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Chevrolet Malibu Transmission

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  • paopao Posts: 1,867
    the Malibu Maxx was produced in Model Year 04-08...it wasnt a heavily advertised model....which I beleive was its downfall.....its a very versatile model...have enjoyed mine immensely and still going stroke at 164K. You can check out my profile and see several pics of mine that are uploaded......
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    That is a good looking car I must say. You're right I think I have seen it before but so rarely. Maybe because I don't live near a big city. It looks like they are very loaded. If the rear seats fold down you could sleep in it if you had to. Or fit a step ladder in there.

    Many years ago I had a Suzuki Samurai Long Body. It was a very rough riding and ill-handling, fuel-guzzling (for a 1.3 litre 4) but was it ever a handy 4x4 vehicle. It swallowed an 8' step ladder one day with the rear door closed. Never had a vehicle that roomy in length since.
  • spung32spung32 Posts: 2
    I need help badly I have a 2001 malibu 3.1 it has a bad bang when you put it in drive. now it has lost power i cant go up a hill faster than 20mph. today it even got hot enough for the temp light to come on. can anyone please tell me what is wrong ?
    THANKS
  • spung32spung32 Posts: 2
    I need help badly I have a 2001 malibu 3.1 it has a bad bang when you put it in drive. now it has lost power i cant go up a hill faster than 20mph. today it even got hot enough for the temp light to come on. can anyone please tell me what is wrong ?
    THANKS
  • malbuiltmalbuilt Posts: 3
    edited August 2010
    2010 LT 4 CYL 6speed auto. Leased new with 6 miles in May 2010. At 4400 miles, began downshifting rougher and slipping while upshifting (only sometimes). This weekend, at nearly 4500 miles, engine cold, first gear clunked hard into second and "POWER STEERING" came up on the DIC and check engine symbol illuminated. Was able to limp (5 mph top speed) a mile back home.
    Called 800 ROADSIDE and had the car towed to the Dealer on 8/24. Tow truck driver asked if I could turn it around so I started it, put it into drive, and zoomed it around the culdesac with absolutely no problem. POWER STEERING no longer displayed, but the check engine symbol was lit. Hopefully, not a sign of future trouble with electronic systems.
    I'll update this as I hear back from the Dealer. Good luck to us all. Hope the rebuilt trans, if offered, is a decent fix.

    UPDATE: 8/24 at 5:59pm (surprise!) the dealer called and told me that he drove it around the facility and found nothing wrong with it. Also said he will have the "drivability technician" check it out in the morning.
    More to come...

    UPDATE#2: Dealer called 3pm 8/25. "Seems to be a problem with the transmission control and not necessarily with the mechanics of it. Trans tech will need it for a couple more days." Meanwhile, rental car is covered under standard warranty.
    More to come...

    TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETINS FOUND ON EDMUNDS.COM - TSB WAS WRITTEN JANUARY-2010. MY CAR WAS BUILT IN APRIL-2010.

    Component Description:
    1. POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM) Bulletin Number: SB-09271C
    Bulletin Date: Jan 2010

    Vehicle: 2,010 Chevrolet Malibu
    Summary:
    PONTIAC/SATURN/BUICK/GMC/CHEVROLET: TRANSMISSION CALIBRATION UPDATE. A SERVICE PROCEDURE TO REPROGRAM THE ECM AND TCM ON CERTAIN MODEL VEHICLES. THIS NEW CALIBRATION WILL IMPROVE TRANSMISSION SHIFT CHARACTERISTICS FOR DOWNSHIFT HESITATION ( NHTSA ITEM NUMBER - 10033029 )

    Component Description:
    2. POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM) Bulletin Number: PIP-4653B
    Bulletin Date: Sep 2009

    Vehicle: 2,010 Chevrolet Malibu
    Summary:
    BUICK/CHEVROLET/HUMMER/GMC/PONTIAC/CADILLAC/SATURN: TECHNICIANS MAY FIND DTCS P0601, P0603, P0604, P062F OR P1621 STORED IN THE TCM AS AN ACTIVE OR A HISTORY CODE. SOME OF THESE DTCS CAN ALSO BE SET IN THE ECM OR FPCM. MAKE SURE THAT YOU ( NHTSA ITEM NUMBER - 10032434 )

