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With this redesign, Malibu ranked among the best family sedans, thanks to responsive handling, a composed ride, and a quiet interior. But its fuel economy fell short in both four-cylinder or V6 versions. 
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There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Chevrolet Malibu owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Noise when turning corners”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“The lower left front control arm was worn/loose and needed replacing”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

“Both front strut bearings had seized and needed to be replaced”

Bill R., AB (2008 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Lower control arm bushing worn. This allowed the wheel to move slightly when braking and causing the car to veer off to one side slightly”

Douglas C., WI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“power steering makes squeezing noise when the weather is cold. has been diagnosed by gm technician”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Steering wheel vibration and noises were repaired through the recall repair”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“recall on electric power steering”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“sticking, causing a 'thumping' sound when turning slowly”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Strut mounting top bearing assy failure is premature”

Bryan P., AB (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“Broken rear coil spring needed replacement. Also, both front strut bearings had seized and needed replacement”

Bill R., AB (2008 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“had two broken rear springs which i did not really notice”

Douglas C., WI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“car makes noises when I turn, and the parts of steering wheel had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Power assisted linkage had problems”

Edward R., MA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Expensive repair replacing steering linkage between the two front wheels. INVOICE: Remove and replace steering gear $672.17. Remove and replace center link $298.12. Front end alignment 94.65. Grand total w/tax etc. $1121.57. Mechanic said replaced equipment was redesigned and will not give out like the original”

William S., OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“recall, repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Turned out to be a belt in the steering column that had come loose and needed to be replaced”

Beth B., NC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“dealer determined replacement required. car has extended warranty”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Wheel bearing locking”

Edward R., MA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Noise when traveling at highway speeds”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Front wheel bearing failure at 60000 miles”

N S., MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

“CAR IN CRUISE CONTROL WILL DROP OUT OF CRUISE CONTROL AND WILL NOT GO BACK IN FOR AN UNK PERIOD OF TIME. OCCASIONALLY WILL NOT GO INTO CRUISE CONTROL. SPORADIC. DEALER SAID COULD NOT LOCATE A PROBLEM”

Ed W., AR (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The cruise control would just quit for no reason”

Anonymous, GA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had problems with ESC sensor, when it was lit it would negate the cruise control and radio. The dealer did not think the sensor was affecting the radio and wanted to replace the radio at over a $450.00 cost. However, once the ESC sensor issue was r”

Yvonne M., PA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The cruise would randomly quit or stay on!”

Tim T., IN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

“To change a headlight bulb you have to take off the whole front end off. To quote another consumer "the person that designed this should be shot" Of course it is basically not a mistake but a marketing ploy to ensure that with higher efficiency vehic”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“lens fade”

Anonymous, KS (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS Unsure)

“Replacing headlights on this model requires that entire front end is removed to access costing about $225 for a $40 part . A ridiculous design”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“In order to replace the headlight the whole front trim panel of the car must be removed making it impossible for a do at home fix”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Turn signals do not always self cancel on turning a corner. It is intermittent - sometimes they cancel, and sometimes they don't”

Hugh H., IN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“needed to change both brake/turning signal bulbs”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“Dahboard lights go out, even at night. Dealer's service dept. says nothing wrong with them. Cannot find the problem”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“Have taken car to be serviced at least three times because keyless entry does not work. Have to lock manually each individual door and unlock with key. Last time they tried to charge me $300 to repair, called the Chev. Co and they ordered the deale”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Drivers side locking button stopped working. I did not have dealer check it. I just used my remote to lock car instead. Not highly important but just a pain”

Richard G., FL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The solenoids to lock/unlock the 4 doors all failed and had to be replaced ( after the warranty was out of course). I examined them and saw that they were not sufficiently rated for the task and burned up. There were numerous complaints on the Intern”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“need to replace the silicone middle section”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“the door locks have never worked correctly, you don't know which door will unlock or lock if any!!!never will I purchase any GM product!!!”

