Well, this is certainly a surprise. In a record-breaking year for recalls, General Motors' most recalled vehicle is not the Chevrolet Cobalt and its problematic ignition switches – it's the Chevy Malibu.

More accurately, it's the Malibu and its Epsilon platform partners, the Saturn Aura and Pontiac G6. Of the 15.8 million vehicles GM has recalled in its 29 recalls since January, over 4.3 million have been Epsilon-platform vehicles built between 2004 and 2012. Compare that to the Cobalt and other Delta platform vehicles, which have only had 2.15 million units recalled in 2014.

The Bu's problems have ranged from its stem to its stern, with power steering, transmission, air conditioning and brake light issues affecting the midsize and its ilk.

As we've already reported, the Epsilon platform's totals could increase as the year goes on, with analysts reporting that GM's recall-a-palooza could continue through the summer.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 55 Comments
      Avinash Machado
      • 10 Months Ago
      The previous Malibu,not the current Malibu.You should have mentioned that in the headline.
      withymybacktothesea
      • 10 Months Ago
      No one would care it it was BMW or Honda - but if it's American, people just love bashing on it. Suck it ya traitors - what's good for GM is good for America
        brandon
        • 10 Months Ago
        @withymybacktothesea
        You don't see people bashing ford at every article. That's because for, under the lead of Mullany was able to pull through DUE TO AWESOME MANAGEMENT. GM is a terrible excuse of a piss poor company. Also, i'm sick of that stupid line when the "fernors" produce just as much in this country, if not many times more, than GM ever will. So please shut up.
          cruzer
          • 10 Months Ago
          @brandon
          Yes I have pride in my country and I will NEVER apologize for that. Ever. I take great pride in driving around in an American brand. GM makes great cars. I've been around GM cars my whole life and they have all been amazing. Idk what u mean about making bad cars because I've never experienced it. So me personally, I love GM. My 1st car, a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix was amazing. Had it for 13 years and it cranked up everytime and that thing was such a great city and highway car. Finally I traded it in (still ran and was good but wanted a newer car). I traded it for a Chevy Cruze and it has also been fantastic. My Grandpa's Oldsmobile lasted him 25 years and the only reason he got rid of it was because he wanted a newer car. GM makes good cars.
          brandon
          • 10 Months Ago
          @brandon
          So because they're "ferign" they some how don't employ good hard working individuals in america? You know, the ones the union doesn't hire. After all, the unions protect those that get high and drink on the job, when you would get fired for that kind of behavior at a normal auto manufacturing facility. So clearly the fact that these companies just happened to be started overseas somehow makes them "less american". Give me a break. Maybe if GM had built better cars by hiring better american workers, they wouldn't have needed a bailout, like those "furn" companies, and if they had built, and now built better cars, then this wouldn't be an issue. But we can whatever this to death, the point still remains that GM doesn't build very good cars, and they need to go through an actual bankruptcy to shed the deadweight and reinvent themselves. However, so many stupid people hide behind this stupid "merica" BS that they will buy inferior products, made by inferior people, just to say they didn't buy "forign" because they are xenophobic aholes. Thanks for showing your true colors.
          cruzer
          • 10 Months Ago
          @brandon
          All the foreign car companies combined ex:(toyota, honda, nissan all 3 together) might produce more cars in America than GM but not any single one of those companies. GM produces more individually. Foreign companies may produce cars here in the US but at the end of the day they are still FOREIGN COMPANIES.
          brandon
          • 10 Months Ago
          @brandon
          Awesome, some anecdotal evidence, that is probably a lie, about how GM cars never break. Only every consumer report ever written shows the opposite is true. And then back the pseudo nationalistic whining. I guess you "support" the "troops" fighting for your "right" to have the government steal your(my) money and give it to a company that should have gone bankrupt without receiving a dime in public support? You people are too cute.
          Tim
          • 10 Months Ago
          @brandon
          Just saw that the Ram pickup will pass the Silverado, in sales, by the end of the year. Silverado's sales are waaaaay down. Looks like people are starting to get spooked by GM products, and with good reason.
        Wm
        • 10 Months Ago
        @withymybacktothesea
        I saw that Silverados and Sierras or largely built in Mexico and are only 40% American content, while the F-150, Tundra and Ridgeline are all 75% American content. Maybe that cliche need to be updated to what's good for GM is good for Mexico... or China. GM has made their own problems. If they ever become a good company, I'm sure there will be less criticism. Ford has been on the Global Most Ethical Companies list for many year. I've not seen GM on that list. http://wallstcheatsheet.com/automobiles/the-8-most-american-trucks-for-2014.html/?a=viewall
        blasds78
        • 10 Months Ago
        @withymybacktothesea
        Are you serious? People love to bash Honda, but nowhere near as much as people LOVE to bash Toyota, especially the Camry and Corolla. Anytime publicity is directed at Toyota, particularly around recalls, there's plenty of bashing. Your rant is invalid.
        SouthernGuy
        • 10 Months Ago
        @withymybacktothesea
        Bashing or no, there is no excuse for products that fail because of minor cost-cutting calculations. Products should be more robust than anticipated, not specified right at the margin.,
      brandon
      • 10 Months Ago
      I am so happy we "saved" GM. It was clearly the "right thing" to do as evidenced by all the new fantastically produced products they make. I hope Julius, CoolWaters, Hazdaz and all the others whining about what might happen(wouldn't have, but whatever) if we "hadn't saved GM". This was clearly such a great idea. I'm so happy we lost no money on the deal either. Heck, for that matter, I would have rathered give EVERY PENNY of that money lost on GM to Tesla and we would have been in a far better position right now. Long live the idiots.
