Engine Shut Off Without Warning Problems of Chevrolet Malibu — part 1

Chevrolet Malibu owners have reported 83 problems related to engine shut off without warning (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chevrolet Malibu based on all problems reported for the Malibu.

1 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

I came to a complete stop at a stop sign and my car shut off. I turned it back on and it drove. I was at a red light and my car started to stall and shut off. This has happened a few times. I was on a local street. I searched this up on gm website and quite a few people have had the same problems with no resolution.

2 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

I was traveling on 294 south using cruise control at 70 mph when the car started losing power but all internal app lights like the radio remained on and the steering wheel was still functional. Once the vehicle was put in parked it shut off. Only issue lights that appeared 1 week prior was the abs sensor had malfunctioned on the front left tire. I attempted to jump the battery but it did not respond. Car had been parked and a friend who works on cars believes the engine is dead even though there shows 23% of oil left and no other symptoms of a blown engine. I have been goodland 2013 chevy Malibu eco issues and other than potentially the starter it could be the computer that has died. I changed out the battery and it turns everything on, but struggles to crank and remain on. I came across several links regarding a recall due to computer, but honestly don’t know if its even that. Mechanic friend believes it could also be the ecm.

3 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu

As with other years of this vehicle , I also have has my engine shut off while going down the highway. More than ten times in the last week.

4 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

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.

5 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

My car shuts off while I am driving (at a stop or idling) stationary.

6 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

At various times while driving-whether parked, actively driving, at a stop sign, turning, backing up- my cars power will flicker and the engine shuts off causing the steering to lock. This has done this to me quite a few times, almost causing an accident on more then one occasion. Sometimes it will do it as often as 14 times in a 25 minute ride. No lights such as the cel or anything come on beforehand to indicate that theres a problem when it happens. I’ve taken it to a mechanic twice to have it checked out and he sees no obvious reasons why it would do this, and there are no codes to pull to explain it. Enough people are having this same issue it should be made a recall and looked into! it’s not safe to drive a vehicle like this that can shut off and the steering locks at any given moment. The 1st time this happened was June 5, 2020 and almost every day since.

7 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Recently while driving and stopped at a light or stop sign, when I lift my foot off the brake car shuts off. This has happened four times, three within the last week. I can start ti again, also loose all volume to turn signals and radio.

8 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Tl-the contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while her son was driving at 65 mph on the highway and the GMC module electrical system to battery lost power and the vehicle’s engine shut off. The vehicle would come to a complete stop while on the highway. There was smoke coming from the trunk from the module. The vehicle was towed to an unknown dealer. The dealer diagnosed the issue as electrical after recieving codes from diagnostic tests on the module. The vehicle still remains at the dealer unrepaired since 06/2020 . The failure mileage was 118,000. Tf.

9 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

I took it to the dealership and they can’t figure out why it does that just shut down while you sit there in drive.

10 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

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,.

11 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Lately when I stop at a light or intersection my vehicle auto stops but when I try to go the vehicle shuts off and will not start. I have to put on my flashers while in traffic and shut the vehicle on and off until it restarts. One of the warnings read stabil and another reads power shut off as well as battery saver active. I have taken it in but have been told they do not know what is wrong so they reset the system however, this dangerous issue remains. This started the beginning of March and has continued.

12 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

My auto stop came on while at a stop sign and when I released the brake my car shut off and won’t start I tried jumping car it still won’t work. The tow company that towed my car has told me about a recall on auto stop.

13 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

When start stop was engaged at light the car shut off everything on the dash and radio went blank. It auto started and ac was no longer working. Afterwards I smelled a slight burning scent (in louisiana traffic, I was unsure it was me) but car ran fine. When start stop engaged there was a longer than normal pause before would auto start would engage. It would intermittently fail to crank on occasion for a few key turns. Engine light came on. Trunk would mysteriously pop open. Started displaying two key fobs programmed, abs stable track, reduced engine power, low battery and another thing I can’t remember at start up. I changed the battery and alternator with new ones and the next day the instrument panel flickered as well as head lights. And when I was to take it in to dealership it had complete electrical failure. The dealership said it was the engine fuse block and replaced it. Now the engine light is still on and has a pause before it start. Will not send diagnostics to my chevy app. Remote start is not working with eng light on. I told them I thought is was battery control module but he insisted that it was just the engine fuse block. I cannot explain the anxiety. And have told my family that if I die in that car to sue gm. There should be nothing wrong with this car at 6 years old. 53000 miles and is driven less than 50 miles a week.

