Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Chevrolet Malibu

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Vehicles Affected: In two separate actions, GM is recalling 57,605 model-year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Malibu sedans. The vehicles recalled include 42,696 model-year 2014 vehicles manufactured between June 12, 2013, and Nov. 5, 2013, and 14,909 model-year 2013 vehicles manufactured between Oct. 25, 2011, and June 12, 2012. In the latter recall, the affected sedans are equipped with an eight-way power adjustable front seat.

The Problem: In the larger recall, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning control may intermittently become inoperable when the vehicle is started, preventing the windshield defroster from working; this could decrease the driver's visibility and cause a crash. GM said it is unaware of any accidents, injuries or complaints resulting from the problem. In the smaller recall, the wiring harness for the power adjustable front seat may contact the seat frame, which may chafe the harness; this could expose wires, resulting in unintended movement of the seat, inoperability, sparking under the seat, flickering lights, melted wiring, smoke or a fire. GM said it is aware of two unattended fires that extinguished on their own resulting from the problem, but no crashes or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: In the larger recall, GM will begin notifying owners Dec. 6 and dealers will update the electronic climate-control module software for free. In the smaller recall, GM will begin notifying owners in early December and dealers will inspect the wire harness, and repair and secure it as necessary for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-521-7300, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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Comments 

Frustrated

I purchased a 2014 Chevy Malibu. Since keeping track of the last three fill-ups ( actual miles Vs. gals. ) My Average MPG is 17 MPG! Mostly city driving. ( There are now over 2000 miles on the vehicle ). Getting no where near the estimated 25/36 MPG on the window sticker. Will continue to keep detailed records of driving conditions and controlled variables to collect longer term MPG performance. Not to mention the AC was not working due to no Freon in the vehicle. Is GM letting us down? Do I have a Lemon or, are all these performing similar?

Kathy

How can they sell a car with a known recall? I purchased a 2014 Malibu brand new and it has an A/C issue that was a part of a recall. How can they do that?

Troy S.

Looks like a Mali-boo boo Kathy. I'd take issue with the dealer that sold me the car.

crystal m

Im having the worst time with my 2014 malibu. The radiator was steaming, when i turn my air on my car smells like antifreeze. Today i about had to get it towed due to the engine misfiring n my transmissions having a hard time shifting. I think i got sold a lemon . And of course tge dealership cant get me in till thursday and i have 3 kids im glad they car about my safety n my childrens safety not!!! This car is a serious let down.

DJK

Thinking of buying a Malibu? Beware, MPG on my new 2014 is also 17 in the city.That is not acceptable when it is rated for 26 and I am very gentle on the car.

Carrie

I would contact a Lemon Law Lawyer that's what I did with my 2013 Malibu cause they replaced the Air-deflector 5 times on my car and it still has problems

Sandra

so what happen

bob snyder

I bought a 2014 chev. mabilm my mgp soucks I get about 16 to 18 mpg.should get 25 in city but no go what is chev..talking about 25 in the city to me we the people who write about our cars should file a complaint about our lemons we should b able to return them for what we paid for them lets go for it people show them we mean business .

Danny Stark

I purchased a 2014 Chevy Malibu December 27 2013 and have just over 5000 miles on it so far with no problem and my MPG in town is 23 and highway 34. Love the car

SW

My 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT (2.5 4-cyl) is averaging 21.5 MPG with 70 city 30 Highway. Not pleased as I feather the throttle, coast to stop lights/signs using minimal brakes. GM/EPA should take another look at their MPG estimates as I come no where close.

BT

My 14 Malibu also getting 17 mpg.. Taking it back to dealership... Something needs to be done!

Telling it as it is.

