembly completely.

To review, we have a car that doesn’t want to drive and doesn’t want to Park either – you can’t seem to win.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Chevy Malibu Transmission Problems:

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2018 CHEVROLET MALIBU. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE RPM GAUGE INCREASED; HOWEVER, THE TRANSMISSION GEARS FAILED TO CHANGE OVER WHILE THE VEHICLE WAS DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY. AS A RESULT, THERE WAS A DRASTIC REDUCTION IN SPEED AND THE CONTACT HAD TO MANEUVER THE VEHICLE WITH EXTREME DIFFICULTY TO PREVENT A CRASH. INITIALLY, PERFORMANCE CHEVROLET (1005 W EHRINGHAUS ST, ELIZABETH CITY, NC 27909, 252-338-9100) WAS UNABLE TO REPLICATE AND DIAGNOSE THE FAILURE WITH THE SERVICE CENTER MANAGER. FURTHER DIAGNOSTIC TESTING WAS NOT PROVIDED. A DEALER TEST DROVE THE VEHICLE WITH THE CONTACT AND DIAGNOSED THAT THE SPACER PLATE NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. A LOANER VEHICLE WAS PROVIDED FOR TWO DAYS. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED AND THE CONTACT WANTED THE VEHICLE BOUGHT BACK BY THE DEALER IF THERE WAS NO SOLUTION. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURES. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 45,000.

AT ANY GIVEN TIME, WHEN VEHICLE IS STATIONARY AND SHIFT LEVER SET TO ‘PARK’, THE INSTRUMENT PANEL SCREEN DISPLAYS A ‘SHIFT TO PARK’ MESSAGE EVEN WITH THE LEVER SET TO THE ‘PARK’ POSITION. THE VEHICLE SEEMS TO BE IN ‘PARK’ HOWEVER, BATTERY POWER TO THE VEHICLE REMAINS AND WILL NOT SHUT OFF. CAR ELECTRICAL SYSTEM REMAINS ON AND HONKS THREE TIMES IF THE KEY FOB IS NOT IN RANGE. IT IS CONCERNING THAT THE VEHICLE IS NEVER FULLY IN ‘PARK’ MODE OR THAT THE VEHICLE IS NEVER FULLY TURNED OFF AND CAN CAUSE AN ACCIDENT IF UNATTENDED..

Problems with the Electrical System

When you are driving the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, you want all the lights and electronics to work, but that seems to be an issue as well. Among the numerous electrical problems, it’s possible to experience trouble with the power windows, radio and the Passenger Presence System (PPS) which offers faulty airbag information.

While not every electrical system seems monumental, they sure can be a pain to deal with. Take the example from this driver who complained about it on the NHTSA website. “My right blinker and brake light keep shorting out. It will be fine for a few days and then stop working.”

GM Service Bulletin #19-NA-086 resolves a rear tail lamp turn signal that either intermittently or temporarily flashes too fast at lower temperatures. The company’s fix is to inform the customer that the tail light is working as it was intended. They even go as far as to call it a “normal condition” of the vehicle and ask dealerships to share the bulletin within anyone that suffers from this situation.

If you enjoy visiting the dealership for constant repairs, then the Malibu should fit the bill. If you’ve gotten behind the wheel of this car not knowing what was ahead, it’s safe to say that you probably learned your lesson.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Chevy Malibu Electrical Problems:

I WAS DRIVING MY 2018 CHEVY MALIBU LS THAT I HAVEN’T OWNED FOR MORE THEN 30 DAYS AND MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON IN THE DRIVEWAY WHEN I STARTED IT UP TO LET IT WARM SINCE IT WAS WINTER SO I TOOK IT TO CHRISTENSON CHEVROLET IN HIGHLAND INDIANA AND THE CODE U01B0 CAME UP WHICH IS THE BATTERY SENSOR MODULE AND THE DEALER TOLD ME THERE IS NO FIX FOR IT AND ENGINEERING IS LOOKING INTO IT AND THE PAPERWORK THEY GAVE ME SHOWS THEY HAVE HAD THIS PROBLEM WITH THE 2017 AND 2018 MODELS AND NO FIX YET. THEY ARE SELLING CARS WITH DEFECTS AND I TOLD THEM I WANTED A DIFFERENT MODEL OR SAME MODEL AND THEY TOLD ME I HAD TO TALK TO CORPORATE WHICH I DID AND CORPORATE TOLD ME I HAD TO TALK TO THE DEALER SO NOW I AM IN THE WORKINGS OF FILING A LAWSUIT FOR LEMON LAW SINCE THEY HAVE NO INTENTION ON FIXING THIS PROBLEM SINCE NOW THE REMOTE START WON’T WORK SINCE THIS ISSUE AND CORPORATE ISN’T DOING ANYTHING WHICH IS FINE BECAUSE THE COURTS WILL WORK THIS OUT CHEVROLET USE TO BE A GOOD RELIABLE COMPANY BUT NOT ANYMORE

MY VEHICLE HAS AN ELECTRICAL ISSUE WITH THE POWER WINDOWS AND THE RADIO. THE POWER WINDOWS WILL STOP WORKING IF I TRY TO ADJUST THEM TO THE PERFECT HEIGHT FOR ME, FORCING ME TO HAVE TO PRESS BUTTONS ON ANOTHER WINDOW IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO THE WINDOW THAT I WOULD LIKE TO ADJUST. THIS PROBLEM IS PRESENT IN ALL FOUR WINDOWS.

OIL LEAK NOTED ON GROUND AFTER BEING DRIVEN. STARTED OUT BEING SMALL DROPS BUT GRADUALLY WORSENED. DEALERSHIP STATED “WELD AROUND OIL PAN WAS NOT PROPERLY SEALED”