14 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

I was driving my vehicle in heavy traffic and I came to a traffic light and my vehicle shut down and would not start back. It was frightening because someone could have hit me from behind. After the officer jump my car off it crank back up but I took it to the shop and place on the machine and the battery and alternator is fine. The car since then have shut down 4 more times and after sitting for a while it started back up. Once again this happened in heavy traffic. Please check if others having the same problem. Also a few times the doors came unlock at a stop light or stopping of the vehicle. Please help. 2017 Malibu ez.

15 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

While at a stop light on a very busy city street the engine stopped running and the car shut off. My foot was still on the break and the car was in drive. I put the car in park then restarted the car and it started running like it should, there was no warning lights displayed before, during, or after this happened. In another incident while I reversed the car the engine shut off without any warning lights, I had to put the car in park again and restart it to get the engine running again.

16 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

I have a 2014 chevy Malibu LS. About a year ago while at a stop light the car engine shut stopped working, and all the lights came off. I had to get the assistance of a police officer to control traffic away from my car, until the tow truck arrived and towed it to the shop. I was told that the auxiliary battery was bad, and had it replaced. The car it worked well. In August of this year the car engine began shutting off, while I was driving, and sometimes after it was parked overnight. I had the batteries checked, and was told that they were bad. I live in az, and the weather here is very hot, both were replaced on August 27th and 28th, less than 2 months ago, with two new batteries. The car worked well up until this evening, when it shut down completely as I was driving into my yard. All the lights came off, and I cannot get the key out of the ignition. I am glad that it happened when I entered my yard and not while I was driving on the freeway. Will tow it to the shop in the morning to find out what the problem is now.

17 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

Engine shuts off while driving when traveling over 30mph.

18 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

As I was driving 35 mph on a busy downtown location in my area of new orleans, my 2013 chevy Malibu decided to shut down on me. At first when I stopped at a red light, the car stall as though it wanted to cut off but it didn’t at that moment. When I made it to the second red light the car shut completely off then came right back on. I was terrified as my 12 year old daughter sat in the back seat of the car so I decided to head home which was 15 mins from the location where I was plus I also had to travel over a busy mississippi river bridge to get to my house from that location. As I was making my way back towards the bridge to get home, I notice different signals flashing across my dashboard, then the car shut down completely giving me little to no time to make a decision to pull over. The steeling wheel locked up giving me no control as to which way to steer the vehicle, car completely dead. I was so blessed that no cars was in the way of where the car was going. The car refused to start again and key got stuck . I had to get it towed home. I’m begging chevy, please look into this issue. I have seen lots of reviews regarding these make and models and it looks like nothing is being done. I had a 2006 chevy Malibu which I loved so much that I decided to trust chevy with my next car. As I closed my eyes that night I could only imagine what could have happen if I was on that bridge heading home with cars traveling 60-70mph? what if I was infront of a river, on a train track, in front of a big body vehicle such as a bus or 18-wheeler or someone walking in the direction the car was going? someone, if haven’t already could truly cause damage to their life or someone else’s life. Please chevy think about the family lives which are being put in danger, even the dealership’s dont truly know the issues.

19 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

19 August 2019 on this day twice I experience loss of power on the vehicle and power steering. Luckily I did not hit any cars. Was driving below 35 mph the first incident is when I came to a red light the radio turn off first then the car felt sluggish and the engine shut down lost control of everything and was coasting. Vehicle gain power by it self and resume operations. During every light I stop it felt like it wanted to lose power. Came to a parking lot driving around 5 mph completely the car shut off first radio and then whole vehicle this time it did not gain power by it self. Had to place the vehicle in park turn the key off and restart it was able to park it. After reading here seems a lot of people are having this issue an immediate investigation should be open because this can possibly happen in the highway if I lose control power in the power steering I could potentially crash of get hit by a car . Call gm and they said they do not have a bulletin ask them for an address to submit a formal complaint and was given one. I don’t think gm cares hopefully you guys can look into the issue and get and answer as to why is happening consumers should not have to pay a diagnostic fee and not get answers.

20 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu

Takata recall. . . The undercarriage fell down unexpectedly while driving. The most important thing is that I have been continually getting an error that my engine reduced/engine disabled and it shuts off while I’m driving on the street. I may get a few seconds of motion to get to the side of the road before it stops completely. It’s happened with my child in the car and that scares me more to think it may happen again. It has happened 3 time in the past 5 weeks. I’ve had a tune up and a number of things replaced in the past 12 months. My engine light came on again and one of the same sensors on the engine had to be replaced again.

