The four-cylinder Malibu was updated with a six-speed automatic transmission that improves fuel economy and throttle response for this model year. Otherwise, Malibu remains well rounded overall. The car handles well and has a competent powertrain, along with a very quiet, spacious and well-trimmed cabin.
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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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 four-cylinder Malibu was updated with a six-speed automatic transmission that improves fuel economy and throttle response for this model year. Otherwise, Malibu remains well rounded overall. The car handles well and has a competent powertrain, along with a very quiet, spacious and well-trimmed cabin.

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 2009 Chevrolet Malibu owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"BCM controls everything. Door locks operated themselves, remote start stopped working, electric door lock buttons stopped working, elect. door locks can lock you out even with key in ignition. Replaced BCM and it fixed nothing"

Steven B., MN (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Periodically, cruise control just stop working and start working approx the next day"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"cannot use when ESC not working"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)
Gauges

"back lights on speedometer stopped working"

Danny M., FL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Continuing problems with headlights burning out. Started 105000 miles.Expensive repair as front fascia has to be removed to replace bulbs. Burned Connector found last time. Replaced- no problems since"

Richard P., TX (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"To replace a headlight the nose clip had to be removed . It cost me $350.00 to replace the headlights"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to remove the bumper to replace the head lite bulbs"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced 2 headlights at over $100 each time due to poor design to change headlamp bulb , excessive labor"

Bruce K., CA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight stopped working twice. Had to replace bulb and socket the second time. I was quoted $340 to repair at dealer. Replaced it myself for the cost of the bulb, but it took me three to four hours. General Motors has lost me as a customer beca"

William S., VA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights were incredibly dim. Had them changed out at dealership"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"To change a headlight bulb the front bumper needs to be removed, hed to take it back to the dealer, very inconvenient and expensive"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlight went out and had to take it to a body shop to replace because to replace the bulb one must remove the entire bumper to change the bulb!"

Laura M., FL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"They had to replaced twice, and it's very expensive because the whole front and grill needs to be removed"

Diana P., PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail light - defective bulb"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"left rear turn light burned out -- cost $35 to fix"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Brake light. Recall to fix"

Harry D., OH (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"third brake light 250.00 repair"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front passenger brake light went out. Mode holding bulb was burnt to a crisp. Bumper had to be removed to get to it. Had to go back to dealer twice as they did not fix it the first time. Costly fix"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Random Brake lights on when not braking. At times, brake lights would go out when braking"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"cost $120 to replace a turn signal lamp"

Tim M., MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Signal light switch doesnt turn off automatically. Expensive to fix"

Liam S., TX (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Problem manifest was driver window failure. Dealer replaced regulator $380 no change. Two more weeks of shop time still no fix. Complaints to GM yielded no help. I got schematics and fixed by myself scuffed seat harness in two hours"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"The driver's door lock works only intermittently. GM refuses to acknowledge the problem"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

"keyless entry quit working within a year after owning car. never fixed it"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

"remotes (2) have not worked at all since 2010. both batteries were replaced without results. replacement remotes are very costly, not covered by the warranty & there's not guarantee that is the problem to begin with"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"I and many other people have had key fob issues with GM cars and replacement costs are much too high by GM for a known issue. Correct this GM"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace one fob when the car was still under warranty. This year that one broke again and the 2nd one broke. I had to purchase a new one for over $100. I didn't replace the 2nd one"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Remote lock/unlock quit working"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Power door lock, front passenger side, failed to work"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Remote entry system stopped working. Alarm activates when starting car in damp weather"

Robert P., NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Door lock stopped working"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When all other electrical issues showed up, the remote start quit working. Only remote door locks would work"

Steven B., MN (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Remote would not lock doors nor remote start car"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working after 2 years"

Liam S., TX (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"The tire pressure monitor on one tire keeps going of an on, tire pressure is accurate when checked. I have not had the time to get the monitor fixed"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

"The system has not worked right since a truck dropped some bricks and blew two of my tires"

Anonymous, MS (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Possibly made defective by using a canned sealant to cure a slow leak. Wasn't aware of the possible consequences at the time"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed on one wheel and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Shows right front tire pressure is low, even after tires are rotated. Dealer service department suggests it is a costly repair and to consider "living with it" because none of the tires are losing pressure"

Millfield F., VA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure monitor keeps coming on even after so called repair"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"they show no pressure in the tire"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