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Complaint Data

CategoryElectrical System
DateMar 13, 2023
StateMI
Description
When putting gear shift into park the driver display on dashboard said not in park. The car would not fully shut off causing a safety problem. Could not lock vehicle. Was draining the battery. My extended warranty covered 2. 59. I paid 7. 32.
CategoryExterior Lighting, Unknown Or Other
DateMar 11, 2023
StateOK
Description
the rear liner had water indications, with an odor of mildew in the car. I couldn't drive around with mildew in my car. I notuved shortly after I purchased yhe vehicle that the brake light was cracked. I didmt think much of it, thought it was just a cosmetic thing. It was taken to my dealership and they confirmed the water was getting in through the cracked brake light. I did a little research and it seems to be a common issue with malibu's. No warning other than the smell, that made me check the back seat.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Service Brakes
DateMar 09, 2023
StateCA
Description
Cam-driven brake booster vacuum failure without warning. My engine died, my brake pedal and steering wheel stiffened, while in moderate traffic. I had use excessive brake force to slow my vehicle to a stop. Currently have 78,012 miles as it is sitting in the repairs shop. This is the first time it has happened, but I worry it may happen again because upon further research, it is a very common part failure.
CategoryEngine
DateMar 08, 2023
StateMA
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while driving 65-70 mph and overtaking another vehicle, the vehicle decelerated to 45 mph unintendedly, with the "engine power reduced" message displayed. The contact exited the highway and continued driving. The contact stated that the failure had been reoccurring increasingly and also occurred while driving 25 mph. The dealer and the manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 58,000.
CategoryPower Train
DateMar 03, 2023
StateIL
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to recognize the gear shifter being shifted to park(p). The “shift to park” message was displayed on the instrument panel. The dealer was contacted and confirmed that the failure was a known issue. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,400.
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other, Vehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 23, 2023
StateIL
Description
2018 chevy malibu over 5 times this happens since we bought it brand new it has "reduced engine power" error come on and the car can't accelerate over 30 miles per hour. This is a continued problem all the time and very dangerous when we are on the tollway that has a 70-mph speed limit, and you can't get the car to go over 30 mph. This same problem happens on our 2017 chevy malibu that we bought brand new since we owned it too and I have already put in a complaint filed today! This is extremely dangerous and takes you a long time to get home when you can only go 30 mph or less because of the "reduced engine power" limit. Gm needs to recall these malibu's and fix the dangerous "reduced engine power" error because it's dangerous to the driver in rush hour traffic and on the tollway traffic with no ability to go over 30 mph. All these malibu's need to be fixed properly and its gm's responsibility to ensure safety for their customers lives.
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 20, 2023
StateNY
Description
The car continuously is throwing a code p2138 and a warning comes up on dash saying reduced engine power. This happened 6 times to me yesterday wherein I was traveling on 1 lane winding roads in my neighborhood so the speed drops from wherever it is down to 10mph instantly. On 1 lane roads in the area where I reside there's no safe place to pull over. This is extremely dangerous and a massive safety hazard and risk to my life!
CategoryForward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking, Service Brakes
DateJan 16, 2023
StateTX
Description
While picking my kids up from school my car suddenly lost braking ability and I heard a weird noise under the hood. Like it needed an oil change. Tension from the brakes and couldn't stop when tried. Definitely gained anxiety from this event. I did get the part replaced however I'm concerned for the engine and any possible damage that may have been caused. I still have the original part to the vehicle as well.
CategoryAir Bags, Power Train
DateJan 13, 2023
StateCO
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that the check engine warning light was illuminated and flashing. While in the park position, the shift to park message was displayed. The vehicle was slow to move. While adding fuel to the tank, the fuel would bubble at the top and stop. While driving approximately 35 mph, a 2018 gmc terrain crashed into the front end of the vehicle. The driver sustained injuries to her hip, soft tissue, lower back, whiplash, and neck and medical attention was provided. There was a police report filed. There was no reported fire or air bag deployment. The local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateDec 24, 2022
StateNY
Description
I got p2138 code, I replaced the accelerator pedal on my cost because the dealer told me my car vin is not include in the recall, the code keep coming back even after replacing the pedal. The problem it happen two time were I was driving on thruway "65 mph" the speed suddenly reduced to less than 30 mph which put me and the other drivers safety in dangerous situation
CategoryStructure
DateDec 21, 2022
StateFL
Description
The contact called on behalf of his daughter who owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that his daughter informed him that she had noticed moisture on the inside of the windows and the front and rear windshields. Additionally, the contact stated that the third brake light was not properly secured in place. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the third brake light needed to be replaced. The contact also stated that there was water leaking into the trunk. The contact stated that upon investigating the cause of the failure, he determined that the water leak might have originated from the third brake light. The contact stated that the failure had caused mold to develop inside the vehicle. The contact related the failure to gm technical service bulletin numbers: 20-na-126 (water leak in rear compartment) and pic5822e (water on front floor and/or carpet). The dealer informed the contact that the owner was responsible for the cost of the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 54,000.
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateDec 17, 2022
StateNY
Description
Suddenly loss of power at cruising speeds. Trouble with acceleration and loss of power. Unresponsiveness from the engine. The check engine light illuminate, obd2 call for code p2138. The speed stuck at 30 m/h on the 65 m/h thruway which cause unsafe situation for me and other drivers on the road. When googling this issue on the internet, reviews show it is common problem in this model. Gm refuses to fix this issue at their cost because "according to the vin number of my car, it is not included in the recall list" which it does not make sense.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateDec 14, 2022
StateWI
Description
On nov. 18th 2022 while driving on county rd at 55mph I slowed to make a left turn. As I went to accelerate at about 30mph the vehicle lost power, I pulled over shut off the vehicle. I started the vehicle and the engine symbol appeared, I continued to drive, I had power so I entered the interstate. About 2 min. Of driving the vehicle went from 70mph to 40mph. I pulled into a dealership to see if I could get the vehicle looked at. They said they were booked up that it would be about ten days. I continued to my destination there were no other issues beside the engine light staying on. At a half tank of gas I filled up, when I went to leave the the engine light was off. No other issues since.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateDec 13, 2022
StateVA
Description
Was driving to work when suddenly my check engine light comes on and I get a warning reading “reduce power to engine” could feel the power literally reduce. Car won't go pass 30mph could hear the engine trying to accelerate but struggling too. This is the second time it happens, have noticed other complain about this on going issue with 2016-2018 models
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateDec 12, 2022
StateMD
Description
I keep getting a reoccurring message saying engine speed reduced, I can be driving going 60+mph and randomly my car speed is reduced. This is becoming a safety issue as I have noticed this is a ongoing issue wit the 2016-2018 chevy malibu's.
CategoryPower Train
DateDec 09, 2022
StateKY
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while the vehicle was in a park, he noticed that a warning light indicating that the vehicle was not in park was illuminated. The contact also stated that while driving at an undisclosed speed, he heard a knocking noise at the rear-end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the shifter cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 21,000. The vin was not included.
CategoryPower Train
DateDec 01, 2022
StateTN
Description
Please see general motors technical service bulletin 19na206. 745. 57. There is a problem that occurs with the transmission shifter. Even though the driver has shifted into park, the switch inside the shifter assembly triggers a message "shift to park." at times, the ignition cannot be turned off and the driver has to keep trying. My malibu was affected by this issue.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateNov 20, 2022
StateFL
Description
I paid a significant amount to have my car fixed after bringing it initially the first time in may. Since then I have had to return my car multiple times every other month because the engine light continues to come on and they don't know why. I have worked directly with jr and have gotten no result. The engine light continues to come on and they continue to not be able to know why, they keep my car for multiple days and can't explain why the light is on or what they did to remove it and then it comes on a few days or months later with the same issue that they cannot explain. I bought my car in over five times already I have contacted corporate to no avail. When I brought it back the second time they claimed a bunch of things were wrong with it that weren't wrong the first time, every time there is a new issue but they can't describe what is the cause of the issue or can they give me an explanation on what keeps happening the last time they claim it was an electrical malfunction but could not explain any details and waited until they were closing to contact me. My engine light has since come back on which means I would have to bring it in again. I contacted corporate they were supposed to call me back, never heard from anyone. I've been working directly with jr who I constantly contact and he does not follow up at all or call me back like he says he would and the issue continues to happen and he is very aware of it for my initial review. They have to leave my car there for multiple days to not get updates to not get any information, they don't look at it they don't even know what's going on with it, it doesn't even make any sense at all now I'm driving a car that could potentially be unsafe and I'm bringing it to the only dealership that is closest to me chevrolet and they can't even help. My car is a 2018 chevy malibu that I take extremely good care of yet no one knows why the engine light keeps coming on.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System, Power Train, Service Brakes
DateNov 10, 2022
StateMI
Description
Brake power booster, vehicle not starting. Not catching, brakes when completely out couldn't stop
CategoryPower Train
DateNov 07, 2022
StateTN
Description
When I shift the car into park the dashboard gives me a message that the car needs to be shifted into park. This is an intermittent problem and does not occur every time I shift to park. When I get this message I am not sure if the vehicle is actually in park. The problem has been diagnosed by the dealership. The defective part has been replaced by the dealership. The only message I received is the one on the dash stating to "shift to park".
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other
DateOct 31, 2022
StateTX
Description
Engine reduced while driving
CategoryEngine, Steering
DateOct 31, 2022
StateVA
Description
The steering wheel is jerking when in the position to turn, and waiting at a light. The stop engine feature seems to make the jerk motion and also sends an alert message which is a quick flash stating "steering assist is reduced- drive with care". According to a service bulletin provided by gm bulletin #19-na-182 august 2019. This is a problem that needs to be corrected, for the safety of my family and others in the vehicle and on the road. Next, the car shut off and the command center went blank,
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateOct 29, 2022
StateVA
Description
I am the first owner of a 2018 chevy malibu. This car was displayed on the showroom floor. Shortly after purchasing this vehicle a new “computer” was needed. Following the new computer, my chevy malibu would be at approximately 70mph and would “engine lock” its speed causing it to suddenly go from 70mph to 20mph while on a freeway. During this time my chevy malibu would reeve at approximately 5,000 rpms and would not go over 20mph. I brought this to gms attention and they appeared to have very little concern. As a mother of two and a police officer I was very upset with gm. My vehicle has “engine locked” itself multiple times and has been towed to a dealership. Fast forward, my car, will not turn off and I'm unsure if it is going into “park”. I have replaced the “wire harness” or “transition switch” where my shifter is located. It has been approximately two months since replacing this part. My chevy malibu is once again not going into park and will not turn off. I am concerned my car will roll away while I am at work or out in town and cause serious injuries. Gm does not seem to care about these issues. Issues being, the “shift to park” and the “limp mode” issues that my car continues to have. As a police officer I know that this could be very dangerous and I would like a solution to this issue or a new vehicle. This vehicle is not safe.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateOct 29, 2022
StateMI
Description
As I was driving I was addressed with a speed reduction warning and it followed with a very abrupt problem with speed as it was reduced drastically and almost getting rear-ended in the process I was able to pull over but very unsafely and without warning
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateOct 28, 2022
StateMI
Description
What component or system failed or malfunctioned, and is it available for inspection upon request? A defect in the cam shaft solenoids causes a notice that "engine power is reduced." at that point, the engine begins to struggle to accelerate from a stop, and from increasing speed while on the highway. How was your safety or the safety of others put at risk? The unpredictability of the defect and its affect while driving poses a large threat to safety, particularly on the highway. Has the problem been reproduced or confirmed by a dealer or independent service center? Yes. The dealership service rep not only confirmed the defect, but also confirmed that the issue persists across multiple gm models yet no recall exists. Again, this is a known defect with gm engines, as confirmed directly by the dealership. Despite this, no remedy was offered, I was told it's neither covered by my manufacturer's warranty or recall. Has the vehicle or component been inspected by the manufacturer, police, insurance representatives or others? Yes. I was given a video explanation of the issue and also told directly of these persistence of the defect across multiple lines. Were there any warning lamps, messages or other symptoms of the problem prior to the failure, and when did they first appear? No warning prior to the failure. The defect and "engine power reduced" message both first presented in march of 2022, less than a year into my ownership of the car -- and while my car was still under its 60,000 mile warranty.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateOct 28, 2022
StateOH
Description
Shifter sometimes does not recognize it was put in park. Trouble getting it to recognize park and turn off electronics. Class action law suite may be in the process with multiple models. Happened multiple times and more frequently.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateOct 15, 2022
StateTX
Description
Motor died going down the road car is available for inspection if I had been crossing the street without the aid of a stoplight, I would have been t-boned vehicle problem has not been reproduced or confirmed by the dealer. Vehicle component has not been inspected by dealer or anyone else. The check engine light and logo came on as the engine was shutting down. I went into the trunk on the passenger side and shook and twisted the wires going into the control module mounted to the trunk wall. This was suggested for the 2016 malibu which had a recall. There should be a recall on the 2018 also. After repeated shaking and attempting to start the motor, it finally started. I drove it home and parked it. When I went to read the code, the engine started and ran for a couple of minutes and stalled again. The code was p2bb3.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Service Brakes
DateOct 11, 2022
StateGA
Description
My car just stopped in the middle of the road , and would not start again for a few minutes. Then is was in low power mode , no brakes either after that , found that problem to be a bad vaccum pump , which g m didn't even have , and a faulty accelerator pedal sensor !
CategoryEngine, Service Brakes, Unknown Or Other
DateOct 11, 2022
StateDE
Description
12/27/2021 I started my car to leave work & noticed a loud tap. I've worked for dealerships in the past & was part owner of my own repair shop for many years. Popped the hood, checked the oil level which was good, & figured I'd be fine to drive it home to park it & then hook the scanner up. Mid-way home I received an engine performance notification on my dash, but other than that it seemed safe with no diminished speed. Less than 3 miles from home I went to stop at a red light & had the hardest brake pedal I've ever felt in my life. I was fortunate nobody was around me so I put all the weight of my body on the pedal to stop the car at the light. The engine was sputtering & the steering felt tight & it felt like it was stalling, with a green turn arrow I risked crossing the highway & was able to safely park in the community's rec center. I'm not one who is quick to take anything to the dealership because many times the techs are lazy, so I hit the web & found two things. One - there is an extended warranty on the tps sensor which is the entire gas pedal itself. This could explain the engine performance notification, but not the lack of brakes. Upon hours & hours of additional reading I found the problem - the vacuum brake pump. We ordered it & replaced it but I can tell you my engine likely needs an additional camshaft replacement for it to ever be right again. Two codes remain: p0014 & p0017 - exhaust camshaft/crankshaft position not plausible. What was the condition of the vacuum pump? It was shattered & had spewed chunks of metal directly into my engine. I was lucky that day, had I gotten 1/4 mile down the road I could have wound up in a lake instead of a parking lot. Gm should be ashamed of this design & it's continued failure to not only address the issue, but lie about it in the process. First owner, failure occurred at 54,500 miles - no warranty. What scares me the most, is how many times the same owner has had this pump fail again & again.
CategoryEngine
DateOct 10, 2022
StateTN
Description
I was driving app. 41 miles per hour in heavy friday traffic on 10/7/2022 and the check engine light lit up and the car dropped to about 20 miles per hour and would not pick up speed. The rpm was staying on about 3000. I pulled over and called my husband. We set for awhile and restarted the car and the light went off and it drove as normal
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Service Brakes
DateOct 08, 2022
StateOH
Description
My car will stop and have no power now the heat shut off and won't come back on it's just doing some crazy stuff I looked up all the recalls for 2018 malibu and it was a lot so why mines isn't listed
CategoryEngine
DateOct 06, 2022
StateID
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled, causing the power steering and power brake functionality to become inoperable. The contact stated he was unsure if any warning lights were illuminated. The contact had managed to coast off to the side of the roadway. The contact stated that several attempts were needed to restart the vehicle and he was able to drive the vehicle to his destination. The contact stated that the failure started off as an intermittent failure, but gradually had become a constant failure. The contact stated that the failure recurred and the vehicle had to be towed. The contact had taken the vehicle to a local dealer on several occasions to be diagnosed; however, the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. Additionally, the contact stated that the radio would randomly switch through the preselected stations. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer had been informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 75.
CategoryElectrical System, Vehicle Speed Control
DateOct 05, 2022
StateMI
Description
I received a recall letter in 2019 for n192221960. The engine control module software needed to be updated. I have taken my car to the moran chevy dealership on gratiot perhaps 3 times before. I was driving yesterday, oct 4th and my car did the same thing again: reduced engine power while I was on the freeway. It would not allow me to accelerate past 40 mph very dangerous. They informed me that the repair would not be covered, which was surprising to me, because I thought with that frequency it would be. Each time they told me it was something different. This time I am being told that the price is 2 ecm needed work, and oxygen sensor and fuel injector services. I then received a call letting me know that the price was reduced to 3 and that the ecm was updated already (after I had called letting them know I called gm direct about the recall and was waiting to hear back).
CategoryElectrical System:instrument Panel:fuel Gauge
DateSep 30, 2022
StateKY
Description
On 9/22/22 I drove 2018 chevy malibu about 3 blocks and low fuel light displayed. The gas needle went past e. I had about a quarter tank when I last drove it. I drove about 2 miles, going 50 mph and it began to sputter and reduced speed to 20 mph. Very dangerous situation, but I pulled off on side of road. When tow arrived driver got in car and the gas needle moved back up to almost qtr tank and no low fuel lights or warning sound was generated, engine turned over but it would not start. Had it towed to gas station and put gas in it, still would not start. It was not out of gas. The reading was incorrect. Towed to dealership and they still have not found the problem over a week later. Stated it could be an electrical problem. Electrical service repair tech is checking it. I have seen similar scenarios reported on this site. Gmc/chevrolet needs to do a recall. This is a dangerous situation. Luckily I wasn't on a very busy road.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:gear Position Indication (prndl)
DateSep 30, 2022
StateKY
Description
When I put my 2018 chevy malibu in park I receive shift to park' error message. I have to keep pushing on the gear shift to get it to go into park mode. It happens frequently. I have seen numerous reports of this same problem. The last time it happened was around 9/19/22, but it has occurred since I purchased the car in 2019. It began when the car only had around 40,000. There should be a recall from gmc/chevrolet.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Unknown Or Other
DateSep 28, 2022
StateKY
Description
I was driving around 50 mph and the car began to sputter and it wasn't getting in gas. It slowed down to 20 mph and I had to stop on side of road. It behaved as if it were out of gas, but it had a qtr tank of gas. It would not start after I stopped it. I took it dealership and they still do not have an answer. There should be a recall on this. Numerous reports that are similar to my scenario.
CategoryElectrical System, Fuel/propulsion System, Seat Belts
DateSep 27, 2022
StateUT
Description
My car constantly gives an error saying the power is being reduced to the engine. It was repair 3 months after I bought it but it didn't fix the issue. These cars a danger to everyone around us. They reduce speeds to very low numbers even on the freeway, when yielding to turn left the car won't go but will drift into oncoming traffic, and many times the car won't shut off. It says it's not in park but it is. The seatbelts look like they're secured but with one good tug they'll come apart. And I slide when braking even without snow or rain. Mine I'd always broke down and no one will help me. I pay 475 a month for a car that doesn't work and is dangerous to me and my special needs child and everyone around us. Please do something.
CategorySuspension
DateSep 25, 2022
StateFL
Description
My malibu makes a knocking sound in the rear of vehicle. Feel like something is going to snap off, also driving on reverse sound really bad, check my trunk if something was loose and nothing.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Power Train
DateSep 24, 2022
StateGA
Description
The stability track system comes on the vehicle slows down and stops in traffic. Then it says shift to park and will not start. The computer often displays reduce engine power.
CategoryEngine And Engine Cooling:engine:crank/camshaft Position Sensor, Service Brakes, Hydraulic:power Assist:vacuum
DateSep 22, 2022
StateIL
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle shifted into limp mode. The contact stated that she pulled over and when the gear was shifted to park (p), the brake vacuum pump failed. No warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was then towed to her residence. The contact stated that an independent mechanic went to her residence and diagnosed the vehicle. The independent mechanic retrieved dtc: p0365 for the camshaft position sensor. Additionally, the contact was informed that shattered pieces of the brake vacuum pump dispersed into the camshaft. The contact stated that pieces were also found in the oil lines. The contact stated that the brake vacuum pump was repaired; however, the camshaft sensor was not yet replaced due to the part not being available. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.
CategoryAir Bags
DateSep 12, 2022
StateIL
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that the driver's side air bag in the steering wheel had fractured near the lower part of the steering wheel. The contact contacted the dealer and was referred to the manufacturer with assistance to have the air bag replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the repair was not covered under warranty or recall. A case was filed. The approximate failure mileage was 63,250.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateSep 07, 2022
StateIL
Description
Malibu would not recognize shift into park. This happened multiple intermittent times. Had to take it to dealership to be repaired on 9/6/22. While waiting for my malibu to be repaired I was talking with a gentleman who had his malibu in for the same problem. He stated his friend had the same thing happen on his malibu. I came home and looked up information on this problem and found it isn't just malibu's and I learned that there is litigation about this problem in michigan. Why has there not been a recall for this problem?
CategoryPower Train
DateAug 31, 2022
StateMI
Description
Shift to park light comes on when it was already put in park and shut car off.
CategoryPower Train
DateAug 30, 2022
StateIL
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that while attempting to park the vehicle, the "shift to park" message appeared on the instrument panel. The contact was unable to turn off the vehicle. The contact attempted multiple maneuvers to turn off the vehicle and was eventually successful. The dealer was notified of the failure and an appointment was scheduled for service. The manufacturer was also notified of the failure and referred her to the nhtsa hotline for assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 25,000.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Power Train
DateAug 28, 2022
StateWI
Description
I was driving 35 mph when the message "reduced engine power" and it noticably slowed down. The check engine light is still on. I researched recalls/problems with the 2018 chevy malibu and this is one major one I found.
CategoryService Brakes
DateAug 26, 2022
StateTX
Description
8 months ago brakes failed, you could stop but they were hard and stretched stopping distance, vacuum pump failure was the cause, when it failed it broke apart and sent parts into the engine, (valve cover ). Replaced vacuum pump removed valve cover and fished out the broken pieces, was lucky on this occasion, fast forward 8 months later , the mother of my kids was on freeway and car completely died,, got it to dealer and was informed, vacuum pump failed again sending metal fragments into the valve cover but this time pieces destroyed the cam and caused the reluctor to slip thus causing ecm to shut down engine. I'm concerned with there not being some sort of housing inside the valve cover cupping the side of cam that meets vacuum pump to shield engine components from metal pieces incase vac pump broke into pieces since vacuum pump isn't part of the engine itself and the torque of cam shaft up against the gear on vac pump is very high, the expectation of parts braking off is highly likely, and there nothing protecting your engine from those fragments.. I'm not the smartest but I would not think a 0 external part could destroy and engine and take your braking function without any warning. I guess if I happen once I wouldn't think to much into it but for the third time and being extreamly lucky on the first two occasions and taking responsibility for repairs are totally uncalled for , so now I have to replace and engine, wow... I hope this can be addressed before someone actually gets hurt, I'm so lucky that my kids mother was able to coast off the highway b/c it could have been bad..
CategoryElectrical System
DateAug 15, 2022
StateNC
Description
When I come to a complete stop and take back off, my car flashes a warning " steering assist reduced. Drive with care" this just started 4 days ago. Within those 4 days, every time it starts back up all lights flash on then back off. My check engine light has not gone back off since 1 day ago. I have done research and I have realized that this is a common problem for this make and model car. Most complaints regard power steering control. I'm wondering what can be done, because there has not yet been a recall for this issue and it is a complete safety hazard, especially with children in the car. I would hate for any lawsuits to come from something that could have been avoided.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Unknown Or Other
DateAug 13, 2022
StateWI
Description
I was leaving the gas station and when I got ready to pull off into traffic the car stalled. Flashed a message saying the automatic steering was disabled or something drive with care. I go out this morning and it won't start at all. It cranks but won't turn.
CategoryEngine
DateAug 10, 2022
StateTX
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated the vehicle's reduce engine warning light would illuminate at various speeds. The contact would pull over unlock then lock the vehicle in order for the vehicle's warning light to no longer illuminate and to regain proper function. While driving 75 mph when the engine warning light stating reduced speed illuminated. The mph dropped to about 25 mph. The vehicle's onstar displayed a message stating that the antilock brake system was detected and the vehicle powered off shortly after. The vehicle was towed to a certified mechanic who diagnosed that the crankshaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that their vehicle was not included in any recall. The failure mileage was unknown.
CategoryService Brakes, Hydraulic, Service Brakes, Hydraulic:power Assist:vacuum
DateAug 10, 2022
StateNJ
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that while driving at 70 mph, the brake pedal depressed and it traveled to the floorboard as the vehicle failed to stop without warning. After the failure occurred, the contact stated that the vehicle failed to restart upon parking the vehicle. Due to the failure, the vehicle was towed to a dealer where they discovered that both the vacuum pump and camshaft sensor were defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified about the failure and referred the contact to the nhtsa hotline. The vehicle had yet to be repaired. The failure mileage was 79,000.
CategoryElectrical System
DateAug 03, 2022
StateIL
Description
When going to shut off the vehicle the display comes on "shift to park" and will not allow the engine to shut down. Must turn car back on, place into a gear, place into park and turn off power again. This has occurred multiple times over the past few days. It will also take 3 or 4 cycles to finally get the car to shut down completely.
CategoryElectrical System
DateAug 02, 2022
StateSC
Description
Something draining my battery done put a new battery in it no lights or anything on when I get out been going on for bout 3 months now
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJul 27, 2022
StateTN
Description
When I get to a destination and put car in park it says " shift to park" like it's not in park. I have to wiggle my gear shift around for it to go away. Or when I park, I have to give it a forceful push to park.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJul 22, 2022
StateTX
Description
Most the time I park now, the vehicle does not recognize when I shift the vehicle into park. The transmission control (the "stick") is positioned correctly, but the vehicle chimes and warns vehicle cannot be turned off until vehicle is in park regardless. I am not sure if the vehicle is literally not in park, or if the vehicle's system sensors simply are not functioning correctly. Usually some jiggling of the stick causes the car to eventually recognize the park is engaged, but it is never certain. So far this issue has mostly resulted in inconvenience and annoyance, so no police reports or mechanic investigations yet. But whatever the nature of this malfunctioning park, under the right circumstances, this issue could conceivably lead to accidents and deaths if not addressed and repaired soon. I am reminded of anton yelchin's suv crushing him to death after he thought his vehicle was in park but the system wasn't working correctly. My vehicle is 4 years old now and this problem only began manifesting recently, perhaps 3-6 months ago. I have searched online and I have found at least two other owners of this same make and model and year have experienced the exact same problem. I suspect this issue could lead to catastrophic problems in the future if not fixed early. Please investigate before things get out of hand.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJul 21, 2022
StateFL
Description
I shift my car into park and try to turn off the car, the car stays on and tells me to shift the car to park even though it is already in park. Car is having continuous transmission and emission issues that cannot be resolved by the chevrolet dealership, resulting in paying lots of money and the engine light and emails from onstar still appear.
CategoryEngine
DateJul 19, 2022
StateCA
Description
On 3 occasions, my vehicle has displayed the message “engine power is reduced.” it has 83, 990 miles. I took it to the dealership to have them check it out, but I was told they couldn't check it because the check engine light was no longer on. This is a problem because the warning will come on, then the check engine light turns off after the car has been turn off. The chevy dealership says there is a three day wait for them to conduct a diagnostic, but what are the chances the check engine light will remain on? After having gone through this process on three separate occasions, the check engine light hasn't appeared the next day. I have read about how others may be experiencing this problem and they do not have some resolution to this kind of problem. My wife generally drives this car, so I fear for her as she travels to and from work.
CategoryAir Bags
DateJul 12, 2022
StateTX
Description
This vehicle was involved in a crash on the driver side door and now the problem is with the airbag pop up and the havc isn't wanting to work either.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJul 12, 2022
StateMI
Description
While im driving the stabilitrack warning will pop on then the engine light & immediately after my car will jerk to a almost stop. Then when I try to press on the gas peddle it will go slow but my peddle power goes to a 4. The dealership said it was my tire speed sensors so I got them replaced all to still have the same problem. It will also read power stirring not available & shift to park even tho I'm already in park.
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJul 12, 2022
StateNV
Description
Engine power reduced notification came on the dashboard and car deaccelerated down to less than 25 miles an hour on the highway on multiple occasions. On the last occasion about 2 months ago the notification came on again, the car stalled and would not start up again. This was in ongoing traffic and I could have been seriously injured if people behind me were unable to stop in time. I sat in the middle of traffic for 45 minutes until fire and rescue came and pushed my car out of the road and onto the shoulder until the tow truck came.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJul 10, 2022
StateNY
Description
My car keeps saying “shift to park” when it is already in park. I have to keep turning the car back on and off numerous times and shifting the car into another gear and back into park and wiggle the shifter to get it to read that it's in park. I don't know if the car is actually in park or not and will roll if I leave it. Also by turning the car on and off multiple times, sometimes 7 to 8, will ruin the starter or cause some other issues. I have not taken to a dealer yet because online reports of same issue in multiple gm cars have said they are replacing with the same faulty part.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJul 07, 2022
StatePA
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated after parking the vehicle, the message shift to park was displayed. The contact was unable to turn off the vehicle. The contact reversed, drove forward and shifted into park(p) again. The vehicle then registered that the gear shifter was in park(p). The contact stated that the failure had been reoccurring while attempting to park the vehicle. The dealer and the manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 20,400.
CategoryPower Train:automatic Transmission:lever And Linkage:floor Shift
DateJun 29, 2022
StateTN
Description
Getting an error "shift to park" message when parking and trying to shut the vehicle off. Have to now apply the parking brake, shift into gear, and shift back to park to get the vehicle to register in that it is in park to shut off. This error does not allow vehicles to be shut off or even doors locked which could pose a risk of a small child getting into the vehicle in these hot temperatures.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Power Train
DateJun 26, 2022
StateTX
Description
Son was driving my 2018 malibu with 90,000 miles. Check engine light came on and car reduced speed from 75mph to 40mph on interstate! Autozone reading says replace variable camshaft timing solenoid. Very dangerous situation. Chevy should have to fix this.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateJun 23, 2022
StateNY
Description
My vehicle showed up on a carfax report as being in an accident in tennessee on 10/15/2020 when the vehicle was in iowa on that date. The chattanooga police report shows this vin# on a 2002 chevy minivan owned by enterprise car rentals with colorado license plate 266xfh. My vehicle is a 2018 chevy malibu sedan purchased from enterprise march 26, 2019. I do not understand why two vehicles have the same vin #. Please investigate.
CategoryAir Bags, Exterior Lighting
DateJun 22, 2022
StateVA
Description
Third brake light cracks on left side, resulting in damage to the brake light and letting water leak in through the roof damaging the car's interior, including the rear curtain airbags.
CategoryPower Train
DateJun 16, 2022
StateOH
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while entering the vehicle, there was a warning light illuminated and a message stating: action required place vehicle in park; however, the vehicle was already in park. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer and the vehicle was diagnosed that the harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 15,050.
CategoryEngine And Engine Cooling:engine:engine Control Module (ecu/ecm)
DateJun 15, 2022
StateTN
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that while driving at an undisclosed speed, the vehicle lost motive power. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and diagnosed with ecm module failure. The dealer informed the contact that the ecm module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and remained at the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the warranty had expired. The failure mileage was approximately 46,285.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMay 28, 2022
StateMI
Description
I've brought the car in for the same thing “engine power reduced “ and they never were able to fix has been going on since february of 2019. Codes related to the engine power reduced still occurred and are occurring on my vehicle, reported it to gm ( have the emails) they offer me 00 for a new car but won't put it towards fixing this car, as it's not a guaranteed fix as the vehicle has been brought in over 4-5 times for the same engine power reduced and never fixed it. I received a letter from gm regarding they will cover anything to do with “engine power reduced “ at no charge and now they won't fix it. The last email gm said to report it to the dealership giving me the run around. This is one of many almost got in an accident today on the highway cause I was going 70 and it dropped to 40 out of no where of course with the engine power reduced message. I need help, please. I been going on since I bought the vehicle in 2019. Gm is doing nothing but taken advantage of for years
CategoryPower Train
DateMay 17, 2022
StateMD
Description
My 2018 malibu premier with 12600 miles on it, parking sensor, and wiring harness is defective. The shop tells me gm knows about it and recommends replacing them. When you park the car and turn it off it does not go into park, you can not lock the car, and the radio keeps playing. If you do not shake the shifter it stays that way. If you do not have the radio on and you get out and close the door and walk away you do not know it. They want 0 to fix it as long as all goes well. I feel there should be a recall on this since they put in faulty parts and have notified their dealers.