21 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

In August of 2019 my car wouldn’t shift out of park. I had to have my car towed to a local Chevrolet dealership at night where it was there for a week this visit was for the gear shift to be replaced. October 2019 my car start stop feature made my car shut off in the middle of rush hour morning traffic this trip was said to be the charging system and the battery. In January 2020 I started to have the same issue with the car just stopping this time it was the electrical module I also had the oil changed and a all wheel alignment and I picked up my car and 10 days later my engine light came on so back to the chevy dealership 2 days they say we fixed it. 48 hours later the engine light is back on. I was told that we just cleared the engine light in hope’s that would just fix the problem so now 2 and half weeks later they still have my car. They have no clue of what’s happening.

22 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Car shuts off completely while driving-the car goes dead DE-energized completely. All controls would not work just locked up on me. I had to have the unit towed twice, we switched the battery in the key fob and the car ended up starting, however 2 weeks later it died again while driving, I nearly had an accident again!! 3 times the car has been in motion going straight and completely shuts down. The dealership was not able to find anything with their diagnostic testing!! this has to be some sort of mal-function or recall regarding this issue.

23 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

I was driving on the freeway at a speed of 60 and all of a sudden a message pops up saying reduced speed and then it automatically went down to 20mph then engine shut off in the middle of the freeway luckily I didnt get hit. This could of caused me a horrible accident.

24 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Warning message says ‘shift into park’ & even though engine shuts off, the radio (& I’m assuming battery) doesn’t. Car won’t lock because of it. Has required turning car back on & off as many as 8 times, and/or moving forward or backwards numerous times. Chevy dealer’s service advisor told me «yeah, we’ve had lots of problems with that. We usually have to replace the shifter control box».

25 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Car shuts off completely while driving. Electrical system is sporadic then shuts down.

26 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

While on vacation road trip to several northwestern states, while turning around in a parking lot, about to exit, car completely shuts off — no warning lights or nothing, just shuts off, looked under hood, nothing unusual, waited about five minutes, car started with stiil no warning lights . We were able to make it back to texas with no other problems. Checked internet and there were no recalls — however there were several other occurrences of this happening to other Malibus. Upon return home phoned my dealership and made them aware of what happened, they informed me that they were not aware of anything like this happening, they encouraged me to file this complaint because there was nothing they could do at this time due to they have nothing stating this has happened.

27 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Takata recall. The 2016 chevy Malibu 2016 stopped working while in motion, the engine shut off and steering wheel locked. Leaving me hanging and in a dangerous situation. The car completely turned off and I was unable to move the steering wheel. This happened while driving. No prior issues until this. I was completely in motion while it happened on my neighborhood street.

28 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

When I stopped at 3 red lights on my way to work this morning my car shut completely off with the auto off setting but it didn’t shut off until I let go off the break and when I let go and it shut off my car started going backwards and then it powered back on.

29 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

While driving, engine loses power and the car shuts down. (this happens in traffic!).

30 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu

Car shut off after driving to the store, it wouldn’t start and said service esc.

31 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Saturday I was parking my car and the car all of a sudden stopped. The wheel locked and then the car just shut off. I had no problem restarting it. Today I was on the highway and my vehicle did the same thing.

32 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Vehicle has been stopped or during turning or driving on city street or highway and shut off engine, engine light come on and had restart in traffic also radio screen misses up and on star does not work properly when it happens. Can’t steer vehicle when it shuts down. About caused me to wreck 4 times. This vehicle is not safe for me or my passengers it has low miles and still under bumper to bumper warranty and chevy dealers have no clue the cause. Please contact me if you need more info I be glad to show u issues with it and I love someone to help me fix the unknown issues before it gets me or my child or someone else hurt.

33 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

The contact owns a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds and while idling, the vehicle stalled and shutoff without warning. The contact stated that they would have to wait for approximately 15 minutes or more before the vehicle would restart. The contact took the vehicle to five star Chevrolet (2199 david h mcleod blvd, florence, SC 29501, (843) 605-0183) however, the mechanic was unable to identify the cause for the failure. The contact stated that onstar diagnostic tool showed a failure with the engine, transmission, and fuel system. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not subjected to a recall. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

34 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

While driving and moving or using steering drive car completely shuts down. I almost had 2 accidents because of this. It happens randomly suddenly the car while driving shuts down, stereo goes off and driving steering wheel goes hard I cant use it. When I turn off the car trying to park it it shuts down and keys get locked or stuck, unable to remove keys. While driving sometimes if you turn on highlights it shuts down the car. This is very unsafe, really disappointed with general motors and Chevrolet. I almost crash with other car because of this. It really is a fabric issue, there are hundreds of cases and complaints demonstrating that this is a error that gm or Chevrolet needs to fix for the safety of their customers.

35 Engine Shut Off Without Warning problem of the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

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.

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