Tim T., IN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

“After 1st few years the tire monitor indicator light showed an error. One of the gauges stopped emitting a signal. Dealer recalibrated and then another sender stopped working. Now none of them are working and it is very expensive to fix. I liked it w”

Richard G., FL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Continued problems with tire presume monitor system not working and repairs are temporary and expensive and seem to be a trial and error approach”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Warning lights on dash activate often and are expensive to analyze and often are temporary fixes”

Anonymous, AB (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“I was receiving intermittent "Serivce ESC" and "Service TCS System" errors on the driver information center. Turns out the ABS control sensor was failing and was replaced in 2017”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

“rusted out”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“RF caliper did not release brake pistons right away, it took several minutes for them to release. Problem was fixed in early February, recurred in late April, and was repaired a second time under a parts and labour warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“replaced front pads and resurfaced rotors”

Robert T., MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Replace front rotors and calipers”

Richard V., MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“BRAKE PADS”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

“Replacing brakes several times since i have owned the car”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Two complete front brake jobs before 55000 miles. I use for mostly highway driving and the pads wore out completely twice and ruined the rotors”

N S., MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“replaced my brakes twice already considering that only 28000 miles that seems extreme”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The brakes wear unevenly and create a vibration when stopping usually around 6000 after replacement”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors became thin and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Just wore them out with all the miles I drive”

Bill C., CT (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)
Squeaking

“rusted out”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes squeaked when brakes were not being applied. This happened on and off for over a year before the pads were actually worn down. Spraying an anti squeak product stopped the noise for a few weeks then the noise would return. Very irritating”

Richard A., DE (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

“Was taken back at least 6 times for "cleaning"...brakes continuously squeal, squeak. Pricey to replace pads...then squeaking next day”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

“a chirping noise from the rear. nobody seems to know where its coming from”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“CD jammed in player causing failure of radio”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“the radio/cd system cuts out repeatedly. Problem persists for several weeks then normal function resumes for several months, after which the problem re-commences”

Carl B., CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“the radio/cd player cuts out, and then comes back on. The problem persists for a period of weeks, then stops for several months, then commences again”

Carl B., CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Low Volume”

John C., TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“front door speakers just stopped working”

Anonymous, DE (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Need to replace front right speaker in door so I could hear the Onstar directions better”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure Unsure)

“speakers in the door failed. The low fuel, door ajar,etc...chimes use the door speaker. Had to replace both door speakers”

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Both speakers needed to be replace, because we could not hear the ON-star operator when we were stuck on a snow plow furl in Indiana. The remote key openers need to be replace every two years. The computer that controls the door and trunks locks nee”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

“Get warning light re steering. Diagnosed as need for a $600 sensor that needs replacement”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“the windshield gasket squeaks”

J K., PA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“leak in sun roof - drain tube needed replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

“the windshield gasket squeaks”

J K., PA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced the struts in the front of car”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“go over bumps and seats squeaks and it's annoying”

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Sounds like a power steering problem”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“one of the doors does not respond to remote lock and can be only unlocked/locked manually by pulling or pushing on the window lock”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“Three of the four power door locks on the car have failed in the past year. Chevrolet does not consider this a system problem and does not help with the repair. So far it has cost me about $1,000.00”

Hugh H., IN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Locks on all doors now failed to work via key fob. Need to be locked manually”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I think someone had jimmied the lock and with only one door that has a locking mechanism on it, I can't lock my car. I have yet to go to the dealer to see if I can get a 'clicker' because I know it's going to cost. I've had to crawl through the tru”

Sheila B., CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Had to have the transmission replaced after hitting an object in the road. the replacement transmission had problems with the internal wafer that caused the car to stop, jump into gear and reverse became inoperable. this month we received a recall”

Joseph H., OK (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

“After approximately 400 miles having the transmission fluid flushed, the transmission had to be replaced”

John L., MD (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“I had to have my transmission completely rebuilt. I lost two gears and barely made it to the shop. I have never had this problem before. It cost me $3500!”