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train
DateMay 16, 2022
StateMO
Description
I got the error message, "shift to park" after putting my car in park. Thus, my car would not fully turn off, affecting the battery. This is a known issue with various make, models, and years of chevrolet vehicles. If this had happened anywhere but home, if would have left me stranded. The dealership confirmed it was a known issue as they have had to fix many of these vehicles. The bill was extremely pricey.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateMay 16, 2022
StateMI
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while driving 20 mph and coming to a complete stop, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle stop feature engaged independently as designed, causing the engine to stop running. However, upon releasing the brake pedal, the vehicle stalled and shut off. The contact was unable to veer to the side of the road. The contact shifted into the park, depressed the pedal, and was able to restart the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure reoccurred twice. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer where it was diagnosed that no issues were found. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and referred the contact to the dealer. A case was opened. The failure mileage was approximately 58,000.
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train
DateMay 13, 2022
StateTN
Description
Component/system: transmission shift control not correctly sensing vehicle has been placed in parked condition. Symptom: after parking and shutting off engine, message is displayed "shift to park" and car dings and lights and electronics will not turn off. Started about a week ago and was intermittent. Jiggling the transmission shift handle would always cause message to go away and electronics to turn off. Today, no amount of manipulating the transmission control handle will shut off the message. Tried to leave car in garage but lights and radio kept running. Decided to manually shut off lights and radio/info system hoping system will time out and shut down on its own. Finally got in contact with dealership who recommended I disconnect the battery cable until I can get the car into the shop. Safety concern: though transmission can be verified as being in park, electronics will not shut down, thereby potentially allowing the electrical system to drain battery and not allowing car to be started when needed. Also, a bit concerned it was suggested by dealership I disconnect battery cable to eliminate power drain while "shift to park" error is occurring. Problem reproduced/confirmed by dealer: not yet as the problem had a rapid onset from intermittent to full time over the course of a week. Having a bit of difficulty getting appointment scheduled that will get problem investigated and fixed. Loaner cars were discontinued last december and I live too far from dealership to be driven home. Inspection: no inspection has yet occurred; however, I have taken picture of "shift to park" message while transmission control handle is in the park position. Prior indications: there were no other signs of a problem. "shift to park" simply started and was intermittent over the course of a week. Jiggling the transmission control handle would quickly resolve the issue, then today, it has no impact.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateMay 11, 2022
StateTX
Description
Warning: reduced speed, car stalled in the middle of traffic. Took to dealer ship and they charged me 9 and said it was the battery, from the looks of everyone else's complaint, which we have the same complaint, I got ripped off. I deserve a refund and we all deserve our cars serviced.
CategoryEngine
DateMay 09, 2022
StateTX
Description
Experienced electrical issues and engine issues since car was purchased in 2019. The car will stall randomly if stopped at a light or moving slowly in traffic. The breaks also skip when slowing down, I taken by break check and they advised the breaks where good, just had them done 2 years ago, max. I had the batteries replaced twice in the last 2 years,there is no faulty in the battery. Right now my car is not working at all, the breaks became stiff while driving, constant error saying "reduced engine power". The car would turn over but it will not hold. I took it to my local mechanic, who advised he replaced all parts that could be the issue but the car still will not run right. He states it's and engine or computer issue. There are a few recalls already issued by chevy, my car was made in july of 2017, and the issues described is the exact same issues I'm having.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateMay 09, 2022
StateOH
Description
Certain @018 chevy malibu models has a recall for asoftware problem could disable the fuel injectors and im currently having this issue where my vehicle will not start all of the time and is misfiring.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateApr 30, 2022
StateMI
Description
P2138 throwing off code and goes into engine reduce power mode it's dangerous
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateApr 29, 2022
StateCA
Description
Unknown . Stabilitrak , power steering drive with care, and steering assist is reduced drive with care light turned on . I was on the freeway with my newborn and the car was slowly giving out and suddenly stopped while in the carpool lane . Took it to the car dealer and did a diagnostics and codes u100,u0101, u0415, and u0073 popped up . This is the second time this same exact thing has happened to me same messages popped up so I took it to the dealer and codes p0300 came out and p050d came out . This malfunction could have caused a serious injury to myself or my family .
CategoryPower Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateApr 23, 2022
StateOR
Description
Suddenly and at random times check engine light comes on with error “engine power is reduced” car will no longer accelerate even at freeway speeds causing a very dangerous situation. Has happened several times and continues to happen. According to other complaints this is very common and reoccurring for malibu and needs to be covered by chevy to resolve issue.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateApr 23, 2022
StateOR
Description
After parking car and turning off engine an error “shift to park” displays. Only way to resolve is to turn car back on, put in different gear and then back into park, or keep pushing shifter up while in park to force into place and get car to recognize it's already in park.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateApr 19, 2022
StateDE
Description
Car was driving on major highway when the alarm went off and check engine light came on saying reduced engine power. Car dropped down to 20mph at roughly 2,000rpm's on a major interstate. No prior indicators and mechanic said one of the sensors was the issue. Reading up there is apparently a class action lawsuit with gm and nothing has been done about it. Nhtsa needs to address this matter asap.
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateApr 13, 2022
StateIN
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while driving 60 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 40 mph independently. The check engine warning light illuminated. The contact veered to the side of the road for five minutes. The contact was able to continue to drive with no other issues. The contact stated that the failure reoccurred twice while driving. The dealer and the manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control:accelerator Pedal
DateApr 12, 2022
StateNM
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that while driving at an undisclosed speed, the vehicle lost motive power with the traction control and check engine warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the accelerator pedal position assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,721.
CategoryPower Train
DateApr 09, 2022
StateTX
Description
Shift to park error message. Sensor in the parking shift module is malfunctioning.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateApr 01, 2022
StateFL
Description
Doors do not lock when put into drive. Also when putting into park, car dings and error comes on stating shift to park. Doors have not locked in over 2 years, however at times it does but as of now they are not locked.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateMar 31, 2022
StateNJ
Description
The vehicle was sent into the shop for repair four times and I continue to get a shift to park alert on dashboard after the repairs and warranty has passed I was asked to pay for the repairs when the dealership has serviced the car for over a week each time stating they couldn't find the repair light I have contacted gm about the issue this is an act of consumer abuse I would like to be contacted on this matter
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateMar 30, 2022
StateCA
Description
The car is going slow when you put it on drive a jumps then when you press on the gas it goes real slow then it kicks in at a faster level but when am at like 30 mlp it jenks as if it wants to lock on me
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMar 29, 2022
StateLA
Description
Vehicle won't start and dealership determine it was the battery. Replaced battery now vehicle shuts off completely when making a complete stop. Vehicle will maintain in normal operation if shifted into neutral upon stopping. The vehicle was taken to harper motor dealership where it was determine the starter was bad. After replacing the starter the next the problem remained. Took the vehicle back the next day and after three days it was determined a gm expert was needed to determine the issue. One week later and a proposed bill of 00 to repair I decided to write this down. This appears to be a major safety issue that could cause harm or death. This has been an issue since 2013 in the malibu and the issue has still not been corrected.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateMar 19, 2022
StateIL
Description
There is a issue with the chevy mailubu where a message will pop up on the dash and say engine power reduced which will significantly slow down the speed of the car and is impossible to keep up with traffic as someone who has to use the expressway everyday with a toddler in the car this is a big issue also im wondering why this isnt a recall on the the malibu because I know three other people with the same issue and we all have different year cars. Chevy service team said the issue was from a pcv valve that will cause the exhaust to clog up.
CategoryElectrical System
DateMar 15, 2022
StateMO
Description
Car does not recognize when it is in park despite attempt by dealer to fix
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMar 11, 2022
StateIN
Description
Driving at highway speed and the speed decreased to 20 mph engine power reduced along with engine light came on extremely unsafe. Purchased dec 10, 2018 39,000 miles . Kids and myself could've been hurt.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMar 08, 2022
StateWI
Description
Reduced engine power occurs while driving and will indicate a traction control issue and the check engine light will engage. The first time it happened, it was during a snowstorm on 2/24/2022, but it has occurred two other times while driving on a highway on sunny days (3/3/2022 and 3/8/2022) with no snow on the ground, road completely dry. Car speed dropped from approximately 55-60 mph to 20. I have to pull the car off the road, turn it off, and let set for at least one minute turned off before it will have engine power restored. Code for car was checked, and it was p2138, throttle/pedal position sensor switch.
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train
DateMar 06, 2022
StateGA
Description
The harness and shifter solenoid went bad in my car. When I was on the highway, it stalled causing me to have to pull over onside the road. I nearly got hit in the rear by an 18-wheeler. There was an tsb on the make, model, and year of the car, but gm did not inform their customers of the issue and the dangerous situation one could be in if the car decided to malfunction in the middle of traffic. I was almost rear-ended from behind by an 18-wheeler while on the highway going 60 miles per hour. I also was stranded on the side of the road because they said they could not send anyone out. Malcolm cunningham chevrolet, a local chevy dealer is aware of the issues with the vehicles, but when I bought my vehicle into the shop to get fixed, they lied and said I had wasted something in my car. They provided no pictures of the spills or pictures of the parts with the contamination that they claimed it had on it. The only person that inspected my car was logan and the other technicians at malcolm cunningham chevrolet in augusta, georgia. No, there was no warning lights indicating my harness and solenoid needed to be checked.
CategoryEngine
DateMar 03, 2022
StateOK
Description
While driving o leo noticed temp gauge going up. Pulled into a parking area. All my antifreeze had drained through a hole in the lower radiator hose. It had worn through because it was against a pully.
CategoryEngine
DateMar 03, 2022
StateMI
Description
While driving at 55 miles my vehicle displayed engine speed reduced on the dashboard. My vehicle slowed down to only 20 miles in the middle of traffic and wouldn't pick of speed. I had to put my hazard's lights on and get to the side of the road as quickly as possible. I turn the car off than turned it back on same thing on dash engine powered reduced. I haven't took the car to the dealership yet
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateFeb 25, 2022
StateNY
Description
When the check engine light initially comes on, the car will go into "reduced engine power mode" which will decrease the power and speed of the car, forcing me to pull over and turn the car off and restart. This is a hazard to myself and other drivers especially when on the highway, driving at higher speeds. There has been an investigation in to gm where it was found that a few other models have this issue. This happens every time I have something repaired and the light comes back on, which has been twice in the past month. The first time this happened, I had the repair done and it was fine for a while. After the car has been off for a while and the light is still on when I start my car, for the most part the car is no longer in this mode, but it can come back on at any time.
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other
DateFeb 22, 2022
StateOH
Description
We have had this car since 2020 & frequently the "reduced engine power" warning comes on & the car will not/or very slowly accellortate. Along with the engine light on. We have hooked it up to a computer many times but nothing solves the issue. Lately it has been staying on constantly. Huge safety risk as my two children are in the car daily & we do take main roads/highways! When this comes on, the car will not remote start as well, also this is random in doing so, it has came on when I 1st start the car in the morning, while driving at 35mph, stopped at a light, or turn on any time I turn the car on. Doing some research and many others have had issues as well as their engines giving out at 60,000 milles (ours is at 57,000) & nothing resolved for them either. This is a huge safety issue and needs recalled. Us malibu owners should not have to pay to get this looked at constantly nor worry about owing on a car that could give out at any given time. We keep maintenance up on our car and this is the only constant issue we have that cannot be fixed.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Power Train
DateFeb 22, 2022
StateAR
Description
Engine shuts off with out warning. Shuts completely off sitting a stop light and has to be put in park and restarted. Shuts of in drive through and scared it will begin doing while traveling down the highway. No warning lights or nothing on. Was told at dealer if not doing all the time or there was no light on indicating a failure that there was nothing could be done. Very dangerous problem
CategoryEngine
DateFeb 21, 2022
StateKY
Description
My car always go in engine power reduce mode.
CategoryService Brakes, Service Brakes, Hydraulic:power Assist:vacuum
DateFeb 15, 2022
StateAZ
Description
The vacuum pump on my vehicle has gone out for the 3rd time in 2. 5 years. This creates a safety issue as that the brakes stop working and it takes an extreme amount of pressure for the car to stop. This has occurred once on the freeway and twice in heavy traffic areas. This could cause an accident and potentially seriously hurt or kill someone. This has occurred once before the engine was replaced and twice since it's been replaced.
CategoryElectrical System
DateFeb 12, 2022
StateTX
Description
Shift to park
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateFeb 11, 2022
StateFL
Description
When the car shuts off at a red light and starts back up after u take your foot off the break, it has a stalling problem. Sitting at a light, the radio was still playing. Once it was time to drive and I took my foot off the break, the car was stuck. I had to turn the car off and turn it back on in order to drive it. That is very dangerous because I was in the middle of traffic. If the car behind me suddenly moved over the car behind them could have hit me from the back, I have a 5 year old in the backseat. This should be a recall problem. Other 2018 chevys have this problem as well but my model for some reason is not on the recall list.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 06, 2022
StateKS
Description
As I was driving with cruise control on a freeway at 70 mph the car suddenly displayed a warning to reduce speed. I continued to try to get to the next exit but almost instantly it started reducing my power and slowed me down to a crawl. I pulled over on the freeway and it would not restart. The tow truck to it to a chevy dealer and the next morning they called asking for details as the car started right up and they drove it around for 10 minutes without issue. They kept the vehicle all day but were unable to recreate the problem so they told me there was nothing they could do. They pulled 17 codes and said that's too many to diagnose so nothing to do. I drove 15 miles home with no issues. The next day I went to get the oil changed and they tested the 12v battery and told me it failed. I went to buy a battery and drove home. The next day I drove around 10 miles and then it dies again as I was slowing down to a stoplight. I pushed it to a parking lot and installed the new battery. I took the old battery back to the store to get my core deposit back and asked them to test it. They said it tested fine but I went ahead and gave it to them as I already had the new battery installed and it's a pain in the rear to do. On the 3 mile trip home they car jerked/slipped shifting briefly and the check engine light came on. Onstar sent me a notification the first time telling me the battery was drained and I needed to charge it. The second time I received a notification that there was an issue with the "electronic drivetrain" and needed to take it in for service. I'm taking it to the dealer I purchased it from tomorrow to see if they can figure it out.
CategoryUnknown Or Other, Vehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 02, 2022
StateMO
Description
As I was driving down the highway at 60 mph the road was clear at the time of any debris my car suddenly had two lights on the dashboard. On the left was the traction control light and the right side was the engine light. On my computer display was the words “reduced engine speed”. My car suddenly slowed from 60 to about 30 mph in a matter of seconds. It was like I had slammed my brakes. This all happened simultaneously I attempted to pull over safety and turn the car off and restart it. The lights remained on. My car was not able to get over 27 mph there was no warning what so ever if anyone would have been behind me I would have been rear ended at this time I took it to a mechanic who put it on the computer it was coded at the pedal position sensor. He was able to save the code, clear it so I was able to drive the car and advised to drive it locally for a while in case it would do it again as it is unsafe. The closest chevy dealer is over an hour away from my town and at the time of day it was not safe to drive the car to the dealership for confirmation.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateJan 30, 2022
StateMI
Description
Vehicle continually throws reduced engine power code which includes while traveling at high speeds and winter weather. Vehicle resets once powered off to throw a code sometimes again immediately or within a short period of time rendering the vehicle virtually unusable. Difficult to get to a safe spot to turn vehicle off to attempt to re-set. This puts occupants in danger of being rear ended, stuck in snow/mud or hit from behind while pulled over trying to reset vehicle. This has been an ongoing problem since purchasing the car new. Was fixed under warrant once. Fix didn't last long and have continuously had issues
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJan 24, 2022
StateIN
Description
Driving on my way to work and the check engine light came on with the traction control light. A message was displayed that said the engine's power was reduced.. My speed also decreased to about 20-25 mph and it was hard trying to get it back about that without the car sounding all funny.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJan 24, 2022
StateOR
Description
My 2018 chevy malibu has been working fine then all of a sudden the warning light came on and the message warning light read engine power reduced while I was driving on the freeway at 60 mph dropping my speed to 25mph instincts told me to pull over, so I did! Then I tried to drive again still no power it was like a strong pullback! So I again pulled over and turned my car engine off! Let it sit a few hours before driving up to local automotive parts store to use the odii code reader and it read the code p2138 throttle/ pedal position sensor correlation the part to order is 0. 00 I am not able to get it today so I googythe problem and found out that this is a possible recall ??!!??
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJan 24, 2022
StateMO
Description
I was driving on a crowded city street in st. Louis and my car suddenly reduced power and I saw a message on my dash that said engine power reduced! I could not go faster than 15 miles an hour and had to pull into a gas station. I restarted my car and still had the message. I restarted again and the check engine light was still on, but I was able to drive at a normal speed. My concern is that I was a short distance from getting on a busy interstate highway and it could have happened while I was on the highway and could have been struck by a car.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateJan 22, 2022
StateCA
Description
I have owned this vehicle for 3 months now, since week two "engine power reduced" has been a big problem for me I took it in to mission bay chevy in san diego the problem went from every once in awhile to non stop. I was uable to get an answer from them in weeks. Finally I went back to the independent dealership I purchased the vehicle from 4x to fix this problem. And it keeps comming back after days. Im paying 0 monthly for this car and im runnin gout of options this is causing my vehicle to reduce power on the free way at speed of 23mph to 35mph. There was already a classaction law suite for this problem. And I can not afford to keep getting it fixed its clearly a defect that keeps coming back, I have read several consumer reports with the same issue. I need a functioning car and I dont know where else to turn
CategoryEngine
DateJan 18, 2022
StateOH
Description
My daughter was driving and the engine power is reduced message appeared on her dashboard. Once it appeared she couldn't go more than 20 miles an hour and this is dangerous.
CategorySeats
DateJan 12, 2022
StateTN
Description
Driver seat not moving. This rode came out of the bottom of seat that causes the seat to move front to back. The the left side the seat moves
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJan 07, 2022
StateMN
Description
Reduced power mode warning came on and 3 seconds later I went from 70mph to 10mph on a freeway and could only do about 10 from that point on, the accident that was avoided would have been deadly if I wasn't in the right lane to immediately pull over took it to the mechanic and he said that there's a recall that the dealership refuses to acknowledge even tho we got a reading of #n1-82188250-01 told the manufacturer and there fixing it monday my question is why has this not been recalled?? I do not feel safe, I do not want this car I want this problem acknowledged by ppl who care and can do something, what is chevy waiting for someone to die before this is addressed??? This is so criminal put a recall out
CategoryEngine
DateJan 06, 2022
StateIN
Description
I am driving and all of a sudden car "reduces power" and won't let me go over 20 mph. Sometimes it dies completely even on the highway. Out if no where, it shows "reduced engine power" on the dash and won't go over 20 mph. This has almost caused a few accidents with my baby in the backseat, too. This has happened several times
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateJan 05, 2022
StateFL
Description
Vehicle jerks when accelerating. Loses power. Usually will stop after turning the car off for a few minutes. Different engine codes have came up (camshaft position timer, air intake system) no one can seem to find the problem
CategoryAir Bags, Electrical System, Engine
DateJan 02, 2022
StateTX
Description
A few days after I got my in october 2018 my car did not start! I pressed the push start and it turned on but wouldn't “start.” it went back to normal shortly after that but then randomly “steering issues” started happening. Then my car would literally stop at lights and take a minute to turn back on. Or I would be trying to get speed and my car would not go. Do you know how unsafe that made me feel especially having a 5 year old and 2 year (when it happen in the last they where obviously 3 and a new born) but it was scary. The check engine light comes on and off. And today my car did what it do a here and there it shut off… and then on a busy road would not go. I had to sit and wait until my family could help push my 2 year old car off the busy road with my 2 babies in the car. It was horrible. Im paying so much for a car I consistently have issues with. Im scared to drive my own car. Now im being told my car needs a new battery, a weird part is needing to be replaced. I have had the same issues taken it to the shop and told everything is good. Oil changes kept up etc. Everyone I know that has a malibu has issues with their malibu's
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateDec 28, 2021
StateMD
Description
While driving engine warning function low power. Would not accelerate above 20mph. Defective accelerator pedal assembly and sensor.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateDec 22, 2021
StateAZ
Description
My vehicle had the reduced power dash warning and check engine light on while I was driving down the interstate at 65 I lost my power speed reduced to 45 and my stability light came on as well it could have caused a serious accident had it been day time with traffic flying at 70 to 75 mph rear ending me I was able to get off the freeway safely last night when the incident occurred and safely make it to a parking lot there doesn't seem to be a current recall on my car with my vin number at this time but it is a year and model that has known issues also the other issue is vehicle not registering into park even when I put shifter in park possibility is a loose shifter cable
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateDec 21, 2021
StateTX
Description
Driving on i20 in heavy traffic all doing 75mph the car lost all power. Although I had plenty of gas it did no good pumping the gas pedal . Fortunatly I was in the left lane and coasted to the shoulder before anyone collided with me. If I was in the right lane I am sure a collision would have occured as traffic would not have allowed me to get to the shoulder. After several hours I got towed 70 miles to the dealership. There was absolutely no warning of a problem prior to the incident. According to the dealership the fuel pump sensor shorted out and no gas could get to the engine. The car is still at the dealers as they have not gotten the backlogged part to repair the vehicle
CategoryEngine
DateDec 20, 2021
StateMD
Description
Driving at a speed 55-65 engine power being reduced light comes on and vehicle slows to about 40 speed while engine light is on. It goes in and out like this for days then it does it again. Vehicle was repaired at chevy dealer 3/18/21. Now it's doing it again.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateDec 20, 2021
StateCA
Description
Fuel injectors went out on my car I had no power to drive
CategoryElectrical System, Fuel/propulsion System
DateDec 19, 2021
StateOH
Description
Reduced power mode came on and the fuel injectors arnt going to the emc
CategoryPower Train
DateDec 17, 2021
StateMI
Description
Car continued to send message "shift to park" which required diagnosis and replacement of gear shift assembly by independent service garage because car warranty has expired. Battery would die without message being eliminated. The message infers that the car is not in park which means that the car could roll away injuring someone or damaging property.
CategoryEngine
DateDec 14, 2021
StateMD
Description
For over two years now I have been getting a reduced engine power when I drive. The car becomes slow and it is very dangerous especially on the highway. I have almost crashed a couple of times due to this issue. Once I turn the car off and on it goes off but off late that no longer works for me. This has been constant and has made my car useless. I can't even go anywhere with it. A recall needs to me done because this is heartless and painful. Spending much on a car that I can't even drive anymore.
CategoryPower Train, Service Brakes, Hydraulic
DateDec 10, 2021
StateMD
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while driving 40 mph, the contact had to pump the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. The brake pedal went to the floorboard while depressed. Additionally, the "shift to park" warning message was displayed even after the vehicle was in park. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer initially diagnosed that the brake pedal needed lubrication. The dealer lubricated the brake pedal; however, the failure recurred with a chemical odor detected. The vehicle was towed back to the dealer. The dealer diagnosed that the brake pump system and shift gear were faulty. The dealer replaced the brake pump system however, the chemical odor was still detected and the "shift to park" warning message was displayed. The vehicle was not repaired and remained at the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 18,000.
CategoryElectrical System, Steering
DateDec 08, 2021
StateGA
Description
Vehicle is experiencing a electrical issue. When auto stop stops the car, it displays the message "drive assistance reduced, drive with care". The vehicle does not jave any light displaying a issue but the car is loosing power once it starts after auto stop.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Vehicle Speed Control
DateDec 08, 2021
StateMN
Description
Vehicle slows way down and loss of power. Engine power reduced. On heads up display. Seems to use alot of gas when this happens. I need to pull over and shut off car. Wait a bit and then restart. And get back on road. It did this 3 times in my commute to work. Also was snowing that morning and was slippery out so very dangerous almost was involved in an accident but luckily not. Seems to do this more in the colder temps. It has happened however in summer also but not as often. I have read many complaints about this issue. I am not sure why gm has not figured this issue out yet. Very concerned.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateDec 08, 2021
StateWI
Description
Check in light is on. They told me it was something with the idle sensor the fixed it. Not even 24 hours later it's back on they tell me it the vacuum pump & it cost 800 buck. I do some research and noticed on not the only driver with this problem they tell me I can still drive it but nobody told me pieces of the pump could damage the engine also so what do I do now
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Service Brakes
DateDec 04, 2021
StateTX
Description
My vehicle acts as if it doesnt want to start after being at a red light or stop sign when my feet is released off the break it takes a few seconds to start back up. Also I have issues with check engine light coming on took it to auto zone and they received a code dealing with the wiring on the battery not the actual battery needing to be replaced
CategoryEngine
DateDec 04, 2021
StateSC
Description
The check engine light came on and after getting it diagnose I recieved a p1101 code indicating air mass flow problem. After replacing the sensor I later received an engine power reduce on the dashboard. I received that warning while driving on the interstate and my vehicle started reducing speed possibly causing an accident.
CategoryEngine
DateNov 30, 2021
StateTX
Description
The second morning in a row my 2018 chevy malibu overheated. Early in the morning, the temperature out was about 45-50 degrees, I was driving on the highway about 65-70 mph, I turned on the heater and my cars temperature gage immediately shoots up and the "overheating engine" warning lights start flashing. Confused I pulled over popped the hood there were no signs of smoke or over heating sounds coming from the motor. I got back into the car, turned off the engine, turned it back on, and the temperature gage immediately falls to normal temperature. Happened two mornings in a row now.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateNov 29, 2021
StateTX
Description
Vehicle is constantly telling me to shift to park when the vehicle is clearly in park. Also, the battery will die if this shift to park message isn't resolved. I've already had to replace my battery twice and the dealership keeps telling me they can't find anything wrong with it. After doing some research I see that this is a very common problem for the 2016-2018 malibu's and I feel very strongly that it should be recalled.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateNov 28, 2021
StateKS
Description
I always get rattling noise during gas paddle pressed while driving. Once I start put foot on gas paddle, rattling noise starts and when foot remove then it stops. It does not matter what is the speed and whether I am accelerating/de-accelerating. I visited dealer many times to fix this sound issue but not resolved by dealer. I observed another point which is during ac (heater on), sound comes but during ac (cooler on), rattling sound is infrequent I. E. Sometime happens and sometime not. I am not sure from which part this sound comes but it is from front hood for sure. This sound I noticed when my car crossed 47k/48k miles in 2020.
CategoryElectrical System
DateNov 27, 2021
StateVA
Description
When trying to turn off the car after putting it in park, the panel reads that I need to "shift to park", although the car is already in park. With this issue it causes the car not to turn off. This is an intermittent issue, and does not happen all the time.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateNov 20, 2021
StateGA
Description
Car displayed steering assistance reduced about 2 or 3 times whole driving and I wasn't sure what that meant because it popped up and disappeared so quickly. So a few days later it never appeared again. On this morning as I'm driving and come to a red light to make a left hand turn while waiting and taking my feet off the brake to go cause my light is now green my car turns completely off and I'm stuck at a intersection about 2 to 3 mins later it tells me to start it back up.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateNov 18, 2021
StateCA
Description
When I push the button car won't start
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateNov 18, 2021
StateMI
Description
This has been going on since I got the vehicle, at any moment you could be driving 70mps and all of a sudden your vehicle drops to 35, and man is it scary especially on the expressway. You are not able to accelerate. You have to pull over where you are, shut the vehicle off and restart it to rest it till it does it again, and it does it alot. I love this vehicle but this is not safe, and I'm tired of paying for this and should not have to when its in writing from gm. This will be my 3rd time taking my vehicle in for this same issue. I've read up on this and did my research this has been going on since 2016-2018 malibu vehicles. I've reached out to gm asked about recalls, they said there is none. I asked how do I file a complaint so this doesn't happen to others. They told me I have to make a complaint with the dealership(that right there told me that calling gm customer support directly they are not willing to help with this safety issue. That is so sad too. What is happening to this world, the kindness and compassion for your customers and quality of items you purchase. I will probably be doing a law suet as well as this complaint. I pray you all are able to do something to help me and others having this issue.
CategoryPower Train
DateNov 15, 2021
StateGA
Description
Our malibu won't shift into park. Displays "shift to park" message when the shifter is in the park position and it won't let you turn the car off.
CategorySteering
DateNov 15, 2021
StateSC
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while driving 45 mph, the steering wheel would jerk to the left. Additionally, the vehicle inadvertently rolled backward while at a full stop. The steering assist warning message was displayed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer was made aware of the failure and referred the contact to file a complaint with nhtsa. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 85,379.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Unknown Or Other
DateNov 10, 2021
StateAR
Description
My car is showing “ shift to park “ error on dash and I can't properly turn off car . Once since the error on screen the doors were locked and my son and I could not get out of the car . The also when driving the car ,, it does frequent jerking . The car also was doing it one time when we seen smoke coming from under the hood and we could not get out
CategoryFuel System, Gasoline
DateNov 09, 2021
StateFL
Description
The contact's daughter owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that while refueling the vehicle, the contact was not able to fill the fuel tank to full capacity. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the air control valve sensor was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.
CategoryPower Train
DateNov 08, 2021
StateCA
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that while parking the vehicle, the "shift to park" message was displayed, and the vehicle would not turn off. The contact had to disconnect the battery to turn off the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired by an independent mechanic or dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000.
CategoryElectrical System
DateNov 03, 2021
StateWI
Description
Intermittent problem with the shift to park alert coming on after putting into park. Power remains on, movement of shifter back and forth usually causes it to go off. Message sent to manufacturer was cut off in process by customer service? I will try using usps. Very annoying and unsettling problem,many similar complaints online. Dealership says replacement of shifter for about 400. 00 should correct it? A recall should be made with this many issues.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateOct 30, 2021
StateLA
Description
I do not know what component or system that failed or malfunctioned because I am not well versed on the different parts of an automobile. The problems started this past week around october 26, 2021. When the car is stopped at a red light or stop sign and I am ready to go and in the process of taking my foot off the brake pedal to move to the accelerator the car momentarily cuts off completely (no lights, inside or out, no radio). In the instant that it cuts off and I move my foot to the accelerator everything comes back on and at that point I can continue driving. I have noticed when this happens all programmed radio stations are deleted but the programmed stations return once the car has been turned off for a while and started again. I also noticed a message regarding steering assist, but I cannot get the entire message because it is only there for a second or so. In other instances which began around october 28, when trying to start the vehicle the message reads battery low start vehicle. I then try to start the vehicle a number of times before it actually starts. When it does start the message reads battery saver active. There have also been a message service stabilitrak. The engine light does come on from time to time and then goes off. I brought the vehicle in to a chevy dealership (banner chevrolet in new orleans) and was told that a service technician would not be able to look at it and diagnose the problem for at least 3 weeks because of the backlog regarding covid-19. I decided not to leave the vehicle at that time and will check with other dealerships.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateOct 25, 2021
StateIL
Description
Car suddenly stops and takes several minutes to turn back on. During the time the car is off there is no electrical power. After a few minutes (5-10) electrical power returns and car is able to be started. This has happened everywhere from our driveway to a highway ramp and happens without warning.
CategorySteering
DateOct 25, 2021
StateMO
Description
Reduced power steering warning pops up for approximately 3-5 seconds then disappears. No noticeable operating issues while driving.
CategoryEngine, Suspension, Unknown Or Other
DateOct 24, 2021
StateGA
Description
“engine power reduced” shows on dash after I've taken it to the dealership. I've been on the highway where the speed slow down drastically cars coming behind me! Very dangerous! Also “shift to park” displays when it is already in park! Have to either wiggle the gear shift or, turn car off/on several times for the message to go away. Also when backing up, there's a popping noise in the rear. Dealership acknowledged I want the only customer with this issue. Claimed they didn't find anything wrong. I purchased this vehicle in 2019 and it was only a year old. Issues started almost simultaneously at the end of 2019…too new for all of these issues.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateOct 20, 2021
StateCA
Description
The car is in park but the car won't turn off, it's saying shift to park
CategoryAir Bags
DateOct 19, 2021
StateTX
Description
I was at a red light and out of no where the air bags on the driver side deployed, there was a passenger thanks god they did not go out.
CategoryEngine
DateOct 19, 2021
StateIL
Description
The engine shut down while driving and about caused me to wreck. Luckliy traffic was light. Jack schmitt chevrolet said it was a factory defect in the turbo function of the car and chevrolet would not pay for the repaires. 90 I was charged. They also said it was not the software issue of the outstanding recall for this same car that was causing this same exact problem.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateOct 19, 2021