Drove 1197.9 miles in City/Suburbs. Avg. MPG is 16.78 MPG. 32.88% less than advertised for city 25 MPG. With six fill-ups. The MPG did not increase with the mileage. Highway only was 30.92 MPG. 14.1% less than the highway 36 MPG advertised.
There is now 4824 miles on the vehicle. The Service Dept. just drove the vehicle themselves 112 miles in City/Highway and told me and wrote on the invoice they calculated 23.6 MPG. 18.62% less than the 29 MPG combined that is advertised. The Service Dept. claims this MPG they obtained is within range. What? The molding/trim around the driver side window flew off into the following traffic. Service dept. replaced the missing driver side window molding/trim and also replaced the loose passenger window side molding/trim. This occurred in a heavy traffic condition. Not a good feeling. There was no A/C. Told no Freon after the second visit to the service dept. Eng. noise coming from the eng. compartment. Vehicle must be in gear, in idle and the vent turned on to hear the coming and going of this eng. noise. Has not been corrected to date. Reported issues with the Transmission. A very poor product in my view. And I agree with one of the others who wrote regarding this low MPG. We should not have to accept something that is not as advertised.

Steve

This is not about the article, but I feel bad for the people who have issues with the 2014 Malibu. It seems the stop/start technology is just hype. I would not want to own a vehicle with that on it after 5 years. Hopefully the next Malibu will BE class leading instead of ....not.

Raul

I purchased a 2014 Chevy Malibu. My Average MPG is 18.4 MPG! Mostly city driving. ( There are now over 2000 miles on the vehicle ). Getting no where near the estimated 25/36 MPG on the window sticker. I took the car to service and GM told me that is a margin error of 48.5% of what they announced. Also the car have a recall for the AC, they said they fix it, but the car still have the problem, they do not believe it, and ask me that when the car show the problem take it to them. Once I did it, service was closed, but sales checked the car and proved it had the problem. But, the same service asked me again that when the problem shows again then take the car to them, in the mid time they can't do nothing. In other words, when my windshield get frosted and I crash then they believe me, thanks GM for nothing, the car stinks!

Raul

I also showed them a video of a bottle full of water shaking when the car was in idle, they told me it was normal for a 2.5lts motor, BS. Anybody can fell the vibration inside de car, and they said is normal!! again thanks GM for making a crab of car.

Dan

I turned in a lease that I received from another co-worker and the 2010 had several inches of water in the trunk wheel.
I received a new 2014 in 3/14 and after it rained the trunk Wheel again is full of water, at least 3-4 inches.
Has anyone else had this problem.? The gasket is intact.

M. Trainer

All you "idiots" dont realize MPG is for "long term" trying to get MPG w/ less than 10k miles on your car is pointless! Also the way you drive (hard braking, fast starts, drive-thru's, remote start, wind/weather, tires, cruise control (list goes on forever) etc... Dictates your MPG. 9/10 people say they drive perfect and are good drivers....Yea,whatever you want to believe! Half the posts on here are common sense and are not thoroughly investigated (most of you are too cheap to have it checked out (e.g why you are posting on here)). Funny reading all the stupid people's comments. "BOB Snyder" needs to lay down the pipe for a few...yes, after 100+ yrs they will change just for you BOB ( which your response doesn't even make sense)! Please re-read the 1st statement (particularly the quotations). "KATHY" to your response the manufacture cannot sell a car with a known recall. The recall only can be setup voluntarily by the Manufacture or by the gov. They did NOT have a current recall when you purchased your Malibu. "RAUL" your issue has to do with your dealer/service not the car, NEXT!..."DAN" Gasket maybe intact but did you check the seals around the decklid? DId you check under the car for rock holes etc...

*NOTE: ALLLLLLL of the US had one of worst winters w/in 100yr(most worst in state history). So any recent post....please know what you type before you post so you dont make yourself sound foolish like the other recent posts. If you have NOT even taken your car to a dealer (preferred service dept). Then quit crying because you sound like complete morons who are at the top of your class of guessing wrongly about what they know not ( AKA = Professional assumers)

Cassandra T.

