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#67 of 138 2010 MALIBU TRANSMISSION ISSUES
Aug 26, 2010 (7:17 am)
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.
1. POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM) Bulletin Number: SB-09271C
Bulletin Date: Jan 2010
Vehicle: 2,010 Chevrolet Malibu
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 )
2. POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM) Bulletin Number: PIP-4653B
Bulletin Date: Sep 2009
Vehicle: 2,010 Chevrolet Malibu
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?
#68 of 138 Re: 2010 MALIBU TRANSMISSION ISSUES [malbuilt]
Aug 27, 2010 (7:08 am)
UPDATE3: 8/26 DEALER STATES SPEED SENSOR IS BAD. WILL REPLACE AND RE-TEST FOR OTHER POSSIBLE PROBLEMS. SHOULD TAKE A FEW DAYS.
#69 of 138 Re: 2010 MALIBU TRANSMISSION ISSUES [malbuilt]
Sep 01, 2010 (6:00 am)
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.
#70 of 138 2010 Malibu Transmission/Engine bucking
Nov 30, 2010 (2:49 pm)
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.
#71 of 138 Re: 2010 Malibu Transmission/Engine bucking [penmen65]
Dec 01, 2010 (1:50 pm)
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.
GM Customer Service
#73 of 138 Re: 2010 Malibu Transmission/Engine bucking [gmcustsvc]
Dec 02, 2010 (1:29 pm)
I sent you my information....
#74 of 138 2011 malibu/transmission/ engine bucking
Feb 08, 2011 (8:28 pm)
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?
#75 of 138 Re: 2011 malibu/transmission/ engine bucking [harville1982]
Feb 12, 2011 (1:58 pm)
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!!
#76 of 138 2010 LTZ 4 cyl
Mar 27, 2011 (7:20 pm)
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.