With this redesign, Malibu ranked among the best family sedans, thanks to responsive handling, a composed ride, and a quiet interior. But its fuel economy fell short in both four-cylinder or V6 versions. 
Alerts
There are 5 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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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

With this redesign, Malibu ranked among the best family sedans, thanks to responsive handling, a composed ride, and a quiet interior. But its fuel economy fell short in both four-cylinder or V6 versions. 

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
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 hybrid (164 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (169 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (252 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 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

"Noise when turning corners"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The lower left front control arm was worn/loose and needed replacing"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Both front strut bearings had seized and needed to be replaced"

Bill R., AB (2008 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Lower control arm bushing worn. This allowed the wheel to move slightly when braking and causing the car to veer off to one side slightly"

Douglas C., WI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"power steering makes squeezing noise when the weather is cold. has been diagnosed by gm technician"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Steering wheel vibration and noises were repaired through the recall repair"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"recall on electric power steering"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"sticking, causing a 'thumping' sound when turning slowly"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Strut mounting top bearing assy failure is premature"

Bryan P., AB (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Broken rear coil spring needed replacement. Also, both front strut bearings had seized and needed replacement"

Bill R., AB (2008 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"had two broken rear springs which i did not really notice"

Douglas C., WI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"car makes noises when I turn, and the parts of steering wheel had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Power assisted linkage had problems"

Edward R., MA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Expensive repair replacing steering linkage between the two front wheels. INVOICE: Remove and replace steering gear $672.17. Remove and replace center link $298.12. Front end alignment 94.65. Grand total w/tax etc. $1121.57. Mechanic said replaced equipment was redesigned and will not give out like the original"

William S., OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"recall, repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Turned out to be a belt in the steering column that had come loose and needed to be replaced"

Beth B., NC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"dealer determined replacement required. car has extended warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Wheel bearing locking"

Edward R., MA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Noise when traveling at highway speeds"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Front wheel bearing failure at 60000 miles"

N S., MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-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

Cruise control

"CAR IN CRUISE CONTROL WILL DROP OUT OF CRUISE CONTROL AND WILL NOT GO BACK IN FOR AN UNK PERIOD OF TIME. OCCASIONALLY WILL NOT GO INTO CRUISE CONTROL. SPORADIC. DEALER SAID COULD NOT LOCATE A PROBLEM"

Ed W., AR (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The cruise control would just quit for no reason"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had problems with ESC sensor, when it was lit it would negate the cruise control and radio. The dealer did not think the sensor was affecting the radio and wanted to replace the radio at over a $450.00 cost. However, once the ESC sensor issue was r"

Yvonne M., PA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The cruise would randomly quit or stay on!"

Tim T., IN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

"To change a headlight bulb you have to take off the whole front end off. To quote another consumer "the person that designed this should be shot" Of course it is basically not a mistake but a marketing ploy to ensure that with higher efficiency vehic"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"lens fade"

Anonymous, KS (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS Unsure)

"Replacing headlights on this model requires that entire front end is removed to access costing about $225 for a $40 part . A ridiculous design"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"In order to replace the headlight the whole front trim panel of the car must be removed making it impossible for a do at home fix"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Turn signals do not always self cancel on turning a corner. It is intermittent - sometimes they cancel, and sometimes they don't"

Hugh H., IN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to change both brake/turning signal bulbs"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Dahboard lights go out, even at night. Dealer's service dept. says nothing wrong with them. Cannot find the problem"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Have taken car to be serviced at least three times because keyless entry does not work. Have to lock manually each individual door and unlock with key. Last time they tried to charge me $300 to repair, called the Chev. Co and they ordered the deale"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers side locking button stopped working. I did not have dealer check it. I just used my remote to lock car instead. Not highly important but just a pain"

Richard G., FL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The solenoids to lock/unlock the 4 doors all failed and had to be replaced ( after the warranty was out of course). I examined them and saw that they were not sufficiently rated for the task and burned up. There were numerous complaints on the Intern"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"need to replace the silicone middle section"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the door locks have never worked correctly, you don't know which door will unlock or lock if any!!!never will I purchase any GM product!!!"

Tim T., IN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

"After 1st few years the tire monitor indicator light showed an error. One of the gauges stopped emitting a signal. Dealer recalibrated and then another sender stopped working. Now none of them are working and it is very expensive to fix. I liked it w"

Richard G., FL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Continued problems with tire presume monitor system not working and repairs are temporary and expensive and seem to be a trial and error approach"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning lights on dash activate often and are expensive to analyze and often are temporary fixes"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"I was receiving intermittent "Serivce ESC" and "Service TCS System" errors on the driver information center. Turns out the ABS control sensor was failing and was replaced in 2017"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"rusted out"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"RF caliper did not release brake pistons right away, it took several minutes for them to release. Problem was fixed in early February, recurred in late April, and was repaired a second time under a parts and labour warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"replaced front pads and resurfaced rotors"

Robert T., MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Replace front rotors and calipers"

Richard V., MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"BRAKE PADS"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Replacing brakes several times since i have owned the car"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Two complete front brake jobs before 55000 miles. I use for mostly highway driving and the pads wore out completely twice and ruined the rotors"

N S., MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"replaced my brakes twice already considering that only 28000 miles that seems extreme"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes wear unevenly and create a vibration when stopping usually around 6000 after replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors became thin and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Just wore them out with all the miles I drive"