"Warning lights would come on even though there was nothing wrong. Was fixed under a recall"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"ESC system warnings turned out to be caused by a melted electrical connection"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The sensor for tire pressure failed . It read there was a problem with an under inflated front tire . There was no such problem . This failure at about 50000 miles and I had to pay to get it fixed"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on"

Diana P., PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Various warning lights come on intermittently: air bag, tire pressure, ABS, traction. They come on periodically, stay on for the duration of the drive, and then don't come on for a while. I took the car to a dealer, but by the time I got there the warning lights had gone off. The service manager said these are intermittent occurrences that probably indicate malfunctioning sensors and are very difficult to diagnose. He said it is OK to drive the car"

William T., TX (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"The electric lock for the door broke and had to be replaced for about $150. Also, the turn signal broke and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"hac to replace the wiper motor"

Tim M., MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Right side ball joint shot and it required an entire linkage piece to be replaced. There wasn't just a ball joint that could be replaced"

George D., PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn ball joint caused an alignment problem. Steering became eratic"

Stan S., IA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic or air suspension

"had to replace the electronic steering $750.00"

Brian E., VA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Electronic Power Steering component failed"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering hose leak. Dealer wanted $750 to fix! What haven't they learned in 75-90 years of making power steering hoses, that they can't make them without leaking!"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"electronic power steering sensor problem, recalled under other models but not my year, although appears to be same problem"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"GONE THREW 2 POWER STEERING PUMPS"

Rick J., IN (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"were defective--replaced"

Richard O., PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Car made noises when turning. Told is was struts and cost $1000 to repair. Same noise still there - taking it in next Tuesday to find out what really is wrong"

Gary G., WA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"In my experience, GM strut assembly bearing plates are prone to failure, as was the case in several of my Chevrolet purchases, including this Malibu"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"car rattles when steering wheel turned right or left, the springs , contract and release making a small bang"

Gary K., AB (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"excessive noise in front struts required complete replacement"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"LH rear Shock broke in half, front ball joints and links need to be replaced"

Mirza B., MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The road bumps were more pronounced"

Stan S., IA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken rear spring"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"clunking noises and rough ride"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Replaced the intermediate steering shaft"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"intermediate steering shaft went bad, thermostat, and left front wheel bearings"

William S., NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Serious front end suspension issues have been a constant with this car. Wheel bearings, tie rods and serious other parts have all been replaced too early on this car"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Took car in for oil change and told the mechanic that I noticed a pull to the right if I braked hard. He then found the tie rod problem attributed to potholes and rough speed humps"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure Unsure)

"Need to replace tie bar and sway bars"

Mirza B., MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Noise, steering feels loose"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"needed to be replaced due to wear and a noise was heard"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"noisy hub bearing, front passenger side"

Todd K., OH (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Premature wear requiring replacement"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"The water is getting into some of the electrical systems and the vehicle will not start"

Anonymous, MS (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaked around sunroof"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sunroof leaked 2 years ago dealer fixed for $500, said drain hose disconnected?? Now another leak on the passenger side front is leaking into cabin. Getting it fixed at independent repair shop. The dealer has gotten enough of our money"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"The drain pans on booth sides in the front leaked ,it flooded the dash and shorted out the computer and shut down the car so that it would only run very slowly . they have now fixed the car every year for the past five years 5 times . Its not my deal"

Paul M., MD (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"NOISE in the windows aeras and doors"

William K., KY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"two hoses disconnected themselves from the sunroof drain pan"

Todd K., OH (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sun roof was leaking water from under the dash and then headliner above the driver after hard rains. The drainage tubing for the sun roof had "shrunk up" and detached from exit and entrance ports. Tubing was replaced by the owner and resolved"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The water leak is on the RIGHT SIDE OVER THE FRONT WINDOW.When it rains the water just pours in and wets the Passenger and thr front RUG"

James H., NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"SUN ROOF DRAIN BLOCKED, FLOOR BOARD FULL OF WATER"

Rick J., IN (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"I have been told by dealership the front window would have to be remove. Expensive job"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Water leaks occurred in front near windshield and were due to sunroof drainage system clogging. Drainage system had to be replaced for about $300"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The moon roof leaks would not fix"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Plugged sunroof drain system causing rain/water rapidly. Problem is re-occurring and has caused visible staining to cloth ceiling on both sides of front drving compartment"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Water leaked in from the sun roof. I had to go to dealer to fix. Was told a drain was blocked"