I own a 2013 Malibu and I am very disappointed with it. I've had trouble with the AC/heating system since the first week. I can have it on the AC setting and when I turn the engine off and restart...it goes to full blast heating. I have to turn the setting over to heating to get it to shut off. Took it back to the dealer the second week after I purchased it n nothing was done; haven't had it a year yet n it has already been took back 3 times without the problem being fixed. The car was purchased new with only 18 miles on it!!! A piece of crap and GM should have fixed all problems before putting them on the market!!!! Thinking about getting rid of it cause it's a LEMON!!!!!

terryann

I recently purchased a 2013 Malibu and I'm have a lots of issue. First My Brakes Locked Up While I'm driving, second all my lights stays on even when the the car is on.

terryann

The Car Is ofg

M Lewis

I bought a 2013 Malbu, and I have had problem with the "Reduced Power" light comes on. Put it the shop Three times, and Chevy and GM tells me they don't know what's wrong with it. My car has been in the shop over a month now. It is now considered a LEMON, by law. GM is going to buy it back!

Sandman

I bought a 2014 Malibu in March. I have no issues other than the transmission not shifting as firmly as some other cars I have driven. I drive city and back roads, with a lot of starting/stopping. I average between 28-29 mpg. I will be taking it on a road trip shortly and will see he highway mpg. I have almost 7,000 miles.

I have the same problem as
Casandra T. I was told it was normal and resolves after driving a few minutes. Its seems very strange to think when you start the car you will get A/C instead you get a blast of hot air. Very disappointing.

Judy

I have 2013 Malibu and didn't know I bought it with no spare tire. What's up with that!!

Telling it as it is.

Follow-up to comments posted April 12, 2014, regarding my 2014 Chevy Malibu. Maybe mine is only one of a few like it? First Issue: MPG - With now over 7100 miles, still 23 MPG Combined. ( 20.68% less than advertised ). Have taken out some variability by comparing it to another vehicle I drive. City Driving is much further off the mark and brings down the combined MPG. Second Issue: The front driver side window Chrome Molding came off and flew into following traffic. It was replaced by Service Dept. along with the loose passenger side Trim/molding. Brought it in for service a second time for loose window trim molding and told on Invoice that this vehicle is Like other Malibu's. No repairs made. Then, the same front window Driver Side Molding/Trim came about 50% off the vehicle. Called Service and told would have to wait a week for repairs. Told them I am not placing Duct Tape to hold on the window trim/molding on a brand new vehicle, as this is a Highway Safety Issue when it comes off in my opinion. They corrected it that day. I also took a walk around the Dealer new car lot and felt the window trim/molding on many different Chevy Vehicles. The Malibu's seem to have what feels like loose trim/molding to me. The Service Manager told me they had other Malibu's in for the same issue. However, he said GM has not acknowledged the window trim/molding as a known issue or, have provided a fix for this condition. I have reported this issue to the "National Highway Traffic Safety Administration". Third Issue: When Accelerating the vehicle randomly will not accelerate, and hear a "Rave" sound as if the vehicle is not in gear? In the Service Dept. many times for this and they could not duplicate. On June 22nd, 2014, I was on a two lane Highway and attempting to pass a slow moving vehicle. When I got out into the oncoming lane, my vehicle would not accelerate. Heard the "Rave" sound. Pulled back behind the slow moving vehicle to avoid a Head on Crash! Next opportunity to pass, my vehicle did accelerate properly and was able to pass safely. Have called the Service Dept. and have not heard back as yet. I am going to report this to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Forth Issue: There is a Noise/vibration that comes from the eng. compartment enough to shake a bottle of water and loud at times. Occurs when the vehicle is in idle, in gear and the AC vent turned on. Has not been corrected. Fifth Issue: When accelerating from about 55 MPH to 65 MPH ( randomly occurs ). The front end of the vehicle shakes as if it were a 20-30 year old vehicle. Have to bring the speed back and re-accelerate to bring it out of this shaking cycle. The Service Dept. was not able to duplicate. Sixth Issue: Was in Service dept twice for no AC. Second time found no Freon in Vehicle. Corrected! Found no leaks? Seventh Issue: The Sun Roof will stop closing when the power window is operating. Told by Service Dept. that this is normal? After 40 years of Driving and a Loyal GM customer, this vehicle is a sad day for GM. Overall, it has a great design with a smooth ride. Mechanics very Poor. These are issues I have experienced. Would hope that others who experience Highway Safety issues would report them to keep our Highways Safe for all who use them.

