GM Eyeing Issue With Outgoing Chevrolet Malibu Stop/Start System, Is A Recall Next?65
There’s a potential problem concerning the eight-generation Chevrolet Malibu, according to a recent report by ABC News. GM has even recognized the issue but at this point is not issuing a recall or even a service bulletin.
The problem isn’t life threatening but it’s still an issue nonetheless: the 2.5L engine with stop/start technology won’t shutoff at stoplights.
Like many modern cars, the 2014/2015 Malibu with the 2.5L Ecotec engine is equipped with start/stop technology that’s supposed to shutoff the engine at stoplights in order to save fuel. But that’s just not happening, says Malibu owner Russell Gordon.
“I couldn’t get it to initialize so I kept going back to the dealership to explain to them that there was an issue,” says Gordon. “It was really starting to irritate me”.
While Gordon’s original dealership couldn’t figure it out, a different dealership took a peek and concluded there was a malfunction in the brake position module, he says.
The news outlet reached out to GM for comment and a spokesperson replied via email:
“We are aware of a potential issue with the Brake Pedal Position Sensor and are currently evaluating. We are trying to better understand root cause at this point.”
The news outlet failed to recognized that the 2014/15 Malibu is also equipped with stop/start as standard, and we’re curious as to whether or not the alleged problem also extends to the more popular mainstream Malibu.
The company says its engineers are eager to speak with owners like Gordon in order to better understand the issue, but at this point there are no plans to issue a recall or even a service bulletin. However, a very similar recall was issued not too long ago.
Experiencing a similar? You can call GM at 304-462-9256 or contact them through the Warranty, Repair and Lemon Law website right here.
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I’m having the same issue with my 2016 Chevy Malibu Limited
A simple fix for GM, to give its customers that don’t like start / stop, is to provide a bypass harness installed in car models that don’t have a disable button for start / stop. My car is 2015 MALIBU LTZ and Dual Battery Control Module is bad and has to be replaced. I don’t want to have to continually replace this.
i have a 2015 malibu with 29500 miles on it and my stop/start will not restart the car, i must place the shift lever in net or park at a stop to restart. Have taken to dealer for repair. I am replacing both batteries , dealer said their is a update on software to fix the problem we will see. Cost estimate $699.00
This feature sucks…you may save a little money on gas but what about when you have to bring your car in to have the battery in the trunk replaced when it dies…especially in the northeast with the cold winters…..I have been working on cars for close to 50 years so I would replace it myself but not everyone will do it themselves. Figure about a few hundred dollars for the battery and the install at a dealership. I have to say this is one of the stupidest things I ever seen as a stock option on a car.
Why not just change it yourself? An auxiliary battery is about $100 and takes literally 5 minutes to remove the old one and install the new one.