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2010 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

Chart based on 91 repairs.

2010 Chevrolet Malibu repair cost distribution

Chart based on 12 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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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

Chevrolet Malibu in Illinois, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

2000 mi
trans line broke,faulty clamp. 
Chevrolet Malibu in New York, United States
Dec 2009 - Nov 2012
Sep 2010

5000 mi
on-star stopped working. Parts have been ordered. 
Oct 2010

6000 mi
On-star would intermittently stop working. Unable to replicate issue. Car was into dealer three times, no parts were ordered, issue hasn't occurred since. 
Dec 2010

6000 mi
On-star stopped working. Rear-view mirror/on-star buttons replaced. Wiring from on-star module to mirror replaced, wiring from antenna to on-star module replaced. Connectors for all on-star wiring replaced. 
Jun 2012

17000 mi
the steering rack was replaced due to bushings/gears wearing out at the point that the steering shaft and front rack are joined. 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

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

Chevrolet Malibu in Virginia, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2015
Dec 2010

10000 mi
Airbag warning light came on, notifying us that the airbag may not work in an accident. The dealer replaced a sensor located under the driver's seat 
Dec 2011

28000 mi
noticed abrupt downshifting when coming to stops in car. No CE or other light on, but when took car for 25k service, asked dealer to look. They opened up and overhauled transmission--new clutch packs, TCM valve assembly, fluid 
Dec 2012

50000 mi

US $140
replaced front brake pads 
Mar 2014

74000 mi

US $110
Onstar communication module failed 
Mar 2015

88000 mi
Loss of a couple forward gears and reverse gear on the 6-spd Daewoo automatic. Technician found fractured wave plate, broken gears metal shards and liquid was gray and fouled within the transmission. Entire rebuild was needed. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Idaho, United States
Jun 2010 - Aug 2011
Dec 2010

4000 mi
Wind noise left drivers window. 
May 2011

13000 mi
Brake Master Cylinder had a leak. Car told me that there was low brake fluid. I took car into dealer and they found the problem. Ordered the part, gave me a loaner car for two days. No further problem 
Chevrolet Malibu in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Sep 2011
Apr 2010

620 mi
Power window switch working intermittently. Dealer could not resolve. 
May 2010

1240 mi
Power door locks firing on own. VDR installed in vehicle Rattle coming from headliner over rear seats. Replaced grommet and re-inserted. 
Jun 2010

2480 mi
Power door locks firing on own. Dealer found torn water proof grommet in door and replaced. 
Aug 2010

3720 mi
Power door lock no longer works. Replaced door lock switch 
Feb 2011

10540 mi
Clunk in front end. Replaced right front strut and strut mount. Also replaced intermediate steering shaft. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2010 - Jan 2011
Jul 2010

2000 mi
plastic body panel behind right rear wheel loose. Dealer replaced original fasteners with oversize fasteners. Reattached....now tight. 
Aug 2010

3000 mi
"service airbag" error message. Dealer diagnosed as needing a replacement part....not in stock. airbag problem apparently resolved after new part was installed. 
Chevrolet Malibu in Texas, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2015
Jun 2010

8000 mi
Faulty wiring harness connector causing false indiction of problems with air bag system or trunk lid open. Part ordered and replaced. Problem solved. 
Jul 2010

11000 mi
Manufacturer upgrade to automatic transmission software installed. 
Chevrolet Malibu in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2009 - Mar 2015
Jan 2010

1000 mi
Electrical short smell emanates from engine compartment. Dealer acknowledges odor but attributes to "new" car smell. Suggested that chemicals on metal components will burn off by 1000 miles. 
Jul 2010

7000 mi
Wiring harness. passenger air bag would not engage if someone was sitting in passenger seat. Recalled. 
Oct 2010

10000 mi
Rear cupholder spring retaining hinge popped out. Cup holder has two retaining plastic ends that it swivels from. They remounted it without the hinge. 
Mar 2011

14000 mi
Air bag warning light indicated servicing 
Jul 2011

19000 mi
Rear cup holder hinge defective. Left rear shock 
Aug 2011

20000 mi
air bag sensor light Chrome plating on interior door handle was defective. Handle trim sharp to the touch. 
Sep 2011

21000 mi
Air bag sensors needed to be replaced. 
Sep 2012

38000 mi
Key remote: battery holder post broken off 
Apr 2014

65000 mi
At a resting position, checked engine light came. While depressing accelerator to 20-30 mph, tach rpm went to 5-6k. Car would bucked forward. Car was towed. 3-5 wave plate damaged tranny. 
Nov 2014

80000 mi
power train seal 
Chevrolet Malibu in Minnesota, United States
Mar 2010 - May 2010
Apr 2010 Clunking noise that seemed to emanate from rear was apparent when car hit certain bumps. Later diagnosed as a problem with sunroof that only sounded as though it were from the rear. Problem found to be sunroof assy somehow bumping against something else when car was driven over bumps. 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Malibu in Texas, United States
May 2010 - Oct 2011
Jul 2010

5000 mi
Squeaking problem in the driver door related to seatbelt retraction system 
Oct 2011

33000 mi
Service Airbag light was on, needed to change electrical connectors as part of recall 

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2010 Chevrolet Malibu Repair Histories

67 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. 27 of these members (40.3%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 91 repairs to 2010 Chevrolet Malibus--an average of 1.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

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