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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 4 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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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 (169 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (252 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 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

Body control module

“This was an Chevy recall”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure Unsure)

“Car wouldn't start. Thought it was fixed but then wouldn't start again. A combination of the body control module and the security system. Part of recall”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“received recall letter but i was not having problems; took car to dealer for recall repair and had multiple problems afterwards; took car back to dealer who fixed problems as original recall repair was not done correctly”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“failed to stay engaged. gm finally changed the computer”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Went in and out, fixed last fall, recurring again”

Stgeorge S., VA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“The stick that has the cruise control and blinker lights had to be replaced because the blinker lights would not cancel correctly. Some times they would cancel and sometimes they wouldn't. Had to replace the entire stalk containing the blinker light switch”

Forrest F., TX (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

“speedometer backlight failed. cost $600 to repair”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

“right headlamp works intermittently on 'low' beam; functions find on 'high'”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

“it was difficult to replace the headlight bulb. there is a lot of screws, bolts, plastic retainers (that break sometimes during removal) the whole nose facia has to be removed to access the bulb”

Robert W., VT (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Remove whole front end to change bulb. Cost over $250 dollars”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“expensive to replace sealed beams, pull front end off”

Norman C., MA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Low beam headlights set dangerouslt low and according to the dealer there is no adjustment on them”

Forrest F., TX (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Periodically did not go on while on auto. Intermittently would go out while driving, when on auto”

Colleen R., MI (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Head light burned out cost $100 to replace because of having to remove the bumper to replace a headlamp”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Headlight went out and this model Malibu has such a complicated system to replace lightbulb- you must take off the entire front bumper and loosen the fender- we had to have the garage do it at a cost of $175 to replace both low beam headlight bulbs”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Driver side tail light blinker has gone out twice”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

“Intermittantly the brake lights would stay on when brakes were off and come off when brakes were on. Took a number of trips to the dealer to fix”

Anonymous, IA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear center brake light would not illuminate”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Dash lighting, speedometer does not activate consistently. Driving without being able to easily see mph, gas gauge, etc”

Colleen R., MI (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“drivers door wouldn't unlock”

Shawn K., OH (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Two tire pressure monitors had to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Tire pressure monitoring system light keeps on and the warning system flashes even though everything checks out okay after a new sense”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT Unsure)

“Passenger seat belt sensor fails so it does not recognize when seat belt is being used and gives warning light and dings”

Anonymous, KY (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Seat belt light on, inappropriately, couldn't pass inspection”

Stgeorge S., VA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“Linkage from wipers to motor broke”

John P., NY (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“broke in winter when ice was on windsheild”

Shawn K., OH (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Wipers stopped in mid wipe...motor was shot”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Th wipers suddenly stopped working stopped working”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 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

Air or water leaks

“drivers side leaks and fills up with water under carpet”

John H., WA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Roof leaked at driver's side. Sunroof drain was clogged”

Whitaker M., SC (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“During heavy rainstorms, significant water leakage on driver side from roof. Drainage issue. Required repair at dealership”

James L., FL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Windshield leaked also the front seat tore at the seam”

Anonymous, IN (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Body trim above drivers door leaked water and shorted out 23 electrical connections”

Anonymous, IN (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“coolant leak. Happened to be the water pump. It was covered under the 5 year 100 k warranty”

Brian D., CA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Heavy rain, leaks in frt corner over drivers door”

Anonymous, WV (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Clogged tubes in sunroof causes water to get in every time it rains heavy”

Ashlei P., OH (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Unsure)

“Seals dry and due to low mileage USge”

Jeffrey W., VA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Weather stripping on roof of drivers side door”

Anonymous, IN (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“On the driver side window, when it rains, there is a big leak above the window area, causing constant large drips”

Kathy C., IL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

“Just an age thing”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure Unsure)

“Constant rattles, squeaks, and undercarriage noises since the vehicle was purchased”

Wayne D., WI (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had the squeaking/rattling noise on my front passenger side, somewhere around the tire, for at least two years now and the dealership cannot figure out what it is”

Anonymous, MS (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 3.6-L V6)

“Lots of road noise. Without the radio on sometimes it is so bothersom I think of taking a different road.Wonder if my doors are open because of noise.The breaks squek like crazy. No matter what we do they still squek.Worse noise when in passanger sea”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

“The car has more squeaks and rattles than similar cars I have owned. The construction seems poor in quality. It even sound tinny”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 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

Ball joints

“need to be replaced”

Lyon L., MA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

“needed to replace”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed bearing set replaced on drivers front wheel and also strut replaced”