StateMO
Description
While driving, on october 16, 2021 my car shut off and stopped working unexpectedly, while I was still in traffic. It would not start up again, and the steering wheels locked. Luckily, some pedestrians helped push the car to a safer spot. However, the car would not start even after attempting to jump it. I had the car towed to a repair shop on october 18, 2021. The repair shop claimed to not know why it suddenly stopped while driving, however, they were able to get it started again.
CategoryElectrical System, Steering, Unknown Or Other
DateOct 13, 2021
StateCA
Description
Recently my car had been shutting off at stops. I know chevys shut down when at stops but now it shuts down my radio lights go off locks on doors unlock then lock. Then when it turns back on it says driving assist is reduced drive with caution. Then another alert pops up saying doors are unlocked. Now when I'm driving sometimes it slows down on its own and won't let me go faster. It's very scary when on freeway cause I'm worried it's not going to speed back up and I'm going to get rear ended. Another alert with the first letter s comes on but it turns off so fast I can't see what the word is. It been stalling when I'm at a stop. It does turn back on after a few seconds. The engine light comes on periodically and eventually turns off. Also when I go from drive to reverse it does not change gear smoothly sometimes it will jerk the entire car and make a loud noise as I'm putting into reverse. There has been two times my radio screen has gone completely black and won't turn on for several hours. I use my car everyday to commute to and from work. I have two jobs so I do spend a lot of time driving and this is scary not knowing if my car is truly safe to be on the road. I trust the chevy name that's why I chose it but now I'm not so sure it is safe.
CategoryEngine
DateSep 30, 2021
StateLA
Description
The contact's grandson owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that while his grandson was driving 65 mph, the reduced engine power warning light illuminated, and the vehicle started to stall. His grandson was able to restart the vehicle and drove the vehicle off the highway. The contact then met his grandson in a parking lot where the vehicle would not restart, and the check engine and reduced engine power warning lights were illuminated. Due to the failure, the contact had the vehicle towed to a dealer and he was informed that the failure was related to a defective camshaft. The contact did not believe the stated cause for the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 61,030.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateSep 28, 2021
StateAZ
Description
My shift to park came on my 2018 malibu and was repaired by sands chevrolet of surprise less then a year later it came on again. I called about them fixing it and was told that because my warranty expired I would be responsible for the cost of the repair. Because gm doesn't cover it , I told them it was less then a year that it was repaired and they should repair it because if it was fixed right it shouldn't happen again less then a year after it was fixed,
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateSep 27, 2021
StateOR
Description
My ‘18 malibu lt has over 39k miles , and just tonight, I started my car , the engine light and traction control light both came on, followed by a message saying “engine power reduced”. I then decided to drive for a little to see if I notice any problem. After driving for about 4 minutes , my car went from 37mph down to 20mph . It felt like the engine was forcing itself . So I then pulled over to the side of the curb, turn the car off, then back on. I noticed the warning engine light was still there but the traction light weren't there no more. So I drove back to my place , turned my engine off. Then I plugged my diagnostic device to see what code(s)were they, and 1 code came up and it was p2138. Which is throttle/pedal position sensor. Oh by the way, I also would like to mention one more thing which is the “shift to park” message I started seeing whenever I park my car (putting the gear in park) and this first happened when my car was at 38k miles (about a month ago).
CategoryEngine
DateSep 25, 2021
StateTX
Description
Keep getting a warning on my dashboard saying that the engines power is reduced.
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train
DateSep 23, 2021
StateCA
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that after placing the gear shifter into park, the "shift gear lever to park" warning message was illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that while the vehicle was turned off, the battery remained active. The dealer was notified of the failure but offered no assistance. The contact notified the manufacturer of the failure and was provided a case number. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 28,000.
CategoryPower Train
DateSep 23, 2021
StateMO
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that shifting the gear shifter into park and turning off the vehicle, the engine would continue to run. There were several unknown warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that she readjusted the gear shifter for the vehicle to shut-off as needed. The contact had not taken the vehicle to a dealer to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 38,000.
CategoryEngine
DateSep 21, 2021
StateCA
Description
2018 chevrolet malibu. Consumer writes in regards to issues with the engine. The consumer stated the accessories stay on when turning the engine off. The dashboard reads shift to park even though the gear is in park. The accessories then turn off after about 2 minutes. The consumer requested to have the vehicle repaired under warranty.
CategoryLane Departure: Assist, Steering
DateSep 20, 2021
StateFL
Description
The steering wheel is jerking when in the position to turn, and waiting at a light. The stop engine feature seems to make the jerk motion and also sends an alert message which is a quick flash stating "steering assist is reduced- drive with care". According to a service bulletin provided by gm bulletin #19-na-182 august 2019. This is a problem that needs to be corrected, for the safety of my family and others in the vehicle and on the road. Technicians must replace or reprogram the power steering control module with the latest and most up to date one. I am aware there in no specific recalls but this issue is new and I do not feel safe and I would like it corrected.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateSep 20, 2021
StateMO
Description
Shift to park appears. Helpless in car cant shut off. Car has only 33,000 miles on it. I have read many with same problems across a variety of gm products. I consider it a danger and safety problem.
CategoryStructure:frame And Members:underbody Shields
DateSep 14, 2021
StateTX
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for the tire rotation however, the mechanic informed the contact that the front driver's side subframe was cracked. The contact took the vehicle to the local dealer to be inspected and was informed that there was a cost to perform the inspection. The inspection was not performed, and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 48,000. The vin was invalid.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateSep 01, 2021
StatePA
Description
Car powered down while driving all the lights lite up on the dashboard. When driving it either speeds up on its own or while driving it will just go slower without me letting up off the gas.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateAug 29, 2021
StateTX
Description
Water leaking from under the glove box. Has passenger front and back floor soaked. Foul smell car losing power in fuel injector. Stalling while driving. P0317 and other codes. Has been inspected by gateway buick in past, they charged me 200 dollars and the nhtsa issue said they would not. The vehicle is not running and will not crank.
CategoryEngine
DateAug 29, 2021
StateNY
Description
While driving on the highway my car decelerated from 60 mph to 25 mph in an instant. This almost caused a major fatal crash. My check engine light is on saying engine power reduced.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateAug 25, 2021
StateLA
Description
Reduced engine power I have had this issue happen 3 times since owning this car. The last time it happened, my son & I were on the interstate going 80mph. My 2018 chevy malibu quickly slowed to 50mph with no further acceleration. Luckily, I was not far from an exit that we could find a safe place to park. I read to pump the gas pedal a few times, so I did, let the car sit for about 20 min., then we were able to limp to our destination by using cruise control. I have read several complaints online of consumers having this same issue. This is a very dangerous issue to have go on while driving & gm is not seeming to want to fix it. I did not feel safe this last time, for myself nor my child. The time if day was around 4:30-5pm, during heavy traffic. It only takes someone not paying attention or an 18-wheeler, who can not stop well, to cause a major accident.
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train
DateAug 24, 2021
StateNJ
Description
My 2018 malibu has the "shift to park" issue. I have an appointment with a chevy dealer this week. I hope I don't have to pay for the repair.
CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateAug 23, 2021
StateCT
Description
Car turns off and dashboard blinks. Assisted steering control not engaged lights up.
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other, Vehicle Speed Control
DateAug 23, 2021
StateMO
Description
While driving 70 mph, I get an alert that stated reducing speed. And my check engine light came on. This is not the first time. Lucky I was able to get off the highway without getting into an accident. Also my car sometimes will not cut off because it says my car is in shift even though I have it in park. This is dangerous to have a car reduce speed while driving 70 mph to abruptly go 40 mph. Last time this happen a month ago no codes came up and the check engine light eventually went off. But now my check engine light is back on again.
CategoryEngine
DateAug 14, 2021
StateNY
Description
I was driving on the highway when my vacuum pump went out. Lucky I know how to handle a brake less situation. This should have never happened especially with a 2018 chevy malibu. We need a recall on all 2018 vacuum pumps. This will probly happen to more people if you dont.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel System, Gasoline
DateAug 11, 2021
StateVA
Description
The contact's daughter-in-law owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle would shut-off without warning. The contact stated that the vehicle would eventually restart after multiple attempts and would resume normal driving operation. As the failure persisted, the evap warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. Upon investigation, the contact discovered nhtsa campaign number: 19v642000 (electrical system, fuel system, gasoline, engine) which he linked to the failure. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The manufacturer had yet to be notified of the failure. The vehicle had yet to be repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateAug 11, 2021
StateTX
Description
I was driving along this morning at 70mph and all of a sudden I get a warning that engine power is reduced and I drop to 40mph in spite of pressing the accelerator, while the people behind me are rapidly coming up on me. I was able to get off on the side of the road before anything bad happened, but what if I hadn't? This makes me fear for my safety. I killed the vehicle and sat there for a few minutes. When I started it back, that error message was gone, but the check engine light stayed on. After researching, I see this is a common problem that gm is aware of, but hasn't issued a recall. There have been enough people with this problem that a class action lawsuit has been filed. When I called the closest chevrolet dealership, I was told it would be days before they could even look at it.
CategoryBack Over Prevention: Warnings, Unknown Or Other
DateAug 10, 2021
StateMD
Description
I have a 2018 chevrolet malibu . Lately after I park my car it's comes up on my screen to shift to park. But the problem is that my vehicle is already in park mode. What I'm trying to find out if there have been any other complaints or concern regarding this issue. I'm 83 years old and I drive my vehicle minimally. It's only has 9100 in mileage and I've taken it to my dealership in parkville, md 21234(jerry's chevrolet)since my purchase date in march of 2018. I've done every service requested by schedule. I need to know if I take this in is this covered issue under my power train warranty since this controls my car movement. It's very disturbing to me that it would not be, again I'm a senior citizen on a fixed income and every penny count these days. I look forward to hearing from someone please. My vehicles as in park
CategoryEngine
DateAug 07, 2021
StateNJ
Description
Low engine pressure
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train
DateJul 14, 2021
StateMI
Description
The car is in park but a message shows, on the instrument panel, "shift to park". The car cannot be locked and the warning message stays on because the car thinks it's not in park. This is a recurring problem that was corrected by pushing on the shifter but now the message is staying on.
CategoryEngine
DateJul 14, 2021
StateUT
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while driving at an undisclosed speed and making a turn the vehicle stalled with the check engine warning light was illuminated. Additionally, while driving approximately 80 mph, the vehicle stalled. Another time while driving approximately 50 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was slow to start and several attempts were made before the vehicle started. The contact stated while stopped, the vehicle was slow to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer to be diagnosed. The accelerator pedal and system update were performed. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 35,000.
CategoryEngine
DateJul 14, 2021
StateFL
Description
The contact's mother owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while the vehicle was stationary at a traffic light while depressing the accelerator pedal to move forward, the vehicle began to hesitate. The contact stated no warning light was illuminated. The contact was able to drive to her destination. The contact stated a month later after she had an oil change performed on the vehicle, she saw smoke exiting from the rear vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to a local dealer however, the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The contact stated she continued to experience the failure. The vehicle was towed to another local dealer bomnin chevrolet dadeland (8455 s dixie hwy, miami, fl 33143:(305) 669-2709) however, the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The contact stated she continued to experience the failure. The contact towed the vehicle to a third local dealer bomnin chevrolet west kendall (11701 sw 152nd st, miami, fl 33177:(305) 964-3099) and the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The contact towed the vehicle to a fourth local dealer ed morse sawgrass chevrolet service center (14401 w sunrise blvd, sunrise, fl 33323:(888) 366-8808) and the mechanic was also unable to duplicate the failure. The contact stated after the vehicle was serviced at ed morse sawgrass chevrolet service center, she began to experience failure with the gear shifter, the auto start, the steering gear, the suspension, and the brakes. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken back to ed morse sawgrass chevrolet service center and had the gear shifter, the auto start, the steering gear, the suspension, and brakes replaced. The contact stated she continued to experience the failure and the vehicle was not operable. The manufacturer had been informed of the failure. The contact stated she continued to experience the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000.
CategoryEngine, Service Brakes
DateJul 14, 2021
StateTX
Description
The contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start up. Additionally, the brake pedal was applied but was hard to depress. The engine power reduced message was displayed. The check engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the local dealer where nhtsa campaign number: 19v642000 (electrical system, fuel system, gasoline, engine) was completed. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateJul 09, 2021
StateID
Description
Shifter wouldn't shift to park position, so car wouldn't turn off. Sometimes took over a half hour of trying to get this to work. Used part 84687729 control and 84733196 harness. Also have had problem with leak in rear area where antenna is attached which caused water to pour into back right rear seat. When replaced the person said the screws were not tightened down fully which caused the leak.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateJul 07, 2021
StateTX
Description
I just went and picked up my car after having the recall cone.. Vin#[xxx]. The car stalled on me when trying to trying to accelerate I almost got hit because of this... This has happen way to many times. This repair was supposedly done on 07/07/2021. Also this car had the same issue and a recall was done back in 2019. This car is totally not safe. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).
CategoryPower Train, Steering, Suspension
DateJun 24, 2021
StateFL
Description
When car restarts after being in auto stop start mode the steering wheel jerks uncontrollably. The car obviously has a suspension problem. Dealership failed to repair issue properly after several attempts. Also appears dealer made false diagnosis to prevent repairs under bumper to bumper warranty. Gm dealer also refused to repair issue under power train warranty. Another dealer wanted 5 just to check issue. A couple of weeks ago I suddenly lost control of the vehicle. I was at a red light. Car went into auto stop start mode. When light changed and car restarted, as I proceeded to take off the steering wheel jerked away from my hands, and I lost control of the wheel and car. Luckily it was a single turning lane and no other vehicle was next to me turning. I pulled off side of the road in shock. I drove about half mile and warning light displayed on dash. Warning message states steering assist reduced drive with care" what was a brand new 2018 chevrolet malibu purchased in 2019 is now unsafe and inoperable. This steering component issue along with several others were brought to dealerships attention and were not acknowledged and were dismissed. After several other failed attempts this dealership purposely ignored this issue months ago while car was still under bumper to bumper warranty. Dealership also refused to repair this issue under powertrain warranty. 2018 chevy malibu has had 5 recalls to my knowledge. This has been spontaneously producing white smoke from underneath the hood on several occasions. I have video and witnesses. This car was sold as a brand new car. This car had recalls at the time of purchase and never disclosed the recall information. Also be advised that I cranked the car today just to keep the battery in tack because car has been sitting since june 10. The car choked, head lights went flickering, car could barely stay on. It appears to be an engine issue. These cars should not be on the road. They are not safe.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Unknown Or Other
DateJun 15, 2021
StateMA
Description
Engine lost power on interstate highway. While this did not result in a crash/ rear end collision, the potential for such injury seems high. 1-2 days prior there were some warning lights (check engine light). Called a dealership tuesday morning and earliest service appointment was in one week but they assured me that the car was drivable in the meantime. On wednesday afternoon my son was driving on the interstate and there was a new message “engine power reduced”, and a sudden loss of power. Eventually got the car to nearest chevrolet dealership. Their technician took over a week to figure out what was wrong; eventually they replaced the ecm but still had problems. After a software update to ecm the problem finally appears to be resolved. Please note that similar problem has been reported with other malibu models, but my malibu hybrid was not recalled. Please consider a recall of all gmmodels similar to the malibu
CategoryEngine
DateJun 08, 2021
StateTX
Description
Several times I have had the engine light come on and a warning of engine power reduced. I have had it checked several times and some it was not able to be diagnosed but others the various modules were replaced - but the issue is not fixed. What is it going to take to have this brought to nhtsa attention as well as gm to get this corrected on a recall? I have almost been hit by 18 wheelers on the freeway due to my car dropping from 75 mph to 30 mph and there is nothing you can do when you are on a busy freeway in a construction zone but pray. I have read several statements and reports of this happening over and over with other owners. I will definitely loan my car to an investigator at nhtsa or mary barra, president of gm, and let them see how safe they feel in a situation when this happens, especially when you have grandchildren or your own children in the car. It has been reoccurring since I purchased the car in 2018 with only 4 miles on the odometer so the information gathered below is only a fraction of the information that is needed. Maybe a selection on the "was there a crash" and "was there an injury or fatality?" should be "almost, bu thank god, no"
CategoryElectrical System
DateMay 28, 2021
StateOH
Description
Whenever I put my car in park, I get a warning message to put my car in park, even though it is already in park. I have to jiggle the shifter for the warning to go away. Sometimes I can't even tell if the car is in park or not
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateMay 27, 2021
StateCA
Description
The car doesn't start when I press the starter button. It clicks, turns off, and then factory resets all the dash electronics. It's been doing it ever since I got the car and even when at a stop while the car was on, the fuel saving systems will shut off my car at the light but it won't turn back on when I start to lift my foot off brakes.
CategoryEngine
DateMay 27, 2021
StateCA
Description
My car will not start. And it turn off at stop lights and when does the gas saving shut off, it doesn't turn back over. Im pretty sure it's the fuel injectors
CategoryAir Bags, Seat Belts
DateMay 19, 2021
StateSC
Description
The contact owned a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, a second vehicle crashed into the front end of the vehicle. During the crash the top section of the front passenger side seat belt malfunctioned and did not secure the passenger causing the passenger to make contact with the front windshield. Also, both the front driver and passenger side airbags did not immediately deploy upon impact. The front passenger sustained bruising of the bottom torso, back, neck, and head injuries. A police report was taken at the scene. The vehicle was destroyed and towed away. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The local dealer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 96,336. The consumer provided photos and police report.
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateMay 19, 2021
StateFL
Description
There was an issue with the engine and transmission system. My engine light came on and I received a warning that the engine power is reduced and I had to pull over because the speed of the car reduced to 20 miles an hour. This happened a month again and then the car would not start. We bought a new battery and everything was fine until today were it happened again. I have to travel on the highway a lot and cannot have that happen again or I can be in trouble by causing an accident.
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMay 16, 2021
StateTN
Description
My engine power reduced signal on my 2018 malibu lt comes on on my dash. I have almost been in a few accidents because of this on the highway. This is an issue that needs to be recalled asap. I have already gotten the entire gas pedal replaced. This is ridiculous because they already know about this problem but are too cheap to do a recall on it. Someone is going to die one day because of this and it will fall on the hands of the car company.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateMay 11, 2021
StateFL
Description
Was driving the malibu on the interstate traveling 75 mph and all of sudden vehicle started to slo dwn and on the dashboard appeared - engine power is reduced. This could have resulted in an accident and not safe as I do travel back and forth to college. I had to make my way over to breakdown lane, turn car off and then turn back on and drive again. This has happened several times so far with the most recent may 7, 2021
CategoryEngine
DateMay 02, 2021
StateMI
Description
I was driving on a busy highway doing 70mph and a warning popped up on the dash and said engine power reduced and the car slowed down to 20mph. I almost got rear ended and had to pull over to the side of the road. This has also happened on a regular city street while going 40mph. This is very dangerous and needs to be corrected
CategoryPower Train, Unknown Or Other, Vehicle Speed Control
DateApr 30, 2021
StateMD
Description
I was driving on the highway this morning at over 65 mph when suddenly my 2018 malibu started slowing down and would not respond to accelerator. I saw that the check engine light and traction control light were on and there was a message saying "engine power reduced." was not able to accelerate past 30 mph. Highway was busy but was able to get out of the fast lane over to the far right lane and get to work. After a few hours, I started car and the check engine light remained on, but the "engine power reduced" message was gone. After seeing so many complaints for this issue, I feel gm should permanently fix this issue as it could have dangerous consequences.
CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateApr 27, 2021
StateOR
Description
When I put car in park a message comes up on the dash to shift to park even thou car is already in park. Car has 100k warranty but dealer says this safety switch not covered or recalled. Reading online this seems to be a common problem. Should be recalled.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateApr 27, 2021
StateTX
Description
The passenger side led light (day time/fog light) has gone out. I searched online to see if there was a recall and ran across a lot of chevy owners with the exact same problem at the exact spot. If there isn't a recall then one should definitely been in order. Led light should not have gone out and I shouldn't be charged an arm and a leg to diagnose the problem.
CategoryEngine
DateApr 25, 2021
StateVA
Description
Engine goes into power reduced mode regularly and prevents me from driving. It typically happens on the interstate, but has happened on city streets as well. Once I restart the car, I am able to drive again, but it is happens more and more often.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateApr 23, 2021
StateCT
Description
While operating my vehicle at approximately 50 mph on a busy highway I received a check engine light, traction control light and a warning that the engine power has been reduced. After all of those warnings my vehicle immediately slowed to 20 mph and would not speed up.
CategoryPower Train
DateApr 21, 2021
StateCA
Description
When putting the car in park the (shift to park light appears on the dash). It happens at least 9 times a week. Very frustrating when I can not turn the car off.
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateApr 17, 2021
StateFL
Description
When driving my 2018 chevy malibu it stalls out while I'm driving reducing my speed to 20 mph when I'am on the freeway. As I continue to drive home I seen a notification that said power reduce system it happens very often and as a result of the stalling I was rear ended from the rear and it is very dangerous for me to continue driving this car.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateApr 17, 2021
StateNY
Description
Over heating light came on while driving on I -71 about 10 mi before columbus oh. I stopped and saw coolant pouring out . I purchased antifreeze and made it to the nearest garage. The nearest garage found that the clips that hold the radiator in place broke, causing the radiator to shift. The shift caused the bougie wheelfor the serpintine belt to rub a hole in the radiator belt. It was necessaryto remove the front end to do the repairs. Total cost 0 by the time antirfreeze cost was added in
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateApr 16, 2021
StateVA
Description
Ecm needs fixing
CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateApr 10, 2021
StateAZ
Description
2018 malibu shift to park message. This issue is very common and people are being charged 0 plus dollars by dealerships to fix. There should be a recall for this problem.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateApr 09, 2021
StateFL
Description
I brought my car back in june . I've been having problems and thinking it's only my battery back to back . I've been stopped in the middle of the street where my car would just come off . One time jso police had to give my car a jump in the middle of the street at a left turning light. My car have stopped on beach blvd which was early in the day in the middle of the street . It got to the point where I had to get a portable jump starter. I looked into it & got brand new parts for so many things and one day it just wouldn't crank anymore . The lights and radio and everything come on and everything but it's not cranking anymore . I called many chevrolets and was informed by that many 2018 chevrolet malibu's were recalled and no dealership in my town is trying to help me . The gas goes out the car very fast and everything. The car has been doing this for months but now it's finally to the point where it won't come on again . I'm only 19 and was just 18 when I brought my car on my own in the first place and now I'm stuck without anything to do.
CategoryElectrical System, Steering
DateApr 06, 2021
StateFL
Description
During auto stop feature of 20108 malibu, car will pop up with "steering assist reduced, please drive with care" message and disappear. Car will also shut off at various times during auto stop. Chevy dealership will not calibrate car to fix issue.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateApr 06, 2021
StateCA
Description
When car is placed into park and engine is turned off a 'shift to park' message appears on the dashboard. Vehicle is already placed in park and is not detecting it
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Vehicle Speed Control
DateApr 05, 2021
StateCA
Description
The car us under 60,000 miles three years old and already breaking down. The air flow sensor out of self-test range, turbocharge engine underboost problems and mass air flow sensor performance is also problematic, making the car stop instantly and sporadically creating a high imminent danger of crashing and serious injuries. Luckily the car behind me was far enough to stop before rear-ending me. Had it been a semi-truck I don't think I would have been so lucky. These issues need to be immediately recalled and corrected!!!
CategoryElectrical System, Fuel/propulsion System
DateMar 28, 2021
StateGA
Description
When the left turning signal is on and foot on brakes the vehicle cuts off all lights on dashboard light up and when you put the vehicle in park and try to recrank a message stated no gasoline.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMar 22, 2021
StateCA
Description
I turned on my car and it said 'reduced engine power' on the screen and I could only accelerate up to 35mph. I was going up hill it felt like my car was barely moving. Turns felt much slower going uphill when driving in residential areas.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMar 20, 2021
StateCO
Description
While driving engine power reduced message comes on and speed is cut to below 35 mph.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Suspension
DateMar 16, 2021
StateCA
Description
While driving the car will slow down and say slow engine power
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateMar 10, 2021
StateTN
Description
While driving the error message " power reduced" and will only do about 30 mph. I have looked on line and at least a couple of law firms have clients for the lemon malibu 2018 model. First time this occured, I was going up a hill with a truck behind meand nearly rear ended me.
CategoryEngine
DateMar 08, 2021
StateNY
Description
Check engine light came on and power reduction light came on and car slowed down with no power. This also happened 2 weeks ago. Local mechanic said it was a recall item, but I havent seen any.
CategoryEngine
DateMar 01, 2021
StateTX
Description
Throttle/pedal position sensor/ witch d/e
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateFeb 23, 2021
StateVA
Description
When I put my car in park. Then turn engine off. The car says I need to put in park
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 19, 2021
StateIL
Description
I was driving at approximately 55mph on a highway when the vehicle gave a warning of 'engine power is reduced'. My car quickly dropped to 20mph and I was unable accelerate. This happened while there was another vehicle behind me and I was scared I was going to be rear ended. I put my hazard lights on and parked my vehicle. I shut the vehicle off and turned it back on which allowed me to operate the vehicle again but only at a capacity of 40mph. I had the vehicle repaired later that day it needed something with an electronic throttle control and pedal sensor replaced. I also learned that this is an issue that gm is well aware of and feel that they need to recall vehicles affected by this issue. There's no reason a vehicle should be dropping to 20 mph unexpectedly on a highway.
CategoryElectrical System, Seats
DateFeb 16, 2021
StateGA
Description
Drivers seat will not move forward or backwards. Seat is locked in the forward position and will not move backwards.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Vehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 16, 2021
StateMD
Description
While driving my engine and traction light came on and a sensor popped up that read 'engine power is reduced'. I was driving down the highway and my speed was reduced. I can't and could not speed up.
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 16, 2021
StateVA
Description
After pulling out of a convenient store, onto a main road for about a half a mile my car immediately lost speed and a display appeared in my dash engine power reduced , check engine light and traction control light appeared. I couldn't drive no more than 20 miles per hour .. Scary moment, so glad nothing was coming behind me. Car in shop! This need to be fix it's a many people having the same problem with this year kind of car somebody is going to get killed fix the problem for free gmc
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 11, 2021
StateCA
Description
While driving 65 mph car issued warning reduced engine power and check engine light popped on. Car then would not drive faster than 30 mph. Very sudden and with no previous warning this happened. Took to repair shop and after diagnostic was told acceleration pedal sensor was bad. This is not a covered repair and cost 0. This sudden reduction of power is very dangerous and a safety hazard to me and other cars on the road
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 10, 2021
StateTN
Description
Car died in the middle of a busy intersection and wouldn't restart for approximately 2 minutes. Check engine light came on and reduced engine power on dash cluster was visible when it restarted. Dealership placed new battery & it went away for about a week then returned while driving in the 45 mph range, reduced engine power, then slow acceleration from a stop sign. Seems there have been multiple class action lawsuits for this issue with no recall in place at this time.
CategoryEngine
DateFeb 08, 2021
StateCA
Description
Engine power reduced
CategoryEngine
DateFeb 03, 2021
StateVA
Description
Cut car off wouldnt start up replaced vvt solenoids and camshaft sensors had battery tested had it tested on computer all codes clear and being told it may be one or more cracked pistons car was idleing normal in park
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking
DateFeb 02, 2021
StateTX
Description
The onstar system shocked my husband. The car won't start sometimes. The dash board reads different things when attempting to start car. The vehicle was parked in the yard with nothing plugged up to drain the battery.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 02, 2021
StateIN
Description
I started to accelerate and the check engine light came on and reduced engine power was on my information display and my car would not go over 30 mph. Just happened out of the blue. I have approximately 64,000 miles on my malibu. This happened on a city street and not in heavy traffic, but could have been very dangerous, if I was on a highway. Then after I limped the car home I turned it off and turned it back on and it seemed normal, but check engine light is still on. I am getting rid of this car has had 5 recalls of various problems so far. On one occasion the dealership had my car for 2 weeks... Trying to fix a problem with the accelerator.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateFeb 01, 2021
StateMS
Description
My 2018 malibu has a feature that when the car stops the engine will shut down when you apply the brakes and engine will start back when you release the brake my car has shut completely down when I've come to a stop all power shuts down the heat the radio everything
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 01, 2021
StateGA
Description
On january 11 2021 while driving my 2018 chevy malibu to work I received a check engine warning on my dash, my message stating "reduced engine power" came on and my car suddenly and significantly reduced speed from 50 to 20mph. I was almost hit from behind by another motorist and had to manuever my car to the side of the road. I turned the car off, reestarted it and was able to continue driving. The check engine light remained on. I called the chevy dealer and brought it in for service the next morning. I was told it was a sensor issue and it was covered under warranty. I received the car back on january 13th 2020. Today, february 1st 2020 while driving to work my car experienced the same problem. I was able to avoid being hit again and stopped on the side of the road. My car is now back at the chevy dealership. After expecting the issue was fixed and wouldnt happen again, I am extremely fearful for my safety (and those around me) in this car. I am a working mother and need to rely on my car to get my family to work and school.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateJan 31, 2021
StateGA
Description
When I drive I'm losing engine power where my speed is reduced significantly. This is very dangerous. I've looked up this issue and there is a recall on malibu's 2016-2018. I haven't got a recall on my car yet but this defect in these cars are ridiculous. Someone needs to get in touch with me asap about this defect. This is very serious and dangerous on the roads. My speed is reduced while I'm driving.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJan 28, 2021
StateIL
Description
While in motion the engine power is reduced then the car slowed to a speed of 20 mph. Upon starting m vehicle a week a later the engine reduction warning came on again. The throttle body was replaced now I'm being told it's the accelerator pedal position sensor . Why should I have to pay for this.
CategoryEngine
DateJan 27, 2021
StateWA
Description
Reduce engine power came on
CategoryPower Train
DateJan 26, 2021
StatePA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that while his fianc was driving between 30-35 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle started to decelerate with the engine power reduced message displayed while the accelerator pedal was being depressed. The driver coasted over to the side of the roadway, turned off and restarted the vehicle. The vehicle resumed normal driving however, the check engine warning light and engine power reduced warning light remained illuminated. The contact stated that the failure recurred. The contact stated that the failure recurred while he was driving the vehicle on another occasion. The vehicle was taken to armen chevrolet service & parts department (41 greenfield ave, ardmore, pa 19003) but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 62,000.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateJan 26, 2021
StateCA
Description
I was driving at highway speed when suddenly car decelerated to 20mph. The check engine light warning popped up along with a engine power reduced message. I was unable to accelerate at normal highway speeds even after turning off and restarting car.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System, Power Train, Unknown Or Other
DateJan 23, 2021
StateVA
Description
My car has a little over 62,000 miles at about 28,000 miles the warning was coming on reduced speed I'd be on the road and the car would start slowing down and even sometimes on the interstate and recently started coming on again I could feel a popping like in the gas pedal. Then the other day I was sitting in a parking lot and the shift to park message came on when I went to pull off it just jumped. There was no way to put the car in neutral to back it up I wasn't even able to turn the car off. I had to leave my car running in the parking lot for hours until it died. Then before this the car moved so slow it hardly took off. Other cars have to go around me. I have had this car for two years and just seems like issue after issue. Gm should be ashamed and reimburse people for these vehicles.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateJan 20, 2021
StateTX
Description
Check engine light came on and my speed was instantly reduced as I was driving. Sometimes it goes off after turning off the ignition but I could be on the highway or city streets and it will occur, causing a sudden slower speed.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateJan 17, 2021
StateMO
Description
When I'm sitting at a stop light awaiting my turn to proceed with my foot on the break the car is fine. After sitting at the light and it's time to drive, I remove my foot from the break and my car shuts completely off. When I apply a little gas the car turns back on and it malfunctions even more. My dash board goes haywire with different error messages. It says the fuel is low which it is not, I could have a full tank. The back door is unlocked, I've never seen that message before until the malfunction. My blinker tone even changes and my car is reluctant to accelerate. This has occurred twice now.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateJan 17, 2021
StateCA
Description
