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2018-2023 Chevy Malibu Problems

2018-2023 Chevy Malibu Problems

Wondering what the most prevalent issues faced by Chevy Malibu owners are from 2018 to 2023? In this comprehensive article, we will take a close look into the top Chevy Malibu problems reported during these years, offering valuable insight for both current and prospective owners alike.

Since its inception as a midsize car in 1964, the Chevy Malibu has enjoyed immense popularity and has evolved through nine generations. Despite being discontinued in 1983 and reintroduced in 1997, the Malibu has remained a significant player in the automotive market. However, the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu’s popularity has dwindled somewhat, partly due to various issues reported in recent models.

Our goal is to provide you with a detailed breakdown of the most common problems associated with each Chevrolet Malibu model year between 2018 and 2023. We will cover the most frequent complaints, practical solutions, and guidance on what to do if you require a replacement vehicle under the lemon law. To find out if your car qualifies, don’t hesitate to contact us via the provided form or by phone. ¿Hablas Español? Contáctenos ahora para recibir más información.

2018 Chevy Malibu Problems

2018 Chevy Malibu Problems

The NHTSA has recorded six recalls and a whopping 462 complaints on this Malibu. Let’s dive deeper into a few of the top issues.

Decreased Engine Power

There are several Chevy Malibu recalls that lead to trouble getting power out of the engine. The first states that cars with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engines may have an ECM error that results in disabled fuel injectors. There’s also a recall revealing that the high-pressure fuel pump can detach from its flange, creating damage to the line. In either case, power can be drastically affected, to the point of creating an accident.

Insufficient Build

2018 Chevrolet Malibu models have serious issues with manufacturing. First, there’s a recall saying that the rear seat belt retractors may not be secured, plus there’s another recall revealing that bolts could be missing from the start/stop accumulator. If that’s not enough, there’s an insufficient coating on some of the rear brake calipers, leading to trouble stopping the car.

2019 Chevy Malibu Problems

2019 Chevy Malibu Problems

There are far fewer issues reported with the 2019 Malibu, according to the NHTSA. This model only has one recall and 90 complaints. Still, there are serious problems to discuss.

Shift To Park Malfunction

There has been a class action lawsuit against GM regarding a Shift to Park malfunction. Even though the gear shifter reveals that the car is in Park, it may not be. This has led to cars rolling away and causing injury. This isn’t a transmission failure anyone wants to worry about.

Engine Power Reduced

Several complaints have come forward saying the “Engine Power Reduced” comes on the display and it becomes difficult to get the car to accelerate. In addition to these engine problems, some accidents have occurred and the airbags haven’t always deployed, leading to another possible malfunction.

Failed Brakes

Several owners have reported trouble with a failing brake vacuum pump. Not only can this lead to a hard brake pedal, but it can also cause intermittent braking power. For some people, the brakes didn’t work at all, creating a serious safety issue.

2020 Chevy Malibu Problems

2020 Chevy Malibu Problems

There’s not too much less to report on the 2020 Malibu. The NHTSA still logs a long list of complaints for this Chevy sedan.

Losing Power

The “Engine Power Reduced” issue continues with this Malibu model, plus new problems have emerged. When that message isn’t appearing on the dash, there are still issues getting the Chevy to accelerate or drive without jerking. Owners may also see the Check Engine Light on the dashboard. There have also been complaints about the high pressure fuel line that can lead to trouble with acceleration.

Seat Belt Failure

There’s a recall for the 2020 Malibu, along with the 2016-2021 models. It states that the rear seat belt retractors might not have been secured with the right fasteners. Therefore, these passengers are at risk if there’s an accident.

2021 Chevy Malibu Problems

2021 Chevy Malibu Problems

The recalls increase on the 2021 Chevy Malibu, according to the NHTSA. However, the complaints decrease from Chevy Malibu drivers, but this is probably just due to dwindling sales of the sedan.

Seat Welding Malfunction

The 2021 Malibu still struggles with the seat belt recall listed above. However, there’s another one to add to the mix. The driver’s seat cushion frame wasn’t welded correctly in some models with the power tilt adjustment. This failure can prevent the driver from being restrained during an accident.

Shattering Windshield

The quality of the auto glass may not be up to par. Customers complain that the windshield can shatter from minor objects that would have been well handled with another car model.

2022 Chevy Malibu Problems

2022 Chevy Malibu Problems

The NHTSA doesn’t have details on this model, but there are plenty of places online to find 2022 Malibu complaints.

Power Steering System Failure

There’s been an issue with the power steering on the 2022 Malibu. In conjunction with trouble controlling the steering wheel, there seems to be trouble with the suspension as a whole, including the struts and shocks.