Donna H., MD (2009 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a water leak overhead near front window. Issue with the weatherstrippin"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Steering column squeaks"

Tim E., PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"When accelerating at some speeds, the vehicle felt like it was hesitating for a split second, with a brief kicking sensation. After several dealership visits the mechanics couldnt identify the issue or symptoms"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"IT is alot more noise than when new"

William K., KY (2009 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

"After we complained about intermittent ABS light for over a year, Chevrolet issued a recall to fix faulty wiring harness causing intermittent ABS light, go figure"

David V., IL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Failure of wheel bearing and ABS for front right wheel"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak at left rear brake caliper"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Repalced brake pads and rotors in both front wheelsat about 27500 mi"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Seems like I frequently need to repair/replace the brake pads and rotors"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem as expected for the age of the brakes"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"The read rotors, pads, and other hardware had to be replaced on both rear wheels after just 30,000 miles. This cost approximately $600 at a Chicago area Firestone dealer"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Had to replace the brakes in less than 20,000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The right rear emer. brake caliper failed caused over heating to inboard pad. Put more load than engineered for on front brakes causing excessive wear. replaced 4 rotors and all pads and hardware"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Needed new rotors"

M W., OH (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced then had them cut"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Hard spots in front rotors causing noise. Required replacement to fix"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Rotor warped causing braking problems and noise, before it was expected"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"they rusted excessavely"

Ted M., NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors were worn"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Locked up causing excessive break wear . Design flaw per mechanic"

James M., NJ (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

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

"Gear selector cable broke and car needed to be towed"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealership said the rough shifting was due to an outdated computer program that was two updates behind. They installed the new one for free"

Richard S., ME (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission oil cooler line leaking. fixed myself - $30"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Cruise control stopped working. Hard shifts. codes 0700, 0904. Sensors replaced. 136000 miles. OK now"

Richard P., TX (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"sensor problem which occured 9 months after the transmission had been replaced-had to take car to dealer for adjustment"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Car stopped suddenly while driving and needed to be towed to a service station. On the second time, it was diagnosed that the solenoid needed cleaning"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cost $1000 to take care of the problem"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission had erratic shifting patterns"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Caused by sensor"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Eratic lock up"

Brian B., ON (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Erratic lock up"

Brian B., ON (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"transmission died and had to be replaced. was covered under GM warranty"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission started slipping, took to dealership and found out torque converter was failing. Had to be replaced and transmission rebuilt"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was slipping "out of gear". Dealership said the transmission was going and needed to be replaced. The car only had 70,000 miles. GM paid 60% of the cost to fix it"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Trans under warenty"

James B., OH (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"We were told the 6th gear housing broke causing catastrophic failure. Transmission was replaced with a 'new' rebuilt one. Only 44,000 at the time of failure. GM would only cover half of the cost of the part, because we were 2 months over the time wa"

Zil R., NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"35R wave plate was an not heat treated from the supplier. Which is a known issue with the Malibu's and Acadia's. This part failed which caused car to be undrivable. Transmission had to be replaced. Chevrolet dealer supposedly talked with GM and would only pay for half the cost. If I owned an Acadia, they would have replaced it for free"

Dan M., IL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission would not go in forward or reverse"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Again engine light came on and I took to dealor, another 500 dollars"

Merle N., IA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"resetting engine light due to some weird issue with the EVAP system. After resetting engine light the OBD2 system didn't fully reset for over a 1000 miles!!!!! Completely unacceptable"

George D., PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"Fuel cap and replacement to fuel cap do not seal and cause check gas cap warning frequently"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Engine light came on and I tool to dealer, cost about 500 dollars"

Merle N., IA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Variable valve timing solenoid failed and is very expensive to replace. Dealer says failure is common"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The sensor light wouldn't turn off - our regular mechanic couldn't fix it - had to take it to the dealer and it cost about $224 to fix it"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Wire to cylinder 1 injector had become bare and was intermittently shorting out causing intermittent misfire"

E S., MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Car stalled at intersection in left hand turn lane. Was unable to start. Towed to repair facility. Problem diagnosed as fuel pump. It was replaced. Car then ran fine for two months. Stalling problem recurred. Had car towed back to same repair facility. They performed another fuel pump replacement under warranty. Car runs fine (again), but Check Engine Light came on 48 hours after repair. Not related to fuel pump repair apparently"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Display screen goes blank

