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2009 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

Engine (21%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (13%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 165 repairs.

2009 Chevrolet Malibu engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (14%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (71%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 7 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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2009 Chevrolet Malibu

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34000 mi 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. 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

68000 mi

US $65
code PO 443 EVAP Solenoid circuit fault 
6820 mi 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

46000 mi 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. 
9300 mi Could not remove key from ignition . Ignition sensor had to be replaced . 
24000 mi 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. 
24000 mi 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 mi 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. 
31000 mi Camshaft solenoid failed and was replaced. Tripped the CEL. 
47000 mi "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 mi

US $165
Camshaft actuator failed, replaced by dealer.  
52000 mi 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

8000 mi

US $25
TSB for tranny reflash -- shifting irregular 
52000 mi Cracked engine block. Replaced and rebuilt engine. 
55000 mi Problem returns two days later, root cause is the same, cracked block between first and second cylinder. Entire new engine placed in car 

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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Engine Problems

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