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.
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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
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 2011 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I have replaced the rear tail light on the right side about 4 times"

A S., FL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Probably normal wear on light failure"

R W., PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"At times there seems to be a short in the electrical system.. The gauge lights will hesitate to come on. Taking between 1-2 min to light up. Causes unrest over what the problem is"

Sharon S., KY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"SHOPS DO NOT WANT TO WORK AN A PROBLEM THAT IS OPERATING OK."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"When you start the engine up, the speedometer display lighthile.ing fades up. Or is supposed to. Sometimes takes several minutes to come on--leaving speedometer in the dark for a w"

Tom T., OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The entire instrument panel/cluster went black. Can drive the car but need to rely on guesses since I can't see speed, temperature, km, temperature, etc. Ordered the Instrument Cluster through GM dealership where my mother bought this new (we got the car from her) 3 months ago and STILL waiting for it. ETA is mid-May hopefully. Apparently this part is provided by a 3rd party and has to be built. Very shocking that this part went in a car that has less than 8000 km on it, has been routinely maintained, and is kept in a heated enclosed garage."

Maureen J., BC (2011 Chevrolet Malibu 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"The wire inside where the headlight is connected kept disconnecting and it cost us twice $200 to get it looked at and bulb changed. We had to point out to them they should check for a loose wire because we it just cant be the bulb. after all the whole frontend has to come off to change the bulb"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"To replace the headlight bulb, you have to remove the entire bumper. Costs 3 hours of labor at the shop"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The need to remove front of vehicle , upper and lower splash shields just to replace a bulb. $230 labor"

Len L., MN (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacement of a headlight costs $125 each time a light goes out because the entire front bumper has to be removed in order to access the light bulb. Terrible design"

Michele C., MN (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Headlight burned out and because of design it cost over $150 to replace headlight"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"I have had a headlight go out at least three times, and each time, the entire fender has to be removed in order to replace it. Not being particularly handy with cars, it has cost me $125 each time to have it done at a shop. I never knew this incredibly maddening design was going to be an issue when I bought the car."

Ryan G., MO (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacing the bulbs is insane, and requires removing the front bumper facade, *or* paying $200 at a dealer."

Mark S., NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I’ve never owned a car that required you to remove the entire front bumper assembly to change a headlight or turn signal bulb.. At least once a year I have to change a bulb in the front that requires one and one half hours labor to change a bulb. Absolutely ridiculous no wonder why GM has such poor quality"

William L., VA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"In order to change the headlight the dealer had to remove the front bumper. This was due to the way the car was manufactured. I had the dealer change both lights since I figured the other one would go out soon. I forgot exactly how much it cost, but it was pretty pricey. I wrote to GM to try and get compensation, but they very politely turned me down. Good question to ask when buying a car: how do you change the headlights?"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulb needed to be replaced. The entire front bumper had to be removed."

William M., CT (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Burnt lamp $400 to replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Can't use it anymore"

Joseph R., AZ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Could not lock or open the doors or the trunk."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both keyless entry remote unlocks had failure in opening trunk. I had to open manually with interior trunk release"

Joan H., OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Key fob rarely works. Also sometimes the door does not unlock when the car is put in park"

Jill C., TX (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"did not work"

Anonymous, RI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"False need of air pressure and then fix monitor"

Joseph R., AZ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The tires pressure was very backwards - front right was left back. It was very confusing. Cost $400 to fix"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Repeatedly returned car to dealership to check dashboard warnings. No real mechanical issues Just defect in system itself"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fluid leaks (usually from the oil filter) have twice caused the warning lights to malfunction. The "Check Airbag" light comes on intermittantly, but usually corrects itself"

Michele C., MN (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper motor went out one month ago"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

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

Alignment

"It isn't consistent but there is a play in the steering wheel and it feels like the steering linkage is loose"

Sharon S., KY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Persistent leak requires xonstant monitoring. Too expensive to repair and not covered by warantee"

C T., MD (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"power steering motor and pump failure"

Thomas M., PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Heard grinding sound when turning"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The power steering has always made a little noise at full lock. On very cold days the pump makes a very loud whining noise. It got so bad the Chevy replaced it for us under Goodwill since we were out of warranty on time"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"This model Malibu does not use power steering pumps but rather electronic power steering motor. The electronic control system died and after Internet research I found it to be defective on various GM products and no recalls issued. I had the unit replaced under extended warranty after bring up the issue with other 4cyl GM products."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Clacking sounds from suspension"

Don G., FL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"I was very annoyed by a clunk in the rear suspension. Eventually a mechanic found that the busing of the torsion bar was bad, replaced it and now it's a much more enjoyable car"

Anonymous, NB (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Perhaps broken spring was partly my fault for driving fast over rough roads. I assumed that springs should "spring""