"the front panel will be dark, no lighting then all of a sudden the lighting comes up. the screen above the radio goes blank for a few days, no time ,no radio station number...then suddenly, it's on again"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The car's bluetooth will not stay paired with the phone"

Jacob K., PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"intermittently does not work - dealership can't figure it out"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Buttons to change channels ceased working properly. New radio required, but covered under extended warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"3 days ago the radio failed in the on mode...it would not turn off.It was stuck in the on playing mode. The radio was disconnected by the dealer and a new one ordered and I was told it will be covered under my GM extended warranty that I purchased"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"THE RADIO SHORTED OUT"

Kenneth K., FL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The front speakers cut out"

Ted M., NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Front door speakers quit working. Either no or very poor sound through car phone. Warning signals not audible. Radio sound very poor quality"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 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

"The car leaked during heavy rains"

Anonymous, MS (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rear door electric lock will not work. It will not lock or unlock"

Shannon H., UT (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger door will not unlock and we can not open it"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"Power seat mechanism failure"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"will not repair admitted defect last gm purchase"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Piston for trunk failed and made it difficult to open and close trunk"

Anonymous, NY (2009 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

Driveshaft or axle

"Axle broke"

Berry P., AZ (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front wheel hub assembly bearing failure"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bought a used Malibu. Was supposed to be owned by an administrative person w/in Chevrolet. Had 18,000 miles. Now has 33,000. I rarely put on much mileage, and now that I'm retired, I put even less. I was shocked that such a major repair was required w/my low mile usage. Had to replace brakes/the link between the wheels and the ball joints at each front tire. (Sorry I don't now official names). Cost was 1,300. This is the most expensive repair I have ever had in my 50 yrs of buying cars"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Electric door lock"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Body Control Module was failing at times over the previous 6 months and the dealer could not trace it until the failure got worse. The BCM computer had to be replaced after other things were tried and it took a lot of troubleshooting at the dealer before they fixed it"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"warning light came on bake lights would come on when not breaking and cruise control would disconnect with out touch brake or turning it off"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"GASKET ANTIFREEZE LEAKED INTO ENGINE TOTAL ENGINE REPLACEMENT (NEW) THREE WEEKS LATER NEEDED A UPPER ENGINE TO BE REBUILT AND I WANTED A NEW ENGINE NO LUCK"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Went to two sources and was told we needed new engine. Was told that it could fail tomorrow or go another 100,000 miles. It makes an aweful noise sounding like an old clunker while the rest of the car looks like new. This is my second Mailibu. I had regular maintenance done. I am so dissapointed. We're now looking to Honda, Toyota, Subaru, or Mazda for our next car"

B H., PA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Check engine light came on within 48 hours of fuel pump replacement. Took car this time back to dealership for 2nd opinion. Mechanics unclear as to cause. Want to replace sollenoids but one has metal shavings on it. While investigating that, they see a loose timing chain which may have indirectly caused shavings on other metal parts. It just gets bigger from here. They state engine is vibrating & may cause catastrophic failure. Recommending cylinder head rebuild or complete engine replacement. C"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Needed costly replacement"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Battery cables

"The cable was loose causing a lot of electrical problems, including but not only the computer @ it shorted the battery and several other electrical components. The battery was checked 4 days before all of this happened"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cables kept corroding under engine chassis"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

"car had no power and traction control loss. replaced throttle body at my cost and other warranty work to fix problem"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Sudden failure that caused no start condition"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced 2 sensors due to check engine light"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Oil leak that was fixed now another oil leak has appeared"

Colin B., MO (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Difficult to get a replacement from dealer and high cost to install replacement"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Started to leak around water pump. Replaced it and that fixed the problem. Engine temp never waivers from normal"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Cooling fan

"Cooling fan broke apart damaging the radiator beyond repair. Had to replace both and replace coolant"

Chris S., FL (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Rust

"Lots of rust through in both rear wheel wells"

William S., NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust around the wheel wells"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"The joint between the Cat Converter and muffler failed and had to be repaired at minor cost"

Ian H., NS (2009 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Catalytic converter

"Replaced it"

Tim W., PA (2009 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.

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