    Can anyone share similar stories for this specific model and year Malibu LT1?
  • UPDATE3: 8/26 DEALER STATES SPEED SENSOR IS BAD. WILL REPLACE AND RE-TEST FOR OTHER POSSIBLE PROBLEMS. SHOULD TAKE A FEW DAYS.
  • HOPEFULLY THE LAST UPDATE TO THIS SET OF ENTRIES: 8/30 DEALER STATES SPEED SENSORS WERE REPLACED, TESTED AND IS READY FOR PICKUP. PARTS USED WERE SENSOR 4.337 p/n 24245044, SENSOR 4.329 p/n 24245045, PLATE 4.265 p/n 24248227 AND ANOTHER PLATE 4.265 p/n 24242274.

    I'VE DRIVEN IT ABOUT 30 MILES SO FAR AND HAVE ONLY FOUND SOME MINOR CHUGGING IN FOURTH GEAR.
  • I purchased a 2010 Malibu in May. Since the day I drove it off the lot, I have been having problems with either my transmission or engine. Of course the problem doesn't happen all the time, but when it does, its nasty. As I accelerate the transmission or engine bucks excessively...to the point where it feels like the engine is going to fall out. I took it back immediately, the dealer kept it for 3 days, said they drove it for about 50 miles and the problem did not happen at all. Took it in again for the same problem and the service advisor said that when he put my car in the computer that there was a computer update for the transmission and hopefully this will correct the problem. Had the update done and the issue is still there. I had a spinal fusion in my neck in August and have not been able to drive. Have driven maybe 4 times since August and the problem is still there every time. I cannot keep taking this car back and also it physically very difficult for me to drive to the dealer. I hate driving this car, it scares me.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,100
    penmen65,
    Can you please e-mail me your complete contact information including a good number to reach you, VIN and current mileage, as well as involved dealer? I would like to look into this for you.
    Christina
    GM Customer Service
  • I sent you my information....
  • We purchased our new 2011 malibu on january 7th 2011 and at about three hundred miles it started bucking bad and we took it back and they told us we needed a transmission software update and we had a ground wire loose. After we got it back 3 days later it doesnt buck anymore but is slow when it shifts and shifts hard sometime. We are taking it back again tomorrow but now we are wishing we hadnt bought the car. It just tripped 1000 miles and if i could take it back and get full credit for what i paid , I would. Is there a thirty day money back guarantee or something with GM?
  • I bought a 2011 malibu on 10/07/2010 and on 02/10/2011 my car goes on reverse actually moves backwards but, it doesn't drive forward. It's at the dearlership at kissimmee florida and i was told there was two more transmissions in front of my car. I was told if it was a simple part they will replace it but, if it's major they will order a new transmission to put in. Depending on their investigation. The car has only 4869 miles on it!!
  • wbeattywbeatty Posts: 1
    Since I've bought this 2010 new last year, I've had occasional problems with the RPM's surging. It seemed to go away over the winter, although we haven't been doing as much highway driving recently and the problem occurs around 50 mph.

    NOW, my wife went on a trip over the weekend and she told me 4 times on the interstate, the transmission acted funny. First it jerked really hard when downshifting on a long uphill grade. THEN, she said a while later, she was slowing for a red light. Before coming to a complete stop, the light turned green and she gave the car gas, but it seemed like the rpm's increased and the car didn't go, as if the transmission was slipping.