Anonymous, NB (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Noise when turning steering wheel"

Charles J., TX (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Loose feeling and clunking noise"

Anonymous, SD (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"First the car wheel would tighten up then it would start shaken. Next it worked right for a couple of days then start all over again two days later. finally we took it in and they tried to say it was our problem and not covered but we had a guy from another company who helped us out and found out we were still under warranty so we had no car for 4 days which we then used a rental and had the Insurance company bill the warranty company"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel vibration was caused by the failure of the steering wheel shaft sensor. GM is aware of this problem and also of the failure of the power steering motor and is covering these repairs as a quiet warranty repair up to ten years or 150,000 miles and has mailed letters to owners so stating. Only problem with this is that when the power steering fails it can be sudden and without warning which makes it excruciatingly difficult to control the car at low speeds. My wife, the primary driver of the car, had a near miss because of this. The CHEVROLET dealer that repaired the car was most accommodating and had the parts in stock to repair the car which is a sign that this is a common problem. Retail, non warranty repair cost to remove the lower driver's side dashboard and the steering wheel and shaft and replace the defective sensor takes about 2.5 hours and cost about $600.00."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"right outer tie rod replaced"

William M., CT (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The left outer tie rod end wore out without any signs of grease seal failure."

Gerald G., MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"THe car had approx 60Kmiles on it, which seemed low to have bearing failures"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Right front wheel bearing began to fail and was replaced under warranty"

W M., CO (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I don't think wheel bearings should wear at 65000 km"

Anonymous, NB (2011 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"Just needed 1st Brake job."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"At 116,000 miles, had to replace original equipment rotors & calipers on all four wheels, at a cost of about $1,000. Hard to complain!"

Arthur S., ME (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"After 118000 miles(!!!) had to replace all the brake rotors, calipers etc. Squeaking evidently is a built-in alert mechanism, like wear bars on a tire tread."

Arthur S., ME (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"brake job"

Anonymous, VT (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"only 20000 needed brakes"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have brake system drained and flushed"

Willie G., NC (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes needed to replaced upon purchase of car"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced disc pads"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Inspection showed abnormal rotor wear. Replace pads and rotors."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear pads contacting only 50% of surface. Rust visible on remainder of disc. May be aggravated by flooding in 9/2011. Front pads/rotors replaced 3/2017."

William S., NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"brakes wore out quicker thanexpected"

Mark G., NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed a brake job with less than 40000 miles on car"

Donna H., MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"all 4 rotors had to be replaced due to pulsating. I have driven GM cars most of my life. I have never liked the brake life I get with them"

Wayne T., PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusting"

David S., NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have owned GM vehicles for most of my life. I don't get any life out of the rotors that GM uses. I get a pulsating when the brake is applied at speeds above 50 mph. It gets tiresome replacing rotors or having them turned. Maybe the cause is most of the miles are city driving. Or, the pads are to small or the rotors too thin. The heat build up kills the rotors."

Wayne T., PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"possible front end problem. mechanic looked at it and said it was ok"

Mark G., NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Pads worn out. Rotor & calipers changed as part of replacement. Car inundated to floorboard during flood of 09/2011, may have contributed somewhat to caliper, rotor, exhaust deterioration"

Bill S., NY (2011 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)

"fixed"

Gene S., OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine power was cut, messages on dash saying traction control no longer working, take to dealer immediately"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter failed"

Edward B., MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"covered by warranty. This is a fine car with minor defects: 1. Front bumper set too low to ground; 2. finish on sound system dial wears off too easily; 3. driver door cup hinders easy exit"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A problem occurred in November 2014 and was repaired. The same problem appeared again in March 2015 and was repaired by the dealer"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Fuel cap

"A wire to a sensor gave an incorrect error that the gas cap was not secure. Gas cap changed & problem re-occurred until the system was checked more thouroughly checked to find the sensor to replace"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)
Fuel pump

"I bought the car in June 2011 and all went well with the car for about a year. At 60000 km rear brakes had to be replaced at my expense.A year later both front and rear brakes were replaced. Ridiculous!! At 50000 km I was having a problem starting the - it always started but shuddered and sputtered when it started. Although my Malibu was E85, I thought that ethenol in the gas was the culprit. Along with buying ethenol free gas, I also had the dealer reset the computer. At my expense of cou"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel pump has to be replaced"

Harold E., FL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I just drove it to a restaurant and when we came out it wouldn't start, had it towed to dealer"

Rose C., IL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Two trips to Dealership and appx 1000.00 out of pocket to fix. Need I say More"

Kevin C., GA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"accelerator pedal and throttle control sensors replaced"

William M., CT (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"After routine maintenance, I had an oxygen sensor malfunction which resulted in loss of use for two days"

Lawrence B., FL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Mass Air Flow Sensor reading was dropping out. This was caused by a faulty connection in the connector to the MAF sensor. I was finally able to repair after rewiring a new connector ($67 for parts), and finally, cleaning and applying Super Lube brand to the pins to prevent oxidation."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The fuel tank pressure sensor failed. It set off the check engine light. It was replaced and the problem went away."

