What Malibu Hybrid Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Malibu Hybrid Generations

The Malibu Hybrid has 2 generations, each with their own issues. Using the same PainRank™ system we've determined that you're better off avoiding the 9th generation (2016–2018).

  1. 9th Generation Malibu Hybrid

    Years
    2016–2018
    Reliability
    10th out of 80
    PainRank
    1.05
    Complaints
    3
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  2. 7th Generation Malibu Hybrid

    Years
    2008–2009
    Reliability
    1st out of 80
    PainRank
    0.11
    Complaints
    1
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Malibu Hybrid Key Numbers

  1. 4 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 76 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 1 recall campaign

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Recent Malibu Hybrid News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

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    The Malibu Hybrid comes with a manual service disconnect (MSD) switch that mechanics can use to shut off the high-voltage battery when working on the car.

    That's smart and safe. Can you imagine if that switch could just magically turn itself off while driving? The sudden stop, the lack of power, the traffic swerving around you, new curse words you never even knew existed. Good thing that never happens, right? RIGHT? Oh yes, it can happen. And it has.

    GM is recalling some 2016 models because the MSD switch can come loose and cut power to your car while driving. The automaker points out it doesn't affect low-voltage functions like airbags and seatbelt pretensioners, which is good when you suddenly find yourself stopped in the middle of the road.

    The affected Malibus were built between 10/27/2015 and 06/03/2016.