I was driving on a highway going about 50 mph and I started to accelerate and as I hit 55 mph I got an error message reading, 'engine power reduced' and the abs light and engine light both lit up. I also could not accelerate any longer. I pulled over immediately turned off the car and waited about 3 minutes and turned the car back on, I did not get a message however the check engine light still was lit but not the abs light. I drove to an autozone got he code read and it was p2138. I looked up online and it seems as if thousands also have this problem with 2016-2018 malibu's and cruzes. I'm also aware gm has had a lawsuit against them over this.
CategoryEngine
DateJan 15, 2021
StateCA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and was unable to be restarted. The contact stated that the check engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to mountain view chevrolet, inc. (1079 w foothill blvd upland, ca 91786, (909) 353-7103) where it was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.
CategoryEngine, Steering, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJan 13, 2021
StateNH
Description
Check engine light, tracking light, steering wheel locks up , low engine and can't exceed 45 ~ 50 mph all happens when in motion
CategorySteering
DateJan 09, 2021
StateOH
Description
2018 chevrolet malibu lt, while driving at highway speed on a flat smooth road the steering wheel will stick in the straight position. It requires extra effort to break free from this position, causing the vehicle to jerk and extra correction is needed to keep the vehicle in control. It has happened almost everyday since beginning of january 2021.
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJan 08, 2021
StateCA
Description
While going highway speeds on my 2018 malibu, I received a notification on my dash that said my engine was losing power. After clearing the notification, my car dropped in mph and I couldn't go faster than 60mph. After a minute or two after that, my mph dropped again and I couldn't go faster than 25 mph while my rpms were spiking at 4000. I took it to a mechanic who said the acceleration sensor is bad and I had to replace my accelerator and was forewarned that this is is going to happen again because it's a factory defect. I know I'm not the only one with this problem given there's a class action lawsuit already out there. But I wanted to add to the masses so chevy is forced to fix this issue before people get seriously hurt.
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJan 07, 2021
StateIN
Description
So many issues, car currently not starting. Codes were for brake booster and maf sensors, replaced both. Still won't start. Open recall emc, called dealership, they stated recall is free but since it won't start I have to pay 125 so they can hook it to computer. Shift to gear happens weekly, car will be in park. Stabiltrack came on a few times, but goes away. It tells me icy conditions on evan warm days, display will go black bu usually randomly comes on. The worst is the reduced engine mode. There is no rhyme or reason. I have been on the street doing about 35 mph and it does it also on highway at high speeds with 4 kids in the car, terrifying and dangerous. I am sure I'm forgetting things I have just come to not feel safe or comfortable driving this car, local dealership is no help. Took a picture of one of the first time it happened but that was 20000 miles ago, haprns randomly and almost in clusters. I can go a month or 2 with nothing and then it's 2-4 times a day for a few days or weeks, and then stops.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Unknown Or Other
DateJan 05, 2021
StateVA
Description
Two times my vehicle has displayed engine power is reduced while driving on the highway. When this occurred, my vehicle would not accelerate well and my vehicle speed was automatically reduce to about 20 mph almost causing a crash with the vehicle behind me. The engine light stayed on the entire day even after powering down my vehicle. Also there is a loud water noise when coming to a stop like water is running through the engine or transmission system. This water noise occurred with my 2013 malibu as well and should be investigated. My vehicle is only 2 years old and should not be experiencing these types of issues.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateJan 04, 2021
StatePA
Description
When driving, message will appear on dash stating that engine power is reduced. My car will go in to limp mode, and will not increase higher than about 340 rpm, and cannot accelerate faster than 25 mph. Sometimes I have been I have been able to pull over to the side and restart my engine, and this error will go away. There were a couple times where this error did not immediately go away after restarting my engine and I was forced to drive home at 25 mph. Luckily I have no been rear ended yet, but this is a serious issue and is frequent with 2018 malibu's according to several online articles.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateJan 03, 2021
StateIL
Description
Reduced engine power light came on while driving on highway and loss of power occured. The car was still running, but it slowed down to a stop on the highway. Battery and electric system was still on, but the dash and everything else dimmed out as well. There was no warning and vehicle was driving about 40 mph.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJan 03, 2021
StateMI
Description
Reduce power message appeared while in traffic reducing speed dramatically. Was not able to go more than 13 mph in a 50mph zone.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateDec 30, 2020
StateCO
Description
My car randomly displayed a message on the dashboard that said "engine power reduced" traction light and check engine light appeared and it brought my speed limit to around 20 while I was on a busy street. I turned the car off and got the power back but has done it 3 more time in 2 days. Very scary with 2 babies in the car.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateDec 30, 2020
StatePA
Description
Taking my fianc to the airport so that he can report for duty and the vehicle abruptly comes to a speed of 20mph on the highway cause a vehicle behind me to come to a close contact with my car. Replaced sensor and pedal as instructed because I am fresh out of my warranty and a month later. The issue returned. I cannot afford to pay 200 to 500 every couple of weeks or mo the to fix this issue. Chevy is aware of this issue and has elected to do nothing. It has been reoccurring in2016 to 2018 vehicles.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateDec 29, 2020
StateMD
Description
In may of 2020 I took my vehicle to a chevrolet dealership in woodbridge,va for a ecm recall on my vehicle. After waiting for them to do the recall they stated nothing was wrong with my vehicle. From october to current my vehicle has been doing everything that was stated in the recall which lead me to believe that they never changed the part. My vehicle has shut off on me in the middle of the road almost causing me a accident and most days now it won't even start. I got my battery checked out and my battery tested 100% so I know that wasn't the problem. I called the dealership and they said I would have to pay to get that part replaced. Why should I have to pay when it's only been a couple of months since the recall, something isn't right. Please address this issue. -thank you!
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other
DateDec 28, 2020
StateIN
Description
When put in park a message shows shift to park. I have to shove it into park before car would turn off. When stopping and making turns there is a sloushing sound (water) coming from the dash. I got both items fixed out of my own pocket because my extended warranty did not cover the air pocket but it did cover shift to park with a deductible. I bought the car brand new so not sure why all these problems are happening. I know several other people with the same make and model having the same issues. These items need to be recalled and I would like to be reimbursed seeing the car is only 2 years old.
CategoryPower Train
DateDec 27, 2020
StateGA
Description
Any time I've used my cruise control after my car had been serviced for the initial recall for the ecm over a year ago, I keep getting the 'reduced engine power' notification. This issue didn't begin until after the part was replaced. I've tried taking it to the dealership but they can't fix anything when the light isn't active. I've just stopped using the cruise control feature but I've been on the interstate while the reduced engine power notification comes on and my car slows.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateDec 26, 2020
StateUT
Description
We were driving on the freeway and the reduced power light, engine light and traction control light came on. The power was reduced and we pulled over, shut the car off and waited a few minutes. We started it again and the check engine light stays on, but we were able to gain speed to get back in traffic. This happened once a few weeks ago and twice today. It's very scary and dangerous. We were fortunate enough to be able to get off the road. If traffic would have been heavy it may not have turned out this way. This is my second malibu with this problem. We had it repaired in our 2016 malibu and the dealership split the cost of the repairs. This tells us they know this is a problem.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateDec 24, 2020
StateFL
Description
When driving the car it will lose propulsion and power. At one point it almost shut off while driving on the highway. I took the car for inspection to chevrolet dealer but I was told they will take weeks to find the exact issue. It also has a safety recall which wasn't performed during my appointment. I was told to come back if I see engine light without it they can't do much. I use my car every day to get to work and now I feel unsafe while driving it. My chevrolet malibu is of the year 2018 with only 30k miles.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateDec 24, 2020
StateSC
Description
When put in park, vehicle does not recognize it is in park upon engine shut off and will not cut the electric signal to the car. Sometimes restarting the engine works but I have had to drive at least a block recently to get the electric signal to cut off. It has occured several times in my vehicle starting on december 24th 2020
CategoryElectrical System
DateDec 22, 2020
StatePA
Description
The car says it's not in park when you shut it off. The fob seems to not respond sometimes. Sometimes it won't start and tells you to put it into the center console pocket but it still won't respond. It will say there is no fob in the car. I replaced the battery to make sure that wasn't the issue. Even with the fob in the car, it set off the alarm when I tried to start it. It took almost 5 minutes for it to respond to shut the alarm off but it would let me lock the doors while sitting inside it. So it registers the unlock and locking mechanism but nothing else sometimes.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateDec 17, 2020
StateTX
Description
This is the 3rd time for he same issue. After a cold start the engine will start missing on a cyl which results in a huge decrease in power and running rough. This last time, engine light came on. Just like the other times, if you stop and restart the car, the issue goes way. Took to dealership and even though the engine light came on, no codes and they couldnt replicate the issue and nothing was done.
CategoryEngine, Service Brakes
DateDec 17, 2020
StateMS
Description
On december 2, 2020 at approximately 545pm I was leaving the biloxi cspire store and as I drove about half a mile, the car completely went haywire. All the instruments went crazy and then I had no brakes at all and the car had no power.. I was barely able to get the car in a safe spot and myself out of danger sitting in the middle of a busy road. I tried to turn and get off road and car had no brakes at all and no power. Then once I was able to get in a parking lot the car and safe. I tried cranking the car 2 or three times and all it would do is turn over are making a starting noise and wouldnt stop. The brakes were hard as a rock and would not depress at all.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateDec 16, 2020
StateTX
Description
While driving my car at 70mph on the highway my car completely shut off on me and started back up. This was very scary, thankfully I was in the far right lane and no one was behind me at the time. I was thinking it was a battery issue but after getting my battery checked that seemed to not be the case. The same probably happened several times after without any warning and takes a few minutes to restart causing other people in vehicles to blow their horn or curse me out while going around me! I did get a warning sign on dashboard that states stabilitrac. I did take it into the shop today but fear the outcome will not be resolved. I'm just too scared to drive my car at this point in the fear of an accident waiting to happen cause this problem happens at unpredictable times.
CategoryPower Train
DateDec 12, 2020
StateKS
Description
While driving the check engine light came on with alert "reduced engine power". The idle is high. Placed car in park and the engine keeps revving on its own.
CategoryEngine
DateDec 08, 2020
StateGA
Description
The engine light keeps coming on and says engine power reduce. I had a recall to nhtsa done, but the same problem, and vehicle stalls like its shutting off or won't pick up speed.
CategoryElectrical System
DateDec 01, 2020
StateMO
Description
Vehicle is not registering in park, when gear shifter is in park. Started doing this approximately 2 weeks ago and is progressively getting worse
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateNov 29, 2020
StateVA
Description
While driving, vehicle with randomly display error code saying 'engine power reduced'. When this happens, the car's speed reduces to ~25 mph and it's incredibly hard to accelerate past that. This reduced engine power warning comes on frequently, and without warning. Sometimes it will go weeks without doing it, and sometimes it will do it multiple times a trip. Every time it happens, the engine light & traction control light comes on. The only thing that temporarily fixes the car is pulling over, turning the entire car off, then turning it back on. This obviously is very dangerous while driving with any traffic around you. Once I turn my car back on, the check engine light remains on (traction light turns off), and then eventually turns off by itself (granted it doesn't happen again soon after). After speaking to other chevy owners, I've learned this is very common & I've even been able to find posts on online forums regarding this issue.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateNov 29, 2020
StateGA
Description
After 2 months of having this car the check engine light would come on and after the stabilitrak light would come on which reduced the speed of the car . This would come on when I'm driving or even if I just crank the car up from it sitting over night . I got it tested and the shop doesn't know why it keeps coming on . The check engine lights reads that the throttle need to be changed but that's not the only issue . My boyfriend believes that the hub bearing needs to be fix but we don't know . The car does not pick up speed when the traction light is on . The traction light also reads 'engine power reduce ' before the light comes on . I just got this car and I'm now having to spend 1,000+ dollars on a car that's 'new' . None of the issues associated with my car has been recalled and I don't understand why .
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train
DateNov 24, 2020
StateAZ
Description
2018 chevy malibu. First started with corroded wires under the car which has lead to the usb port melting my cellphone charger which was fixed but after that the ac/heater only would blow out the defroster that got fixed. Car had about 20,000 miles. My car had a recall for the ecm module needed updated but auto nation said it didn't need to be updated after getting my car back it wouldn't start I would have to lock it unlock it open the door a few times and then it would start, so my battery got fried because something was draining it paid 200$ for a new one because auto nation said they didn't touch the car because it didn't need an update but what gets me is they had to plug into it to find out it didn't need an update, then the car started saying (shifter to park) got gm corporate involved and they made an appointment 1/13/2020 at chapman for me to take my car in to figure out that I needed a new wiring harness from the shifter to the transmission and they updated the ecm module but yet auto nation said it didn't need the update, so basically the auto nation doesn't want to take responsibility for the car messing up. I sat at auto nation for 45 minutes and they didn't touch my car. Something isn't right and no one wants to take responsibility. Yesterday I picked my car up from chapman 1/27/2020, they replaced the wiring harness from the shifter to the transmission, today 1/28/2020 I'm getting the same message 'shift to park'. I'm getting tired of the run around with brittany and having 3-4 other people call that doesn't know the situation and don't know what to do with this situation. So now the miles are at 59,000 miles no warranty. This isn't a reliable car. Gm said is our fault why this happen that is what taylor the advisor told us today 2/3/2020. Still having the same issue with the park to shift as of 11/24/2020.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Steering
DateNov 21, 2020
StateCA
Description
Delayed eccel electrical steering an battery loss. Tire low warning reset for all tires continue to come on, battery dies brought car to dealer they sai it had only 1 recall an it was fixed
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateNov 18, 2020
StateAZ
Description
While I was driving on the road, the vehicle has shut off completely as I approached a complete stop at a red light. I attempted to turn on the hazard lights but unable to start the vehicle, until it is jump started it will start, I was able to continue driving. Once I arrived at home and I parked the vehicle, it completely shut itself off and I was unable to restart the vehicle. After several attempts to start the vehicle it just started again. Which I was able to lock the vehicle with the remote. This has happened several times now on different dates.
CategoryEngine
DateNov 17, 2020
StateIL
Description
P2138 code this is a common problem with this vehicle.
CategoryEngine
DateNov 17, 2020
StateMI
Description
The cars reduced engine light keeps coming on and off, slowing down on the freeway and the traction lights keep coming on. After being paid the dealership to fix it the problem still occurs.
CategorySteering
DateNov 13, 2020
StateCA
Description
When car shuts down while waiting for green light to change, car shuts off and when it turns back on, I have a warning sign that appears on my dashboard that says "steering assist is reduced, drive with care" and then it disappears. No issues with car just that warning sign.
CategoryElectrical System
DateNov 12, 2020
StateCA
Description
When putting my car in park to turn off, the car doesn't recognize it's in park and thus won't turn off. As such, I cannot leave the vehicle.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateNov 12, 2020
StateNM
Description
The check engine has come on three times already since I have bought this vehicle... Everytime the code is for emissions system. We have replaces the valve and the canister for emissions and the engine light still comes on.. Also the shift to park issue.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateNov 10, 2020
StateLA
Description
I was driving along like normal and the car just stopped running. We cannot get it to start. We tried jumping it, but no luck. I have a brand new battery, so it's not the battery.
CategorySteering
DateNov 09, 2020
StateCA
Description
I was driving my car this morning this happened 4 times, I was in a stop when I would restart the car to go my steering wheel would do a quick shift to the left then back to its original position then I would get the steering assist reduced sign for second then disappear. It did it 4 times in a matter of an hour and a half. And did it once last week with no massage display.
CategoryElectrical System
DateNov 06, 2020
StateAZ
Description
The car says it is not in park when it is. It will not shut off because it is not in park.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control, Engine
DateNov 05, 2020
StateVA
Description
The vehicle engine reduced power while on the highway causing abrupt drop in speed to lower than the speed limit almost causing an accident and a bumper to bumper collision.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Service Brakes
DateNov 05, 2020
StateAL
Description
Car went back to dealership monday because of problem I had last year. Lights comes on in dashboard : stabiltrack, engine icon, reduced steering, low fuel. On my way to work monday just made it out my driveway and started up the hill and the lights started flashing. Brakes had to be pushed ask the way to the floor for it to stop rolling back down the hill. I let it roll back to get the car out of street. The car wouldn't turn off when I pressed the start/stop button. Pressed the button again the car turns off but all lights are on in the dash. Press button again and lights go out but the start button is lit. Shift to park comes on dash. It's in park. Couldn't get engine to turn on. Couldn't move gear shift that has no lights on column or dash to tell what gear it's is in. Got car towed to greenway in tuscumbia, al. Had to find a ride to & from work because they didn't have a loner . Picked car up tuesday(they said the battery needed to charged & there was a recall they fixed) made it home ok. Went to store, no problem. Got in car to go to work wednesday and it starts acting up again. And when I got out of the car at work, there was smell like the brakes were really hot. Called dealership didn't get through to service but guy said he would get my number & have someone call, no one did. Got in car to leave work the lights started again but I was able to come home with no further incidents. The engine icon was still on though. I'm sick of this car! And I'm tired of going to the dearship every couple of days or every 2 weeks! Buy this lemon back!
CategoryPower Train
DateOct 30, 2020
StateFL
Description
The car is a 2018 and the dealer says the transmission control shifter is bad. The car reads it's in park but says shift to park to shut car off. In talking with others found out several people have reported this problem as well. I just bought it used in july 2020 with 41000 miles and it's been doing this since I got it off and on. I took it to dealer to report problems before I had it 30 days and was told they couldn't duplicate the issues.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Steering
DateOct 26, 2020
StateAZ
Description
Car is stationary while waiting for red light to change, the car will shut off and reduced driving assistance error message will pop up before turning back on. The radio will also cut out in process of car turning back on frim auto shut off. It has been happening for over a month and seems to get worse. Engine light came on today aswell
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateOct 25, 2020
StatePA
Description
While driving check engine light came on , display said diminished engine power , no throttle response
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control
DateOct 22, 2020
StateMD
Description
When car is stationary waiting for red light to change, the car will shut off and power cycle showing stabilitrak error message before turning back on. This also occurs when the car is stationary and engine is off for several hours.
CategoryPower Train
DateOct 18, 2020
StateMO
Description
When placing my car in park, a warning comes on that my car is not in park which then causes me to be unable to turn the vehicle off. I then have to go through each gear and jiggle the shifter numerous times to get it to turn off the vehicle. This sometimes takes up to a half hour of sitting in my vehicle doing that. It is becoming more and more frequent, to the point it is several times a day now. I have read where massive amounts of people have this problem and feel this should definitely be a recall item as it is definitely a manufacturer defect
CategoryElectronic Stability Control, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateOct 14, 2020
StateNJ
Description
I was driving in a neighborhood about 15 mph. My car began to shake, the engine light was blinking, stability track light was on, and an icon came up saying that the 'service stablitrek.' I had little control over the steering and I felt no traction while trying to pull over. I also have a problem where the car prompts a shift to park, even though my car is in park.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateOct 09, 2020
StateDC
Description
Narrative from driver: "on tuesday september 22, 2020, at approximately 10:45 am, I left my residence located in boca raton, fl with my gsa vehicle (tag g10 3884v) to drive to the mobil lube oil express (mobil) located at 90 nw spanish river blvd, boca raton, fl. The mobil is approximately 3 miles from my residence. I drove directly from my residence to the mobil and did not make any stops. As I was driving around the back of the mobil building to pull into one of the bays for an oil change, I noticed smoke coming from the hood of the car. I immediately parked the car in a parking space behind the mobil and exited the car. Moments later, flames were coming from the hood of the car. Upon seeing the flames, I called 911, who then called the fire department who came and put out the fire in the car. Additionally, I called gsa who called a towing company (westlake towing) to tow the vehicle away from the mobil parking lot as there is extensive damage to the vehicle and it is inoperable. There were no injuries or property damage to anything other than the gsa car."
CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateOct 07, 2020
StateGA
Description
Car won't shift to park, while it's already in park and car will not turn off. Chevrolet should recall this because there are a lot of people with the same issue. My car was brand new when I bought it and now I'm having this issue and I know it's nothing I have done to cause it.
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control, Fuel/propulsion System
DateOct 06, 2020
StateAL
Description
Engine power is reduced wen you going at 50 to 60 in the freeway is dangerously
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateOct 06, 2020
StatePA
Description
When my car is in park, my system is not picking up that it is in park which means I cant turn off the vehicle which will cause the vehicles battery to die. You have to literally jam the shifter in order for the car to read it, which eventually doesn't work either.
CategoryElectronic Stability Control, Engine, Power Train
DateSep 25, 2020
StateIL
Description
Vehicle ecm fails when accelerating. Loses power/shuts down. Cannot enter freeways, pass, or perform other maneuvers requiring sudden increase power demands. Ecm fails to record incident. Every time. Every day. Updated ecm software does not work. Reset check engine mode shuts down other vehicle functions. Have been too close to being run off the interstate, hit when entering from on-ramp, rear-ended in heavy traffic. Nhtsa does not investigate because death and injury cannot be linked to failures because the module does not record issues/failures. There is no fix. Every day you get in your car and wonder if today is the day you die because your vehicle failed to perform at a critical moment. Now vehicle shut downs while driving on level surfaces, at constant speed, with no additional demands. Am installing cams to record traffic conditions and vehicle warnings displayed on dash since ecm does not record failures. I believe a thorough investigation into all rear end collisions involving 2018 malibus should be conducted since the vital link, the ecm record, has been disabled by manufacturer.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateSep 21, 2020
StateWI
Description
The vehicle has a message that pops up on the dash saying "shift to park" when the car is already in park. This does not allow you to turn off the car. This happens when the car is stationary and parked.
CategoryPower Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateSep 16, 2020
StateTX
Description
Shift to park warning when exiting vehicle when the vehicle is in park and engine is off
CategoryElectrical System, Structure:body
DateSep 15, 2020
StateTX
Description
After turning on my heater and driving the car 10 minutes the car caught fire. I smelled something burning when I parked and got out of the vehicle, but thought it was coming from outside the vehicle. I came back to my car 2 hours later and the fire department had been out and the front end of my car was completely charred.
CategoryPower Train
DateSep 10, 2020
StateKS
Description
My 2018 chevrolet malibu has a problem when shifting from drive into park. The message on my dash says " shift to park " even though it is in park. And you can not shut off the engine. You can try shifting it back into drive or low and then go back to park but we get the same message " shift to park " and again even though it is in park, you can not shut off the engine. Isn't this a dangerous situation ?
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateSep 04, 2020
StateNC
Description
I was driving the vehicle and all of a sudden the check engine light came on and the display read engine power reduced. I wasn't sure what that meant so I pulled over. I tried to pull off and I had no brakes. Apparently something in the braking system broke and my engine was destroyed. I talked with gm and they told me that it has happened before with this model car.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateSep 04, 2020
StateCA
Description
Get "shift to park message" it wont turn vehicle off.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateAug 31, 2020
StateNH
Description
We had the ecm system recal fixed (reprogrammed) and it was ok, but now a couple months later its doing it again. While driving the traction light and the engine light come on and power and speed is reduced, without warning and won't allow acceleration. Usually on the highway. Very dangerous!
CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateAug 26, 2020
StateOK
Description
The power shifter in the car needed to be replaced. As with many of the other recent complaints I see on here, when I went to turn off the car it popped up the "shift to park" warning even though I was already in park and wouldn't power off the radio or lights. It appears this is a consistent problem with all of the 2018 malibu's and should be recalled. *tr
CategorySteering
DateAug 25, 2020
StateIN
Description
While driving in colder weather along the interstate at 65 mph for 5 miles or longer the steering wheel slightly locks in at the top position causing a slight over corrections when needing to turn the wheel to change lanes
CategorySteering
DateAug 25, 2020
StateIN
Description
While driving in slow moving traffic, I will get a warning on the dash that states "steering assist reduced, drive careful" this has happened many times, when taken to the dealership they cannot find anything wrong.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateAug 25, 2020
StateMA
Description
When I put the car in park the shifter does not fully engage resulting in the inability to park the car or turn it off. The message on the dash says "shift into park" even though the shifter is actually in park.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateAug 24, 2020
StateMD
Description
The locks will lock/unlock on their own. The battery has to be constantly jumped. The car rejected the ecw module update.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateAug 18, 2020
StateMD
Description
My car was recalled for a reduced power issue in april 2020. The vehicle was experiencing low power when driving, causing sluggishness and turning off when stopped at traffic signals. The car was taken to ourisman chevrolet in marlow heights, md on april 4th and the recall was addressed. As of this writing, I am experiencing the exact same issue of low power when driving/stopping and am concerned that the issue (1) was not properly addressed, or (2) was misdiagnosed by chevrolet. What is my recourse here? I have another appointment to have the vehicle looked at, again, at a charge of 0, which I don't feel I should be responsible for.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateAug 18, 2020
StateVA
Description
The shift sensor isn't being triggered when vehicle is in park. I have a friend with the same vehicle and same problem. Have looked it up on youtube and many others also deal with this problem. When the car is in park it doesn't read as such, making the battery stay running and drain or you cannot turn your car back on until it the sensor is jammed.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateAug 17, 2020
StateTN
Description
Sometimes when I put the car in park & try to cut the car off, the warning signal indicates that I need to shift to park.
CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateAug 13, 2020
StateIL
Description
I put my car into park and turn the car off. The dashboard tells me that I need to 'shift to park' even though my car is in park. The radio and dashboard will not turn off until I get my car to register that it is in park. Have to turn the car on and off, shift into gears, and back into park to try and get it to register. Eventually after doing that multiple times it will register. Another issue is with the radio and blue tooth. I turned my car off and everything was off. My nephew came over later and asked why my radio was on. Radio randomly turns on when car is/has been off for periods of time. I have automatic start and I started my car from inside work one day and then my blue tooth (music &phone calls) would not play over my speakers. No music would play from the radio either. The volume would turn up and down by itself. Took it to the dealership for the radio issues and they said they couldnt find anything wrong with it. I take it in soon for the 'shift to park' issue.
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control
DateAug 07, 2020
StateMO
Description
When my car cut off at the light and when it try to start back up it stale for a second and says stabilize then start up. When I start the car up it says the same thing. It erase all my favorite on the radio and reset everything. Been doing this for about two weeks now
CategoryPower Train
DateAug 07, 2020
StateFL
Description
When vehicle is shifted into park and the vehicle is turned off, "shift to park" displays on the vehicles screen and will not allow the vehicle to fully turn off. In order to have the light turn off, sometimes you have to wiggle the gear shift around whereas sometimes you have to press the start button and shift between gears a few times.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateJul 28, 2020
StateNC
Description
The car is in park but a warning pops up that's says shift to park and the car won't turn off because it thinks it's not in park
CategoryElectrical System
DateJul 25, 2020
StateAZ
Description
I have a 2018 chevrolet malibu and I have trouble putting the car into park. The problem is the gear selector switch. When you put the car from drive into park a metal bar pushes up onto a blue button which sends a signal to the car's computer that the car is now in park. I spoke to a dealer and they told me that 2017,2018 and 2019 malibu's are known for this problem and it would be 0 to correct the dealer knew what it was before I even finished telling them about the problem. I never know if the is in park
CategoryPower Train
DateJul 22, 2020
StateGA
Description
On, july 15, 2020 my car gave a "shift to park"message on the dash after I had placed my car in park. I continued to have this error for the next few days, I made an appointment with my dealership. The issue is you are stranded in your car until you can wiggle the gear shift into place sometimes upto 20 minutes. The vehicle is stationary and in the park gear, however the car never turns off. The start button is illuminated amber and dings for assistance. This can possibly drain a battery. The dealership charged 8. 00 to repair a known gm issue. Gm customer service admitted to it and so did the service advisor, I received a "new" improved version of transmission control assembly. Probably should be a recall or class action suit.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateJul 22, 2020
StateCA
Description
On the freeway going about 70mph. Engine power reduced light came on. My speed dropped to 20mph. Very scary especially with a child in the car. Glad it was not heavy traffic. I went to autozone. (error code p2138)... I called the warranty department and it is not covered.
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train
DateJul 21, 2020
StateMI
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that gear selector was placed in the park position and the vehicle was turned off however, the electrical system remained in operation. The contact called wally edgar chevrolet (3805 s lapeer rd, orion charter township, mi 48360) and the dealer was informed of the failure. The contact stated that the power train was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was not taken to be diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000.
CategoryElectrical System
DateJul 14, 2020
StateNC
Description
When I put my car in park, a message appear on the dashboard 'shift to park'. It won't let my car turn off completely
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateJul 14, 2020
StateFL
Description
My car shuts off while I am driving (at a stop or idling) stationary
CategoryPower Train
DateJul 14, 2020
StateFL
Description
Reduced engine power notification in mid drive on freeway causing car to come to low speed in a 70 mph heavy traffic flow. Multiple vehicles swerve to avoid contact (accident). Unable to pull over quickly as it happened out of no where. Unable to accelerate.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Power Train
DateJul 13, 2020
StateFL
Description
Car shut off in the middle of driving. With no engine light on. Engine light randomly comes on every other week. Tps doesn't function properly. Idles high some days then drives normally. Sensors was changed engine light comes back on a week later with same code vacuum sensor, maf,
CategoryPower Train, Unknown Or Other
DateJul 09, 2020
StateCA
Description
Shift to park message displays once car is placed in park. Car will not completely turn off once in park and ignition is shut off
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateJul 08, 2020
StateGA
Description
Car turned off in the middle of the road. Engine was completely off as well as no lights were on. So I could not put it on neutral to push it out of the road. I had several near misses where it could have gone badly. Also, took it to the dealership and nothing was found. Car still turns off for no apparent reason
CategoryService Brakes, Unknown Or Other
DateJul 08, 2020
StateCA
Description
Receive intermittent 'shift to park' light on dashboard once car is placed in park and will not completely shut off. Driver must pull shift back to drive, then neutral then reverse and back to park before the 'shift to park notice shuts off' . If not repaired this can ultimately drain battery or even damage battery.
CategoryPower Train
DateJul 07, 2020
StateTX
Description
When putting vehicle into park vehicle will give message saying that the vehicle is not in park when it clearly is in park. I sometimes have to turn the vehicle off or mess with the gear shift for a little while for the message to finally go because the vehicle itself will not power off until the message goes away. This could be a safety issue and chevy needs to address this asap! These are brand new cars that are doing this and there shouldn't be any issues with it being a brand new car. They need to make it a service bulltin and or recall.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Wheels
DateJul 06, 2020
StateDC
Description
The car stalls while I'm driving on highways regular streets turning no check engine light car full tank proper oil levels etc
CategoryEngine
DateJun 28, 2020
StateCA
Description
While in the middle of driving the car will say "reduced engine power" and will not let me accelerate. This is highly dangerous especially on the highway or middle of the street. It has done this once before at a stoplight where the engine totally shut off.
CategoryElectrical System
DateJun 22, 2020
StateTX
Description
When putting the vehicle in park, a message comes on the dash saying 'shift to park'. The vehicle is already in park, but the car doesn't pick that up. It is a known chevy issue that they have yet to recall. Happens almost every time I drive. *tr
CategoryElectrical System, Structure:body
DateJun 18, 2020
StateCA
Description
I was driving on the freeway when I was forced to go over a cardboard box that happened to be on my lane. I felt it hit the underside of my car. A few minutes later, I smelled smoke and I was also alerted by surrounding drivers to pull over. I immediately pulled over and ran out of the vehicle to about 100ft away. I could see flames in the front of the car. By the time I reached out to emergency services and they got to the location, the car was completely on fire. *tr
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateJun 05, 2020
StateNE
Description
The car stalls while driving. I have to pull over and shut the car off and turn it back on to fix the issue but it does it sometimes a few times a day. *tr
CategoryElectrical System
DateJun 01, 2020
StateNC
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start while pressing the push to start button. The vehicle was taken to reed chevrolet located at 4500 raeford rd, fayetteville, nc 28304, where it was diagnosed that the ecm and the accelerator pedal needed to be replaced. A year later, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the same dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 88,000.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Unknown Or Other
DateMay 29, 2020
StateAZ
Description
Once my car is stopped and I shift to 'p'(park) and I try to turn off my vehicle it still gives me the 'shift to park' message. The shift gear has previously been replaced by the car dealership. However and unfortunately, it started to do it again. It has under 36,000 miles on it and we thought the issue had been fixed already but it started to do it again less then a year later. *tr
CategoryElectronic Stability Control, Engine, Power Train
DateMay 22, 2020
StateCA
Description
Auto stop just stoped working also when I put it on park it shows 'shift to park' but the vehicle is on park already. *tr
CategoryPower Train
DateMay 21, 2020
StateFL
Description
Vehicle transmission not entering in parking , causing vehicle to move forward or back if put on parking. This could cause accident and serious injuries . This might be a sensor or and electrical failure in the gear selector, because if you wiggle the selector sometimes it will go away. Vehicle will show message vehicle not in parking. *tr
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control, Engine
DateMay 20, 2020
StateMO
Description
Was driving the car on the highway the speed control was on the car powered down almost made us wreck and the check engine light came on followed by the power down alert the car was dragging in speed and could not accelerate. There is only 35000 miles on this vehicle. *tr
CategoryElectronic Stability Control, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMay 20, 2020
StateFL
Description