Steve

How can anybody call this version of the Malibu a success? Emergency refresh after only 1 year, no optional V6, car magazines put it last in comparisons, seemingly with a variety of issues, and mediocre sales equals a dud. Hopefully the next Malibu will be a clean sheet design. Go buy a new Honda Accord GM, tear it apart, take a lot of pictures and learn how it's done. Then put it back together with a Chevy emblem on the grill. Didn't they just do that recently with a Nissan van? Yep, time to do it again...

Kristy

I bought a 2013 Malibu and the drivers side rear door trim was sticking out further than the from doors trim. Had replaced and see they replaced with a dented trim or dented it when they replaced. Also the steering when driving on hwy seems to go loose and then engages. Took to service and they say its normal for electronic steering, meaning no belt and no fluids. They say as long as it doesn't happen when turning all is okay. Then I took it in for lugging and they say it may be that it has something to do with when your stopped at a light for too long it auto shuts off the car. This has never happened and they said they didn't have time right now to check it out which is what they said when I took it in for the first issue. Also I was told 10 oil changes for life however they only let me take it in after 4 to 5 thousand miles and not the typical 3 thousand which I prefer. I don't know what to think about my car and I worry about all the recalls for all other Chevys but my Malibu supposedly doesn't have any of those recalls? I'm ready to go get a different car and trade mine in

Kimberly

I'm very pleased with my 2013 Malibu. I sit in massive highway traffic daily and still get decent mileage. I just sold my Monte Carlo which I adored, wish they would start making them again. If you want to wine about gas mileage go get a foreign car those things get 8 mpg Everywhere. They post 40 mpg but forget to tell you it's premium gas only.

Happy

I'm completely happy with my 2013 Malibu, i have great fuel economy, got 37 MPG on a trip to the beach. Usually average around 28-30mpg in combined driving. I hear people worried about recalls, but, they are minor compared to other manufacturers. I'd buy another one.

Love it

I bought my 2013 LTZ Turbo in June 2013. I have never had a single problem with it. I get 27-32 MPG on average. I would buy another one in a minute.

warped82

My car ALSO had the driver side window chrome molding strip come off while driving on a very busy freeway!! The dealer ordered a new one for me, but it never arrived and I kept forgetting to follow up. Then I got into an accident and the car was totaled, I did like that onstar was prompt with the emergency contact. However, ALL the airbags deployed and the car was totaled. So at least it is safe!! It had weird little things that I assumed were just something wrong with that car. Then we got a new one when the accident was cleared up, and the new one has the same quirks. Gas mpg is not great, but it is a midsize car with a prototype engine (or at least it feels like it). I wonder if the 2015 will have all the little kinks worked out. Mine has trouble shifting while in lower gears, and also feels like it has a permanent drag, as if I am towing a trailer...that same sensation while driving. However, I love my car very much an am willing to put up with the quirks. I used to have a 2010 malibu, and the mpg was much better. I think it is must the new eco engine...not so eco really. My old one (pre-accident) had a weird beeping sound,sounded just like an old digital watch timer. The dealer could not tell me what it was. The new one doesn't have the weird beeping. It sounded muffled, like it was an old watch alarm hidden under the floor of the car or something. Strange.

Stephanie

Cassandra T.
I too have a 2013 Malibu that had the same heater problem. Yes. It can be fixed. If the dealership calls the GM tech line they will find out. I was told the computer needed to be reset. I thought the dealership would think I was crazy when k described the problem but they did find others had the same problem And found a fix. I have had a couple other issues as well but all have been fixed under 30,000 miles. If the dealership you are going to can't fix the problem, then you need to go somewhere else.