    What next? I know if I take it to a dealer, they aren't going to find anything because the problems are intermittent.
  • bc60bc60 Posts: 17
    How many miles do you have on the car? Doesn't this Malibu have like a 5 year - 60,000 or 100,000 mile powertrain warranty in addition to the 3/36k warranty? I'd keep taking it to the dealer and let them try to duplicate the problem until they are able to find it.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,100
    wbeatty,
    Taking the vehicle to a dealer is the best first step. This way even if they are unable to find a problem now, if later down the line you are still having this problem or the problem keeps occurring we have documentation of the issue. These things definitely are taken in to account with GM. We have to have the opportunity. Please keep me updated on your progress at the dealer. Feel free to email me directly. Please be detailed as to your situation. Thanks, Have a great weekend!
    Christina
    GM Customer Service
  • Good luck with getting a repair on your transmission thru GM, I have been working with them since June 2010 and after the engineers have preformed 3 re calibrations on the 6 speed trans in my 2010 Malibu the representives from GM tell me that my car is preforming with the "Normal characteristics of the car" and that when I accelerate from a stopped position that the shuddering vibration that I feel in the front of the car is normal. Their explanation is that the engine is "Lugging" because I take off easy and that I need to basically floor the car on take off, one representive in Detroit actually told me to "Drive it like you stole it". I am in the process of filling out paperwork for my states LEMON LAW. signed a lifetime professional truckdriver.
  • what an aweful experience..I just bought a 2011 Malibu LT2 , ive yet to run the 1st tank of fuel thru it, ive owned 20days , i cant stand to drive it..the shuddering under at the front wheel is driving me insane..It shakes, it stalls, then throws u back in the seat..this just is not a thing i was expecting to be dealing with..10yrs absence of owning a Chevy, and i come back to this? no wonder i stayed away, just wish i would have been smart enough to not come back..Now im $20k invested in a beauctiful looking car that drives like crap.. I took to delaership , they acknowledge problem exist, said they even notice it ones that come off the new transport truck...but GM hasnt acknowledge the problem, all things are up to spec so they cant do anything for me..Are you kidding me GM... Im saddened, if this isnt corrected soon ill be be looking to rid of it...450 miles on it and I cant stand to drive it..I have a 7yr old truck with 120k on it and it drive better than this midsize luxury car...whats up with this scenario...SAD..
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,100
    johns1law,
    I apologize for your frustration. Can you please email me your VIN?
    Christina
    GM Customer Service
  • van48430van48430 Posts: 1
    edited May 2011
    I have a 2008 Malibu, purchased new in summer of 2008. I took it to dealership a year ago as had repeated problems with shifter not completely engaging in park, thus unable to remove key from ignition. They found no problem.
    This has continued. I had car running yesterday in slightly sloped paved driveway. Put car into park, left door open, and briefly got out to retrieve a house key. When I turned around, my car had rolled down the driveway, stopped, fortunately in the grass, avoiding people, other cars, a lovely ornamental tree and mailbox.
    Has anyone else had an issue similar to this? I am concerned about safety issues as have never had a car just roll away while in park and running.
    Thank you.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,100
    van48430,

    Were you planning on taking the vehicle back to the dealership? Please keep me posted on any information.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 872
    There is a clip that attaches the transmission cable housing to a bracket that fails. Should have been recalled.
  • awajitokaawajitoka Posts: 1
    My Malibu has this same shuddering at high, constant speeds & under light acceleration. Are you saying this clip is the issue?
  • gonogogonogo Posts: 872
    If it won't stay in park, yes.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,100
    johns1law,
    Please let me know if you recieved my email. I look forward to working with you to get your concerns resolved.
    Christina
    GM Customer Service
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    A "shuddering vibration" on take off is a Torque Converter problem! It is very similar to a "clutch chatter!" ----- Best regards. ---- Dwayne :shades: :confuse: ;) :)
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi all:

    Last night I was stopped at a traffic light with the A/C on, and the transmission in DRIVE. When the light changed to green, I proceeded across the intersection and up a long hill. The vehicle ahead of me was going slowly. --- I had a "steady throttle" and the vehicle was traveling at a steady speed. In the middle of the hill, the engine started to surge. It continued to operate in this fashion until I reached the top of the hill. ----- I have done a search on the "net," and there appears to be other Malibu owners describing this problem, and there seems to be NO answer to this issue from Chevrolet, ----- (other than the dealer cannot duplicate the problem!) ------THIS IS SIMPLY NOT ACCEPTABLE! ----- QUESTION: ---- Does anyone have any information on this issue? ------- My 2010 LTZ Malibu has 12,500 miles, and it is service by the dealer every 2,500. (My choice!) ------- If there is a GM representative on this board, please feel free to jump in on this discussion. ------ (Is there a "Technical Service Bulletin" on this issue?) -----(On the highway, the vehicle performs properly!) ---- This is the first time that I have experienced this issue! ------ Other people have described this issue at an earlier mileage! ----- Best regards. -------------- Dwayne :lemon: :confuse: ;)
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi Christina (GM - Customer Service)