Larry D., PA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Leak was traced to a damaged hose leading from the power steering unit. Power steering unit still causes a noticeable whining sound at low speeds”

John B., OH (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“leaking and broken mounts”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Front struts will have to be replaced because of poor design and premature wear. Chevrolet has not offered any warranty extension or recall. Problem is well known by owners and there are many service bulletins by GM for its mechanics”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattles”

Juan M., TX (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Creaking noise upon accelerating after coming to a stop or while going up a hill”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“linkage broke”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Both water pump and rack and pinion failed (separate times) and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Car was rattling in the steering. Had a loose toke rod on the left front”

Carol T., VA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Front tires prematurely worn out because of suspension and steering mechanism problems”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel balance

“I have the steel OEM rims on this car. They bend very easily often due to potholes. I've had steel rims on other cars and never had so much trouble. The rims bend 1-2x per year which cause a flat. Most of the time they can be hammered out”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“It is starting to shake back a forth periodically”

R M., OH (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 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

Antilock system (ABS)

“Alarm going off”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“calipers wore out after 20000 miles of basic driving”

Robert G., FL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“State inspection indicated need for new brake pads and regrind brake rotors”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes wore out and needed replacing of the pads and cutting the dicks”

Bruce G., MD (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Replacing brakes at 34000 is terrible. I've been driving for 51 years and have never had brake work done under 50000 miles”

Anonymous, RI (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“fluid leak caused excess brake wear”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“drivers side front brake pad wore down to the rotor at 38,000 miles. Front left wheel bearing also had to be replaced at the same time”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“The brake disks have worn very quickly compared with other cars I have driven over the same route. I have replace two sets of disks and may have to replace them a third time. I also had excessive wear on the rotors”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Both front and rear brakes, with the pads and rotors, had to be replaced, and it was only about four years. To me, that shows cheap material was used to start”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors seem to overheat very easily and warp”

Chris A., NY (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It was normal wear found on my annual inspection”

Anonymous, NB (2010 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 part that directs where the cool air comes out did not move, causing inadequate cooling in the cabin”

David F., WI (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Direction of air flow. Computer controlled. Repairs cost $1500. Had to completely remove the Dash Board, labor intensive, to get to the computer or the vents or both”

George S., FL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“the function goes on and stops abruptly and starts again. can't tell if it's working or not”

Jim H., AR (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Climate control failed (ie: unable to change from defrost to dash vents & dash to defrost) have been told servo has failed and cost of repairs will be approximately $1,200”

Niall R., BC (2010 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The temperature selection button becomes inactive quite frequently. Not permitting to change temperature settings”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“Quit working. Replaced at 60000 miles”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“we've had the blower control worked on multiple times and it continues to stop sending air to dash vents. it's quite expensive to repair”

Jim H., AR (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“No heat even though temp gauge showed engine was warmed up”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“Car is serviced regularly by the dealer, but an anti-freeze leak issue has arisen and will hopefully be fixed soon”

Alan S., NJ (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
A/C compressor

“Two months after warranty expired A/C compressor failed, GM wouldn't help resulting in a cost of $1,600 for repairs”

Niall R., BC (2010 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“During acceleration, the air conditioner turns off which allows greater acceleration which tells the air conditioner to turn back on. This causes a pulsating effect as the compressor keeps turning on and off during acceleration”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 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

“No longer recognizes the specific voice command "pair", therefore, I cannot link any of my smartphones to my in-car system”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“when using aux cord the radio would suddenly start to play then change again. Same would occur with CD and radio”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Volume control for the sound system is malfunctioning on and off for 3.5 years and the only solution I was told is a replacement of these controls, since there are time they work fine I don't believe that will solve the issue”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The power steering light came on 3 times when there was moisture in the air.It kept telling me to check the power steering level but there is no place to put the fluid as it is an electric motor”

Bob H., MB (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“The LED radio display goes blank, or garbled. It's been doing this for over two years. Tends to do it more during hot weather. I can restore the display by smacking the lower right side of my console just below the glove compartment door”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had the drivers door speaker replaced 3 times, no problem was found?”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The speaker in the driver's side door stopped working”

John L., OH (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Front speakers intermittent / do not work”

Judith R., CT (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 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

Rough shifting

“They tell me nothing is wrong but I keep wondering if I am loosing my transmission.Shifts hard around 35 mph and then at about 62 mph”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

