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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Engine Problems and Repair Histories

105 TrueDelta members own a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. 27 of these members (25.7%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 28 engine repairs to 2009 Chevrolet Malibus--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Don't infer 2009 Chevrolet Malibu problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2009 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

24% of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 4% to the brakes, 18% to the suspension, 26% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 14% to the body and trim, and 3% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 116 repairs.

2009 Chevrolet Malibu engine repair cost distribution

Of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 17% cost less than $100, 67% between $100 and $499, and 17% more than $2500.

Chart based on 6 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2009 Chevrolet Malibu

Engine not specified

Chevrolet Malibu in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2010 33000    
34000 0 3.5V6 engine has a rough idle, took back to dealer 3 times and dealer stated this is normal for this engine. Dealer stated that Mfg's now set the fuel very lean and this causes the rough idle. I am taking vehicle to another GM dealer. 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2011 45000    
46000 0 Check engine light came on intermitantly. Took to dealership and they diagnosed a shorted intake solenoid. Replaced cam solenoid. No cost to me. Covered by powertrain warrenty. Less than 3 hours to repair. 
63000  

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

252-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 3000    
68000 65 code PO 443 EVAP Solenoid circuit fault 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 1860    
6820 0 Shift from 1 to 2 then down to 1 felt "jerky" (like someone dropping clutch in a standard) 
 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 0    
9300 0 Could not remove key from ignition . Ignition sensor had to be replaced . 
35960  
Chevrolet Malibu in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 0    
24000 0 Output speed sensor was replaced. Car would shift hard when accelerating. The car was losing track of the speed and the transmission didn't know how to act. 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 0    
24000 0 2.4L engine is mysteriously losing coolant. Did pressure and cylinder tests, could not find any reason for the problem (though the engine continues to lose coolant). Check engine light; dealer claims error code indicating poor fuel. Added octane booster, reset light, suggested I use better quality fuel. 
28000 0 Different dealer discovered leak in Cylinder #3 due to cracked head gasket and head warped. Head and head gasket replaced. Coolant loss still evident after head gasket replacement. Additional tests indicated porosity in the engine block casting; GM decided on a complete engine replacement. 
 
Chevrolet Malibu in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 17000    
31000 0 Camshaft solenoid failed and was replaced. Tripped the CEL. 
47000 0 "Service ESC" warning flashed, but error code not displayed after messaged flashed. Dealer replaced #1 fuel injector. Motor will intermittently idle rough once the motor is warmed up. Also high speed stalling. Tends to occur when the outside temp is 65+ degrees. Has been occuring for 4 months. Dealer has not experianced in three visits for problem. 
49000 165 Camshaft actuator failed, replaced by dealer.  
52000 0 Cylinder head replaced for rough idle and high speed stalling. Valve guides for Cylinder # 1 worn out. Leak down test was at 80%. Problem reoccurred within 40 miles of getting car back, with rough idle even worse than before. That is it, I gave up and traded the car in. 
 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 5000    
8000 25 TSB for tranny reflash -- shifting irregular 
58000  
Chevrolet Malibu in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 18000    
52000 0 Cracked engine block. Replaced and rebuilt engine. 
55000 0 Problem returns two days later, root cause is the same, cracked block between first and second cylinder. Entire new engine placed in car 
60000  

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