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2005 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (18%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (14%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 122 repairs.

2005 Chevrolet Malibu repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (17%)

$500 - $999 (14%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (19%)

Chart based on 58 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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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Arkansas, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2011
Sep 2009

234000 mi

US $150
Injection system cleaned because car had gotten hard to start. 
Jun 2010

272000 mi

US $300
Brake rotors had to be replaced today at 272,000 miles 
Chevrolet Malibu in Alberta, Canada
Oct 2007 - Sep 2015
Aug 2007

37820 mi

C $10
seafoamed the engine: 1/3 in the tank, 1/3 in the crankcase and a 1/3 up the vacuum line. 
Apr 2009

54560 mi

C $100
Leaking rear seal on the drivers rear caliper necessitated a caliper replacement. 
Oct 2009

61380 mi

C $45
replaced faulty evap canister purge valve 
Oct 2010

76880 mi

C $300
Amber bulb fixture in headlight assembly started to melt and scorched the assemblies. New assemblies and led amber bulbs purchased and installed.  Problem returned - headlight assembly daytime running light amber lenses caught fire. Replaced bulbs with gm 13502232 and new knock off lenses. Found GM TSB 06-08-42-004B. Also affects HHRs. 
Oct 2013

98620 mi
The mass air flow sensor needed cleaning with some contact cleaner 
Dec 2013

101060 mi

C $60
Replaced upstream oxygen sensors with new Bosch stuff at 150K and replaced serpentine belt with Gates micro groove 
Feb 2014

104160 mi

C $100
Replaced both upstream oxygen sensors and the mass air flow sensor - mileage improve a LOT 
Aug 2014

110980 mi

C $28
2-3 shift solenoid replacement on the 4t45-e transaxle. Car lost 3rd and 4th gear. 
Sep 2014

110980 mi

C $2500
Transmission completely failed - no gears in forward or reverse 
Oct 2014

112580 mi

C $10
Needed to clean the pcv line with seafoam to correct a cold idle hunting issue. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Texas, United States
Mar 2007 - Sep 2015
Oct 2007

35578 mi
Replaced steering gear assembly and replaced both lower control arms and bushings 
Mar 2010

62000 mi

US $153
Front brake pads needed replacing. Rear brakes still have 75% left. 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

145-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2010 - Feb 2012
Mar 2010

53000 mi

US $80
Car turns over but would not start. Fuel pump not engaged. Towed to shop where they were unable to duplicate problem. Same recurring problem, 6 times over last 2 years. Fuel pump and relay switch replaced 2 times. Runs fine then, refuses to start. HEL 
Jun 2010

59000 mi

US $20
Same recurring problem.Bought another fuel pump relay switch and installed it myself.Running ok for the moment.Until the next time.. 
Sep 2010

60000 mi
Car periodically will not start. Occasionally will stall out. Repair shop reviewed dealer repairs and declined to attempt a fix. Thinking of making a flower pot out of it. Upset, dissappointed, and beside myself. 
Dec 2010

62000 mi
Repair shop tracked down problem, tightened all connections and fixed the problem.  
May 2011

72000 mi

US $1500
steering box, struts repair and replace 
Jul 2011

72000 mi

US $81
motor shift causing vibration 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Hatch

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in New York, United States
Oct 2007 - Jul 2011
Mar 2007

35000 mi
warranty repair on clunking steering box - known problem with this line - was not corrected, and dealer used the car for errands to the tune of 300 miles! 
Jan 2010

107000 mi

US $40
Check engine light, code was 'temperature error'. Changed anti-freeze, cleared code, and check engine is gone for now. Car ran fine as usual. This might indicate thermostat dying soon. 
Jan 2011

118000 mi

US $850
Steering column and motor (all electric power steering). 
Chevrolet Malibu in Utah, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

52000 mi

US $185
needed a rearview mirror select switch replaced. 
Chevrolet Malibu in California, United States
Mar 2008 - Mar 2014
Mar 2009

50000 mi

US $27
3 Remote Keyless entry keys continually failed; had received 1 new months ago but that one failed also; finally got them reprogrammed again when  Also had car taken in for rear blinker bulb burned out & incorrectly self-installed. 
Nov 2010

71500 mi
Power steering light coming on at times. After a few months, received recall notice for power steering assist loss due to electrical input signals within the steering column assembly. Repaired @ no cost to me. 
Mar 2012

86000 mi

US $245
Cable for emergency brake broke 
Jul 2013

96300 mi

US $40
reclining lever for back seat failed and could not raise seat back from flat position 
Mar 2014

99000 mi

US $233
whindshield replaced due to shattered lower right corner 
Chevrolet Malibu in Hawaii, United States
Mar 2008 - Jun 2011
May 2008

26000 mi
Steering tie rods replaced. Second time. Rear hatch struts failed. Both replaced. 
Dec 2008

33000 mi
Steering rod. Again. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Utah, United States
Oct 2007 - Sep 2015
Mar 2007

35500 mi
Visors fall down - Replaced under warranty Steering Gear knocks Check gas cap warning when gas cap is on - Warranty Fuel gauge only reaches 7/8 full Gas cap was replaced on first trip but the computer needed to be reset on a second trip. Fuel gauge i 
Apr 2007

36500 mi
The visors and steering knocks resolved without incident under warranty. Gas cap replaced The fuel tank was replace after the cluster and fuel level sender units were replaced. The tank was apparently warped but the mechanic did not see the problem or 
Jan 2009

60000 mi

US $16
Replace remote fob from Ebay and dealer programmed for free. 
Jun 2010

75000 mi

US $40
Replaced front brake pads. Replaced turn signal bulb 
Dec 2010

83000 mi

US $3000
Transmission stop going forward. Only reverse worked. Transmission was rebuilt. Could have used a transmission fluid change a few miles ago. 
Mar 2013

123000 mi

US $200
Replaced both tie rod ends and passenger control arm. Should have been $700 but did the work myself. 
Aug 2013

130000 mi

US $15
Replaced oil filter extension gasket. This was allowing an oil leak over the oil filter 
Apr 2015

146500 mi

US $100
Replace both rear rotors. They had rusted on the back side and were not wearing properly against the brake pads. 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Chevrolet in West Virginia, United States
Dec 2007 - May 2008
Jan 2008

122000 mi

US $600
Replace intermediate steering shaft 8-07, problem resurfaced 1-08, states known problem, repacked and advised should consider trading in, very noticable high speed vibration, common on Malibu. 

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu Repair Histories

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