The Malibu is a solid, well-rounded sedan. Roomy, it offers easy cabin access, a quiet interior and a comfortable ride. Its V6 engine delivered quick acceleration and competitive fuel economy among competing V6 family sedans. While overall crash protection is average, the Malibu received a Poor in the IIHS side-crash test when tested without its optional side airbags.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2001
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2002
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2008. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2007. Side air bags available from 2005, standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

The Malibu is a solid, well-rounded sedan. Roomy, it offers easy cabin access, a quiet interior and a comfortable ride. Its V6 engine delivered quick acceleration and competitive fuel economy among competing V6 family sedans. While overall crash protection is average, the Malibu received a Poor in the IIHS side-crash test when tested without its optional side airbags.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.2-liter 4 (145 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (200 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Chevrolet Malibu owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"This car has never been successfully aligned"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"No problem, loose joint found upon inspection"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Unsure)
Electronic or air suspension

"This was the electronic steering motor. It ended up a recall notice on this vehicle and GM repaired it for free"

S C., NM (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"recall for steering sensor"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"the suspension problems were the subject of a massive recall by GM"

Anthony F., PA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"Rear struts binding up"

Eric J., GA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Shocks & struts went bad at 50,000 miles"

F T., IL (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"damaged cv boot. also needs new struts"

Wayne M., SK (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"The torsion bar bushings wore out and the torsion bar rattled up a storm. The rear axle severely rusted and had to be replaced, along with the torsion bar and bushings"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"replace ball joint Steering clunk"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Center steel bar at center of steering column was worn and had play in it, so it was replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"for some reason this decided to break and not sure what the cause was. Had it fixed and it broke again. it was replaced but they were unsure what was causing it to break"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure Unsure)

"There was a recall by the manufacturer for the steering problem"

Judith W., CT (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"The dealer reported a "knocking" in the steering and my mechanic said it is common and not a danger. The cost to repair is VERY expensive"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"needs new bushings"

Wayne M., SK (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"the intermediate steering shaft / linkage was replaced three times"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"In general, I feel all of the issues could be considered expected ware and tear. Overall, this has been a very good car"

Richard C., AL (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"this car has had five tie rod ends replaced .three outer and two inner"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"I have had several Malibus and the tie rods and bearings seem to all were out and wear out faster in Malibu's than other cars I have had"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Replaced right front wheel bearing"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"Had leaky seal that had repeatedly been repaired by dealer. Finally, the bearing went out completely. I suspect the dealer CARELESSLY fixed the initial symptom (leaky seal) instead of determining the cause of the leak. They probably should have replaced the bearing when they identified the leak. The problem persisted for more than a year"

James S., WI (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"A loud grinding noise came from the front wheels during motion"

Anthony F., PA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"Very loud noise from the bearing"

S B., NY (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Bearings making loud noises long before they have worn out. Then they started vibrating because they finally had failed. the entire process took almost 6 months"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"I have been having issues with the power steering leaking. It was fixed once and it lasted for a while but it came back"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure Unsure)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Electric power steering would intermittently fail - mfg recall"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"I buy new tires about once/year for the front. The insides are always worn to the metal bits (whose name I am blanking on). There's serious vibration in the car at highway speed. No one can figure out what the problem is"

Melissa N., NY (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"There is an electrical issue with this car. The gauges do not work most of the time, including speedometer and gas tank; and the dash lights"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base Unsure)

"Engine light/needs oil light did not come on to advise almost out of oil. Big problem"

Wm B., NM (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Headlights bulb and turning light bulb burn often"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"It was very difficult for the auto repair place to fix turn signal problems on one side of the vehicle. We had to order a part that was very expensive"

Anonymous, AR (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"The headlights sometimes come back on. Even though the car is off and the light switch is off, the lights come back on or stay on. Takes several attempts to get them to stay off"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base Unsure)

"Bulbs are to hot and the casing are too small causing them to melt. SERIOUS FIRE HAZARD!!!"

Erik B., NY (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"The front turn signals are constantly blowing out. I no sooner get one replaced than the other side goes out again. I replaced the bulb on the left at the end of March, and now the right isn't working. I just replaced that one last November. When I tell mechanics that I think it's more than just the bulb, they don't believe me"

Melissa N., NY (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Constantly have to change blown out light bulbs in brake and turn signal lighting"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT Unsure)

"Brake light bulb burn often"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake lights weren't showing up; turn signals were spotty"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Persistent problems with bulbs burning out. Local mechanic consulted dealer and the recommendation was to replace the sockets throughout the exterior lighting system"

R W., PA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger front turn signal only works part of time. Light component has been replaced twice. Does not work when humidity is high. Have to knock on light to get working again"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"Hood latch sensor inop. Stops remote car start from operating"

Frederick V., TX (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Remote starter stopped working last winter"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"The key bob hasn't worked in a long time, even after battery was replaced!"