Brian

I have a 2013 Chevy Malibu and the air dam below the front bumper has scraped on every speed bump and parking lot embankment since I bought it. It came loose about a month after purchase and they replaced it (it's warrantied for the life of the loan). It's just happened a second time and Fairway Chevrolet in Las Vegas has declined to replace it. They blamed it on me and said I was driving it recklessly. I drive to work and daycare and little more. Barely a year old and they're already denying warranty claims. This is a design flaw-- a very flimsy little piece of rubber that costs $60 and they've denied my claim causing my car to depreciate further.

Morgan

I bought a 2014 malibu in April and just two days ago I was driving down the highway and my window trim on top of my driver side came flying off! Not happy at all..... All these recalls are getting annoying maybe they should test everything a little better before putting the cars on the lot

Gary

I bought my 2014 Malibu in June. After only 3,000 miles the top trim on the driver side door blew off without any warning while driving on a 3-lane interstate highway,so it could not be retrieved. The service department at the Chevy dealership said they had never seen that before and had to order the part. Maybe the dealers aren't getting enough of these to recognize a design problem, but GM should catch on that they are shipping a lot of this part to the dealers for warranty repair. I am guessing it is typically the drive side door because it gets opened/closed the most. I am not ready to write the car off as junk yet, but since mine isn't an isolated failure it certainly isn't much of a confidence booster for quality.

Jerry shepherd

Window problems ac problem power wires not charging this is the worst car possible I have purchased chevrolet all my life and I'm 49 now and never again I'm looking at dodge now I well tell every one I know that chevy.Malibu is junk junk don't buy it !!!!!!!@@@@

Our 2013 Malibu LT has had three distinct problems since we purchased it new. 1. Grinding brakes lockup and noise front and rear finally solved by dealer with new rotors and pads after 4 visits. The "sudden heat in cabin" problem was solved with a car computer firmware update ( I had to tell them about it), and now we have a whining noise from under the bonnet. Diagnosed today as a bad AC compressor. A positive--KUDOS to Bob Johnson Chevrolet Service Dept.in LeRoy, NY. They are the BEST when it comes to listening to the customer and acting on their complaints! The dealer doesn't make these cars; they just have to sell them.

kay

I was driving and the front door, passenger side has lost the upper portion of the chrome molding....I am so angry. I just bought this 2014 chevy malibu a month ago.

Gem

I had the same problem as Kay on my 2013 with only 8k miles.. I'm just lucky enough that my crome moldint did not fly completly off. I was able to retrive it.

Anthony

Has anyone else had problems with the smell in the interior? I bought this car for my wife in April and she cannot drive it because the fumes are over powering. I get a headache after 10 minutes of driving. We have taken it to the dealer twice after talking to GM and all they did was “deodorize” it by pumping chlorine through it. Now I have a headache and my eyes water…

Katie

I too have had issues with my 2013 Malibu LS. I purchased it a little over a year ago. When I first got it, there was a general toxic smell in the car. The dealership told me that would fade with time, and it eventually did. However, when I ran the AC, a sweet toxic smell came out. They checked everything and could not duplicate the problem. Fall came and without AC on, with heat we would get a nasty sweaty sock smell. They put deodorizer in it, that seemed to help. Now in the Summer again, back to the sweet toxic AC smell. Can't duplicate it though and if they can't duplicate it they can't find a reason. I've also had the powerful heat coming at me after I turn on my car. I've mentioned it a couple times and people look at me funny. Now that I know it's a computer reset, I'll see if they will try that. Also have a squeaky noise coming from the fan, but they are going to replace the blower motor in a couple days. Hopefully that will help.

Anthony

Check the dealer add on sticker to the window sitcker. Did they add anything to the interior to help "fight stains or burns"?

Lara

I had the same issue with the driver's side trim in the winter on my 2013 Malibu. I had to take it back 3 times to get it fixed properly. The dealer ended up outsourcing the repair (under warranty thankfully) to a local collision shop who checked the alignment of the doors. I've just started having an AC issue as well. I tried turning it to the "heat" setting and back again, but it's still not blowing out any cold air. Looks like another trip to the dealer...

