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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
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

“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)

“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)
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 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)
Keyless entry

“Can't use it anymore”

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

“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)

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

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure 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 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

“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)
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 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)
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)
Shocks or struts

“Clacking sounds from suspension”

Don G., FL (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)
Tie rods

“right outer tie rod replaced”

William M., CT (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)

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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

“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)

“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)
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)
Normal routine brake wear

“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)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“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 Unsure)

“moon roof leaked”

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

“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 Unsure 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)

“Just noiesy”

Anonymous, MA (2011 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

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)
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)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“input jack does not work”

Brian S., MI (2011 Chevrolet Malibu Unsure Unsure)
Steering wheel controls

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

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT Unsure)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)
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)
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)

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

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 Unsure 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)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

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)
Heater system

“Thermostat needed replacing”

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

“System went to full hot. Control unit replaced under warranty”

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

“Refrigerant tubing had a crack and leaked refrigerant”

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

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 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)

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

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

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

“Drivers doorlatch failed, replaced”

Norman C., MA (2011 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

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 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)

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)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“Water pump developed a crack”

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

Exhaust

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

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