F T., IL (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"doesn't work any more"

S W., OH (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"fobs do not work even after replacing batteries...cost to replace is too expensive"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"The key fob buttons do not always work. The electric door locks do not always work. The truck release button on the door does not work at all anymore"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"ABS Light comes on occasionally. Don't know why"

Raymond R., CA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Original pads, rotors, and front calipers replaced after approx. 105,000 miles. I consider this outstanding brake durability"

D D., IL (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"calipers will not work properly if they are not greased every six months, have to use brake grease and not anti-seize compound"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"The right rear wheel brake was leaking brake fluid. Dealer replaced the failing parts to correct the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Unsure)

"Rear Caliper Parking Brake system seized due to age and corrosion"

Jeffrey C., NY (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Last month, installed third or fourth set of front rotors and pads, far more than I have ever needed befire this car"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"It seems every two years it needs new brakes"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Had to replace all four rotors and pads (second time) and one caliper"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Rear left caliper had small leak. Caliper was original on car"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Original brake pads, rotors, and two front calipers replaced after approx. 105,000 miles. I consider this outstanding brake durability"

D D., IL (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Worn rotors and pads"

Jeffrey W., VA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"i had to replace the front break pads"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes wore out"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"AT 45000 the rear brakes were totally worn out, but the front brakes showed little signs of wear"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"after 125,000 miles and several rotor turns had to replace front brake pads and rotors. Am not disappointed in this"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking brake does not latch or release properly"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The converter clogged up and was replaced by GM since it was before I reached 80,000 miles"

S C., NM (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"It has a small leak which is hard to detect where it is leaking"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"BOTH UPPER FLEX PIPES LEAKED, HAD TO REPLACE"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"The original design requires that if any problems occur in the system replacement is very expensive due to the way the after market parts are made. I was able to find a service station that was able to make the repair by welding the pipes and other"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Muffler required replacement - probably normal life?"

R W., PA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Pipes

"flex pipes needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"rotted through, had to replace them. Minor repair"

Matthew S., MA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Heat shield was rattling on pipe. Also pipe flanges failed on replacement exhaust pipe"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"not putting out cool air"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Refrigerant was refilled two years ago and it leaked out due to failed seals in the system (12 years old). Had to replace the compressor to fix the air conditioning system"

Eric F., CA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace sensors in the system"

Peter M., MA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"first two speeds (lower speeds) on fan don't work...highest two speeds work fine.....either heat or a/c"

Mike S., OK (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Air conditioning system has had problems for two years now, it performed marginally two years ago and I had the refrigerant replaced. Since then it had all leaked out and the compressor had to be replaced"

Eric F., CA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Small leak on hose near compressor"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Condenser

"Leak in the condenser"

Jeffrey J., IN (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"unit continues to make noises as if loading or ejecting cds even after key is shut off"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"My eyes may be dim.... Basic problem is screen reflection and not enough light/contrast unless driving at dusk or night"

Kenneth P., MI (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The entertainment system and engine/body report system are integrated. There is a stuck CD that can't come out. The digital interfaces goes blank and the clock loses it's time. The whole system is deficient. Very frustrating. Overall, though it has been a great car"

Michael T., NE (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Volume changes with acceleration, radio reception drops out when I activate the rear window heater"

Eric F., CA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Radio fades in and out"

Charles N., GA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"Cruise cnt. will not increase speed. Raise speed above want w/ accelerator, reapply cruise hold and drop incrementally. Gas gauge shows empty and check engine for 30-40 miles after filling. I know it lies, no worries $400+ to drop tank & replace send"

Kenneth P., MI (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"paint started to peel off when car was about 5 years old, had it touched up and started peeling again"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Chipping off in large sections that will rust"

Erik B., NY (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Small rust spots starting to appear under paint"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"there is rust holes in the rear doors"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"a lot of underbody rust but probably from parking on city street with salting during the winter. Rust started around name plate on trunk, rusting through paint"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"It was a valve cover gasket that cracked after 188,000 miles. Not that big a deal for so many miles. The engine itself is very solid and reliable"

Michael T., NE (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"oil pan gasket leaks"

Anonymous, LA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Oil leaking around main seal. Cost too high to fix. Just make sure adequate oil is in the car"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"Had engine seal replaced at a cost of $900.00"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Engine computer

"Fuel tank sensor would cost $1200 to replace. Check engine light always on now and tank reads full or empty"

Lyle G., WA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"Second time cap has become a problem ...trips check engine light...have to have a diagnostic ran ... just replace cap for $27 ...diagnostic $90"

Gerald D., NV (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Engine light came on when tank full"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Reads empty after a fuel fill up and never shows what is in the tank"

S W., OH (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Base 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump module located in gas tank causing spikes in pressure"

Gerald D., NV (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)
Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Check engine light has come on numerous times and I have had to take the car in to have the light cleared. Last year, it was finally diagnosed as being the sensor on top of the fuel tank. This is an expensive repair that will be accomplished this y"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"Mysteriously lost 3.5 quart of oil"

Tibor B., IN (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"during 70mph driving it repeatedly shifted to 2nd gear, lost 3 of the 4 solenoids"

Tibor B., IN (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"It was a recall"

Debra T., WI (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"recall for shifter cable"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The hatch fell on my wife's head and shoulders from the wind gust. Replaced lift supports"

W P., MA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"Driver seat is uneven when adjusting using controls on side. Only time seat is level is when it is all the way down on bottom"

Charles N., GA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Failed thermostat caused engine to run slightly too cool and the check engine light came on"

Jeffrey C., NY (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

"Thermostat stuck open. Had to be replaced"

Diane A., CA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Trunk seal leaking rain water....causing accumulation in the spare tire well"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT Unsure)

"There is a loose bolt sound and feel in the driver seat. It is a $175 charge to investigate this and $500 to replace the seat"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"Starter hangs, won't disengage the starter once the engine is running"

Eric J., GA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 3.5-L V6)
Ignition switch

"Cannot remove key from ignition unless interior of car is at least 50 degrees and steering column has warmed up sufficiently to allow signal to release key"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"would not shift to final high gear"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

"Just fell apart. Had to be towed and replaced along with 2 pulleys"

Lyle G., WA (2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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