While driving down the street I got an alert on the dash indicating 'engine power reduced' check engine light and what I believe is the traction control light came on. Can't accelerate. Can't go more than 30 mph. No open recalls in my vehicle, but seems a lot of people having same issue? *tr
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Power Train
DateMay 16, 2020
StateCT
Description
Since july 2019 my vehicle has continually shown a check engine light with the message, power engine reduced on the dashboard. When this occurs, the rpms increase drastically and vehicle can not go over 30 mph. This has happened on highways and main roads. It is very dangerous because I can be going 65 mph on the highway and all of a sudden it drops down to 30mph. This has almost caused accidents multiple times. I have attached multiple service records where I have had the vehicle worked on, but yet the issue still occurs at anytime. The vehicle is very unsafe to drive. There has been recalls on this issue and although he dealerships say they fixed it for my vehicle, it still occurs. I have contacted gm and have not gotten an answer or had the problem resolved and it has been over a month I have been working with them. There last reasoning for not giving me a resolution was because they were waiting on service records, yet I called the dealerships and had the service records in less than an hour. *tr
CategorySuspension:rear:shock Absorber
DateMay 08, 2020
StateVA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that while driving at a low speed, an unusual sound was heard coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an unknown chevrolet dealer, located in chester, va, where it was diagnosed that the shocks needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic who stated that it was not necessary to have the shocks replaced. The manufacture was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 67,000.
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control
DateMay 04, 2020
StateTX
Description
It keeps giving the shift to park when the vehicle its in full park already.
CategoryPower Train
DateApr 20, 2020
StateSC
Description
Car says shift to park on dash monitor when car gear shift is definitely in park. Car was stationary in a parking lot after driving.
CategoryElectronic Stability Control, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateApr 18, 2020
StateMD
Description
On 4/5/2020, while driving on a side street, the car lost propulsion. It read engine power is reduced and stabilitrac had activated. This has occurred several times prior. My very first encounter was on a major highway (I-270) the car has been serviced (per recall) on two separate occasions. It has done the very exact thing at least three (3) times subsequent of the recall mandate. Every time I attempted to restart the car the motor will violently shake. I have made this complaint to general motors, prior to this latest event on 4/5/2020, my complaint had been dismissed. I am being forced to operate this vehicle; knowing it poses a serious risk of accident or death to me and other motorist. Luckily, I was on a side residential street a few blocks away from my residence. However, this was not the always the case and this is a continuous event. I live within a 3/4-mile radius of baltimore's sea-port, train & truck terminal as well as interstates I-895 & I-95's (harbor and fort mchenry tunnel). I travel the I-895 tunnel to work everyday. After several recall attempts to fix, this car is still doing the same thing. Whereas, without any warning signs, it loses engine power and stalls while in motion. Included are onstar onboard diagnosis reports and service records after the initial recall servicing of the car.
CategoryElectrical System
DateApr 06, 2020
StateGA
Description
Shift to park appears when car is definitely in park already
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateApr 03, 2020
StateCA
Description
My transmission has had multiple repairs since I've gotten my vehicle. The vehicle had to go in for several months while they fixed the transmission but once I got it back it instantly had another transmission issue. It has also had the shifter replaced, which is another transmission issue.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateMar 26, 2020
StateNY
Description
The recall ecm caused engine to stall as I was driving up a hill, I accelerated to make up for the delay and veered into a parked car causing my car to over turn on the hood. I was injured and car rendered totalled. This was my second accident. I was sidestepped on the highway causing damage to my entire side of vehicle. Also had near accidents on highway when car lost power due to ecm malfunction. (recall issue that was looked at but never resolved). I have photos available. I have asked various ddepartments at the dealership and gm financial for assistance with this issue but to no avail.
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMar 25, 2020
StateMD
Description
My car reduced its engine power and slowed down from 60 miles down to 20 miles while driving on the high way with a tank truck behind me. I have never been so scared in my life. The engine reduced its power three times now! I was told there was a recall on this and the issue was fixed but clearly it wasn't! I have children and I am terrified to drive my car now because of this!!!!!
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control, Engine
DateMar 16, 2020
StateNC
Description
Car engine will not turn over. System says 'engine power reduce' and 'service stabilitrak.' brake clicks and locks when been pressed down, steering wheel also locks.
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control
DateMar 11, 2020
StateCA
Description
Tl* the contact called on behalf of the vehicle owner/driver her daughter. The contact stated that while her daughter was driving a 2018 chevrolet malibu at approximately 50 mph, the stabilitrak warning light suddenly illuminated as power was reduced causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle crashed into the center median causing damage to the vehicle. No injuries were reported and no police report was filed. The contact stated received notification of nhtsa campaign number: 19v642000 (electrical system, fuel system, gasoline, engine). The vehicle was towed to the local body shop. The cause of the failure was not determined. The local dealer and manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,447.
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control, Steering
DateMar 10, 2020
StateTX
Description
Warning messages light up "steering power is diminished, drive with care", something pertaining to brakes and battery, the warnings flash so quickly I can't read them all. The car goes dead when I stop, shuts down completely with dash lights going completely out, then a very slow restart as the lights brighten very slowly. After the third time yesterday and today I had to put the car in "park for it to restart at a stop light and now it will not start at all,
CategoryEngine
DateMar 10, 2020
StateMA
Description
My wife purchased a new 2018 chevy malibu on july 3, 2018. In october 2019, we received a safety recall notice (n192221960) informing my wife the malibu had a safety issue. The notice stated: "this condition can cause the engine to stall at speed and without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.' concerned, I heeded the warning. Since then this car but our lives at risk two times. Each time another part was replaced numerous malibu owners are experiencing this terror and nothing is being done. I have spoken to gm and the dealer to no effect. I don't believe they know how to fix it. It is past time for the government to step in.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateMar 09, 2020
StateCA
Description
As I was exiting the freeway and stoped on the off ramp, I tried to step on the gas pedal to go but my car did not want to go. My steering wheel was locked, my bluetooth cut off, and the check engine light went on. I turned on my hazard lights and put my car in park. I tried to shut it off but it didn't shut off right away. I pushed the off button a few times before it finally shut off. When I turned it back on, I drove to th e nearest parking lot and put it in park. Only this time, the message "shift to park" popped up. My vehicle was already shifted to park but the system obviously couldn't comprehend. My car only has 61,845 miles!! It should not be having these issues so soon!!
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMar 07, 2020
StateCA
Description
While driving on the freeway at speeds of up to 80 mph at random times the car will suddenly slow itself down to 20 mph and the dash will message that engine power is reduced. It's a serious problem that is dangerous to not only the people in the vehicle but all other vehicles on the road also.
CategoryElectronic Stability Control, Engine, Power Train
DateMar 07, 2020
StateOH
Description
Vehicle experienced reduced power before learning about and addressing the recall. A couple of months following my vehicle began to shut off and restart while giving various error messages. This occurred while going speeds less than 35 mph and while stopped. The dealership determined it was a faulty battery censor and was not covered under the warranty. I have had the part replaced and did not experience any issues for roughly 2 weeks. My vehicle today gave a error message that engine power is reduced and the check engine light is on. It is also hesitating/jumping when switching from drive to either reverse or park.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Power Train
DateMar 06, 2020
StateNY
Description
Engine power is reduced warning and check engine light anti skid warnings come on.
CategoryElectronic Stability Control, Engine, Power Train
DateMar 05, 2020
StateSC
Description
Check engine light, traction control light both on, reduced engine power, speed and transmission shifting limited, cant go pass 3 gear. Started randomly on numerous occasion while driving. Very dangerous.
CategoryEngine
DateMar 04, 2020
StateFL
Description
I was driving on the highway and suddenly I began to loose speed and my engine check light turned on and my car said engine power reduced. I almost got into an accident because of this.
CategoryEngine
DateMar 02, 2020
StateNY
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while driving 60 mph the vehicle reduced speed independently. The 'engine power' reduced warning message was displayed in the instrument panel. The contact pulled over and restarted the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to new rochelle chevrolet (291 main st, new rochelle, ny 10801) where the vehicle was diagnosed. The mechanic was unable to retrieve a fault code. The gas gasket was replaced however, the ecm failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but provided no assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 41,000.
CategoryEngine
DateMar 01, 2020
StateRI
Description
While driving the vehicle in motion, I lost power and received message in message box that states, engine power is reduced. I was only doing 30 and there was no traffic but the engine bogging down while going up hill could have caused an accident dear [xxx], an issue with the engine and transmission system in your 2018 chevrolet malibu has been detected. Please service your vehicle immediately. Please disregard this message if your vehicle is already in for service. Inaccurate notifications can be generated during service. Please see your dealer for service. Tasca chevrolet 114 fortin dr woonsocket, ri 02895 +14017693000 account information account number: 015-9743-802 vin: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6). *tr
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Vehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 25, 2020
StateTN
Description
At a stop light, when light turned green, pressed accelerator, "engine power is reduced" messaged flashed, engine and traction lights came on. Unable to accelerate over 25mph, rpm would not go above 3. Recall maintenance for ecm was completed on 01/11/2020.
CategoryElectronic Stability Control, Service Brakes, Vehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 21, 2020
StateAL
Description
Low fuel, engine light, service stability track, shift to park lights come on. The low fuel light comes on first. The next day the engine light comes on sometimes it stays on then goes off. This happens when I'm driving. I've had all the recalls done. Ecm replaced. 2 weeks later the same thing. All dials go to zero. Slow take off after I've stopped at red light or stop sign. Is as if the transmission is going out. If I put on brakes they will throw me in the dash like I've crashed into something. When I take it dealership-no codes are found. Trying to turn car off, it says shift to park. It's already parked. I've taken it back to the dealership several times for this same problems-no codes. I've gotten a rental (for a week)so they can keep the car to try and recreate it- they can't. This car was bought new in august of 2018. Chevy malibuls 4dr sdn black. The date below "when did this happen" outs the latest date.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateFeb 21, 2020
StateAR
Description
After my 'recall' reprogramming update on the ecm... A month or 2 later, I started to have loss of power issues while driving. Got home it sat for a couple of mins, then went away. Happened again. Had my car scanned to see what the code was, an 'apps' p2138 code, accelerator pedal position sensor issue. It happens while driving, when it happens cruse control turns off, and traction control light comes on plus the check engine light. This can be a safety issue while trying to merge onto highway traffic... This had happened to me several times... First time was after a long day driving, then a few days later after a very cold night. Then nothing, several hundred miles no issue. Then drove 120 miles and it happened again on 2-13-2020. And twice today 2-21-20202. It only happened twice during a turn.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateFeb 19, 2020
StateMA
Description
Pulling into traffic car lost power, engine knocking big time, engine light on, stabitrak off. Almost rear ended. Pulled over in traffic restarted. Car has had software done. Filling out at dealership. Thes cars should be recalled. What are you waiting for
CategoryEngine
DateFeb 13, 2020
StateNC
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 30 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact stated that the failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to hendrick chevrolet buick gmc southpoint dealer, (127 kentington dr, durham, nc 27713) where it was repaired under nhtsa campaign number: 19v642000 (electrical system, fuel system, gasoline, engine) however, the contact stated that the repair did not correct the failure. The vehicle was not taken back to the dealer and was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.
CategoryEngine
DateFeb 09, 2020
StateSC
Description
Engine power reduced while driving. Three times. 2/9/20, 1/24/20, 12/8/19
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control
DateFeb 04, 2020
StateNJ
Description
Power steering reducing and the car will shut off temporarily I had my car serviced for this already 2 weeks ago for the same problem now it's happening again
CategoryFuel/propulsion System, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateFeb 03, 2020
StateAL
Description
Check engine light and reduced engine power vehicle won't accelerate on highway in traffic
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateJan 30, 2020
StateMI
Description
While driving check engine light comes on and control panel says engine power reduced. The car slows down and you are not able to accelerate. This has happened numerous times since I have bought the car and typically happens while accelerating.
CategoryVisibility/wiper
DateJan 27, 2020
StateNC
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated while driving 5 mph, when she noticed the bug guard of the sunroof was disconnected. The contact stated no warning light was illuminated. The contact stated she was able to park on the side of the road and noticed the sunroof housing front drain house had mold and was disconnected. The vehicle was taken local dealer deacon jones gm of smithfield located at 1115 n brightleaf blvd, smithfield, nc 27577, where it was diagnosed that the sunroof housing front drain housing needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer had not been informed of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000.
CategoryUnknown Or Other, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJan 22, 2020
StateIN
Description
While in motion cars reduced engine power lights up on dashboard and car looses power while driving
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Power Train
DateJan 16, 2020
StateMD
Description
The car lost power while I was operating it. I had to put it in park and restart it. I was in the middle of parking it on a city street.
CategoryEngine
DateJan 16, 2020
StateMD
Description
Faulty sensor on my car almost caused me to lose ny life on the highway today. While driving my check engine light came on and I got the message ' engind power reduced ' car would not let me accelerate , hit a wall on the shoulder of the highway rushing to safety I now have a dent in my car , sad part is this is a known problem! We are also getting a ' shift to park ' error message which is another issue , that the dealer said I had to pay for‼️ ridiculous about to contact a lawyer chevrolet has no regaurd for human life.
CategoryService Brakes
DateJan 14, 2020
StateTX
Description
Well I got in a wreck yesterday around 4 pm in city limits in bumper-to-bumper traffic and the lady had stop somewhat abruptly so I had to stop abruptly and my brakes locked up on me and this isn't the first time at these brakes have done this before just a second wreak I've had with this vehicle in eight months and I don't have wrecked vehicles this is all new so I want to get my car checked out see if there's something malfunctioning with my brakes because both times the brakes locked up on me when they should've stopped because I wasn't going to fast
CategoryEngine
DateJan 08, 2020
StateNY
Description
While driving, engine goes into reduced power mode without warning and unable to maintain speed. Check engine light starts blinking and acceleration is lost. This happened twice, on a highway and on a road. Getting to the side of the road safely was very difficult. Onstar sent an email notification of the critical failure.
CategorySteering
DateJan 03, 2020
StateNC
Description
The steering will "stick" at the top after traveling in a straight line for a period of time. This will happen on the highway an in the city but is more pronounced on the highway. I have repeatedly taken it to the dealer and they cannot duplicate the issue even though it happens frequently. Seems to be worse in colder weather. This is indeed a safety issue because when it releases you over correct your steering and wander around in your lane. It has been doing this almost since new and it now has 18,500 miles on it.
CategoryEngine
DateJan 02, 2020
StateNE
Description
The excellarator sensor is bad and keeps powering down engine even on the freeway
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateDec 29, 2019
StateMS
Description
Faulty accelerator position sensor. Part is suppose to last the life of the car. The car has 60000 miles on it. It throws the check engine light and reduces power to the vehicle at highway speeds. This is very dangerous as you cant accelerate to get out of traffic or to get across the lanes. You just have to coast to safety.
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateDec 28, 2019
StateTN
Description
I just got a 2018 chevy malibu. I was driving home from work today and my car just stopped and a reduce engine power message flashed across my screen. I could have been killed when I car cut off in the middle of a busy street. I have just seen all of the messages about these issues and people coming out of hundreds of dollars to fix it. Chevy needs to do a recall on this issues sooner than later, this could be between life and death for someone.
CategoryEngine
DateDec 27, 2019
StateCA
Description
I have a chevy malibu 2018 and I commute to work 5 days a week 1 1/2 hours each way. During my commute without warning, a light came on indicating "engine power is reduced", the engine light, as well as the car slippery road sign. I have an appointment at mearle stone chevrolet in hopes this known problem in the 2018 models gets fixed without paying out of pocket expenses since there has been a major safety concern on the highways not being able to accelerate like normal and having to build up speed by taking foot off accelerator. I cannot pass due to this and the engine is winding out like I need to change gears while the rpms are going up. I cannot get past 60mph even with accelerator all the way down. I am concerned with this model being made in april of 2018, and the chevy malibu class action law suite on "engine power being reduced". This can be very dangerous knowing it can get worse if the dealer does not fix this. I have only had my car barely coming up for a year. I need to have a reliable and safe car that I don't need to worry if this will happen again.
CategoryEngine
DateDec 24, 2019
StateOH
Description
While driving, the message 'engine power is reduced' appeared. My car slowed down and I had to press really hard on the gas pedal to get back up to the speed I was at. It is said to be a defective electronic throttle control and accelerator pedal position sensor. This problem is common in many of the 2016-2018 chevy malibu's. *bf
CategoryEngine
DateDec 19, 2019
StateOH
Description
My accelerator sensor defects and my speed changes rapidly while driving.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateDec 18, 2019
StateAR
Description
I was driving down the interstate doing 74 miles an hour when all of a sudden the car jerked and started slowing down. The display screen showed a messaging saying engine power reduced. I pulled over on the shoulder because it wouldn't let me accelerate and had slowed the car down to 50 mph. I sat there for a minute and was going to try to drive on the shoulder to the next exit. When I started the car the message was no longer there but the check engine light was still on. The car has done this more than 10 times since this day.
CategorySteering
DateDec 18, 2019
StateTX
Description
2018 chevrolet malibu with 15, 300 miles. Since the last recall work was completed, while driving on the highway around 65 mph, the steering wheel had an increase of tension then it suddenly releases all tension which could potentially lead to a rapid over correction. The problem feels similar to a magnetic break release. No fault codes trip and the dealership service center says they can't duplicate on while stationary or short drives but it's felt on longer drives greater than 15 min. Problem has remained for approximately a month.
CategorySteering
DateDec 15, 2019
StateTN
Description
After driving on the interstate for a while, the steering seems to have a flat spot, where it is hard to turn and then it jerks slightly.. More frequently the colder the weather.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System, Unknown Or Other
DateDec 11, 2019
StateMD
Description
The ecm and battery sensor malfunctioned on dec 9. I found out that gmc has known about this for sometime. September 6, 2019 is documented on your site. I was notified from onstar after I passed the mileage for gmc to have pay for this problem.
CategoryPower Train
DateDec 08, 2019
StateNY
Description
Accelerator pedal position sensor correlation (p2138). Engine power reduced
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateNov 29, 2019
StateTN
Description
There is a safety recall on the 2018 malibu remedy listed is dealer will reprogram ecm software to correct the error. I made the appointment for the recall. Hours after the appointment a technician from the murfreesboro tn chevy dealership called me and said I have to pay a diagnosis fee for them to repair the recall although the issue they want to charge the fee is the recall!!! Dishonest business!!!
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateNov 27, 2019
StateMD
Description
I purchase a 2018 chevy malibu in september of 2019 and not even a month after having it, my vehicle began to give me issues. At unannounced times while the vehicle is in motion, a message that reads 'engine power is reduced' displays on the dash and the speed of the vehicle will immediately drop to 20mph. The first time this happened I was on a city street with a steep incline going 40mph in rush hour traffic and almost caused a collision with the sudden speed change and I could not go over 20mph. I had to turn my emergency flashers on and try to make it up the hill safely. The second time this happened I was on the highway driving 70mph in the fast lane and the speed dropped without warning to 20mph and would have put me in a bad collision if I didn't think quick and turn the emergency flashers on and pull over the shoulder on my left had side. This issue is a very serious and dangerous matter and could result in major injury or death. The code that is related to the problem I am speaking of reads p2138.
CategoryElectrical System, Fuel/propulsion System, Vehicle Speed Control
DateNov 25, 2019
StateTX
Description
In motion on highway at 60 mph, my car acceration shut down and I started losing speed even though I was pressing acellerator. At this time my car started to down shift and the more I stepped on the accellerator nothing happened. My car then turned off on the highway. I immediately shifted to park and started the vehicle again because I was in fear of getting rear ended. We have taken the car to the dealership 4 times for them to fix it and the last time, they said there was nothing wrong with it. We still have exceleration issues with this vehicle. We got a recall notice of software from chevrolet but the dealer ship is unaware of the repair and I do not believe they can correct this problem. We bought this car new and it has been in the shop 4 times for this recall. We wish to receive a new car for safety reasons. We are taking the car to the dealership again today but I am afraid to drive the vehicle.
CategoryAir Bags, Fuel/propulsion System, Structure:body
DateNov 23, 2019
StateAL
Description
Had a car accident on september 17, 2019 my car stalled while making left turn had this problem since I purchased this car also my tires continued to go on flat
CategoryPower Train
DateNov 20, 2019
StateIL
Description
When I put my car into park and go to turn off the vehicle, it throws a "shift to park" code on the dash when my car clearly is in park. I took it up to a chevy dealership, and they said that there were quite a few vehicles that were having the same issues. They told me that there were two options as to what it could be, so I paid for the first option that gm recommended they do first. That did not fix the issue. Now, I'm being told that I have to bring it back up to the chevy dealership and pay another chunk of change just to get it fixed. It is quite frustrating, as it takes a while for me to get my car to register that it is in park, and if I don't, then it drains my battery because the car won't fully shut off. Extremely frustrating and annoying.
CategoryPower Train
DateNov 17, 2019
StateIL
Description
When shifting my car into park, it will clearly be in park, yet when I shut off the engine, I get an error message "shift to park". This has happened multiple times in the last month, and now just last night, it took me 15 minutes to get the car to stop the message. Its becoming irritating! If you do not try to fix the issue once the car is turned off, then you're battery will eventually be drained. I contacted the local chevy dealer and they say that there are other car owners complaining about it. I am waiting for a replacement part, but since gm was on strike, my wait is longer.
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train
DateNov 11, 2019
StateTX
Description
When the car is shifted to park, the car does not register that it is in park. The car then has to be turned on, the shifter moved back to drive, and then back to park again. The car then has to be shut off again, and if I am lucky, the message goes away. If it does not, I have to repeat this process over and over again until the message does go away. This is a common issue specifically in chevrolet malibus dating back to the 2016 model. This should be a recall issue given that it is widespread and the fact the gm makes people pay to repair their faulty parts out of warranty is ridiculous.
CategoryEngine
DateNov 05, 2019
StateCA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. While driving approximately 35 mph, the engine power reduced and check engine warning indicators illuminated and the vehicle went into limp mode. On several occasions, after the vehicle was cycled off and back on, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The failure recurred often. The vehicle was taken to bob stall chevrolet (7601 alvarado rd, la mesa, ca 91942, (619) 460-1311) to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the accelerator pedal sensor needed to be replaced and the throttle body needed to be serviced, which was still pending. The manufacturer was not informed of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.
CategoryEngine, Fuel System, Gasoline:fuel Injection System
DateNov 04, 2019
StateVA
Description
2018 chevrolet malibu. Consumer writes in regard to safety recall concerning disconnected fuel injector. Consumer also explains vehicle stalling while driving and it not accelerating. *as *js
CategoryEngine, Service Brakes
DateOct 28, 2019
StateCA
Description
Tl* the contact's daughter was driving a 2018 chevrolet malibu. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. When the brake pedal was depressed, the vehicle failed to come to a complete stop. As a result, the driver crashed into a parked vehicle. The air bags deployed. The police were notified, but the contact was not sure if a report was generated. The driver sustained injuries to the pelvic area and around her waist from the seat belt that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop awaiting diagnostic testing from the insurance company. The manufacturer was called, but the contact was unable to speak with a representative. The dealer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 17,500.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateOct 25, 2019
StateTX
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact received notification of nhtsa campaign number: 19v642000 (electrical system, fuel system, gasoline, engine). The recall repair was performed at autonation chevrolet waco (located at 1625 n valley mills dr, waco, tx 76710, (254) 236-6415). Shortly after the vehicle was serviced, while driving 60 mph, the vehicle began to seize and was moved over to the side of the road. The vehicle was restarted and the failure continued while the contact was driving to his destination. In addition, the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact called the dealer back and was informed that the vehicle needed to be diagnosed. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was informed of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,000.
CategoryElectrical System, Fuel System, Gasoline, Power Train, Service Brakes
DateOct 24, 2019
StateAR
Description
Tl* the contact owned a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact's student attempted to place the vehicle into park; however, the vehicle continued to move forward independently. The driver attempted to place the vehicle into reverse, but it continued to move forward. In addition, the contact mentioned that the check engine and low power mode indicators illuminated. The vehicle continued to roll as the driver attempted to stop and it crashed into a boulder. The air bags did not deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The contact spoke with crain chevrolet (9911 I-30, little rock, ar 72209, (501) 436-4484) and was informed to tow the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was sent to the collision department and the contact had the vehicle towed back to her apartment for insurance purposes. The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact not to touch the vehicle. The contact was informed to take the vehicle to an authorized chevrolet dealer so that it could be assessed by an investigator. After some back and forth with the original dealer, the vehicle was towed to gwatney chevrolet (1301 t p white dr, jacksonville, ar 72076, (501) 295-4448) where an investigator determined that they could not find any fault with the vehicle. Recently, the contact received a recall notice for nhtsa campaign number: 19v642000 (electrical system, fuel system, gasoline, engine) the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 29,196.
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateOct 18, 2019
StateMD
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that the engine stalled while driving 25 mph. The steering indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact experienced the engine failure several times. The vehicle was taken to ourisman chevrolet of marlow heights (4400 branch ave, marlow heights, md 20748, (240) 455-3386) to be diagnosed and the following failure codes were found: 1119835548, sd19835789, and doc5228009. The dealer reprogrammed the engine electronic control module; however, the vehicle continued to stall. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the alternator and power supply converter failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and provided case number: 9-5585224979. The failure mileage was 6,521.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateOct 16, 2019
StateAZ
Description
I was told that my ecm maifunction repair recall fix was not was yet available by my dealership,garrett moters, co0lidge, az 85128. The recall 3 isn192221960. I am worried abot it becose I need to drive 30 miles round trip some on the I 10 about 2 to 3 times a week for doctor appts and shopping for groceries. Which can casuse a rare case of engine stall at speed.
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other
DateOct 14, 2019
StateNJ
Description
I bought this car last aug. 2018. First the left blinker did not work properly. It goes on but doesn't retract back. I brought it back twice and it still does it. This morning 14 oct 2019, I went to pull out of my driveway and the dash board started to light up. The engine light is on and the car told me I had not gas, which I did. I tried pulling out of my driveway and it would barely move. I backed up into my driveway and it seemed ok. I am bringing it to middletown chevrolet dealership to have them take a look. Mind you I used the car saturday night and it was totally fine. Very weird. I'm hoping they find out the problem and fix it with out a hassle since it's still under warranty. I'll keep everyone posted.
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other
DateOct 11, 2019
StateTX
Description
I was driving to my destination and started to feel my car like jumping when it was accelerating also everytime I park it stutters when I put it in park. I also heard on the news that there was a recall on malibu,so I checked the vin number and it should there was a maintenance recall on my car something about the engine
CategoryAir Bags
DateOct 09, 2019
StatePA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. While driving 25 mph, another vehicle unexpectedly turned left and caused the contact to crash into the front driver's side door of the vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator was illuminated prior to the crash. The contact sustained neck and back injuries. The contact sought medical attention at an emergency room and was receiving physical therapy. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the front bumper and headlight ramp on the front driver's side needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The air bag was not repaired due to the salvage title. The contact stated that she was unaware of the salvage title when the vehicle was purchasing used from the dealer. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The cause of the failure was not determined. The failure mileage was 24,988. *tt*jb
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel System, Gasoline
DateOct 09, 2019
StateMD
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. While driving and approaching a stop light, the vehicle stalled without warning and lost power. The contact was able to coast to the side of the road and power off the engine. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to ourisman chevrolet of baltimore (6633 security blvd, baltimore, md 21207, (410) 265-7777) where it was diagnosed that the ecm failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The vin was included in nhtsa campaign number: 19v642000 (electrical system, fuel system, gasoline, engine). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and provided case number: 9-5537893606. The failure mileage was approximately 2,141.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Fuel System, Gasoline
DateOct 07, 2019
StateCA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact received notification of nhtsa campaign number: 19v642000 (electrical system, fuel system, gasoline, engine). The contact called anderson chevrolet at 888-312-6558 (located at 31201 auto center dr, lake elsinore, ca 92530) and was informed that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and was not able to confirm when the parts were to become available. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.
CategoryEngine
DateOct 03, 2019
StateTX
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that the engine control module malfunctioned and would flash randomly. The contact also stated that the vehicle stalled while traveling various speeds. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic who performed an electric system upgrade; however, the failure continued. The contact reached out to another independent mechanic who informed him that the vehicle was included in a recall. The contact called clark chevrolet (801 w business 83, mcallen, tx 78501, 956-307-6557) and informed them of the recall. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer to be serviced. The dealer initially stated that there was no remedy for the recall and informed the contact to pick up the vehicle. The contact refused. The contact informed the manufacturer and was informed that they would look into the matter and a representative would call him back to offer assistance. Later that day, the contact was informed by the dealer that the vehicle had been repaired. The contact had not yet taken possession of the vehicle. The failure mileage was 39,000.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateOct 03, 2019
StateAL
Description
I have had my malibu about 4 months now, I purchased it with 500 miles on it. I started having problems with accelerating shortly after the purchase. I was merging on to the interstate and trying to speed up to the speed of traffic. I was already over into the next lane and had no where to go. I pressed the gas but the car would not exceed 25 miles per hour. I was looking in the rearview mirror watching another car rapidly approaching from the rear and after a few very frightening seconds maybe 20, the car finally decided to accelerate. This same problem persisted the entire trip. After reaching my destination and calming my nerves. I did some research about the car ( I should have before I bought it) and found out about a problem with the ecm. I called the dealer and scheduled a time to bring it in. The dealership was very helpful and preformed the update I found a bulletin about online. The car performed a lot better for short trips. After driving for a while I felt comfortable enough to take longer trips. I'm noticing the car still hesitates when turning, when it gets hot, and sometimes just at random when driving I can feel it lose power and kick back in, and the engine shakes when I'm idling and the engine is hot like a shutter kinda thing until I pull off again. I tried to take the car back to get a second update done but the service department at the dealership said it was common with that car and what I was experiencing was the turbo lag. There was nothing they could offer to remedy the problem. I am so disappointed with this purchase it's the first new car I ever bought and I'm scared it's going to break down or someone hit me while driving because I can't get out of the way. I bought a new vehicle with the expectation of not having any problems and just doing regular maintenance and I got burned big time.
CategoryElectrical System, Power Train
DateSep 30, 2019
StateDC
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. After the contact shifted the vehicle into park, the shift to park warning indicator illuminated and the vehicle was unable to be locked. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The contact stated that she never experienced the failure in the past. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 28,844.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateSep 30, 2019
StateGA
Description
This issue happened twice in one day... The first time I was going 55 mph down the road when my car lost all power from the gas petal. I coasted off the road and was able to shift between reverse and then back to drive to get the gas pedal to work again. A couple of hours later that day I was going down the road about 40 mph when I lost power from the gas petal. On that occasion, I was able to pull over into a gas station but before I could get completely stopped the car stalled out. I called onstar to do a diagnostic report on the vehicle, it came back with a p0137 code that says the emissions system is not performing as expected. After doing more research on the problem I found that there is a nhtsa recall number 19v642 that is the true issue. This recall status is showing incomplete, remedy not yet available.
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other
DateSep 29, 2019
StateFL
Description
I came to a stop at the traffic light. When green light came on the car stalled, would not restart. After 5th attempt car restarted. Check engine light came on and stayed on. I took the car to the dealership, they said they did not know how to fix, so they have contacted gm. Still waiting for response ; its been 10 days. Car has 6300 miles on it. Event occurred on city st, afternoon traffic.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateSep 27, 2019
StateOH
Description
I was driving down the road and the car stopped running coming up to an intersection I about got hit by a truck and the car would not restart I then pushed it out of the intersection and walk to the nearest dealership they said there is not a remedy for my car as of right now and I'm still waiting I don't feel safe with me about getting hit driving the vehicle let alone one of my four small children in the car
CategoryPower Train
DateSep 26, 2019
StateCO
Description
On chevy malibus when you put the vehicle in park and shut it off, anywhere, and the vehicle is stationary, a message will pop up "shift to park" but it is already in park. The car will not lock and battery will die down if you can't get it to sense that the car is in park. You have to mess around with the shifter until it will recognize it is in "park". Which can take up to 20 minutes or not at all. After researching online I have found that many, many other chevy malibu owners are dealing with this same issue and all agree this should be a recall. This can be a very frustrating issue when you are trying to get to work on time but can't get your' car to shut off and if it wont by the end of the day your' battery is dead. There are many complaints online about this. Ultimately the car will not sense that it is in park which causes the car to not lock among other issues. My car is only a year old and doing this. It seems chevy knows of the issue but wont do much to fix it.