K M., OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor replacemkent"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu 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

CD player

"Does not consistently eject dic"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"failure to eject CD, it is an intermittent issue"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Dash lights are not reliable. They may come on or they may not"

Neil H., CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Display screen goes blank intermittently on radio. Gets worse in hot conditions"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"PROBLEM HAS BEEN A ON AND OFF PROBLEM SINCE NEW. DEALER WOULD NOT LOOK AT IT UNTIL IT WAS NOT WORKING.DID NOT RETURN TO ORIGINAL DEALER FOR COULD NEVER TELL WHEN PROBLEM WOULD HAPPEN.DEALER SHOWED NO CONCERN SO LOST SALE ON NEXT CAR. IT STILL GOES BLANK EVERY NOW AND THEN. THIS MAKES DRIVING AT NIGHT A REAL GUESSING GAME."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The entertainment system USB port becomes non-operational in cold weather."

Kevin K., NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"input jack does not work"

Brian S., MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu)

"The radio/control panel effects many areas of the car's electronics. Had to be replaced."

Mark N., FL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Radio stopped working. Dealership replaced it. Under Warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"random electronic problems - dials won't work, usb port wont work, problems come and go"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"preset buttons fail to work on an intermittent basios"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"the control buttons work intermittently"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Speakers

"Driver side front speaker, which serves as the safety belt / key-in-ignition warning chime, becomes intermittently non-operational. The speaker was replaced under warrenty, but the problem reappeared."

Kevin K., NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"The volume controls on the steering wheel for the infotainment system stopped working"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT)

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

"water leaks when the car is parked in the rain. Leak is somewhere up above the driver's side door and also somewhere in the dash where it runs down and drips on feet. May be related to the sudden, unexplained loss of power steering"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Leaks around the right front (passenger side) pillar. Am told it is the drain from the moonroof clogging up. Would have 1/4 inch water on the passenger side floor after a rain"

Tom T., OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"In winter frost forms on inside of windsheild"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS)

"Water leaks through the sunroof due to clogged drain holes. The dealer cleared them out and the problem disappeared. However, due to the clogs the water backup somehow caused a fault in the computer causing it to indicate a driving condition that reduced engine power by half. It was determined the water had infiltrated a connector to the computer."

Anonymous, BC (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"moon roof leaked"

Anonymous, RI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Driver's seat frame broken welds - had to be replaced at cost of approx. $1,400 C"

Alan M., SK (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"just body parts"

Paul J., PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Lots of squeaks and rattles after a couple of years. I've not been able to determine where most are coming from"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Plenty of rattles bottom and steering column"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"front suspension squeaks,but no problem"

Gordon M., ME (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Just noiesy"

Anonymous, MA (2011 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

"Car hesitates to shift and then jumps into gear when accelerating sometimes causing hesitation to accelerate or unexpectedly quick acceleration"

William E., RI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Started shifting rough after the dealer performed a "Transmission Flush""

Kevin D., PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"The transmission sometimes appears to slip and not fully engage causing hesitation on occasion"

William E., RI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"several belts replaced under warrenty"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Problem started immediately after the dealer performed scheduled transmission service. They did repair it, but it has not been the same since."

Kevin D., PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Defective control module. $1000 repair under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Torque Converter Seal was found to be leaking at 85000 miles"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission had to be removed from car by dealer to replace leaking seal."

Robert D., VA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"a small bird got caught in the fan engine and caused a blade to break and the transmission had to be replaced"

Carol L., FL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"The solenoid failed"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 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

"Front air screen fell off the car. It scraped on minor road dips for years"

Anonymous, RI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Front bumper is too low to ground, it hits the top of curb barriers in parking lots and tears the plastic bumper. It's either buy a new bumper at the body shop or hold it together with duct tape. Bad engineering, or poor design of the curb bumps...either way the front looks bad and it costs me money"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Front bumper moulding too low...tore on parking lot curb bumpers...hundreds of dollars to fix, out my pocket!"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"trim around door splitting/peeling"

Brian H., PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The trim molding has been coming unglued and breaking"

Lois S., LA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"There was rust between the left quarter inner and outer panels at the wheel opening"

Gerald G., MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle has low mileage for a 2011 model. By the driver rear wheel well are a couple of paint spots that are bubbling, which means rust is eating it from behind"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The hub caps are painted chrome and they are rusted . The chrome peeled off probably because of salted roads this winter and past winters"