Rough Shifting

While the reduced engine power may not be the largest complaint, there are more complaints to be concerned with. A faulty transmission or low fluid levels seem to be causing rough shifting. It also seems to be struggling with slipping gears, which could lead to an expensive repair. If you need to replace the transmission, you are looking at a hefty bill.

Stereo System Malfunction

The radio can stop working for no reason. When it does, the sound is cracking and distorted. The lights on the stereo may also be dim or hard to see. It appears that the problem could be a damaged speaker, trouble with the wiring or an issue with the head unit.

Chevrolet Malibu Reviews

Is the Chevy Malibu a good sedan? It may provide decent fuel economy and play off of the emotions of people desiring a nostalgic feel, but the newer models have been troublesome. Let’s see what some of the top auto publications say.

Car and Driver says, “Chevy Malibu isn’t a bad car, it’s that it has grown stale compared with its more impressive and evolved peers.”

Edmunds also states, “The current Chevrolet Malibu generation has been around since 2016, and since then, it has never quite found a solid footing against other midsize family sedans. It’s also the last traditional sedan in Chevy’s lineup that is dominated by SUVs and trucks. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that the Malibu is headed out to pasture after the 2023 model year, and it’s not likely to be replaced.”

Is the Chevrolet Malibu a Reliable Sedan?

Surprisingly, RepairPal has ranked the Malibu higher than expected. It’s ranked 4.0 out of 5.0, placing it 9th out of 24 models. It also has an annual repair and maintenance cost of $532, on average.

Aside from that, it’s estimated that the Malibu will spend an average amount of time in the shop each year. Plus, the chance of a severe malfunction is 11%. Considering that many of the Chevrolet Malibu problems aren’t always severe, such as minor electrical issues, throttle lag or delayed acceleration problems, you may not always spend a lot for the repair. Yet, you are still out your time and often without your car for these repairs.

Best Chevy Malibu Models To Drive

If you are looking for a midsize sedan, the Malibu might not be the right option at all. If you have to choose one of these vehicles, stick with a newer model that has some of the bugs worked out. These seem to have fewer transmission issues, even though they are not immune. However, keep in mind that the 2023 Chevy Malibu is the last model. It’s been discontinued. That means you may have trouble getting parts and service in the future.

Ask any Malibu enthusiast and they’ll tell you to buy one from decades ago instead. The older model years are considered more desirable because of reliability, but hard to find these days. There are also other models from General Motors brand you might consider, such as a used Buick Lacrosse or the Chevy Impala.

Chevy Malibu Lemon Lawyers

Are you driving a lemon sedan? Our GM lemon lawyers have experience evaluating over 40,000 cases. We help you get the compensation you deserve. 

If you’ve taken your Chevrolet Malibu to the dealership and have had trouble getting the repairs taken care of, it’s time to contact us. Call now and let us fight for you.

Comments (3)
  • I had the misfortune of renting a Chevy Malibu 2023 recently, boy do I dislike that car! It’s really long, but doesn’t feel large inside. In fact the trunk area sticks out almost a foot beyond where a “normal” sedan does. I guess this gives you a larger trunk, but it makes parking on city streets a non-starter. Further, there’s no rear-window wiper, and it really needs one. In a gentle rain yesterday visibility out the back window was non-existent and there was nothing I could do about it. Then there’s the radio/entertainment system. Sure, it connects to my cell phone decently well, but (like many cars) there’s no place to put the phone except in the very sparse storage holes in front of the center armrest. Why bother working with my phone if there’s no provision for the physical phone itself. Finally we get to the ride/suspension. The springs and shocks are surprisingly stiff, we felt every pebble and bump in the road, and even small pot holes caused the suspension to bottom out. So uncomfortable! I will never buy this car, and am a bit surprised how shoddy this offering from GM is considering how many years they’ve had to perfect it. Stay away!

  • I have a 2022 Malibu and absolutely agree. Stiff suspension and very high noise inside the car are very annoying. Now I have the shift to park problem as well. Stick is one park but it’s not detected. That’s a 2018 issue and still in my vehicle.

  • I lost power to no gas no brakes to driving like this for five minutes to shutting down to error message shift to park since then til now I get shift to park message daily gm refuses to fix replace or repurchase my car who can help me this is my only car NHTSA has right now 513 complaints on 2018 Chevy Malibu til today no help from gm no help from NHTSA please someone help me and help 513 complaint I would like to start a first class action for me and first class action for 513 customers gm should get in trouble like my car shut down is how gm should shut down and no longer in business….. please help me and please help 513 gm customers

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