Kathy M., MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“A part the retails for $5.00, 1 to 2nd wave plate, shattered and destroyed multiple gears and solenoids. It was a know problem which was fixed in the 2009 and up Malibus”

Steven K., TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“I had to have my catalytic converter replaced. I have never had this problem on any other car. It cost me $1000. I believe this car is a lemon. It was not a sellable car, but they sold it anyway”

Kathy M., MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Fuel pump

“Fuel connection cracked, unknown reason. Repair was approx. $1,100”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, KY (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

“Front wheel bearing”

Laszio R., OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

“After the first year, the ESC indicator would light up intermittently while driving. Dealer could not find anything wrong. But after several years, GM had a recall to fix the ESC problem”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Fuel solinoid”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“Just had the radiator assembly and cooling fans replaced. The engine cooling fan shattered (in my parking space), punctured the radiator, causing the cooling fluid to completely drain”

Beth B., NC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Overheating

“The fan remained running after turning the car off”

Anita B., IL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Water pump

“My car was overheating and they replaced my water pump and a belt”

Anita B., IL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“I had to take the car back to the dealer three times so far for issues with the cataytic coverter”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Catalytic converter became very restricted but the problem was very difficult to diagnose. After 6 months of inappropriate engine racing, a computer code indicated the likely cause to my mechanic. Chevrolet replaced the converter under extended war”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“The air conditioner will not get cold or it get's cold and starts blowing hot air. You can't change the temperature level for fear the air will stop being cold. Had it serviced several times and no one has been able to solve the problem”

Anonymous, LA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure Unsure)
Heater system

“Radiator had a leaking plug (universal unit) that caused antifreeze to drip out. Got it fixed, and no more problems”

Steve M., NC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“REAR BUMPER AND SIDE PANEL MOLDING COMING LOOSE. POPS OUT ABOUT 1/4 TO 1/2 INCH AND MUST BE "BUMPED" BY HAND TO GET IT TO GO BACK IN. BOTH SIDES. DEALER SAID ONLY FIX WAS TO REPLACE REAR BODY PANE(S)”

Ed W., AR (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint fading on bumpers. Paint corrosion on hubcaps”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Some kind of seal in the engine had to be replaced”

Lori B., CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“The engine light came on. In order to pass smog inspection I had to replace the solenoid. This was a difficult feat because everyone one except one dealer swore that I had to replace my transmission. This Chevy dealer repaired it for 1,300. This dealer was exceptional. I got a Costco discount”