“Each year, the rpms have been increasing when shifting in first and second gear. Then when it shifts, the car has jerked more each year. Last, sometimes the car seems like it will stall when it is shifting either in first or second so I have to push”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“When moving at slow crawl, transmission seams to be in wrong gear. Acts like its in 3rd when should be in 1st, then when trying to accelerate, hesitates for a second then slams into 1st gear with a jolt. Does this everytime at a slow crawl”

Anonymous, IN (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“Computer or a sensor failed (don't know the details) resulting in loss of ability to shift. That is NOT a minor problem. We managed to limp to a dealer. The problem was repaired under waranttee. It took them 5 days to fix it, but they supplied a rent”

Alan J., IL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission cooler line has a weep at the rubber hose to steel line connection”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“The problem was the same as the previous one. I just don't know if it was the computer itself or a sensor in the transmission that failed”

Alan J., IL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Initial symptom was with transmission slipping a bit, or perhaps slightly slamming, into 5th gear. Problem later spread to occur with other speeds/gears until the transmission finally failed”

Anonymous, CT (2010 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

Stability control (ESC)

“The struts went bad and needed replacement at 65000 miles”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“WARNING LIGHT FLASHES ON BUT NOT ON A STEADY BASIS (SHORTS IN SYSTEM)”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“ESC warning light would come on when vehicle was started. It was determined that the steering wheel position sensor was faulty and was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“Accelerator pedal position sensor failed”

Anonymous, KS (2010 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

“WARNING LIGHT FLASHES ON BUT NOT ON A STEADY BASIS (SHORTS) CHECK UP IN GARAGE INDICATED NO PROBLEM”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 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)

“P0443 code. Canister purge valve failed. Vehicle has 80K emission warantte, but our state does not do emissions testing, GM would not honor this coverage in our state. I paid for repair”

C L., FL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“needed new catalytic converter. under warranty”

Larry D., PA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“Engine light for failing injector solenoid”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Check Engine Light for P0443?Evaporative Emission Control?System?Purge Control Valve?Circuit”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“replaced sensor intake assembly 88683”

Anonymous, DE (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Rubber seals coming off, body panels coming loose”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Strip over drivers door began leaking water. Dealer couldn't figure it out. Went to my own repair shop who located the problerm”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Excessive corrosion on door latches and wheels”

Lawrence F., NC (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“rust has started around the trunk and hood mounts”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusting on window panels and "chrome" trim”

Lawrence F., NC (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Engine light came on. There was a problem with defective computer chip. It has been replaced. No problem since that time”

Robert B., IN (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Reduced engine power. Replaced Throttle body assembly”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car stalled. Had to take to two garages. The second one diagnosed and fixed the problem: something to do with sensors. Cost $450”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

“Drips from the oil filter area”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 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

“The latch on the driver door broke. When trying to close the door, it wouldn't latch and would open”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

“the drain leaks soaking carpet and headliner”

Randall A., OH (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Water leak into cabin due to blocked drain tube”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

“Sunroof leaks. Apparently Chevrolet knew it would leak, for they provided a drain hose on each side of the car . . . but the drain hoses tend to clog up with dust. Then the leakage runs inside the car”

Anonymous, AR (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“it took the shop 4 trips to rebuild the transmission and get it in working order”

Jon P., CA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Purchased veh with 104000 Mar 16. Trans went out Jun 16 at 107000. Rebuilt by non- dealer location. Trans went out again Oct 16 at 110000. Fixed under non-dealer warranty. Today Apr 17 starting to slip again”

Michael G., GA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Car is actually in for service right now. Check engine light came on, lost use of all but first gear. Mechanic indicated drumhead failure is not durable in this car, prone to failure/internal damage. He will rebuild the transmission using aftermarket parts that have been shown to address the problem. I have also observed issues with the transmission having trouble "deciding" when to shift; he indicated the transmission's speed sensor, which he is also replacing, may be what caused this”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“Car leaked coolant and the water pump failed causing it to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“water pump failed, needed to be replaced under warrantee”

Andrew S., NC (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

“Car overheated leaving me stranded”

Carol T., VA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“Holes in resonator”

David S., NS (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Cracked exhaust manifold and strong fuel odor on every start which also destroyed the 02 sensor”

R M., OH (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 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

“Complained about excessive oil USge for 2 years. Finally just as warranty was up GM authorized pistons and rings to be replaced”

David S., NS (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine seized from a sudden loss of oil. Warranty replaced it”

Anonymous, AB (2010 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 (not hybrid or electric)

“battery died 2 years into a 3-year warranty; NEW battery warranty dates back to installation of 2-year-old battery”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)
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