    To say the least, I am a little disappointed by the lack of response to my posting dealing with the "surging" that I experienced with my four cylinder 2010 Malibu LTZ as posted on May 22, 2011 at 9:35 am. This "issue" is all over the "net" on other sites, and GM does not seem to have a solution to the problem. Before I take my vehicle into the dealer for service, I would like to know if there is a "Technical Service Bulletin" that deals with this specific issue. I could then pass this information on to the service advisor and the service tech.. From the postings that I have read on other "net sites" the dealers are operating blind on this issue!

    Surging can be caused by:
    1.) Low fuel Pressure
    2.) Low fuel volume
    3.) An EGR valve problem.
    4.) An A/C compressor kicking on and off while the engine is under load, (going up a hill.)
    5.) The clean air intake and the throttle body is dirty.
    6.) Problem with the knock sensor.
    7.) Problems with the MAF, MAP and / or the IAT sensor.
    8.) Leaks in the air intake system.

    Since this seems to be a problem with the Malibu line, I would think that GM would show some professional interest in solving the problem. If there is a Technical Service Bulletin on this subject please give me the number of that bulletin.

    Thank you in advance for your help, concern, and professionalism. Best regards. ----- Dwayne :shades: ;) :)
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,100
    djm2,
    I apologize I just seen both of your posts together. Unfortunatly if there is a "Technical Service Bulliten" that would only be available to our technical staff such as service personnel. I would definitely recommend continuing to work with the dealer. If you would like to send me your complete contact information (name, address, and telephone number), VIN, current mileage, and involved dealer I would be happy to set up a case with Customer Assistance. I look forward to your response.
    Christina
    GM Customer Service
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi Christina:

    Thank you for your response to my postings. I have been in contact with the selling dealer, and I have an appointment to have the vehicle serviced.

    I have read about this issue on other sites with regards to this vehicle. Some people are complaining about this operating characteristic at a VERY low mileage. ------ My 2010 four cylinder Malibu LTZ did not show this characteristic until it passed 12,000 miles.

    The problem with this issue is that there does not seem to be a solution to the problem at the "dealer level!" ------ My vehicle did not have this problem till it accumulated 12,000 miles.

    Today I was merging onto a highway in "bumper - to - bumper traffic" at 20 mph. As the traffic started to accelerate, I gently pressed on the accelerator, and the vehicle surged like a manual transmission that was operating in third gear, and should have been down shifted to second gear. The engine was "lugging"! Since I was in "bumper - to bumper traffic, I could not press hard on the accelerator to force a "down shift!" This is a "recent operational issue" with this vehicle.

    Sometimes when taking off from a dead stop, (under normal acceleration), it feels like the engine is not getting enough fuel, and / or spark advance, and / or air. This seems to be more noticeable in the lower gears, (1st and 2nd). The engine seems to be holding back. (Something has changed with this vehicle.) ---- I will keep you informed as to the outcome of the service appointment.

    NOTE:
    This vehicle is rated at 33 mpg on the highway. The only way that I can achieve 30 mpg with the Malibu is by traveling at no more than 55mph. (I have a 2007 V6 Toyota Camry XLE with 65,000+ miles that can easily get 30+ mpg at 65 mph.) ----- Both vehicles have a 6 speed automatic transmission.

    Best regards!
    Dwayne :shades: :confuse: ;) :)
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
    Technical Service Bulletins are public and easy to access. We have them right here on our site.

    djm2, you might start here and fill in your details. Once you get to your vehicle page, there are links right under the model description where you can see recalls & technical service bulletins.

    http://www.edmunds.com/car-maintenance/guide-page.html

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