CategoryElectrical System
DateSep 25, 2019
StateTN
Description
Once the engine is shut off it'll say 'shift to park'but the car is already in park. It'll pop up as an error. I'll have to push up my shift gear further for the notification to go away.
CategoryEngine
DateSep 23, 2019
StateCA
Description
Car doesnt want to start. Its happend more then 3 times. And also loses power when on...
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Unknown Or Other
DateSep 23, 2019
StateIN
Description
I started the car and reversed out of a parking space. After shutting the car in drive, I pressed the gas and the car barely moved. I pulled off to the edge of the parking lot and put the car in park, turned it off, waited a minute or 2, and restarted the engine. I put the car in drive and it went forward. I had to stop and slightly reverse because a car was coming toward me on the street I was turning onto. I put it back in drive and tried to turn out of the parking lot. Again the engine was running but the car barely coasted. It acted like it was not changing gears. I pulled across the street because a car was coming into another parking lot. We were almost hit because the car would not go. I parked the car turned it off. Waited a few minutes and restarted it. I got out and the engine sounded slightly off ... It was clicking almost like there was a timing issue. I got back in the car reversed out of the parking spot and went forward. The car started forward and I turned back on to the road. Suddenly the rpm shot up to over 400 and the car lurched forward without applying additional gas. I applied the brakes and kept driving. The rpm ran higher than normal on the way back to kokomo. It was not driving correctly and still acted like it was not shifting gears correctly. I drove it to the nearest dealership in kokomo, in. Erik's chevrolet and they could not find any issues. When pressed they tried to say it was overdue for an oil change which is not true. The indicator just came on right before this happened. It has ~7200 miles but it has fully synthetic oil. Then they tried to say it was low on oil and the oil life was zero and that caused the issue. Again not true because it was at 4% and I checked it periodically as stated in the manual. There is a recall related to an ecm malfunction. I am concerned this is related and the fix may not complete.
CategoryPower Train, Unknown Or Other
DateSep 23, 2019
StateIL
Description
Car not wanting to get up to speed when pulling onto busy roadway. Feels like it creeps up to speed slowly feels like it is not in accurate gear.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateSep 20, 2019
StateNE
Description
Vehicle stalls, won't accelerate. This happens on a daily basis. I will completely stop or slow down then try to accelerate and the car won't move. It takes a couple minutes to get going faster than 5-10mph. Extremely dangerous and scary. This has happened on the highway, streets, and everywhere else I've driven. It does it when I turn, or just go forward. I've had multiple situations where I could've been in accidents. I bought this car brand new in december and it's happened every day since.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateSep 18, 2019
StateOK
Description
Taking off from a stop sign trying to accelerate into traffic at which point the car shifted through a couple of years with no acceleration or power behind it I was maybe going 12mph as it shifted through to 3rd gear about a 8-10 second delay. I had plenty of time to make it if I would've been in any other vehicle. I was almost t-boned. I just bought this car 2 days ago
CategorySteering, Unknown Or Other
DateSep 18, 2019
StateKS
Description
I have taken my car into the dealership 2 different times now because of the steering wheel randomly shaking while going down a straight road. They have tried to replicate it but it seems to do it randomly. Ive noticed it is around 38 mph. If my hands barely come off of the steering wheel it starts shaking back and forth. This is happening just driving around the city on straight roads. Once I put my hands back on the wheel it stops. They cannot seem to figure out what it is. It has happened randomly ever since I purchased my car brand new about a year ago.
CategorySteering
DateSep 16, 2019
StateIL
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. While driving 45 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact released the accelerator pedal and depressed the brake pedal while approaching a stop. The contact managed to steer the vehicle to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to bredemann chevrolet (1401 w dempster st, park ridge, il 60068, (847) 655-1485) where it was diagnosed that the steering assist software needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 6,000.
CategorySteering
DateSep 16, 2019
StateTX
Description
My car has been in and out of the dealership service department for months because of a "sticking" sensation in the steering while driving the car at highways speeds. The first time I noticed this issue was shortly after buying the car in sept of 2018. During a trip out to east texas I noticed the steering wasn't responding to the slight adjustment I was making to remain in my lane of traffic, like it was stuck or "turned off". I had to apply a little greater force to the steering to remain in my lane of traffic and when I did I overcorrected and almost hit another vehicle. This has been ongoing for months now, even just about a year now, and gm doesn't seem to truly care. The service department at my dealership has done so many tests on the car but each time they cannot seem to duplicate the issue, or that is what I'm being told at least. And each time I take it to the dealership I am given another gm car to drive and strangely enough I don't have any issue with the loaner car(s) I have driven that have the electric steering. The car is not safe to drive on the highway. That's the bottom line and gm is not doing anything to address it.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateSep 16, 2019
StateMS
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. While driving approximately 45-50 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle hesitated. Additionally, the vehicle vibrated abnormally while driving on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to petro chevrolet (4012 14th st, pascagoula, ms 39567, (228)813-0262) to be diagnosed, but the mechanic was unable to retrieve a fault code or duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateSep 12, 2019
StateCA
Description
I was driving in the city, heavy traffic, when with no warning the engine light and traction light came on, and message reduction in power also came on. I could not move faster than 20 miles an hour. I obstructed traffic trying to get off the street, and drivers honked and yelled trying to avoid hitting me. I parked and turned off car and restarted twice. It drove normally but check engine light still remained on. I will see dealer but no warnings or error messages are on now. I am terrified to take passengers or drive on the freeway, or at night.
CategoryAir Bags
DateAug 30, 2019
StateIA
Description
I was driving home after work on a gravel road, the road pulled me into a ditch where I then impacted on a concrete slab but none of my airbags went off leaving me vulnerable to life sustaining injuries. I ended up with broken ribs and bruises all over because my airbags did not go off in my car accident.
CategoryElectronic Stability Control, Service Brakes, Steering
DateAug 23, 2019
StateMD
Description
During operations while turning car locked up; lost power, lost steering. With engine running the radio and ac shut off. Drifted to shoulder of road. Illuminated dash lights: power steering drive with care, traction control, emergency brake, abs light, temp showed cold, no gear indicator light. Operated car less than 5mph approx. 1/4 mile and shut engine off. During operations it sounded as though brakes were on (screeching/clanking). Once engine shutdown stabilitrak light illuminated intermittently with power steering. Doors would not unlock, windows would not go down (trapped in vehicle 10 min). Brake pedal locked, car would not start. 45 min later car started. All illuminated lights cleared, check engine light illuminated. Vehicle towed to dealership. Dealership investigated. Several fault codes were present. Each fault code pertained to vehicles communication. Vehicle lost communication with everything. Dealership stated difficult/impossible to follow any sort of direction for fix. Dealership drove car and could not replicate incident. Asked me to drive and recreate problem then to bring back. Car is unsafe. Instantly locked up during operation, trapped me inside, left me stranded and scared me. Refuse to drive. Gm was contacted; awaiting guidance.
CategoryService Brakes, Service Brakes, Hydraulic
DateAug 20, 2019
StateAL
Description
Tl* the contact owned 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that while turning at a low speed into a driveway the brake pedal was depressed however, the vehicle independently accelerated to approximately 60 mph and crashed into a tree. The air bags did deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a fractured right foot, whiplash, and several bruises which required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to weil towing and storage. The vehicle was not repaired. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were contacted or notified of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was previously repaired under nhtsa campaign number: 18v576000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The approximate failure mileage was 15,000. *tr
CategoryEngine
DateAug 19, 2019
StateFL
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle would vibrate and shake each time after being refueled. When the contact attempted to restart the vehicle, it stalled. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to coggin chevrolet (10880 philips hwy, jacksonville, fl 32256, (904) 342-6447) where it was diagnosed, but no failure code was found. A week later, the vehicle was taken to beaver chevrolet (3494 philips hwy, jacksonville, fl 32207, (904) 398-3036) where it was diagnosed that the purge valve and the charcoal canister needed to be placed. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the same dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer contacted the manufacturer and informed them that a failure code could not be found. The manufacturer provided a case number. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000.
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateAug 16, 2019
StateMI
Description
I have had my car in twice for my issue now. When attempting to accelerate the engine light comes on and I have to push the gas to the floor to get the car to move. First time it happened as I was getting on the expressway last time was pulling out onto a busy road during rush hour and almost got into an accident because of this. Both dealers I have taken it to for this issue have pulled the same trouble code and neither will repair the knock sensor that the code is for. I keep getting told to just drive it until it happens again and the engine light is on to bring it back in. My issue is when you restart the car the light will be off and they never have any appointments available for at least a week. I have contacted gm directly and basically been told the same as the dealer to just drive it til it happens again. I feel that not only my saftey but the safety of others on the road is in jeopardy because of this. I dont know what else to do at this point/ between insurance and my lease payment im paying 0 a month for a car that im now nervous driving not just that now if I were to get into an accident because of the issue that ive had it in for twice im gonna be stuck with trying to come up with an extra 00 for my deductible. Any help I can get would be greatly appreciated
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Power Train
DateAug 01, 2019
StateNV
Description
23000 miles on a used vehicle. Acceleration/low power, the vehicle does not receive any power until 4000 rpms, gas pedal can be pushed down and still takes it time to accelerate. Mpg is currently averaging 18 mpg advertised as 27-37 mpg
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Power Train
DateJul 31, 2019
StateWI
Description
Vehicle frequently has an issue accelerating. When pulling out into traffic or departing from a red light, the vehicle fails to move more than approximately 5 miles an hour for approximately 5-10 seconds. You can have the gas pedal pushed to the floor and still the car has serious hesitation and delay of acceleration. This is extremely dangerous. It is a mystery if you are going to pull out into traffic and not move or maybe the car will accelerate normal. You will not know until you try!
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateJul 31, 2019
StateCA
Description
The air conditioning works when it wants to! I believe this is a safety issue for a driver , driving in 100+ heat. The chevy service department said this is a problem with the malibu and cruse. It has been serviced and needed freon and that was done and it worked for a half day. It started on first day or purchase 7/23-31/2019
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateJul 30, 2019
StateTX
Description
Head lamp low beam goes out after driving a few miles. I have changed the bulb twice. This is a common issue with this vehicle.
CategoryElectrical System, Fuel/propulsion System, Unknown Or Other
DateJul 26, 2019
StateWI
Description
Transmission system is not performing as expected. An issue has been detected in the ignition system which oversees the timing and spark necessary to ignite fuel into the engine. Gm and chevrolet dealerships are claiming there is no problem however engine light comes on and on-star reports problems and nothing is fixed. Brand new car with 8600 miles and less then a year old.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateJul 24, 2019
StateOH
Description
'engine being reduced' popped up while I was driving on the highway. My speed was then slowed down to 20mph. This is very dangerous!! Went to autozone to have a diagnosis test performed results said it was throttle body/accelerator pedal.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateJul 19, 2019
StateTX
Description
I was driving down the highway at 75 mph, when an error message came up saying 'reduced engine power' and something about traction control. Then my speed was reduced and I could not accelerate. I had to quickly pull off to the shoulder so I would avoid being hit by oncoming 18 wheelers. I turned the car off and back on. The engine light has remained on, but speed was ok. I ready that this could be due to the throttle body or throttle positioning sensor. What can I do????
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateJul 17, 2019
StateMD
Description
I purchased mt 2018 chevy malibu in october 2018, brand new. My vehicle experiences low power/hesitation at all speeds. This is especially evident when turning/pulling out onto an intersection from a stop. There is no acceleration at all. I took it to the dealer & test drove it with the mechanic. During the drive, the car displayed the symptoms and I was told it is because of the '6 speed automatic transmission and also the auto stop'. The car would not accelerate to pull out into an intersection. I put the car in park and when shifting back to drive the transmission slammed into gear and the accelerator barely responded and the car constantly revves over 5,000 rpm's. The car does not accelerate when I push the gas pedal, even when I push it to the floor and seems like the car has no power. This is a serious safety issue as I have almost been hit multiple times by oncoming traffic. A recall definitely needs to be released before someone gets injured or killed. Current problems I have had since day 1 of owning the vehicle: 1. Going at a steady pace then pressing the gas, the car does not want to go. 2. Taking off from a stop, the car does not want to go. 3. Pulling into traffic without coming to a complete stop, I try to accelerate and the car does not want to go. 4. Going normal speed and trying to accelerate, the car does not want to go. 5. Revving over 5000 rpms 6. Revving over 5000 rpms and not going anywhere. 7. Making a turn, the car is trying to 'coast' and does not go when I press the gas.
CategoryPower Train
DateJul 14, 2019
StateNJ
Description
Regarding bulletin no.: 18-na-297: historically, if a vehicle is not in "park" the neutral safety switch prevents the engine from starting. In the case of the chevy malibu, and similarly affected vehicles, this is not the case. While the display reads, "shift to park," the operator can still start the vehicle. I understand that a dead battery as a result of this malfunction is an inconvenience, but if left un-repaired, this could lead to vehicle lunging if the vehicle was left in any forward gear, or reverse. I believe that the term "neutral safety switch," has been replaced by general motors in order to avoid using the word safety. Rather, they use terms like "bcm," and "shifter assembly," to circumvent criticism of a potentially serious problem. As the average mileage appears to be just short of the warranty expiration, gm is leaving a sizable repair bill to consumers that can afford to pay it, and forcing "back yard work arounds" to those who can not. I would respectfully request that the nhtsa look further into the issue, as well as the semantics employed by general motors. Sincerely, [xxx] redacted to protect personally identifiable information pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6). *cc *tr
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateJul 10, 2019
StateGA
Description
Takata recall my car stalls when I'm at the light. It take about 10 seconds before it get in full speed.
CategoryEngine
DateJul 06, 2019
StateMD
Description
Takata recall - when I put in park and turn off engine, it is still running. I have to jiggle the park several times until it goes off. This is reoccurring more and more. Bayside in prince frederick, md has said others have come in with this problem also.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateJul 05, 2019
StateMD
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. While attempting to merge onto the highway, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to accelerate. After a few minutes, the vehicle accelerated. The contact stated that the failure occurred ever since the vehicle was purchased three months ago. The vehicle was taken to chiswell chevrolet of thurmont (111 frederick rd, thurmont, md 21788) where it was determined that the vehicle was performing according to standards. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 4,000.
CategoryEngine, Unknown Or Other, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJul 02, 2019
StateKS
Description
My car is lagging when I come from a complete stop. It sputters at times when I accelerate. My car is also making a vibration noise when I accelerate, slow down, turning, on highway, city streets and when I'm coasting. This start happening when my vehicle reached 13,000 miles. I almost got into four accidents due to this issue. There need to be a recall asap! I'm pretty sure that is not going to be one until someone dies because of it.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateJun 18, 2019
StateVA
Description
While driving my 2018 malibu with only 7500 miles on it, the car would not accelerate. I pushed the gas pedal to the floor and the car had no power and I almost was in a crash with another vehicle. A lot of lights came on the dashboard and the gauges went to zero. An error message displayed that said something like engine power reduced and the check engine light came on. The gas gauge and others acted like the car was shut off. This is very dangerous for me and my family as traffic in the northern virginia area is very heavy. I pulled to the side of the road and shut the car off. I tried to restart it and it would not restart for 10 minutes. When it did restart the check engine light was still on and the car still had very limited power. This needs fixed asap. It is currently at the dealer where I bought it from in november of 2018. I told them about the power problem when I had the first service oil change done and they said there was nothing they could do about it. I bought a new car so that I wouldn't have any problems and now I have to deal with this product that no one wants to fix. Please find a solution to this problem as it is life threatening.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateJun 05, 2019
StateIA
Description
I bought the vehicle in april 2019 with 14,000 miles on it. Since then, the vehicle experiences low power/hesitation at low speeds. This is especially evident when turning/pulling out onto an intersection from a stop. There is no acceleration at all. I took it to the dealer & test drove it with the mechanic. During the drive, the car displayed the symptoms. However, when the mechanic drove it himself, he could not duplicate it. I mentioned the technical service bulletin #19na-032. According to them, this bulletin is not applicable to my vehicle's vin. In doing my own research, my vin falls within the tsb's range. This is a serious safety issue as I've almost been hit multiple times by oncoming traffic. A recall definitely needs to be released before someone gets injured or killed.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMay 30, 2019
StateCA
Description
My car was bought new in december 2018. Starting in april of 2018, with a little over 3000 miles on the car, I began to notice that when I drove the car with a cold start (mornings and after a full day of work) the car would not respond to me pressing on the gas pedal. I would push down, and it would take about 5-8 seconds for the car to actually accelerate at all. This has been happening almost every day for nearly a month. Multiple times, I have pulled out of a driveway and was almost hit by cross traffic because my car literally wouldn't go. We have taken it to the service center twice now, and they haven't been able to pull any codes or find any issues wrong with it. These needs to be resolved before someone is seriously injured. ## vin passed ## chevrolet, malibu, 2018 ##
CategoryEngine And Engine Cooling:exhaust System:emission Control:gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve), Power Train
DateMay 28, 2019
StateNC
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that the rpm gauge increased; however, the transmission gears failed to change over while the vehicle was driving on the highway. As a result, there was a drastic reduction in speed and the contact had to maneuver the vehicle with extreme difficulty to prevent a crash. Initially, performance chevrolet (1005 w ehringhaus st, elizabeth city, nc 27909, 252-338-9100) was unable to replicate and diagnose the failure with the service center manager. Further diagnostic testing was not provided. A dealer test drove the vehicle with the contact and diagnosed that the spacer plate needed to be replaced. A loaner vehicle was provided for two days. The vehicle was not repaired and the contact wanted the vehicle bought back by the dealer if there was no solution. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.
CategoryEngine, Power Train
DateMay 25, 2019
StateAR
Description
Purchased 2018 chevy malibu with 4,200 but new due to it being a dealer courtesy car on 12/18/18, on 1/7/19 the car would not accelerate while stationary in a parking lot attempting to pull out of the parking spot. I put the car in park and when shifting back to drive the transmission slammed into gear and the accelerator barely responded and the car revved to over 5,000 rpm's. I took into superior chevrolet on 1/8/19, on 1/11/19 they still did not know what the issue was and were unable to duplicate it. On 1/4/19 the dealership said they were connecting the car to a machine that would supply the smallest specs of the car to send to gm engineers, on 1/16/19 the gm engineers advised to replace the tcm (transmission control module). Tcm was replaced and the car was picked up on 1/18/19. On 5/22/19 while driving through an intersection the accelerator failed to respond again and revved to 5,500 rpm's. It took approx one minute for the accelerator to respond in the meantime I was almost rear-ended by the car behind me. I took the car back to superior chevrolet on 5/23/19 reporting the accelerator did not respond again as it had in january. The techs were unable to duplicate the issue again and the service manager drove the car home to see if it would duplicate, it did not. On 5/24/19 I was advised they updated the computer and that should resolve the problem this time. The first failure happened at approx 4,700 miles. The second occurring at approx 11,700. The consumer stated upon the 3rd failure the onstar diagnostic stated that there was an issue with the engine and transmission system. *js
CategoryEngine
DateMay 24, 2019
StateOH
Description
Car will lose power when driving. I was turning left crossing traffic and it lost power. Car would not accelerate for 3 seconds essentially it felt like the car stalled even though it was still running. I have had this happen 3 other times as well.
CategoryEngine
DateMay 24, 2019
StateMD
Description
I bought my car a few weeks ago, my check engine light come on and off I have a certified warranty. The warning that pops is when I start my car say 'reduce engine power' and it messes with my lights as well as my gas pedal to where I can't go. It's very dangerous, especially when on the highway.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System, Power Train
DateMay 20, 2019
StateFL
Description
The vehicle loses power after warming up. Vehicle sputters during acceleration and sometimes will not accelerate at all. This almost caused me to get into an accident as I pulled out and pressed the accelerator and the car would not move. There are no lights or codes present. According to online forums there is a tsb for this (19-na-32); it needs to be a safety recall... This is very dangerous.
CategoryPower Train, Unknown Or Other
DateMay 20, 2019
StateTX
Description
At any given time, when vehicle is stationary and shift lever set to 'park', the instrument panel screen displays a 'shift to park' message even with the lever set to the 'park' position. The vehicle seems to be in 'park' however, battery power to the vehicle remains and will not shut off. Car electrical system remains on and honks three times if the key fob is not in range. It is concerning that the vehicle is never fully in 'park' mode or that the vehicle is never fully turned off and can cause an accident if unattended.
CategoryVehicle Speed Control
DateMay 10, 2019
StateKY
Description
My vehicle often doesn't not accelerate as it should. Rpm will read between 3 and 4 rpm speed will not go above 5 to 10 mph. This is a random occurrence but has became more frequent in the last two weeks. It's happening almost daily. Last occurrence was this morning about 8:30am. It happens when coming from a stop. I can push the gas pedal all the way to the floor and the car still will not go above 5 to 10 mph. Rpms will still show normal range for acceleration. I took my vehicle to the dealer for the 5th time only for them to tell me it couldn't be repaired just yet because the accelerator sensor has not failed completely, although it is clear that it is defective. Dealer stated repair would be covered under warranty on my check engine light comes on, and car won't accelerate, indicating that the sensor has failed completely. This is very dangerous because I never know when my vehicle will accelerate at normal speed.
CategoryElectrical System, Unknown Or Other
DateApr 27, 2019
StateFL
Description
My vehicle has an electrical issue with the power windows and the radio. The power windows will stop working if I try to adjust them to the perfect height for me, forcing me to have to press buttons on another window in order to be able to go back to the window that I would like to adjust. This problem is present in all four windows. The major problem is that the car has some sort of power issue that has been recognized by the chevrolet dealerships that I have taken it to but it still has not been fixed. In the middle of driving the car loses power and will not move forward at a regular pace and begins to struggle to move forward while the rpm's build up bringing it close to redlining. At that point it will begin to move and jerk when it finally shifts into gear and will do it a second time immediately after the first jerk and begin to drive normal. It has nearly killed my pregnant wife and myself multiple times. It has nearly gotten my younger cousin and I killed on the expressway by struggling to drive while placing in the path of a oncoming semi. We brought the car in late december of 2018 and the problems started about a few days short of a week into the new year. This car is dangerous and from what I understand there are drivers of the chevy cruze experiencing some of the same issues.
CategoryElectronic Stability Control, Engine, Service Brakes
DateApr 13, 2019
StateFL
Description
I was recently getting on the highway in my 2018 malibu and had absolutely noooo engine power for acceleration! Luckily I was able to get onto the median before I was rear ended by the fast moving cars! Simultaneously the 'engine power reduced', 'service traction control', and 'the 'transmission' service lights came on! Then as I was getting off the highway at the next exit, I went to stop at the light and I had noooo brakes! Luckily I pushed as hard as possible and got my car to stop without a second to spare! I have no doubt that 99% of drivers would have either been seriously injured, or seriously injured someone else in the process of crashing their car! I have a pretty good knowledge of cars , from racing multiple c5 and c6 corvettes, but this problem had me stumped for a while. I took the malibu to multiple gm service departments, and none of the mechanics could come up with a reason why all those systems failed simultaneously, and multiple mechanics all said it was either the brake booster or the master cylinder. I just didn't see either of those parts being the reason for that much of an effect on the car, and luckily I remembered that gm trucks were having a major issue losing brakes due to the vacuum pump. So after an inspection I felt pretty confident that was my brand new malibu's problem, so I went to the parts counter and dropped 0 on my warrantied malibu, and sure enough the car was fine after that! However, a major concern of mine is that the oe vacuum pump was missing chunks of metal, and clearly those chunks of metal are floating around in my engine! So despite my regular maintenance, and even extra maintenance, my confidence is not very high, and I'm constantly waiting for the car to have another problem with the new vacuum pump, engine or brakes!
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateApr 12, 2019
StateFL
Description
I've had the car for about 54 days as of today and at 47 days into owning the car, it is starting to shut off completely in the middle of traffic while stationary when the auto-off shuts the engine off and I would have to wait at least 20 mins minimum until the car would start again. While trying to start the car, it would say battery needs recharge/service stabilitrak. Since having this issue the a/c also stopped working.
CategorySteering
DateMar 25, 2019
StateOH
Description
I rented a 2018 chevy malibu. It seemed to drive and handle great in town, however when I began driving on the interstate I noticed problems. While driving straight for a few miles the steering would 'stick' meaning I had to apply extreme force in order to turn the wheel, once it broke free it was back to normal but after I'd drive straight for a few miles I'd encounter the same issue. When I arrived at my first destination (about 750 miles) I noticed that when I would turn in the parking lot the steering was clicking. I will be returning the car to the rental agency as I don't believe this is safe. Unfortunately yet another reason never to buy a gm car.
CategoryEngine
DateMar 20, 2019
StateMI
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that the vehicle decelerated while driving. Once the engine was restarted, "reduced power" appeared on the instrument panel. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was towed to serra chevrolet (28111 telegraph rd, southfield, mi 48034, (248) 354-6001) to be diagnosed, but the test could not read the codes. The dealer performed a system update. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 18,036.
CategoryEngine, Fuel/propulsion System
DateMar 07, 2019
StateAR
Description
I have had this car 6 months and it has been serviced 3 times for the same issue. While in motion the vehicle does not accelerate properly. When pulling out in traffic with the gas pushed down it slows and then lunges. It also can happen when going with the speed of traffic. (feels like it's slipping). The first time they found pump plunger damage and loose pin in fuel cam follower. The second time they reprogrammed exam with latest ca liberations. I am here now for the 3 time. This vehicle is extremely dangerous and I worry for the safety of myself and kids when driving.
CategoryEngine, Vehicle Speed Control
DateMar 06, 2019
StateTX
Description
Car was not accelerating would not go past 20mphtook to dealer ship took 2 months to figure out it was the knock sensor and also the ecm were out mind you my car had less than 6k miles I'm the first and only owner of it! I bought this car from don ringler with 4 miles. My car was on the high way when this happen.
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateMar 06, 2019
StateKY
Description
I purchased my 2018 malibu in august 2018. I was getting an average 28 mpg until my first oil change in december 2018. After that, I started getting 20-27 mpg city and 14-20 mpg highway. This car will use an entire tank of gas going approximately 210 miles on the interstate. I have taken it back to a certified gm service department, and they tell me that the car has no service codes. I have spoke to a gm manager, and she told me basically the same thing. I have been told that nothing will be done to correct the issue with my car. I'm not understanding why I got excellent gas mileage from the car during the first 6000 miles and now it fluctuates on city roads and is awful on the interstate. I have never drove a car that got better city miles than highway. The car is also very hesitant and shifts hard at times when accelerating. This is not an every day occurrence, but happens 6 or 7 times a week.
CategoryExterior Lighting
DateFeb 02, 2019
StateFL
Description
While driving during nighttime:headlights lightbeam reaches only 12 feet in front of car. Level adjustment is at maximum high. Dealer was unable to adjust lights to a higher level
CategoryFuel/propulsion System
DateJan 31, 2019
StateTX
Description
Sometimes, when the throttle pedal is depressed acceleration is immediate and the vehicle performs acceptably with a smooth and consistent rate of acceleration. However, sometimes the vehicle sputters for a while, not for a consistent period of time, and eventually acceleration kicks in and the vehicle performs acceptably. Sometimes when the throttle pedal is depressed, the vehicle accelerates very slowly, with no noticeable sputtering, no gear change and does not kick into acceptable acceleration (I have not tested the vehicle for a long period of time when it had this response so acceleration might eventually kick in). Intermittent delayed acceleration happens when the throttle pedal is depressed at a stop or when the vehicle is moving at various speeds. Intermittent delayed acceleration is a safety hazard. For example, when entering a freeway with heavy trucks traveling at 75 mph or more, the driver of a vehicle with intermittent delayed acceleration would not know if it would be safe to merge into traffic. If acceleration was smooth and consistent, the driver could anticipate the vehicles performance and merge safely. If delayed acceleration occurred, the vehicle might be able to merge safely providing the freeway onramp had enough length and the oncoming traffic had enough space between vehicles. However, since the delayed acceleration is intermittent and when it occurs, the delay is not consistent, the merging vehicle could potentially be rear-ended by a heavy truck resulting in severe injury or death.
CategoryVisibility/wiper
DateDec 20, 2018
StateIL
Description
All windows get extremely foggy & visibility is poor & I can barely see.
CategorySteering
DateDec 16, 2018
StateKS
Description
Steering wheel seems to stick in the straight-ahead position after driving 10 miles on a straight highway above 60 mph, the steering wheel can be turned but it requires increased effort
CategorySteering
DateDec 13, 2018
StateOH
Description
After driving the car for 30 minutes or more, the steering wheel will stick in the straight position. When trying to make lane corrections, the wheel will jerk left or right causing the car to move abruptly. The vehicle was taken to a chevrolet dealer for evaluation, the service writer called it 'stick/slip' and said it was common on older malibus. Of course,the concern could not be duplicated by the dealer. Vehicle has acted up several times since dealer visit.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateDec 03, 2018
StateCA
Description
Bought this car brand new in august 2018. When I drive it sometimes it looses power when I'm driving from a stop or while picking up speed and it doesn't matter if it's on the freeway or on the street. The only way I can describe it is it's like the transmission gets stuck in a high gear and slowly builds speed up. It is very dangerous to drive it like this.
CategoryEngine, Power Train, Vehicle Speed Control
DateNov 23, 2018
StateIN
Description
I bought this car brand new 9/28/2018 with 2 miles on it. Every once in a while the car will stick at 3400 rpm's, making almost no power, while trying to accelerate. The car will do this from a stop or trying to pass a car. Brought to dealer for 4 days, they couldn't duplicate the issue as it doesn't happen all the time(eye roll) it is a major safety concern as it will give you a false sense of security when moving into or around traffic and is very dangerous. Monitoring the car thru the obdii port I personally found it not building boost from the turbo when it's having this problem, unfortunately the dealers can't see this problem...
CategorySteering
DateNov 21, 2018
StateMN
Description
I rented a 2018 malibu (11k miles) with the 1. 5 ecotech engine from hertz in lakeville, mn starting 10/31/18. No vin but it was rental record #147556754, vehicle #02298, license #il aw71337. We put approx 1100 miles on it the first two days - all interstate driving. On the highway, the steering wheel became 'stuck'. To make small lane corrections or change lanes, I had to moderately force the steering wheel to turn. It was comparable to having a 'catch' in the steering. Once the force was made, the car automatically moved 1/4 to 1/2 a lane left or right depending on which way I was turning. After the first two days, the car seemed to work fine. Maybe it was because the weather was cooler after the first couple days - not sure. I did report this to the local hertz customer service person and she said they would look at it. Personally, I consider this a gm issue vs a hertz issue.
CategoryEngine
DateNov 14, 2018
StateTX
Description
This is the third time this instance has occured. The vehicle dash stated "reduced engine power" and the check engine light appears. This slows the vehicle to an almost complete stop. Luckily I have either been in traffic, in a parking lot and a green light when this happens but this is an issue. I am in motion.
CategoryAir Bags
DateSep 04, 2018
StateVA
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. While driving 4 mph, the contact's vehicle was struck by another vehicle on the driver's side. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact suffered minor bruises and the contacts wife suffered head injuries. Medical attention was required. The vehicle was towed to the insurance company for inspection. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic for diagnostic testing or repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 1,000. **tr consumer stated the car was deemed totaled from our insurance company. When leaving a stop light we were hit on driver side- the drivers head hit the drivers side window upon impact. The driver was knoocked out and transported to local hospital then to a larger hospital. No airbags (even the side curtain airbags) deployed. Updated 10/20/18*jb
CategoryElectrical System, Electronic Stability Control, Engine
DateAug 14, 2018
StateKY
Description
The first time the vehicle shut off was cruising out of a parking lot, it did so for a split second. The next time was at my house, I needed to go run to the store. I tried starting it. It said "shift to park" but I was in park. Then it said "service stabilitrack system", and then something along the lines of "power steering service required". I waited and tried for hours and then eventually called for a tow truck.
CategoryEngine
DateJun 04, 2018
StateIL
Description
Tl* the contact owns a 2018 chevrolet malibu. The contact stated that the automatic stop feature caused the vehicle to stop while in motion. While the vehicle was stopped, it would stall. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was taken to zeigler chevrolet schaumburg (1230 e golf rd, schaumburg, il 60173, (847) 882-2200), but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage and vin were not available.
CategoryElectrical System, Engine
DateMar 09, 2018
StateIN
Description
I was driving my 2018 chevy malibu ls that I haven't owned for more then 30 days and my check engine light came on in the driveway when I started it up to let it warm since it was winter so I took it to christenson chevrolet in highland indiana and the code u01b0 came up which is the battery sensor module and the dealer told me there is no fix for it and engineering is looking into it and the paperwork they gave me shows they have had this problem with the 2017 and 2018 models and no fix yet. They are selling cars with defects and I told them I wanted a different model or same model and they told me I had to talk to corporate which I did and corporate told me I had to talk to the dealer so now I am in the workings of filing a lawsuit for lemon law since they have no intention on fixing this problem since now the remote start won't work since this issue and corporate isn't doing anything which is fine because the courts will work this out chevrolet use to be a good reliable company but not anymore
CategoryElectrical System, Exterior Lighting, Unknown Or Other
DateJan 25, 2018
StateID
Description
My right blinker and brake light keep shorting out. It will be fine for a few days and then stop working. Also, the interior carpet is too short and keep coming out of the trim in the front area s of the vehicle.
CategoryAir Bags
DateOct 24, 2017
StateWA
Description
Hit deer driving highway speed, drivers side. Damage to headlight, blinker, grill, bumper and side panel. Was called by onstar due to airbag being deployed. However, airbag did not deploy. There was a burning odor in car for short period of time after incident.