        CJ_313
        • 10 Months Ago
        @brandon
        Most of these recalled vehicles are pre-bankruptcy designs. I'm not afraid to call a spade a spade, but do you think GM went bankrupt because they "were" building quality products? Let's be fair.
          brandon
          • 10 Months Ago
          @CJ_313
          What? This is exactly what I said. This is the reason they went bankrupt. We haven't yet really seen the fruits of their labor since then. I'm sure we will, and being typical GM they won't be any better. Just like with the refusing to fix the impala's with tire wear problems that weren't for the government under the "new GM". If that's how the "new GM" operates, it just goes to show how they are no different than the "old GM". There is a much evidence to show they haven't really changed the corporate culture, they just put a bandaid on and kept on digging with the same failures.
          CJ_313
          • 10 Months Ago
          @CJ_313
          I pretty much responded to this above, but one thing that you said in your response here is crucial to your argument: "We haven't yet really seen the fruits of their labor since the bankruptcy". Sure, it wouldn't be difficult to write GM off given it's history and simply assume that nothing will change for the better within the corporation, but that simply wouldn't be fair. The evidence you speak of proving that they are the same old GM is simply denying responsibility for the pre-bankruptcy products they produced, which isn't an unrealistic expectation from any "business" after being declared insolvent. As I said above, I certainly understand your position though.
          CJ_313
          • 10 Months Ago
          @CJ_313
          Chevy Volt teetered on the edges of pre & post-bankruptcy engineering, so the information that you provided isn't incredibly shocking.
      djrroar1
      • 10 Months Ago
      I have been around GM for 30 years, they learned nothing from their failure because in their minds they did not fail. They are as self-center and arrogant as ever, maybe more so than in the past. The leadership is the same people who created these issues, rarely can the people who created the issues able to solve them.
        clquake
        • 10 Months Ago
        @djrroar1
        To be fair, this is typical big corporate culture, not isolated to the auto industry. I'm in the financial industry, and I see it all the time. A financial institution gets run into the ground, and when new owners take over, they, for some inexplicable reason, keep the same people on board that ran it into the ground in the first place.
      brandon
      • 10 Months Ago
      The 15.8 million cars recalled in the last 6 months is equivilent to 30% of their total production in the last ****5**** years. Or, put another way, they have just recalled more cars than they even made *last year*. Yup, great decision there Bush and Obama. Way to give it to us all hard in the rear with no lube.
      Clipper44
      • 10 Months Ago
      They both epitomize GM, so it's not surprising that both these turds are at the top of the list.
        D23
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Clipper44
        Why is everyone being downgraded for speaking the truth? Face it GM lovers this is a bad bad time for GM they will pull through which is absolute nonsense and idiotic people will continue to buy their garbage. Toyota pales in comparison to this debacle yet GM will be stronger than ever when this is threw.
          btulliani
          • 10 Months Ago
          @D23
          Agreed .......you can't defend the un-defendable. The "old" and the "new" GM were and are dishonest.
      Jim R
      • 10 Months Ago
      Six and a half million vehicles between two platforms and 8 years. And that's not counting the trucks and the Aveos that were recalled as well. GM will be done for by the end of the decade at this rate.
        Clipper44
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        They'll go into another 'bankruptcy' and take billions more public money. Once it happens once it'll happen again. The government obviously believes that THIS company has a right to exist whereas others don't.
          brandon
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Clipper44
          Try 11.2 billion genius. Maybe you should learn to read before debating such a simple topic.
          MayTheBestCarWin05
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Clipper44
          Hey clipper. If you're so mad about the $50 million the government gave to GM, how do you feel about the HUNDREDS of millions they have to the banks?
      Tariff The Imports
      • 10 Months Ago
      Awful car(s) from an even more awful company.
        CJ_313
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Tariff The Imports
        Judging from your screen name, I doubt you'd give any American manufacturer the time of day. Your opinion reeks of baseless personal bias.
      btulliani
      • 10 Months Ago
      Romney was right!
      btulliani
      • 10 Months Ago
      We had the chance to do it right in '08. It probably would have been the next great depression but rescuing the weak only leads to inferior products and leads a generation of people to believe that when you FAIL there are no consequences. I thought GM had learned it's lesson from the Japanese auto makers........ build good reliable entry level cars and the rest is well..........AVEO!
      R Ellis Novak
      • 10 Months Ago
      The early to mid 2000s Malibu is easily one of the worst American cars I've ever driven. And I've driven half a dozen Avengers, so that's saying something.
      thecommentator2013
      • 10 Months Ago
      Strangely, I have had not one single issue with my Volt. Not one. Running perfectly on a few cups of gas for the last 18 months.
        clquake
        • 10 Months Ago
        @thecommentator2013
        Then you must be one of the few lucky ones. Forums and consumer reviews are full of issues that leave people stranded. I was considering one until I talked to a several owners waiting for service at the local dealership, and each one said they regretted it, and can't wait to get rid of it. They don't quite have it sorted out yet, I'll wait for v 2.0 before considering it again.
    • Load More Comments