Bill C., CT (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)
Squeaking

"rusted out"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes squeaked when brakes were not being applied. This happened on and off for over a year before the pads were actually worn down. Spraying an anti squeak product stopped the noise for a few weeks then the noise would return. Very irritating"

Richard A., DE (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Was taken back at least 6 times for "cleaning"...brakes continuously squeal, squeak. Pricey to replace pads...then squeaking next day"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

"a chirping noise from the rear. nobody seems to know where its coming from"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-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 jammed in player causing failure of radio"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"the radio/cd system cuts out repeatedly. Problem persists for several weeks then normal function resumes for several months, after which the problem re-commences"

Carl B., CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"the radio/cd player cuts out, and then comes back on. The problem persists for a period of weeks, then stops for several months, then commences again"

Carl B., CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Low Volume"

John C., TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"front door speakers just stopped working"

Anonymous, DE (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Need to replace front right speaker in door so I could hear the Onstar directions better"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure Unsure)

"speakers in the door failed. The low fuel, door ajar,etc...chimes use the door speaker. Had to replace both door speakers"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both speakers needed to be replace, because we could not hear the ON-star operator when we were stuck on a snow plow furl in Indiana. The remote key openers need to be replace every two years. The computer that controls the door and trunks locks nee"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"Get warning light re steering. Diagnosed as need for a $600 sensor that needs replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"the windshield gasket squeaks"

J K., PA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"leak in sun roof - drain tube needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"the windshield gasket squeaks"

J K., PA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced the struts in the front of car"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"go over bumps and seats squeaks and it's annoying"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sounds like a power steering problem"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-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

Doors or sliding doors

"one of the doors does not respond to remote lock and can be only unlocked/locked manually by pulling or pushing on the window lock"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Three of the four power door locks on the car have failed in the past year. Chevrolet does not consider this a system problem and does not help with the repair. So far it has cost me about $1,000.00"

Hugh H., IN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Locks on all doors now failed to work via key fob. Need to be locked manually"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I think someone had jimmied the lock and with only one door that has a locking mechanism on it, I can't lock my car. I have yet to go to the dealer to see if I can get a 'clicker' because I know it's going to cost. I've had to crawl through the tru"

Sheila B., CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Had to have the transmission replaced after hitting an object in the road. the replacement transmission had problems with the internal wafer that caused the car to stop, jump into gear and reverse became inoperable. this month we received a recall"

Joseph H., OK (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"After approximately 400 miles having the transmission fluid flushed, the transmission had to be replaced"

John L., MD (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"I had to have my transmission completely rebuilt. I lost two gears and barely made it to the shop. I have never had this problem before. It cost me $3500!"

Kathy M., MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"A part the retails for $5.00, 1 to 2nd wave plate, shattered and destroyed multiple gears and solenoids. It was a know problem which was fixed in the 2009 and up Malibus"

Steven K., TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"Just had the radiator assembly and cooling fans replaced. The engine cooling fan shattered (in my parking space), punctured the radiator, causing the cooling fluid to completely drain"

Beth B., NC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Overheating

"The fan remained running after turning the car off"

Anita B., IL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Water pump

"My car was overheating and they replaced my water pump and a belt"

Anita B., IL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"I had to have my catalytic converter replaced. I have never had this problem on any other car. It cost me $1000. I believe this car is a lemon. It was not a sellable car, but they sold it anyway"

Kathy M., MI (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Fuel connection cracked, unknown reason. Repair was approx. $1,100"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, KY (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Driveline vibration

"Front wheel bearing"

Laszio R., OH (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"After the first year, the ESC indicator would light up intermittently while driving. Dealer could not find anything wrong. But after several years, GM had a recall to fix the ESC problem"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel solinoid"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"I had to take the car back to the dealer three times so far for issues with the cataytic coverter"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter became very restricted but the problem was very difficult to diagnose. After 6 months of inappropriate engine racing, a computer code indicated the likely cause to my mechanic. Chevrolet replaced the converter under extended war"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"The air conditioner will not get cold or it get's cold and starts blowing hot air. You can't change the temperature level for fear the air will stop being cold. Had it serviced several times and no one has been able to solve the problem"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure Unsure)
Heater system

"Radiator had a leaking plug (universal unit) that caused antifreeze to drip out. Got it fixed, and no more problems"

Steve M., NC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"REAR BUMPER AND SIDE PANEL MOLDING COMING LOOSE. POPS OUT ABOUT 1/4 TO 1/2 INCH AND MUST BE "BUMPED" BY HAND TO GET IT TO GO BACK IN. BOTH SIDES. DEALER SAID ONLY FIX WAS TO REPLACE REAR BODY PANE(S)"

Ed W., AR (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint fading on bumpers. Paint corrosion on hubcaps"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-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

"The engine light came on. In order to pass smog inspection I had to replace the solenoid. This was a difficult feat because everyone one except one dealer swore that I had to replace my transmission. This Chevy dealer repaired it for 1,300. This dealer was exceptional. I got a Costco discount"

Charles C., CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Cylinder head went out at 51000 miles. Chevrolet paid 2/3rds and I paid 1/3 of a $3200 bill"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"Some kind of seal in the engine had to be replaced"

Lori B., CA (2008 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-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

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