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23 COMMENTS
  • Vanessa H

    I own a 2018 Chevy Malibu and I’ve already spent thousands of dollars to fix issues described above. Reduced engine power causing my car to slow on the interstate. Very scary! I have the shift to park issue that remains unfixed. Today may car flashed Stabilitrak warning with the check engine light flashing. I pulled off the road and shut the car off for a few minutes. The lights no longer displayed the warnings, but the RPMs stayed high, even when at a complete stop. The auto stop doesn’t engage. The RPM gage jumps passed the 3000 mark as it shifts between gears.

  • Antwon

    I purchased a 2018 Chevy Malibu back in 2018 and one of my main concern was the auto stop feature when I press brake and come to a complete stop engine shuts off but if I don’t hold brake firmly down the car will roll back then restart once brakes pedal is released

  • Geoff

    Hi, Bought a 2018 Chevy Malibu e 1 year and 2 months ago, and it had 22,000 on it and in one year at 60,000 miles I was at light and when light turned green my engine light came on my transmission started jumping and I got it to about 45 miles an hour and low speed light came on engine missing and the worst at 45 miles and hour my brakes stopped working because engine and electronics had issue and I had to use two feet on brake and put car in neutral to slow car downs and thank God was able get car stopped on side road. Diagnosis was my abs brake hose broke and engine blew out and put cam shaft metal I in oil and oil dumped out car in total 2 minute car warning. Had warranty they fixed engine and now 10,000 more miles since new engine and it not shitting off at lights and missing and worried engine going to blow out again and afraid for brakes to quit on me also again because engine. Part that ruined engine called brake vaccine hose which they have hooked to engine which older cars never had. Ready to trade car but still owe 18,000 so under water

  • Emerson U

    My wife bought his vehicle in late 2018 and had had nothing but electrical issues with it the dealership doesn’t know what the problem is and it will sometimes not start when cold and then start 2 seconds later and then shut off and other times it’s fine this is ridiculous it’s a brand new car with less than 70000 on it I don’t have these issues with my 20 year old sierra Chevy has really gone downhill.

  • Greg L

    Same issues! Shift to park error at 48K miles. Had to pay several hundred dollars to replace “shifter assembly” etc. Within the same year I recorded my car as my car displayed “engine power reduced” as I was merging on route 13 in Md. I was scared to death somebody was going to rear end me at 60mph. My mother was following me and called wondering WTF was happening. They told me that the accelerator pedal etc. had to be replaced. Why the heck do we have to spend our money fixing these wide known issues!!!!! (I always took it to the dealership each time, kept records, receipts, etc.)

  • Bobbie F

    Purchased a 2018 Chev Malibu and the problems are continuing. 1st I had the Shift to Park – scheduled appointment and the repair guy said they have a “quick fix” but it’s going to happen again. It’s a common thing in the Malibus. It pops back up every now and then. Next, I had the reduction in power – that’s a doozy driving in rush hour traffic. It does that whenever. The one now is “steering assist is reduced”. It’s combined with the eco thing – car stops and all the screens go black. Then the car starts back up. Happened this morning and now the check engine light is on. I am beyond disgusted with this car. This is a piece of crap and the last time I buy a Chevrolet. Previously I had a Chevrolet Impala – no need to discuss that crap.

  • Amanda W

    I just purchased one of these nightmare cars used 8 days ago and i already have every single problem listed above. I did not want this car but we had zero credit and its the only car they would even let me look at. I was hit in june and my vehicle i had for 625000 miles was totaled out so i had to buy a car and now i have this pos and i just want to cry. Ive lost 2 days of work so far and now im really terrified of how this will go. Used car dealers dont usually fix problems but i was smart enough to buy the extended warranty.

  • Kay

    With all the complaints and problems people are experiencing with these cars I cannot believe that this car has not been deemed unsafe to be in the road. I feel It is awful the way GMC and it’s dealers are allowed to continue to sell and recycle this unsafe car. This is so unethical and unfair

  • Cassandra S

    Purchased my 2018 Chevy Malibu on July 4,2020 it had just over 31,000 miles. I loved it. I was so proud. First new car for me and I’m 49. In less than 2 months I received my lovely “Shift to Park”. I thought maybe I was doing something wrong, nope it just kept happening. I thought maybe something was wrong with the button on the shifter. After a week of this off and on I was on my way to work. I’m a dialysis technician. I have to be at work by 4am, so around 3:30 I’m on the interstate and an exclamation mark pops up!!! Reduced Engine Power!!! Immediately my car sounded like I was on rumble strips. It was losing power. Got down to 25mph. I’m frantically trying to pull over scared as hell it’s 3:30 in the morning! I finally got over on the side of the interstate put it in park… hello Shift to Park!! At this point I’m in tears scared to death I turned the car off. Sat there a few minutes couldn’t get ahold of anyone because it’s the middle of the night!! I tried starting my car. It started but the engine light popped up and I drove on to work. I called the dealership where I bought the car… pretty much sorry about your luck! Then I called a GM dealership and the had me bring it in. No loaner though so I had to miss work for 2 days. This was in September 2020. I picked my car up. I didn’t have to pay it was still under warranty. As soon as I pulled it in my driveway wouldn’t ya know Shift to Park!!! I called the dealership and they had me come right back. The guy drove it around the parking lot it did it to him and he just cleared the code!!! The very next week I’m on my way to work and again!!!!Reduced Engine Power!! I pull off the interstate almost getting hit this time!!! Again I take it back to the certified dealership and once again he resets the code!!! In the weeks and months since then sometimes it does it and sometimes it doesn’t however last week it was every day. My engine light will not go off. Shift to park keeps me in the car a good 20 minutes each time I drive it. I have no choice. I have to drive it it’s the only car I have. I called the dealership two days ago because I was turning my car off and on for every trip I made. My car is at 47,000 miles now so my warranty is gone. I found a special coverage clause that said it would pay for repairs on Malibu’s with the reduced engine power however the certified dealership I went to once again wanted me to pay $400 for parts and labor because it “threw” the wrong code… ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! I had to decline the repair. I can’t afford it right now. It cost me a $128 for them to tell me they wanted $400 more!! I drove home. I’m so sick. Just paid my car payment yesterday. I’ve been researching and trying to find any kind of options. No luck so far. I saw this and thought I’d share. I’m so disappointed and scared every time I drive. I have a 10 year old. I don’t know what to do. I have to work. It’s not right for people to make bad products especially automobiles that we pay 10’s of thousands of dollars for!!! It’s awful. I don’t understand why the company wouldn’t want it returned immediately!! It’s a death trap. I can’t afford another car. I shouldn’t have to. GM should replace it.

  • Toya

    I am so glad I am not the only person who is going through this. I got my 2018 Malibu in 2018 used it had 23,000 miles on it. The reduced speed came on all the time driving everywhere. People would get on my bumper I’m like u may as well go around. Even on the interstate I finally got it fixed and two years later the light popped on but didn’t slow down I’m scared. In the meantime picking my daughter up from work pulled out thought I did something wrong until I saw something say shift to park. Had to leave my car sitting in that parking lot running for 3 hours with inside electronics on. I was hurt. I love the look of the car but the performance is way beyond sub par. Now I have to have my car towed and hope my extended warranty pays for it. I don’t even want my car anymore either. I feel like we all need to go to the local news outlets and any kind of media and complain GM needs to be held accountable. Give us our money back… a different vehicle or unlimited Rosie warranty. Driving the car is like driving a snail. No speed just not too much to be proud of except the sexy sleek look of the car! Shame on them!

  • Amy

    I hate this car! Purchased 2018 chevy Malibu LT. so many issues. 1st was the shift to gear, when it was in gear. That’s still comes and goes. Next was random reduce engine mode. My car in the middle of traffic will not go above about 20. Next radomly won’t restart from auto start. Break pedal wouldn’t go down, car would not start due to the break for push start. Replaced break booster, started up great ran for about 30 min then shut it off. Active recall but called dealership they told me that the would charge me 145 just to hook it up. I am at a lose. I hate this car and wish I didn’t get it. I feel stuck with a lemon. Running out of money and patience. Nothing but problem since day 1. Well actually month 2.

  • Lucero P

    I have a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, I got home from work I parked my car , in the morning I tried to start my car and it wouldn’t start , I don’t know what’s wrong with it !!

  • Melvin S

    2016 Mailbu: When I stop and put it in park a light comes on saying “Shift to Park” and it is already in park. When this happens I cannot lock the doors and the driving lights stay on.

  • KM

    I bought my 2018 Malibu with 7 miles on it, for a few months now it keeps saying shift to park while the car is in park and Chevrolet said it will be $450 to fix it. I have read many complaints about this issue and they will not recall it to fix it.

  • Paola J

    I purchased a 2018 Malibu in March of 2018 and from the start I’ve had issues with it. First the sunroof went out, then I had issues with the transmission the car would not speed up, then it was the injectors. Luckily all of that was died under the warranty but the latest issue with the car is the AC compressor it went out and here in Houston we have very hot summers. I have a car that I can not use and the part is on back order with not date of availability. I have a new born and a 5 year old an unreliable vehicle that I cannot use.

  • Emily S

    i bought my 2018 malibu and the throttle body sensor went out twice within a three month span. The reduced engine power constantly came on and they said it was because of the throttle body sensor. now a few months later my car will not shift to park and because if that i cannot turn my car off. Never will buy a malibu again.

  • Bahasha S

    I purchased my Malibu in January 2019. Here it is in March 2020 they’re having to rebuild my motor because of the pistons. The dealer stated that GM will not replace the motor with a new one. I was on the freeway and my car suddenly lost power which was the scariest situation. Thankfully the traffic behind me was able to go around me. The car is under warranty but the dealership doesn’t want to extend the warranty; which I feel isn’t fair. I only have a little over 36,000 miles on my car. I don’t want it anymore because I can’t trust it to be dependable.

  • Christina A

    2018 Chevy Malibu.

    First started with corroded wires under the car which has lead to the USB port melting my cellphone charger which was fixed but after that the ac/heater only would blow out the defroster that got fixed. Car had about 20,000 miles. My car had a recall for the ECM module needed updated but auto nation said it didn’t need to be updated after getting my car back it wouldn’t start I would have to lock it unlock it open the door a few times and then it would start, so my battery got fried because something was draining it paid 200$ for a new one because auto nation said they didn’t touch the car because it didn’t need an update but what gets me is they had to plug into it to find out it didn’t need an update, then the car started saying (shifter to park) got GM corporate involved and they made an appointment 1/13/2020 at Chapman for me to take my car in to figure out that I needed a new wiring harness from the shifter to the transmission and they updated the ECM module but yet auto nation said it didn’t need the update, so basically the auto nation doesn’t want to take responsibility for the car messing up. I sat at auto nation for 45 minutes and they didn’t touch my car. Something isn’t right and no one wants to take responsibility.
    Yesterday I picked my car up from Chapman 1/27/2020, they replaced the wiring harness from the shifter to the transmission, today 1/28/2020 I’m getting the same message “shift to park”. I’m getting tired of the run around with Brittany and having 3-4 other people call that doesn’t know the situation and don’t know what to do with this situation. So now the miles are at 59,000 miles no warranty. This isn’t a reliable car. GM said is our fault why this happen that is what Taylor the advisor told us today 2/3/2020

  • Gabriel

    Reduce engine speed has came on for the 4th time and they keep saying it’s because of my subwoofer and all they do is turn the check engine light light offf happens every 2-4 mounts since owned the cars only have 28000 got it with 12 miles I won’t ever buy a Malibu again

  • Bryon C

    Is there a solution to fix the 2018 chevy malibu ‘reduce engine power’ problem?? Please help!

  • Glenn L

    I have been thru alot of issues with my Malibu and finally GM reprogrammed my cars motor which improved its performance but now I have been getting noise from the motor plus last night the motor started acting funny. Also found a defect with the third break light where the plastic has broke.

  • JenG

    I bought a 2018 Chevy Malibu lt. Ever since i bought it the take off has been rough i thought it was just because the vehicle has the stop/go shut off however 4mths after i bought it the Stabilitrak light came on as well as a flashing engine light but upon stopping and turning the car off it cleared. When the Stabilitrak light comes on the car feels like it doesnt grip the road. About a month later the Stabilitrak light came on again with the flashing engine light except this time the light stopped flashing and remained on so i took it to a shop and they said the engine had a misfire. I work for a chevy dealership and had it put into service they cleared the code and stated there was no misfire. On my way home the light came on again they looked at it and ordered parts (pistons) needed to be replaced. The car has been in the shop since 08/08/2019 today is 08/13/2019 its expected to be ready tomorrow. I hate that i even purchased this vehicle the dealership that i bought it from wont exchange the car so here i am with a 5yr note on a car that isnt safe and the engine has already had major work done to it. I contacted gm they basically said they can not determine what will happen when the work is completed but that it is warrantied. If they feel like this car is okay then they can have it and own it. These are known issues so to mean in a way they are just stealing money from people that are buying these defective cars. I cant trade it in so i’m just stuck with a horrible vehicle. Lucky for me i work for the dealership and i trust the guys that work here but the fact is that most of these cars are fixed and have the same problem later on.

  • Juliana N

    Purchased a Malibu 2018 Premier in July and a month later the car while driving it, it slowed done to almost a complete stop. Car was towed the next day to the dealership and is been one month and they still can’t fix the problem. I honestly don’t want this car anymore it doesn’t feel safe.

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