Charles C., CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Cylinder head went out at 51000 miles. Chevrolet paid 2/3rds and I paid 1/3 of a $3200 bill”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
STEERING
Jul 21 2014
A joint bearing that fails prematurely may cause separation of the u-joint resulting in a complete loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Dorman Products, Inc. (Dorman) is recalling certain replacement intermediate steering shafts sold under the Dorman, OE Solutions, and Solutions brand names, part numbers 425-167, 2425167, and 7-3074, for installation on 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6, and 2007-2009 Saturn Aura vehicles. The affected steering shafts may have a yoke that inadequately supports the u-joint bearing resulting in a premature failure.
What should you do:
Dorman will notify owners, and dealers will refund the purchase price or replace the steering shafts, free of charge. The recall began in September 2014. Owners may contact Dorman customer service at 1-800-523-2492.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14E044000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7304
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
May 14 2014
Any of the above failure conditions increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured May 16, 2003, through October 11, 2012, 2004-2007 Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured June 25, 2003, through April 5, 2007, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured May 26, 2004, through January 4, 2010, and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura vehicles manufactured April 24, 2006, through May 26, 2009. In the affected vehicles, increased resistance in the Body Control Module (BCM) connection may result in voltage fluctuations in the Brake Apply Sensor (BAS) circuit. These fluctuations can cause one or more of these conditions: the brake lights to illuminate without the brake pedal being pushed; the brake lights to not illuminate when the pedal is pushed; difficulty disengaging the cruise control; moving the gear shifter out of the 'PARK' position without pushing the brake; and disablement of crash avoidance features such as traction control, electronic stability control, and panic braking assist features.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will attach the wiring harness to the BCM with a spacer, apply dielectric lubricant to both the BCM and harness connector and the BAS and harness connector, and will relearn the brake pedal home position, free of charge. The manufacturer distributed an Interim letter to customers on July 14, 2014. The recall began on August 18, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-762-2737 (Pontiac), 1-800-553-6000 (Saturn). GM's number for this recall is 13036.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V252000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2440524
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Apr 30 2014
If the transmission shift cable fractures while the vehicle is being driven, the transmission gear selection may not match the indicated gear and the vehicle may move in an unintended or unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash. Furthermore, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, despite selecting the ¿PARK¿ position, the transmission may not be in ¿PARK.¿ If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) notified the agency on April 29, 2014, that they are recalling 56,214 model year 2007 and 2008 Saturn Aura vehicles. On May 22, 2014, GM increased the recall to include an additional 1,074,899 model year 2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured from May 16, 2003, through October 5, 2007, model year 2004-2007 Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured from June 25, 2003, through April 5, 2007, and model year 2005-2008 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured from May 26, 2004, through September 28, 2007, and equipped with 4-speed transmissions. The total number vehicles being recalled is now 1,131,113.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and GM dealers will replace the shift cable assembly and mounting bracket, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-553-6000. GM's number for this recall is 14152.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V224000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1131113
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Mar 31 2014
If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2004-2006 and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2006 Malibu Maxx, 2009-2010 HHR (non-turbo), 2010 Cobalt, 2008-2009 Saturn Aura and 2004-2007 Ion, and 2005-2009 Pontiac G6. In the affected vehicles, there may be a sudden loss of electric power steering (EPS) assist that could occur at any time while driving.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will perform one of four bulletins. Parts are not currently available. GM expects to send an interim notification around May 28, 2014. When parts are available, owners will be mailed a second letter to come in to have the applicable bulletin applied. Bulletin 14115 covers model year 2004-2007 Saturn Ion, 2009-2010 Chevrolet HHR and 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts. Dealers will replace the EPS motor. Bulletin 14116 covers model year 2004-2006 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx, 2005-2006 Pontiac G6 and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from March 1, 2008, through June 27, 2008. Dealers will replace the torque sensor assembly. Bulletin 14117 covers model year 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from February 1, 2008, through February 28, 2008. Dealers will replace the torque sensor assembly and EPS motor controller unit. Bulletin 14118 covers model year 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from October 1, 2007, through January 31, 2008. Dealers will replace the EPS motor controller unit. The recall began on July 17, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, Saturn at 1-800-553-6000, and Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668. GM's number for this recall is N140115. Note: GM bulletin number 14119 will be implemented for model year 2006-2008 and early production of 2009 Chevrolet HHR (non-turbo) and model year 2003 Saturn ION to provide EPS Motor replacement for the life of the vehicle.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V153000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1373177
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:GEAR POSITION INDICATION (PRNDL)
Sep 18 2012
If the tabs were to fracture and separate, the shift lever and the actual position of the transmission gear may not match. The driver would be able to move the shifter to 'PARK' and remove the ignition key, but the transmission gear may not be in 'PARK.' The vehicle may not be able to be restarted and the vehicle could roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible crash without prior warning.
Summary:
General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Saturn Aura and model year 2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 vehicles, equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission. On these vehicles, the tabs on the transmission shift cable end may fracture and separate.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a retainer over the cable end or replace the shift cable as necessary. This service will be performed free of charge. Notification to owners began on on November 9, 2012. Owners were instructed to not bring their vehicles for repair until January 2013. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.
For more information:
General Motors safety recall number 12106. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V460000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 426240
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