New Chevy Guy

I do a lot of highway driving. With the 2.5 liter you have to sometimes "tromp" on it to get it moving, at cruising speeds the engine performs well.. car handles well... (smaller displacement less torque off the line)& aside from the mileage being somwhat less than advertised(getting 25 -32 depending on how it's driven) my 2014 Malibu has been relatively trouble-free.. there have been small glitches with the electronics but so far nothing huge to speak of. What I do find interesting is that most of the NHTS recalls are for updates in the operational software rather than with any of the major mechanical parts.. less than 5k on it.. so time may tell a different story. Otherwise really liking the vehicle.

Michael

kristy I had the same thing with the steering. They replaced the rack and told me only 3 cars has ever had this happen.

Dishon

I have a 2013 Chevy Malibu on ahead over a year is something wrong with the front right wheel they say is the analogues is only one but it drags on the highway it feels like it is going to fall off now it feels like my transmission slipping and I'm only at 33,000 miles I do a lot of highway traveling back and forth to work I need answer

Scott Hermann

I bought a 2013 Malibu lt1.. I do really live the car but yes I have the sudden blowing of hot air and the smell from the 2nd day I bought it.. they cleaned my carpets and all smell never left.. I get 24mpg in city so I don't think that's bad. But considering all the other recalls I think we lucked out.. but I do worry about the smell because I'm from Florida and we had Chinese drywall.. it is scarey knowing where these cars come from and most of our things.. interesting to hear hear 10 years from now we all die from some Chinese chemical attack they did on us

Debi

I have a 2013 Malibu eco and I love it. I get 40mpg on the highway and have had no problems what so ever. I do have it serviced according to the manual recommedations.

Terry

2014 Chevy Malibu
The front driver side window Chrome Molding came off and flew into following traffic.
I see I'm not the only one with this problem. Chevy, are you listening?

Bob Ladig

I bought a 2014 Chevy Malibu LT1 in July. Have had no problems at all other than the salesman neglected to inform me of the no spare issue. I ended up buying the Chevy spare tire kit off of EBay for $365.00 + shipping which ticks me off. I have been buying cars for 50+ years and never had one that didn't come with a spare tire. The electric air pump is a joke and is completly worthless for anything other than a small nail. We don't do a lot of long distance driving. Living 30 miles below Yosemite off of Hiway 41. My Chevy is rated at 26 mpg for city, 29 Mpg for combined and 36 mpg. we are back and forth to Oakhurst and go to Fresno twice a month which is about 80-90 miles round trip. One thing you should not do is trust the onboard MPG monitor. The last fill up I showed 27.4 mpg but I topped of the tank and used 6.3 gallons for 190 miles. Using a calculator I found that I really did get around 30.0 mpg. The car idles like butter even in eco mode at a stop sign. The cab is very quiet. Another good tip is to buy the car you used for the demonstration ride. If you buy another car you may find that it is not to your liking.Something else that I don't like is the command center. you can't bring up detailed maps of an area.I also didn't think of the fact that to keep my my on-star it is going to cost me $300 a year for the safety and directions.

Jamie

We purchased a 2013 Chevy Malibu in Nov 2013. Since then we had nothing but problems with it since day one. Been in the shop more times then we can count. Starting off with hard transmission shifting, car running rough, (have video of water bottle shaking), burning oil smell, poor gas mileage ( currently 17 miles to a gallon), smells like electrical burning in car when the heater is one, pulling/jerking to right. You name it, we had it go wrong it seems like. Last time it was in the shop, they put over 450 miles on our car, duplicated out hard shifting and cutting out problems , but have no fix .. because no check engine light is on. 51 days in the shop!!!! I'm done!! We have written Chevy asking them to buy it back and have yet to hear from them. So to all you the people out there considering buying a 2013 Malibu, DONT DO IT!!

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