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You'll appreciate the redesigned Malibu if you prize a plush, comfortable ride and a very quiet cabin. That's where this solid, easygoing sedan excels. It also has simple controls, decent fuel economy and sound handling (although the Malibu is clearly no sports sedan). You'll probably come away disappointed, however, if you need a roomy rear seat.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Chevrolet Malibu owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Lost pairing of phone to car and had to reinstall it”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hard to explain other than have trouble receiving calls. Take it to dealer and they do something and it works for awhile”

Joyce M., IL (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS Unsure)

“The IPhone will not pair with the system. Chevrolet blame Apple and Apple blame the MyLink”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Dealer has reset system several times. Usually quits working within hours after leaving dealership”

Donald M., IN (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

“To use voice control to make phone calls, I first have to turn on the radio. Crazy! Then it doesn't respond at all to my first request, "Call Rod cell" and have to repeat the same command and it finally connects on the second try. Our 2016 Malibu doesn't have these issues at all”

Cathy F., IN (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blind spot indicator would go off sometimes on left side without anything in vicinity. Dealer never able to fix. Colision warning did not work properly when first purchased. Dealer finally got this corrected after several service calls. Car was at”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“Touch screen stopped several times. Would start again when car turned back on. Dealer could never duplicate problem. Has not happened for over 6 months”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Static on radio when using rear defrost”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

“Have problems with cruise control cheap lever on steering wheel”

Joyce M., IL (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS Unsure)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“supposedly brake dust accumulates in front brakes, letting them squeal constantly unless brakes are applied”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Rear driver's door rubber molding has come partially loose 2 times in last 4 months”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“wind noise at highway speeds at the driver widow near outside mirror”

John H., IL (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noticeable by front seats. Dealer says that's "normal" due to outside mirror design. "Hogwash"!”

Robert R., FL (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-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 bumper separated from quarter panel slightly leaving a gap. Would not snap back in”

Robert A., NJ (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Window moldings coming loose on driver side front and rear doors”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“missing chrome on passenger window”

William H., OH (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-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

“Hesitation in down shifting. Dealer said it was difficult to repair six speed auto trans. Doubtful it could be fixed. Wanted $100.00 for diagnostics. Did not go any farther. Traded in vehicle”

Anonymous, MO (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“Steering and transmission both had to have updated programs installed. Still the car only gets 23mpg in mostly highway driving”

Robert D., GA (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CAR JERKED WHILE DRIVING. dEALER RESET COMPUTER”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-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

A/C compressor

“It was blowing warm area when the A/ c was on”

Kenneth I., MI (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“in cold weather will not maintain proper temp in car, it is also slow to heat”

James H., NC (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

“very bad smell when AC cycles”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Passenger Rear wheel bearing & rotors at 45000 miles Driver side Rear Wheel Bears ng replaced at 58000 miles”

P S., NY (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

“Needed new rear drums”

Marla M., SD (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-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

Shocks or struts

“Both strut mounts needed replacing”

Anonymous, IN (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Car has become bouncy at all speeds. Dealer says nothing is wrong. I feel it is unsafe at highway speeds, especially in winter due to unpredictable body bounce and roll motions”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“The engine light came on. There was nothing that seemed to be going on with vehicle. Took to dealer and they checked it and it was the O2. They fixed it the same day”

Anonymous, LA (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“After the long and very cold winter, I experienced fuel supply problems. The dealing fixed it by replacing certain items. It was covered by the warranty”

Robert C., PA (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-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

“Was an issue that was under warranty which has been known about by the manufacturer and many mechanics. if not under warranty could have been a significant cost, enough to warrant getting rid of the vehicle”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“A nut was tightened incorrectly at the manufacturing- Chevy replaced the entire engine”

Julie H., AR (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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)

“Turn signal light bulb burned out”

A J., MD (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“Warning lights for frontal, blind spots and lane departure often give false warnings resulting in UNSAFE conditions. I took it to the dealer for this and other problems. The dealer drove it for only 12 miles and claimed "operation normal."”

Robert D., GA (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2.5-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)

“within 30 days of buying brand new car...battery was leaking and nearly destroyed wiring harness.....dealer and GM refused to buy car back....replaced battery and harness....last GM product we will ever buy”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2.5-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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Does not seal tightly. Trunk is letting in small amount of moisture”

Robert A., NJ (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Vehicle is equipped with Stop-Start feature and it fails to work as designed most of the time”

Chris L., SC (2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

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Recalls
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POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
Jul 05 2016
If the key is removed without the transmission in PARK, the vehicle may rollaway as occupants are exiting, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Buick Verano and 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as the electronic park lock lever may allow the ignition key to be removed without the transmission being in PARK. Also, certain 2013 Buick Encore, 2011 Buick Regal, 2013-2014 Buick Verano, 2011-2016 Chevrolet Cruze, 2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu, and 2011-2013 GMC Terrain vehicles may have been serviced with similar defective replacement electronic park lock levers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the key cylinder lock housing, free of charge. The recall began on October 14, 2016. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buick 1-800-521-7300, and GMC 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 50490 and 50491.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V502000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8367
VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY
Mar 23 2015
The Slide or Tilt roof panel switch may inadvertently be pressed and the roof panel may auto-close unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a pinch injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles October 24, 2011, to March 5, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the Slide or Tilt switch for the roof panel may not be adequately recessed to prevent the switch from inadvertently being pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 118, "Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the Body Control Module (BCM) software to remove auto-close feature for certain switch positions, free of charge. The recall began April 21, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15176.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V164000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 87063
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
May 14 2014
If the hydraulic boost assist is disabled, slowing or stopping the vehicle will require additional brake pedal effort and a lengthened stopping distance. Both of these effects increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through May 2, 2014, and equipped with a 2.5L engine with the auto stop/start option. The affected vehicles may experience a complete loss of brake vacuum assist, disabling the hydraulic boost assist. As such, these vehicles do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic brake control module software, free of charge. The recall began on July 3, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020. General Motors number for this recall is 14201.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V247000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 140067
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC
May 08 2014
If a brake pad detaches from caliper, there may be a sudden reduction in braking, lengthening the distance required to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Lacrosse vehicles manufactured January 29, 2014, through March 31, 2014 and 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured February 7, 2014, through March 31, 2014, and equipped with 17 inch front brake rotors. The affected vehicles may have had brake rotors intended for the rear of the car accidentally installed on the front. The rear rotors, while the same diameter, are thinner and may result in a front brake pad detaching from the caliper.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front brake rotors, and install the correct rotors with new brake pads, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on June 20, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14128.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V240000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8208
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Feb 21 2014
If a vehicle's shift cable disengages from the transmission shift lever, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Verano, and Enclave, and Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Cruze, and Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever. As such, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." They also fail to conform to FMVSS number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters, free of charge. The recall began on April 10, 2014. Chevrolet owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020, Buick owners at 1-800-521-7300, and GMC owners at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors' number associated with this recall is 14048.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V092000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 355
VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER SYSTEM
Nov 13 2013
The inability to turn on the windshield defroster may decrease the driver's visibility thereby increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through November 5, 2013. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control in these vehicles may intermittently become inoperable when the vehicle is started, preventing the windshield defroster from working. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 103, "Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic climate control module software, free of charge. The recall began during December 2013. Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. GM's recall campaign number is 13380.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V567000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42696
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