Brian D., NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

"Rust in the strangest places again it’s a known issue"

J M., MN (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"wheel bearing"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"The fuse box went out and the car stopped and I had it towed to the Chevrolet garage for repair. The fuse box was replaced and the car is OK now"

A S., FL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor failure. Replaced variable valve timing and camshaft solenoids. Car engine completely shut down while driving"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Throttle sensor became erratic after being affected by moisture. Eventually cured itself by drying out"

Alan M., SK (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine power was reduced because of electrical and sensor problems"

Jessica S., MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"We only had 24000 miles and we had to have a new transmission put in the car. Twice we have had ECS problems. Was supposedly fixed the first time but wasn’t and the second Time was a disaster as we were on vacation and had to have the car towed and rent a vehicle while it was being repaired."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

"Car started losing power. Limped home and had AAA take to the dealer. Was repaired by dealer under warranty. Pretty sure it was the traction system"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"The exhaust manifold cracked leaking exhaust into the cabin when the heat or air conditioning was used. From what I have heard, this is a very common prob Me on this engine."

Anonymous, CO (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The exhaust manifold cracked allowing exhaust gas into the HVAC system and exhaust noise. Chevrolet/GM refused to make any reimbursement."

Gerald G., MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The exhaust manifold cracked. Exhaust leaks in to the car when the heat an AC run. From what I have researched, it’s a common problem on this engine. The part is only about $70.00 but it’s so difficult to get to, it can’t typically be replaced very easy."

Anonymous, CO (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Developing hole caused by exhaust condensate. May be accelerated by flooding in 9/2011"

William S., NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"The message center displays service airbags and a little airbag icon lights up on the dashboard. This problem is caused by a wiring connector under the driver's seat. Some bloggers have referred to the connector as being cheap and inferior. I agree completely! Disconnect the connector, clean the contacts, reassemble and you should be good for awhile."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The power steering suddenly failed due to low battery voltage which was related to extremely cold temperatures plus age of battery."

E K., OH (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Car only had 65,000 miles but was 6 years old...one year out of warranty. GM warranties the car for 100,000 or 5 years. They refused to acknowledge and replace the transmission when it blew up"

Joe K., WI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Loss of shifting as speed increased. Dropped into lower gears. Symptoms started suddenly"

Bill S., NY (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission had to be replaced."

William M., CT (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission would not shift, or go into reverse. The solenoid was the problem after much testing"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"At 24000 miles the gears were slipping every time you would shift into drive or reverse. Brought the car into the CHEVROLET dealer and was told it needed a new transmission. At that time because it only had 24000 miles it was covered under the warranty."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Found this is a vary common problem in this transmission inGM vehicles. Called several GM dealers & they denied any issues and had no resolutions! But if you google it or go to consumer affairs there are numerous complaints. Less then 100,000. And having to replace the whole transmission is not acceptable. I will not buy another GM product if I can help it"

J M., MN (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 3.6-L V6)

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

"System went to full hot. Control unit replaced under warranty"

Gregory D., AR (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Radio buttons do not always work. CD player will not eject disc. The electric door lock work intermittently. The blower for the dash vents has failed"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"gear drive failed."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Condenser

"Refrigerant tubing had a crack and leaked refrigerant"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Heater system

"Thermostat needed replacing"

Brian D., NJ (2011 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Drivers doorlatch failed, replaced"

Norman C., MA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"2xs the trim around the sunroof was rusting & had to be replaced"

Brian H., PA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leak. Allowed water to enter the headliner of the car."

Mark N., FL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Both tailgate lift supports wore out causing the hatch to fail to stay in the open position."

Anonymous, NC (2011 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

Cylinder head

"It actually was a cracked manifold that they discovered when replacing my transmission. This shows me that GM used inferior metal in the mfg of the engine. I will not buy a GM product again because of this. I liked the car a lot up until this point (65,000)"

Joe K., WI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sticking valves, low compression had to have the heads repaired."

Dale R., CO (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"Low compression had to have the heads cleaned and a new valve stem."

Dale R., CO (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Engine geared down to limit speed to 60 km/hour cause resulted in a new timing chain"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Water pump developed a crack"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 3.6-L V6)

"The pump showed signs of leakage so it was replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Water Pump failed at approx 48000km. Covered by extended warranty purchased when car was new. Fault was fixed the day after the warranty expired at end of it's five year term. However, all parties agreed the water pump should not have failed at such low mileage so it was covered."

Anonymous, BC (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 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

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Stopped wrorking while driving on the highway. Had to be towed"

Mark G., NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Faulty intake an exhaust cam shaft sensors.. At two different times"

Len L., MN (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil reportedly leaked onto spark plugs, which had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
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