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.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
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2003
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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.
2000
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2001
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2002
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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 (144 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (217 hp)
  • 3.9-liter V6 (240 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 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

"lots of noise and rough ride"

Fausto V., IL (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"Shoks have leaked and need to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering linkage began creaking at 60k mi. at about 75k rack and pinion became completely separated from intermediate shaft during parallel parking. Entire rack and pinion unit replaced to fix problem"

Anonymous, MN (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering motor and sensor failed causing and unsafe loss of power steering at 35 mph and less. Recall was issued by NHTSA for surrounding years for this problem"

Susan S., MI (2007 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"knocking sound with the electric steering system"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"need a steering part replacement. i don't remember what it was called. cost about $700"

Halbedel G., NY (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"wore out"

Anonymous, AB (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"Covered by dealership without charge and brought to my attention by mail. A "call-in.""

Wayne M., NC (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.5-L V6)

"power steering motor and sensor failure caused loss of power steering at 35mph and less"

Susan S., MI (2007 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"had steering wheel vibration requires front end work on drivers side about $700- cannot remember name of parts but had passenger side done 3 years ago"

Todd T., MB (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace as they were worn out and making it unsafe to drive. It ruined my tires and had to get new ones. Very expensive overall"

Anonymous, MO (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"front tire was worn on outer edge"

Witold C., BC (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"Front right wheel bearing failed necessitating replacing the whole hub assembly"

William W., FL (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"wheel bearing needed to be replaced"

Fausto V., IL (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"While receiving a tire rotation and wheel balancing I was told that the car was in considerable need of alignment"

Wayne M., NC (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.5-L V6)
Ball joints

"front ball joints are making noise; lower control arms were already replaced at 120,000 miles. Rear suspension is also making noise"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"They wore out"

Anonymous, MN (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS Unsure)

"Joints were worn out and clicking. Replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"One was leaking fluid - had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Repaired front brakes twice in less than 15000km"

Anonymous, NS (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"just replaced, not a problem"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"The calipers were incorrectly set resulting in premature brake wear. Once again, this was a dealership issue"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"the rear brakes were worn out at approx. 45,000 km"

Terry L., SK (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Replaced rotors twice"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Basically they showed very little wear but were the cause of the vehicle shaking and vibrating during stopping due to slight warpage"

Anonymous, OK (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"The car needed new rear brakes"

Martin K., MA (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.5-L V6)

"The brakes wore out after being fixed less than a year before"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"The cable broke"

Fritz D., MI (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 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

"fuel gauge stop work properly low fuel light come frequently with full tank gas even down to 1/4 tank too"

Daniel D., IL (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"temp gauge and fuel gauge problems"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel gauge doesn't work"

Anonymous, KS (2007 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure Unsure)

"Ceased working both from the key fob and the buttons on the drivers side front door"

Curt D., MO (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.5-L V6)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"It would start honking and the door locks would flip up and down constantly. You had to unhook the battery to stop it"

Anonymous, OK (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)
Body control module

"Doors locking and unlocking on their own"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.5-L V6)
Cruise control

"an electronic component was the problem which proved to be difficult to find"

Terry L., SK (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"bulb burned out & replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"check engine light on as a result of fuel gauge not working"

Anonymous, KS (2007 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure Unsure)

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

"Engine Coolant leak began with failure of a cheap plastic hose "T" connection located immediately below coolant expansion tank. As a result, engine did overheat, which led to subsequent other costlier failures"

Ralph M., FL (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"The radiator rusted out"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Chevrolet Malibu SS Unsure)

"dash board area has a rattle somewhere behind the radio that comes and goes"

Candice R., KY (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaks from inside of dash"

Anonymous, MO (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Dash rattles near the windshield and dealers have never been able to rectify it"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.5-L V6)

"Front windshield squeaks especially when it's cold, no one can find the problem unless we take it out, very expensive"

Anonymous, KY (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"as car get older more wind noise more rattles"

Todd T., MB (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

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 gauge/sender

"Fuel guage works sporadically and causes check engine light to come on. Repair estimate is 750.00"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel gauge sensor reads empty when filled with gas, keeps bouncing around from full to empty so you never have an accurate reading"

Anonymous, KY (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Air is getting in the fuel line. It causes the traction control light to come on when driving uphill"

Anonymous, MO (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"A fuel line at the pump in fuel tank developed a fuel leak on the top of the tank"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 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

Refrigerant leaks

"Expansion tank cracked and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NS (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"A/C was not cooling, needed to be recharged"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)
Condenser

"Cost to repair well over $1000"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 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

CD player

"CD disc would not eject from player resulting in overnight draining of car battery"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"During daylight hours I can hardly read the info screen display. I can read it fine at night. My previous Malibu had a daytime and a night time setting which made it easy to read with no problems. This car does not have those settings"

Rudy H., GA (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"failure. recalled"

Edward S., NJ (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"It was the shift solenoids in the transmission that failed"

Philip L., MS (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.5-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

"Very noisy exhaust leading to manifold connection"

Lawrence B., MI (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.5-L V6)
Muffler

"Had to be replaced after 10 years"

Lawrence B., MI (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Engine Oil leak - location unknown at this time. Suspect "O" ring between Engine Oil Filter Adapter Assembly and engine block"

Ralph M., FL (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"I miss a oil change by 1 month since then eat up quart every 2 weeks around"

Daniel D., IL (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.2-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"replace park cable"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"factory recall"

Joseph M., CT (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"The dealership had difficulty diagnosing and repairing this problem. It was expensive and required three trips to get the correct diagnosis of the problem"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"Cooling system leak. Don't know where. Put leak stop in radiator. Not now overheating or leaking it appears"

Wade H., FL (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"Front quarter panel has bubbled and is rusting"

Greg C., MI (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.5-L V6)

"at base of door on front right side"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 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.

What Owners Say

"Manufacturer's recall"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure Unsure)

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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Wires would not fail if they were all copper"

Fritz D., MI (2007 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

Head gasket

"Oil leak required the replacement of the oil pan gsasket"

Anonymous, MO (2007 Chevrolet Malibu LT 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.

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